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LEARNING*: Mindshare at the LA Brewery hosts the following speakers tonight: John Smart, futurist and founder of Acceleration Studies Foundation; Chuck Esterbrook, developer and creator of Cobra Language; Tali Krakowsky, director of experience design of Imaginary Forces; and Scott Pagano, creative director of Equilibrium Entertainment; Sissy St. John, wellness yogini, and Sena Koleva, UC Irvine grad student. Their topics include artificial intelligence, immortality and even the chemistry of love. This mind-sharing evening begins at 8 pm tonight and costs $25 (for the learning and debauchery.

FILM The Aero Theatre is holding a Blake Edwards retrospective, and tonight the series continues with the melodrama The Days of Wine and Roses at 7:30 pm. Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick play a superficially happy couple who’s lives are shattered by alcoholism. Immediately following is the suspenseful Experiment in Terror where Lee Remick’s kid sister (Stephanie Powers) is kidnapped by a sociopath, and Glenn Ford steps in to help.

THEATRE: The world premiere of the musical Gulls previews tonight at The Theatre at Boston Court in Pasadena. "Set in 1959 in Greenwich Village and Hollywood, this bi-coastal drama chronicles the hidden and no-so-hidden desires of a family of troubled dreamers yearning for love and immortality." The play is based in Chekhov's The Seagull. A five-piece jazz ensemble sets the mood for the musical. $17 for preview tickets.

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BIKES ROCK: Bicycle Film Festival 08 film screenings start tomorrow, but the festivities begin tonight with the "Bikes Rock" dance event at A Club Called Rhonda. $3 with RSVP, $6 without and free if you ride your bike to the event before 10 pm. There will be free bike valet from LACBD and DJ sets from Little Boots.

WINE: Taste wine with Caduceus owner/winemaker Maynard James Keenan at K&L's Hollywood store. Caduceus is a Keenan's boutique winery located in the Arizona mountains between Phoenix and Flagstaff. They'll be pouring the following wines: 2005 Caduceus Merkin Vineyards "Chupacabra"; 2005 Caduceus "Nagual de la Naga"; 2005 Caduceus "Primer Paso"; and 2005 Caduceus "Nagual Del Sensei." (The event is sold out, but get on the waiting list.)

*Pencil pick of the day

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