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Get Out: Banjos, Books, Bright Stars

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Your favorite square dance callers, Triple Chicken Foot, are going to be playing and calling at the Old Time American Square Dance at Heritage Square tonight. Don't know how to square dance? No shame! Before each dance the steps will be taught. Have a fruit pie recipe you can whip up in an afternoon? You can enter that, too. For the rules on how to enter the fruit pie baking contest, contact the museum offices at 323-225-2700 ext 224. The event starts at 5 p.m. The event is free for museum members and $5.00 for the general audience.

Libros Schmibros, the beloved Boyle Heights lending library, is about to set up shop all the way on the other side of town to, of all places, the Hammer Museum's lobby gallery in Westwood. You can get into the museum for free today, if you bring books about Southern California or by Southern California writers, any high-school or college syllabus mainstays, Spanish or Farsi literature and the group loves reviewers' copies — so hand 'em over! If you're over on the east side, don't worry: Libros Schmibros is having its grand opening in Boyle Heights as well — and they'll take their books there as. The drive today is from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Remember when we had that awesome meteor shower, but the moon got in the way and you could barely even see stars? Well, tonight is a new moon, which is not a Twilight reference, but our best shot at checking out the stars we see so rarely in the city. You can go up into the Santa Monica mountains tonight and have the experts guide you and tell you stories about the sky. Meet at the Grotto Amphitheater at Vista Hermosa Natural Park tonight at 7:30pm.