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Pencil This In: Nanci Griffith Speaks, An Accordion J.A.M. @ the Ford

The Hollywood dodgeball league starts tonight. / Photo by polaroid-girl via LAist's flickr pool.
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The Grammy Museum’s new live series “The Drop” interviews artists with new albums. Tonight at 8 pm the museum welcomes Nanci Griffith to discuss her new album, The Loving Kind, the day before its release. She’ll be in coversation with museum Executive Director Robert Santelli about the songwriting, newsworthy inspirations and studio approach to the album. After the interview, Griffith will take questions from the audience and sign copies of the album. Tickets are $14.95; $12 for members. ACCORDIONS
Accordion lovers and players of all levels can jam at the Ford Amphitheater tonight at 7 pm during its free J.A.M. (Jazzed and Motivated) Session. During this interactive event, visitors take to the stage with their accordions (a few will be available to play for those who don’t have one handy). They’ll be assisted by Otoño Lujan of Conjunto Los Pochos and “Accordion Diva” Gee Rabe. The session will demonstrate the versatility of the “squeezebox” from Zydeco to Tex-Mex to Cajun.

And who said this fad didn’t have staying power? The Los Angeles Dodgeball Society (LADS) has tripled in size during the past year, and now has leagues in Silverlake, Hollywood, West Hollywood and Westwood. League Finals matches have even been played at Staples Center. The Hollywood League kicks off tonight from 7-10 pm at the Hollywood Recreation Center. The league lasts 9 weeks.

Tonight local experimental filmmaker David Lebrun screens “his inspired and inspiring cinema which deals with space, time, anthropology and animation” at the Unurban Coffeehouse in Santa Monica from 6-10 pm. Admission is free.

*Pencil pick of the day