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Civil Rights Movement Remembered at CAAM, Poet Mary Oliver at UCLA, Cheap Eats at Corkbar

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TALK*
As part of Black History Month, the Los Angeles African American Jewish Connection (LAAAJC) will hold its inaugural event--Rekindling the Bond of the Civil Rights Movement--tonight at 6 pm at the California African American Museum (CAAM). The event promotes the co-conceived exhibits between the Skirball Cultural Center and CAAM: An Idea Called Tomorrow and After 1968: Contemporary Artists and the Civil Rights Legacy.. At tonight's event, there will be testimony from Civil Rights Activists and Freedom Riders, and then attendees take a private, docent-led tour of the exhibits. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at an accompanying reception. RSVP to www.ajclosangeles.org/laaajc or 310-282-8080 ext 332 or ewoodson@caamuseum.org.

LECTURE
American poet Mary Oliver speaks at UCLA’s Royce Hall tonight at 8 pm. Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, is “renowned for her evocative and precise imagery, connecting us with the natural world and transforming our everyday surroundings into a place of magic and discovery...Alternating poems of humor with ones showcasing bittersweet truths and honest emotions, Oliver’s readings leave those lucky enough to witness them awed and inspired.” Tickets $24, $36 and $48.

THEATER
Dreamgirls opens today at the Ahmanson Theatre with shows at 2 pm and 8 pm. The rags-to-riches story about a 60s girl group first made Diana Ross a star, then American Idol’s Jennifer Hudson, who eventually won an Oscar for her film role. The musical includes the hits "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and "One Night Only." Here’s another Idol connection, Syesha Mercado runner-up in the show’s seventh season, stars as Deena Jones. Tickets $20-$80.