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Get your green drink on tonight.

WORDS
Author and USC professor Gina Nahai and actress Bahar Soomekh (Crash) read from Nahai’s latest book Caspian Rain – about a family falling apart just before the Islamic revolution in Iran. Immediately following, there’s a discussion of the changing lives of women of the Middle East, and relationships between Iran’s Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as how these communities interact in Los Angeles, “home to the largest population of Iranians outside Tehran.”

7 pm // LACMA’s Bing Auditorium // 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles // FREE.

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DRINK (WITH A PURPOSE)
After a looooong holiday break, LA Green Drinks returns to Studio City tonight. The event gives people who are concerned about the environment the opportunity to network over a drink. There’s space for your literature and biz cards. And for those who want to walk the talk: take the 750 Metro Rapid from Universal City or the 150/240 to Laurel Canyon Blvd. to the bar.

7 pm // Next Door Tapas // 11814 Ventura Blvd., Studio City // Depends on how much your drink, silly.

FILM
Mel Brooks introduces two of his films tonight at the Aero: Silent Movie, where he plays a washed up film director who thinks a new silent film is a way to recapture the old glory, and High Anxiety, a spoof on Hitchcock's Spellbound.

7:30 pm // Aero Theatre // 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica // $10.

PERFORMANCE
We hear good things about L’effleur des Sens in residence at King King. It’s a flirty dance/music revue inspired by the French variety cabaret. (Meaning it as “sexy” written all over it.) Zoe McLellan of ABC's Dirty Sexy Money also performs with the troupe.

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9 pm // King King // 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood // $10-$26

ART
The Los Angeles Art Show is one of the country’s largest, with more than 125 art dealers/exhibitors selling their works. For the first time, the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair will join the exhibition, expanding the amount of artwork (that we probably can’t afford). At the fair’s lecture series are several interesting topics including: George Melrod, Founding Director of art ltd. Magazine and contributing editor, leading a panel discussion of "Los Angeles: What Kind of Art Capital?" and Ed Killian, winemaker, presenting a wine tasting with Architectural Digest and Souverain Wines.

Noon to 7 pm (the show runs until Jan. 27) // Barker Hangar, Santa Monica Airport // 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica // $20.

Photo by AmineShaker via flickr.