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If you’re not too hungover from Halloween festivities last night (or you think you can rally), then check out these great happenings in LA tonight through Sunday. Then there's always our new monthly Ultimate Guide and our Guide to Dia de los Muertos events in LA, too.


FILM TALK: James Franco directed the film Sal, which chronicles the last day in actor Sal Mineo’s (Val Lauren) life. Best known for his role opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, Franco’s film finds Mineo two decades later—open about his homosexuality and trying to become the actor and director he has always wanted to be. The film screens at the Sundance Sunset Cinema this weekend, with Franco and Lauren doing Q&As after the 7:30 pm shows and introductions to the 10 pm shows on tonight and Saturday.

MUSIC: Great music lineup tonight at the Bootleg with Battleme, The Bixby Knolls, The Ten Thousand and Residual Kid. Doors at 8 pm. Show at 9 pm. Tickets: $10. 18+. Anyone dressed in Dia De Los Muertos attire and make-up will receive free copies of The Bixby Knolls album.

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FILM: Lowlands is an LA-centric movie that explores different fragments of the city through eight short films directed by Russell Sadeghpour. It screens tonight at 6:Music is by Blackout Beach, a solo project of Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes/Swan Lake).

PERFORMANCE: The Hammer Museum kicks off its Arts reSTORE project with and evening of art, shopping and festivities at an empty storefront at 1028 Westwood Boulevard. There’s a no-host bar, snacks, poetry and music by Steve Weisberg and His Orchestra, featuring Jill Sobule, Perla Batalla, Petra Haden, Suzy Williams, Andre Stevens Thomas and others. 5-8 pm.

PERFORMANCE: There are two performances (8 pm and 9:30 pm) of Chris Schlarb's Twilight & Ghost Stories at The Velaslavasay Panorama. The 40-minute composition (blending jazz, folk, metal, punk, folk and other music genres) is performed in total darkness with sheet music being replaced with spontaneous lighting cues. Each performance will be different, with different musicians making up the ensemble for each. Performers include Mike Watt (of Minutemen), Paul Masvidal (of Cynic) and Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (of Mars Volta). Tickets: $15 {$12 Current VPES Members}

ART: La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds opening receptions 8-11 pm for two solo exhibitions. Paul Koudounaris' Heavenly Bodies: Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs are amazing photos of jeweled skeletons taken in the Roman catacombs. The artist will be in person to sign his latest book, too. The works in Miss Christine Wu’s Come Home show are definitely rife with mischief and sexual undertones. Both shows run through Dec. 1.


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RUN: Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Boulevard hosts a 5k run early on Saturday morning to raise funds for the local nonprofit My Friend’s Place, which works with homeless youth. The 3.1 course starts and finishes at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard. The race starts at 7 am. Registration: $50.

MUSIC: Johnny Marr of The Smiths plays the Fonda Theatre in an all ages show with Meredith Sheldon opening. Tickets start at $27.50. 8 pm.

MUSIC: Over at the Greek Theatre, Two Door Cinema Club plays with Capital Cities and St. Lucia. Tickets: $35+ fees. 8 pm.

COMEDY: At 11:30 pm at iO West in Hollywood is another edition of The Late Live Show—infusing the talk show format with as much comedy as humanly possible. Saturday’s guest will be Samm Levine (Neal from Freaks and Geeks!). Tickets: $5.

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CARTOONS: The Echo Park Film Center presents Spooky Cartoons and Ice Cream Sandwitches at 8 pm. These creepy cartoons have been “dug up from the 16mm graveyard” and includes “hand-drawn mini-masterpieces will delight, and/or give you nightmares.” $5 suggested donation.


FOOD: The Taste of Venice at the Electric Lodge 4:30-6 pm lets attendees stuff their faces for a good cause. Featured restaurants include Joe’s, Feed Body & Soul, The Otherroom, Lemonade, Local 1205, Pork Belly’s and more. The event supports the local nonprofit Inside Out Community Arts. Only VIP tickets remain ($110) but it gets you into the event a little earlier.

ANIMATION: The World Animation & VFX Summit (Nov. 3-5) is at the California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. There are plenty of panels, discussions, keynotes, networking with animation and vfx pros. The opening night party is Sunday 6-10 pm. Conference passes: $100-$395. Party tickets: $50.

FILM: At 3 pm at the Aero is a special afternoon world premiere celebrating Amnesty International’s legendary Human Rights Concerts documentary with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland of The Police in person. The concerts are remembered (1986-98) for legendary performances and collaborations by Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Police, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant and Lou Reed.