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Happening Tuesday: Wilco

Also: Cirque du Soleil's tribute to Michael Jackson, Upright Citizens Brigade, Ed Kienholz exhibition.

January 24, 2012

MUSIC

Wilco Over its 17-year career, Jeff Tweedy's band has gradually moved from roots rock to something a bit more nebulous, as though the bandleader were with each album further distancing himself from his whiskey bottle and Levis past. The band is having fun not only with sound but with structure on "The Whole Love," without sacrificing catchiness. Nearly every song contains some tangential surprise, odd hook, sonic back flip or mid-song redefinition. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $45. livenation.com.

COMEDY

Urban Legends at Upright Citizens Brigade The Legend of Bloody Mary, mild-mannered Mr. Rogers' career as a secret sniper, Richard Gere and that gerbil, shout out your favorite urban legend — from scary to silly — for a UCB original reenactment. The seasoned comedic crew includes Betsy Sodaro, Mano Agapion, Justin Michael, Jace Armstrong, Drew Tarver, Suzi Barrett, Ryan Rosenberg, Steve Szlaga, Alex Berg, Dan Lippert and Anthony Gioe. Upright Citizens Brigade, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. 11 p.m. $5. (323) 908-8702. losangeles.ucbtheatre.com.

ART

Kienholz Before LACMA A new exhibition illuminates the early work of the artist Ed Kienholz, who is known for his controversial 1966 show at LACMA and his equally incendiary installation "Five Car Stud" (which debuted in 1972, was in storage for decades and is currently on display at LACMA). The exhibition traces Kienholz's exploration of three-dimensional works and runs through March 3. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., L.A. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. (310) 822-4955. http://www.lalouver.com.

STAGE

Michael Jackson the Immortal World Tour Cirque du Soleil's tribute to MJ fuses visuals, dance, and music to immerse audiences in the late pop legend's creative inspirations. The energetic, full-throttle show presents a fantasy tinged take on the source of the performers creativity as well as his love of music, dance, fairy tale and nature. Honda Center, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim. 8 p.m. Today.-Wed. $50-$175. Parking $8 with validation. http://www.cirquedusoleil.com.

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