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Pencil This In: Poetry, VC Discussion, Storytelling and Wine Tastings on Tap for Tonight

Gallery1988 in Venice opened a solo show on Saturday featuring the works of Leontine Greenberg through July 23. (Image: Greenberg's 'Ferryman' courtesy of Gallery1988)
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The Annenberg Beach House’s Beach=Culture series holds a poetry reading tonight from 6:30-8 pm. Red Hen Press welcomes poets NEA fellow Camille T. Dungy, Cave Canem Fellow Timothy Black and Managing Editor of the WSC Press Cynthia Black who’ll read from their works. RSVPs recommended.

DealmakerLA holds the event How to Get Funded at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in West LA at 6 pm tonight. Hear from and meet with angels and VCs from Silicon Valley and SoCal on what kinds of startups they’re funding, how to pitch them and what it takes to make it in 2011. Speakers include Paige Craig, Founder & CEO of BetterWorks; Charles Hudson, partner of SoftTech VC; and Kent Goldman, principal of First Round Capital.

The Moth’s StorySLAM at Busby’s East takes place tonight at 7:30 pm. If you want to share your 5-minute story on the theme "Ego," then sign up at 7 pm. No notes, no standup and make sure they’re true stories. Tickets: $8 at the door.

Palate Food + Wine in Glendale holds its Tuesday night wine tasting tonight from 6:30 to 9 pm. For $10, customers get four tasting pours. Tonight’s lineup includes: NV Octave Vinho Verde from Portugal and three wines from Jura, France: 2004 Domaine Rolet Arbois Tradition, 2005 Domaine Rolet Arbois Poulsard Vieilles Vignes and NV Philippe Bornard Ça va bien.

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The 9th Annual Summer Jazz Series continues tonight at Hollywood & Highland from 7-9 pm. There’s a free concert with Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, led by the famed B3 and keyboard player, the Express’s sound combines jazz, rock, soul and funk. A $10 donation to Project Angel Food gets you two glasses of wine and an assortment of gourmet cheeses, crackers and fruit to enjoy during the performance.

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