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CARS: The LA Auto Show begins today at Staples Center and runs through Dec. 30. It's one of the biggest car shows in the world. The show closes at 10 pm tonight. Tickets are $10.

FILM: Tonight LACMA kicks off the series “William Hearst, Marion Davies and Hollywood.” Newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst met 20-year-old Marion Davies, a former Ziegfeld girl and aspiring actress in 1917, and though there was a 35-year age difference, the two made the national gossip and social circuit from San Simeon (Hearst Castle to NYC) until his death in 1951. Tonight LACMA screens Show People at 7:30 pm. “Considered Davies greatest silent film, Show People is a Hollywood satire in which Georgia-born Polly Pepper transforms herself from slapstick extra in the Keystone Cops into Patricia Pepoire, dramatic actress. Inspired by the career of Gloria Swanson, the film features uncredited appearances by stars of the period among them Mae Murray, John Gilbert, Norma Talmadge and Douglas Fairbanks.”

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DANCE: The California Touring Project brings together casebolt and smith (Los Angeles), Cid Pearlman (Santa Cruz), Susan Rose (Los Angeles) and Yolande Snaith (San Diego) to “present a collection of dances that play between order, disorder, power and desire. Presented in the round, each work inhabits an intimate landscape creating playful and unexpected shifts of perspective and meaning. “ Tonight’s performance begins at 8 pm at the Diavolo Dance Space. Tickets are $20 general admission and $16 for students, seniors and dance professionals, and are available here or at the door (cash/check only).

FILM 2: The Aero Theatre screens a Samuel L. Jackson Double Feature beginning at 7:30 pm tonight. On the bill are: Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown.

Check out the LAist Agenda: November for other events this month.