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Pencil This In: Ukulele Night in Manhattan Beach, Movement for Healthy Markets

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There's a movement afoot for healthy foods in corner stores. / Photo by Julie Wilson World via LAist's flickr pool.

There's a movement afoot for healthy foods in corner stores. / Photo by Julie Wilson World via LAist's flickr pool.
It’s Ukulele Night at the Manhattan Beach Library starting at 7 pm tonight. The little guitar is finally being taken seriously--and not just as cheap tourist trinket from Hawaii. Ukulele performer and teacher Mitch Chang will play and show uke aficionados a few chords and songs. People are welcome to bring their own ukulele or just drop by to listen.

There’s a preview tonight of Bright Ideas, a “Macbeth-ian black comedy about the nurturing instinct gone haywire” by Eric Coble. Genevra and Joshua Bradley are parents who will do anything to ensure that their four-year old son enrolls in the best preschool: the Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy. He’s still stuck on the waiting list, so they take matters into their own hands. The curtain rises at 8 pm tonight at the International City Theatre (located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center). Preview tickets are $29.

Hollywood & Highland's last wine and jazz event of the summer takes place tonight from 7 to 9 pm in the courtyard. It's free to attend and $10 gets you two glasses of wine and a box of cheese and crackers. The proceeds goes to Project Angel Food. On the bill today? The great Pancho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band.

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Hammer Screenings presents the Larry Johnson Film Series: Nudes Descending a Staircase tonight at 7 pm. These films may seem to be better fit the old Tomkat Theater on Santa Monica Boulevard, but Johnson’s selected a series where “sex and desire intermingle, and ‘art films’ and ‘nudies’ collide rather than harmonize.” The Nudes Descending a Staircase program tonight features The Paul Lynde Show: No Nudes is Good Nudes; Pat Rocco's Nude Groovy Guy; The Most, a documentary about Hugh Hefner; and Joe Sola's Riding with Adult Video Performers. The program is free, but tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

The August meeting of Eastside LA’s Netsquared community presents speakers from MarketMakeovers.ORG tonight at 7 pm at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. The online toolkit is dedicated to the process of making over small corner stores to carry healthier food choices (i.e., fewer Twinkies, more tangerines). It’s designed to serve a national community of public health practitioners, advocates, community activists, educators and policymakers. The evening features the South L.A. Healthy Eating Active Community Initiative (HEAC), local high school students and Public Matters representatives who use the conversions of three corner stores in South L.A. as case studies.

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