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Pencil This In: Booker T Talks at the Grammy Museum, Downtown Art Walk, 'Good Food' Cocktails and a Science Fair

Artists like Yuri Suzuki are part of the show 'Pacific' at Scion's LA Gallery. On view through May 28. (Photo: Yoriko Yamamura)
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Remember when we had to do our crappy little science projects for school? Having our parents help us paint Styrofoam planet balls the night before it was due? This week, the Los Angeles Convention Center has been playing host to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with projects from more than 1,500 high school scientists from around the world. The young scientists are tackling issues such as earthquake detection, oil spill cleanup, wind technology, response to natural disaster technology, Alzheimer’s research and alternative chemotherapy treatments. Today only, the fair is open to the public until 9 pm.

The Young Literati Society (members in their 20s to 40s) of the Los Angeles Public Library holds an evening of cocktails with author Gary Shteyngart at Café Pinot immediately following his presentation at ALOUD at the Central Library. Tickets: $200 for non-Young Literati members/$25 for members. Includes preferred seating, drinks & hors d'Oeuvres. The ALOUD program with Shteyngart at 7 pm is full, but standby seating may be available. (And that’s free.)

The Grammy Museum holds an evening with Booker T. Jones tonight at 8 pm. Best known as the front man for Booker T. and the M.G.’s—the house band for Stax Records in Memphis—he’ll talk about his storied career and his latest release The Road from Memphis with museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. He’ll also perform, featuring special guests Ozomatli. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

Stark Bar teams up with KCRW’s Good Food for a special happy hour tonight from 7-9 pm. The event kicks off KCRW’s “Summer of Pie” celebration and Good Food host Evan Kleiman makes an appearance. Stark Bar offers a Key Lime Pie cocktail for $6, a red and white wine by the glass for $5, and any flatbread with select beer for $12. Free parking is available in the LACMA parking lot off 6th Street after 7 pm.

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Tonight’s the monthly, self-guided Downtown Art Walk in the galleries surrounding Spring and Main (between 2nd and 9th streets). There are special art-related events and openings and activities throughout the area. If you’re in the area, check out the Downtown Art Park (340 S. Spring St.)—not really affiliated with the Art Walk—but has great shopping, art work and crafts from a number of vendors.

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