Giada de Laurentiis: For a big swath of America, she is the face of contemporary Italian cooking. In "Giada at Home," she shares the traditional recipes her family has carried for generations alongside her own concoctions, from old country cooking to lighter California fare. Village Books, 1049 Swarthmore Ave., Pacific Palisades. 5 p.m. http://www.palivillagebooks.com.
Jillian Lauren: The author of "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem," will read from and sign her memoir about the 11/2 years that she spent in Brunei as a teenage prostitute, the lessons she learned and how she finally left palace life. Lauren lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, and her son. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. http://www.booksoup.com.
The Antlers: The Brooklyn trio has captured the recent zeitgeist with both an animal-themed name and a frayed brand of earnest, evocative indie rock. "Hospice" has a bit of Built to Spill's dreamy creak, and some chamber flourishes worthy of their neighbors in Grizzly Bear. Troubadour, 9801 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. 8 p.m. $15. http://www.troubadour.com.
Conejo Valley Days: Thousand Oaks transforms itself into an Old West haven for the annual festival. Main street gets done up in its sarsaparilla-sipping finest, and there's a bevy of parades, events and foodstuffs. Giddyup. Conejo Creek Park South, 1379 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Friday through Sunday. $7. http://www.conejovalleydays.org.