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Pencil This In: Twilight Dance Series in Santa Monica, A Chandler Signs at Vroman's

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The Twilight Dance Series starts tonight at 7 pm at the Santa Monica Pier. / Photo by East of West LA via LAist's flickr pool.
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The Santa Monica Pier Twilight Dance Series kicks off tonight at 7 pm at the pier. Tonight’s free concert features the Playing for Change Band -- an Internet project that enlisted musicians from all over the world in a viral video and led to the creation of a CD that benefits street musicians and homeless populations. Also on the bill: Bushman (Jamaican Roots Reggae). So bring a picnic and your dancing shoes.

The Sierra Club’s Griffith Park group continues its evening hike series tonight for all levels (1=beginners, 6=very strenuous). If you want to pre-empt some of the beer and hot dog calories you’ll probably consume this weekend, then meet the rest of the group at the upper merry-go-round parking lot #2. Flashlight optional. Be ready for a two-hour hike. (Most first time visitors shouldn't hike at more than level 3.)

Tonight at Vroman’s Bookstore author Harry Brant Chandler discusses and signs his book Dreamers in Dream City tonight at 7 pm. Chandler, of the LA Times family, has written a book that provides bios and insights into 54 powerful, entertaining or “colorful” people that LA has hatched, including Abbott Kinney, Ed Ruscha, Dr. Robert Schuller, William Mulholland, Nobu Matsuhisa; Jim Morrison, Raymond Chandler, Jerry Bruckheimer; Nat King Cole, Ray Bradbury, Walt Disney, Aldous Huxley, Amelia Earhart -- and many others.