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Happening today: Awful cartoons screening and more

January 24, 2011

MOVIES

Barbara Hammer: Experimenting in Life and Art The avant-garde filmmaker, a leading figure in lesbian and feminist cinema, appears to screen and discuss two of her recent works. "Generations" (2010), which she made with Gina Carducci, deals with aging and passing on the tradition of personal filmmaking; "A Horse Is Not a Metaphor" (2009) confronts Hammer's battle with cancer and experiences in chemotherapy. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $9. (213) 237-2800. http://www.redcat.org

Cartoon Dump! Comedian Patton Oswalt has described this once-monthly multimedia night of live comedy and music, plus screenings of some of the worst cartoons ever made, as "like a children's show, in Bosnia." No wonder, since the show — a parody of the variety children's television programs of yesteryear — is the brainchild of cartoon scholar Jerry Beck and funnyman Frank Conniff from "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $10. (323) 666-4268. http://www.cartoondump.com

POP MUSIC

White Lies Hot on the heels of their recent release, "Ritual," the Brit post-punk revivalists hit up the Troubadour for their only California date on tour. The potty-mouthed nu-grunge duo Giant Drag will open. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $20. Sold out. (310) 276-6168. http://www.troubadour.com

Grouplove The local combo hatched its musical ambitions on a trip to the Greek isles and has led a charmed existence ever since on the strength of its ambitious, upbeat indie pop. The not-so-surprise special guests are local indie titans Cold War Kids, whose new album, "Mine Is Yours," looks to be a soulful mainstream crossover. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.. 8 p.m. $20. (213) 389-3856.

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