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WEDNESDAY

• Scott H. Biram and The Business Machines play tonight at Spaceland. Doors open at 9 PM.

Molly Malone's has the Sweethearts of the Rodeo All Star Jam Band and The Dark Horses starting tonight at 9 PM.

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Cinespace will be screening The Big Chill tonight at 7:30 PM, followed by a live performance by Jeff Goldblum and his jazz band at 10 PM. Get your reservations early.

• Gore Vidal and Dennis Altman will be signing Gore Vidal's America at Dutton's Beverly Hills this evening at 7 PM.

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THURSDAY

• Japanese drone band Boris are performing a free in-store at Amoeba Music tonight at 7 PM.

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• Run Run Run, Golden State (previously known as paloalto), The Plebz and Bird perform at the Viper Room. Doors open at 8 PM.

• Jon Brion and Nels Cline play tonight at Largo. Doors open at 8 PM.

AFI Fest opens tonight, featuring a total of 127 films at a variety of locations around town. See the world premieres of films like Walk the Line, Casanova and F*ck (a history of everyone's favorite expletive). Showtimes and ticket information available on the website.

• The West Coast premiere of artist Dan Hurlin's puppet performance Hiroshima Maiden starts tonight at 8:30 PM at REDCAT; tickets are $14-28.

FRIDAY

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• John Vanderslice, Charles Bissel (of The Wrens) and Thee More Shallows take the stage at the Knitting Factory at 8 PM. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of.

• KCRW presents Nikka Costa and Driveblind at The Roxy tonight at 9 PM. Tickets are $23.

• In conjunction with Vroman's Bookstore, Joan Didion will appear at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid in Pasadena, at 7 PM to discussion her new memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking. She will also be joined in conversation by LA Times Book Review editor David Ulin.

SATURDAY

Raid Projects hosts the opening reception for Triumvirate #3, featuring new works by Shirley Tse, Anoka Faruqee and Gay Outlaw, tonight from 7–10 PM. Works by Daniel Brodo will also be shown on site.

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• The new gallery Back Space opens tonight with Taste, a selection of paintings by contemporary California painters. The reception runs from 5–9 PM; the gallery is located at Art Services Melrose, 626 N. Almont Drive in West Hollywood.

• It's Deadwood night at the Knitting Factory, featuring live music by Sacred Cowboys (featuring W. Earl Brown, who plays Dan Dority) and King Straggler (featuring John Hawkes, who plays Sol Star). The show starts at 8 PM. Tickets are $10.
 
• Also at the Knitting Factory, Fatlip (of the Pharcyde), Omni, Molma, DJ Pudge MC and Supreeme will be giving two performances, at 6:30 and again at 9:30 PM. (The 9:30 show is 21+.) Tickets are $10.

• Isis and Everlovely LIghtningheart perform tonight at the Troubadour. Doors open at 8 PM; tickets are $13 advance.

• At 1 PM, John Waters presents and signs his new book, Hairspray, Female Trouble and Multiple Maniacs at Book Soup. (He will sign memorabilia if you purchase a book at the signing.)

SUNDAY

• Soda & His Million Piece Band and guest Phillip Roebuck play tonight at McCabe's Guitar Shop at 7 PM. Tickets are $12.50.

• It's Japan Girls Nite at King King, featuring Tsushimamire, Red Bacteria Vacuum and Amppetz. Tickets are $8.

Beyond Baroque hosts A Celebration of Conflu:X Press tonight at 7:30 PM, featuring readings by Nancy Scott Campbell, Judith Pact, Sherman Pearl, Ellen Reich, Ed Rosenthal, Cathie Sandstrom, Judith Searle, Lynne Thompson and Mel Weisburd.

MONDAY

• Broken Social Scene and Feist hit the stage at the Henry Fonda Theater at 9 PM. Tickets are $23.