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Pencil This In: An Etsy Craft Night, 'Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!' Taping, John Hughes' Movie Music and Geoff McFetridge

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It's Thursday night, and LA is hopping. Here's what we found: An NPR 'Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!' taping, a craft night at CAFAM, a Sunset Strip Market holiday dinner for a cause, comedy shows and a show based on the music of John Hughes. Read on for all the details.

It’s Etsy Craft Nightin the CAFAM Courtyard tonight from 7-9 pm. Crafter extraordinaire Samantha Squalls guides guests in the event Custom Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap. Learn to design beautiful holiday cards and gift wrap just in time for the season. Admission: $7/free for CAFAM Members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks). RSVP suggested to

This week at the Sunset Strip Market, Whole Foods in WeHo hosts a “Bringing The Holidays Home” dinner to benefit the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s senior programs. For $5, visitors get a holiday tasting plate. The first 100 guests also get a Whole Foods gift bag. The market, open on Thursdays from 5-9 pm, will also have artisan craft vendors for holiday shopping.

NerdMelt debuts its first-ever monthly sketch showcase—Sketchmelt—tonight at 8 pm. Hosted by Brad Gage and Christian Spicer, with producer Danielle N. Kramer, the show highlights the talent of comedy troupes live and on video. On the program tonight are Good Neighbor, women, Dead Kevin, Birds of Prey, Soop and Santos, Brian Morrison, Dry Hump Comedy and Awkward Kids. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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Calling all NPR junkies: The NPR’s news-quiz showWait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! holds a live taping at the Nokia Theater tonight at 8 pm. Host Peter Sagal and Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell will be joined on stage by panelists Paula Poundstone, Maz Jobrani and Adam Felber. The show will be broadcast on public radio this weekend, including KPCC 89.3 from 11AM-noon. Tickets: $35-$135.

Writer and performer Lee Rubenstein opens a new showBoners & Bread: A Tragedy With Jokes tonight at 8 pm at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He says, “The show is the unfortunately true story of my journey through puberty, from my first attempt at masturbation (which involved slapping my dick around like a blood-engorged weeble-wobble) all the way to my first date in college (wherein I thought it would be a good idea to crib heavily from National Lampoon's Van Wilder). $5.

Rockwell: Table & Stage opens For The Record: John Hughes (Holiday Road) tonight at 8 pm. The show features signature songs and moments from John Hughes’ films: Home Alone, Christmas Vacation and Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Weird Science. The show runs through Dec. 30 on Thursdays through Sundays. Tickets: $20-$40.

Tonight, the Hammer Museum welcomes LA-based graphic designer and artist Geoff McFetridge at 7:30 pm. He’s the founder of Champion Graphics, creating designs for clients including Nike, Patagonia, Gap red, Vans and Hewlett-Packard, and created titles for the film Where the Wild Things Are. The program is being held in conjunction with the Hammer’s exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production. Free.

Comedy Palace is a free stand-up show held every Thursday at above The Palace Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz. Performers tonight: Jay Larson, Eli Olsberg, Carlos Herrera, Prescott Tolk, Cameron Esposito, Cy Amundson and more. Doors at 9, show starts at 9:30 pm.

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter (@christineziemba). Or follow Lauren Lloyd—who takes care of Pencil on Wednesdays (@LadyyyLloyd).