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Pencil This In: Westwood LIVE's Block Party, 'Eating Our Words' Lit and Food Event and a Rodarte Art Talk

Westwood LIVE: A new community event that happens on the third Thursdays of the month. (Photo by Shawn S. Park via LAist's flickr pool.)
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Westwood Village tries to enliven the third Thursdays of the month with Westwood LIVE—a celebration of community and culture. A number of bars and restaurants are participating, including the Napa Valley Grille. Buy a $10 ticket to enjoy unlimited bites of the restaurant’s seasonal cuisine and three drink tastings until 9 pm. Other participating organizations include: Palomino, Geffen Playhouse, The Glendon Bar and Kitchen and

When in Rome, is a group show that opened yesterday at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, that exhibits artists from Rome and its environs. The show, which is open through May 21, includes painting, installation, conceptual art, pop culture, performance, film and music. Artists include: Elisabetta Benassi, Manfredi Beninati, Fabio Mauri, Matteo Nasini, Caterina Nelli, Luigi Ontani, Nicola Pecoraro and more. See full list.

Taylor De Cordoba gallery presents the next installment of Eating Our Words—a literary and culinary feast—tonight at 7:30 pm. The evening’s literary guest is film writer and social historian Sam Wasson who’ll discuss the lives of old Hollywood stars, including Audrey Hepburn, Blake Edwards and Bob Fosse to a whole new world of readers. Guest culinary artist for the evening is Lauren Soloff of The Granola Project. The two-year project focuses on Soloff’s dedication to perfecting the art of rolled oats, nuts and dried fruits. Both books and granola will be available for purchase.

The Hammer Museum closes the its All of this and nothing exhibit with a bash tonight that starts at 7 pm. Not only see the exhibit, but enjoy live music by The Right Wing (featuring L.A. artists Stan Kaplan, Jason Meadows, and All of this and nothing artist Evan Holloway) and The holloys. Cash bar onsite to quench your thirst. Free admission to the museum.

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MOCA hosts an art talk tonight with the sisters behind Rodarte—Kate and Laura Mulleav—at 6:30 pm. They'll talk about the history of their work and the current exhibit at MOCA: Rodarte: States of Matter. Note the location: MOCA Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater. The event is free; no reservations necessary.

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