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Pencil This In: Ruthie Foster at the Grammy Museum; Readings with Edmund White and Pico Iyer; and a 'Fat Bitch'

Inside Ana Bagayan's studio as she prepares for 'There Is Time To Kill Today,' which opens Friday at Thinkspace Gallery. (Image: Courtesy of Thinkspace.)
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Tonight at 7 pm, the Hammer Museum hosts Some Favorite Writers: Edmund White.He has authored several novels including A Boy's Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and, most recently, Hotel de Dream. After his reading, he’ll be in conversation with writer Michael Carroll, director Don Roos and writer Mona Simpson, who curates the series. Free. Park under the museum for $3 after 6 pm. Free.

Erica Watson brings her one-woman show Fat Bitch to the Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson in Hollywood tonight at 8 pm. The show is a combination of stand-up and theater, and it’s thought-provoking look at how American society is obsessed with weight, class and race—and how that shapes the way the world looks at women like Erica. Free, but reservations required: 323.960.5519.

The Grammy Museum presents the program The Drop: Ruthie Foster tonight at 8 pm. Blues/soul singer Foster celebrate the release of her new album, Let It Burn. Recorded in New Orleans, Foster had help from some of the Crescent City's most respected players, including the legendary Meters' bassist George Porter Jr., the Blind Boys of Alabama and soul icon William Bell. At the Grammy Museum, Foster will perform a selection of songs, take questions from the audience and discuss her latest album. Tickets: $15.

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles welcomes author Pico Iyer to the Central Libraryin DTLA tonight at 7 pm, where he’ll be in conversation with LA Times staff writer Tom Curwen, on Iyer’s new memoir. The Man Within My Head chronicles his observations, inner journeys and his obsession with Graham Greene. There is a standby list for this event.

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