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TUESDAY

• Les Savy Fav with The Hold Steady, Thunderbirds Are Now and Swearing At Motorists are at Avalon tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $17.

• The one and only Cheap Trick are at the House of Blues Sunset. Doors open at 8 PM; tickets are $33.50. [18+]

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LACMA features a 7:30 PM lecture, Eames Interiors: "Functioning Decoration," by Pat Kirkham of the Bard Graduate Center in New York. Admission is $15.

• The Grindhouse Film Festival is back at the New Beverly tonight at 7:30 PM, featuring Dolemite (star Rudy Ray Moore tentatively scheduled to appear), followed by Brotherhood of Death at 9:30 PM. Tickets are $7.

• Tonight is the final preview of "Colored Contradictions" at Company of Angels, featuring works written by George C. Wolfe, Zora Neale Hurston, Nikki Giovanni and others. The show starts at 8 PM and tickets are $15.

WEDNESDAY

• Nada Surf, Rogue Wave and King of France play the Henry Fonda Theater tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $16.50.

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• Dilated Peoples, Little Brother and Defari hit the House of Blues Sunset tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $20. [18+]

• AFI at ArcLight presents a screening of The Silence of the Lambs tonight at 8 PM.

THURSDAY

• Mice Parade, Tom Brosseau and The Heavenly States are at The Echo tonight at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $8. [18+]

Tangier features Dengue Fever, Bodies of Water, Impossible Shapes and DJ Saul Good beginning at 8:30 PM. Cover is $10.

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• Craig Wedren (ex-Shudder To Think), The Dead Science, Army Navy and Numchuck are at the Knitting Factory tonight at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 day of.

Pharmaka Gallery features Arche-scapes, a conversation with architect Christoph Kapeller, tonight from 7:30 - 8:30 PM.

FRIDAY

• Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) and The High Strung play the Knitting Factory tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $18.

SATURDAY

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Arthurball begins today at 4 PM, featuring performances by Joanna Newsom, Mike Watt/George Hurley, Josh Homme and Morris Tepper, among many others. Tickets are $22 for a single day pass or $40 for Saturday and Sunday. [18+]

• The Hotel Cafe is having the Chevy Downs CD release party, featuring Tim Jones and other guests TBA. The party starts at 10 PM.

• DJ Qbert, Lateef the Truth Speaker and Yak Balls of the Weathermen are at the Knitting Factory tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $20.

• Orthrelm, Upsilon Acrus, Zombi, Bipolar Bear and Lux Nova Umbra Est are at The Smell tonight at 9 PM. Cover is $5.

• Astrid Hadad and El Vez perform tonight at 8 PM as part of UCLA Live. Tickets are $20-38.

• The Echo Park Film Center Guest Lecture Series starts today at 3 PM, featuring local documentary cinematographer Jamie Maxtone Graham.

SUNDAY

Tangier features Eleni Mandell, The Charlie Wadhams Three and Luke Doucet, starting at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10.

• Orthrelm, Zombi, Jarrett Silberman (of the Get Hustle & Young People), Books on Tape and Wolves in the Throneroom are at the Knitting Factory tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $5 advance, $7 day of.

MONDAY

• The Willowz, The Adored, Mad Juana and Shoot Out the Lights are at Spaceland tonight at 9 PM. Admission is free.

• Jen Sincero and Cecil Castellucci star in their two-woman show about spinsterhood at the M Bar. Doors open at 7 PM; tickets are $5.