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Happening Tuesday: Bootsy Collins, 'Pretty in Pink' and more

Mona Simpson presents James Lasdun at the Some Favorite Writers series.

May 03, 2011

BOOKS

Some Favorite Writers Organized by Mona Simpson, author of "My Hollywood," the Some Favorite Writers series presents James Lasdun, whose most recent book is the short story collection "It's Beginning to Hurt." His story "The Siege" was adapted by Bernardo Bertolucci for his film "Besieged." Lasdun, ever-prolific, has also written two novels, "The Horned Man" and "Seven Lies," as well as three books of poetry and two other short story collections. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. 7 p.m. hammer.ucla.edu.

MUSIC

An Evening With Bootsy Collins The revered bass plunker, whose funky skills have backed up such soulful legends as James Brown and George Clinton, visits the intimate Clive Davis Theater for a discussion of his pioneering career, a bass demonstration and an audience Q&A. Collins' first new album in five years, "The Funk Capital of the World," was released April 26. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Downtown. 8 p.m. Sold out. (213) 765-6800. http://www.grammymuseum.com.

Raekwon Chef Raekwon has enjoyed one of the unlikeliest second acts in rap. A star of the Wu-Tang Clan, he released a beloved solo album "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx," and promptly went MIA from many fans' radars. A follow-up, "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2" was never expected to come close to the original, but lo, it was one of 2010's highlights. He'll perform from it at this intimate set. Detroit Bar, 843 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa. 9 p.m. $20. http://www.detroitbar.com.

MOVIES

Pretty in Pink Those of you who mooned over Molly Ringwald in this '80s staple, prepare to feel old. It's the 25th anniversary of the John Hughes classic, and Film Independent presents this screening with the added bonus of pink beer (to fend off feelings of ancient-ness). Nokia Plaza, L.A. Live, Downtown L.A. 7 p.m. Free. http://www.filmindependent.org.

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