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Pencil This In: Maestro James Conlin at [ALOUD], Paula Deen at Vroman's, How do we Save Journalism

How do we deal with a dwindling water supply? Find out at Zócalo tonight. | Photo by wilshirepix via LAist's flickr pool.
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As part of the Ring Festival LA, Maestro James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera, stops by ALOUD at the Central Library to discuss Wagner's monumental work, The Ring of the Nibelung, which will receive its first-ever presentation in Los Angeles this Summer.  7 pm. Afterwards, he’ll join the Young Literati for cocktails at Café Pinot, in the Central Library's Courtyard. While the ALOUD discussion is free to everyone, the cocktail party is reserved for members of Young Literati.  To RSVP, email Non-members interested in attending may do so with a $20 pre-payment. Please call 213.228.7542. Parking is available for $8.

Zócalo asks “Is Water the New Oil” tonight at 7 pm at The RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. While the fight for oil makes more news headlines, the real story lies in the fight for water. It’s our most important resource, but the supply is dwindling. Journalist Steve Solomon, author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, traces the history of water from ancient times to today.

Tonight at 6 pm, Food Network star Paula Deen signs her book Paula Deen's Savannah Style at Vroman’s. This is not a cookbook, but instead Deen takes readers into her Savannah home with this beautiful interior design book. The book provides tips on Southern style, entertaining and gracious living. Only people who have bought the book will be allowed to get it signed. She will not be posing for photos or signing other memorabilia.