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Happening Wednesday: Henry Rollins, Grammy nominations and more

November 30, 2011

Henry Rollins This Drop in the Bucket benefit concert is called "Life — just add water." It's hosted by Henry Rollins, who rounded up an all-star cast of musicians for the evening including: Corey Taylor of Slipknot; Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian; Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo; Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and members of Rob Zombie's band. Proceeds go to Drop in the Bucket, a nonprofit organization that builds water wells and sanitation systems at rural schools in sub-Saharan Africa. Avalon, 1735 Vine St., L.A. 8 p.m. $25; http://www.dropinthebucket.org.

Cass McCombs The reclusive artist, whose austere fifth album, "Wit's End," came out in April, is not talking to the media. In the past, he's interacted with the media very little, and with excruciating reluctance, at that. Instead, he is communicating through letters sent through the mail, as if there were no telephone or Internet. In a sealed-off suite of eight brooding songs of confessional folk, McCombs presents an introspective mind grappling with romantic failure, personality upheavals and a preoccupation with formality more akin to 19th century poetry than a musician touted by Stereogum. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8:30 p.m. $14. attheecho.com.

The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! The countdown to the Grammys begins with this one-hour live television special featuring a bevy of Grammy-winning talent. Ludacris, Usher, Lupe Fiasco, Sugarland, Lady Gaga and LL Cool J — who share 19 awards among them — will perform and announce nominations in several categories for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. An exclusive concert by country music act the Band Perry follows the telecast. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, downtown. 7 p.m. $35, $65, $75. (877) 234-8425. nokiatheatre.com.

COMEDY

Catholic Comedy Night A diverse lineup of funny people will riff on the humorous aspects of Catholic culture in this comedy show benefiting the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John's Seminary and St. Michael's Catholic School. Performers include NBC weatherman Fritz Coleman, comedian Jimmy Brogan and Sister Christine Bowman. Laugh Factory, 8001 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $25 (two-drink minimum). (800) 600-71111 Ext. 230. catholiccomedy.eventbrite.com

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