Happening Wednesday: Diablo Cody joins the Popcorn Mafia and more


Charles Bowden The award-winning author and journalist will discuss his latest book, “Murder City,” which explores the collapse into chaos of Ciudad Juarez, a Mexican border town plagued by a vicious drug war. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, a reporter at KPCC-FM (89.3), will moderate. Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free (reservations recommended). (213) 228-7025.

Lloyd Kaufman The mastermind behind the campy, low-budget indie film company Troma and the film “The Toxic Avenger” will discuss and sign “Direct Your Own Damn Movie,” his how-to guide for aspiring auteurs. Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. (626) 449-5320.


Sublime With Rome Members of the famed Long Beach reggae-punk band have re-formed with vocalist Rome Ramirez stepping in for Bradley Nowell, who died in 1996. The group plays the second of two nights at the Palladium. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. 7 p.m. (323) 962-7600.


Popcorn Mafia Live with Diablo Cody The Popcorn Mafia is celebrating its 100th show with the Academy Award-winning screenwriter. The trio will review two classic 1980s films, “Wall Street” and “Zapped!,” for their podcast. VIP tickets will include free drinks and eats at Cayenne next door. The night will include surprise guests and a burlesque show. Dress up as your favorite ‘80s character to win a prize. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $8-$16. (323) 938-4038.