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Pencil This In: 'Star Wars' Comedy Quiz Show, Les Femmes Exhibit at A+D Museum, 'Sunset Boulevard' Screens Outdoors

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Here’s what’s happening tonight in LA besides the monthly Downtown Art Walk: Sunset Boulevard screens outdoors in Pasadena, Deborah Harkness reads and signs Shadow of Night at The Grove; the design exhibit COME IN! Les Femmes opens at the A+D Museum; a Star Wars-themed comedy, improv quiz show takes over NerdMelt; salsa music at the Autry and house and moombahton at the Airliner.

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Made in LA holds artists' conversations tonight in Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. (Image: Dashiell Manley. Working drawing, 2011. Ink on paper. Courtesy the artist.

LIT
Shadow of Night is Deborah Harkness’s follow-up to last year’s bestseller A Discovery of Witches. It’s a Gothic love story—between a modern witch and a vampire—set in Elizabethan England. Harkness uses her academic research (as a USC history professor) to give the book plenty of delicious details. She reads from Shadow of Night tonight at 7 pm at Barnes & Noble at The Grove.FILM FESTIVAL
The Old Pasadena Film Festival 2012 continues tonight at the One Colorado Courtyard at 8:30 pm. Showing on the outdoor big screen is Sunset Boulevard (1950) that focuses on aging actress Norma Desmond’s (Gloria Swanson) descent into madness. The fest continues Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the month. Free.

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ART*
The A+D Architecture and Design Museum highlights the work of Santa Monica-based artists Amy Jean Boebel and Gwen Samuels in the third installment of the summer exhibition series COME IN! Les Femmes. The entire show features 25 women designers who transform all of the museum spaces with their work, with no rules or limitations on what can be fabricated, stationed or created. Open with a reception tonight from 6-9 pm and runs through Sept. 8. Admission $10, $5 students, A+D members free.

ART+MUSIC
The Hammer and LAXART continue its celebration of Made in L.A. 2012 today. At Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30 pm, there’s a conversation with artists who frame and contextualize their work through talks, discussions, screenings, and performances. Artists include Meg Cranston, Liz Glynn, Vishal Jugdeo, Dashiell Manley, Nicole Miller and Ry Rocklen. Crosstown, the Hammer and KCRW continue the Made in LA: Music series from 7-10 pm with Anne Litt spinning tunes and hosting a set by the Allah-Las. The galleries stay open late and there’s a cash bar available, too.

QUIZ SHOW
The improv-comedy quiz show, What Do You Know? comes to NerdMelt Theater tonight at 7:30 pm for an entire show dedicated to Star Wars questions. Panelists are awarded more points for being funny than right. Hosted by Steve Frech, tonight’s guests include Andre Hyland, Clinton Pickens, Rob English, & Adam Sauter!

SALSA MUSIC
A couple of eclectic music choices for you tonight. Dance to NY-style street salsa music from Angel Lebron y Su Sabor Latino at the Autry’s Sizzling Summer Nights from 6-9 pm. The evening also has hot-off-the-grill food, ice-cold drinks and spirits, open museum galleries, dance lessons and more. $10 for adults.

HOUSE MUSIC
Over at the Airliner in Santa Monica, get ready to dance to house, moombahton, trap and more from 9:30 pm-2:30 am with music by D!rty Aud!o, Tribe of Zebras, Savager, Left Minded, Coco Cosette and Ryan Marks. RSVP for free entry before 10 pm. Otherwise, it’s $10 at the door.

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