Roger McGuinn The rock musician who cofounded the folk-rock band the Byrds in 1964 before pursuing a fruitful solo career will discuss his life and music with critic and music journalist Kristine McKenna. The event is part of the Live Talks Los Angeles speaking series. Track 16 Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Bergamot Station. 8 p.m. General admission, $25; general admission plus CD, $40; admission plus CD and preshow reception, $95. (310) 264-4678. http://www.track16.com.
An Evening With Stewart Copeland As one of the founding members of the Police, Copeland is responsible for supplying the backbone to some of the biggest radio hits of the 1980s. The drummer sits down for a conversation with Grammy Museum Vice President Scott Goldman and shares rare Police footage with the audience. Grammy Museum at L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $20. http://www.grammymuseum.org.
Black Apples The young band of psych-addled rockers draws from a long tradition of dreamy scuzz and screechy prepunk — Roky Erickson, among them. But they perform it with a volatility and unhinged tension that many of their Echo Park peers might be frightened of. The Echo, 1822 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Free. http://www.attheecho.com.
Mona Simpson Los Angeles Times book critic David Ulin will discuss his new book, "The Lost Art of Reading," in conversation with author Simpson. Ulin's book explores the importance of reading in an increasingly digital culture but without fetishizing the printed page. Instead, Ulin focuses on the act of reading itself. A book signing and reception will follow the main event. USC Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, L.A. 7 p.m. Free. (213) 740-3250. http://www.usc.edu.