ERIC BENET AT HOUSE OF BLUES: Nominated for a Grammy? The new soul heartthrob can claim the honor, for Best R&B Performance for "Spend My Life with You." Hear tuneage from his new album "Love & Life" at HOB; Leigh Jones also appears. Wednesday, November 26, 8PM doors. $27.50-$32.50. 8430 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.
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"Girlfriend" remains a favorite in part because everything on it is so easy to sing along with (a rarity these days). Wednesday, November 26, 8PM. $23. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. 323-936-1247
TURKEY MASSIVE: Will the family really care if you arrive bleary-eyed and not exactly showered for the Thanksgiving lunch? They'll just be looking to make sure you've got your assigned bread rolls in hand. With that in mind, stay into the wee hours at this DJ-packed dance party at the Mayan downtown. Wednesday, November 26, 9PM-2AM. $15. The Mayan, 1038 S. Hill, Los Angeles. 213-746-4674