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Pencil This In: Downtown Tango, Cocktails at Playclothes Vintage

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Cocktails in Historic Places happens tonight in Studio City. / Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.

Cocktails in Historic Places happens tonight in Studio City. / Photo by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.
It takes two to tango. So bring a friend or meet one at the Dance Downtown series at the Music Center where the Argentine Tango takes center stage. The dancing starts at 6:30 pm and lasts until 10. Free lessons. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Grand Performances at California Plaza features Adaawe, a six-member international group of women - from Kenya, Morocco, Brazil and the United States - who blend drums, percussion and voices with high-octane funk, Gospel-infused lyrics and pure joy. The event is free.

The Art Deco Society holds its Cocktails in Historic Places tonight at 6 pm at Playclothes for wine and light refreshments at Vintage Playclothes in Studio City. Located in the historic Moorpark Pharmacy building, Vintage Playclothes offers for sale an extensive selection of men's and women's vintage fashions from the 1920s onward, as well as vintage home furnishings. The event is open to members of the Art Deco Society and nonmembers.

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Lanford Wilson’s play Burn This opens tonight at the Flight Theatre at the Complex. The show starts at 8 pm, and runs until Sept. 13. The play opens after the funeral of Robbie, one of Anna’s two gay roommates. She’s grieving while dealing with three other men in her life: roommate Larry, her boyfriend Burton and Pale, the dead Robbie’s lookalike older brother. Tickets are $18.

The movie Dirty: One Word Can Change the World by director, producer, cinematographer Rasion Allah is a personal tribute to ODB: Ol’ Dirty Bastard. During his time with Wu-Tang Clan, ODB became famous for his “slurred, half-sung, half-rapped delivery of bizarre lyrics, which personified the raw, unadulterated and innovative style of the group.” His own solo career was just as wild but ended far too quickly until he died of an overdose. The film includes Ghostface, Meth, RZA, Raekwon, Masta Killa, ODB’s parents, Rasion Allah. The film screens tonight at 7:30 pm at the Grammy Museum as part of the 2009 Downtown Film Festival.

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