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Pencil This In: SciFi @ the Skirball, Tasting Anaheim

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Ever wonder what Anaheim tastes like? Tonight from 5:30-9:30 pm, the 14th Annual Taste of Anaheim takes place at the Gardenwalk on Katella. It’s an evening of music, wine and food -- from purveyors like Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Naples Ristorante, Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar, Tortilla Jo's, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine, Mr. Stox Restaurant, and Alcatraz Brewing Co. Tickets are $35-$40.

826LA East presents the adult seminar “Writing About Food” tonight at 7:30 pm at The Echo Park Time Travel Mart. Panelists (Colleen Dunn Bates, Jessica Gelt, Jonathan Gold, Jeanne Kelley, Jeff Weiss) will discuss writing about food ifor blogs, newspapers and books. They’ll also cover the practical side of the genre: how to go about composing a recipe, review a restaurant, and how to get published. The panel will be moderated by Christine Moore. Tickets are $25.

Los Angeles Theatre Works (LATW) presents a sci-fi double-bill of War of the Worlds and The Lost World at the Skirball at 8 pm tonight. When Orson Welles’ performed a 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds in 1938, he caused a nationwide panic -- unlike the Tom Cruise movie version. Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World follows a scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle - back into the time of dinosaurs and cave men. All performances are recorded to air on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theater series. Here’s the uber-geeky tidbit though: the performances are directed by John de Lancie aka “Q” from Star Trek: TNG.

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Tonight the 7Lightningbolt* Fashion Show takes to the runway at Club Façade (formerly Club Ivar) in Hollywood. The designers of experimental clothing will present their latest collection of handmade pieces made from deconstructed and revamped vintage clothing. The show will include musical performances by Leah Turner, Metroid, Nylon Pink and an art show hosted by Ngene Mwaura. Doors at 9 pm and the show begins at 11:30 pm.

Yes, we know this is a blatant PR gimmick, but it’s one that sounds like a total blast. The Audi Driving Experience takes over Hollywood Park today through Sunday. The automaker is unveiling the Audi Q5 and is providing a hands-on test drive for adults and a virtual car experience for the kids. It’s free.

It’s that time of the month again. The monthly Downtown Art Walk showcases the galleries, restaurants and other venues of the area. New galleries this month include the Federal Art Project, Rooftop Gallery and the Downtown Women's Center's new resident art gallery. There’s a comedy show at 9 pm at the Alexandria Hotel at 9pm, and restaurants like Tiara Cafe and PItfire Pizza have Art Walk specials.

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