Westwood Tuesday

THE HAMMER WELCOMES TC BOYLE: His novel "The Tortilla Curtain" is not only one of the seminal books set in the Golden State, but it is one of the great books of the late 20th century, period. The prolific short story master (and USC prof) read from his works at the Hammer Museum; writer Mona Simpson leads a discussion following the reading. Tuesday, November 11, 7PM. 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. 310-443-7000

ONE AFTERNOON IN AUSTIN: We love any intense yarn where two people from different spheres find points of similarity and common ground. "By the Waters of Babylon," a play by Pulitzer-winning scribe Robert Schenkkan, spotlights two strangers who spar, then go deeper, after meeting in a humble Texas backyard. Tuesday, November 11, 7:30PM (through December 7). $40 and up. The Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Westwood. 310-208-5454

PRETTY COFFEES, PRETTY COURTYARD: Of all the little nooks around the city, the plant-and-table-crowded corner just off Glendon near Kinross has long been a favorite. Espresso Profeta, a coffeehouse devoted to top-notch brews that are also lovely to look upon, just opened a few weeks back in that bucolic spot. We're hankering for a hot cup and an escape from the bustle. 1129 Glendon Avenue, Westwood. 310-208-3375

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