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Pencil This In: John Hiatt at the Grammy Museum, Jerry Garcia's B-day Week and a Flux Screening

Pee-wee Herman-inspired art at Gallery1988 in Venice through Aug. 19. (Image: Dave MacDowell)
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Here are a few items to consider if you'd like to spend Tuesday night out and about in LA. Splash on the Patchouli and celebrate Jerry Gacia's birthday week at Grub; John Hiatt talks career and music at the Grammy Museum; there's poetry at the beach and Flux screenings at the Hammer, too. Read on for all the details.

All this week, Grub Restaurant celebrates Jerry Garcia’s birthday with the music of Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Just $15 after 5 pm cures a case of the munchies—and it includes hummus and flatbread, followed by a choice of a truffle burger, mac & cheese, puttanesca or an afterschool special. A melted chocolate sandwich is on for dessert. If you wear your favorite Dead t-shirt, you’ll get a free cookie to take home, too. Reservations welcome.

The Grammy Museum presents An Evening with John Hiatt tonight at 8 pm. The veteran singer-songwriter-musician will be interviewed by MusiCares and Grammy Foundation VP Scott Goldman on his career and new album Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns. After the interview, Hiatt will take questions from the audience. Tickets: $25.

City Works Campaign (formerly The LA Project) launches the LA Here and Now initiative to find solutions to LA’s problems using the skills of local programmers, software developers, designers, community activists, urban planners and urban thinkers. LA Here and Now is hosting a series of interactive social networking events, giving people a chance to talk about their services and skills. The first event will be held tonight at Formosa Café. Email with a head count in your party. 7 pm.

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The Annenberg Beach House’s Beach=Culture series presents an evening of poetry at the beach with Red Hen Press tonight at 6:30 pm. Poets reading their work are: Matthew Shenoda, recipient of the Hala Maksoud Award; Ilya Kaminsky, winner of the Whiting Writers’ Award; and Dana Goodyear, staff writer at The New Yorker. The evening’s program will be moderated by Alice Quinn, director of the Poetry Society of America. Get there early (5:15-6:15 pm) to talk to docents about the site. RSVPs required.

The next installment of the Flux Screening Series happens tonight at 8 pm at the Hammer Museum. Tonight the program features the world premiere documentary the making of the album N.A.S.A.: The Spirit of Apollo (the DJ duo, not the space program), featuring a ton of musicians as well as visual collaborations between artists and animators including Shepard Fairey, The Date Farmers, Syd Garon and more. Also premiering is release of the Beastie Boys and Santigold music video “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win,” directed by Spike Jonze. Bar and doors at 7 pm, screening at 8pm. Park under the museum for $3 after 6 pm. The event is free, but tickets are required, so get there early.

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