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TALK
Michael Alexander, author of Jazz Age and the Jews, will discuss Jewish life in the roaring 20s, including performer Al Jolson, Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and mobster Arnold Rothstein in the lecture “‘Mammy, Don’t You Know Me?’: Al Jolson and the Jews.” He’ll discuss the 1920s as a heyday of Jewish culture, but why many identified with groups that remained marginalized. Book signing and dessert reception will follow.

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7 pm // Davidson Conference Center // USC University Park Campus // Free, but parking is $8.

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SCI-Arc's Spring Lecture Series continues tonight with a talk by landscape architect Peter Walker. He's has had a five-decade career, developing numerous urban design projects including Pixar Studios and the World Trade Center Memorial.

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7 pm // W.M. Keck Lecture Hall @ SCI-Arc // 960 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles // Free.

COMEDY
Knock knock. Who’s there? Well, if you’re at the Improv tonight, it’s the Sultans of Satire. Comedians of Middle Eastern decent will perform comedy and satire that picks apart life in the U.S. – post 9-11.

8 pm // The Improv // 8162 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles // $18.

FILM
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a classic black and white silent film that’s the epitome of the German Expressionism. It's art design is incredible. The storyline basically follows a sleepwalking serial killer and his evil handler, Dr. Caligari.

8 pm // Silent Movie Theatre // 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles // $10.

THEATRE
Even if you’ve seen Hamlet a zillion times onstage, we’re willing to bet that you’ve probably never seen it like this before. The Wooster Group brings their multimedia version to REDCAT, where they use cameras and “found footage” running throughout the production.

8:30 pm // REDCAT // 631 W. 2nd St., Los Angeles // $25 for CalArts students, $40 for students and $50 for the rest of us.

LAist DRINKS: FEB. 5
Mark your calendars now, people, for the biggest political party on Super Tuesday: LAist is hosting a Super Tuesday (Feb. 5) at Seven Grand and you -- our favorite readers -- are all invited. And if watching returns isn't enough to entice you, maybe the fact that it's Mardi Gras will. To RSVP or if you gots the questions: events@laist.com.

7-9 pm // Seven Grand // 515 W 7th St., Los Angeles // Depends on how much you drink.