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Happening Wednesday: Ice Cube, Sarah Vowell and more

March 30, 2011

BOOKS

Sudan: The Next Killing Fields? Will the secession of southern Sudan promote peace in the war-torn region or militate against it? Three scholars, including a Sudanese native, come together to offer their own answers on this question of the perils of post-conflict nation-building. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. http://www.hammer.ucla.edu

Sarah Vowell With her idiosyncratic sense of humor intact, Vowell dives into the rich history of Hawaii in her latest work, "Unfamiliar Fishes." The bestselling author will discuss and sign copies of her book. All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena. 7 p.m. Free. (626) 499-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.

MUSIC

Ice Cube The multi-tasking rapper takes time off from his busy acting, directing and TV production schedule to treat his fans to a rare live performance. Expect to hear material from his most recent full-length album, "I Am the West," which he released on his own label in September. The record features collaborations with Tha Bizness, Sir Jinx, Doughboy and others. House of Blues Los Angeles, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $50. (323) 848-5100. http://www.houseofblues.com.

MOVIES

Troubadours West Hollywood's beloved music club anchors this documentary about the emerging singer-songwriter scene of the late 1960s and early '70s. A discussion with director Morgan Neville, photographer Henry Diltz and musicians J.D. Souther, Russ Kunkel and Leland Sklar will follow the screening. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 7:30 p.m. $8. (213) 765-6800. http://www.grammymuseum.org.

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