Steve Almond The author, rock critic and self-proclaimed drooling fanatic of music will read from and sign his new book, "Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life." Almond's book is part memoir, part cultural analysis and part love letter to rock 'n' roll. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 7:30 p.m. (323) 660-1175. http://www.skylightbooks.com
Herbie Hancock The Grammy winner and musical pioneer will discuss his six-decade career, genre-transcending catalog and new music from "The Imagine Project," his hotly anticipated CD and documentary. After the interview, Hancock will field questions from the audience. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown L.A. 8 p.m. $25. (800) 745-3000. http://www.grammymuseum.org
Rainbow Arabia Pan-global passport pop is the order of the moment in indie music, but this local duo does it with a verve and zest befitting the locales they draw from. Entrancing African long-form beats, Arabesque melodies and pillowy synths from European techno all collide in a delirious mess that comes out the other end as wholly original. They hold down a monthlong residency. The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Free. http://www.attheecho.com
Merce Cunningham Tribute benefits always want to charge you an arm and a leg, but in this case giving an arm or a leg to see some of the most famous arms and legs in modern dance is well worth it. In this special one-night benefit for the Cunningham Dance Foundation and REDCAT, Mikhail Baryshnikov will join the Cunningham Dance Company on the last night of its Legacy Tour in Los Angeles. In addition to a screening of Charles Atlas' new film, "With Merce," the evening will bring performances of "Occasion Piece" and excerpts of "Loops," a Cunningham solo. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. 6 p.m. cocktails; 7:30 p.m. show. Prices vary. (213) 237-2800.