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Yes, it's a Monday. Uggh. But there are a bunch of interesting events happening around town tonight that may help turn that frown upside down.

WORDS: Author Naomi Wolf visits the LA Central Library for “Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries.” She’ll discuss what it means “to live in a free democracy, and [provide] a reminder that it’s possible for ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things--to get inspired and make a difference on their own.”

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MUSIC: The German-American jazz collective, the North Atlantic Jazz Alliance, a fuses “jazz adaptations of classical pieces with touches of avant-garde compositions and funk-infused, straight-ahead rhythms.” There’s a free show tonight @ California Plaza at 8 pm brought to us by the Consulate General of Germany in Los Angeles, the Goethe Institut Los Angeles, the German-American Cultural Society and the Los Angeles-Berlin Sister City Committee. Feel free to pack a picnic dinner. And maybe a blanket.

FILM*: The Academy and UCLA's Film & Television Archive
presents the film series, "Out of the Past: Film Restoration Today." Tonight at 7:30 pm at the James Bridges Theatre @ UCLA is a free screening of A Walk in the Sun. The 1945 film is one of the most realistic combat films to come out of the WWII years. "These infantrymen walk, sit, talk, get bored, walk and sometimes fight and die with none of the heroics common to the genre." There's also a presentation scheduled by Jere Guldin, a senior preservationist at UCLA Film & Television Archive.

WORDS: At Eso Won books, basketball great Alonzo Mourning signs and discusses his book RESILIENCE: Faith, Focus,T riumph A Memoir. "Whether petitioning himself into foster care as an eleven-year-old, tirelessly studying his way onto the dean's list at Georgetown University, making it as an all-star center in the NBA, or returning to peak form after organ-transplant surgery, Mourning has shown enormous inner strength." The signing begins at 7 pm tonight.

MORE MUSIC: Southwest Chamber Music begins its season by celebrating the 85th birthday of William Kraft by performing a world premiere of "Encounters XV." "From three racks of Southeast Asian gongs to pitched cowbells, ringing instruments and pounding drums, the stage will be representative of the exotic percussion world." The show begins at 8 pm @ the Colburn School of Performing Arts: Parking available in the Disney Hall parking lot.

Check out other upcoming events on our LAist Agenda: October.

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