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What's there to do in L.A. this week? Improv troupe Liquid Radio Players bring old-time radio to Beverly Hills, Taste of the Nation fights hunger with a culinary benefit in Culver City, director Walter Hill gets a retrospective in Santa Monica, more

FRI 6/9: Gnarls Barkley, Avalon, July 23 & 24, $27, on sale at noon

Beck, the Wiltern, June 27 & 28, $33.50-$43.50, on sale at 5 p.m.

Melissa Joan Hart, Barbara Parkins and others in an all-star reading of “Valley of the Dolls,” to benefit Gay & Lesbian Adolescent Social Services, Renberg Theater. $150, 7 p.m. for cocktails, curtain at 8 p.m. Troubadour Josh Ritter takes the stage, El Rey. $14, 8 p.m.

SAT 6/10: Liquid Radio Players perform an improvised ’40s radio show created by the audience, Museum of Television and Radio. $5, 3-5 p.m.

Salma Hayek, Peter Roth and Tony Sella honored at the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, residence of Fred and Carla Sands. $1,000, 6:30 p.m.

Andy Richter hosts “McSweeney’s Presents: The World, Explained,” to benefit 826LA, Barnsdall Theatre. $20, $50 for VIP, 8 p.m.

Preview David Hockney portraits after hours at LACMA. $30, $25 members. 8-11 p.m.

SUN 6/11: Taste of the Nation hosts more than 30 L.A. restaurants and 15 wineries to support Share Our Strength, Culver City Media Park. $85, $150 VIP, 1-5 p.m.

Liza Minnelli honored at the Tony Awards Bash, Sam Harris hosts, Skirball Cultural Center. $200, 3:30 p.m.

Jessica Biel, Joely Fisher and others sing duets to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Jamie Lee Curtis hosts, Wiltern Theater. $50-$250, 7:30 p.m.

MON 6/12: DJ, producer and L.A. Film Fest artist-in-residence Danger Mouse converses with KCRW’s Jason Bentley, Hammer Museum. Free, 7 p.m.

Anderson Cooper signs “Dispatches from the Edge,” Book Soup, West Hollywood. Free, 7 p.m.

“Loverboy” screens, followed by Q&A with director Kevin Bacon, ArcLight Hollywood. $11, 8 p.m.

TUES 6/13: “Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?: The Best Of The Replacements” and Sonic Youth’s “Rather Ripped” on CD

WED 6/14: Margaret Cho, Gina Gershon and others read from Spalding Gray’s unpublished catalog, UCLA’s Royce Hall. $45, 7 p.m.

THURS 6/15: “Broken Trail” kicks off a two-day Walter Hill retrospective, Q&A with the director between parts, Aero Theater. $9, $6 members, 7:30 p.m.

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