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Catch the spawning grunions tonight at Cabrillo Beach. / Photo by ercwttmn's via flickr.

FILM TALK
Brick Lane, a film based on the novel of the same name by Monica Ali, will be screened and discussed at the latest Zócalo event tonight. Director Sarah Gavron and actress Tannishtha Chatterjee will be interviewed by Los Angeles Times columnist Meghan Daum to talk about the classic immigrant story that focuses on London's Bangladeshi community.

7:30 pm // Harmony Gold Theatre // 7655 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles // Free but reservations recommended.

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ROCK OPERA*
Nathaniel Hawthorne + rock music = awesome? Well that’s the premise behind the new production of shAme, a rock opera adaptation of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.

8 pm // King King // 6555 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles // $25.

FILM
Two of Blake Edwards’ lesser known comedic films will be screened tonight at the Aero: What Did You Do In The War, Daddy? (1966) and A Shot in the Dark. Edwards himself is scheduled to discuss the films in between the double feature.

7:30 pm // Aero Theatre// 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica // $10.

FISH SEX*The grunions are coming! The grunions are coming! The little fish are coming ashore tonight to do a little dance and lay a few eggs. OK, a lot of eggs. Then, if you really want, you can catch what you want to eat by hand. (California fishing license required.)

10:05 pm-12:05 am // Cabrillo Beach // 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro // Free.

OPERA
Members of LA's Children's Chorus are featured in LA Opera's presentation of Puccini's Tosca. "Political power and its abuse intensify the tragic love triangle between the fiery diva Floria Tosca, the handsome painter Mario Cavaradossi, and the sadistic police chief Baron Scarpia. Obsessed with the tempestuous singer, the villainous Baron plays a cruel cat-and-mouse game with her and her lover. Tosca strikes a bargain with the diabolical Scarpia only to experience horrifying consequences."

7:30 pm // Dorothy Chandler Pavilion // 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles // $20-$222.

*Pencil pick of the day