Seth Grahame-Smith Hot on the heels of his successful "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," the author and film producer turns his spoofing sights from British literature to American history with " Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." The amusing mash-up of fiction and fact has the 16th president avenging the unnatural death of his mother by ridding the world of vampires. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. www.booksoup.com.
Sister Groundling The funny women of the legendary improv group's Main Company regale audiences with a one-off evening of sketch comedy, improv and other mixed media shenanigans. Performers include Stephanie Courtney, Charlotte Newhouse, Edi Patterson, Ariane Price, Jill Matson-Sachoff, Lisa Schurga, Annie Sertich and Michaela Watkins. 8 p.m. Groundlings Theatre, 7307 Melrose Ave. L.A. $10. (323) 934-4747. www .groundlings.com.
The Magnetic Fields Conceived as a companion piece to 2008's "Distortion," songwriter-frontman Stephin Merritt's "Realism" is a folk album that aims to test the ideas of authenticity and sincerity, which have been associated with the genre. There are times where the detachment works. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th St., L.A. 7 p.m. $30. (323) 939-1128.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater The evocative troupe introduces the West Coast premiere of two new pieces, "Uptown" and "Dancing Spirit," to kick off a six-date run at OCPAC. Segerstrom Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Today-Sun., various times. $16 to $63. www.ocpac.org.