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Pencil This In: A Zombie Lecture, Giant Robot Biennale 3 Closing Party and 'The Birds' on the Big Screen

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It's one of those nights where we wish we could be in five different places at once. There's too much going on in LA tonight: A Giant Robot Biennale 3 closing party, a lecture on zombies, a Live Read of 'His Girl Friday,' and 'The Birds' on the big screen. Read on for the all the details.

Giant Robot and the JANM Young Professional Network hold the closing party for Giant Robot Biennale 3 tonight from 6-10 pm. The show, which runs through Jan. 20, features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection. Many of the artists featured in the exhibition joining in the festivities The event is free, but RSVP required.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA presents a Live Read of His Girl Friday,guest directed by Fred Savage. The Live Reads feature a surprise cast who’ll read the Charles Lederer’s script, which is based on the play The Front Page, by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur). Tickets for general public: $40. Only standby tickets available. Line forms at 6:30 pm.

Tonight at 7:30, the Fowler Museum presents the program, The Walking Dead: Zombies in Haitian Vodou and Contemporary Popular Culture. Panelists Max Brooks (author of The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead and World War Z); Anna Creagh, from UCLA's Department of World Arts and Culture; and Patrick Polk, co-curator of In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art, discuss the origins and manifestations of the “zombi” in the Haitian and contemporary culture. Free.

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After a three-week facelift, The Hudson in WeHo reopens its doors today. To celebrate, the bar is offering 1/2 off all cocktails on the cocktail menu (normally $11 each) for the entire night. New cocktails have been created by Mia Sarazen and Hudson Bar Manager Brian Simpson.

It’s collegiate comedy tonight at 10 pm at the Laugh Factory with UCLA and USC comedians vying for laughs. On the bill are six Bruins vs. six Trojans in tonight’s semifinal round with a guest performance by Adam DeVine from Workaholics. Two comics from each school will be selected by the audience to move onto the finals on Feb. 21. The winner earns incredible prizes, including meetings with top Hollywood casting execs for TV and film. Tickets: $17-$27.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre and Red Line Tours present a screening of The Birds on the big screen tonight at 7 pm. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hitchcock’s film, there’s also a Q&A with cast members Tippi Hedren and Veronica Cartwright. Tickets: $5.

Cafe Fais Do Do holds the monthly Super Serious Show tonight at 8 pm. It’s a live comedy/variety/music show with a food truck, sweets and FREE beer and wine. Performers on the bill are Jimmy Pardo, Andres du Bouchet, Beth Stelling, Jon Dore, Levi Macdougall, Ron Funches with videos by Jonah Ray. Doors at 7. Tickets: $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Ages: 21+.

*Pencil pick of the day

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