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Pencil This In: Web on the Big Screen, NAMM Afterhours Party and 'I am an Animal' at Black Maria Gallery

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Strike TV, created by screenwriters during the WGA strike of 2007, now houses more than 200 independent web series. Tonight at the Egyptian Theater, Strike TV brings panelists, guest speakers and Webisodes for the big screen. Hosted by Bob Kushell (writer and producer, "The Simpsons"), panelists include: Actor Timothy Dalton who stars in "Unknown Sender"; writer Lester Lewis (“The Office") and co-founder of and many many others. Program begins at 7:30 pm.

The comedy troupe Kind Strangers (starring Nick Armstrong, Brandon Barrick, Zach Huddleston, Erin McGathy, Jessica Young, Jill Alexander) present “Blood and Bullets!”tonight at 10 pm at IO West. They’ll tackle two genres--Improvised Western and Law and Order--in one hour. “First the Kind Strangers will perform a spaghetti western based off of the title of a Western that has never been made, then they’ll get out of their boots and put the horses to bed and put on LAPD badges as they present Improvised Law and Order: Special Improv Unit.” Tickets are $10 (FREE for iO students).

The NAMM convention, a music and tech showcase, is happening right now at the Anaheim Convention Center. But there’s a “Wham Bam Thank You NAMM Afterhours” event tonight at the Downtown Independent Theater from 8 pm-4 am. Performances by: John Tejada, Richard Devine, Deru, Laura Escudé, Scott Pagano, CPU, DJ Kero, Acid Circus, Derek Michael, Baseck, Eezir, DJ Modesty, Trifonic, DJ G Ov, Moldover, Henry Strange, Peter Kirn. There will also be a special music technology discussion and panel with Peter Kirn of Create Digital Music. RSVP: $10-$20. 

The Boston trio State Radio are playing the El Rey tonight at 8 pm to support their latest release Let It Go. The band, known for their social activism and will participate in pre-show community service projects (known as “Pre-Show Action”) prior to several shows on this tour, via their humanitarian organization, Calling All Crows.

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There’s an opening reception tonight from 7-10:30 pm for I’m an Animal, featuring the work of “fierce females” at The Black Maria Gallery. Guest curated by painter Aaron Smith, first Artist in Residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum, the show includes works by Sarah Williamson, Mashanda Scott, Nicole Adee Dreyfuss, Connie Wong, Grace Kim, Brianna Harden, Saejean Oh, Alisha Amirkhanian, Shannon Freshwater and Daniaelle Simonsen.

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