Happening Wednesday: Talib Kweli, the Black Angels and more


Jay Levin at "Thanks for Giving" LA Weekly founder and former editor Jay Levin addresses a public gathering on Thanksgiving Eve coordinated by Activist Support Circle, an organization dedicated to providing affirmation and support to progressively minded reform-seekers who may have grown discouraged. Levin himself is the creator of the nonprofit anti-poverty group Community Media Project / Share With Other LA. Friends Meeting Hall, 1440 Harvard St., Santa Monica. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.activistsupportcircle.org


"Arsenal" What do musician Beck Hansen (of "Loser" fame) and Soviet silent filmmaker Alexander Dovzhenko have in common? That would be Brian LeBarton, the multi-instrumentalist who has worked closely with Hansen and who will provide a new live score for Dovzhenko's "Arsenal" (1929), which dramatizes the upheaval of the Russian civil war as seen through the eyes of a lowly Ukrainian soldier. Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $12. (323) 655-2510. http://www.cinefamily.org

The Dropout Boogie Tour Black Angels and Black Mountain combine forces for a night of neo-psychedelic drone rock that combines influences as diverse as New Order, King Crimson, Dream Syndicate and John Cale. Not only do both bands have the word "black" in their names, but both released new albums on the same date, Sept. 14. Guest DJ Sam James Velde will spin. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. (323) 936-6400. http://www.theelrey.com

Talib Kweli The MC is pairing a live preview of his new album, "Gutter Rainbows," with a charity drive to raise supplies for the homeless. It's free if you come early and bring a blanket, scarf or other warm clothing. The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Free. theroxyonsunset.com

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