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Pencil This In: An Adult Swim Art Show, Panel Discussion on the Creative Economy and the Nightshade Series

It's 'Adult Swim' at Gallery1988 on Melrose. (Image by Casey Weldon, courtesy of Gallery1988)
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Here's what's on our radar tonight: An art show inspired by Adult Swim; a Zombie Joe's theater production; a panel on L.A.'s Emerging Alternative Creative Economy; and Andrea Cremer signs her final book in the Nightshade series. Read on for the details.

Tonight Gallery1988 (Melrose) opens the show "[adult swim] x G1988" tonight from 7-10 pm. 100 artists have created paintings, prints, sculptures and plush works, inspired by shows, characters and iconic imagery from various [adult swim] shows, including Robot Chicken, Tim & Eric Awesome Show and Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Many of the artists will be in attendance. The show runs through Feb. 4.

YA readers of Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade series might want to make the trek down to Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach to llisten and hear Cremer read and sign Bloodrose, the conclusion to the trilogy. The author, history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., uses her academic research to explore power systems, oppression and gender issues for the series on werewolves and the paranormal world. 4-6 pm.

Tonight at 8:30 pm, Zombie Joe’s Underground holds the world premiere of Absolute Black, Vanessa Cate’s 1940’s film noir-inspired thriller, about “a relentless private eye’s search for the killer of Hollywood's leading lady and the psychological web of deceit he uncovers.” Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 11. Tickets: $15.

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art holds an opening reception from 6-8 pm for Adam Berg: Endangered Spaces, an installation of new video, sculpture and photos. The show explores the complex relationship between nature and the built environment, comparing the future of endangered animals and threatened architectural spaces. His videos include sequences where animals invade well-known homes like giraffes wandering through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. The show is up through Feb. 25.

DTLA’s Last Bookstore holds Exchange: A Panel on L.A.'s Emerging Alternative Creative Economy tonight at 8 pm. Listen to ideas on how the creative classes can move forward towards economic stability. Hear about projects that focus on new economic models of exchange, including Skillshare, Echo Park Time Bank, Artist Bailout, Poets & Writers and the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council.

*Pencil pick of the day

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