George Pelecanos The mystery novelist and TV writer known for his work on "The Wire" will sign and discuss his latest book, "The Cut." The novel tells the story of an Iraq war veteran turned private investigator hired by a crime boss to find out who has been stealing from his operation. Vroman's Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 7 p.m. (626) 449-5320. http://www.vromansbookstore.com.
Quincy Jones The Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate will make a rare live performance at the Hollywood Bowl as part of a celebratory evening featuring the Global Gumbo All-Stars and Friends. Big band, pop, R&B and hip-hop will co-mingle as dozens of well-known performers shake their stuff. The evening will also include a tribute to Michael Jackson, and an appearance by the Brothers Johnson. The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (323) 850-2000; http://www.hollywoodbowl.com.
Blake Mycoskie and Ben Goldhirsh The man behind Toms shoes and author of the new book "Start Something That Matters" joins Goldhirsh, the founder of Good magazine, to discuss alternatives for creating work that fulfills our need for material success and philanthropic, personal meaning. Mark Taper auditorium at Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., L.A. 7 p.m. Free. Lfla.org.