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Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: 'Hollywood Rides a Bike' Book Signing; Sinead O'Connor, Craig Finn Concerts and Free LACMA Admission

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It's a free Monday at LACMA today, so why not view art like Chris Burden's 'Metropolis II.' (Photo: (c) 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA)
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We needed this long weekend to relax and squeeze in a little bit of fun between errands. If you're looking for something to do, we found plenty of music with Sinead O'Connor; Craig Finn of The Hold Steady; and a whole lineup over at Bardot in Hollywood for It's a School Night. Target pays for admission at LACMA today, and Steven Rea signs his book Hollywood Rides a Bike at Vroman's. Read on for all the details.

MUSIC
Irish bad bald girl Sinead O’Connor plays tonight and tomorrow at the El Rey. Note that this is a new venue—she was supposed to play at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. This all ages show features ESP opening for O’Connor tonight and Rocco de Luca opening for her tomorrow night. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $30. Another concert of note tonight: Craig Finn, lead singer of The Hold Steady plays a solo gig at the Troubadour. Tickets: $15. Doors at 8 pm.

BOOKS
Author Steven Rea discusses and signs Hollywood Rides A Bike tonight at 7 pm at Vroman’s in Pasadena.Hollywood Rides a Bike shows classic stars—from Shirley Temple, Betty Grable, and Brigitte Bardot to Bogie, Gable, and Bing—on vintage bikes. There are 125 rare vintage photographs that should titillate old Hollywood and bicycle fans alike. There's even a special index just about the bicycles featured.

SCHOOL NIGHT
It’s a School Nighttakes over Bardot in Hollywood for an evening of live music and DJs. Performing live tonight are Baby Alpaca at 9 pm; Cuckoo Chaos at 9:45 pm; Hey Rosetta! at 10:45 pm; and Reggie Watts at 11:45 pm. The night opens with KCRW’s Chris Douridas DJing at 8 pm and Brandon Ginsberg DJing between sets. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. 9 pm to 2 am.

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ART
It’s a free day at LACMA today thanks to Target. Visitors of all ages can participate in activities on the museum’s campus all day long. Most (but not all) exhibitions are free, Check out California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way for a glimpse into California style. Also on view is Chris Burden’s Metropolis II during the following times: 12:30-1:30 pm; 2:30-3:30 pm; 4:30-5:30 pm; 6:30-7:30 pm. Live music by Rhythm Child perform on the plaza at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm.

COMEDY
Did you know Russell Brand has been playing Largo on Monday nights? Tonight, too, but tickets are sold out. When we last checked the website, there were a few tickets left for next Monday’s show. Tickets: $25.

*Pencil pick of the day

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