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Events Happening Monday

May 09, 2011

MUSIC

Gutbucket Chamber Orchestra The Brooklyn, N.Y.-based jazz-prog-rock quartet makes its West Coast debut with an assist from select CalArts players. Eschewing the usual strings, this unique orchestral performance features woodwinds, vibes, keyboards, percussion, electronic sounds, noise instruments and more. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $20 general admission, $16 students. (213) 237-2800. http://www.redcat.org.

The Low Anthem To record the follow-up to 2008's buzz-building "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin," this Rhode Island-based folk-rock outfit set up shop in a former pasta-sauce factory outside Providence; the group's goal was to capture an explicitly handcrafted vibe not much in vogue in these days of Pro Tools and Auto-Tune. Fortunately, what the Low Anthem accomplished neatly transcends such a conservative impulse: Excepting a couple of Arcade Fire-style stompers, "Smart Flesh" is a gorgeous, inventively arranged set of reverb-rich roots ballads in which the music's frayed edges add emotional weight, not who-cares credibility. The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, L.A. 7 p.m. Monday. $15. http://www.theautry.org.

EVENTS

Los Angeles Motorexpo The six-cylinder celebration of automotive derring-do rolls into its second year in L.A. Car enthusiasts can check out the latest from all the major manufacturers, sit behind the wheels of their dream cars and even test-drive select models from Jaguar, Land Rover, Saab, Cadillac, Chevrolet and more. Bank of America Plaza, 333 S. Hope St., downtown. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Friday. Free. http://www.motorexpo.com.

BOOKS

Simply Shakespeare For all of the Bard's brilliance and insight into the human heart, he could write a crackerjack comedy. Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Kenneth Branagh, William Shatner and many other luminaries read from "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at the 21st installment of this UCLA festival institution. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. $95-$175. http://www.uclalive.org.

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