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17 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

The National Geographic exhibit, 'Women of Vision' opens this week and includes images of Nujood Ali whose divorce struck out against forced marriage. (Photo: Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic)
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Play a game(show) hosted by Bruce Campbell. Listen to Jason Reitman's latest Live Read installment. Hear from the reporter behind Dirty John. View the work of 11 female photojournalists. Catch the Canadian Brass play a Christmas show and listen as fellow musicians pay tribute to Richard Swift.

MONDAY, DEC. 10; 7 p.m.
An Evening with Fresh off the Boat
The Paley Center for Media -- 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
This series presents a screening and discussion with the cast and creators of the ABC show Fresh off the Boat. Based on chef Eddie Huang's memoir of the same name, the show explores the complexities of an Asian-American family adjusting to suburbia. Expected panelists are actors Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler and Ian Chen, and executive producer Nahnatchka Khan.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

MONDAY, DEC. 10; 9:30 p.m.
Mermaid Comedy Hour
The Improv - Lab -- 8162 Melrose Ave., Beverly Grove
The stand-up show has a great lineup for its final installment for the year: Valerie Tosi, Aparna Nancherla, Nicole Byer, Joleen Lunzer, Jena Friedman, Aisha Alfa, Liz Magee, Lindsay Adams and surprise drop-ins.
COST: $5 - $8 with one-item purchase; MORE INFO

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MONDAY, DEC. 10; 9 p.m.
Animal Collective
Vista Theatre -- 4473 Sunset Dr, Los Feliz
The experimental pop band performs its audiovisual album Tangerine Reef, a visual tone poem created in collaboration with Coral Morphologic to commemorate the 2018 International Year of the Reef. The work features time-lapse imagery of surreal underwater scenes.
COST: $32.50 - $40; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, DEC. 11; 7 p.m.
Last Fan Standing Live! With Bruce Campbell
Troubadour -- 9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Born from the Comic-Con world, this live game show is created for fans -- but the entire audience gets to play. The interactive trivia quest is built upon four pillars of geek-centric content: fantasy, horror, sci-fi and superheroes. Audience members qualify to be on stage for later rounds until there's only one person left. Each ticket includes a signed poster.
COST: $42 - $48; MORE INFO

Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Forest Lawn Museum -- 1712 S. Glendale Blvd., Glendale
The National Geographic Society's traveling exhibition celebrates the work of 11 inspiring female photojournalists including Lynsey Addario, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Diane Cook and Carolyn Drake. It features nearly 100 photographs that address distant cultures, conceptual topics and social issues.

TUESDAY, DEC. 11; 8 p.m.
Canadian Brass
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) -- 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
Formed in 1970, the brass ensemble has played (with various lineups) many of the world's major music halls. The quintet's repertoire runs the gamut from the classical and baroque to jazz and standards, but this concert at CSUN draws heavily from the album, Christmas Time is Here.
COST: Tickets start at $39; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12; 5:30 p.m. - close
Spartina's $3 3-Year Anniversary
Spartina -- 7505 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
To celebrate the Cal-Italian restaurant's anniversary, chef Stephen Kalt offers several signature menu items for $3, including the grilled avocado with Calabrian chilies and ricotta salata, a margarita pizza and spaghettini with black and white garlic. Those 21+ can also enjoy $3 glasses of prosecco and Peroni on tap.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12; 11:45 a.m.
The Altons
Grand Performances -- In front of 1 Cal on Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The local band brightens the humpday lunch hour with its Latin-inspired soul rock. Listen to holiday tunes and danceable beats. Other Grand Performance holiday lunch concerts include Urban Voices Project on Dec. 13 and David Garza on Dec. 18.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12; 7:30 p.m.
Horror For The Holidays - Hilligoss at the Heritage!
Hollywood Heritage Museum -- 2100 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Actress Candace Hillgoss's claim to fame was a starring role in the 1962 cult thriller Carnival of Souls. She acted in only a couple of films and TV shows after that but her legacy as an early scream queen endures. She makes a rare appearance at the museum, participating in a Q&A and signing headshots or her book, The Odyssey and the Idiocy, Marriage to an Actor, a Memoir.
COST: $7.50 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DEC. 13; 6:30 - 9 p.m.
An Extraordinary Evening: For Podcasters of Color
Inner-City Arts -- 720 Kohler St., downtown L.A.
Jay Connor, founder of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast, holds a celebration for podcasters of color. The gathering is open to current podcasters and those who want to become one. The night offers a chance for collaboration, networking and information-sharing. It includes a panel with John Asante of Play It Back, Paulina Lopez of Super Mamas, Sam Sanders of NPR's It's Been A Minute With Sam Sanders and Shaun Lau of No, Totally!

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Steve Carell stars in the fantasy-drama 'Welcome to Marwen.' (Photo: Welcome to Marwen/Facebook)

THURSDAY, DEC. 13; 7:30 p.m.
Welcome To Marwen
Bing Theater at LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
Watch a sneak preview of Robert Zemeckis' latest film in which Steve Carell stars as a man who loses his memory in a brutal attack. To help himself heal, he creates an art installation that gives him the strength to triumph in the real world.

The Rink in Downtown Burbank
Burbank City Hall -- Third St. and Orange Grove Ave., Burbank
Outdoor ice skating returns to beautiful downtown Burbank for the season. There are skate lessons every Saturday, and Learn to Curl pop-ups on Dec. 16 and Jan. 6.
COST: $12 - $25, skate rental is $5; MORE INFO

Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream
Staples Center -- 1111 S. Figueroa St.
Disney's heroines -- including Moana, Anna, Elsa, Rapunzel, Belle and Cinderella -- take on different quests and adventures to make their dreams come true. Joining in the fun are some of Disney's regulars like Mickey Mouse and pals.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DEC. 13; 7:30 p.m.
Chris Goffard and Michael Connelly
Writers Guild Theater -- 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Writers Bloc welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Goffard, who reported the L.A. Times crime story "Dirty John," which spawned a popular podcast and a Bravo miniseries. Michael Connelly, the king of detective fiction and creator of fictional LAPD detective Harry Bosch, joins him. Goffard adds additional info to the story and writes about others in his new book, Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders.
COST: $20 - $33; MORE INFO

Friends come together to play a tribute benefit show in honor of the late singer-songwriter-producer Richard Swift. (Image: Poster (detail) by Tim Heidecker )

THURSDAY, DEC. 13; 6 - 8 p.m.
A Tribute to Richard Swift
The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever -- 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The singer-songwriter-producer-multi-instrumentalist who passed away in July was a member of many bands including the Shins, the Black Keys and the Arcs. His friends pay tribute to him by performing his last and most powerful album, The Hex. The lineup includes Nathaniel Rateliff, James Mercer, Cold War Kids, Lucius, Foxygen and Damien Jurado. All proceeds from the event will go to Swift's family to help pay medical bills.

THURSDAY, DEC. 13; 7:30 p.m.
The Hate U Give
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
MoMA's Contenders series continues with a screening of director George Tillman Jr.'s film about a girl torn between two worlds: her poor, mostly black neighborhood and her rich, mostly white prep school. When she witnesses the police shoot her childhood best friend, she's pressured from all sides. The film is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas. A discussion with Tillman Jr. and actor Amandla Stenberg, moderated by Shaniqua McClendon, follows the screening.
COST: $10 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, DEC. 13; 8 p.m.
Casablanca Live Read
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Jason Reitman and Ellen Page -- who worked together on Juno -- reteam to revive Reitman's Live Read series. This time they reimagine the classic 1942 film Casablanca with a secret, all-star cast. Proceeds from the event benefit the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, an LGBTQI grassroots organization.
COST: $30 - $150; MORE INFO

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