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Pencil This In: An Engagement Party at MOCA, AFI Fest, Geek Girls and Live Talks

Works by UK street artist Paul Insect go up tonight at Post No Bills in Venice. (Image courtesy of the gallery.)
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We've uncovered some great events around LA tonight. Most are arts related, including an opening reception for Paul Insect's show at Post No Bills; Geek girls unite at Meltdown Comics; writer Adam Gopnik is in conversation with director and producer Ed Zwick; Bill Murray tribute art at Gallery 1988 in Melrose; and AFI Fest kicks off with a gala screening. Read on for all the details.

Post No Bills in Venice hosts UK street artist Paul Insect’s first major US show, Triptease Revue, with an opening reception tonight from 7-10 pm. The exhibition features original artwork, limited-edition prints and hand-finished works in Insect’s style that mixes bright colors and imagery against themes of sex, politics, death and pop culture. All with a satirical edge, of course. Triptease Revue runs through Dec. 1.

Nerdmelt hosts the Geek Girls Unite book release show tonight at Meltdown Comics at 8 pm. Warner Bros Records third book Geek Girls Unite: How Fangirls, Bookworms, Indie Chicks And Other Misfits Are Taking Over The World examines how geek girls like Tina Fey, Zooey Deschanel’s Jess character in The New Girl and Lisbeth Salander are kicking ass and taking names. To celebrate the book’s release, tonight’s comedy show will feature “lady writers, lady impressionists, lady dorks, and more,” followed by a signing. Featured guests include Ali Wong, Jackie Kashian, a drink demonstration from Alie & Georgia, Megan Ganz, Melissa Villasenor and Maria Bamford. Tickets: $10 or $20 with a copy of the book.

Don’t forget that Gallery1988 on Melrose opens its Please Post Bills show tonight—a tribute to Bill Murray. The exhibit features 80 artists, who’ve creating paintings, sculptures and prints influenced by the movies, TV appearances and iconic jokes of a comedic legend. Reception tonight from 7-10 pm. The show is up through Nov. 26.

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Live Talks LA presents The New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik in conversation with director and producer Ed Zwick tonight at 8 pm at Track 16 in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. (Reception from 6:30-7:30 pm). His latest book The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food is his latest quest for the meaning of food. He laments how we’re missing an element at mealtime: conversation between family and friends is “always more important than what we put on the table.” Tickets: $20; $40 (includes book); $95 includes pre-event reception (6:30-7:30pm), and the book.

REDCAT presents the program Darby English: Emmett Till in the Present Tense tonight at 8:30 pm. In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till was mutilated and murdered in Mississippi for whistling at Carolyn Bryant: Till was African-American; Bryant was white. The images of his broken body helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. In this talk, University of Chicago art historian Darby English considers a number of contemporaneous photographs that "indirectly pose unasked questions about Till's historical subjectivity." Tickets: $5-10.

In her second Engagement Party at MOCA, Liz Glynn presents Like a Patient Etherized Upon a Table (MOCA Goes Dark) tonight from 7-10 pm. The evening will encourage patrons to ignore everything in the museum but the art on the walls. Patrons will be blindfolded and guided by security officers through the museum. Some of the officers will also read aloud passages of modernist poetry. Free.

AFI Festkicks off its week-long film festival tonight with a gala screening of Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. Now in its 25th year, AFI Fest celebrates international cinema from modern masters and emerging filmmakers. The 2011 program includes 110 films (70 features, 40 shorts) selected from more than 3,000 submissions. Tickets will be released the day before each screening at and the day of each screening at the AT&T Box Office at Hollywood & Highland Center.

*Pencil pick of the day

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