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Happening Wednesday: Chris Cornell, John Waters and more

May 04, 2011

EVENTS

Conejo Valley Days Saddle up and mosey on down for this five-day community celebration, now in its 55th year. The festival features carnival rides, live entertainment, refreshments, games, a western-themed Main Street with a variety of vendors. Conejo Creek South, 1300 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. 5-10 p.m. Wed.-Thu., 5 p.m.-midnight Fri., noon-midnight Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. Adult $8, children $5. (805) 495-6471. conejovalleydays.org

Feisal Abdul Rauf As the imam of Masjid al-Farah mosque in Manhattan and the chairman of the Cordoba Initiative, Feisal Abdul Rauf works to improve relations between Islamic and Western communities. He visits UCLA as part of a national speaking tour. A Q&A moderated by the author and scholar Reza Aslan will follow his lecture. Royce Hall, UCLA, 340 Royce Drive, L.A. 8 p.m. Free. (310) 825-4401. http://www.uclalive.org

MOVIES

John Waters and Jeff Garlin Cult film director John Waters and Jeff Garlin — the comic and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" regular — join forces for an evening of intimate literary conversation. The results are likely to be absurd and enlightening. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $35. (310) 855-0350; http://www.rarebirdlit.com

MUSIC

Chris Cornell With his unmistakably powerful vocals, Chris Cornell changed the face of rock music in the '90s as lead singer of Soundgarden. Now, Cornell has embarked on his first-ever solo tour, "Songbook Volume 1," with music from his entire career reinterpreted for a more intimate setting. Ford Amphitheatre. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. Through Thurs. 7 p.m. $40. (323) 461-3673. fordtheatres.org. (sold out)

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