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Sterling Ruby's show opens at the Pacific Design Center tonight. / Photo by S:U:P:E:R:M:O:D via LAist’s flickr pool.

Mr. Brainwash (aka MBW) is an “eccentric French filmmaker” whose first exhibit “Life is Beautiful” is showing at the old CBS studios. The show will feature more than 300 paintings, sculptures and prints alongside an installation made from 100,000 shoes and a life-size re-creation of Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks.

Until 9 pm // Old CBS Studios // 6121 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

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MOCA Focus: Sterling Ruby, SUPERMAX 2008 is part of MOCA’s series of one-person exhibitions of work by emerging artists in Southern California. Ruby’s works in collage, ceramics, video, and sculpture “tackle received notions of aesthetic tropes and social stereotypes that are based on visual signs.” But don’t head to MOCA Downtown for this exhibit – it’s presented at MOCA Pacific Design Center, where the works were intentionally designed for the space. The public reception’s tonight.

5 pm // MOCA Pacific Design Center // 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood // Free.

Learn a little something from guest speakers while noshing on appetizers and drinking beer. Mindshare -- a monthly meeting of diverse minds -- takes place tonight with confirmed speakers: Genya Frankel, a bio-physicist from CalTech on Benjamin Franklin Stilled the Waves; Gully Burns a USC neuroinformatics research on Ars Veritatis: The Art of Truth; Anna Agapiou a designer from The Groop on Branding the Live Earth global concert series; and Satine Phoenix fetish model, adult film star on Sex: Video vs. Reality. Also tonight is a special appearance by the Android Cartel of Proton Radio.

8 pm // Top Loft at the Brewery // 676 S. Avenue 21, #400, Los Angeles // $25.