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Happening Friday

October 08, 2010

POP MUSIC

Arcade Fire One promise that Arcade Fire keeps is crafting an old-fashioned, back-to-front exploration of one topic. In this case, it's suburbia, the album "The Suburbs' " most immediate symbol of complacency. But Arcade Fire's third album doesn't seek to condemn; the band knows that whether in a city — its hometown Montreal or here in Los Angeles — or a subdivision outside Houston (where frontman Win Butler grew up), we're all grasping for meaning. We're searching in the shadows of the shopping malls that singer and multi-instrumentalist Régine Chassagne observes endlessly rising in "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)." Shrine Auditorium, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $60. (213) 749-5123.

Culture Collide Festival Divided among a variety of Silver Lake, Echo Park and downtown venues — including the Echoplex, Spaceland, Taix and 826LA — Filter magazine's Culture Collide Festival brings some of the best and brightest indie rockers from around the world. Israel, Norway, Canada and other countries are represented, with two highlights being insolent U.S. garage rockers the Black Lips and England's post-punk alt-favorites, Klaxons. 2 p.m.-1 a.m.Fri.-Sat. and 2:30 p.m.-midnight Sun. Wristbands $20. See website for complete schedule and tickets. http://www.culturecollide.com.

FAMILY

Zoppé Family Circus Expect acrobatics, magic, equestrian stunts and sundry foolishness with the old-Europe charm. Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach. 8 p.m. Fri., 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Sat., 1 and 4 p.m. Sun. $20-$25. http://www.carpenterarts.org.

Halloween Harvest Festival Join Pierce College in welcoming back Spookley the Square Pumpkin and his hay-stuffed handler Jack the Scarecrow in the pair's live stage show at the college's Woodland Hills campus, newly gussied up in its autumnal finest for the annual Halloween Harvest Festival. This year's festival also boasts a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hay rides, a corn maze, a haunted house and a haunted trail. Scaredy-cats and fear junkies alike should be advised that, after dark, the festival becomes the FrightFair Scream Park, a souped-up and altogether more terrifying version of itself. Pierce College, 20800 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-midnight. http://www.halloweenharvestfestival.com.

EVENTS

O.C. Auto Show The 2011 model O.C. Auto Show kicks off auto-show season with hundreds of new cars, crossovers, exotics and more. This automotive extravaganza will feature SEMA concept cars, pre-production models, rides and drives, and the latest alternative-fuel vehicles, including the 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Additionally, the show will roll out high-energy entertainment with DJs spinning music, bikini contests, mixed-martial-arts demonstrations and more. Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim. Noon-10 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID, kids younger than 12 free. http://www.orangecountyautoshow.com.

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