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What to check out this week? "Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit" is in theaters, A Taste of Downtown L.A. (with free performances) is on Saturday, Tracey Chapman plays folk with Ben Taylor at the Roxy, more

FRI 10/7: ArtNight celebrates music, art and mixed media at 12 cultural institutions in Pasadena. Free, including a shuttle between venues, 6-10 p.m.

Zack de la Rocha and quetzal, aka Son De Madera, headline First Friday at the Natural History Museum. $15, $12 for members, 7 p.m.

“Installed,” a group installation with artists such as York Chang, Zig Gron and Meg Madison. Gallery 825. Free, 6-9 p.m.

Songwriter Greg Brown croons insightful, Getty Center. Free, 7:30 p.m.

Franz Ferdinand plays from their latest, Greek Theater. $29.50-$35, 7:30 p.m.

“Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “In Her Shoes” and “Good Night, and Good Luck” in theaters

SAT 10/8: Lisa Marie Presley, House of Blues, Sunset Strip, $25, Nov. 11. On sale, 10 a.m.

Grand Avenue Festival and A Taste of Downtown L.A., Grand Avenue between Temple and Fifth Street. Free performances, $5 or less for food, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Andy Warhol films, including the six-hour “Sleep,” Getty Center. Free, noon-10 p.m.

Thalians’ 50th Anniversary Ball, hosted by Debbie Reynolds and Ruta Lee, Century Plaza Hotel. $300-$1,000, 6 p.m.

Jill Soloway (“Six Feet Under”) discusses her book “Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on a True Story,” Skylight Books. Free, 7:30 p.m.

SUN 10/9: Ecstasy: In and About Altered States opens and explores human consciousness, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. $8, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Feb. 20

Author Rick Moody reads from his oeuvre, UCLA Hammer Museum. Free, 6 p.m.

Great Tastes in Brentwood celebrates Westside eateries with food, wine and a silent auction to benefit area public schools, San Vicente Boulevard between Barrington and Bringham. Free admission, noon-5 p.m.

MON 10/10: Tracey Chapman plays folk with Ben Taylor, the Roxy. $35, 8 p.m.

TUES 10/11: The Proclaimers play smart Scottish pop, House of Blues, Sunset Strip. $17.50, 7 p.m.

Louise Erdrich, Native American author, discusses “A Painted Drum,” Skirball Cultural Center. $20, 7:30 p.m.

“Kicking & Screaming” and “Kingdom of Heaven” on DVD

WED 10/12: Mixmeister DJ Spooky spins to a multimedia presentation of 1915 silent film “Birth of a Nation,” Redcat Theater. $20, 8:30 p.m. Through Sun.

Rachel Manija Brown discusses and signs her memoir, “All the Fishes Come Home to Roost,” Vroman’s Bookstore. Free, 7 p.m.

“Drugs Are Nice: A Post-Punk Memoir” by Lisa Crystal Carver published

THURS 10/13: Loose Goose wine festival begins with four-course wine pairing dinners, Santa Clarita Valley. $95, 7-10 p.m. Through Sun.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” screens during dinner, Cinespace. Cost of dinner, 8 p.m.

Wheelchair artist Tommy Hollenstein’s exhibit “Wheels of Wonder,” Infusion Gallery. Free, 6-11 p.m.

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