David Reffkin presents "The Sting at 40: a Sure Bet that Paid 29 to One" on Monday at the Larkspur library.
The talk will focus on the 40th anniversary of the movie "The Sting," and the effect its ragtime score had on popular music and the culture.
With musical examples, Reffkin will track the overnight popularity of Scott Joplin's ragtime, its influence on culture, and its rebirth as a compositional form, and follow the 40-year migration of "The Entertainer" from main title theme to ring tone.

The talk is set for 7 p.m. at 400 Magnolia Ave. For information, call 927-5005.