Pat Metheny: Taking inspiration from player pianos and orchestrions — mechanical music boxes meant to imitate orchestras — the renowned jazz guitarist has developed an automated rig of guitars, marimbas, vibraphones, percussion instruments and more, all of which he operates in real time. Brazilian guitarist Romero Lubambo will join him as a special guest. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. $49.75-$124.75. (323) 850-2000. http://www.laphil.com.
Paula Deen: It's a short hop from Food Network stardom to lifestyle brand these days, and the doyenne of Southern cooking is stepping out of the kitchen with an interior-design book, "Paula Deen's Savannah Style." This signing is restricted to those who have purchased a copy at Vroman's ($29.99). Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 6 p.m. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromans.com.
Richard Wagner's Ring: Eros, Mythos, Ethos: As part of the citywide series of special performances and events centered on L.A. Opera's upcoming presentation of Wagner's Ring cycle, the music director of L.A. Opera and the Grammy-winning conductor will discuss Wagner's challenging, monumental work in a way that will appeal to both novices and aficionados. Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., downtown. 7 p.m. Free with advance reservations. (213) 228-7000. http://www.lfla.org.
Sharon Lockhart: The artist, filmmaker and Pasadena Art Center College of Design alumnus turns her lens on workers at the Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine in "Lunch Break" and "No Exit," vivid cinematic meditations on the state of American labor. Lockhart will attend the Los Angeles premieres to discuss her vision. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., downtown. 8:30 p.m. $9. (213) 237-2800. http://www.redcat.org.