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Pencil This In: Butch Walker at the Bootleg, Free 'Pussy Riot' Screening, Art Talk on Mike Kelley's 'Mobile Homestead'

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Here are our favorite events happening in LA tonight, including an art discussion at SMMoA on Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead; a screening of Pussy Riot; music by Lee Dewyze and Butch Walker; comedy by Todd Barry; storytelling from The Moth or Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction; and variety and comedy at Victory Lap. Read on for all the details.

Tonight marks the LA return of singer-songwriter-record producer Butch Walker to the Bootleg Theater. You might not be familiar with his own music, but Walker has worked with and influenced a number of bands and artists, including The Academy Is..., Weezer, Bowling For Soup, Dashboard Confessional and many others. Walker’s set begins at 10 pm and opening at 9 pm is Carrie and the Yellow Marbles. Tickets: $25. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door.

Todd Barry: The Crowd Work Tourmakes a stop at Largo tonight. During this “crowd work” show, Barry leaves the prepped jokes behind and instead riffs and banters with audiences. Joining Barry on the bill tonight are fellow comedians Tom Papa and Eddie Pepitone. Doors at 7 pm and showtime is at 8:30. Tickets: $25.

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Tonight at 7:30 pm, the Santa Monica Museum of Art presents A Collection of Ideas...The Mobile Homestead Project—a conversation with Mary Clare Stevens, Jim Shaw and Cary Loren—to discuss Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead project. Mobile Homestead is a full-scale replica of the artist’s suburban childhood home built behind the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and is meant to explore the relationship between public and private art. Stevens, executive director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, is joined by artists Shaw and Loren, who were Kelley’s bandmates in Destroy All Monsters, and worked with the late artist on the Mobile Homestead project. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. RSVP required.

Tonight, the Hammer Museum screens the film Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer(2013), directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin. The documentary on the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, who performed a 40-second “punk prayer protest” on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. They were arrested and tried for trespassing, wearing “inappropriate” dresses and subversive behavior. The film contains “exclusive interviews and unprecedented access to courtroom footage” that earned the film the 2013 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit. Get to the museum a little early to hear the Chinatown-based KCHUNG radio broadcast live from the courtyard. Gabie Strong spins feminist punk and early 90's era girl-power music before the screening.

Tonight at 9 pm, NerdMelt hosts an evening of Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, a comedy show created and hosted by Bryan Cook. Tonight 10 comics write and perform erotic fan fiction pieces, based on their imagination or audience suggestions (writing stories on the spot while other comedians read their stories). Tonight’s guests are: Jesse Case, Matt Goldich, Karen Kilgariff, Baron Vaughn, Moshe Kasher, Lisa Best, Andy Wood, Emily Maya Mills and Ian Karmel. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

STORIESThe Moth takes over Los Globos tonight with storytellers spinning tales on the theme of “wanderlust.” Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about traveling, restlessness, thinking about how the grass is greener, etc. No standup and no notes allowed. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 pm and tales begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). The venue is 18+.

American Idol Season 9 winner Lee Dewyze plays the Hotel Cafe tonight at 8 p.m. His latest music reminds us of the Lumineers. Advance tickets: $15+ service charge. VIP tickets are $50 and include a meet-and-greet. Opening for Dewyze at 7 pm is Dawn Mitschele. The show is 21+.

Victory Lap, a variety show of comedy, music and ephemera is at the Virgil tonight at 9 pm. Hosted by Seth W. Owen, Stuart Jenkins and Alex Dezen of The Damnwells, the lineup includes Charlstarlene (I Forgot My Phone - Good Morning America), Melinda HIll (Host of What's Up Tiger Lily), Levi Macdougall (Hot Box) and Beat Box specialist Joshua Silverstein). And if that weren’t enough to entice you, there’s no cover, there are prizes given away throughout the night as well as a $6 cocktails/$5 wine and beer all night long. Doors at 8:30 pm

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