Janie Bryant The costume designer for AMC's "Mad Men" will join fashion journalist Monica Corcoran Harel and Matthew Weiner (creator of "Mad Men") to discuss the creative process and inside stories behind one of TV's most stylishly influential series, with a fashion show and reception to follow. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. 7:30 pm. $60. (323) 857-6010. www.lacma.org.
Karen Elson Jack White's red-tressed better half steps up to the mike with material from her first album, "The Ghost Who Walks." The British expat singer-songwriter has left behind her modeling days in favor of the music world, foraging into moody, cabaret-inspired territory with songs such as "100 Years From Now" and "Mouths to Feed." Spaceland, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake. 8 p.m. $12. (323) 661-4380. www.clubspaceland.com.
Wagner, His World and His Critics Richard Wagner and his grand "Ring" cycle have had a lasting influence on art and culture; this seminar, however, explores how Wagner's contemporaries viewed his work and the world. L.A. Opera music director James Conlon, Wagner scholar John Deathridge, musicology professor Mitchell Morris and opera lecturer Desirée Mays will participate. Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $65. (213) 972-8001. www.laoperaring.com.
Aimee Bender When young writers gripe about the uniform obsession with the epiphany-laden, hyper-realistic stories seemingly favored by the New Yorker, they're not thinking about Bender. The local author of two short story collections, including the dazzling "Willful Creatures," and the novel "An Invisible Sign of My Own," has a second novel out, "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake," the story of a girl who can taste the emotions of anyone who prepares her food, including her mother. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd. 7 p.m. (310) 659-3110.