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Pencil This In: Arts Night Pasadena, 'Castle' Cast and Crew at PaleyFest, Weird Al Yankovic and Night Hiking

'Is This Thing On? 2' opens at Gallery1988 Melrose tonight with art inspired by some of our favorite comedians. (Chevy Chase by Nicole Gustaffson, courtesy of Gallery1988)
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TGIF! We found an eclectic mix of events happening around town tonight, including art inspired by comics at Gallery1988—with Weird Al Yankovic in person; Pasadena museums stay open late; Castle's cast and crew at PaleyFest; and a night hike in Franklin Canyon.

Gallery1988 (Melrose) and partners with FunnyOrDie again for the second annual Is This Thing On? exhibit. More than 100 artists have created artwork inspired by their favorite funny people. The opening reception is tonight from 7-10 pm with opening night host, Weird Al Yankovic. To commemorate the approaching 30th Anniversary of Al's first album, the gallery has produced the official Weird Al career retrospective screenprint set. The show is up through March 31.

Pasadena presents a free evening of art, music and entertainment forArt Night Pasadenatonight from 6-10 pm. The city’s arts and cultural institutions, including Alliance Française de Pasadena, Armory Center for the Arts, Art Center College of Design, leave their doors open for the evening crowd. Several food trucks are also stationed throughout the city, including the Clean Street Food truck at Shumei Arts Council; Komodo at the Pasadena Museum of History; Nom Nom at Pasadena Museum of California Art; No Tomatoes! at Pacific Asia Museum; Paradise Cookies at Pacific Asia Museum; and Coolhaus at Armory Center for the Arts. There’s also an ArtNight Bicycle Tour and free shuttles running throughout the night.

Tonight at 7 pm, PaleyFest 2012 continues at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills with the cast and creators of Castle. Among the cast in attendance are stars Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Molly Quinn, and executive producers Andrew W. Marlowe and Rob Bowman.
Tickets: $20-$75.

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There’s an an almost full moon hike tonight in Franklin Canyon at 6 pm. It’s a moderately strenuous two-hour hike. Meet at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center in Franklin Canyon.

*Pencil pick of the day

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