Metallica: Some Kind of Monster at The ArcLight. 323 464- 4226. The heavy metal band goes to therapy to work through their sainted anger. Shows at 1, 4:20, 8:05, 10:40, 11:05. $11.
City of Lost Children at Beverly Cinema. 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 323 938-4038. There’s no excuse for you not to have seen this absolutely beautiful, exciting, fantastical, and moving movie already. Ron Perlman is a circus strongman out to rescue his little adoptive brother from the clutches of a deranged scientist. Go! Shows at 3:45 and 7:30. Cofeature The Triplets of Belleville. $6 both movies.
International Pop Overthrow at Club Lingerie, Club Good Hurt, The Joint, Molly Malone’s, Spaceland, Fais Do Do, and others. 180 bands play 23 shows at 10 venues over 17 days. Bands include Meow Meow, Owsley, The Dollyrots, Bang Sugar, the Randies, Tsar, The Vacation. Tonight through August 1. See website for details.
Magnetic Fields at Wilshire Ebell Theatre. 4401 W 8th Street, 866 468-3399. A chamber cabaret of hauntingly personal confessionals; the best heir to the Smiths’ legacy of lament (more). 7PM. $23.
Hildy Hildy in “Three Feet Under” at The Evidence Room. 2220 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 213 381-7118. Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner present the first in a series of plays about the up and downs of a haiku poet and her live-in boyfriend, set at the local pet mortuary. Written by Hugh Palmer, directed by Taylor Negron (more). Through August 8. 8PM. $25.
The Triplets of Belleville at Beverly Cinema. 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, 323-938-4038. Animated French treat is the most outlandishly visual film of 2003. Shows at 3:15 and 7:30. Cofeature City of Lost Children. $6 both movies.
Modest Mouse at Avalon Hollywood. 173 N. Vine Street, Hollywood, 323 462-8900. We suggest you Float On over to see this hot new band that’s been around for years (more). 8PM. $22.
Sonic Youth at The Glass House. 200 W. 2nd Street, Pomona, 909 629-0377. Noise, pure and simple, but somehow beloved. 7:30. $20. (Sonic Youth also plays the Henry Fonda Theater on Monday 7/19.)
Raekwon at theTroubadour. 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, 310 276-6168. Gansta rap from one of the many solo off-shoots of Wu-Tang Clan. Other acts include Amani Walker, the Morgue, Most High Records, Kamallion, Chical, Hytchcoc, the Odd Couple, and Enut (more). 7:30. $25.
LA Comic Book and Sci-Fi Convention at Shrine Auditorium. 665 W Jefferson Boulevard, Los Angeles, 818 954-8432. You know the drill: Mint condition comics and toys still in their packaging, blah blah blah. Plus former Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson makes an appearance (more). 10AM – 5PM. $6.