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See this primordial ooze, the rest of the Tar Pits and the Page Museum for free today. / Photo by Gamma Infinity via LAist's flickr pool.

McSweeney’s has published the debut novel Bowl of Cherriesby Millard Kaufman. What’s different here is that Mr. Kaufman is a 90-year-old ex-Marine who created Mr. Magoo way back when. It’s described as “A bizarre and funny pseudo-take on Great Expectations, Kaufman's book has enough twists and turns to keep even the most attention-deficit-disorderly readers engrossed.”

7 pm // Mark Taper Forum @ the Los Angeles Public Library // South Flower and West Fifth streets // Free with reservations.

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Here’s a chance to learn and network the green way. Opportunity Green holds a networking event and launch party with speakers Michael Danenberg of GOOD Magazine and Maria Giudice of Hot Studio. There’s an open bar and organic hors d’ ouvres and the first 100 people who register will get the Greenopia L.A. Guide for free. Music by DJ Dharma of Dogtown DJs.

6 pm // Architecture and Design Museum Los Angeles // 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The grounds around the La Brea Tar Pits are always open to the public, but since today’s the first Tuesday of the month, admission to the George Page Museum at Tar Pits is free. See the world's “largest collection of Ice Age fossils, including the skeletons of saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and woolly mammoths, as well as a wood fragment believed to be about 40,000 years old.”

Until 5 pm // Page Museum @ the La Brea Tar Pits // 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // Free.

This talk on contemporary art features Susanne Ghez, Director, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Beatrix Ruf, Director/Curator, Kunsthalle Zürich, and is moderated by Ann Goldstein, Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. "Both Susanne Ghez and Beatrix Ruf have organized ground-breaking exhibitions at their non-collecting institutions. This discussion reveals the trajectory of their programming and the profound contribution each has made to the history of contemporary art." Seating is limited and an RSVP is required.

7 pm // Santa Monica Museum of Art // 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica // Free.

Singers from the Repertory Opera Company will perform duets and ariasthat showcase the women of Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. The music will be presented old-school style: "in the tradition of the salons Eva Scott Fenyes presented over a century ago."

7 pm // Pasadena Museum of History: Fenyes Mansion // 470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena // $50.

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