18 Excellent Things To Do In Southern California This Week: Feb. 3 - 6

Art exhibitions of all sizes open this week, from the ginormous L.A. Art Show to the much smaller Gyre. The Academy celebrates Oscar nominees. A workshop showcases the "fifth flavor" — umami. Donnie Darko screens. Radical Face sings. And two comedy shows take on love and dick pics.

Love & Salt's first guest chef in a new dinner series is Nancy Silverton. (Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images for NYCWFF)

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Love & Salt Guest Chef Series
Love & Salt — 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
The inaugural dinner in the series features Nancy Silverton, who mentored both chef Chris Feldmeier and chef de cuisine Tracey Harada. As an homage to the time they worked together, the meal features four courses of the chefs' favorite Mozza dishes, with several selections available for each course. Wine pairings extra.
COST: $85 per person; MORE INFO

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3; 7 - 8:30 P.M.
Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America
Vroman's Bookstore — 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Candacy Taylor's new book is the first to explore the historical and residual impact of the Green Book, a travel guide for black motorists, published between 1936 and 1966. African Americans couldn't patronize most white-owned businesses, so the book listed safe hotels, restaurants and gas stations. Taylor discusses and signs the book at the event.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3; 8 - 10 P.M.
Cut & Run Premiere and Benefit
Largo at the Coronet — 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
An evening of improv marks the debut of Ben Acker and Ben Blacker's Cut and Run, about a duo who steal kidneys from bad people for good causes. The event also benefits Children's Hospital L.A.'s Diabetes Center. Expected guests are Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place), Ed Begley Jr. (St. Elsewhere; Arrested Development), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911), Oscar Montoya (Bless the Harts) and a few surprises.
COST: $45; MORE INFO

'Gyre' is a new group exhibition at CSU Long Beach. It features one work, one week at a time, including 'Rockholes and Country Near the Olgas,' 2007. (Image courtesy of Gagosian, photo by Rob McKeever)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - SATURDAY, MARCH 28
Gyre
Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum at CSULB — 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
This stripped-down art show consists of a series of eight one-week, one-work exhibitions. The work on view become the focal point, encouraging viewers to practice mindful engagement with the work. Curated from Kleefeld Contemporary's permanent collection and on loan, artists include John Baldessari, Keith Walsh and Phung Huynh.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Umami | Practical Usage at Home
Japan House Los Angeles Salon (Level 5) — 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Explore umami, the "fifth flavor," long been considered integral to Japanese cuisine. This special tasting, demo and lecture event is guided by chef Ryohei Hayashi, founder of the Michelin-starred Tokyo restaurant Tenoshima. Participants will learn more about umami and how to incorporate it into your cooking. There are two 90-minute sessions, one at 1 p.m. and another at 6:30 p.m.
COST: $30; MORE INFO

The Academy celebrates its Oscar nominees all week long with a series of screenings and discussions. (Aaron Poole / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
The Academy's Oscar Week
Samuel Goldwyn Theater — 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
It's Oscar week, and the Academy holds public programs that champion this year's nominees: Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature (Tuesday); Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film (Wednesday); International Feature Film (Thursday); and Animated Features (Saturday). The Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium also takes place on Saturday. Each event features screenings of films or clips and panel discussions with nominated filmmakers.
COST: $3 - $5; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4; 4 - 8 P.M.
Free Family Night
Kidspace Children's Museum — 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
Families are invited to explore and experiment with the art of paper. Get ready to fold, tear and trim. A special presentation takes place at 6 p.m. Admission to the museum is free for everyone during these hours only.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4; 7 - 9:30 P.M.
Donnie Darko
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) — 960 E. 3rd St., downtown L.A.
FILM at LACMA hits the road during construction at the museum campus, teaming with SCI-Arc's Cinema Series to screen the theatrical cut of writer/director Richard Kelly's 2001 film, which propelled Jake Gyllenhaal into the spotlight. There's a post-screening conversation with actor James Duval and Kelly.
COST: FREE, seats on a first-come, first-served basis; MORE INFO:

Ballet West presents the classic romantic ballet 'Giselle' at the Saroya at CSUN for one night only. ( Beau Pearson)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4; 8 - 10 P.M.
Giselle
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts — 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
Ballet West offers a classic production of the romantic ballet, which was first performed in Paris in 1841. The story is based on a German fable about a peasant girl who dies of a broken heart after discovering that her lover is promised to someone else.
COST: $39 - $94; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Ezra Klein in Conversation with Shani O. Hilton
Aratani Theatre — 244 San Pedro St., downtown L.A.
Now in its 10th season, Live Talks Los Angeles presents an evening with Klein, editor-at-large and cofounder of Vox, who discusses his new book, Why We're Polarized, with Shani O. Hilton, deputy managing editor of the Los Angeles Times. They'll talk about how identity politics has changed the way we look at the world and each other.
COST: $20 - $53; MORE INFO

Viktor Freso's 'The Birth of the Niemand' is just one of the art works on view and available at the LA Art Show. (Courtesy of the LA Art Show)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 - SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
L.A. Art Show
Los Angeles Convention Center — 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The city's longest-running art fair celebrates its 25th year with more than 120 galleries from 20 countries. Programming includes DIVERSEartLA, a showcase of L.A'.s cultural diversity, with installations by MOLAA and Art Al Limite, and performances by Adriana Ramirez, PSJM Collective and Miss Art World. Fashion programming honors designer Sue Wong. The show donates 100% of the proceeds from the sale of patron tickets and 15% of the proceeds of opening night tickets to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
COST: $40 - $300; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Adam Davidson in Conversation with Adam McKay
Dynasty Typewriter At The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Davidson is the creator of NPR's Planet Money podcast and a New Yorker staff writer. He'll talk about the current economy in a discussion with Academy Award winning writer/director/producer Adam McKay (The Big Short). Davidson posits that the middle class isn't dying — and that the "21st century economic paradigm offers new ways of making money."
COST: $20 - $53; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Radical Face
Troubadour — 9081 N. Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Ben Cooper (aka Radical Face) plays two nights to celebrate the release of his new single "Reveries" as well as the updated, deluxe version of the cult favorite Ghost (a double LP with a 10-page book of original artwork). Axel Flóvent opens. Doors at 7 p.m. each night.
COST: $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6; 8 - 10 P.M.
Unsolicited: Dick Pic Roast 2
Junior High —5656 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

Yep. You read that correctly. If you've ever been subjected to an unasked-for picture of someone's genitalia, this comedy show might be the cleanse you need. Eight comedians come together to roast real, unsolicited pics and take back their DMs. 18+.
COST: $5; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6; 8 - 9 P.M.
Myth'd Connections: A Valentine's Variety Night
The Second City Hollywood — 6560 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Take in a night of comedy, storytelling, music and surprises hosted by duo Pure & Weary. They'll dish on the best mythological love gossip (e.g., just how big is Sisyphus' boulder?). Note: Located on the second floor with stair access only.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

Independent Shakespeare Co. opens its festival, iambic lab 2020: Shakespearean Curios & Treasures, this week. (Grettel Cortes)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
Iambic Lab 2020: Shakespearean Curious & Treasures
ISC Studio in the Atwater Crossing Arts + Innovation Complex — 3191 Casitas Ave., Suite 130, Atwater Village
Independent Shakespeare Co. (ISC), the folks behind the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, presents a series of new works and "classical curiosities" with readings, performances and discussions. The lab opens on Thursday with free excerpted readings from Solemn Mockeries, which tells the tale of William Henry Ireland, the greatest Shakespearean con-man ever.
COST: Series ticket prices range from free to $40; MORE INFO

Kevin Kwan attends the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 4, 2018. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for HFA)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Kevin Kwan
Irvine Barclay Theatre — 4242 Campus Dr., Irvine
Author Kevin Kwan's debut novel Crazy Rich Asians became a cultural phenomenon and made film history as the first romantic comedy from a major Hollywood studio to feature Asian lead actors. Listen to Kwan discuss creativity, the impact of his novels and diversity.
COST: $48 - $110; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6; 9 - 11 P.M.
Office Relief: Benefit for Australia
The Roxy — 5656 Hollywood Blvd., West Hollywood
This benefit for Australian wildfire relief doubles as a mini-reunion of The Office. Expected to appear are Rainn Wilson (Dwight), Jenna Fischer (Pam), Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton), Angela Kinsey (Angela) and Brian Baumgartner (Kevin) as well as actor Joel McHale.
COST: $30; MORE INFO