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Pencil This In: Nick Hornby at the Skirball, The Moth's LA GrandSlam

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Pourtal wine bar kicks off The Imbiber’s Ultimate Playmate Fantasy Wine Tour tonight from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. It’s a flight of eight wines inspired by eight of history’s most iconic Playmates, from Marilyn Monroe to Anna Nicole Smith. Join “The Imbiber” Dan Dunn, booze writer and’s nightlife columnist, with a few of his friends: Featured Playmate Lisa Semler (Miss September 1980), whom Dunn paired with a selection from her family’s winery in Malibu, will make a special appearance to autograph special-edition bottles of the 2001 Semler Cabernet. Playboy model Andrea Lowell, host of the Playboy Radio Morning Show on Sirius/XM, will also be on hand to pour a special tasting of Waterbrook Melange 2005.

REDCAT presents the conversation Where Hope Lives: How Design Can Transform Lives and Communities tonight at 7:30 pm. CalArts President Steven D. Lavine welcomes architects from Michael Maltzan Architecture, Koning Eizenberg Architecture and Killefer Flammang Architects for a panel discussion on the role of design in realizing "supportive housing" solutions for the homeless. The event is free.

The Skirball welcomes author Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity) for a reading and book signing for his latest novel, Juliet, Naked. A reclusive 80s rock star forced into the open when the re-release of his most famous album brings him into contact with some of his most passionate fans. The event begins at 7:30 pm. Free.