The spaghetti Western would be nothing without Italian film composer Ennio Morricone. The cigar-chomping cowboys and dusty leather vests of Sergio Leone's 1960s Dollars
trilogy gained much of their mystique from his epic orchestrations. Often imitated but never surpassed, the 85-year-old Morricone is still scoring for Hollywood, amassing more than 500 composing credits, including The Thing
and In the Line of Fire
. Writer-director-actor Quentin Tarantino, also no stranger to being imitated, will lead the conversation. The two made headlines last year when Morricone objected to the way Tarantino used one of his cues in Django Unchained
. He also complained about the amount of blood in the film. While Morricone later clarified his statement about the use of his music and the two are buddy-buddy again, this is a discussion that could get interesting pretty quickly. Come for the discussion; stay for the fireworks. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tues., March 18, 8 p.m.; $5 general admission, $3 members. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org.
Tue., March 18, 8 p.m., 2014