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Pencil This In: Paley Fest Kicks off with 'The Walking Dead,' NHM's First Fridays with the Allah-las and 'Laluzapalooza'

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TGIF, right? Here's what's going on in LA tonight—from zombies on the town at the Paley Fest to a Dungeons and Dragons improv show to a huge pop art show called 'Laluzapalooza.' There's also still a chance to get tickets for NHM's First Friday events tonight. Read on for all the details.

The Paley Center kicks off its big TV fan festival—The Paley Fest—at the Saban Theater tonight in Beverly Hills with the cast and creators of The Walking Dead. (It’s sold out, but entire program will be screened in select theaters on March 7.) Other TV shows included in the festival, which runs through March 15, include Community, Parenthood, The Mindy Project, Nashville, Arrow, Dallas, New Girl, The Big Bang Theory, 2 Broke Girls, Revolution, The Newsroom, Once Upon A Time, The New Normal and American Horror Story: Asylum. If you can’t get tickets, most of the events will be livestreamed, except for the aforementioned Walking Dead panel and The Big Bang Theory event, which comes to theaters on March 13.

It’s once again time for NHM’s science and music mashup tonight at 5:30 pm. First Fridays include tours like 
"Tools of the Trade" with the museum’s collections manager and the discussion Living in Earthquake Country: Los Angeles and the Big One, with seismologist and bona fide “rock st Dr. Lucy Jones of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Live performances by Allah-las and The Babies and KCRW's Anthony Valadez and Travis Holcombe are DJing in the DJ lounge. Advanced tickets are sold out for the concert hall access, but a limited number are available at the door starting at 5 pm. Adult museum admission (includes tours, discussions): $12, $18 with concert.

La Luz De Jesus Gallery opens Laluzapalooza—its ginormous, juried group show tonight at 8 pm. The curators selected 220 works from 15,000 images submitted for the large, no-theme show. Approximately 120 artists (both established and emerging), including graphic designers, tattooists, scenic designers, students, animators are featured. Laluzapalooza remains on view through the end of the month.

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Calling all D&D fans: The improv group Drunkards and Dragons performs an improvised fantasy story based on the popular role-playing game every Friday (tonight included) at iO West at 8 pm. The troupe has the audience roll an inflatable die to help steer the direction of the story. Tickets: $10.

Two theater items to note tonight: We’re hearing good things about the dark comedy, The Meat Shall Inherit, written and directed by David Gallic. It finishes its run at Studio/Stage this weekend. Curtain time tonight is 8 pm and tickets are $20. Another “darkly comic” production Mommune, is previewing tonight. Written by Dorothy Fortenberry, it's being staged by Chalk Rep in a site-specific space: a kid's learning center. Mommune runs Saturdays and Sundays through April 7. Tonight's preview is a bargain at $15.

*Pencil pick of the day

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