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Pencil This In: Whisky Live LA (in Santa Monica), The RZA Reads at The Grove

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Whisky rules tonight in Santa Monica. | Photo of Seven Grand by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.

Whisky rules tonight in Santa Monica. | Photo of Seven Grand by Never Cool in School via LAist's flickr pool.
Opening reception tonight at 8 pm at LACE for I Feel Different, a multimedia group show organized by guest curator Jennifer Doyle. Participating artists: Nao Bustamante, James Luna, Lezley Saar, David Wojnarowicz, Monica Duncan, Lara Odell, Susan Silton and LACE resident artist Niña Yhared (1814). The project explores “both the experience of feeling different from others and the transformational power of art to make one feel differently.” There’s also a reading tonight by Raquel Gutierrez and live performances Yhared and Luna.

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The Grammy Museum hosts an evening with Paul Shaffer--David Letterman’s bandleader--tonight TOMORROW (10/21) at 8 pm. He’ll be interviewed by Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli about his musical and television careers as well as his new book, We’ll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin’ Showbiz Saga. Shaffer will take questions from the audience, perform a few songs, and sign copies of the book. Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit The GRAMMY Museum. 

BOOKSWu-Tang Clan’s the RZA presents Tao of Wu tonight at 7:30 at Barnes & Noble at the Grove. The book focuses on major moments in the RZA’s life, both good (a record deal) and bad (a potential prison sentence). From the publisher: “His points of view are always surprising and provocative, and reveal a profound, genuine, and abiding wisdom—consistently tempered with humor and peppered with unique, colloquial phraseology. It is a spiritual memoir as the world has never seen before, and will never see again.”

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Now, we know it's Beer Week, but Whisky Live LA comes to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium tonight, where attendees can taste a range of liquors from Scotland to Kentucky, mingle with the producers, distillers, independent bottlers, and participate in demonstrations, discussions and even classes. If that’s not enough to tempt you, there’s also food pairing demos, and an outdoor cigar and whisky tasting bar. This evening’s going to cost you a pretty penny, though: The VIP Ticket (5:30-10 pm) costs $149 and the standard ticket is $119 (which gets you in an hour later).

Chamber Music Palisades opens its 13th season tonight at 8 pm at St. Matthew’s Parish in Pacific Palisades. On the program are both popular and contemporary works including Quartet in G Major for Flute, Viola, Cello and Piano by composer C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788), the second son of J.S. Bach; and Gioachino Rossini's (1792-1868) Duo for Cello and Bass, which showcases these two low instruments. Featured artists Include LA Phil Members Bing Wang, Assistant Concertmaster, Carrie Dennis, Principal Viola, and Peter Stumpf, Principal Cello, as well as Nico Abondolo, Bass, and CMP Co-Founders/Co-Artistic Directors Susan Greenberg, Flute, and Delores Stevens, Piano. KUSC's Alan Chapman provides commentary for the concert.

The Actors' Gang WTF?! Festival continues tonight with a pre-release screening of the film William Kunstler: Disturning the Universe, followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Emily Kunstler. The film, by Emily and Sarah Kunstler, explores the life of their their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer. Proceeds benefit The Actors' Gang Community outreach programs. This free screening starts at 8 pm.

Robin D.G. Kelley presents and signs Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original tonight at 7 pm at Book Soup. It’s the first full biography of the jazz great, written by an author who had full access to the family's archives and conducted dozens of interviews.

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