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Pencil This In: Bel-Air Film Fest Begins; Gogol Bordello, Crystal Antlers in Concert; and an Iron Comic Competition

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Here’s the short list of what’s happening in today in LA: Film events include the start of the Bel-Air Film Festival and the next installment of Benson's Interruption. Music tonight includes The Waterboys, Crystal Antlers and Gogol Bordello, and Andy Clockwise, among others, and there's an Iron Comic competition, where only one comedian can reign supreme. Read on for all the details:

It's a hot ticket tonight if you can get it, but The Waterboys make a stop at the El Rey Theater tonight as a part of their first U.S. tour in six years. The Waterboys are promoting their latest album An Appointment with Mr. Yeats, and tonight they promise "A Night of Musikal Fireworks & Improvisations." Freddie Stevenson opens. Tickets: $27. 9 pm.

Over at The Fonda, the Crystal Antlers join the gypsy punk favorites Gogol Bordello for a three-night stand that begins tonight. Crystal Antlers are on tour in support of their new album Nothing Is Real, due out next week (Oct. 15); Gogol Bordello's album Pura Vida Conspiracy is out now. Tickets: $41.25.

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****Just found out that this show has been cancelled.**** It's time for another edition of Iron Comic tonight at 8:30 pm at Largo. Just like the food show (just without the food), hosts Moshe Kasher and Nato Green find out which comic will reign supreme tonight. Five comedians (Dana Gould, Kyle Kinane, Morgan Murphy, Eric Andre and Laurie Kilmartin) rush to write routines in eight minutes from topics suggested by the audience. There can only be one winner. Special musical guests tonight: Karen Kilgariff and Zach Sherwin. Tickets: $25.

Tonight Cinefamily presents the next installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption, in which comedian Benson and his pals chill on the sofas up front with mikes in hand. They then say whatever comes to mind as the action happens on screen. This month's lucky interruption happens during the horror flick The Conjuring, directed by James Wan. 7 pm. Tickets: $14 (free to members).

The 2013 Bel-Air Film Festival (BAFF) opens today and runs through the 13 in several venues, including the Hammer Museum, William Morris Endeavor Theater, UCLA James Bridges Theater, USC Ray Stark Family Theater and Columbia College of Hollywood. This year’s film lineup includes 43 films (16 world premieres). The BAFF also holds a series of free community events at USC’s Ray Stark Family Theater and Columbia College of Hollywood. For a complete schedule and ticket and pass prices, visit

It’s a School Nightwelcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live tonight are: Andy Clockwise, The Moth and The Flame and Gambles with DJ sets by Little Boots / Anna of Metronomy and Chris Upton. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

SuicideGirls are celebrating the launch of their new website and the upcoming return of the popular SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque tour tonight at 8 pm with a party at The Dragonfly. There's going to be a special guest performance at 9 pm. No cover.

*Pencil pick of the day

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