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Pencil This In: LA Art Book Fair, Crafts and Cocktails, LoopdeLoop Screenings, 'King of Kong' Musical and T Cooper

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There's too much to do tonight and too little time with which to do it. LA has an amazing night of literature with the LA Art Book Fair opening tonight through the weekend; a reading by T Cooper; a looped animated film competition; an unauthorized musical on 'King of Kong' and much more. Read on for all the details.

It’s the opening night of Printed Matter's LA Book Fair at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA tonight from 6-9 pm. It’s LA’s first Art Book Fair, a companion to the New York version held every fall. On view at the fair are artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines presented by 220 international presses, artists and independent sellers and publishers from 21 countries. Featured projects include an Homage to Mike Kelley presented by Gagosian and a Larry Clark Pop-Up Shop by BOO-HOORAY. The fair runs tomorrow (11 am-5 pm), Saturday (11 am-6 pm) and Sunday (12-6 pm). The fair is free and open to the public.

When Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair closes tonight, DUM DUM Zine hosts a little after par-tay with The Pop-Hop at Mandrake Bar tonight from 9:30 pm to close. It’s a pre-launch party of Dum Dum’s third issue: PUNKS & Scholars, an experimental issue that contains writing and multimedia objects that fit inside a 45 record mailer box.

TheCraft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) hosts a Wearable Art Preview and Cocktail Reception tonight from 5-8 pm in the CAFAM Courtyard. The soiree is serving as a sneak preview for this weekend’s trunk show of wearable art by four craft artists. Meet the artists and take a look at the wearable art before the pieces go on sale.

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JibJab teams up with LoopdeLoop, a monthly animation challenge that originated in Australia, featuring short, animated loops united under a theme. Since LoopdeLoop is newish to LA, they selected the broadest theme possible: Hollywood. A panel of celebs—Weird Al Yankovic; Dane Boedigheimer (Creator of Annoying Orange); Alex Hirsch (Creator of Gravity Falls) and Jerry Beck (Co-founder of Cartoon Brew)—judge the loops and award the winner an iPad mini. Free, with RSVP.

Tonight (and the last Thursday of every month), it’s time for the Wilshire Center-Koreatown Art and Architecture Walk from 6-10 pm. The self-guided walking tour showcases the area’s historic architecture, galleries, artists, photography, restaurants, bars and businesses. The Wiltern serves as the official art lounge where visitors can stop to pickup maps and schedules featuring landmark buildings, art galleries, art stops and food/drink crawls.

Vroman’s bookstore in Pasadena hosts a reading for T Cooper’s Real Man Adventures(from McSweeney’s) tonight at 7 pm. The book is a comic exploration of the “paradoxes and pleasures of masculinity.” It was only a few years ago that Cooper wrote his parents a letter telling them he “wasn’t their daughter anymore.” And that was the “good news.” The book is a collage of letters, essays and interviews, artwork and snippets of difficult conversations. Special music guest Kevin Buchmeier joins Cooper. Free.

UCB Theatre presents King of Kong: The Unauthorized Musical—an 8-bit musical based on The King of Kong documentary. With the book by Joe Chandler, Matthew Patrick Davis and Zach Paez with music and lyrics by Matthew Patrick Davis, the play spotlights Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell as they go head-to-head for the Donkey Kong world record. The show features the hit, "There's a Potential Donkey Kong Kill Screen Coming Up." 8 pm. Tickets: $5. Standby only.

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