Happening Wednesday


Tony Curtis: One of the last great lotharios of Hollywood, the “Some Like It Hot” star will discuss his career and show film clips from classics such as “Spartacus.” He’ll also be interviewed by “Experience Talks” host Tim Carpenter and sign copies of his new books, “American Prince” and “The Making of Some Like It Hot.” The dish is that the on-screen chemistry between Marilyn Monroe and Curtis had its roots behind the scenes. Woodbury University, Fletcher Jones Auditorium, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. 7 p.m. $10. (818) 767-0888.

William T. Vollmann: The prolific author with boundless curiosity will discuss and sign his latest book, “Kissing the Mask.” In it, he explores modern conceptions of beauty and femininity through the lens of traditional Japanese Noh theater. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110.

Anne Lamott: The writer, whose fiction and musings on faith and the creative process such as “Grace (Eventually)” and “Plan B” have earned her a long string of accolades, discusses her new novel, “Imperfect Birds.” Beckman Auditorium, Caltech, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free.



Them Crooked Vultures: The L.A. supergroup that features the immeasurable talents of John Paul Jones, Dave Grohl and Josh Homme seamlessly blend the sounds of Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin for an effect that is heavy, immersive and sometimes funny as all getout. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd. 8:30 p.m. $50-$100.