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• The Grindhouse Film Festival returns to the New Beverly Cinema at 7:30 PM, featuring screenings of The Psycho Lover and The Toolbox Murders (the original), with special guests Robert Vincent O'Neil, Frank Cuva, Pamelyn Ferdin, Marianne Walter and Gary Graver. Admission is $7.

• Head for the Santa Monica Pier at sunset—or 8 PM for you punctual types—for a free outdoor screening of Zoolander at the Santa Monica Drive-In at the Pier. Please note, that while you don't have to buy them, tickets are required for admission.

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• Joshua Radin, Deadman, Mellowdrone and Kelly Dalton are on at the Hotel Cafe tonight starting at 8 PM.

• AFI at ArcLight presents Aliens tonight at 8 PM.


• The Willowz perform a free in-store tonight at Amoeba Music in support of their new album, Talking in Circles. They take the stage at 7 PM.

• Alejandro Escovedo will be on stage tonight at Spaceland with Jon Dee Graham. Doors open at 9 PM.

The Smell hosts a benefit for the UNICEF Sudan Relief Fund, featuring performances by BARR, Bobby Birdman, The Plants, This Song Is A Mess But So Am I and Moth Drakula. Doors open at 9 PM; admission is $5.

Arclight has a special midnight screening of Terry Gilliam's new film, The Brothers Grimm.


• The New Pornographers, Satisfaction and The Lassie Foundation perform at the Galaxy Theatre tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $15.

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• Enjoy the music of Italian maestros Morricone, Rota and Respighl at "La Dolce Vita: Italian Cool on a Hot Summer Night" tonight at the Hollywood Bowl. The program begins at 8:30 PM; tickets range from $14-37.

• Everyone's favorite poster child for the Me Generation, Bret Easton Ellis, discusses and signs his new novel, Lunar Park tonight at Vroman's in Pasadena. The event begins at 7 PM.


• That's right, kids—Sunset Junction is back. After enjoying a lot, hot day in the sun, head for the after party at Spaceland, featuring performances by The Walkmen, Giant Drag and Dirty Little Secret. Doors open at 9 PM.

• Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings are on tonight at The Echo. The show starts at 9 PM; tickets are $15. [18+]

• Soul man James Brown performs tonight with Michael McDonald at the Greek. The concert begins at 7:30 PM; tickets range from $25-70.

• The legendary Phil Shane performs free tonight at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. Get there early to get a hunka Phil's show.

• Enjoy the music of Italian maestros Morricone, Rota and Respighl at "La Dolce Vita: Italian Cool on a Hot Summer Night" tonight at the Hollywood Bowl. The program begins at 8:30 PM; tickets range from $14-33.

• Speaking of some Italian mastery on a summer night, enjoy a free screening of A Fistful of Dollars on the south lawn of the Museum of the American West at 8 PM.

• The Ford Amphitheatre goes outdoors during the annual Korean Dance Festival tonight at 8:30 PM. Tickets range from $16-40.

• Time for more Gilliam: the Aero Theatre screens the full length version of Brazil tonight at 7:30 PM.

• Bret Easton Ellis will be on hand to discuss Lunar Park at Skylight Books tonight at 7:30 PM.

SUNDAY• TheKnitting Factory just might explode tonight, as Year Future, 400 Blows, Akimbo, Geisha Girls, FM Bats, The Mall and Archeopteryx hit the stage—literally— at 8 PM. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door.

• Singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding performs tonight at McCabe's Guitar Shop at 7 PM. Tickets are $16.

• The Smart Gals Speakeasy presents author Aimee Bender at the Mt. Hollywood Underground tonight at 8 PM. Visit the site to get the password—you can't get in without it.