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13 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Southern California This Week

The immersive installation, 'Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards,' returns for a short run at Zombie Joe's Underground. (Image: 'Men Playing Cards Part IV,' courtesy of Francesca Bifulco)
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Whether you just got back from Burning Man or spent the weekend chilling and Netflixing, we have your event options for this short, post-Labor Day week. Female composers take center stage. Watch Cher on celluloid. Get sneak peeks at the newest TV shows. Listen to Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 continue Fela Kuti's Afrobeat legacy. Enjoy a seafood-centric pop-up dinner. Discuss ways to solve homelessness in L.A. with KPCC and city officials.

Cher attends the premiere of her latest film, 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' in London, England, in July. LACMA screens other Cher films weekly in September. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4; 1 p.m.
LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
During the month of September, LACMA screens Cher movies at its Tuesday afternoon film series. First up is Silkwood, the 1983 Mike Nichols-helmed drama, starring Meryl Streep (and Cher), about a nuclear power plant whistleblower. Upcoming films include Mask, Suspect and Moonstruck.
COST: $2 - $4; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4; 8 p.m.
The Annual Future is Female Concert
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
In 2017, only 3% of the top 250 grossing films were composed by women. This concert, featuring the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, showcases the works of women composers, particularly those working in film and television. Listen to pieces by Germaine Franco ("TAG"), Tamar-kali ("Mudbound"), Ronit Kirchman ("The Sinner"), Cindy O'Connor ("Once Upon A Time"), Heather McIntosh ("Compliance"), Mandy Hoffman and several others.
COST: $19.50 - $69.50; MORE INFO

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4; 7:30 p.m.
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
Los Angeles Historic State Park -- 1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The Nigerian musician, youngest son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, leads his father's former band for a night of music under the stars. All ages. Doors at 6 p.m.
COST: $25; fees; MORE INFO

'Forcella Reigns: The Men Who Play Cards'
Zombie Joe's Underground Theater -- 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
This is an encore presentation of Francesca Bifulco and Alex Schetter's immersive art installation, which premiered in April. Originally intended to be a site-specific project in Naples, the project's title comes from a graffiti tag (Forcella Regna) that referred to crime syndicate battles. Bifulco embedded herself with a group of men who play cards on a corner staircase, "unwitting actors in an improvised show." The installation combines her sculptural paintings with hybrid stage design. All ages.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

The big band collective Orquesta Akokán headlines the Twilight on the Pier concert series for the 'Latin Waves' edition. (Image: Courtesy of Daptone Records)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Twilight on the Pier Concert Series
Santa Monica Pier -- 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Live music returns to the pier for a six-week series kicking off with the theme Latin Waves. Headlined by the Cuban big band collective Orquesta Akokán on the main stage, other performers at the inaugural concert include Jarina De Marco (Latin), Quitapenas (Afro-Latin) and Sister Mantos (Latin Pop). The outdoor fest also features art, food, games, a beer and spirits garden, and pier amusements.

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Author Luncheon with Leonard Maltin
Amici Brentwood -- 2538 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Diesel, A Bookstore presents a lunch with Maltin, the longtime film reviewer and historian, to celebrate his new book, "Hooked on Hollywood." The paperback features interviews Maltin conducted throughout his lengthy career as well as 150 rare photos. Buy tickets to the luncheon by calling the store at: 310-576-9960.
COST: $65 (includes a copy of the book and lunch); MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6; 8:30 p.m.
Saul Williams and Mivos Quartet
Ford Theatres -- 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
The slam poet, rapper, musician and performer joins the Mivos Quartet for a night of poetry complemented by "boundary-pushing string renditions." The program includes "NGH WHT (The Dead Emcee Scrolls)," with text by Williams and music by Swiss avant-garde composer Thomas Kessler, as well as the premiere of "Moonblood" by Mario Diaz de Leon. The intimate event will be presented in the round on stage.

Broad Street Oyster Co. Pop-up
We Have Noodles -- 3827 W. Sunset Blvd., Unit C, Silver Lake
Christopher Tompkins' seafood-centric catering operation takes over the noodle restaurant for four days to serve five-course, prix fixe dinners that includes Maine lobster rolls, Santa Barbara sea urchin, Geoduck ceviche, octopus salad and oysters from Morro Bay. This pop-up can accommodate 25 guests; walk-ins only (no reservations taken). Beer, wine and oysters by the dozen are also available for an extra charge.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 6; 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Homelessness - a conversation determined by you
Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum -- 100 North Central Ave., Little Tokyo, downtown L.A.
Set by KPCC listeners, this forum asks a panel of city, policy and nonprofit leaders the question, "What policy steps is the city taking to address housing affordability and homelessness?" The discussion will be led by KPCC's Libby Denkmann and includes Elise Buik, president of United Way; Alan Greenlee, executive director, Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing; Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president of St. Joseph Center; Peter Lynn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority; Tony Salazar, with McCormack Baron Salazar; Rudy Salinas, with The Center at Blessed Sacrament; and Ben Winter, a housing policy specialist for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

2018 Long Beach QFilm Festival
Art Theatre Long Beach -- 2025 E 4th St., Long Beach
Long Beach's longest-running film festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, screening narrative features, documentaries and shorts that reflect the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. The festival opens with "A Long Road To Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years" and closes with "Shakedown," Leilah Weinraub's doc about the underground lesbian club in Mid-City.
COST: $12 - $120; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6; 8 p.m.
The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater, Getty Villa -- 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades
Anne Bogart directs Euripides' classic in which Dionysus, the god of wine, returns to his birthplace in disguise. He's there to avenge a personal slight while introducing Dionysian rites. King Pentheus imprisons Dionysus but the consequences are... tragic (shocking, we know). Performances are held Thursdays through Saturdays, through Sept. 29.
COST: $36 - $48; MORE INFO

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PaleyFest Fall TV Previews
The Paley Center for Media -- 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
The TV festival features premiere screenings and discussions with actors and creatives from tons of popular TV shows. Netflix will present "Atypical," with cast members Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist and Michael Rapaport, as well as "BoJack Horseman" with Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Lisa Hanawalt. The festival ends with Telemundo's "El Recluso."
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 6; 7:30 p.m.
'Animaniacs LIVE!'
Grammy Museum -- 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Those zany "Animaniacs" -- led by the Warner brothers, Yakko and Wakko, and their sister, Dot -- are back. Listen to songs from the hit animated series from the 1990s, known for brimming with pop-culture references. Randy Rogel, composer of the original show, teams up with Rob Paulsen (Yakko) to perform songs from the show. Clips from the series run in between songs, too.

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