Pencil This In: Ancient Roman Dining at the Getty Villa, The Bangles at the SaMo Pier and the Hammer Still Likes to Rock

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Ancient Roman dining and lecture at the Getty Villa tonight. (Photo: Christine N. Ziemba/LAist)

We found a number of events happening on the Westside tonight, squeezing in the fun before the 405 shuts down. Our favorite is a dinner and lecture on ancient Roman dining at the Getty Villa. But there's also free music concerts at the Hammer Museum and on the Santa Monica Pier with the Bangles. Read on for all the details.

FOOD+HISTORY*
Because of Carmageddon, the Getty Villa moved up the dates for the program At the Roman Table: A Culinary Adventure to tonight and Friday from 7-10 pm. The evening begins with a lecture by food historian Andrew Dalby who’ll discuss Dining with Caesar: Food and Power in Ancient Rome. He’ll not only talk about wines, produce, spices, but also cover how invitations and place settings were “calculated to impress, persuade, or seduce.” Following the lecture, there will be a dinner inspired by ancient Roman recipes prepared under the direction of food historian and chef Sally Grainger, based on her extensive research of Apicius, the only surviving ancient Roman recipe book. The adventurous menu features oysters flavored with a special sauce calledoenogarum, calf's kidney stuffed with fennel and coriander, and porcellum hortolanum, a whole-boned and stuffed pig. The meal concludes with a honey-infused "cheesecake" dessert called libum. $75 per person includes family style meal, wine and lecture.

MUSIC
The Bangles play a free summer concert series on the Santa Monica Pier tonight at 7 pm. Back onstage are guitarist/singer Susanna Hoffs, guitarist/singer Vicki Peterson and drummer/singer Debbi Peterson. They’ll be playing classic tunes as well as new tunes from their upcoming album Sweetheart of the Sun, due out in September.

MUSIC
The Hammer Museum’s music series Also I Like to Rock also continues tonight at 7 pm with punk/garage band The Soft Pack and the bluesy garage rock-soul of Hanni El Khatib. KCRW DJ Chuck P spins tunes between sets. Admission is first come, first-served until maximum capacity. Park for $3 under the Hammer after 6 pm.

FILM+FOOD
The Levi’s® Film Workshop at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA features a free evening of food, films and music tonight at 6 pm. The Workshop screens the premiere of three short films about growing, preparing and serving food. “Made in collaboration with Silver Lake Farms, Chef Ludo Lefebvre and Kogi BBQ by filmmakers Aaron Rose, Lorenzo Fonda and Dugan O'Neal respectively, these films celebrate the local culinary movement and the pioneers that are bringing healthy food to the streets of LA” Lefebvre, Chef Roy Choi of Kogi and Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms will be onhand. RSVP for the screening, food and music.

WINE+FILM
Malibu Wines screens movies in its tasting room on Thursday nights. The price of admission is the purchase of a bottle of wine per table. Tonight’s flick is Breakfast at Tiffany’s around 8 pm (or whenever dusk is). 

*Pencil pick of the day

Also:
> Downtown LA Art Walk Presents The Brutique: An Experimental Showroom, Performance Space & Boutique

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