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17 Fabulous Events In Southern California This Week

Japan House L.A. presents an exhibition of manga art from Naoki Urasawa. (© 1995 Naoki URASAWA / Studio Nuts)
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Kevin Smith and friends pay tribute to Stan Lee. A "Big Queer Convo" explores LGBT identities on television. For artsy types, there's a manga show and Photo L.A. And for the random pick of the week: Thai Elvis performs at a brandy tasting.

This is Manga - the Art of Naoki Urasawa
Japan House Los Angeles -- 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
A retrospective of work by the acclaimed Japanese manga artist Naoki Urasawa opened last week. It includes art, storyboards and stories from seven of his major works. The artist also delivers four consecutive YAWARA! stories (his series that ran from 1986 to 1993) every other week.

MONDAY, JAN. 28; 7 p.m.
In Conversation: Race, Identity and Ragtime
The Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center -- 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena
In February, the production of Ragtime: The Musical takes over the playhouse. The story is set in the early 1900s and an accompanying discussion series explores the American experience and the themes at the core of Ragtime. The first event in the series explores the Jewish Experience in America.

MONDAY, JAN. 28; 10:30 p.m.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallopian Tubes
UCB Sunset -- 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
This live, late-night talk show is hosted, written, produced and performed by women. Erika Abdelatif interviews comic Erica Rhodes (Prairie Home Companion, Veep, Modern Family), who also performs. Expect a monologue, desk bits, commercials -- without that Y chromosome.

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MONDAY, JAN. 28; 8 p.m.
Moth GrandSLAM
The Regent Theater -- 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
Ten past StorySLAM winners take on the theme "lost and found" to win the L.A. title and bragging rights. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein, storytellers include John Baird, Sean David Christensen, Stacey Curry, Theo Greenly, Ron Hart, Julianne Ho, Bryan Kett, Aaron Samson, Georgene Smith-Goodin and Rich Tackenberg.

TUESDAY, JAN. 29; 8:30 p.m.
William Fitzsimmons
Bootleg Theater -- 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
The singer-songwriter (with his trademark beard) brings tales and tunes of heartache and hope to the stage. He's on tour in support of his latest release, Mission Bell. Eddie Berman opens. This show is 21+.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JAN. 29; 7 p.m.
Dinner Party with Henry Jamison
Checker Hall -- 104 N. Ave 56, Highland Park
The Wild Honey Pie dinner series presents an evening with the Brooklyn-based indie-folk singer-songwriter. Enjoy a three-course Mediterranean meal and a beer, plus a set by the musician. His album Gloria Duplex is due out in early February. There's currently a waitlist for the event. Ages 21+ only.

Kevin Smith and friends honor the late Stan Lee in Hollywood, seen here at Marvel's 'Captain America: Civil War' premiere in 2016. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30; 4 p.m.
EXCELSIOR! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee
TCL Chinese Theatre -- 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Kevin Smith and friends are honoring the man who changed comic books and comic book culture. The outdoor festivities include displays of art, costumes and props, guest speakers and a musical performance. Inside, Smith moderates conversations with guests including Mark Hamill, Rob Liefeld (co-creator of Deadpool), Vincent D'Onofrio and RZA. The evening wraps with video tributes and live performances of Stan's favorite music and poetry. Proceeds from tickets will go toward the nonprofit Hero Initiative.
COST: $150 per ticket; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30; 7:30 p.m.
Directors Close-Up: Nicole Holofcener
The Landmark Theatre -- 10850 W Pico Blvd., Rancho Park
Film Independent's five-week series launches, giving filmmakers and fans a chance to hear about different aspects of the industry from directors and their collaborators. In the discussion, The Land of Stellar Performances, writer/director Holofcener (The Land of Steady Habits, Enough Said) talks about casting with her long-time casting director, Jeanne McCarthy, and actor Thomas Mann. The evening is moderated by director Karyn Kusama (Destroyer). Passes for the series are sold out but individual tickets may become available.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30; 6 - 8 p.m.
Norman Seeff: The Joni Mitchell Sessions Opening
Andaz West Hollywood -- 8401 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
The Grammy Museum teams with the Sunset Strip hotel to display a series of photographs of musician and artist Joni Mitchell, taken by photographer Norman Seeff. The hotel's showcase, which opens this week, serves as a prelude to a larger exhibition opening this spring at the museum.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30; 7 p.m.
Big Queer Convo
Los Angeles LGBT Center's Renberg Theatre, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza -- 1125 N. McCadden Pl., Hollywood
The Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a year of programming, including the first installment of a discussion series that documents the impact of LGBT people on entertainment and news media. The New Normal: Television and the Emergence of LGBT Identities features actress and writer Jane Anderson, actor and activist Wilson Cruz, performer and activist D'Lo and director and screenwriter Peter Paige. A reception will be held in the courtyard following the convo.

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Pop-up Magazine's Winter edition returns to The Theatre at Ace Hotel. (Photo: Jon Snyder)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30; 7:30 p.m.
Pop-Up Magazine
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The Winter 2019 edition of the live magazine brings its mix of true stories, film, photography and art to the stage, set to an original score performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra. Presenters include Arcade Fire's Will Butler; writers Jason Concepcion, Ed Yong, Laurel Braitman; filmmaker Sam Green; and audio producer James T. Green. Performers, producers and the audience stick around after the show for drinks and conversation. No video or audio is posted online, so it's a moment in time that you have to be there to experience.
COST: $39 - $49; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JAN. 31; 8:30 p.m.
Bachelor the Musical / Heather Woodward is UnCastable
UCB Sunset -- 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Musical theater and comedy rule the roost with these two shows. Up first is a 30-minute parody of the popular ABC series with girls, guys and the final rose. It's followed by Woodward's musical sketches about truly bizarre horror stories from auditioning.

The Barker Hangar -- 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
The photographic expo returns for its 27th year, featuring dozens of galleries, dealers, artists and collectives, showcasing images from the 19th century onward. The weekend also includes lectures, panels, workshops and docent tours. The opening night reception benefits the nonprofit Venice Arts and honors artist Jo Ann Callis "for her contributions to the history and aesthetics of the photographic arts."
COST: $100 opening night tickets; Tickets/passes: $15 - $450; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, JAN. 31; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Thai Elvis Live
MiniBar Hollywood -- 6141 Franklin Ave., Hollywood Hills
Put on your blue suede shoes because Thai Elvis impersonator Nalin Presley performs at the retro cocktail den. The event, organized by K&L Hollywood and Copper & Kings Brandy, also features a complimentary welcome drink, a taste of three brandies and small bites by Little Dom's head chef Brandon Boudet.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31; 7:30
Voting Rights and Wrongs
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
This series presents a discussion of voter suppression tactics, mismanagement of polling places, voting rights and reforms that can help eliminate barriers to voting for many Americans.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31; 7 p.m.
Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan in Conversation
Garrison Theater at Scripps College -- 241 E. 10th St., Claremont
The hit movie Crazy Rich Asians featured the first all-Asian cast in a major Hollywood film in more than 20 years. Singapore-born and Texas-raised author Kevin Kwan borrowed from personal experiences to create the trilogy: Crazy Rich Asians, China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. His lecture at the college focuses on the immigrant experience, literature and his upcoming television project. There will be a waitlist starting at 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, JAN. 31; 6 and 8 p.m.
Konbi x Meroma
Konbi -- 1463 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Japanese sandwich shop Konbi teams with Mexico City's Meroma to offer a five-course dinner. The ticket price includes food, beverage, tax and tip. This event is part of an ongoing collaborative dinner series at the daytime restaurant. Up next is pastry chef Stephanie Prida on Feb. 18.
COST: Tickets: $95; MORE INFO

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