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Pencil This In: 'Wet Hot American Summer' Art Show, LA Pride and Dyke March, Journalist Maziar Bahari at the Skirball

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Gallery 1988: Venice presents the exhibit Camp Firewoodthat celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the summer camp classic movie Wet Hot American Summer (see trailer above). There’s an opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm hosted by director and co-writer David Wain (one-third of the comedy troupe Stella). In the movie, you’ll see Chris Meloni of Law & Order SVU in his most un-Stabler-like role ever. “Excuse me while I go hump the fridge...” The show runs through June 29.

The LA Pride 2011 weekend kicks off tonight in WeHo with The Purple Party that pays homage to the “L” of LGBT. Happy Hour with food trucks and specially priced Bacardi beverages kick things off from 5-7pm. Dance the to tunes spun by female DJs and live musical acts, headlined by Macy Gray. Don’t forget the dyke march, too, at 7:30 pm. We *think* daily tickets to Pride and/or Purple Party tonight are running $20.

Gallery 825 also celebrates Pride in its Out There juried exhibition that opens tonight. The show celebrates and acknowledges the special opportunities that WeHo provides for creative individuals. Featured artists include Ruben Acosta, Deborah Baca, David Gardner, Debbi Green, Bradley Hankey, Mariko Hirano, Brandon Jacob Hudson,Mara Zaslove and tons of other artists. Out There runs through June 17 with special Sunday hours after the Pride Parade. Opening reception is from 6-9 pm.

Filmmaker and Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari presents his book Then They Came for Me tonight at the Skirball at 8 pm. Bahari was in Iran to cover the 2009 presidential election and was accused for espionage. He spent 118 days Bahari spent in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Bahari's book is also a moving tale about family: a father and sister who were also imprisoned under various Iranian regimes and...his mother and beloved wife, Paola, whose tireless activism ensured the global community would not forget Bahari; and his as-yet unborn child, who gave him the strength to hope for freedom.” He'll be in conversation with writer/scholar Reza Aslan. Free, but advanced reservations recommended.

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