Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival kicks off, The Killers tix go on sale, 'Nighthawks' by Douglas Steinberg bows, jazzmen George Benson and Al Jarreau share the stage, director's cut of Frank Zappa's 'Baby Snakes' screens, more
“On the night of the transit strike, in the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, a neckless mutant villain named BookMite is finally ready to take revenge.”So begins “Revenge of the Book Eater,” a short story by 11-year-old 826 student Rafaello Adler-Abramo. In addition to weaving a tale that includes a mad scientist, uranium and a nemesis named BookWorm, his story also provides the title for tonight’s literature and music event at UCLA’s Royce Hall, which benefits the nonprofit writing org. “We decided on that title after much deliberation,” says program director Mac Barnett. “It seemed to capture the spirit of the night.” Standing in for the literature-devouring human-bugs will be Sarah Vowell, Aimee Mann, Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, Andy Richter and 826 founder, Dave Eggers. Revenge of the Book Eaters takes place at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Saturday, August 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$100.
– Rachel DowdFRI 8/25: Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival kicks off three omnivoracious days with a reserve tasting, gourmet foods and silent auction to benefit the Midnight Mission, Marriott Downtown. $125-$225, 6-10 p.m. Through Sun. “Fences” starring Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett starts previews at the Pasadena Playhouse. $36-$60, 8 p.m. Through Oct. 1. Live snakes, aerial gymnastics and Bellytwins Veena and Neena at “Hooray for Bollywood,” Alex Theater. $35-$70, 8 p.m. Through Sun. Wolf Parade rocks the Wiltern. $19, 9 p.m. SAT 8/26: The Killers, Wiltern Theater, Oct. 6-7, $35, on sale at 10 a.m. Eels, Drive by Truckers, Mike Stinson on three stages at Sunset Junction, Santa Monica and Sunset boulevards, Silver Lake. $12 in advance, $15 day of show, noon-9:30 p.m. Through Sun. New paintings by “Lost” producer-director Jack Bender on exhibit, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills. Free, 7 p.m. SUN 8/27: Jurassic 5 and Jonny Lang play at Heal the Bay cleanup day “Re-Boot and Rock the Beach,” Windward Plaza, Venice Beach. Free, clean-up at 10 a.m., concert at 12:30 p.m. Jon Favreau screens Buster Keaton’s “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” with Q & A preceding, Skirball Cultural Center. $10, 2 p.m. Dylan doc “No Direction Home,” directed by Martin Scorcese, Aero Theater. $9, 7:30 p.m. “Nighthawks” by Douglas Steinberg bows, Kirk Douglas Theater. $20-$30, 8 p.m. Through Sept. 24. MON 8/28: Visit the only bar built solely for stiltwalkers at Burning Man, a week of alternate reality and pyrotechnics in Black Rock City, Nev. Agorophobics will want to make other plans: Last year’s attendance: 36,500. TUES 8/29: “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” screens; Q&A with scribe-helmer Dito Montiel to follow, ArcLight Hollywood. $11, 8 p.m. Call in a favor — the Foo Fighters play a sold-out acoustic show with Frank Black at the Pantages Theater. 9 p.m. Pete Yorn sings from “Nightcrawler,” in stores today, Roxy Theater. $20, 9 p.m. WED 8/30: Jazzmen George Benson and Al Jarreau share the stage, Raul Midon opens, Hollywood Bowl. $12-$30, 8 p.m. THURS 8/31: Director’s cut of Frank Zappa’s “Baby Snakes” screens, Aero Theater. $9, 7:30 p.m. Melissa Etheridge on stage at the Greek. $39.50-$104.50, 8 p.m. Euripides’ “Hippolytos,” directed by Stephen Sachs, christens the outdoor Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa. $15 for previews through Sept. 2, $38 thereafter, 8 p.m.
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