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15 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 14 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this Thanksgiving week. Have a happy and safe holiday!


Learn what the kids are saying these days and keep up on the latest slang as James Davis and friends present Urban Dictionary on Monday night at 9 pm at Nerdmelt. Joining Davis on stage this week are Byron Bowers, Andrew Santino, Bryan Callen, Beowulf Jones and Mitch Marchand. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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BØRNS headlines an all-ages show at the El Rey on Monday night. Avid Dancer opens. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $22. It's sold out, so seek out your favorite ticket alternative to get in.

B&O PLAY (Pop-Up Shop)
The public’s invited to the grand opening of The B&O PLAY House on Abbot Kinney on Monday night from 5:30-9:30 pm. Bang & Olufsen celebrates its 90-year anniversary with a holiday pop-up shopping experience. A DJ spins tunes while hors d'oeuvres and cocktails are served.

DICKENS DINNER (Food + Theater)
The Tam O’Shanter, one of L.A.’s oldest restaurants, presents its Dickens Dinner several times this week. The interactive dining experience includes a special four-course meal and a family-friendly version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Entrees to choose from include prime rib, roasted goose, salmon w/parsnip puree, beluga lentils and bordelaise sauce, vegetarian winter squash with goat cheese mousse. The dinner shows are at 6:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday ($96 adults, $69 children) and a matinee show at 1 pm on Saturday, Nov. 28 ($89 adults, $59 children). Reservations needed.


DOUG LOVES MOVIES (Doug Benson Podcast)
Doug Benson tapes his long-running movie podcast Doug Loves Movies at NerdMelt on Tuesday at 7 pm. There will be talk, trivia and special guests. Bring a movie-related name tag for a chance to win some prizes. Tickets are $10.

The monthly Good Looks comedy show, produced and hosted by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan, is at The Hollywood Improv on Tuesday at 8 pm. Comedians slated to perform are: Brent Weinbach, Jake Weisman, Eliza Skinner, Paige Weldon, Kevin Camia and a special guest. Tickets: $10. Doors at 7:30 pm. The show is 18+. Two-drink minimum.

TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica opens three shows this week, featuring new work by Linda Sue Price, Elsie Dye Sims and Cynthia Alexander. The exhibitions open on Tuesday, and the artists' reception is on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 pm.DANCING WITH THE STARS (Dance)
ABC’s Dancing with the Stars films the second night of its live finale at The Grove (over the fountain). In addition to the dance competition, the two-hour show also includes performances by Andy Grammer and Chaka Kahn. The pre-show starts at 5:30 pm, and the live finale begins at 6 pm. The show is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

Horizontal Collaboration and Voluptuous Panic present the program, The Sex Culture of Vichy France and Weimar Germany at Cinefamily on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm. The night includes screening rare film clips (nude dancers from the Casino de Paris [1927]; a Black Mass performed in a Parisian brothel [1928], etc.) and a Weimar era art exhibit. The night celebrates the release of the Feral House book Horizontal Collaboration: The Erotic World of Paris 1920-1946, a companion book to Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Germany. After the screening, there’s a reception with pre-WWII Parisian libations. Tickets: $12.


The 3rd Annual Naked Comedy Charity Show is at the Hollywood Improv on Wednesday at 8 pm. This year, the event supports the Movember Foundation USA for the Man Cancer Movember Charity Show. Comedians Nikki Glaser, Todd Glass, Drennon Davis, Sex Nerd Sandra, H. Alan Scott and Blake Wexler, tackle topics on men's health and more. Hosted by Sean Green. Tickets: $15.FUN WITH DICK (Comedy)
Andy Dick performs monologues that are brought to life by the fast and furious improv of Bear Supply (Mike Castle, Shaun Boylan, Joey Greer, Jordan Bull and Morgan Christensen) in Fun with Dick on Wednesday at 10 pm at the Westside Comedy Theater. 21+. Tickets: $5.

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TURKEY TROT (5K + 10K Runs)
The Turkey Trot Los Angeles brings 5K and 10K races to DTLA on Thanksgiving with a run through Spring Street, beginning and ending at City Hall. This race benefits the Midnight Mission, which helps the homeless rejoin society and regain their lives. Come dressed in Thanksgiving costumes to run and get into the spirit of the holiday. The 5K begins at 8 am, and the 10K begins at 8:30 am. Tickets: $25-$70.

The Tofurky Company holds the 3rd annual Tofurky Trot on Thanksgiving at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The race is open to all ages, fitness levels and dietary persuasions (i.e., omnivores won't get the side-eye.) Prizes are awarded for top finishers in Men’s, Women’s and Kids Divisions as well as for the best-costumed runner. The day includes free yoga, massage, a “vegan village,” a pop-up turkey exhibition, music and is emceed by TV news presenter, Jory Rand. The race begins at 9 am. Profits from the race will be donated to two great Los Angeles-based nonprofits: the National Museum of Animals and Society and The Gentle Barn. Tickets: $15-$32.

The Laugh Factory hosts the 36th Annual Free Thanksgiving Day Feasts with top comedians performing for those who might lonely, homeless, in need of a warm meal or laughs. In past years, comedians including Tim Allen, Kevin Nealon, Dave Chappelle, Tom Arnold and others helped each guest with a turkey dinner with all the trimmings and the meal’s followed by a comedy set. The meals are at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm. A live comedy show will follow each service. Call (323) 656-1336, ext. 1 for more information and reservations.

Red Bull's 30 Days in LA series is winding down, and on Thursday they're keeping it mellow with a screening of High Fidelity at 7 pm at The Regent in DTLA. So bust out those stretchy pants and get out of the after Thanksgiving dinner. RSVP, but space is limited. Arrive early for a better chance of admission.

Related: November Guide

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