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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.

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THEATRE: The Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities brings Noel Coward's comedy "Blithe Spirit" to the Hermosa Beach Playhouse beginning tonight through Oct. 26. The play focuses on a shady medium's "contacts" with the host's first (and deceased) wife as he entertains his new wife and friends. The show starts at 8 pm.

TEEVEE: The Paley Center's "Inside the Writers Room" takes us into The Office tonight at 7 pm. Greg Daniels and other writers from the show will talk about the process of putting together a program that dissects the nuances of cubicle life. Tickets are $25.

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

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