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Pencil This In: Jeffrey Eugenides at Skylight Books and Boobs

At Crewest Gallery: Collaborations between L.A. graffiti artist Man One and industrial designers. (Image: URBNLUX Artist David Rowan Johnson)
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It’s the second Thursday of the month, which means it must be time for the Downtown Art Walk. If you want to avoid the crowds roving the streets tonight, there's Busting Out, which finds the funny in women's boobs, Jeffrey Eugenides signs his latest book and NerdMelt mixes comedy and bad bad movies. Read on for all the details.

Crewest presents URBNLUX: Graffiti For Life, a show that explores the convergence of graffiti and design by showcasing several collaborations between renowned L.A. graffiti artist Man One and some of the today's best industrial designers, architects and manufacturers. Participating collaborators include: Reza Feiz, Cory Grosser, Benjamin Rollins Caldwell, Ando Pndlian, Roger Brooks Bennett, Brian Rupp, U1 Toy Arts and Lantern Masters as well as Gainey, Vessel USA, Murals Your Way and allPop Art. And don’t forget that

And don’t forget that LEBA's PROJECT: REMEMBER, Giving the fallen soldiers of the Afghanistan war a voice launches from atop five of Gallery Row’s tallest buildings. The project aims to raise awareness to and honor the lives of US soldiers lost in Afghanistan. Leba and five groups of volunteers will release 1700+ balloons, each lit and tagged with the name of a fallen solider from Afghanistan.

From the land which gave us Puppetry of the Penis comesBusting Out, which this time, focuses on women. Mixing stand up, sketch and musical theater, the show is being described as an uplifting “celebration of bouncy songs, wobbly jokes, thigh-slapping sketches, and of course, practical demonstrations of the fascinating lesser-known uses of the leading ladies’ assets.” There's nudity, so this production's not meant for young audiences. It previews tonight at The Hayworth in MacArthur Park. 8 pm. Tickets: $46.

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Tonight at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books welcomes Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides. He’ll read and sign his new novel The Marriage Plot. Skylight is expecting a big crowd, so they’re laying down a few rules. To get a ticket for the signing line, you need to buy a copy of The Marriage Plot at Skylight Books. Eugenides will sign up to two copies—no more—of his previous books if they are purchased at the event.

NerdMelt presents the program Two Thumbs Way Down tonight at 8 pm. Comedians Pete Holmes, Kumail Nanjiani, Rory Scovel and creator Eli Olsberg each bring a bad movie, and after watching each trailer, the audience votes on which movie to watch. The comedians then proceed rip the movie to shreds. Since Halloween is around the corner, expect to choose from some of the worst horror movies out there. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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

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