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WINE TASTING: There’s a wine tasting benefit for the New West Symphony tonight at 6 pm. The reception at Le Chateau at the Beverly Hilton features wine, cheese and New West Symphony musicians. Tickets are $35 per person.

FILM: Zócalo presents novelist and literature professor Philippe Claudel makes his directorial debut with I’ve Loved You So Long. “In perhaps her most nuanced and soulful film performance to date Kristin Scott Thomas sets the tone for the story that focuses on two long estranged sisters who are trying to reestablish a relationship.” The screening begins at 8 pm at Harmony Gold Theatre. The screening’s free, but reservations are recommended.

LEARNING*:: USC presents the free panel discussion “Comedy and Politics – Laugh ‘Til You Think.” tonight at 7:30 pm at the University Club. A panel of humorists in stage, print and television (Mark Evanier, Sandra Tsing Loh and Michael Price) will discuss how humor is used in the political sense to explore current events and inspire social change. You betcha that they’ll probably talk about Sarah and Tina. There’s an open house for USC’s Master of Professional Writing and Master of Liberal Studies programs preceding the event, and a coffee networking event after the discussion.