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Pencil This In: Wine and Truffles at Palate, William T. Vollmann at Skylight Books

At Skylight Books tonight
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Palate Food + Wine in Glendale presents “Le Cirque du Fromage” tonight at the Wine Bar tonight (and every Tuesday night) at 7 pm. The Truffle Brothers drop in with pounds of black summer truffles from the Molise region of Italy. In addition to this week's Cirque menu (three cheeses + one wine = $12). Fresh table-side shavings for a $6 supplemental. Little nuggets will be available for retail @ $30 per ounce. Cheeses on the menu are stilton, bleu des causses and gorgonzola piccante. No reservations are necessary. LIT*
Skylight Books hosts author William T. Vollmann
tonight from 7:30-9 pm tonight. Vollman will present presents his epic portrait of the southeastern California area of Imperial Valley, aptly titled Imperial. “He talked with and photographed everyone from farmers and migrant workers to border patrolmen in his search for the fading American dream and its Mexican equivalent.” He addresses American identity and the issues that come with it: immigration, agribusiness and corporate exploitation.

Adam Gorightly presents and signs a revised and updated edition of The Shadow Over Santa Susana: Black Magic, Mind Control & The Manson Family Mythos , just in time for the 40th anniversary of the Manson Family murders. He examines the 60s culture and investigates a number of conspiracy theories, both old and original, about the Manson case. The result is the most complete document published to date on Manson and his “Love and Terror Cult.” He’ll present at 7 pm at Book Soup.

It’s Family Fun Night at King Gillette Ranch tonight (and every Tuesday through Aug. 25). There’s old-fashioned family fun with stories and singing -- and roasting marshmallows around a campfire (weather permitting). The fun begins at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center Amphitheater. The program's sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and presented by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

It’s Joe Dante week at the New Beverly Cinema. He’s presenting screenings of classic films and bringing special guests plus brand new prints of some of his own movies. Tonight, he’ll be in person to talk about the Norman Lear film Cold Turkey (7:30 pm) and Ted Flicker's The President's Analyst (9:30 pm). According to Dante’s liner notes about his selection: “Both movies are hilarious, subversive, and came very close to never seeing the light of a projector.”

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