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WEDNESDAY

• Moving Units are at the Henry Fonda Theater tonight at 9 PM. Tickets are $18.

• At the Silverlake Lounge, Great Northern will be performing with Derby and Goldenboy. Cover is $7.

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• Brothers Albert and Allen Hughes will be on-hand for a Q&A following a screening of their debut film, Menace II Society, at the ArcLight. The film starts at 7:30 PM.

THURSDAY

• The Eels are at Avalon tonight with Strings at 8 PM. Tickets are $25.

• The Knitting Factory Front Room hosts a benefit for the Peer Education Program of Los Angeles, featuring Wires On Fire, Jim Brown (Bluebird), Terrors, Energy Club, Darren Weiss (Wires on Fire/Belladonna) and The Naturals. The show starts at 8 PM; tickets are $10.

• Doors open at 7:30 PM for Frankie and Tommy's Social Club at the Viper Room, featuring paloalto, Frausdots, Samantha Ronson and XEO3.

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• Perennial indie icons Built to Spill are at the House of Blues Sunset with Ape Shade and the Sick Bees. Doors open at 7:30 PM and tickets range from $17.50 - $20.

• Southern masters Corrosion of Conformity lead an all-star lineup at the Galaxy Theatre tonight with Fu Manchu, Alabama Thunderpussy and Weedeater. Tickets are $15 advance, $17 day of. The show starts at 8 PM.

• Enjoy an extra-happy Happy Hour all this weekend at Cine-Space, as they screen Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory during "Dinner & A Movie". Happy Hour runs from 6 - 7:30 PM, followed by food and feature at 8 PM.

• If summer makes you nostalgic for something a bit more, well, classic, head for the Museum of the American West for a BBQ and film screening of the Gene Autry classic Rovin' Tumbleweeds. The $15 admission includes dinner, a gallery tour and film (with free parking).

• The HAMMER Museum hosts a conversation tonight between local artist Miranda July and author George Saunders at 7 PM.

FRIDAY

• Brazilian Girls and Something for Rockets are at Avalon tonight at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $20.

• The Nervous Return are in the Knitting Factory Front Room with Tsk Tsk, The Cinema Eye, Shoot Out The Lights and This Blush. The show starts at 8 PM and cover is $7.

• Bay Area beat maestro Lyrics Born is at the El Rety with Ostrich Head, Noah King, Speech Impediments, Swamp House and Symbolic Language at 7 PM. Tickets are $17.50.

• Perennial indie icons Built to Spill are at the House of Blues Sunset with Ape Shade and the Sick Bees. Doors open at 8 PM and tickets range from $17.50 - $20.

• A collection of Sundance Summer Shorts will be screened at the HAMMER Museum tonight at 8 PM, featuring big winners from past and present: Wasp, Five Feet High and Rising, Man About Town and Family Portrait.

SATURDAY

• Dungen headlines at the Troubadour, with Mia Doi Todd, Lords of Altamont and Becky Stark & the Lavender Diamond. Doors open at 8 PM and tickets are $12.

• Jason Falkner performs tonight at Spaceland. Doors open at 9 PM.

• Blow out your eardrums tonight at The Smell with 400 Blows, Afrirampo, The Jews and Damion Romero. Doors open at 9 PM and tickets are $5.

The Glass House presents "TRASHed: The Art of Recycling," a show of 40 recycling bins redesigned by artists like Bob Burnquist, Buff Monster, Mearon, Aaron Burtch (Granddaddy) and Brendan Canty (Fugazi), as part of a year-long trash education program. The show runs from 6 PM - 11 PM and admission is free.

• The Aero Theatre hosts a double feature of Valley of the Dolls and Antonioni's Blow Up tonight at 6 PM.

• The Mystery Bookstore is hosting a launch party for Meeting Across the River, a book of short stories inspired by the Bruce Springsteen song. The party features readings and signings by Richard Brewer, Jessica Kaye and others. The party starts at 6:30 PM.

SUNDAY

• Coheed and Cambria are at Avalon tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $18.

• Mike Stinson, Wifey, Bo Weevil, The Burlington Family and Jeff Pascal perform at The Scene at 8 PM. Cover is $5.

• Tracy & the Plastics are at The Echo tonight at 7 PM. Tickets are $8. [18+]

• The Chapin Sisters perform as part of the Sunday-night residency at Spaceland. Admission is free.

• Enjoy music, dancing, prizes and more at the 2005 Smiths/Morrissey Convention at the Henry Fonda Theater, featuring Sweet and Tender Hooligans and Three Bad Jacks with special guest Richard Blade. The convention runs from 6 PM - 1 AM; tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door.

Hollywood Book and Poster Company has a special in-store event for The Devil's Rejects from 12 PM - 3 PM. Cast and crew members Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Ken Foree, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Michael Berryman, Steve Railsback, Matthew McGrory, Leslie Easterbrook, Geoffrey Lewis, Priscilla Barnes, Danny Trejo, Mary Woronov, Diamond Dallas Page, E.G. Daily, Daniel Roebuck, P.J. Soles, Lew Temple, Tyler Bates and Wayne Toth will be on hand to meet and greet fans.