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Pencil This In: Maxine Hong Kingston, Christian Moeller, Blanc & Rouge

Big Windmill by Christian Moeller / Photo by Koonisutra via Flickr
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Christian Moeller, known for his large robotic sculptures in public spaces, will be sharing his perspective on how cinema, music and physical space collide to create art at a SCI-ARC lecture tonight at 7:00 p.m. The lecture is free and if you can't make it downtown tonight for what promises to be an excellent art/sci chat, you can watch the livestream. WRITERLY BANTER
Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior, China Men and The Fifth Book of Peace, will be reading this evening at Hammer Museum. Kingston is a powerful writer and a fascinating speaker - if you dig her work or haven't yet gotten around to it, tonight's your night. The reading starts at 6:00 p.m.

Blanc & Rouge, an evening of California and French red and white wine tasting and food noshing, kicks off tonight at The Villa in Woodland Hills. There'll be a little Macon-Vinzelles Vin de Bourgogne with marinated shrimp and julienned fennel to kick things off...and that's just for starters. The food pairing menu looks delectable. Tickets are $49 and include 4 wine flights and 4 food pairings. The foodie affair begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tonight from 6-10 pm, Royal/T in Culver City holds an Ochazuke Nightas part of its Japanology Series. Ochazuke is a classic Japanese dish of hot green tea poured over rice and accompaniments. There's a film screening at 8 pm of “Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice,” by artist Ozu Yasujiro, set at the end of the U.S. occupation of Japan, as well as a lecture and discussion on “Classic Flavors: Ochazuke, Ozu Yasujiro, and the Film That Never Was,” by UCLA Comparative Literature Lecturer Jordan A. Yamaji Smith, Ph. D. Dinner dishes range from $7-10 each.