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Cowboys invade suburbia this weekend at the City of Santa Clarita's annual Cowboy Festival. / Photo by puck90 via LAist's flickr pool.

PERFORMANCE
The Pacific Resident Theatre remembers the life and works of author William Saroyan (Human Comedy, The Time of Your Life) through music, readings, and guest speakers in honor of Saroyan’s Centennial (1908-2008). This is a one-night only show.

8 pm // Pacific Resident Theatre // 703 Venice Blvd., Venice // $12.

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FILM
The Hal Roach Studios brought classic comedy like Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang to the masses in the ’20s and ’30s. Tonight Hollywood Heritage board member Stan Taffel presents an evening of comedic film rarities from the Studio. Rare archival prints of 1922-1934 silent and sound short subjects will be screened.

7 pm // The Hollywood Heritage Museum in the Lasky-DeMille Barn // 2100 North Highland Ave., Los Angeles // $5-$8.

MUSIC*
The kids love their Vampire Weekend these days, don’t they? Tonight they make an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live for an outdoor mini-concert. So if you can get in, see the band for freeeeee. Get there early.

6:15 pm // El Capitan Entertainment Center // 6840 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood // Free

COWBOY FEST
Santa Clarita’s annual Cowboy Festival kicks off tonight with a wine reception honoring cowboy/stuntmen Jack Lilley and his sons Clay Lilley and Clint Lilley. The event gives audiences members an up close and personal evening with Jack in advance of his induction on the Walk of Western Stars on Friday.

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7 pm // Repertory East Playhouse // 24266 Main St., Newhall // $10

TALK
The biannual Faculty Research Lecture at UCLA presents the work of the university’s most distinguished scholars. If you can get to Westwood in time, you’ll be able to hear from Thom Mayne, professor of Architecture and one of the field’s most brilliant visionaries.

3 pm // Schoenberg Hall, UCLA Schoenberg Music Building // UCLA, Los Angeles // Free.

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