Janie Geiser: 'Nervous Films,' Secret Stories The celebrated experimental filmmaker, who has screened work at the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim and many film festivals, has a new series of shorts — "Ghost Algebra" (2009), "Kindless Villain," (2010), "The Floor of the World" (2010) and "Ricky" (2011). Geiser's work weaves textures of overlaid visual and aural elements haunted by lonely, frightened or sinister figures. Geiser will be there to discuss her work. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St. 8:30 p.m. (213) 237-2800. $10. http://www.redcat.org/event/janie-geiser.
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Filmmaker Joe Berlinger will present a sneak preview of his third documentary covering the controversial murder trials, convictions and incarceration of the men known as the West Memphis Three, who were freed in August after 18 years behind bars. Eddie Schmidt of the International Documentary Assn. joins Berlinger. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $20. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org.
Conversation With Glenn Ligon The multimedia New York artist, whose work has explored American history, literature, and society, discusses his midcareer retrospective, "America," currently on display at LACMA, with curators Scott Rothkopf of the Whitney Museum of American Art and Franklin Sirmans of LACMA. Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tickets are required and are available one hour before the program. (323) 857-6010. http://www.lacma.org.
Battles The avant-garde rockers lost their lead singer, Tyondai Braxton, to solo work, but they've soldiered on with "Gloss Drop," a continuation of their heavy drumming, electronic squiggles and guitar flurries. They remain one of the most electrifying and brain-breaking virtuoso bands playing live. The Mayan, 1038 S. Hill St., L.A. 8 p.m. $22. http://www.clubmayan.com/new_site/main.htm