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Get Out: Wine + Goat Tacos at Palate, RocknRoll Garden in Highland Park

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Sunday wine tasting at Palate today. / 'Corks' by Tyler S. Andrews via LAist's flickr pool.

Sunday wine tasting at Palate today. / 'Corks' by Tyler S. Andrews via LAist's flickr pool.
BASKETBALL BLOCK PARTY
The Protege Basketball Block Party stops at the Kmart in Torrance (19330 Hawthorne Blvd.) today from noon to 6 pm with free on- and off-court interactive activities (shooting contests, b-ball tips, etc.) for all ages. It’s an 18-wheel, 53-foot show truck that transforms into a 4,500-square-foot basketball playground. And best part of all? Former Laker-turned-commentator James Worthy stops by from 5-6 pm today.

WORDS
The nonprofit literary salon WordTheater hosts an evening of “Upheaval” -- literature at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre Café in Silverlake tonight at 7 pm. Actor/author pairings include Brian Howe (Gran Torino) performing "Essence and Attribute" by Fernando Sorrentino, Ernie Silva performing "The Voices in My Head" by Jack Handey, Graham Hamilton performing "Crazy Glue" by Etgar Keret, Mayim Bialik (Blossom) reading "The Harvest" by Amy Hempel, Michaela Conlin (Bones) performing "The Swim Team" by Miranda July, Ravi Kapoor (Crossing Jordan) performing "japanese children with digital cameras in a field" by Tao Lin and Ellen Kennedy, Reynaldo Pacheco performing "I Am Bigfoot" by Ron Carlson, Theron Cook reading "Stories" by John Edgar Wideman and Valarie Rae Miller (Crank, All About The Benjamins) reading "Tag" by Lisa Glatt. Tickets are $15 at the door.

VINO+TACOS
Sundays are awesome at Palate Food and Wine. Today, they’re holding “Larner Vineyard Fête L.A.” a tasting of the best local producers for $12. In addition, they’ll be serving up slow-roasted goat tacos with stone fruit pico for $3. The tasting runs from 1-4 pm today, and reservations are required: nina@palatefoodwine.com.

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ROCK(‘N’ROLL) GARDEN
RocknRoll Community Garden, an organization dedicated to supportable, sustainable, local organic living and community, is currently creating a Communal Urban Rooftop Farm in the heart of Echo Park. They’re also holding a weekly series of live music and lectures to combine education, activism and community with beauty and art. On tap tonight from 7-9 pm is live music by Motel @ Milagro Highland Community Garden, and community gardening lectures by Mary Tokita (LA CGC) & Nichole Gatto. All events are by donation, and they’ll have $3 mimosas.

THEATRE
Café Metropol in Downtown Los Angeles hosts the play The Debate over Courtney O’Connell of Columbus, Nebraska tonight at 8 pm. It’s set in a tavern in Nebraska where Courtney’s ex-boyfriend has challenged her new fiancé to a public debate for her hand, invoking the Morgan Morality Act of 1894. Courtney is forced to choose a winner, which is probably going to be difficult since debate is a real turn on. The second act of the play takes us back in time to a re-enactment of the events that led to the writing of the “Morgan Morality Act,” which may or may not exist. The play runs through July 25 on Sundays and Mondays, and tickets are $15.

ART Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro hosts the opening “For Fame and Love,” an exhibition “exposing the quintessential, yet taboo components of art making: ego and love.” Artists Kris Chatterson, Linda Day, Fatima Hoang and Jay Lizo use abstraction, performance, language and music to create their works. The exhibit’s being curated by Devon Tsuno. The open reception is being held today from 2-4 pm.

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