ROOTS ROCKER EXTRAORDINAIRE: Many musicians have artfully fused a kaleidoscope of American sounds to create their own thing; John Hiatt was one of the pioneers. We're thinking that audiences at his shows, while they may be physically standing in a dark club nursing a beer, might actually feel inside as if they're driving down a grass-lined road outside of Omaha on a hot May morning. Monday, November 10, 8:30PM. $35 and up. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.
YIPPEE-KI-YAY Y'ALL: We've been hoping city-slicker spurs as a trend might catch fire, or at the very least fringe-y, faux leather vests. Think we'll try 'em both out at the Will Ryan Cactus County Western Round-Up. Tip your ten-gallon back for tall tales, rope tricks and other out-on-the-range hijinks. Monday, November 10, 8PM. $10. Steve Allen Theater, 4773 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles. 323-666-4268
DOCUMENTARY AT NUART: Rarely does a book, and the true story that inspired it, capture the continuing fascination of a generation, but the gripping "Alive" did just that. Now the story of how a number of rugby players survived for 72 days after a plane crash in the Andes comes to the big screen in "Stranded: I've Come From a Plane That Crashed in the Mountains." The documentary, now playing at the Nuart, has a one-week engagement. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles. 310-281-8223