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20 Awesome Happenings In Southern California This Week

Chef Graham Elliot creates three of his signature dishes at Atrium on Monday. (Photo: Courtesy of Graham Elliot)
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Take your pick of film screenings and Q&As, from If Beale Street Could Talk to a sneak peek of I am the Night. Graham Elliot cooks in Los Feliz while Maggie Rogers plays Hollywood. In the OC, there's a cheese and charcuterie party and Itzhak Perlman performs. Last but not least, 1A explores California politics.

MONDAY, JAN. 14; 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Graham Elliot
Atrium -- 1816-A North Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
The chef, restaurateur, cookbook author and TV host steps into the kitchen with Atrium's executive chef, Hunter Pritchett, and pastry chef, Gregory Baumgartner, to cook up three of his signature dishes including his Caesar salad, a short rib stroganoff and a bananas foster crème brulée. Elliot will also be running food, signing books that patrons bring in and chatting with guests. Reservations recommended.

MONDAY, JAN. 14; 7:30 p.m.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Aero Theatre -- 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
Barry Jenkins' latest film is an adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 novel of the same name. Set in early 1970s Harlem, a young couple's love story is marred by a false accusation. As her faincee Fonny (Stephan James) spends time in jail, Tish (KiKi Layne) works to free him before their baby is born. There's a discussion after the screening with Jenkins.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 15; 7:30 p.m.
Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production
Bing Theater at LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
In conjunction with the current exhibition West of Modernism: California Graphic Design, 1975-1995, the museum presents a screening of Briar Levit's history of design and production. It follows the journey of the field from its analog days to a radical shift with the rise of the desktop computer. A post-screening discussion with Levit follows the film. COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JAN. 15; 7:30 p.m.
Evgenia Citkowitz
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Citkowitz reads from her first novel, The Shades, a "haunting tale about a British family reeling in the aftermath of tragedy." The author discusses the book and her work with UCLA professor Mona Simpson, who organizes this reading series.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15; 8 - 9:30 p.m.
1A explores the lose-lose of California politics
Magnin Auditorium - Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
NPR's 1A is coming to Los Angeles for a live taping presented by KPCC In Person. Host Joshua Johnson will lead a discussion exploring the complicated relationship between the Golden State and the rest of the nation. National politicians come here looking for support but are Californians being listened to on issues of politics, the economy, immigration and more?

TUESDAY, JAN. 15; 7 p.m.
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 South Broadway, downtown L.A.
This preview event features exclusive clips and a panel discussion on a documentary that sheds light on a little-known corner of American music: the Indigenous influence. Watch and listen to how Native American musicians transformed blues, jazz, and rock. The Independent Lens film premieres on PBS stations on Jan. 21.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15; 7:30 p.m.
An Evening with... Ludwig Göransson
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Wallis and Film Independent team up to present a conversation between Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated composer Göransson and film critic Elvis Mitchell. Göransson got first big break writing music for the NBC television series Community, which led to collaborations with Childish Gambino. The composer then met Ryan Coogler, while pursuing his master's degree at USC. Since then, Göransson has scored all three of Coogler's feature: Fruitvale Station, Creed and Black Panther.

TUESDAY, JAN. 15; 9 p.m.
Jon Daly Kills It
The Satellite -- 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake
The comedian returns to the stage with his Magic Sax Band (Cyrus Ghahremani and Joe Wong), as well as comedy from Nick Kroll, Todd Barry, Mitra Jouhari and John Gemberling. If you get there early, listen to Devendra Banhart spin tunes. Ages 21+.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16; 8 p.m.
The Public Image Limited is Rotten
The Regent Theater -- 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.

After the breakup of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten, formed Public Image Ltd (PiL), a band that has lasted nearly 15 times as long as his first one. Through archival footage, interviews with former and current bandmates, and other rockers like Flea, Ad-Rock and Thurston Moore, the film sheds light on Lydon's influential and controversial career. The night also includes a Q&A with director Tabbert Fiiller.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16; 7 p.m.
How the West is Written: Inside the Modern TV Western
Wells Fargo Theater at The Autry Museum of the West -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Stories of the American West are getting a new life on TV. Listen to writers and showrunners Hunt Baldwin (Netflix's Longmire), Kevin Murphy (AMC's The Son) and John Wirth (AMC's Hell on Wheels) discuss their source material, history and processes for crafting their shows. The panel is moderated by Writers Guild Foundation Executive Director Katie Buckland. The ticket price for the discussion includes admission to the museum, which will stay open past regular hours.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

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Learn about and taste the cheeses at SideDoor in Corona del Mar. (Photo: Shelby L. Bell/Flickr)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16; 5 - 9 p.m.
Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party / Cheese Education Class
Five Crowns & SideDoor's Greenhouse, Patio and Garden -- 3801 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar
Bring the Lactaid and taste alllll the cheeses. The evening showcases the creameries featured in the small-batch cheese series: Central Coast Creamery, Green Dirt Farm, Stepladder Creamery and Bellwether Farms. If you want to learn more about cheese, sign up for the class hosted by SideDoor's cheesemonger, Tracy Nelsen.
COST: $25 for the class; $65 for the party; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 2 - 5 p.m.
Farmer Boys' French Fries
Various locations
Come and taste the new "Always Crispy" fries at participating locations. Mention the free fries offer when ordering. Limit one order of fries with each menu item purchased.
COST: FREE with purchase; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 7 p.m.
I Am The Night
Bing Theater at LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum's screening series offers a sneak peek of the upcoming TNT miniseries directed and executive produced by Patty Jenkins and starring Chris Pine and India Eisley. Inspired by true events, the story follows a teenager, given away at birth, as she investigates her past. Teaming up with a ruined reporter (Pine), they follow a trail that connects them to the legendary Black Dahlia murder. The screening includes a post-screening discussion with cast members Eisley, Jefferson Mays and Golden Brooks, and writer and executive producer Sam Sheridan. The event also features a private viewing of curated pieces from LACMA's permanent collection, a post-screening reception and free admittance to 3D: Double Vision.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 8 p.m.
Viet Thanh Nguyen & Luis Alberto Urrea in Conversation
UCLA's Royce Hall -- 10745 Dickson Ct., Westwood
CAP UCLA presents a discussion between two writers whose work focuses on the immigrant experience. Nguyen's 2015 debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the Pulitzer Prize. Urrea's novel, Into the Beautiful North (2009) is on the list of the NEA's Big Read program. His latest novel, The House of Broken Angels, was released in 2018. COST: $29 - $59; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 8 p.m.
Maggie Rogers
Fonda Theatre -- 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
After wowing Pharrell in 2016 in her NYU class, Rogers lives up to the hype with her folk-inflected dance pop. She's on tour to support the release of her latest album, Heard it in a Past Life. Each ticket purchased includes a copy of the new record. Melanie Faye opens the all-ages show.
COST: Tickets start at $29.50; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 8:30 p.m.
The Writers of Key and Peele Improv Show!
UCBT Sunset -- 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
The writers of the Emmy Award-winning Comedy Central show improvise based on audience suggestions. Comics-writers include Rebecca Drysdale, Colton Dunn, Phil Jackson, Ian Roberts, Alex Rubens, Charlie Sanders and Rich Talarico.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 8 p.m.
Silent Film Series
The Exhibition Room, Long Beach Craft Cocktails -- 1117 East Wardlow Rd., Long Beach
Long Beach's first cocktail museum and hidden bar wraps its series of silent films and cocktails. Enjoy a tasting and presentation of fine spirits paired with hors d'oeuvres while the Laurel and Hardy's Big Business (1929) and Charlie Chaplin's Sunnyside (1919) screen.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 8 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler's House
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts -- 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
In 1995, the virtuoso violinist and conductor released In the Fiddler's House, an album of klezmer music. He revisits this personal work in a concert with special guests including Judy Bressler on on vocals, Andy Statman on clarinet and Grantley Smith on drums. COST: Tickets start at $48; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 7:30 p.m.
An Evening With Thelma Houston
Grammy Museum -- 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Best known for her 1976 international pop hit, "Don't Leave Me This Way," Houston talks about her 23 albums and 50-year career and performs a short set. She'll also be re-awarded a new Grammy since her original was broken in the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17; 6 p.m.
Sharon Van Etten
Amoeba Music -- 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The rocker celebrates the release of her new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, with a live performance and album signing. In order to attend the signing and participate in a meet-and greet, you'll need to purchase a copy of the vinyl, CD or LP version. She also plays The Theatre at Ace Hotel on March 1.
COST: FREE show; purchase required for signing; MORE INFO

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