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TALK: Zócalo presents Gustavo Arellano in “Orange County: Nature’s Wonderland?” tonight at 7:30 pm at The Actor’s Gang in Culver City. He’ll talk about his new book -- Orange County: A Personal History, a history of the biggest little county in America as seen through four generations of his Mexican family – as well as life, politics and history behind the orange curtain. From the Zócalo description: “From its settling by the Spaniards to today's popular television shows, residents of Orange County, California have always imagined their homeland as Eden on the Coast, a respite from urbanization, where one only needed to work, vote Republican, and hate Mexicans to partake in the American Dream.” Sounds like it’ll make an interesting discussion.

FILM*: REDCAT hosts the Jack H. Skirball Screening Series tonight that features “Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese: Political Advertisement VII (1952–2008).” This is a film anthology of political advertisements from 1952-present, and has been updated to include spots from this year’s presidential campaign. “[It] charts the selling of the American presidency in the media age.” The screening begins at 8:30 pm tonight.

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MORE TALK*: The Hammer Presents "An Evening with Michel Gondry" tonight at 7 pm. He's the creative genius behind various music videos and films, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He'll discuss his creative process, techniques and his new book You'll Like This Film Because You're In It: The Be Kind Rewind Protocol. He presents clips from his own films and homemade films from visitors to his DIY interactive installation Be Kind Rewind at Deitch Projects.

LEARNING: USC's Professional Writing Program hosts a panel discussion tonight, "Made into Movies: From the Page to the Screen." The moderator's Gina Nahai, lecturer, Master of Professional Writing Program; and panelists are Sanford Climan, producer/agent; Joel Gotler, literary agent; Neil Tolkin, screenwriter; and Marc Von Arx, entertainment attorney. The evening begins at 6:30 pm at the University Club with an admissions open house until 7.

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

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