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

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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.

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.

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 LouisianaDanceLA.com 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.


READING
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.

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FOOD+WINE
Dominick’s in West Hollywood is holding a special dinner tonight at 7 pm with Central Coast winemakers Steve and Chrystal Clifton from Palmina Wines. The dinner marks the release of Dominick’s custom blended wine, Dago Red, that was mixed in partnership with Palmina and features a specially designed label by renowned local artist (and Dominick’s regular) Gary Baseman. On Chef Brandon Boudet pairs Palmina wines with: Oysters on the Half Shell with Grilled Tomato Bread; Grilled Local Squid with Pee Wee Potatoes and Smoked Paprika; Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Ravioli with Morel Mushrooms and English Peas; Oven Roasted Wild Salmon with Fennel Gratin and Brown Butter; BBQ Beef Brisket with Creamed Spinach and Grilled Blenheim Apricots with Honey Gelato and Polenta Butter Cookies. The meal will set you back $75. RSVPs needed.

CHAMBER SINGERS
To celebrate the 500th Anniversary Henry VIII's coronation (June 24, 1509), the Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Capella present “an uncompromising compendium of music composed during and in response to the revolutionary reign of this most musical of Tudor monarchs.” On The Musical Legacy of Henry VIII program is John Sheppard’s Western Wind Mass and Robert Parson’s “Magnificat” for eight voices from the First Service. The concert begins at 7:30 pm at Vibiana (formerly St. Vibiana's Cathedral).