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Pencil This In: Wine and Jazz Nights in Hollywood and Glendale and Paul McCarthy Talks Paul Thek at the Hammer

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What a better way to cool off tonight than with a little wine and jazz? Pancho Sanchez plays at Hollywood and Highland while Palate in Glendale showcases a few Riesling selections. If you're looking for more artsy stuff: LA artist Paul McCarthy lectures at the Hammer on Paul Thek's work and then there's always Iris at the Kodak.


Cirque du Soleil's 'Iris' is at the Kodak Theatre. (Photo: 'Rooftops' by Mark Dulong © Cirque du Soleil)
Tonight Hollywood & Highland’s Wine, Jazz & Moonlight series presents Pancho Sanchez from 7-9 pm in the Central Courtyard. The event is free to the public (i.e., shoppers) but there’s a $10 wine tasting donation that gets you two glasses of wine and a box of cheese and crackers to enjoy during the performance. Proceeds go to Project Angel Food. 

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 features the Riesling grape: 2009 Skyleaf Riesling (New Zealand); 2006 Beck-Hartweg Riesling Cuveé Prestige (France); 2007 Dr. Bürklin-Wolf Estate Riesling (Germany); and 2004 Domaine Stirn Schlossberg Riesling Cuvée Clément (France). The house jazz band starts around 8 pm.

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LA-based artist Paul McCarthy discusses the work of Paul Thek at the Hammer Museum tonight at 7 pm. The lecture is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Paul Thek: Diver, A Retrospective, which is up at the Hammer through Aug. 28. The program is free, but tickets are required and available at the Billy Wilder Theater beginning at 6 pm. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6 pm.

Comedian Marc Maron brings his WTF podcast to the Steve Allen Theater stage tonight to celebrate the release of his new Comedy Central Album. Special guests tonight include Molly Shannon, Harris Wittels, Neil Hamburger, Andy Kindler, Eddie Peppitone and Jim Earl. 8 pm. Advanced tickets are sold out, but standing-room only tickets may be available at the door.

Iris, Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, brings together dance, acrobatics, live video, filmed sequences and animation, to bring the audience along for a ride through the history of cinema. In residence at the Kodak Theatre. Tickets: $43-$253. 8 pm.

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