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Happening Wednesday: Farmers Market food tour, the Walkmen and more

September 15, 2010

ART

Miwa Matreyek: Myth and Infrastructure As part of the Flux Screening Series, the acclaimed visual artist will give performance of her ongoing multimedia piece, which premiered at the TED Conference in Oxford, England, in July. Enjoy a prescreening reception and an afterparty in the courtyard. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. 8 p.m. Free. (310) 443-7000. http://www.hammer.ucla.edu.

EVENTS

Melting Pot Food Walking Tour Play the tasting field at the Original Farmers Market and on bustling West 3rd Street. L.A. natives and sisters Lisa and Diane Scalia will talk you through the tour, giving you history and interesting trivia about the neighborhood, the market and the food that you'll sample at ethnic restaurants, gourmet grocery stores and bakeries. Melting Pot Food Tours begin at the Original Farmers Market, northeastern corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Adults $49, children $25. Advance purchase and reservations required. (800) 979-3370. http://www.meltingpottours.com.

BOOKS

Joe Mathews and Mark Paul The authors will sign and discuss their new book, " California Crackup," which explores the budget woes and partisan gridlock afflicting the Golden State. Mathews is a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where Paul is senior scholar. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.

POP MUSIC

The Walkmen The blustery New York band both broadens and refines its palette on its radiant new album, "Lisbon" — its knack for wounded-alpha-male rock swagger gets some more tender, bleary soul-infused moments in the margins. With the punky and effervescent duo Japandroids. Music Box @ Fonda, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. 8:30 p.m. $29.35. (213) 480-3232.

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