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Pencil This In: Patti Smith at Book Soup, Celebrating Soul Train, Free Theater Readings

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It’s Hawaii Night at The Grammy Museum. Beginning at 7:30 pm tonight, celebrate Hawaii’s cultural heritage through its music. Current Grammy nominees in the Best Hawaiian Music Album category Tia Carrere—we’ll always remember her from Wayne’s World--Daniel Ho, Amy Hainaiali’i, George Kahumoku Jr. and Jeff Petersen perform on the GRAMMY Sound Stage. It’s free to the public, and doors open at 7 pm. If you mention attendance at Trader Vic’s, you’ll receive 20% off dinner items (not booze, merchandise, tip or tax).

The Paley Center tonight screens the documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in Americatonight at 7 pm. In person is Mr. Soooooooooouuul Train himself, Don Cornelius, along with singer Jody Watley. The event celebrates the 40th anniversary of the TV show, which provided a “unique window into the latest trends in music, dance, and fashion.” The documentary features performances and great moments from the show, as well as memories from cast and crew. Tickets: $15, $10 for members

Iconic rocker, poet, artist Patti Smith presents and signs her first book of prose--Just Kids—tonight at Book Soup at 7 pm. The book provides insight into her relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the “epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies.”

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Ahimsa Collective,a grassroots theater company, presents From Foster Care to Fabulous tonight at the Improv Space in Westwood. It’s an autobiographical, one-man musical chronicling company member Patrick Burns’ experiences in and out of foster care. Between the ages of 14 and 17, Burns lived with four foster families around Oakland, and the play chronicles his experience. Tickets: $10.

The Los Angeles Theater Center holds a weekend of play readings starting tonight with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by a reading of Evelina Fernandez’s Dementia. The readings give interested audiences an advanced look at plays scheduled for full production at LATC during the Spring and Fall 2010 seasons. The writers presented constitute a mix of established and emerging playwrights. Admission to all events is free.

HVW8 Art & Design Gallery, Union LA & Frolab presents an exhibition of photographs of Mos by photographer/filmmaker Cognito. Ecstatic Moments showcases rare performance and behind-the-scenes images captured during a two-year journey of making and supporting the June 2009 release of The Ecstatic. There's a VIP private reception tonight, but the exhibition will be open to the public tomorrow through Feb. 6 at the HVW8 Art + Design Gallery.

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