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The days are getting shorter, but that's no excuse to stay at home. Have fun without emptying your pockets. Unless otherwise noted, all performances are free.


  • Shakti Foundation presents a program of classical Indian music and dance at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center at 6pm. Call (310) 781-7171.
  • DJs Michael Stock and Benjamin White of Part Time Punks continue their two month residency at MOCA at 6pm. Kinky takes the stage at 8pm, followed by a spoken word performance by David St. John. The evening is free with general museum admission. Call (213) 621-1734.

SUNDAY, 9/11

  • Catch the Rainwater Bluegrass Band at the Hollywood Farmers Market, from 8am-noon. Call (323) 463-3171.
  • The Young Jazz Alliance perform at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena at 5pm. For information, call (626) 398-3344.
  • Violinist Bing Wang and pianist Vicki Ray play for the LACMA Sundays Live Series. The show starts at 6pm. Call (323) 857-6234.
  • DJs Michael Stock and Benjamin White spin post-punk, mutant disco and indie 80s-90s at the echo at 10pm.
  • Carlos Guitarlos hits The Liquid Kitty at 10pm. For info, call (310) 473-3707.
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MONDAY, 9/12


  • Trumpeter Elliott Caine and pianist Sergey Kyosayan play at Revo Cafe at 8pm. Call (818) 549-0809.


  • Sons and Daughters take the stage at Amoeba Records at 6pm. Stick around at 7pm for Mandala, Amoeba's special in-house DJ series.
  • Flamenco jazz guitarist Eishun Fukui plays at Solare at 8pm. Call (323) 655-7652.


  • Dengue Fever play at Amoeba Records. The show starts at 7pm.
  • Jazz guitarist Luis Villegas performs at the Third Street Farmers Market at 7pm. For details, call (323) 933-9211.
  • Catch live Latin music from local artists every Thursday at Zona Rosa Caffe at 8:30pm. Call (626) 793-2334.
  • Dirty Dirty House Club play Akbar, with house grooves from DJ Tony Powell. Doors open at 9pm; admission is free before 10pm. Call (323) 665-6810.

FRIDAY, 9/16

  • LACMA's Friday Night Jazz Series features the Sara Leib Quartet in the LA Times Central Court at 5:30pm.
  • After four decades, DKT are back together. Catch them at Amoeba Records at 6pm.
  • DJs spin everything from electro-booty to ’80s nuggets at Akbar every Friday. Doors open at 9pm; admission is free before 10pm. Call (323) 665-6810.
  • Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats give a free swing concert at the Music Center Plaza. The evening kicks off with a beginner dance lesson (first come, first served) at 6:30pm. Live music from 7:15pm to 10pm. Call (213) 972-3660.