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Pencil This In's Not-Much-Halloween Edition: America I AM Opens, Johnny Cash 'Tribute Cooking Show' On Stage

'Nosferatu' with a twist at the Downtown Independent tonight.
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Culture Clash--the Latino performance troupe that hilariously rips the U.S. melting pot--takes to the Royce Hall stage at UCLA tonight. For their 25th anniversary special, the Culture Clash boys are back in their hometown for a raucous party with an all-star guest list: Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine; the band Ollin; comedian Carlos Mencia; actors Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana and Lupe Ontiveros; and other special guests. They’ll preview their next project: "Palestine, New Mexico" and reprise hits from "Chavez Ravine." Tickets: $32-$60 ($15 UCLA Students) 

Tavis Smiley’s America I AM: The African American Imprint is a presentation of nearly 500 years of contributions from the African American community that opens today at the California Science Center. The exhibit houses rare artifacts, photos, documents and objects that chronicle and celebrate the trials and the triumphs that have shaped the black experience in America. Artifacts featured include run the gamut from “The Door of No Return” from the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, which enslaved Africans passed through to board ships to the “New World” to the robe that Muhammad Ali wore during training for the “Rumble in the Jungle,” where he defeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman.

The Summer Fun Time Society (SFTS) presents Noise-feratu at the Downtown Independent Theater. The classic German silent film Nosferatu will be screened with new live soundtrack by noise artists and a sound installations by *SADIE. There will be beer specials and Kogi BBQ. Jung Hollywod DJ'in on the roof with live VJ projections. Come dressed up. $10 ($5 for STFS members).


There’s a sing-a-long of Halloween songs at the the Music Center Plaza with live band accompaniment. Kooky, weird and scary songs are on the program and lyric sheets provided. Costumes welcomed, and bring sweet treats to eat. Admission is free, but donations are welcome (of course). Tickets are required and distributed beginning at 6pm, while supplies last.  One ticket per person to those waiting in line. Seating capacity is limited.