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Aug. 18: Famed Author Mona Simpson Speaks

Also today, the Twilight Dance Series continues with "A Night of Surf Guitar."

Greetings, and welcome to The SM AM Report. Expect today to be about 5 degrees warmer than what we've been experiencing lately.

Here's what we published Wednesday, in case you missed us:

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Now, here's what's up today:

Weather Forecast

  • sunny
  • high temperature: 77 degrees
  • low temperature: 63 degrees
  • chance of precipitation: 0 percent
  • humidity: 63 percent
  • sunrise: 6:17 a.m.
  • sunset: 7:38 p.m.

The Main Event

  • Famed author Mona Simpson—whose best-known work, Anywhere but Here, was turned into a movie starring Susan Sarandon and Natalie Portman—will be at the 's MLK Auditorium today. Starting at 7 p.m., the novelist will about her latest book, My Hollywood, by the Pasadena Star-News' Larry Wilson. Simpson is also a UCLA professor and, most importantly, a Santa Monica resident.

The Runner-Up

  • A pretrial hearing for Paul Edmond Carpenter, the man charged with the 1998 shooting death of a German tourist near  in Santa Monica, is scheduled to take place at Airport Branch Courthouse this morning.

Other Happenings

  • There are only four concerts left in this year's . Tonight's is Making Waves: A Night of Surf Guitar, featuring the Duo-Tones, Slacktone and The Eliminators. As usual, the show takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. on the  and will be preceded by at 6 p.m.
  • A little farther north on the beach, the hosts from 2 to 4 p.m. The house's game room, which is located on the Terrace Lounge, will be open for free.
  • is also where it's at today. At 9:30 a.m., there's a and at 11 a.m. is (cost is $15).

Last but Not Least

  • Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. holds its latest annual review at the from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

(Go here for more events happening today.)

This Day in Santa Monica History

  • On Aug. 18, 1936, Santa Monica's own Robert Redford was born. Happy birthday to the legendary actor, environmentalist and philanthropist, who turns 75 today.

Did you take a great pic of SM in the early morning? Want to see it in The SM AM Report? Drop a note to Kurt.Orzeck@patch.com.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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