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Happening Monday

Jean-Claude Vannier at the Cinefamily; Stone Darling at the Satellite; 'The Way He Makes Them Feel' at the Downtown Independent; Ashley Wren Collins at Book Soup.

August 29, 2011

MUSIC

Jean-Claude Vannier As part of the Cinefamily's France Goes Pop series, the prolific musician and arranger will discuss his career, during which he has collaborated with such diverse talents as chanteur Serge Gainsbourg, filmmaker Philippe Garrel and designer Yves Saint Laurent. Vannier will also play songs from his two new albums. The Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org.

Stone Darling While there's been no shortage of indie acts reviving '60s girl-group sounds in recent years, this all-female group spices its major-key riffs with broader influences. Digital single "Can You Get to That," a cover of the Funkadelic classic, announced the band as tom tom rockers with groove, while its newer break-up anthem, "I Stopped Missing You Today," offers a husky hint of "Dusty in Memphis." The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Free. thesatellitela.com.

MOVIES

The Way He Makes Them Feel: A Michael Jackson Fan Documentary What better day than MJ's birthday to screen this new documentary chronicling the tumultuous life of the entertainer and his lasting impact on his legion of fans? Live performances inspired by Jackson will precede the film, with a director Q&A to follow. Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main St., downtown. 6:30 p.m. $10. (213) 617-1033. http://www.downtownindependent.com.

BOOKS

Ashley Wren Collins Guidebooks on Los Angeles are plentiful, but most seem written for those with lots of cash. But if you're the type who isn't afraid to inspect your bill at the cheap diner, then let Collins be your frugal ambassador to the city. Her "The Cheap Bastard's Guide to Los Angeles: Secrets of Living the Good Life — For Less!" covers theater, concerts, yoga classes, massages, haircuts, and more. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110.

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