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Happening Wednesday: TV on the Radio, sketch comedy and more

Music, comedy, etc.

May 11, 2011

MUSIC

TV on the Radio Just days after releasing its fourth studio album, "Nine Types of Light," soulful art rockers TV on the Radio suffered a painful blow last month when bassist Gerard Smith lost his battle with lung cancer. After taking a hiatus, the band is getting back to its tour schedule, including this performance at the Music Box, rescheduled from May 3. All tickets from that date will be honored. Music Box at the Fonda. 7 p.m. $25. http://www.goldenvoice.com/

Elvis Costello The old-guard king of proto-New Wave is on tour with his band the Imposters, and he's got a neat trick up his sleeve for his appearance at the Wiltern. He's bringing along something called the "Spectacular Spinning Songbook," a giant wheel that audience members spin to determine the band's set list. The wheel will be outfitted with 40 titles, including hits, rarities and a few covers. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $50-$170. (213) 388-1400; http://www.livenation.com

COMEDY

Bob Odenkirk Presents 'The Birthday Boys' Up-and-coming comedy troupe the Birthday Boys combine live sketch comedy and video shorts to tell the riotous tale of a supremely inept superhero. Directed by experienced funnyman Odenkirk ("Mr. Show," "Breaking Bad"), the show is a one-time event. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8 p.m. $10. (323) 666-4268. steveallentheater.com

BOOKS

The Rattling Wall Release Party The new Los Angeles-based literary journal the Rattling Wall marks the publication of its first issue with a reading by selected contributors. The journal specializes in short fiction, travel essays and poetry. Readers Wednesday include Neal Pollack, Stacey Waite, Sam Dunn and editor Michelle Meyering. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu

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