With their self-avowed mission to "bring real tits and pubic hair back into fashion, like when '70s porn magazines were innocent and scary," Erika Lopez and Kamala Lopez present The Girl Must Die: A Monster Girl Memoir. Summoning happy memories of Easyriders Magazine, and less happy memories of throats caught hacking on pubes, cartoonist Erika Lopez wields a thick, endlessly impressive multimedia tome to launch the Monster Girl Movement, "proposing a lifestyle system that integrates art, commerce and social welfare from inception." Yet another hydra head on the monster that is the DIY movement, it dovetails seamlessly with a push for a modern Equal Rights Amendment. Kamala Lopez, actress and star of I Heart Huckabees and Dollman, functions as the theoretician for this new unified front -- but both Lopez women, in their perseverance and perspicacity, crystallize with Monster Girl something Orson Welles once said: "Don't give them what you think they want; give them what they never thought was possible." Deyermond Art+Books, 2801 Main St., Santa Monica; Wed., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., free. (310) 450-4400, deyermondbooks.com. --D.C.
Wed., Nov. 17, 7 p.m., 2010