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• Tonight at UCLA Live, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet will be speaking at 8 PM. Tickets range from $25-35, or $15 for UCLA students.

• At 7 PM, the Hammer Museum, author Marilynne Robinson will be reading. Her novel Gilead was one of the top 10 books of 2004 according to the New York Times.

MOCA Pacific Design Center hosts Royal Art Lodge artist Jonathan Pylypchuk for a free art talk at 6:30 PM.

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• Alt-country favorite Jay Farrar will be performing at the Troubadour along with Anders Parker of Varnaline. Tickets are $17 and doors open at 8 PM.

• In film, the New Beverly Cinema is showing Ran, Akira Kurosawa's masterful reweaving of King Lear, at 8 PM.

• At BookSoup on Sunset, wrter-director Bill Condon will present and sign Kinsey: Public and Private, Condon's look at the history and myth of Dr Kinsey.

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