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And you thought the Burger King Chicken was crazy? Check out the Crazy Chickens this week at the Mayan / Photo by upslases via flickr.

Could you not get into Michael Pollan last nightat the Central Library? No worries because American eating habits and food policy are a hot topic this week. Tonight, the Center for Healthy Communities presents “Hungry for Change: The Politics of Food with Marion Nestle.” The nutritionist, author of Food Politics and NYU professor will discuss ways to reverse the devastating effects of a food system that often makes the healthier choices the harder choices. Laura Avery, supervisor of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and contributor to KCRW’s “Good Food” program will moderate the conversation with Nestle and the Q&A with the audience. RSVP for the event here.

5:30 pm // Center for Healthy Communities @ The California Endowment // 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles // Free.

As part of the ongoing Grindhouse Film Festival and to celebrate Black History Month, the New Beverly Cinema screens a double feature of Jamaa Fanaka films. Penitentiary (1979) and Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975) have become cult favs. The LA filmmaker made the latter of these blaxploitation films while still a film student at UCLA. Fanaka will be on hand to introduce the films and answer audience questions.

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7:30 pm // New Beverly Cinema // 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles // $8.

Camerata Pacifica’s chamber music performance tonight “Music, Memory and the Twentieth Century” features principal violist Richard Yongjae O’Neill and principal violinist Catherine Leonard, violinist Nurit Pacht, clarinetist Carol McGonnell and pianist Kevin Fitzgerald. The Santa Barbara-based ensemble will play works by Bartók, Penderecki, Schumann, Kodaly and others.

8pm // Friends Hall @ The Huntington Library // 1151 Oxnard Road, San Marino // $40 and $5 for students with ID.

Ok, now that we have your attention, how about some Mexican masked wrestling tonight and striptease and other assorted treats? Sashay Gigante's male dancers are mixing it up with the women of Lucha Vavoom tonight, tomorrow and Thursday.

8pm // The Mayan Theater // 1038 S. Hill St., Los Angeles // $30-$60.

Friends celebrate the life of diarist, novelist Anaïs Nin in “Anaïs Nin at 105” at the Hammer. Providing reflections on her life include electronic music pioneer Bebe Barron, writer Deena Metzger, architect Eric Lloyd Wright and founder of the Center of Autobiographic Studies Tristine Rainer. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis, so allow at least 20 minutes before the program starts.

7 pm // Hammer Museum // 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

We got word of a Girly Magazine Party tonight @ the Steve Allen Theatre. Here’s how the organizers describe it: "Hugh-Hefner-wannabes with a cable access "swinging" show... In all its pathetic glory. Cast includes Jim Turner, Mark Fite, Dana Gould, Dave Allen Gruber, Craig Anton and many more."

8 pm // Steve Allen Theatre // 4773 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles // $10.

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