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Pencil This In: Zydeco J.A.M. Session @ the Ford, Old Pasadena Restaurant Week

The 1810 Argentinean Restaurant is just one of 25 restaurants taking part in Old Pasadena Restaurant Week. / Photo by Benjamin Page via LAist's flickr pool.
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J.A.M. Session
The Ford’s kicks off summer with its first J.A.M. (Jazzed and Motivated) Session of the season tonight at 7 pm. The free, interactive events are guided by artists, musicians and dancers, all Ford artists. Bring the whole family down for a little “Zydeco Inzanity” with dance instructor by Karen Redding of tonight. She’ll teach basic bayou moves to Creole accordion accompaniment. Laissez les bons temps rouler! FOOD*

Old Pasadena Restaurant Week begins today and runs through June 8. You know the drill: Eat specials offered by good restaurants at affordable prices. Local foodies and visitors can indulge in offerings by 25 restaurants like Bar Celona, redwhite + bluezz, Sushi Roku, Elements Kitchen, Green Street Tavern and the Scarlet Tea Room. Lunches are $15 or $25 and dinners run $25 and $35. A portion of the proceeds (10 percent) will benefit the Union Station Homeless Services. A complete list of restaurants and menus are available here.

Cult author Dennis Cooper drops by Skylight Books on Vermont tonight at 7:30 pm for a reading from his newest book Ugly Man -- a collection of short stories. The subjects are definitely Rated R: sadistic tendencies, murder, mutilation, gay porn, interspersed with some lighter fare as well.