There's a wonderful spot in Santa Monica called McCabe's Guitar Shop that has concerts, all sorts of stringed instruments, lessons, music books, and friendly folks that love music. It is a favorite place for outstanding musicians to play, as well. Check it out! www.mccabes.com.
Also, the lovely new book The Magiker by Charles Dennis will have a dramatic reading on January 28th at 7 pm at American Jewish University on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. It will be read by Ed Asner, Richard Benjamin, and others. Light refreshments will be served. Check out wcce.aju.edu/magiker for more information.