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FILM: What We Do Is Secret, The Germs’ biopic finally hits LA. Watch the rise and fall of the punk scene embodied by lead singer Darby Crash—and true to rock legend form—played hard and died too young. The Nuart has multiple screenings tonight with Q&A and introductions from original Germs Lorna Doom, Pat Smear and Don Bolles, as well as film actors Shane West, Bijou Phillips, Noah Segan and Rodger Grossman (writer/director).

THEATRE: Rabbit Hole is a drama about a married couple and other family members dealing with the death of their 4-year-old son. Author David Lindsay-Abaire says that his works are about “people finding themselves in a world that has turned upside-down and trying to find a way to move forward. It is about grief, but it’s also about redefining and re-discovering relationships. And it’s ultimately about hope.” It plays at the Skylight Theatre at 8 pm.

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SCI-FI FILM: Into post-apocalyptic films? Have nothing better to do tonight than hang out online? Then head over to the Aero for a triple feature. First on the bill is 1977’s Wizards, an animated post-apocalyptic film with twin wizards (one good, one bad) fighting for power. The film’s followed by Damnation Alley (1977), with George Peppard and Jan-Michael Vincent journeying to only city left after WW III: Albany, NY. The nightcap film is A Boy and His Dog with Jason Robards and a young Don Johnson as survivors of a nuclear holocaust. The films start at 7:30 pm.

JAZZ: LACMA's Friday Night Jazz seriescontinues tonight with cornetist Bobby Bradford and the Motet for a few hours of original works. The music starts at 6 pm in the BP Grand Entrance.

ECLECTIC MUSIC: Grand Performances at the California Plaza features Very Be Careful with a sound rooted in vallento music from Columbia and danceable accordion rhythms. Money Mark brings drummers, horns and synthesizers to blend jazz-funk-rock, trippy pop and classic R&B.

MORE THEATRE: Sissystrata, a play by Allain Rochel, takes to the stage at the Celebration Theatre--LA's only dedicated LGBT theatre--tonight at 8 pm. It's an all-male adaptation to Aristophanes' comedy Lysisytrata, where WeHo five years into the future is a very different place, where half of the guys ("manly tops") join the army to fight in Iraq and assert their masculinity. The ones left behind stage a nookie strike to end the war and save the world. The play takes aim at the politics of gender in the gay community (if you hadn't guessed already).