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Zócalo’s lecture series continues tonight with Sen. Chuck Hagel and “America: Our Next Chapter.” The Republican from Nebraska will talk about the nation’s most pressing issues and his theories on how to get the country back on track.

7:30 pm // ArcLight Sherman Oaks // 15301 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks // Free, but reservations recommended. This event has been cancelled.

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The Los Angeles Art Weekend kicks off today to help people “discover or reacquaint yourself with L.A.'s rich artistic landscape.” An impressive array of artists and artsy things are slated for the next three days. Today, for example, features new exhibition by noted industrial and product designer, Enzo the Italian Cultural Center, the Downtown Art Walk and Laurie Anderson at UCLA.

noon to 9ish // All over town // Some events are free, others are ticketed. Check the schedule for complete details.

LA vs. War” is a three-day event in Downtown LA that showcases the work of hundreds of artists, united in a message of peace and unity – and united in their opposition to the war in Iraq. Events include live graffiti and stencil painting and music created by DJs from & Art Don’t Sleep. The artists’ reception is tonight.

7 pm // The Firehouse // 710 Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles // Free

Young & The Restless fans will be helping cast and crew celebrate the soap’s 35th anniversary. Many of the Newmans and Abbotts will be appearing in person at the Paley Center to talk about soaps and sex scenes. (And though we congratulate Y&R for such longevity, I’m waiting for the Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara reunion shows...)

7 pm // Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills // 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills // $25.

The Obie Award-winning play References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot opens tonight. It’s a tip to the hat to Dali’s penchant for surrealism. At the heart of the story is a woman’s quest to find love. Check out part of this storyline: "The Moon (definitely male in this story) wants to climb out of the sky and make love with the 27-year-old Latina. The horny virgin teenage neighbor boy, Martin, wants to make love with her. Heck, even her soldier husband, Benito, wants to make love with her Him, most of all." The play has adult content and brief nudity. Runs until May 2.

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8 pm // Art/Works Theatre // 6569 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles // $12.


According to LAist's dance writer Benn Widdey, the choreographers involved in "Four Headed Dance II" (Kiha Lee, Sri Susilowati, Keith Glassman and Kristen Smiarowksi) "have created new works that they claim reside in the present while maintaining subtle-to-overt connections to a cultural past. There's original music by Paul Humphreys, a rose petal set design, references to literary sources (the Mahabarata and "The Key Game"), Mexican corrido music and performers from teenagers to folks who could be their grandparents."

8:30 pm // HIghways Performance Space // 1651 18th St., Santa Monica // $20/15.

Woo hoo…what up SCV? The Old Town Newhall Farmers Market opens for the season today. New at the market is BBQ from Tresierras Market. Yum. Today’s entertainment includes a performance from CalArts’ Latin ensemble, the Upbeat Drum Circle and Kids with a Cause.

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Until 7 pm // Old Town Newhall Farmers Market // Market Street between Main and Walnut // Free.

Sri Susilowati photo by David Firestone

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