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Pencil This In: Monday

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Rainy days and Mondays may get you down, so check out these events tonight to make the first night of the workweek no so ho-hum.

As part of the LA Phil's Concrete Frequency series, the Arclight Hollywood gets into the game with screenings of films that are "designed to examine and celebrate the elements that define a city, and how they are affected by, and reflected in, music." On tap tonight is Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the forerunner to many a science fiction flick. The silent German film focuses on a city with a population of the poor underground workers and the rich. A Q&A follows with Variety contributor Jon Burlingame.

8 pm // ArcLight Hollywood // 6360 W. Sunset Blvd // $12.

The Monday Evening Concerts series presents "Exercises en Route" with pieces by Donald Crockett "Whistling in the Dark," Oliver Knussen "Cantata," Carlo Boccadoro "Bad Blood" (West Coast premiere) and Earl Kim's "Exercises en Route." Special guests include the Xtet ensemble and soprano Susan Narucki (Also see Classical Picks of the Week: 20th Centuries from Sunday).

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8 pm // Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School of the Performing Arts // 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles // $25 ($10 for students)

The Max 10 Performance Laboratory is a place where dancers can come and test new works and material. Some of it may work, and some might not. But that's what the first Monday of the month is all about at the Electric Lodge. "Ten months a year, ten performers, ten minutes each and you never know what you are going to get!"

7:30 pm // Electric Lodge // 1416 Electric Ave., Venice // $8.

We hear a lot of good things about Lou on Vine. The rustic menu is only enhanced by its slow food approach, free trade coffee and a wine list that focuses on family producers, regional grapes and traditional wine making. Monday Night Suppers are a three-couse prix fixe meal with paired wine.

6 pm-12 am // Lou // 724 Vine St., Hollywood // $55.

It's Ladies (and transgendered) Night at the Bicycle Kitchen. If you want to learn how to fix and repair your own bikes, this is the place. The Kitchen volunteers don't sell or repair bikes, but teach the art of bicycle maintenance. They have the tools, but you need to bring a bike.

6:30 pm // Bicycle Kitchen // 706 Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles // $7 per hour donation (but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Photo by LinBow via flickr.