Happening Friday


Friendly Fires The English dance-punk act’s tunes have been touted by NME, the Guardian and Radio 1 and they were the first unsigned band to appear on Channel 4’s esteemed “Transmission” show. With such an auspicious beginning, it’s no wonder they were recently signed to XL, where they rub shoulders with label mates like Radiohead and Adele. Catch the energetic three-piece live as they play in support of their most recent long-player, “Pala.” The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 9 p.m. $22.50. (323) 464-0808.


The Dirty Show The curtains are pulled back on the world of underground erotica as “The Dirty Show” comes to town. Merging highbrow erotic art and popular peep show, the exhibition features rooms curated by L.A.'s Lenora Claire, as well as a pop-up version of Rick Castro’s Antebellum Gallery. City Center Motel. 1135 W. 7th St. 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri. and Sat. (213) 627-2581.



Los Angeles Greek Film Festival This year the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, a celebration of Greek filmmakers from across the globe, zeroes in on the work of a daring new wave of Greek cinema. Catch a selection of boundary-breaking films, including “Pyramids of Athens,” “Marios and the Raven” and “Pelican’s Watch.” Laemmle’s Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Fri.-Sun. $12 for many screenings, more for special events. (310) 478-3836.


Jeff Garlin Whatever idea you have about reading groups — that they’re a bunch of fusty librarian-types sitting around, talking about the interior lives of Jane Austen characters — you can probably throw away when it comes to Jeff Garlin. The rotund funny man from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” leads his own group at Book Soup, which will meet Friday to discuss Tim O’Brien’s “Tomcat in Love,” a tale of an irascible fellow who can’t decide between winning back his ex-wife and seducing every new woman he meets. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110.