Happening Tuesday: ‘The Illusionist,’ Jonathan Richman and more


Photography From the New China The new Getty exhibition, which showcases recently acquired photos from Hai Bo, Liu Zheng, Song Yongping and others, underscores the contrast between the types of photography emerging from China before and after Deng Xiaoping declared the beginning of a new era of opening and reform. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. Through April 24. Free.


The Illusionist Cinefamily hosts an exclusive sneak preview of Sylvain Chomet’s (“The Triplets of Belleville”) latest feature-length film. Based on the script by Jacques Tati, this hand-drawn animated feature tells the story (sans dialogue) of an entertainer whose genre is dying, and the young girl who still believes in the power of his magic. 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510.



Jonathan Richman The Modern Lovers founder has the rare skill of pairing acerbic wit with gentle affection in the same song. At this stand, he’ll reprise hits from the Lovers and his long, tangled solo career, including his latest, “Not So Much to Be Loved as to Love.” Troubadour, 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. $18-$20.


Dick Cavett and Mel Brooks On the surface, this Writer’s Bloc conversation features a talk show host and a filmmaker, but both have elevated the art of those professions to legendary heights. Cavett was famous for engaging his guests in intelligent, spontaneous conversation. And Brooks engaged his audiences with comedic brilliance, the kind that’s never met a joke too low-brow to play. The two will discuss Cavett’s new book, “Talk Show: Confrontations, Pointed Commentary, and Off-Screen Secrets.” 7:30 p.m. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. $23.