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Get Out: Miracle Mile Art Walk, USC Vs. UCLA, Literary Minds, Learn the Wine of Sicily, Puppets for Adults

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Are you gonna cruise the Miracle Mile tonight? Photo by WagonMonster via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr

Are you gonna cruise the Miracle Mile tonight? Photo by WagonMonster via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
Miracle Mile Art Walk and After party
This afternoon, head to Mid-City between 1-6 this afternoon to enjoy the monthly Miracle Mile Art Walk. Each month sees a different host gallery--this time it's ACME Galley (at #20 6150 Wilshire Blvd.), and each month showcases a selection of area galleries; April spotlights the Wilshire area venues near LACMA. An artist lecture and opening reception will be held at 2 p.m. at ACME. A special tour of additional galleries is available following the opening reception at the host gallery. There will be an introduction to each gallery and exhibit. Transportation will be provided by the Holly Trolley. Art walkers may also walk or drive. An after party for art walkers will be held at Busby's Cantina (5364 Wilshire Blvd.) with music and art from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Crosstown Rivalry, Lacrosse Style
Since 1976, USC has taken on UCLA in Lacrosse once a year. Today the Trojans venture across town to take on the Bruins at the North Athletic Field at 3pm. Admission is free, parking at UCLA is $9 for the whole day. Can't make it, but want updates from the field: The game will post live scoring to Twitter.

Reading: Haunting Bombay
Los Angeles writer Shilpa Agarwal released her debut novel Haunting Bombay recently, and is back in town fresh from a West Coast book tour. She'll be reading from her work--a supernatural tale set in India in the 70s--at the Mystery Bookstore in Westwood this today at 4pm.

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Art Opening: 3 Solo Projects
3 Solo Projects: Lynn Aldrich, Jessica Rath, Carrie Ungerman is the second in a series of exhibitions highlighting the work of Southern California artists. Lynn Aldrich, Jessica Rath, and Carrie Ungerman have each created a new site-specific installation. While each work is independent, they are tied to a larger conversation about natural resources such as water. The three sculptors use common, readily available materials in quantity: 25,000 clear plastic water bottles, dozens of Navajo white rain gutters, and gallons of liquid latex to make beautiful, tactile, and poignant experiences addressing key metaphors of abundance, scarcity, growth, and decline. Opening reception tonight from 4-6 p.m. at Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery.

Puppet Up!
Puppet Up!™ Uncensored (presented by Henson Alternative in association with Avalon Hollywood) is a hilarious demonstration of what happens when the perilous and provocative forms of traditional comedic improvisation are mixed with a bunch of puppets! Although it is puppets, it's not for children; it's a fast-paced, naughty sketch show for grownups. Tonight at 8 at the Avalon Hollywood.

The Wines of Sicily at Riva
Riva, Santa Monica’s newest neighborhood dining destination for seasonal coastal Italian cuisine, rounds out their new series of monthly Italian wine education classes this afternoon with a visit to Sicily. The meal and class is $65 per person including food pairings. Led by Sommelier Thierry Perez and a guest winemaker, the 2-hour class will provide wine education and food pairings by Executive Chef Jason Travi; the food will feature his boldly flavored dishes inspired by the rustic cuisine of the Italian coastline using the highest quality of ingredients found at the neighboring Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. 1-3 p.m.

Interviewing a Local Literary Mind
LA-Lit facilitates dynamic conversation among poets and writers in the Los Angeles area. Today they're set up at the Outpost for Contemporary Art, as they host a live radio recording, reading & conversation at 1 p.m. with Harold Abramowitz. Abramowitz is a writer and editor from Los Angeles. His first book, Dear Dearly Departed, was published in 2008. Harold has two books forthcoming in 2009: Sin is to Celebration, a collaboration with Amanda Ackerman, and Not Be Blessed.