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Monday is usually a bad day to even contemplate leaving the house, but today is a good day to make an exception. If nothing else, doing something will help keep your mind occupied as you creep closer to Friday.

Your cinema and music picks, after the jump.

Posted by Marleigh Riggins

Tarnation, directed by Jonathan Caouette. One of the many documentaries screening at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, this little documentary has reached nearly legendary status, telling the story of the director's life for a whopping $218.32. It isn't nearly as prosaic as it sounds: the movie began when his once-beautiful model mother, insane and troubled by schizophrenia, overdosed in 2003. The documentary is built from a lifetime's worth of photos, home videos, diaries, short films and various artifacts of his life and family using Apple's iMovie to edit together the film. Tarnation has received rave reviews from all over the world and tonight is your last chance to see it during the LA Film Festival. Screening at the Laemmle Sunset Theatre 1 at 5:00 PM; admission is $10.00 at the door.

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Also part of the LA Film Fest is the panel discussion "You Scared the Hell Out of Me: Modern Horror" tonight at 6:00 PM at the Argyle Hotel. Featuring such luminaries as Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Eli Roth (Cabin Fever), Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, The Devil's Backbone), Don Coscarelli (Phantasm), and Joe Dante (The Howling), this is a not-to-be-missed meeting of the minds for horror fans. Admission is $20.00 at the door.

The Secret Machines, The Helio Sequence, Idiot Pilot at The Troubadour. The Secret Machines, a guitar-drums-keyboard trio, are gaining popularity thanks to their major label debut Now Here is Nowhere. Full of fuzzed-out, distorted guitar and a driving rhythm section, they produce songs full of subtle hooks and atmospheric tension that are vaguely reminiscent of OK Computer-era Radiohead. The Helio Sequence write eclectic, space-y pop songs that bring to mind Earlimart and Her Space Holiday.

Big Business (ex-Murder City Devils),  Akimbo, Blue Silk Sutures, Wires on Fire at The Smell. So long as you like your music loud (and enjoy watching zombie nurses frolic on stage) you will have a good time at The Smell tonight. Half of Big Business is made up of Coady from the Murder City Devils--a band known for their raucous live performances--while Akimbo's latest release, Bitten From the Thigh of Zeus, is everything you would expect from the title (and more). MP3s byAkimbo and Wires on Fire are available on their respective websites, and admission is $5.00 at the door.