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16 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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So we gave you the lowdown on February's eventsto help you plan the month ahead. Now here are 16 more that happen this week alone, including a number of L.A. Zine Week events. Read on for all the details:


CLUB: Dim Mak teams up with the Monday Social club night to bring Kele Okereke to Sound Nightclub. Okereke, frontman of the British band Bloc Party, is currently on tour to promote an upcoming EP. Also on the bill is Overjoy (DJ Metric and DJ Hoff). The event is free before 11 pm with RSVP and $20 after. The event is 21+.

FILM: Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz,the performance space at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, holds a free screening of two short French films, both nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. The films are Mr. Hublot, an animated short film about a recluse who takes in a robot puppy, followed by Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything), a live action short film that follows a woman who tries to escape an abusive husband. A Q&A session will follow with Alexandre Espigares, one of the directors of Mr. Hublot. 7:30 pm. The event is free, but RSVP required. with name, phone number, email address, and number of guests.

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MUSIC:It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live are: Hudson Taylor (8:30), Bonfire Beach (9:30), Dreamer's Dose (10:30) and Vanaprasta (11:30). There’s a DJ set by The Lovely Daze at midnight. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.


FILM: The Laemmle Town Center 5 in Encino holds a free screening of Girl on a Bicycle at 7:30 pm. Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, finds himself in a conundrum with a “German fiancée, a French “wife,” two Australian children who call him ‘Papa,’ and his life upside-down” after following some bad advice from his friend. The film is in English, French, German and Italian. A Q&A with director Jeremy Leven follows after the screening. RSVP required.

CHOCOLATE: Nancy Grando, cioccolataia (chocoloate maker), teaches a hands-on workshop on Italian Cioccolato at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood. She’ll share some of the Grando's family organic recipes with attendees learning how to make Amaretto Pearls and White Truffle Pearls. Fee: $70. To register, call 310-824-7408 or email

COMEDY: The new standup show What's New is at NerdMelt featuring a lineup of comedians testing out new material. Performing on Tuesday are: Nick Rutherford (The Officel), Leo Flowers (The Kevin Nealon Show), Rajan Dharni (IMPRO(vs)TANDUP) and a headlining set by Ben Gleib (Chelsea Lately). Hosted by Christian Spicer (Double Jump, IMPRO(vs)TANDUP). Free. And we hear there’s free beer, too.

MUSIC: Band of Horses plays a couple of acoustic shows in LA this week: at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on Tuesday and at the Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian on Wednesday. The band celebrates this week’s release of the album Acoustic at the Ryman. The shows are technically sold out, so contact your favorite alternative ticket source for tickets.

COMEDY: Comedy Central Presents: Not Safe For Work at Westside Comedy Theater at 8 pm. The monthly show features comedian Dov Davidoff, Ari Shaffir, Pete Davidson, Mike Bridenstine, Natasha Leggero and other guests. Free.

MUSIC: Augustines headline a show at The Troubadour to promote the band’s new self-titled album. They’re joined on the bill with the Seattle-based My Goodness and opener Beware of Darkness. Doors at 8 pm and music at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $15. All ages.


ZINE: As part of L.A. Zine Week, Fair Dig Press releases Aurora Lady’s Don’t Hide Behind Your Skirt. The 26-page zine details the author’s struggles growing up in an abusive household and “emerging from her dysfunctional family to find her own ‘girl gang’ in the creative arts and writing community.” The reading and launch party begins at 8 pm at The Pop-Hop in Highland Park. Free.

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STORYTELLING: The Moth storytelling takes over Busby’s East at 7:30 pm. With the theme Love Hurts, storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story about love hitting a sour note; getting kicked to the curb or love that “hurts so good.” No reading from notes and no stand-up routines, please. Sign up at 7 pm. Admission is $8 at the door. Venue is 21+. Organizers advise getting to the venue an hour ahead of time to get in (unless you buy $16 pre-sale tickets).

MUSIC: The New Orleans six-piece band Royal Teeth performs at the Bootleg, bringing an exuberant mix of indie electropop to the stage. Chappo opens the evening. Doors at 9 pm with the show at 9:30 pm. Tickets: $12-$15. The show is 21+.


ZINES: L.A. Zine Week continues with three free events: At 6 pm, UCLA’s Bad Art Zine Collective and the Powell Library Community Zine Collection host a social justice-themed open mic. At 7 pm, &Pens Press presents an evening of readings We Are in Zine Love with You! A Zine/Novella Release Party. At 7:30 pm, Vermin on the Mount: A Night of Irreverent Readings takes place at NOMAD Art Compound.

VARIETY: The Kennedy Administration, a live, late-night talk show, returns tonight at 9:30 pm to Echoes Under Sunset in Echo Park. Guests include: Beth Stelling (Conan), Screenwriter & Podcaster Matthew Robinson (The Invention of Lying, Get Up On This), Satellite Residency Band Busy Living and Magician Greg Wilson. Free.

LIT: At Skylight Books, Kim Cooper, of the 1947project blog and Esotouric, reads from her new historical mystery The Kept Girl, which stars a young Raymond Chandler. The story was inspired by a “real-life cult murder spree which exploded into the public consciousness when fraud charges were filed against the cult's leaders in 1929. The victim was the nephew of oil company president Joseph Dabney, Raymond Chandler's boss.” 7:30 pm.

MUSIC: The psych-rock power trio The Vim Dicta celebrate the upcoming release of their first official music video, "Point Blank," with a premere and concert at the Viper Room. The band plays tunes from the recent EP release, Von Tango. Doors at 7:30 pm and The Vim Dicta play at 9:30 pm. Tickets: $10.

Related: Your Ultimate Guide To February: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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