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Pencil This In: GrandSLAM Storytelling, a Hot Tub Comedy and Variety Show, 'The Dark Knight Returns' Panel Discussion

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Shake off your case of the Mondays with these great events tonight: a night of expert storytelling at the LA Moth GrandSLAM; a variety/comedy show with the Sklar Brothers, Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman and more; Papa's ends its month-long Bootleg residency; School Night music headlined by Urban Cone and a panel discussion on the animated The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2. Read on for all the details.

It’s time for the LA Moth GrandSLAM Championship tonight at the Echoplex. Taking the stage are 10 previous winners of LA StorySLAMs, telling stories—not standup routines or readings—under the theme The Deep End. Doors at 7 pm, stories begin at 8 pm. Tickets: $18 and $19 at the door.

The Hot Tub live comedy variety show, created and hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, has taken over The Virgil for a Monday night residency series. On the bill tonight are Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, the Sklar Brothers and the Apple Sisters. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door with drink specials and an after party. Music and happy hour specials begin at 7 pm with the show at 8 pm. 21+.

Papa’s residency at the Bootleg has proven to be so popular that for their last night, the local band gets moved into the larger Bootleg Theater. Chief, Sean Bones and DJ Jenny open for Papa, who have promised to bring along special guests and a few surprises. The Tappan Collective takes over the Bootleg’s gallery for the evening, providing limited-edition prints by artists Clara Balzary, Travis Schneider, Isaac Zoller and original artwork inspired by Papa. RSVP for the event for preferred (but not guaranteed) entry. Show at 8:30. 21+ older. Free.

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The Comedy Central Stage hosts Ma'am an all-female sketch show tonight at 8 pm. Directed by Colleen Smith, Lady Bits was written by and starring only girls... "with some boys who will be performing at our beck&call, as it should be." Performers on the bill are: Annie Baria, Katierose Donohue, Kate Frisbee, Misty Dawn Monroe, Courtney Pauroso and Corey Podell. Free.

The Paley Center hosts the West Coast premiere of The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow. The animated film is the conclusion to the two-part adaptation of “the acclaimed 1980s comic series The Dark Knight Returns starring a retired Batman who dons the cape and cowl to deal with a city decaying into crime.” Kevin Smith moderates a panel with members of the film’s cast and creative team after the screening. While there are no tickets left for the 7 pm screening, the panel discussion will be live-streamed beginning around 8:30 pm from the Paley Center.

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. On tap tonight are live performances by Camera2, Wildcat!Wildcat!, Tom Odell and Urban Cone. DJ sets by Kian and Cooper Saver. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

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