Brad Garrett reads from his new memoir on ThursdayEXPAND
Brad Garrett reads from his new memoir on Thursday

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Amelia G and Forrest Black have made a career of covering subcultures, and their book California Deathrock is the culmination of years exploring a homegrown community that’s not quite goth. After the punk explosion, deathrock took shape in Los Angeles with bands such as Christian Death and 45 Grave, which gravitated toward darker sounds and themes. Decades later, the scene continues to thrive as clubs like Release the Bats in Long Beach champion wave after wave of new bands that relish that old-school sound. The portraits in this Kickstarter-funded tome capture more than spiked hair and elaborate makeup. They show the joy in a scene that’s often associated with doom. At this launch party, the photographers will be on hand to talk about the book and sign copies. La Luz de Jesus, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz; Fri., May 8, 7-10 p.m.; free. (323) 666-7667, laluzdejesus.com. —Liz Ohanesian

EDM’s origins — the United Kingdom? Midwest? disco? — have always been debatable. In The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America, music writer Michaelangelo Matos (Rolling Stone, NPR) includes all three of those possibilities as he chronicles the 30-year evolution of the movement’s arrival and popularity in the United States, from ’80s and ’90s warehouse raves to today’s moneymaking festivals. He dedicates chapters to the Internet, the biggest parties and the music’s history with drugs, and offers interviews with hundreds of top-name DJs and promoters, including Moby. Matos discusses his new book with fellow writer Simon Reynolds. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Fri., May 8, 7:30 p.m.; free, book is $25.99. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —Siran Babayan

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LitFest Pasadena returns for a fourth year, showcasing local authors and more. Taking place at multiple venues in and around Pasadena’s Playhouse District, the daylong schedule features readings and presentations by some 50 writers, including festival director Jervey Tervalon, Silver Lake–based young-adult author Cecil Castellucci and comedian/podcaster Jimmy Dore, as well as poetry, stand-up comedy and theater. The festival also boasts panels on topics ranging from “Adventures in Self-Publishing” to “Satire in the Time of Charlie Hebdo,” in addition to former L.A. Weekly food critic, Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Gold, discussing “the state of eating in Los Angeles right now.” Various venues in Pasadena; Sat., May 9, all day (see website for schedule); free. (626) 449-5320, litfestpasadena.org. —Siran Babayan

UCLA's version of the early-bird special — better known as the free, weekly Family Flicks series — presents Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau in Hello, Dolly! She's an in-demand matchmaker, he's her wealthy client, and the rest is academic. Director Gene Kelly's adaptation of the Broadway musical won three Oscars (including Best Score) and was nominated for four more. Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Sun., May 10, 11 a.m.; free. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu. —Michael Nordine

Fans of the long-running Everybody Loves Raymond remember Brad Garrett as the towering, perpetually jealous and unlucky-in-love older brother with mommy issues. Garrett went on to star in two other sitcoms, and he’s writing the pilot for an ABC show based on his first book. In his new collection of essays, When the Balls Drop, which he signs today, Garrett opens up about entering “life’s second half” as a divorced dad or, as he puts it in a YouTube promo, “middle-age crisis, erectile dysfunction, constipation and the occasional hooker.” Barnes & Noble at the Grove, 189 Grove Drive, Fairfax; Thu., May 14, 7 p.m.; free. (323) 525-0270, store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2089. —Siran Babayan

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