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Pencil This In: NerdMelt Celebrates Daniel Clowes and 'Ghost World,' Red Bull Curates Art; Open Movie Night at EPFC and Zocolo on Immigration

Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch in 'Ghost World.' (Production still)
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It's a night of great art and events in LA. We found an interesting MOPLA Pro'jekt with projected works from a number of photographers; a Red Bull street artist challenge; open movie night at the Echo Park Film Center; the comedy of The Movie Guys; and a Ghost World.-Daniel Clowes event at NerdMelt. Read on for all the details: GHOST WORLD*
If you’re a fan of Ghost World, then you need to head down to Meltdown Comics tonight. At 6 pm, there’s an “Enid Meet Up.” Channel your inner Enid Coleslaw...wear your glasses, your best Enid looks and expressions and head on down to the shop for a screening of the film that stars Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. Then at 8 pm, get your tickets for an event with Dan Clowes (Ghost World comic creator). They’re celebrating the release of The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, the first monograph on one of America’s most innovative cartoonists with an evening of comedy, a discussion with Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing, and a Q&A with Clowes himself. $40 for two tickets and the book. No individual tickets will be sold for this event.

ON|PAUSE is a Month of Photography LA (MOPLA) series dedicated to showing photography in the creative workspaces of commercial production and post houses. Tonight from 6:30-10 pm, there’s a MOPLA Pro'jekt event at ChopHouse Post in Santa Monica. New and projected work by photographers Andrei Liankevich, Chris Malcolm, Clay Lipsky, David Ellingsen, Edwin Beckenbach, Frank Schaefer, Gianni Cipriano, Hugh Hamilton, Katrin Koenning, Kenneth Nelson, Kurt Horbst, Lucy Helton, Nina Roder, Patricia Castaneda, Patrizia Burra, Paula Goldman, Stephen Tomasko, Tamar Levine and Vanessa Wiggins. RSVP to

Red Bull challenged 20 LA-based street artists to create works of art using Red Bull coolers that could win them a free showcase in Miami during Art Basel. The works will be judged by actress Taryn Manning, artist Domingo Zapata and director/producer Jon Reiss. and will be unveiled tonight at Lab Art in a public viewing from 9 pm-12am. RSVPs required.

Tonight The Movie Guys Live! skewer the movies at The Second City Hollywood tonight. With special guest host Chris Gore from G4TV’s “Attack of the Show” and founder of, the sketch comedy team will take a look at this month’s new releases and unleash the comedy magic. 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

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It’s open screen night at the Echo Park Film Center tonight at 8 pm. That means you can share your film in front of a live audience, if you dare. They’ll screen any genre, style and works in progress, too, up to 10 minutes. First come, first screened. One film per filmmaker. Formats accepted: DVD, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, standard 8mm, 16 mm. Filmmakers get in free, audience members’ suggested donation is $5.

Eric Liu, author and former Clinton speechwriter and policy advisor, visits Zócalo tonight to ask what would citizenship be if none of us could take it for granted? He’ll discuss the policy of birthright citizenship and the views of immigration restrictionists who want to deny citizenship to American-born children of undocumented immigrants as well as a thought experiment that wonders what would happen if no one were granted automatic U.S. citizenship and treating it as something to be earned. Free, but RSVPs recommended. At the Petersen Automotive Museum at 8 pm. Park for $8 with validation at the museum.

Tonight from 6 pm-2 am, the Surly Goat presents a killer lineup from the New Belgium brewery. On tap are: Valentine - Witbier (ale brewed with raspberry juice, orange peel & rose hips); La Folie - Flanders Red Ale; Dig - American Pale Ale; Cocoa Mole - Chile Beer; Prickly Passion Saison; Clutch - American Wild Ale; Belgo Belgian India Pale Ale and Shift (In Cans!) - American Pale Lager.

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