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Pencil This In: Tequila Appreciation, Ramen + Movie, L.A. Iconoclasts, Retail Inspired Art

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DRINK
You may enjoy tequila, you may even love tequila, but do you appreciate it? If so, tonight is your night. Malo is hosting a Tequila Appreciation Night for imbiber-enthusiasts 21+, which will include free tastes of Milagro tequilas as paired with herbaceous, floral, fruity and/or spicy flavors, as well as free tastes of some of Malo’s new menu items and a DJ to mix things up. To get in to this free event, you need to get one of the spots by sending in an email to RSVP. 8-10 PM.

FOOD + FILM
TonightRoyal/T kicks off its fall entertainment line-up for “Nighttime @ Royal/T”—the new transformation of its stylish back lounge space into a live music, film screening, and multimedia performance venue once the café maid servers “go to sleep for the night”—with an exclusive screening of Juzo Itami’s cult classic Tampopo, a quirky and sexy comedy about food, sex, satire, and ramen culture in Japan. To preface the showing, Dr. Jordan A. Yamaji Smith, Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Comparative Literature at UCLA and CSU Long Beach, will give a short lecture titled “Food, Sex, Satire in Modern Japan.” Royal/T’s Japanese maid café will also offer guests selections from a special ramen menu starting at 6 PM and the movie will begin at 7:30 PM

LIT
Slake will appear at the Hammer Readings series tonight for an evening of discussion and live music. “L.A. Iconclasts”; will feature a lineup of Slake contributors (Mark Z. Danielewski, Jerry Stahl, Mary Woronov, and Lauren Weedman) whose unique voices help us see the city, and writing, in new ways. Editors Joe Donnelly and Laurie Ochoa will introduce the readers and then moderate a q-and-a about the writers’ contributions. The Max Wrightson Trio will perform before the event and during intermission. RSVP required. 7 PM.

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ART
Santa Monica Museum of Art unveils the latest in its large-scale installation series Wall Works: Zippy's Nicknacks, Tonics, and Magical Gadgets, designed by local artist Bari Ziperstein and created with the help of hundreds of elementary students from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Ziperstein, students, parents, and teachers will attend the opening. Bergamot Station's G-Gallery hallway (Adjacent to the Santa Monica Museum of Art) 6-7 PM.