16 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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The Standard in DTLA holds a reception for Lisa Solberg's new mural on Tuesday. (Image: Courtesy of The Standard)

Here are 16 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And check out the December Guide for other events.

MONDAY, DEC. 1

RENEGADE BALL: The Immunity Project is an nonprofit research organization dedicated to developing an HIV/AIDS vaccine. The project is holding a Renegade Ball at Mack Sennett Studios on Monday (Dec. 1) with a performances by Michael Franti & Spearhead, Woolf and the Wondershow, Immigre DJs and hosted by Nerdist’s Sex Nerd Sandra. Drinks provided by Deep Eddy Vodka. The party is from 8 pm to midnight. Tickets: $100.

PERFORMANCE: On Dec. 1 at 6 pm, Vroman’s presents a preview of Impro Theatre’s production, Twilight Zone UnScripted: Special Holiday Edition. The improvised show is performed in the style of classic 1960s TV with holiday themes, and no two shows are ever alike. A Q&A with the cast follows the performance. If you like what you see, check out the full performances at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse from Dec. 4-21.

ACTING SHOWCASE: The Pig 'n Whistle hosts the Starving Actors Club, which is a free open mic showcase for actors. Prepare a polished 1-2 minute monologue or a 4-5 minute scene with a scene partner. The Monday night weekly show starts at 7:30 pm, but if you’re interested in performing, you must be there are 6 pm for a run through. Sign up by 4 pm on Tuesday for the following Monday. Performers must be 21+. Drink specials through the show with a 30 -minute mixer to follow. Email actorsclub@pignwhistlehollywood.com to sign up or if you have any questions.

TUESDAY, DEC. 2

ART: The Standard, Downtown LA holds a 6th Street Mural Reception at 8 pm on Tuesday to celebrate the installation of Lisa Solberg’s new outdoor mural, I Like You. COCO BUNNY. The unveiling festivities at The Firepit are followed by a ping-pong tournament at 10 pm at SPiN Standard.

COMEDY:: On Tuesday at 7 pm at NerdMelt, Nikki Glaser presents her new Comedy Central talk show pilot, NSFW, before an audience who can help her decide what’s working and what’s not. The show's about sex, and we hear that she’s a bit of a “curious perv” so consider yourself forewarned if you’re squeamish about sex talk. The evening features special guests Emily Heller and Michael Kosta. Free, but RSVP needed.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3

BOOK SIGNING: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and hitRECord community members Sara Daly, Cameron Dean and Kam Talbert are at Skylight Books on Wednesday at 7:30 pm to launch their new book, HitRECord on TV: Season One. Since there’s a large crowd expected, the event will be simulcast to the annex space, two doors down, and streamed live on the web.Only 100 people will be able to go through the signing line, so read up on the instructions.

THEATER: The Speakeasy Society, an immersive performance theater group, presents Ebenezer runs from Dec. 3-9 at 8 pm at Golden Road Brewery. Arrive at 7 pm for preshow caroling. Tickets: $30.

ADVENTURE: From the creators of Race LA, Escape Room LA is a “mysterious interactive adventure game where up to 12 participants at a time must solve a series of clues and puzzles to escape from a locked room within one hour.” Part mystery and part video adventure game, participants find themselves trapped inside a private detective’s office in DTLA. The adventures begin on Dec. 3, running Wednesdays through Friday at 4, 6 and 8 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8pm. Tickets: $30.

COMEDY: Super Secret Comedy Show presents the Damon Wayans Hour Special with special guests Damon Wayans Jr. and Jerrod Charmichael at the Lyric Theatre. Show at 9 pm. Tickets: $10-$15.

THURSDAY, DEC. 4

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Rashaun Mitchell and Stephin Merritt's 'Performance' is at REDCAT this week. (Design by Rachel Berks)

PERFORMANCE: Rashaun Mitchell, a former Merce Cunningham dancer, teams with the live music of Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt in their new work, Performance, at REDCAT from Dec. 4-7 pm at 8:30 pm (7 pm on Sunday). The collaboration is inspired by an observation from Richard Avedon: “We all perform. It’s what we do for each other all the time, deliberately or unintentionally. It’s a way of telling about ourselves in the hope of being recognized as what we’d like to be.” Mitchell is joined by dancers Hiroki Ichinose, Cori Kresge and Silas Riener. Stephin Merritt performs on and off stage. Tickets: $25-$30, students/members: $20-$25.

SPA: On Thursday from 5:30-8:30 pm, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles presents Holiday Glitz & Glam, an evening of professional tips, demonstrations, winter-skin treatments and holiday “how-to” classes. RSVP by Wednesday (Dec 3) to hold a place and reserve your spa treatment. Cost: $20 and includes valet parking, raffle entry and one reserved mini-treatment.

FILM SCREENING: The American Cinematheque hosts a special screening of The Adventures of Ford Fairlane, starring Andrew Dice Clay, at the Egyptian at 7:30 pm. There’s a Q&A following the film with Dice Clay along with screenwriter Daniel Waters. They’ll talk about his comedy, films and his recent autobiography The Filthy Press. Tickets: $11.

STORYTELLING: Eat Your Words, a live storytelling event hosted by Greg Walloch, is at The Standard Hollywood’s Cactus Lounge from 8-10 pm on Thursday. The evening features stories that are inspired by a food theme, told by storytellers and comedians with special guest appearances by LA area chefs, bartenders and other foodies. Storytellers include: author Jane Borden, DINNER by KeAr owner Jacob Kear, The Moth’s Peter Aguero and local Chef David LeFevre (owner of restaurants Fishing with Dynamite and Manhattan Beach Post). Free, but RSVP strongly encouraged.

ORNAMENTAL ART: iam8it gallery presents a handmade ornament show with more than 20 artists sharing hundreds of handmade ornaments, available to purchase. The show opens on Thursday with a reception from 7-10 pm. The works will remain on view through Dec. 21.

FILM: Los Angeles City College History Club hosts an outdoor screening of Casablanca, which is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Student Union Amphitheater. Bring warm clothes and arrive by 6:30 pm. The campus is commuter friendly and only located a few minutes from the Vermont/Santa Monica Metro Red Line station. Bring blankets and pillows to sit on for maximum comfort.

MUSIC: Venice-based collective The Dustbowl Revival brings together “bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail.” They’re playing the Troubadour on Thursday to record a live album and Leftover Cuties opens. 9 pm. Tickets: $15.

Related: December Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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