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Happening Monday

April 11, 2011

MOVIES

The Best and the Brightest The Cinefamily presents a preview of this farce starring Neil Patrick Harris and Bonnie Somerville as a newlywed couple in New York going to great lengths to enroll their child in a snobby private kindergarten. Director Josh Shelov, cowriter Michael Jaeger, composer Ted Masur and actress Bridget Regan take part in a Q&A after the screening. Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $10. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org.

ART

Lari Pittman Join the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art curator Paul Schimmel for a celebration of the publication of "Lari Pittman," the first monograph on the artist. Schimmel and Pittman go way back — Schimmel gave Pittman his first significant museum exhibition nearly 30 years ago — so the two will have plenty to talk about. Expect a lively discussion about the themes that Pittman's work conjures, including violence, love and longing. Art Catalogues Bookstore, Ahmanson Building, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 5:30 p.m. Free, no reservations. (323) 857-6587; artcatalogues@lacma.org.

MUSIC

Chris Robinson Brotherhood The Black Crowes recently went on permanent hiatus, but their frontman's new psychedelic folk blues band is on the road. The denim-clad, bearded band, which includes psych-folk singer Jonathan Wilson and fellow Crowe Adam MacDougall, will unleash a bluesy, jam-fueled array of originals and covers that have been described as a cross between the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park. 8:30 p.m. $15. (213) 413-8200. http://www.attheecho.com.

Henry Butler The pan-global New Orleans bluesman isn't known just for his virtuoso piano work. He's also — despite being blinded from birth by glaucoma — a photographer and star of an HBO documentary on the community of visually impaired photographers. He'll discuss his life and unusual career paths at this rare event. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $15. http://www.grammymuseum.org.

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