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Pencil This In: Free Admission at LACMA, Poetry at the Beach House

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Happy MLK Day! After your day of volunteering, here are a few events going on around town today.


LACMA is free all day today. | Photo by misslisagfrench via LAist's flickr pool.
Vroman’s in Pasadena welcomes author Brian Kennedy tonight at 7 pm to discuss and sign Living the Hockey Dream. It’s a follow-up to his first book Growing Up Hockey, and he brings readers more hockey stories. from NHL stars and hockey journalists. COCO RALLY
The “I’m with Coco” rally continues until 4 pm today (rain or shine) for fans to show support for Conan O’Brien. Since the late-night talk show host war is a small pop culture event compared to world news like the earthquake in Haiti, the Red Cross will be on hand to collect donations for Haitian relief. If you’re interested in joining the rally, meet up on the sidewalk in front of Gate 2 in the Universal Studios lot.

Poet Majid Naficy, the first Artist in Residence at the Annenberg Beach House, debuts his “lyrical verse drama surrounding the romantic and immigrationary travails of the poet Shahram, his lover Shaherezad and the new man who comes between them” tonight at 6:30 pm. This is the third and final event of Naficy's Beach House Residency and will also feature live music. The Beach House is also now accepting applications from choreographers for the Spring Artist-In-Residency. Deadline is Jan. 25. For more information, please visit  

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It’s “Target Free Holiday Mondays” at LACMA for MLK day. It’s a free day at the museum until 8 pm. There’s a live performance with Sadubas, combining turntables, tabla, and north Indian instrumental elements and dancers from the Taal Dance Collective at 2:45 pm.

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