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Here's what LA has in store for us on a Monday night: Joan Osborne and Dar Williams team up at the El Rey, It's a School Night at Bardot, learn Samoan and Tahitian music and dance at the Ford Amphitheatre and hear a lecture about the intersection of Hollywood and politics. Read on for all the details.


The Old School Video Game Art Show at Gallery1988 in Venice opened on Friday. (Image: Roland Tamayo)
It’s a School Night tonight and that means an evening of live music and DJs at Bardot in Hollywood. On the live bill: Duniven at 9:30 pm; Races at 10:30 pm; Ivy at 11:30 pm. Special DJ set to be announced. Free with RSVP.

Dar Williams and Joan Osborne join forces at the El Rey tonight during a stop in their two-week co-headlining tour. Marking the first time they’ve performed togther, they’ll sing their own and each other’s songs, performing solo and together. Expect a few surprises tonight, too. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $27. All ages.

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Tonight at 8:30 pm, NerdMelt features comics in its SXSW Showcase Show. The up-and-coming comedians include MC Mr Napkins, Jonah Ray, Tom Segura, DC Pierson and more. Hosted by Pete Holmes. Tickets: $10 at the door.

Tonight’s J.A.M. Session at the Ford Amphitheatre is the last of the season and focuses on Tahitian and Samoan music. Learn the Samoan fire knife dance (without getting hurt). Tui Letuli of Weekend in Polynesia teaches the basics of the dance using practice sticks. Learn chants, dance, beats and rhythms from Tiana Liufau of Nonosina Polynesia. The session is free, as usual, but reservations can be made online or call the Ford Box Office at 323.461.3673 to avoid handling fees. 7 pm.

Tonight, The Academy’s Film Scholars Lecture welcomes Steven J. Ross, history professor at USC. In a film talk How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, Ross will discuss how Hollywood intersects with politics. Doors at 6:30 pm, lecture at 7:30 pm at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Free. Reservations recommended.

*Pencil pick of the day

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