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Happening Tuesday: Lykke Li, Ricky Jay with David Mamet and more

May 31, 2011

COMEDY

Demetri Martin Actor Jeff Garlin hosts an evening with Martin, a comedian known for his witty songs, ironic observations and wordplay. Martin will chat with Garlin, take audience questions, and sign and discuss his new book, "This Is a Book." Proceeds from the show will support efforts to free the West Memphis Three, three men seeking retrial after being convicted in the 1993 killing of three Cub Scouts. Largo at the Coronet, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $30. (310) 855-0350. http://www.largo-la.com

BOOKS

Melissa Fay Greene In the eight years after her four children left home, Greene and her husband adopted five children from orphanages in Bulgaria and Ethiopia. She chronicles her family's adventures in her new book, "No Biking in the House Without a Helmet." Joining her to discuss her memoir will be Seth Greenland, novelist and screenwriter, most recently of HBO's "Big Love." Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. 5th St., downtown L.A. 7 p.m. Free with advance reservations. (213) 228-7025. http://www.lfla.org

Ricky Jay and David Mamet At this Hammer conversation, Jay, the sleight-of-hand artist, actor and author, will discuss his latest work as well as his collaborations with kindred spirit Mamet, author of numerous plays, including "Oleanna," "Glengarry Glen Ross," and novels. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. (310) 443-7000. hammer.ucla.edu

MUSIC

Lykke Li There are femmes fatales, and then there's the character the Swedish singer is playing in her demented Spector-pop single "Get Some." Li's beguiling second album, "Wounded Rhymes," is full of charged contradictions. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $35-$45. wiltern.com

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