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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.


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.
DANCE*
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.

HIKE
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.)

BOOKS
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.

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SALSA
On the other side of town, theAutry Museum is holding its own summer nights concert featuring Yari Moré and his salsa orchestra. The concert begins at 6 pm and there are free dance lessons and a stocked taco and drink bar. Tickets are only $7.

MUSICAL THEATRE
Just a few more dates are left for the musical Fellowship, a musical parody of The Fellowship of the Ring directed by Joel McCrary. It plays tonight at 8 pm at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, and runs through July 12. This is a Broadway-style sendup of Tolkein’s characters, includes 12 original songs, and an “over-the-top opening number with barefooted tap-dancing Hobbits, to an elf-on-human 80's power ballad with a live guitar solo performed by the rightful heir of Gondor.”

*Pencil pick of the day