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Pencil This In: Castle at the Paley Center, Downtown's Historic Theaters, and 21st Century Gardening

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Classic Downtown LA theaters are the topic of discussion at the Santa Monica Museum of Art tonight. | Photo by sfxeric via LAist's flckr pool.

Classic Downtown LA theaters are the topic of discussion at the Santa Monica Museum of Art tonight. | Photo by sfxeric via LAist's flckr pool.
Tonight the Paley Center welcomes the cast and creative crew from the TV show Castle. For those who have never seen the ABC comedy-drama, here’s a brief summary: Castle is a comedy-drama about a mystery novelist (Nathan Fillion) and an NYPD detective (Stana Katic) who "bicker and banter their way through all kinds of bizarre murders that need to be solved.: Both Fillion and Katic will be speaking and appearing in person along with executive producers Andrew W. Marlowe, Rob Bowman and Laurie Zaks. 7 pm. Tickets are $15 and $12 for center members.

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy welcomes Alrie Middlebrook, of Middlebrook Gardens, who’s recognized as a leader in California native plant gardening. She’ll discuss 35 Ways to Garden for the 21st Century tonight at 7:30 pm at Temescal Gateway Park’s Woodland Hall.

Tonight the Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Opulence and Entertainment: Los Angeles Historic Theaters with Robert Berger and Hillsman Wright. Berger, architectural photographer and co-author of The Last Remaining Seats: Movie Palaces in Tinseltown, and Wright, co-founder and executive director of the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation, discuss Downtown's Broadway theater district. Free Admission. Limited seating: first come, first seated. 7 pm.

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Tonight there’s a meeting of the minds at the Hammer tonight when John Long, Natural History Museum paleontologist joins Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond in conversation. They’ll hold an “informal, provocative discussion will touch on such topics as sex and science, recent scientific discoveries, and the relevance of science in contemporary life.” The event is free, but tickets are required. 7 pm. The event is free, but tickets are required. Available one hour before start time.

The Moth StorySLAM provides a stage and a microphone, and people are selected to tell--not read--their five-minute stories. These are true stories ripped from the pages of your lives. Tonight’s theme is “distance” and it will be held at El Cid. Doors open at 6 pm and the stories start at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $7.

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