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Pencil This In: Tenacious D at Everything Is Fest, Mr. Men Little Miss Art Show, Risk Storytelling and the Polyphonic Spree

The art show 'Everybody’s a Somebody' explores the world of Mr. Men Little Miss. (Image: Courtesy of iam8bit gallery.)
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There’s an abundance of comedy and music events happening in LA tonight, including an evening with Tenacious D as part of the Everything Is festival; free concerts at the Skirball and at the Santa Monica Pier; a live chat show with The Kennedy Administration; an evening of risky storytelling with guests that include Greg Proops and Michael Showalter; the opening of the Class of Chicago comedy fest; a group pop art exhibition dedicated to Mr. Men Little Miss; and The Polyphonic Spree in concert. Read on for all the details.

iam8bit gallery opens an epic group art event with a reception tonight from 7 to 11 pm. In Everybody’s a Somebody, more than 50 artists have created works that explore the world of Mr. Men Little Miss. Valet parking is available at Mohawk Bend (next to the gallery). A portion of tonight’s sales benefit 826LA. The show will remain on view through Sept. 8. RSVP requested.

The Everything Is Festival at Cinefamily winds down tonight with Festival Supreme Sneak Peek! a program that’s co-presented by FYF Fest. At 7:30 pm, Tenacious D will be onhand to talk about Festival Supreme—LA’s upcoming, brand-new “celebration of the intersection between music and comedy.” Curated by Tenacious D, the boys are bringing a stellar lineup that will feature Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler, Fred Armisen, Eric Idle, Hannibal Buress, Will Forte, Demetri Martin and more on Oct. 19 at the Santa Monica Pier. Tickets: $15.

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Polyphonic Spree plays the El Rey Theatre tonight, performing material from its new album Yes, It’s True. It’s the band's first studio recording of original material since 2007. Also on the bill tonight are Harper Simon (whose dad is Paul Simon) with Seryn. Tickets: $22+ fees.

The live chat show, The Kennedy Administration, takes over Echoes Under Sunset in Echo Park tonight at 9:30 pm. “It's like Conan or Letterman, but live, untelevised, and under a bridge in Echo Park.” The free show tonight includes music from Zac & Nimol of Dengue Fever; comedian Chris Garcia; Rico Gagliano of NPR's The Dinner Party Download; and magician Kevin Viner.

The RISK! Storytelling show is at NerdMelt tonight at 9 pm with people telling true stories they’d never thought they’d share in public. Great guest lineup tonight includes: Michael Showalter (The State, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer"), Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway), Helen Hong (Inside Amy Schumer,Inside Llewyn Davis) and Christian Spicer (Impro(VS)tandup). The evening is hosted by Sara Benincasa and Beowulf Jones. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

It’s another night of music at the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Piertonight at 7 pm featuring the jazz/blues stylings of singer/songwriter/guitarist Nick Waterhouse and Boogaloo Assassins. Free.

The Class of Chicago Fest returns for its second year, staging a comedy reunion of sorts of Chicago comics and performers now living in LA. Created by Carl Kozlowski of the comedy-talk podcasting station, the festival takes over the Fake Gallery on Melrose (at Heliotrope). The show Emo Philips Does Improv is at 8 pm tonight, followed at 10 pm by Comedy Shorts Spectacular, featuring films by Scott Vinci, Ryan Ridley and Willy Laszlo. Tickets are $10 for all shows and may be purchased at the door.

Tonight at 8 pm, The Skirball continues its 2013 Sunset Concerts series with a free concert featuring the music of Maria Muldaur (“Midnight at the Oasis”) who teams up with guitarists Chuck and Darick Campbell and the rhythm section led by Phil and Carlton Campbell. The musicians are teaming up for a world premiere collaboration that mixes traditional blues, African-American gospel and The Campbell Brothers’ signature steel guitars. Get their early to explore the Skirball and its exhibitions (except Noah’s Ark), which are free and open until 10 pm. Visitors can bring food, but no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. Parking is $10 cash only.

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