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There's star and planet talk at JPL tonight. / Photo of the Griffith Observatory by karthikkito via LAist's photo pool.

TECH TALK: Fans of Pandora and fans of the iPhone might want to head over to the Apple Store in Santa Monica tonight at 7 pm to hear Tim Westergren talk about the history of Pandora, how the Music Genome Project works and how it works even better on the iPhone as an app. There’s also a Q&A following the presentation.

WORDS*: Literary lion John Updike takes to the stage at UCLA’s Royce Hall tonight at 8 pm. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet and critic probably best known for his series of novels that feature Harry (Rabbit) Angstrom. Tonight, he’ll be talking about his latest book release, The Widows of Eastwick, a sequel to his blockbuster 1984 novel, The Witches of Eastwick. Tickets are $15-$38.

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SPACE TALK: JPL presents Dr. Michelle Thaller, Manager of Education and Public Outreach, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology, tonight from 7-8 pm at The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL. She’ll discuss the new discoveries streaming back from the Spitzer Space Telescope.

ART TALK: UCLA’s Hammer Museum hosts a talk by artist Amy Sillman, whose paintings are in the collections of many prominent museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is included in the Hammer’s current “Oranges and Sardines” exhibition, dedicated to abstract painting.