Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic deliver the second installment of their adventurous "Beethoven Unbound" cycle, which juxtaposes Beethoven symphonies with contemporary works. This program pairs Beethoven's Fourth and Sixth symphonies with British composer Oliver Knussen's Violin Concerto, modeled on Baroque forms. It was premiered by violinist Pinchas Zukerman and the Pittsburgh Symphony, which was led by the composer in 2002. "At times the violinist resembles a tightrope walker progressing along a (decidedly unstable) high wire," Knussen wrote in a program note before the premiere. Violinist Leila Josefowicz will be the Disney tightrope walker.
Los Angeles Philharmonic, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. today. $15 to $129. (323) 850-2000, www.laphil.com* Also 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
DFA and LCD might look like a shuffle of the Scrabble tiles to some, but fans of cutting-edge dance-rock know that the former is the New York-based label on which some of the hottest stuff is found, and that LCD Soundsystem is the formidable band led by label co-founder James Murphy. In its May concert at El Rey, LCD brought the punk-disco-indie hybrid to thrilling fruition, and with fellow DFA force the Juan McLean on the bill this time, things should heat up even more.
LCD Soundsystem, the Juan McLean at the House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim. 8 p.m. today. $20. (714) 778-2583.
* Also 9 p.m. Saturday at Avalon, 1735 N. Vine St., Hollywood. $20. (323) 462-8900.
The Iran that was
In her critically acclaimed graphic novels "Persepolis, Vols. 1 and 2," which have drawn comparison with Art Spiegelman's "Maus," Marjane Satrapi tells the story of growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. In heavily lined black-and-white comic-strip images, Satrapi unfurls her life from ages 6 to 14, during which time Iran experienced the shah's overthrow, the rise of Islamic power and a devastating war with Iraq. As the child of Marxist parents and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran's last emperors, Satrapi has created novels that illuminate a life uniquely bound to Iran's history. She'll discuss her work in an evening presented by UCLA Live.
Marjane Satrapi, Royce Hall, UCLA campus, Westwood. 8 p.m. Friday, $18 to $30. (310) 825-2101
Carolina on their minds
The lives of a drifter, a middle-aged mother searching for the son she gave up for adoption, and a preacher's wife intersect in the days leading up to Mother's Day in "Loggerheads." Written and directed by Tim Kirkman, the film is set in three parts of North Carolina, one of which is a coastal town where endangered loggerhead sea turtles nest on the beach. Cast includes Kip Pardue, Michael Kelly, Bonnie Hunt, Tess Harper and Michael Learned.
"Loggerheads," unrated, opens Friday at Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 848-3500; Laemmle's One Colorado Cinemas, 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, (626) 744-1224; and Edwards University Town Center 6, 4245 Campus Drive, Irvine, (949) 854-8818.
Adobe Days in Agoura
Coinciding with the first anniversary of the opening of the Reyes Adobe historical site, Agoura Hills is putting on the Reyes Adobe Days fall festival. Friday's schedule includes events for seniors and teens, while on Saturday comic Gallagher will serve as grand marshal for a community parade, followed by live music, arts, crafts, games and more. Sunday will be devoted to an 8K and Family Fun run, the Taste of the West cook-off and equestrian-related contests for riders of all ages.
Reyes Adobe Days, 5464 Reyes Adobe Road, Agoura Hills. 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Most events are free, but some have charges of $5 to $32. (818) 597-7300, www.ci.agoura-hills.ca.us
It was almost a year ago that the Museum of Contemporary Art Pacific Design Center presented "Ask the Dust," the acclaimed Canadian collective Royal Art Lodge's first touring international exhibition. Neil Farber, one of the Winnipeg-based collective's founding members, is back with "Brain," a series of new drawings, on view at Richard Heller Gallery.
"Neil Farber: Brain," Richard Heller Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., No. B-5A, Santa Monica. Opens Saturday. (310) 453-9191.
* Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Ends Nov. 12.
Melissa Etheridge has come as close as anyone can to the issue of breast cancer, and she's responded to her own treatment for the disease in part by becoming a high-profile campaigner for breast-cancer awareness, treatment and fundraising. The singer-