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Pencil This In: Proopcast Taping, 'Buckaroo Banzai,' Bad Screenplay on Stage and a Progressive Art and Music Event

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Do you have a case of the Mondays? Shake 'em off by checking out some of these events tonight in LA. We found a progressive art and music event with members of Fishbone; Greg Proops tapes his podcast and screens Buckaroo Banzai at Cinefamily; Chris Hayes is at Writer's Bloc; It's a School Night at Bardot; and a great free show at the Satellite.

Tonight from 5-11 pm, art event planners Cartwheel presents A Red Hot Night of Art, Film & Music. It’s a progressive art event that starts at La Luz de Jesus for a reception for the art of John Scarpati from 5-7 pm, and then travels to Barnsdall Gallery Theater for a screening of the rockumentary Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone at 8 pm, followed by a performance and Q&A session with members of Fishbone. Tickets: $10 at the door. Free parking at Barnsdall Art Park. No host bar.

Improv comic Greg Proops is The Smartest Man In The World. At least that’s the title of his weekly podcast. He’ll be taking the stage at Cinefamily tonight for a taping of the latest Proopcast, but he’ll also be screening a 35mm print of the 1984 sci-fi flick The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai with Peter Weller as a test-driver/physicist/rock star who has to save the world and Jeff Goldblum is a neurosurgeon in a cowboy outfit. “Proops will deconstruct, reanimate and regale this fine classic, plus tackle 467 ancillary tangents in an expert flick of the verbal wrist.” $12

We’re kind of digging the tunes from New Orleans’ kids Royal Teeth, and they’re playing a free show tonight at The Satellite along with JJAMZ (featuring members of Maroon 5, Phantom Planet, Rilo Kiley, The Like), The Orwells and other special guests. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. This show is strictly 21+.

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The Magnum Opus Players and Sacred Fools Theater Company presents Abi’s Choice—a faithful rendition of a terrible screenplay live on stage—word for word. Here’s what the screenplay’s about: “Hip young novelist Abigail Lauren's fiancée splits with her for a year. So she begins a journey of romantic discovery with multiple partners that will ultimately lead her to make a choice...” At the Sacred Fools Theater at 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc presents MSNBC's Chris Hayes, host of Up With Chris Hayes. He’ll discuss the lack of authority in America and how mistrust in political and corporate authority allows for corruption and malfeasance. At the Writers Guild Theater. Tickets: $20.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Tonight’s lineup includes live performances by ZZ Ward; DWNTWN (EP release party); Icona Pop and Kodaline. DJ set by Young Skeeter. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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