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Pencil This In: Jews on Vinyl Listening Party at the Skirball, Don Was at the Grammy Musem and Photo Exhibit Opens at Family Bookstore

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The Skirball's listening party tonight celebrates and examines the musical relationship between Jews and African Americans.

The Skirball's listening party tonight celebrates and examines the musical relationship between Jews and African Americans.

Tonight at 8 pm, the Grammy Museum hostsThe Drop: Exile on Main Street with producer producer Don Was. He’ll discuss the re-release of the Rolling Stones' album Exile on Main Street--the original recording, previously unreleased tracks and impact of the album. Was will also play tracks and take questions from the audience. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $12.LISTENING PARTY
The Skirball Center hosts Go Down, Moses a listening party that’s part of the Jews on Vinyl exhibit at the Center tonight at 7:30 pm. The listening party is a mix of song and story, and tonight will explore the “often complicated musical exchange between Jews and African Americans, focusing on the hidden tradition of African American artists singing Jewish songs.” Hear Johnny Mathis sing “Kol Nidre,” Lena Horne leave her mark on “Hava Nagila” and Aretha Franklin interpret “Swanee” (made famous by American Jewish entertainer Al Jolson). The exhibit will be open until 9:30 pm. Tickets: $10.

Hayley Terris, puts on her one-woman show Meat, Prey, Lust, tonight at the Complex in Hollywood at 8 pm. In her play, she “satirizes chick lit, pop culture, and Gwyneth Paltrow's eating habits” -- all in under an hour. The show runs two weeks only. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Family Bookstore holds an opening reception for Brazilian photographer Marcelo Gomes’ solo exhibit Exploding, Still tonight from 7-10 pm. There’s Performance by Secret Circuit, a new musical project of Eddie Ruscha (Food of the Gods, Future Pigeon, Medicine, Radar Bros). The photo exhibit runs through July 2. Free.

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At 7 pm tonight, Book Soup hosts Louis Gossett Jr., who’ll present and sign his new book An Actor and a Gentleman. “It is a funny, fascinating, and sometimes heartbreaking tour through the last half-century of American life, as seen through the eyes of one of our most talented artists.”

The Aero Theater hosts Surf Night tonight at 7:30 pm with surfer Shaun Tomson in person. Two films Bustin’ Down the Door (a documentary about the 70s surfing revolution, spearheaded by young Australian and South African surfers in Hawaii) and Standing Room Only (performance footage from the 70s) will be screened, and Tomson will speak between films and sign his surf book at 6:30 pm. $11.

It’s time for HEAR NoHo tonight (on the first Thursday of each month) with a chance to hear seven emerging musical artists around the NoHo Arts District for only $10. Galleries, stores and restaurants throughout the district host events and offer discounts to HEAR NoHo attendees. See seven musical acts at three different venues: Cella Gallery, NoHo Arts Center and The Art Institute of California, which is debuting its Acoustic Corner tonight. Tickets purchased online will be available for pickup at Cella Gallery. Tonight from 8-11 pm.

Check out this week's film calendar, too.

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