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Happening Tuesday: Neil Finn and more

April 05, 2011

BOOKS

Young Adult Group Event As YA and mainstream audiences alike can't get enough of star-crossed lovers caught up in supernatural intrigue, authors Melissa de la Cruz ("Bloody Valentine"), Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl ("Beautiful Darkness"), Melissa Marr ("Darkest Mercy"), Kelley Armstrong ("The Gathering"), Carrie Ryan ("The Dark and Hollow Places"), and Sarah Rees Brennan ("The Demon's Covenant") will read and discuss their work. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com

Guillermo Gómez-Peña The U.S.-Mexico border has become such a political, cultural and literal hot zone that its existence has generated metaphorical and meaningful exploration for artists, writers and performance artists like Guillermo Gómez-Peña. In his new solo performance, Gómez-Peña grapples with the end of the Bush era and lays out the challenges facing Obama. He also denounces anti-immigration hysteria and attacks the controversial construction of the border wall, its symbolism tied up with Minutemen, three-ply fences, globalization and transnational identities. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000.

Jane Hirshfield & Sean Carroll The poet and the physicist discuss the intersection between art and science. Hirshfield, who was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American Poets, is the author of six collections of poetry, and Carroll, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, is the author of "From Eternity to Here." Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th St., Downtown. 7 p.m. Free with advance reservations. (213) 228-7500. http://www.lfla.org.

POP MUSIC

Neil Finn Finn has carved out a reputation as a songwriter's songwriter, one who has crafted some of the catchiest pop-rock songs of the last quarter-century with Crowded House and on his own. He plays with Matt Costa, a similarly rakish writer who draws from sunnier and less ethereal melodies. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $39. http://www.theelrey.com .

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