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Pencil This In: A Free Set by The Milk Carton Kids, 'Beauty and the Beast' Onstage and Jamaica Kincaid in Conversation

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Lots of great stuff happening in LA tonight, including a free set by the Milk Carton Kids; the return of Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on stage; a new episode of ‘Star Dreck’ with Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira; a new installment of the UpClose series with Jamaica Kincade; and an exhibition that explores the work of photographers Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto.

The Milk Carton Kids play a free set tonight at Amoeba Hollywood at 7 pm. Listen to the harmonies and humor of Kids Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale who celebrate their new album, The Ash & Clay, out today. Following the set, they’ll stick around for an album signing. The Milk Carton Kids are also playing a sold-out show at Largo tomorrow night with Ed Helms, Joe Henry, Over the Rhine, Jill Sobule and others.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast opens at the Pantages in Hollywood tonight at 8 pm. The stage musical is based on the Oscar-winning animated feature film, which unless you've been living under a rock, follows Belle and her relationship with the Beast, who really is a young prince trapped in a spell. Tickets: $32-$112.65. The show runs through April 7.

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NerdMelt presents Star Dreck tonight at 8 pm, with comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Matt Mira (and special guest Steve Agee). Though they’re diehard Trekkies, Nanjiani and Mira are the first to tell you that some of the episodes suck. Come to Star Dreck tonight to hear them riff on a pretty special (terrible) episode. Tickets: $8.

The Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB) joins the latest installment of KCRW’s UpClose series, featuring novelist Jamaica Kincaid in conversation with Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW’s Book Worm. Kincaid is one of the most important Caribbean writers today, and she’ll discuss her novel See Now Then, which explores an inter-ethnic marriage. The UpClose event takes place at the New Roads School’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at 8 pm, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Tickets: $20-$25.

Opening today is the Getty Museum’s latest exhibition, Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto. This exhibition presents the work of two photographers Hiroshi Hamaya (1915-1999) and Kansuke Yamamoto (1914-1987) whose careers spanned most of the Showa Era (1926-1989) in Japan. Though contemporaries, their photography took very different paths. The show remains on view through Aug. 25.

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