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Happening Monday: Doug Benson, the Black Keys and more

September 27, 2010

COMEDY

Doug Benson's Movie Interruptions: 'Mac and Me' The interruption-prone cinema buff makes a respectable living by giving his two cents at every chance he gets. "Doug Benson's Movie Interruptions" follows in the same vein as the comedian's beloved appearances at Upright Citizens Brigade, but instead of peppering fellow comics' acts with unsolicited commentary from the front row, the mayor of the peanut gallery supplies hilariously cutting feedback throughout forgotten gems from film history. For this show, Benson will roast the painfully cheesy 1988 "E.T." rip-off "Mac and Me." The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. http://www.cinefamily.org

POP MUSIC

The Black Keys Guitarist Dan Auerbach and gangly funk drummer Patrick Carney are a duo from Akron, Ohio, whose college-kid jam-band look and impassioned stranglehold on the blues make it clear that this is neither retro hipsterism nor the post-punk tinkering of the White Stripes and company. They're not cool; they're just brilliant. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $43. (323) 962-7600.

MOVIES

The Best of Ottawa 2009 Twelve short films from the 2009 Ottawa International Animation Festival, most of which make their Los Angeles premieres, will showcase the best experimental animation from Canada, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Poland and the United States. Highlights include Eric Dyer's mesmerizing "The Bellow's March," Diego Maclean's haunting "The Art of Drowning" and David OReilly's sci-fi drama "Please Say Something." REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown L.A. 8:30 p.m. $9. (213) 237-2800.

BOOKS

Mohja Kahf The author of "The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf" tackles three of today's most loaded topics: Islam, womanhood and American culture. But the bilingual author is well-versed to bridge these divides with humor, grace and contemporary prose styles. Ground Zero Performance Space, USC. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.usc.edu.

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