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Happening Wednesday: Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Chaz Bono and more

Photography, Chaz Bono, Buffalo Tom.

May 18, 2011

ART

Eyes on Cuba Photographer Alex Harris, whose work is featured in the current Getty exhibition "A Revolutionary Project: Cuba From Walker Evans to Now," and the anthropologist Ruth Behar, who has documented her journeys to Cuba in writing and on film, will discuss what has drawn them to the island and how their work gives voice to the Cuban people and way of life. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. 7 p.m. Free, reservations recommended. (310) 440-7300. http://www.getty.edu.

BOOKS

Chaz Bono The child of Sonny and Cher presents and signs his groundbreaking and candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male, "Transition: The Story of How I Became a Man." Renberg Theatre, 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood. 7 p.m. $30 includes signed book. (310) 659-3410. http://www.booksoup.com.

MUSIC

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down Fronted by the charismatic vocals of Thao Nguyen, this folksy rock trio makes their Royce Hall debut as part of a free concert for UCLA students. The SF-based band will play after a set by SXSW buzz band Morning Teleportation, which brings an eclectic mix of banjo, talk-box, synthesizer, trumpet, and theremin to the stage. Royce Hall. 340 Royce Drive. $20 general admission. 8 p.m. (310) 825-2101. http://www.uclalive.org.

Buffalo Tom The popular alt-rock band that formed in 1986 and recorded two albums with production done by with Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis is coming back around. After a 10-year hiatus, the band reunited at the South by Southwest music festival in 2007. Now it's touring in support of its latest album, "Skins." The Heavenly States support. The Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica, Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $20. (310) 276-6168; http://www.troubadour.com.

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