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Tonight’s the next installment of the LA Phil’s Concrete Frequency series, but here are other options we've dug up for your going-out pleasure:

Hollywood Ballet is LA's own modern ballet ensemble. Tonight's show includes premieres of "RQ 21," set to sections of Mozart’s Requiem; "Ghost Frog," set to music by Parisian jazz guitar virtuoso Pascal Vaucel; lyrical/Middle Eastern fusion dance set to the ballet music from Verdi‘s Aid. Dancers from the troupe’s pre-professional group, Hollywood Dance Company, will appear in selected dance works as well. But don’t let the “ballet” title scare you – the dance troupe features contemporary and jazz works, too.

8 pm // Unknown Theater // 1110 Seward St., Los Angeles // $18-$24.


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ALOUD at the Central Library features author Randall Kennedy in conversation with Gregory Rodriguez, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. In his new book about race, Kennedy—a Harvard law scholar—“shows how current fears of ‘selling out’ are expressed in thought and practice and clarifies the effect they have on individuals and on American society as a whole.” Reservations are recommended.

7 pm // ALOUD at Central Library: Mark Taper Auditorium // 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles // Free.

Otto Preminger's courtroom drama Anatomy of a Murder screens tonight at the Aero. Based on a true-life Michigan murder where a bartender was murdered for allegedly raping a lieutenant’s wife, the film brims with deceit and lies. James Stewart, George C. Scott and Lee Remick star.

7:30 pm // Aero Theatre // 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica // $10.

The Shadow Box is based on playwright Michael Cristofer’s experiences with two friends dying of cancer. The setting is a hospital where three terminal patients and their families wait for the inevitable. “The trio of primary characters find themselves on their own independent journeys, examining the emotions attendant to confronting death, while also celebrating life and its ambiguities to the fullest.”

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7:30 PM // Malibu Stage Company // 29243 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu // $20.

Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe author Ruth Wisse to discuss the topic ”Jews and Power.” There’s a book signing following the program.

7:30 pm // Sinai Temple // 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.