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Pencil This In: 'Punch-Out' Art, Summer Twins' Music Residency, Peter Rainer on Film Criticism and a 'Date Night'

The show Punch-Out!! LA opens tonight featuring the work of Michael Edward Miller. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and Opulen Studios.)
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Here’s a quick list of the happenings in LA tonight to help shake off a case of the Mondays. Punch-Out!! is a new art show in DTLA that pays homage to an old Mike Tyson NES video game; Summer Twins music residency continues with a mixtape swap; comedian Alison Royer invites you to her date night, while Doug Benson does a lot of interrupting in his show. Also, film critic Peter Rainer discusses his new book of film criticism, and Data Romance headline music for a school night. Read on for all the details.

Punch-Out!! LA opens tonight at the Opulen Studios in DTLA, marking the first international art exhibition by Canadian artist Michael “Mikey” Edward Miller. The show features 25 new works by Miller, which are based on the classic NES game Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! Good news for nearby E3 attendees: The opening reception is tonight at 7 pm and the show remains on view through June 13.

The Summer Twins continues its June residency at the Bootleg Bar tonight at 9 pm. Tonight with the help of L.A. Record, the band is holding a mixtape swap, asking attendees to bring a mixtape or CD or even a cute card with a URL for people to download music later. Then take home someone else’s mixtape with you. Creative packaging encouraged. Also on the bill tonight are Naive Thieves, Thee Rain Cats and DJ Chris Zeigler. 21+.

Alison Royer invites you to her one-night stand in the comedy show Date Night tonight at Mi Westside Comedy Theater. Starting off with an audience suggestion, Alison and her special date navigate the sometimes rocky and twisted road to love. Tonight’s guest date is Tony Cavalero (The Groundlings). At 10 pm. Free, but 21+.

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Tonight at 7 pm, Book Soup hosts film critic Peter Rainer who discusses and signs his new book Rainer on Film: Thirty Years of Film Writing in a Turbulent and Transformative Era.The collection of Rainer’s film critiques run the gamut from American Beauty (which he thought was overrated) to The Night of the Hunter (which he considers a masterpiece). Rainer has curated this book from a various publications including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, New Times Los Angeles, and New York magazine and arranges them thematically.

It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Data Romance, My Goodness, World’s End Press and DJ sets by II and Tim Love Lee. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

Tonight at 8 pm, NerdMelt presents The Benson Interruption, in which comedian Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies, Last Comic Standing) invites friends and guests to get interrupted while trying to tell their jokes. There are sure to be a lot of insults flying around in good fun. $10.

*Pencil pick of the day

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