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12 Of Our Favorite Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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Looking for things to do with family/friends? Here are 12 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this holiday week.


Avi Buffalo plays a free show at The Echo on Monday night with Litronix opening. 8:30 pm. Ages 21+.

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On Monday at 7 pm, Cinefamily holds a free sneak peek of 20th Century Women with director Mike Mills in person. Mills explores the complexities of women and family amongst the backdrop of Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979. Attendees must pre-register for first-come, first-serve admission. Registration does not guarantee you a seat.


WARP ZONE (Comedy)
Warp Zone is a free monthly stand up show that takes place the last Tuesday of the month at the Virgil. Hosted by comics TK Kelly and Keith Carey, this week’s lineup includes Dave Waite, Courtney Scheuerman, Shannon McLendon, Keith Ray, Anna Valenzuela and surprise special guests. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Free admission, no drink minimum. Happy hour all night long.

The Lincoln in Venice continues its For the Record weekly installment of audience-curated vinyl DJ sets. Guests can bring their own records to be spun while The Lincoln’s resident DJs play themed sets beginning at 8 pm. This week, the DJs play homage to Aughties House Classics with DJ HOE (Henry Eshelman) and will feature Puretone, Dirty Vegas and Victor Calderone. Bring your own records to go along with the night’s theme.

LACMA (Holiday hours)
Beginning on Monday (Dec. 26), LACMA holds special extended holiday hours through Sunday, Jan. 28. The museum will be open from 10 am-8 pm every day, including Wednesdays (the day the museum’s usually closed). Adult admission: $15


X (Music)
The punk icons of X—DJ Bonebrake, Billy Zoom, John Doe and Exene Cervenka—celebrate 40 years of music with afour-night stand this week at The Roxy beginning on Wednesday night. Openers are: Mike Watt and the Secondmen (Wednesday); The Blasters (Thursday); Small Wigs (Friday) and Chris Shifflet (Saturday). Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $35-$90.

The Natural History Museum presents the event All That Glitters: Winter Festivities at NHMLA on Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm. Held in conjunction with the new exhibition Diamonds: Rare Brilliance, activities include design-your-own-bling activities with Barnsdall Arts, tours of the Gem and Mineral Hall and live demonstrations in which rough stone is transformed to sparkling gems. Also held on Jan. 4 and Jan. 7. Free with museum admission.

IMPROV DIARY SHOW (Storytelling + comedy)
M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater presents a Special Holiday Improv Diary Show (a storytelling/comedy show along the same lines as Mortified) on Wednesday at 8 pm. Guest artists read from their teen diaries and then a team of improvisers turns the entries into hilarious scenes. This week’s readers are Josh Galitsky and Catherine Montondo, with the improv cast: Holly Brown, Elaine Chu, Jeff Feazell, Austin Green, Jon Thompson and Ryan Timmreck. Tickets: $5. Doors at 7:45 pm.

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The last Neil Hamburger: Live show of 2016 happens this Thursday at The Satellite. (Image via Neil Hamburger Facebook)
The last 2016 installment of Neil Hamburger: Live is at the Satellite on Thursday night (special night) at 8:30 pm. In addition to comedy by Hamburger, the lineup also features Jon Daly, Melissa Villasenor, Ian Abramson, Michael Rayner and Minori Hinds. Doors at 8 pm and the show is 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

TANTRIS (Yoga benefit)
Russell Simmons’ Tantris hosts a special yoga benefit class to donate to the White Helmets of Aleppo. Take the 6 pm Yang Yin class, taught by Steve Ross on Thursday night. The class is donate what you can, and Simmons will match all donations.

Lucent Dossier brings a new immersive show of original music, performance and “avant garde stylings” (aerialists, dancers, contortionists, snake charmers, oracles and more) to Clifton’s Republic on Thursday night. Doors at 8 pm, experience at 9:20 pm. Ages 21+. 100% of profits will be donated to continued efforts of the water protectors at Standing Rock. Tickets start at $30.

The Screwball Comedy Classics Series continues at the Aero Theatre this week, and on Thursday, there's a Claudette Colbert double feature: 1934's It Happened One Night with Clark Gable at 7:30 pm, followed by The Palm Beach Story (1942) with Joel McCrea. Tickets: $11.

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