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Pencil This In: Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant, NHM's First Fridays, Mid-Century Cartoons and Sample Sales

Natalia Fabia curates the group exhibition 'Hookers' this weekend at Cory Helford Gallery. (Image: 'Convergence: Ayako' by Kent Williams)
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There are a number of events happening in LA tonight, including a performance-art inspired "MIss Hooker Beauty Pageant" at Dragonfly; mid-century cartoons screen at LACMA; a First Friday celebration at NHM, and sample sales at the California Market Center. Read on for all the details.

LA-based artist Natalia Fabia makes portraits of “beautiful, strong and sultry women” whom she calls “hookers.” Tonight, the Corey Helford Gallery presents Fabia’s Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012 at Dragonfly. Nine contestants compete for the Miss Hooker crown. It’s really a celebration of LA’s art scene with a burlesque show and pageant thrown in for good measure. The pageant’s hosted by comedian Brian Posehn with celeb judges Dave Navarro, Traci Lords and Alexis Arquette. 7-10 pm. Tickets: $10 at the door. Fabia’s art show opens tomorrow at Corey Helford Gallery on Saturday night.

LACMA presents the program Madcap Modernism: Mid-Century Cartoons from UPA and Beyond tonight at 7:30 pm. The museum screens rare 35mm prints that showcased modernism—animation that was “diametrically opposed to the fairy-tale worlds created by Walt Disney.” Animation historian Jerry Beck curates and hosts two programs in conjunction with the exhibition California Design. General admission tickets: $10.

Ok, so we know that it’s not a First Friday of the month, but the Natural History Museum is moving ahead with its First Friday celebration with a mix of live music, DJs and scientific lectures. There are tours at 5 pm, 5:30 pm and 6 pm of The Dinosaur Hall, and at 6:30 pm, Dr. Jared Diamond lectures on “Is it Good or Bad that the World has so Many Languages.” Live sets by Matthew Dear and Songodsuns from 8-10 pm. Resident DJ Anthony Valadez featuring Eric J. Lawrence spin tunes in the African Mammal Hall all night long. Museum Admission Only tickets are available (concert is sold out) $5-$12 and includes first come, first served access to the guided tour and discussion, as well as access to the DJ Lounge and galleries.

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Showrooms at the California Market Center open their doors to the public on the last Friday of the month for sample sales. So you have a few more hours to head downtown to shop the Center’s sample sales with collections for men, women, children, gift and home at below-retail prices. The showrooms set their own hours, but generally they stay open until 4 pm. CMC parking is $10.

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