WELLS, DOYLE, NIMOY: It's a cosmically, space-beam big night at the Skirball with the LA Theatre Works radio plays of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds" followed by Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" (shivers aplenty). And while this production is running through May 17, Mr. Leonard Nimoy is speaking after the May 13 show (and just the May 13 show). Trekkers, make it so. 8PM.
MODERN BALLADS: Singer-songwriter Steve Earle's distinctive, seen-a-few-things voice and his get-inside tales are moving. He's playing Amoeba -- it's a free show -- and this is one not to be missed for fans of Americana, of country, of alt-anything, of just good music. 6PM.
80TH ANNIVERSARY: Living in a town that marks the 80th anniversary of Laurel & Hardy's very first talking motion picture fills us with glee. Hollywood Heritage is screening several of the comic duo's riotous shorts in honor of the occasion. Location: the Lasky-De Mille Barn by the Hollywood Bowl. Word is arrive early. In other words, best leave your heavy pianos at home. 7:30PM