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

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How do we deal with a dwindling water supply? Find out at Zócalo tonight. | Photo by wilshirepix via LAist's flickr pool.

How do we deal with a dwindling water supply? Find out at Zócalo tonight. | Photo by wilshirepix via LAist's flickr pool.
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.

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At Book Soup Robert McChesney and John Nicols discuss and sign The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again.Journalism is in deep doo doo and we all know it. Nichols and McChesney propose a strategy for saving the industry, tracing journalism from its earliest roots in Colonial America. 7 pm.

The filmmakers behind The Horse Boy, a documentary that follows parents of an autistic boy across the world--Mongolia!--in search of the best treatments, will screen the film and join a moderated panel about the disease. The event, in the horse-friendly Northwest San Fernando Valley, is a community screening with Ride-On Therapeutic Horsemanship's Bryan McQueeny and Special Education Teacher Dr. Caren Rich. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception at Shepherd of the Hills Church (19700 Rinaldi Street, Porter Ranch, CA 91326). The film screens at 7 p.m. with a panel at 8 p.m. If you can, RSVP to to

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