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THURSDAY, SEPT. 6
Best Coast and NO @ Santa Monica Pier (Santa Monica)
The pier's 28th annual Twilight Concert Series culminates with a night of dreamy music from two L.A. bands, Best Coast and NO. What better way to bid adieu to summer?
"The Book of Mormon" @ Pantages Theatre (Hollywood)
The Tony-winning musical from "South Park"'s Trey Parker and Matt Stone and "Avenue Q"'s Robert Lopez finally comes to Los Angeles. Two Mormon missionaries journey to a remote village in Uganda… sounds like the beginning of a really funny story to me. Through Nov. 25.
"Helen" @ The Getty Villa (Malibu)
This fall's classic play being staged at the Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater is Euripedes' dramatic, alternative history of Helen of Troy. The gods trick Paris with a phantom replica of the beauty, so she is never kidnapped but whisked to a secluded island for safekeeping. "Helen" picks up her story 17 years later. Through Sept. 29.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7
L.A. Greek Fest @ Saint Sophia Cathedral (Mid City)
Immerse yourself in Greek culture with live music, folk dancing and authentic food. All the Spanikopita, pastistio and baklava you could imagine. Opa!
In Theaters This Week
Bachelorette stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan; The new Superman, Henry Cavill, in The Cold Light of Day; Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana in The Words. Also in theaters: Hello I Must Be Going; The Inbetweeners; Keep the Lights On; Raiders of the Lost Ark IMAX; Toys in the Attic
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The Heavy @ The El Rey (Mid-City West)
The Heavy are one of those bands who have a song for every mood that you could possibly be in, evidenced in their just-released third album, The Glorious Dead. As they cross genre lines, from country to garage punk, R&B and straight-up rock 'n' roll, everything the British quartet comes up with is infectiously good.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8
Dirty Lights Opening Reception @ Swinghouse Studios (Hollywood)
This group photography exhibition features 13 artists that range from veterans and up-and-comers to comedians and cinematographers. Artists such as Piper Ferguson, Michael Tighe, guitarist Neal Casal, actor-comedian Andy Dick, film writer-director Paul Solet and cinematographer Matthew Libatique are taking part, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Pablove Foundation's Pablove Shutterbugs. Following this opening-night party, the exhibition will be viewable by appointment or online by virtual gallery.
Pee-wee's Big Adventure @ Devil's Night Drive In (Downtown)
The summer series ends with Tim Burton's adventure comedy, starring Paul Reubens as the beloved Pee-wee. The Angel City Derby Girls will be on hand as car hops, bringing you hot dogs, popcorn and soda directly to you.
KCRW's Good Food Pie Contest @ LACMA (Mid-City West)
My sister competed in the first contest, and it was a blast, getting to taste all the pies and watching all the celebrity chefs and food writers sample the goods. The fourth annual event is hosted by Evan Kleiman and features judges like Jonathan Gold, Michael Voltaggio, David LeFevre and Sherry Yard of Spago.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9
Thee Oh Sees @ The El Rey (Mid-City West)
Celebrating the release of their latest album, Putrifiers II, this week, the Bay Area rockers bring their raucous live show to Los Angeles. The new effort features "Flood's New Light," which was heralded as a "Best New Track" by Pitchfork.
MONDAY, SEPT. 10
The Adicts @ Key Club (West Hollywood)
The punk legends release their 10th studio album, All the Young Droogs, this week and celebrate with a two-night stand at the Key Club. Get your white shirt, black boots and bowler hat ready.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11
Tim Gunn @ Barnes & Noble (The Grove)
The former associate dean at Parsons and current on-air mentor for the design contestants on "Project Runway" releases his latest book, Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet, today. Bible details the history of clothing, from ancient times to present-day style trends.
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DZ Deathrays @ The Echo (Echo Park)
The Australian duo of Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley burst onto the international scene a few years ago, garnering much critical praise, which continued to flow with the release of their debut, Bloodstreams, in May, and their No. 4 placement on NME's list of "20 Most Exciting Bands for 2012." You don't just have to trust all the media acclaim, though. Their live show is one that must be experienced in person to be believed.
My Morning Jacket @ The Wiltern (Koreatown)
Each night of their three consecutive shows at the Wiltern benefits ($1 from every ticket) a different charity and features a separate support act: Tuesday is for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund with Portugal. The Man; Wednesday is for Inner-City Arts with Iron and Wine; Thursday is for My Friend's Place with Shabazz Palaces. Regardless of which night you attend, MMJ is the band not to miss this week. They are hands-down one of the best live acts out there, and to see them in a venue as intimate as the Wiltern is priceless.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12
Children of Men/Nineteen Eighty-Four @ Egyptian Theatre (Hollywood)
American Cinematheque's ninth installment of the Mayan Calendar Countdown series features infertility and rage against "Big Brother." Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men stars Clive Owen and Julianne Moore. Michael Radford's adaptation of the George Orwell classic Nineteen Eighty-Four stars John Hurt and Suzanna Hamilton.
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