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December 16, 2009

MUSIC

Melt-Banana Tokyo's punk-spiced grindcore act closes its grueling 41-city U.S. tour in Los Angeles. Singer Yako and guitarist Agata will ply audiences with their raging brand of turbo-charged noise pop. Expect to hear a selection of classics from the band's 17-year career plus material from its latest release, "Melt-Banana Lite Live Ver 0.0." Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $15. (310) 276-6168, www.troubadour.com.

Watkins Family The Nickel Creek alumni host a holiday-themed round-table of folk and pop music played by some of the city's surest hands. Expect scads of guests sure to turn all the red and green a little bit bluegrass. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $20. www.largola.com.

EVENTS

Las Posadas This festive tradition reenacts the nine-day journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem with singing, entertainment, a candlelight procession on Olvera Street and the breaking of a piƱata each evening. El Pueblo Historical Monument, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, L.A. 5-8:30 p.m. Through Dec. 24. Free. (213) 485-8372, www.calleolvera.com.

THEATER

Doorknockers Randy Liedtke & Davey Johnson, the principals of the Doorknockers comedy troupe, have their tongues planted deeply in cheek at this compendium of music, theater and even a touch of magic-act tomfoolery derived from their TV work. Steve Allen Theatre, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $10.www.steveallentheater.com.

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