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Pencil This In: TubeFilter Meetup, Duct Tape Art

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Joseph Girandola exhibit opens at Hope Gallery tonight. / Photo courtesy of the artist.
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Not headed east for the Coachella Valley this weekend? That's perfectly okay because there's plenty of stuff to do. And most of the stuff tonight doesn't cost nearly as much as a music festival pass.

JAZZ
LACMA's Friday Night Jazz series returns for its 18th season, celebrating the finest jazz musicians from around LA. The free concert series begins tonight at 6 pm with Jazz Wave featuring SuperSax. Led by legendary saxophonist Med Flory, the 15-piece ensemble includes the famed SuperSax saxophone section. The event takes place at the Los Angeles Times Central Court at LACMA. (And don't forget to check out the exhibits afterward. The museum's open late.)

WEB TV
Tubefilter’s Hollywood Web Television April Meetup brings together the most dynamic group of professionals in the online entertainment industry. It’s the first post-Streamys Tubefilter Meetup, so tonight mingle with Streamy Award winners and nominees, talk up your series, hear from some special guests and have a chance at some cool door prizes like a Sony PSP an HD camera and more! Guest speakers AJ Tesler and Jenny Starnes, the forces behind the Independent Television Festival will be presenting. The meetup begins at 7 pm tonight at Avalon Hollywood.

FILM
Gigantic, a new film with Zooey Deschanel and Paul Dano, opens today. Dano stars as a mattress store worker who wants to adopt a Chinese baby. When free-spirited Harriet aka “Happy” (Deschanel) comes into his store and falls asleep on a bed, he is swept up in a romance that rocks his quiet world. Deschanel, co-writer/director Matt Aselton and other special guests for a Q&A after a 7:30 pm screening at the Nuart Theater.

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ART
An exhibit featuring the work of Joseph Girandola opens tonight at Hope Gallery. “Razed in LA” features recreations of iconic LA area buildings that have torn down in the wrecking ball for progress, including The Ambassador Hotel, Wilshire Brown Derby, Gwinn’s Restaurant Pasadena, Schwab’s Pharmacy, Sherry’s Lounge, Tiny Naylor’s and the Pan Pacific Auditorium. Oh, and lest we forget to mention, all of the works in the exhibition are made entirely from duct tape.

*Pencil pick of the day