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Pencil This In: Comics and Comic Books at NerdMelt; Etsy Night at CAFAM; El Sistema; and Liz Taylor's Feminism

NerdMelt's hosting a party for the release of Alpha Girl #1. (Photo: Image Comics)
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We love comics and tonight, NerdMelt and Meltdown Comics celebrates the release of Alpha Girl #1 at 8 pm with comedy and cocktails. The Image Comics Alpha Girl series is set in the 80s about a cosmetics company whose products turn women into lady zombies. At the party tonight are cocktail mistresses Alie and Georgia, Sean Patton, sketch group Diani and Devine, DJ Douggpound, Steve Agee, and Margaret Cho. Come for the comedy and stay for the comic book signing. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.CRAFT
It's Etsy Craft Night tonight at the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) tonight from 7-9 pm. Create a personalized journal with Lisa Engelbrecht, author of Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering. Admission: $5/ Free for CAFAM Members (includes materials and snacks). RSVP suggested to

Was Liz Taylor a feminist? Writers Bloc presents the program Elizabeth Taylor: The Accidental Feminist tonight at 7:30 pm. She played by her own rules and starred in films that helped to define modern feminism. MG Lord discusses her new book The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness And Were Too Distracted By Her Beauty To Notice and will be joined by author Susan Orlean (The Orchid Thief and The New Yorker staff writer). At the ICM Theater in the former MGM Building in Century City. Tickets: $20.

ALOUD at the Central Library welcomes Tricia Tunstall, author of Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema, and the Transformative Power of Music, a book that examines El Sistema, the music education program that nurtured Gustavo Dudamel's musical talent. The discussion, with Turnstall and Leni Boorstin, community affairs director, L.A. Philharmonic, will focus on how arts education effects positive social change. Free. 7 pm. Standby list only.

The comedic one-act play Pig: A Restaurant returns tonight to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre tonight at 7 pm for one night only. Written by Leila Cohan-Miccio, a former Grub Street editor, and starring Lauren Conlin Adams, the solo show lampoons everything from celeb chef culture to ultra-locavorism. Tickets: $5, which includes admission to both Pig: A Restaurant and Mike Still: Dictator for Life.

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