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Pencil This In: David Lynch and Russell Brand Talk Meditation; an LA Puppet Festival; and The Skatalites Release Party

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Lots of great stuff happening in LA tonight, including the kick off of LA’s first Puppet Festival; a free Tuesday night residency by Great White Buffalo; a group exhibition by LA and Parisian artists and architecture; David Lynch and Russell Brand discuss meditation; a release party by The Skatalites; a panel discussion on the comic industry; and a few other events. Read on for all the details.

PUPPETS*
More than a dozen puppetry groups throughout the city are banding together for the first L.A. Puppet Fest. Things kick off tonight at 9:30 pm at UCB Theatre with La, La, La, LA: A Puppet Musical. It’s LA’s own puppet musical about how life sucks sometimes. Follow this puppet crew as they “experience commercial auditions, terrible (but flexible) part-time jobs, and worst of all, living in the Valley.” Admission: $5.

ART
For Your Art and the MAK Center present the second phase of Dialogues—a group art exhibition of drawings and models by 30 artists and architects from both Paris and Los Angeles at ForYourArt. The show explores cross-disciplinary work that dissolves traditional boundaries between the professions. Participants include Doug Aitken, Didier Faustino, Eric Wesley, Pae White and Peter Zellner. There’s an opening reception tonight from 6-8 pm.

MUSIC
LA’s quartet Great White Buffalo begins a month-long Tuesday night residency at Hemingway's tonight at 9:30 pm. The band just released their self-titled EP. Joining them on the bill are IVORY DEVILLE and The Gallery. Free.

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PERFORMING ARTS
The Tuesday Night Project kicks off its 15th season of the Tuesday Night Project, which highlights new works in visual and performance arts from LA’s Asian American artistic community in Little Tokyo. Tonight’s lineup includes: Connie Lim, Beau Sia, Swiffer Crew and TeAda Productions‘ “Global Taxi Driver,” among others. The TNP continues every first and third Tuesdays of the month. Free.

ART TALK
Tonight at 7 pm, LACMA presents the program Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings with graphic artist and filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian who discusses a new illustrated Shahnameh, an epic work of 60,000 verses composed more than 1,000 years ago by Persian poet Ferdowsi of Tous. At the Brown Auditorium. Free, no reservations.

FILM
Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Downtown Glendale Association, Glendale Arts and Prospect House Entertainment kick off the James Bond 007 50th Anniversary Series with a screening of Licence to Kill at the Alex Theatre. Timothy Dalton takes on the 007 role and the film also stars Carey Lowell, Robert Davi and Talisa Soto. Event includes a Q&A with an appearance by David Hedison (Felix). Tickets: $15.

MEDITATION DISCUSSION + SCREENING
The Hammer Museum presents an evening with filmmaker David Lynch for the program Meditation, Creativity, Peace tonight at 7:30 pm. There’s a screening of the documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace that follows Lynch on a 16-country tour of Europe, the Middle East and Latin America to promote the individual and global impact of meditation. A Q&A with David Lynch and Russell Brand will follow the screening. Free. Tickets are required and available at the Box Office, one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis.

MUSIC
Tonight at 7 pm, the Last Bookstore in DTLA welcomes the legendary ska band The Skatalites to celebrate and sign their brand new album Walk With Me! The free event is hosted by Queen P and Jason Lawless and includes a Q & A with the band. There’s a DJ set by D.J. Soulfool Selector.

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COMICS PANEL DISCUSSION
Tonight at 8 pm, KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum comes to NerdMelt for the program Comics, DIY, and the L.A. Effect. KPCC’s Mike Roe and panelists comic writer Sam Humphries; cartoonist and comics writer Hope Larson; and Jim Higgins talk about DIY in the comics industry, their careers and LA’s comics/graphic novels scene. Free, but reservations required.

*Pencil pick of the day

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