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Pencil This In: Frightened Rabbit, Augustines in Concert; Contemporary Classical Music; 30 Nights of Horror Flicks

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Here are our favorite events happening in LA tonight, including a night of music with Frightened Rabbit and Augustines; two photography exhibitions open at The Getty; 30 nights of horror movies from across America begin tonight at Cinefamily; contemporary classical music with Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and Hauschka; and storytelling with The Moth. Read on for all the details.

There’s a great show at Avalon tonight headlined by the Glasgow-based band Frightened Rabbit, led by brothers Scott Hutchison and Grant Hutchison. They’re currently touring to support the band’s fourth studio album Pedestrian Verse. Opening tonight is Augustines (formerly known as We Are Augustines). Tickets: $25+ fees. 8 pm.

Two photography exhibitions open at the Getty Museum today. Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door explores the work of Cuban-American photography Morell. Says the Getty, “From intimate domestic scenes taken with a child's perspective to images in which an entire room is a camera obscura, Morell has approached picture making with remarkable creativity and wit.” Also opening is At the Window: The Photographer’s View—an exhibition drawn primarily from the Getty’s collection—in which the window becomes the subject, framing device or conceptual tool. Images by William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Eugène Atget to contemporary works by artists such as Robert Adams, Uta Barth, Gregory Crewdson, Sabine Hornig, and Yuki Onodera. The shows remain on view through Jan. 5.

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Starting tonight and for the next 30 midnights, Cinefamily begins its latest film series The United States of Horror. The programmers have created a film slate that’s a sort of “cross-country death trip” with each night taking on a different state / region of the country. They’re starting things off in Southern California with a screening of Equinox (1970). In the film, four friends go into the woods to search for a missing scientist...and run into demons, monsters and...death.

The Moth's Westside edition takes over Zanzibar in Santa Monica tonight with storytellers spinning tales on the theme of "imposters." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about impostors, posers and people who are not what they pretend to be. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 p.m. and tales begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). Hosted by Lauren Weedman. The venue is 21+.

There’s an interesting contemporary classical lineup at the First Unitarian Church in the aptly titled showChurch Sessions with Olafur Arnalds, an Icelandic composer, currently on tour with Berlin-based composer Nils Frahm and prepared-piano master/composer Hauschka. Doors at 7 pm, tickets: $27-$45. The show is all ages.

We just learned that LiveNation has just released additional tickets for Depeche Mode's third and final night at the Staples Center Wednesday night. Crystal Castles open. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $49.50, $79.50 and $99.50.

*Pencil this in pick of the day
**Edited to reflect date correction

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