16 Amazing Things To Do In Southern California This Week: Feb. 18-20

Soak in the electro-soul of Moses Sumney. Prep for Super Tuesday with study sessions and political discussions. Taste beer, cheese and chocolate. Hum along to the musicals Book of Mormon and Return to Margaritaville.

'The Book of Mormon' returns for a six-week run at the Ahmanson Theatre, presented by Center Theatre Group, Feb. 18 - March 29. (Julieta Cervantes)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 - SUNDAY, MARCH 29
The Book of Mormon
Ahmanson Theatre — 135 N Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The Broadway musical comedy about a pair of missionaries bringing their faith to the world returns to L.A. for a limited run. The book, music and lyrics are by Robert Lopez and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
COST: Ticket prices start at $45; MORE INFO

A woman cuts open a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano Parmesan cheese on October 18, 2019 in a cheese shop in Saluzzo, near Turin, Italy. (MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18; 7 - 10 P.M.
Beer and Cheese and Chocolate, OH MY!
Eagle Rock Brewery Public House — 1627 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
Beer. Cheese. Chocolate. The three-way pairing features tasty creations by Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections, Leah Fierro of MilkfarmLA and Ting Su of Eagle Rock Brewery. Tickets include a flight of four beers, four cheeses and four chocolates. A cash bar (beer, wine, cider, sake) and extra treats will be available for purchase. Doors at 6 p.m. The tasting is 21+.
COST: $50; MORE INFO

Pass another shaker of salt: The Jimmy Buffet musical 'Return to Margaritaville,' opens at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this week. (Matthew Murphy)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18 - SUNDAY, MARCH 8
Escape to Margaritaville
Dolby Theatre — 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Parrotheads and pirates invade Hollywood for a musical starring the songs of Jimmy Buffet. BYO flip-flops and Tommy Bahama shirts.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

Bottles on display at the Irish Whiskey Museum in Dublin, Ireland on February 15, 2017. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18; 7 - 9 P.M.
Teeling Irish Whiskey Tasting
The Pikey — 7617 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046, USA
Women Who Whiskey Los Angeles present a tasting that features Teeling's Single Pot Still whiskey, the first whiskey to be distilled in Dublin in 50 years. The event, which is being held in the bar's Gnome Room, features a welcome cocktail and appetizers. 21+.
COST: $25; MORE INFO

The Faith Soloway Crisis takes to the Largo stage with friends and family as special guests, including sibling Jill Soloway. (David Livingston/Getty Images)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18; 8 - 11 P.M.
The Faith Soloway Crisis
Largo at the Coronet — 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
The Second City musical director and composer of Transparent's musical finale hosts a night of music and comedy — with a few friends. Soloway is joined by sibling Jill Soloway and Erik Liberman, Sara Bess Newman, Theo Tiedemann, Beth Gomez, Brandon Cordeiro, Lindsey Deaton, Kelsey Fox, Hannah Estes and Bitch.
COST: $30; MORE INFO

Los Angeles County began mailing out 2020 primary election vote-by-mail ballots on Feb. 3. They must be postmarked on or before election day, March 3. (Libby Denkmann/LAist)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19; 7 - 9 P.M.
Demystify the Voter Guide Dinner
Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles — 1717 E. 7th St., downtown L.A.
The museum holds a study session for the upcoming presidential primary. Discuss the candidates and ballot measures with other voters. Bring your district voter guide and laptop. The museum will provide pies from Pizzanista as well as drinks. (If you don't have a laptop, the museum will have a few computers and iPads on site.)
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19; 8 - 9 P.M.
Funny Valentine Improv Diary Show
Westside Comedy Theate — 1323-A 3rd St., Santa Monica
Two brave souls read from their teen journals (like Mortified) but this show takes it to another level: Improvisers create scenes inspired by the readings. Hear tales of love (or love-me-not) from actor Amelia Clover and playwright Carla Cackowski. The improv cast features Maya Crosman, Carissa Diest, Austin Green, Scott Hennelly and Jon Thompson.
COST: $6; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 - THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 9 P.M. - 12 A.M.
Moses Sumney
Bootleg Theater — 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
The genre-crossing artist continues his weekly residency, which coincides with his upcoming double album, græ. Through music and an accompanying art installation, Sumney explores the concept of "græ" — and not just in terms of the color palatte. From noon to 5 p.m. until March 4, fans will be able to enter the Bootleg Theater where græ will be playing in immersive, 3D Audio. Entry not guaranteed and early arrival suggested. All ages.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19; 10:30 - 11:30 P.M.
Lustily Ever After: The Audiobook Musical
Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset — 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
The first-ever adult audiobook musical pokes fun at the tropes of romance novels through spoken-word pieces and musical ditties. The performance includes a live reading and a performance of select musical numbers.
COST: $7; MORE INFO

Black Star Canyon is a remote mountain canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, located in eastern Orange County. It is a watershed of the Santa Ana River. Black Star Canyon is a popular destination for mountain bikers due to its wild scenery and the fact that its main access road is closed to automobile traffic. (Ken Lund/Flickr Creative Commons)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 4:30 - 6 P.M.
Sunset Stroll: Black Star Canyon

Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, Silverado
Stroll through Irvine Ranch at sunset while learning about native plants and animals. It's perfect if you can keep a leisurely pace of 1.5 mph for an hour-and-a-half on trails with little elevation gain. Wear sturdy shoes, comfortable and warm clothing. Bring your own water, flashlight and binoculars. Ages 16+ and minors must be accompanied by an adult.
COST: FREE, reservation required; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 6 - 8 P.M.
Constitution Happy Hour 2020
Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Attend a happy hour to discuss politics in advance of Super Tuesday on March 3. The event features guided conversations about the U.S. Constitution and its role in our democracy. This series is a part of artist Linda Pollack's ongoing Constitution Café project. A cash bar and snacks are available for purchase.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 6 - 10 P.M.
California Orange Wine Party
Eveleigh — 8752 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Learn about and taste orange (aka skin-contact) wines at a pop-up that features more than 20 wines available by the glass. The event is presented by subscription service Orange Glou, founded by sommelier Doreen Winkler. Tickets include a welcome glass of orange wine, a snack from Eveleigh and a tasting glass to keep.
COST: $25 - $27; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 6:30 - 9 P.M.
Gallery Night with dublab
Autry Museum of the American West — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
The museum debuts a series that provides late-night gallery access and programing on select Thursdays. This week, celebrate the opening of Masters of the American West with a site-specific, one-time performance from dublab. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
COST: $5 - $10, reservations recommended; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.
9th Annual Muck Speakeasy
Muckenthaler Cultural Center — 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton
Now in its 9th year, the cultural center celebrates the 100th anniversary of Prohibition with a party that brings back the Roaring '20s. The historical home will be transformed into a speakeasy with music. The event is 21+.
COST: $15 - $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 9 - 11 A.M.
LOL Comedy Night
The J Spot — 5581 W. Manchester Ave., Westchester
The Pan African Film Fest presents a night of laughs with funny man David Arnold and up-and-coming comics. There's a cover and a two-drink minimum.
COST: $20 - $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20; 8 - 9:30 P.M.
Left, Right & Center
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage — 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
KCRW's popular politics show returns for a live show just before California's primary. Josh Barro, the host (and "center") of the show, will be joined by Elizabeth Bruenig (left), Tim Carney (right) and special guests Keli Goff and Gustavo Arellano.
COST: $59 - $99; MORE INFO