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MONDAY

Outpost Art/Temporary Services begins work on "Construction Site," " a socially interactive environment that will develop spontaneously and collaboratively in Echo Park for two weeks" based on the participation of kindly strangers and friends of public art, as well as the donation of cast-off materials. The site is open from 11 AM – 6 PM everyday, at the empty lot on Sunset between Alvarado and Park. Daily 5 PM potlucks will begin April 24th.

MOCA Grand Avenue, Olafur Eliasson will give a special lecture at 6:30 PM in the Ahmanson Auditorium about his most recent project, a site-specific installation at the Jamie Residence in Pasadena.

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• Queens of the Stone Age will be on stage—sans Mark Lanegan—at the Henry Fonda Theater tonight at 9 PM.

TUESDAY

• At the Knitting Factory, Bluebeat Lounge Presents Desmond Dekker with Chris Murray Combo and Irie Beats. The show starts at 8 PM; tickets are $22 advance, $25 at the door.

• AP and Vans present Straylight Run and Minus the Bear performing at the Roxy with The Honorary Title, Gratitude and Spitalfield. Doors open at 7 PM and tickets are $14.

• Tonight, the Grindhouse Film Festival returns to the New Beverly Cinema, screening the classics Amityville II: The Possession and Women's Prison Massacre. The double feature begins at 7:30 PM and tickets are $7.

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WEDNESDAY

• Tonight, the Knitting Factory has a Dolby 5.1 DJ set by Amon Tobin, preceded by Daedelus, beginning at 8 PM. Tickets are $15 advance, $18 at the door.

• The Silverlake Lounge hosts Goldenboy, Great Northern and Ho-Ag for a measly $5 cover.

• Head for The Smell to hear some no-wave from Numbers, with The Mae Shi and Bipolar Bear. Doors open at 9 PM and admission is $5.

• Enjoy the sounds of Gary Jules and Minibar tonight at the Viper Room. Doors open at 8:30 PM.

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• AP and Vans present Straylight Run and Minus the Bear performing at the Roxy with The Honorary Title, Gratitude and Spitalfield. Doors open at 7 PM and tickets are $14.

THURSDAY

• The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash will be performing tonight at the Viper Room, with West Coast Grand and Merle Jagger. Doors open at 8 PM.

• Show up at Largo tonight to see David Garza and friends performing around 9 PM.

• At the El Rey, VHS or Beta will be performing with the Electric 6 at 8 PM. Tickets are $20.50.

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• Russian sensation Regina Spektor hits the stage at the Roxy tonight at 9 PM. Tickets are $25.50.

• This weekend is your last chance to see the wacky puppetry of Naked TV 2005, an evening of one-act plays with a TV theme. The play is at Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street in Santa Monica until Sunday, and tickets are $20 ($15 for AEA, SAG and AFTRA members, as well as students and seniors).

• Celebrate the Bard's 441st birthday with a tour of the Huntington's Shakespeare Garden, lead by Head Gardener Katarina Eriksson. Tickets are $15 members, $20 non-members. Register at (626) 405-2146.

• The Hammer Museum has artist Michael Snow giving a lecture tonight at 7 PM, titled "The Work of Michael Snow" and featuring A/V examples of his work.

FRIDAY

• Radio Vago will be on stage at The Fold at El Cid, also featuring Blow Up Blow and Plastic Letters. Cover is $5.

• Josh Rouse and Amy Correia perform tonight at the El Rey, beginning at 8 PM. Tickets are $18.50.

• Aqualung will be giving a free in-store performance at Amoeba Music at 6 PM.

• Phoenix, Dogs Die In Hot Cars and Joy Zipper perform at the Avalon.

• Mystery fans should head for Westwood and The Mystery Bookstore's Pre-Festival Party at 7 PM, featuring appearances by PJ Tracy, Judith Alexander, Joseph Badal, Cara Black, Peter Craig, James Dalessandro, Casey Dorman, Charles Fleming, Jim Fusilli, Michael Gruber, Denise Hamilton, Lyn Hamilton, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Victoria Houston, Gregg Hurwitz, Craig Johnson, Harley Jane Kozak, Vladimir Lange, Scott Phillips, Eric Stone, and Jon Talton.

SATURDAY

Spaceland has performances by The Perishers, Mary Timony (of Helium) and Kyoka. Doors open at 9 PM.

• It's Phoenix night at The Smell, featuring the NES magic of the Minibosses, along with The Necronauts and Asleep in the Sea. Doors open at 9 PM and tickets are $5.

• It's a big night at Little Pedro's, beginning at 8 PM with You Think You Really Know Me: The Gary Wilson Story, followed by performances from Gary Wilson and his band the Blind Dates, fantastic spastic dance trio Chow Nasty, DJ sets from Peanut Butter Wolf and Frosty, live VJing from Rossangeles, and it's also the latenight afterparty for the exhibit "Mark Of The Beast" at Transport Gallery for a mere $8.

• Dubistry is having a CD fundraiser tonight at Fais Do Do begining at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $10 and proceeds go to help the band press the album they are currently recording.

• It's a big day for booksellers in LA, thanks to the Festival of Books. Fans and friends of BookSoup can meander over to that booth today for a host of signings by the likes of Steve Almond, Karen McCullah Lutz, Franz Wisner, Heather Howard and Amy Ephron.

SUNDAY

• Free music and a BBQ this afternoon at The Echo, featuring performances by Let's Go Sailing, Army/Navy, Man of the Year, Space Mountain and The Red Lights, as well as a DJ set by DJ Todd of Sea Level Records. The show starts at 5 PM; admission is free if you're over 21, $5 if not.

The Glasshouse hosts The Good Life tonight, along with Velvet Teen, Bella Lea and Consafos at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 advance.

• The Huntington continues the celebration of Shakespeare's birthday with a day-long Shakespeare Festival from 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM. Festivities include performances by Shakespeare at Play, Elizabethan actors from the Guild of St. George, period music and maypole dancing.