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12 Of Our Favorite Events In Southern California This Week

The Academy holds a series of panel discussions leading up to Sunday's Oscar ceremony. (Photo: Matt Sayles/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)
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As The Academy gets ready for its closeup on Oscar Sunday, they're holding a number of panel discussions and showcases. For food fans, the Golden Bull celebrates 70 years, Michael Cimarusti prepares one-night-only dishes and there's an Israeli food workshop. Just for fun, check out a Bowie skate night or a comedy/variety show that's Woke AF.

Oscar Week Events
Samuel Goldwyn Theater -- 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Academy holds several events showcasing filmmakers and their nominated movies . The Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories are in the spotlight on Tuesday, followed by Animated Short Film and Live Action Short Film categories on Wednesday, Foreign Language films on Thursday and Feature Animation and a MakeUp & Hairstyling Symposium on Saturday. The discussions should be especially interesting since some of these categories have been axed from the live televised broadcast.
COST: $3 - $5; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEB. 19; 7:30 p.m.
Modern Israeli Cuisine
The Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Chef Lior Hillel from Bacari W. 3rd hosts a class and demo, creating his version of lamb kebabs with beet tahini. Food culture and history specialist Lara Rabinovitch will facilitate a conversation on food and culture and how the two are deeply intertwined. Yes, there will be samples after the demonstration.
COST: $40, $33 for Skirball members; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, FEB. 19; 8 p.m.
Jon Daly Kills It
The Satellite -- 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake
The comedian performs sax with the Magic Sax Band (featuring Cyrus Ghahremani and Joe Wong) while welcoming an awesome lineup of comic performers including Jenny Slate, James Adomian, Max Silvestri, Patti Harrison and Andrew Michaan. Additional music by Night Talks. Devendra Banhart spins pre-show tunes.

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Eddie's Restaurant became the Golden Bull in 1949 when original owner Don Cranford bought it. The restaurant / pub celebrates 70 years this week. (Photo Credit: Golden Bull Restaurant)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20; 5 p.m.
Golden Bull's 70th Anniversary
Golden Bull -- 170 W. Channel Rd., Santa Monica
The popular watering hole celebrates seven decades in business and offers patrons special deals all day. For those 21+, sip on $7 Old Fashioneds and Manhattans or specially priced wines. There are also tastings and giveaways from Pali Wine Co. Diners can partake in a $27 three-course menu featuring the restaurant's most famous dishes.

Aziz Ansari
Orpheum Theatre -- 842 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Ansari haskept a low profile since he was accused of sexual misconduct last year. But now, he has embarked on his national Road to Nowhere tour, performing five shows over four nights in L.A.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

New York-based Andrew Coalson brings his absurdist comedy show to L.A. (Image: Courtesy of Andrew Coalson)

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20; 8 p.m.
Silly Boy
Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson -- 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Andrew Coalson, a NYC based writer, actor and comedian presents his one-man, absurdist comedy show. He's performing a mix of stand-up, sketch and original songs.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20; 8 p.m.
These Violent Delights
Theatre West -- 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., Hollywood Hills
Playwright Jonathan Josephson, executive director of Unbound Productions, wrote the short play, "This Hungry Churchyard," which he dubbed Act VI, Scene I of Romeo and Juliet (what happens after the lovers died). Josephson has now turned that short into an "action-adventure-horror-comedic evening-length play" and holds a staged reading with Wicked Lit veterans and actors. The play is suited for patrons ages 13+.
COST: Pay what you can; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 - THURSDAY, FEB. 21; 10 p.m.
The Living Room
Lyric Hyperion Theatre -- 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
Amrita Dhaliwal and Gemma Soldati workshop their "comedy about death, conceived in grief." It's a clown show inspired by their loss of loved ones and straddles the line between comedy and tragedy. In the play, two Accountants of Death work to record the death toll while questioning their existence.

THURSDAY, FEB. 21; 7:30 p.m.
Juilliard String Quartet
Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University -- One University Dr., Orange
The famed string quartet formed in 1946 and it has been the quartet-in-residence at the New York conservatory ever since. The latest iteration performs a program that include: Joseph Haydn's String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2; György Kurtág's 6 Moments Musicaux, Op. 44 and Antonín Dvořák's String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B. 179 ("American").
COST: $25 - $45; MORE INFO

Thursdays With Michael
II Pesce Cucina within Eataly LA at Westfield Century City -- 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City
Chef Michael Cimarusti creates and serves a one-night-only dinner that highlights seasonal seafood in Italian dishes. By making a reservation in advance, dinners can score the best seats to watch Cimarusti and his eam prepare each course in the open kitchen.
COST: $65 per person; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21; 8:30 p.m.
WOKE AF: A Mind-Opening Variety Show
UCBT Sunset -- 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
The all-inclusive, monthly comedy and variety show tackles social issues. Artists perform and share experiences -- some are funny, some are more serious -- about the social issues they're most passionate about. Performances by Joel Kim Booster, Jenny Yang, Charla Lauriston, Oscar Montoya, Fremmedy Trio (UCBT) and Janie Stolar. The night is hosted by hosted by Nicole Pasquale, with music by DJ Big Willy Get Silly.

February 5, 1979: An acrobatic dancer doing the splits in mid-air at a roller disco. (Photo by Chris Moorhouse/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

THURSDAY, FEB. 21; 8 p.m.
Annual Bowie Skate Night
Moonlight Rollerway -- 5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale
Skate to Bowie tunes spun by DJ Flavahoov. Tickets are only available at the door. No presale tickets.
COST: $20 (includes skates); MORE INFO

How are you spending your week? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.

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