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January 31, 2008

SKETCH ARTISTS: Ever wondered how a drawing becomes a part of the Getty's permanent collection? The new exhibition "Ten Years of Drawing" provides a behind-the-scenes peek into the mysterious world of art acquisition. (Hint: It helps to be a dead genius.) The show features 23 drawings from such masters as Paul Gauguin, Francesco Guardi and Rosalba Carriera (whose 18th century "A Muse" is pictured). The first in a series of exhibitions celebrating the Getty Center's 10th anniversary; future shows feature manuscripts and photography acquired during the last decade. Ends May 4. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. Free ($8 parking fee). www.getty.edu

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2. I'D LIKE TO THANK . . .

As the sold-out tour "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" debuts in 3-D at El Capitan, the Academy of Arts and Sciences offers a free Oscar grope at the nearby Hollywood and Highland Center. You too can be photographed (on a red carpet, natch) with one of 50 statuettes on display. Could be the closest you -- and Montana (below) -- will get to one. Montana: Fri.- Thurs. $14. www.disney.go.com. Oscar: Fri.-Feb. 23. For times, check www.oscars.org

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3. WEST OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Los Lobos' last CD, "The Town and The City," was first-person musing on past and present life in East L.A., recounting childhood stories through slinky R&B and avant-garde Latin jazz flourishes. It's a living document of the modern immigrant experience, and an evocative reminder of that ever-more-relevant American narrative. The one-off Royce show will feature a combo of acoustic Mexican folk and plugged-in rock and blues. 8 p.m. Fri. Royce Hall, UCLA, $28-$52. (310) 825-2101

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4. LIVING PROOF

Literary force of nature William T. Vollmann continues to flesh out our understanding of quintessential archetypes. This time, with "Riding Toward Everywhere," it's the train-hopping hobo. A mere "faux beaux" compared with his veteran guide, Steve, Vollmann reports on this oft-romanticized, rarely experienced American pastime. 7 p.m. Wed. Book Soup. (310) 659-3110

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5. BRINGS NEW MEANING TO TIGHT WAD

"The Golden State," playwright Lauren Wilson's adaptation of Moliere's farce "The Miser," reimagines the titular character as a California widow with a fortune stuffed in her bra. Catch the Dell'Arte Company production now, or wait for the three-week run at the 24th Street Theatre in February. 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat., Occidental College's Keck Theater. $10-$18. (323) 259-2922; www.oxy.edu

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6. SILLY RABBIT

Is Bunnicula the baby bunny really a vampire rabbit and not just a harmless family pet? Harold the dog and Chester the cat fear the worst in this musical adaptation of the popular kid's book. 11 a.m. Sat. & Sun. through Feb. 17, Morgan-Wixson Theatre, Santa Monica. $7 adults, $5 children younger than 12. (310) 828-7519

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7. BAD CASE OF THE DUKE

Leave it to the Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to find the swing in Duke Ellington's more romantic compositions, like "Solitude" and "In a Sentimental Mood." 8 p.m. Fri., Walt Disney Concert Hall. $33-$93. (323) 850-2000

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8. NEARLY NAKED CITY

Rambunctious, barely clad revelers take over three floors of the Queen Mary to down caipirinhas and dance the samba at Brazilian Nites. The event kicks off with the gyrations of Samba Queen Maisa Duke in all her feathered glory, and will feature recycled decorations in keeping with a green planet theme. Guaranteed to loosen up even Al Gore.

8 p.m. Sat. $38-$55.

(818) 566-1111; www.BrazilianNites.com

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