9.30. - @ The Hollywood Bowl - PAVEMENT, SONIC YOUTH w/ L. A.'s very own NO AGE

The stage of L.A.’s famous Hollywood Bowl has been graced by a host of classic bands over the past century, including the Beatles, the Doors, Pink Floyd, and many more, but the lineup for a triple bill tomorrow night (September 30) will firmly add a few indie rock giants to our famous venue’s canon. The newly-reunited Pavement, No Age, and Sonic Youth will share the Bowl for an unforgettable fateful fall night.

Good news for roadies: though you’ll need to break down each band’s equipment between sets, Mark Ibold’s bass rig can remain in place for both of his current bands, Pavement & Sonic Youth.

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Los Angeles Irish Film Festival October 1-3 at the Aero Theatre

celebrates the Irish passion for storytelling, a tradition that started around the hearth of every Irish household and has found its way onto the world stage through the medium of film. Coupled with the treasures of Ireland’s moviemaking past, LAIFF presents modern works as diverse as they are unique, creating a cinematic barometer for the cultural climate of Ireland in 2010.

Kicking off the festival is a double feature of the Los Angeles premieres of MY BROTHERS and SWANSONG: STORY OF OCCI BYRNE, both powerful coming-of-age dramas portraying the complexities of family ties. Also in store is A SHINE OF RAINBOWS, a delightful, family-friendly tale of a young orphan’s voyage to an enchanting island; CUP CAKE, a quirky comedy about an introverted 20-something inheriting his family’s cupcake shop; and THE YELLOW BITTERN, a fascinating documentary about Irish folk-singer Liam Clancy. Closing the festival is Jim Sheridan's THE FIELD, starring the illustrious Richard Harris as a willful, rough-edged farmer who refuses to auction off his family’s land to a wealthy American bidder.

Come muse, explore, celebrate and be entertained with the LAIFF... and bring an umbrella just in case! Some programs for this festival are not at the Aero Theatre. It kicks off September 30 at the Motion Picture Academy's Linwood Dunn Theatre. There will be an industry seminar on Friday, October 1st in the afternoon.

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Saturday, September 25 @ CINEFAMILY - Charlie Chaplin in 'Monsieur Verdoux'

Charley Chaplin's immodestly proclaimed it "the cleverest, most brilliant film of my career!" Nominated for the 1948 Academy Award for Best Screenplay, and originating from a true story, this self-described "comedy of murders" was based on an idea by Orson Welles, which Chaplin reportedly bought for five thousand dollars, in a refusal for it to be directed by anyone but himself. Plagued with censorship problems early on, and temporarily pulled from distribution in the U.S. at the height of the Cold War Hollywood witch-hunts, Verdoux was initially vilified for its risqué societal critique. A mordant satire that exemplifies the fine line between comedy and tragedy, Verdoux transcends the borders of genre, and deserves to be seen multiple times.

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Genre-Bending Artist Laurie Anderson Returns to UCLA Live with ‘Delusion’ Oct. 21

Laurie Anderson returns to UCLA Live’s Royce Hall Thursday Oct. 21 with the Los Angeles premiere of her newest multimedia stage work, titled Delusion.

Marking Anderson’s sixth appearance at UCLA Live, Delusion employs the genre-defying exploits audiences have come to expect from the groundbreaking multimedia artist, combining violin, electronic puppetry, music and visuals. Conceived as a series of short mystery plays, Delusion encompasses Anderson’s colorful and poetic language to tell stories ranging from the mystic origins of the Russian space program to theories of time and speed, tales of mythic ancestors, silence and animals. Backed by a trio of musicians, Anderson performs Delusion’s two main characters, herself and Fenway Bergamot. “The electronically altered voice I’ve used for many years, the one that turns my voice into a male voice, has been gradually evolving onto a more nuanced one,” Anderson says of her Bergamot character. “I’ve written Delusion as a conversation between that voice and my own.” Two pieces from Delusion are drawn from Anderson’s critically acclaimed record, Homeland, released in June 2010. Anderson is known for her innovative use of technology and multimedia as a writer, director, vocalist and visual artist whose works span the worlds of theater, art and experimental music.

Her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world. Delusion was originally commissioned by the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, Vancouver and Barbicanbite 10, London. The piece debuted February 17, 2010 at the Olympics in Vancouver. Anderson opened BAM’s 2010 Next Wave Festival in New York this week with Delusion, where it will run through Oct. 3.

Single tickets are on sale now. UCLA Live at Royce Hall, Thursday, October 21 at 8 p.m.

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Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? Opens Friday 9.17. @ Laemmles Sunset 5

A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary about John Lennon’s favorite American musician, Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)? is a vibrant and definitive portrait of one of the most talented singer-songwriters in pop music history. Directed by Emmy and Grammy nominee John Scheinfeld (The U.S. vs. John Lennon), the film combines compelling interviews with Nilsson’s family, friends and colleagues — including Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Robin Williams, Micky Dolenz and Yoko Ono — with rare and never-before seen archival footage, home movies, and excerpts from a recently discovered oral autobiography. Delving deeply into Nilsson’s artistic process (including the genesis of classic tunes like “One is the Loneliest Number”), his combative friendship with John Lennon, and the addictions that haunted him in and outside the studio, Scheinfeld also depicts a devoted husband and father who finally found a measure of peace outside the passing glare of fame.

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Director John Scheinfeld will participate in Q&As after the 7 p.m. screenings at the Sunset 5 on Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18. He'll be joined by Micky Dolenz of the Monkees on Friday and producer David Leaf on Saturday.

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@ REDCAT- World Premiere of Sardono Dance Theater and Jennifer Tipton: Rain Coloring Forest

September 16, 2010 - September 19, 2010

Evocative movement and music emanate from a lush visual environment in this world premiere performance created during a REDCAT residency by legendary Indonesian visionary Sardono W. Kusumo and his dancers in collaboration with artist and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton, composer David Rosenboom, and video/animation artist Maureen Selwood. Widely revered for artistry transcending any traditional performance or visual discipline, Sardono recently created a vast collection of 30-foot tall scroll paintings inspired by the Tibetan “Tanka” form. The virtual forest of hanging paintings is now transformed by Tipton’s mastery of light and shadow into a compelling and evolving visual environment for performance. Vivid movement and musical elements that feel both contemporary and ancient bring new dimensions to the rainforest imagery, evoking rituals of historic Indonesian tribes and deeply personal quests for peace and a sense of belonging in a time of visceral global change. Multi-dimensional projections, including abstracted imagery of dances new and old, are combined with a rich, live score of electronic sounds shaped by vocal gestures to expand on the universal themes introduced by Sardono, who says he dances “as a man who has lost or been uprooted from his own culture.”

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TONIGHT 9.9. - James Ellroy discusses and signs The Hilliker Curse @ Vromans Bookstore.

Legendary crime writer James Ellroy gives us a rare view into his own troubled past with the same high intensity and riveting storytelling his novels are known for. Beginning with his parents' difficult divorce and mother's murder, then moving through Ellroy's shattered childhood, delinquent teens, and troubled adult life, this memoir is raw and brutally candid, exposing one man's darkest secrets and, ultimately, his relationship with an extraordinary woman who may just be the long-sought Her.

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Leonard Cohen’s Songs From The Road opens @ Laemmle's P7 9.9.10

Laemmle Theatres and Emerging Pictures are pleased to present LEONARD COHEN’S SONGS FROM THE ROAD, screening only three times: Thursday, September 9th at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday, September 11th and 12th at 11 a.m. at five Laemmle venues: the Claremont 5/Claremont, Sunset 5/Los Angeles, Playhouse 7/Pasadena, Town Center 5/Encino and Monica 4-Plex/Santa Monica.

In 2008, following the celebration of his 40th year as a Columbia recording artist and coinciding with his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Leonard Cohen thrilled his fans by announcing his first tour dates in 15 years. Cohen went on to play the most prestigious and beautiful venues in virtually every corner of the globe, mesmerizing and charming audiences with performances that were hailed as some of the best of his career. LEONARD COHEN’S SONGS FROM THE ROAD features a dozen of Cohen’s most famous songs from that world tour, captured during performances at auditoriums, arenas, and stadiums from Tel Aviv to London to the California desert, all filmed in stunning hi-def.

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Last Week for John Baldessari at LACMA - Now on View through September 12, 2010

Currently on view at LACMA is “Pure Beauty,” a retrospective of work by John Baldessari. The exhibition features one hundred and fifty objects produced by one of the most influential living American artists, representing over five decades of his storied career. The show is curated by LACMA’s Leslie Jones, with Jessica Morgan, curator of Contemporary Art at the Tate Modern.