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Hollywood Farmer's Market berries | Photo by PaulieH77

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There’s a screening of Sam Fuller’s The Crimson Kimono tonight at 8 pm in Ramo Auditorium. Here’s the premise: “A pair of LAPD detectives, a murdered stripper, and a love triangle—the quintessential mid-century L.A. story. The twist in director Sam Fuller's largely unseen gem are its interracial relationships and Little Tokyo setting.” A panel discussion, hosted by Larry Mantle of KPCC FM, will features Lon Kurashige, Associate Professor of History, American Studies, and Ethnicity, University of Southern California; Henry Sheehan, Film Critic; James Shigeta, actor from The Crimson Kimono..

Clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy and violist Scott Woolweaver take to the stage together tonight at St. Matthew’s Parish in Pacific Palisades. The chamber music concert, which starts at 8 pm, also features series curators Susan Greenberg, long-time LACO flutist, and pianist Delores Stevens. On the program are works by Schumann, Schmitt, Villa-Lobos, Uhl, Bernstein and Bruch. Tickets are $25; students with ID are free.

Judy Fiskin is in the spotlight for LACMA’s “Conversations with Artists” series tonight at 7 pm. There will be a screening of her videos “Fifty Ways to Set the Table” and “The End of Photography” followed by a conversation between Fiskin and Charlotte Cotton, curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. The event is free, but tickets are required. They’ll be available at the box office one hour before the program.

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Calling all LA-based podcasters: There’s a meetup just for you at Akasha Restaurant in Culver City from 6-9 pm tonight. According to organizers, there’s no plan, no agenda - just podcasters getting together for cocktails and conversation. Btw, the restaurant has a happy hour from 5-7 pm for 50 percent off cocktails, beer and wine - and it’s a dineLA restaurant.

How many mini-mental breakdowns happen on LA’s crowded freeways each day? We know we’ve been a traffic tizzy a time or two. But this Hammer Forum discussion “Reiniventing Los Angeles: Easing Sprawl, Growth, and Gridlock” tonight at 7 pm looks at ways to ease traffic congestion, among other urban issues. It tackles the questions: "Is there a utopian antidote to this dystopian reality? What are the root problems, and how can design address them?" Leading the conversation tonight are Stefanos Polyzoides, partner in design firm Moule & Polyzoides and Kenneth Small, a professor of economics at UC Irvine.

Where are this afternoon's certified farmers markets? Get your fresh fruits and veggies here: Culver City, Baldwin Park, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach and Highland Park. Check out the complete list.

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