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See a classic silent film at the Getty tonight. / Photo by el daverino via LAist's flickr pool.

When Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in LA in 1968 at the old Ambassador Hotel, it marked the end of an era. Photographer Paul Fusco pays tribute in his exhibit, “RFK Funeral Train,” which displays images he captured as RFK’s coffin was driven by train from NYC to Arlington, VA, and thousands of people lined to train’s rails to say farewell or pique their own curiosity. The opening reception is tonight.

6 pm // M+B // 612 N. Almont Drive, Los Angeles // Free.

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Eric Bogosian’s play Talk Radio opens tonight in Hollywood. It follows an acerbic DJ as his radio show is about to go national. He’s “on the edge, smart but slightly unhinged, pushed in that direction by his own massive ego and by the numerous callers whose lives are either completely banal, or so desperate so as to make the lives that Thoreau wrote about seem like oceans of tranquility. The abrasive Barry is not above pushing their buttons and working them into frenzies, all in the name of good radio.”

8 pm // The MET Theatre // 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Hollywood // $15-$20.

Dwell on Design Conference + Expo starts today at the LA Convention Center. The two-day conference part includes “50 incredibly talented and diverse speakers ranging from legislators to practitioners to activists, discussing everything from urban gardening to a mandated LEED program for LA.” The exhibitions start tomorrow and run through the weekend.

9:30 am-5 pm // Los Angeles Convention Center // 1201 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles // $149-$349 for conference

A newly resorted silent film In the Land of Head Hunters by photographer/filmmaker Edward Curtis premieres tonight at the Getty. The film will be accompanied by live musicians performing the original score and a traditional dance performance by the Gwa’wina dancers of Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations. What makes this film significant is that is marks the first feature-length film to The first feature-length film to exclusively star indigenous North Americans.

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7:30 pm // Harold M. Williams Auditorium @ Getty Center // 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles // Free, but reservations required.

This event is being billed as a way to get self-centered (and we think that it's a good thing). The party starts off with a "chocolate meditation" then an introduction to self-centered styles of meditation and breath styles. A group meditation follows. The evening ends with a little reggae music by Cipes & The People.

7 pm // YogaMates // 1200 S. Hope St., Los Angeles // $20.

In its event tonight, Zócalo hosts LA Times correspondent Peter Gosselin to discuss: "Is the Ownership Society Dead?" He'll discuss the themes in his latest book, High Wire: The Precarious Financial Lives of American Families. He'll discuss what the working poor to the relatively rich should think about their current financial condition and what they can do about it.

7:30 pm // NPR West // 9909 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City // Free, but reservations recommended.

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