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19 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Looking for something to do? Here are 19 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Check out our December Guide for other ideas, too.


PRISM PIPE (Audio-Visual Art) Prism Pipe, the visual music and live film score event, ends its two-year monthly run at pehrspace in Echo Park on Monday night. The program, Spectroretrive, features a “live remix” of artists’ works from the past two years of programming, with a live score by the Prism Pipe players. Doors are at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets are $5. All ages. Bring a yoga mat for the full, immersive experience. Prism Pipe returns in 2016 as a quarterly event.

On Monday at 7 pm, the Paley Center welcomes the cast and creatives of the CBS ensemble comedy Life in Pieces. Scheduled to appear are actors Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett, Giselle Eisenberg and creator and executive producer Justin Adler. Preview screening kicks off the evening. Tickets: $15-$25.

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REDCAT presents a screening of the late artist Mike Kelley’s videos on Monday night at 8:30 pm. The program includes “the sassy/melancholy Superman Recites Selections from 'The Bell Jar' and Other Works by Sylvia Plath (1999) to the threatening histrionics of Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction #1 (Domestic Scene) (2000), as well as collaborative pieces, such as his minimalist exploration of sado-masochistic relationships in 100 Reasons (1991) - among others.” Speakers include Program introduced by by Mary-Clare Stevens, executive director, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. General admission: $8-$11.LET’S TABLE THIS (Comedy)
Let's Table This: Pilot Read Showcase is at UCB Sunset at 7 pm on Monday night. The show features some of the funniest TV scripts from the UCB community as read aloud by some of the best performers. Tickets: $5.

The Scottish trio Chvurches plays the Fonda on Monday night as part of ALT 98.7's December 2 Remember music series. Baio opens the show. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $39.50.

The Goddamn Comedy Jam takes over The Lyric Theatre on Monday night. Almost every comic wants to be a rock star, and GDCJ lets guests perform a fav cover song in front of a live audience. Hosted by: Josh Adam Meyers and The Goddamn Band, this week’s guests include Sarah Silverman, Bert Kreischer, Joe DeRosa and Matt Fulchiron. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. 21+. Tickets: $10-$20.


NEW PROFESSOR (Music Showcase)
The New Professor record label hosts a holiday party/concert on Wednesday night at 8 pm at Lot 1 cafe. Playing live are the label’s artists: Air Life, Very Fresh, Alina Bea and New Technology. No cover.

On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA presents A Conversation with Mindy Kaling. The actor/producer/writer/director (The Mindy Project) and published author (Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and Why Not Me?) The event will also include clips from upcoming episodes of the show from this, its fourth season, which recently moved to Hulu. A limited number of tickets ($15-$25) will be available at the door two hours before the published start time of the event.

VICTORY LAP (Comedy + Variety)
The Victory Lap variety show celebrates its three-year anniversary at the Virgil on Tuesday at 8 pm by putting on the last official Victory Lap before the team goes on hiatus. Hosted by Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins, “the show with the wheel” has a lineup that includes Rory Scovel, Jackie Kashian, David Ross, Johnny Pemberton, Warp Drive and surprise guests. Enjoy comedy, music and games with prizes from Prizes from Hache LA, Boo’s Philly Cheesesteak, LA Derby Dolls and more. There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great $8 premium cocktails all night.


To wrap up Film Independent’s Live Read series for the year, writer-director Jason Reitman moves the last event from the Bing Theater at LACMA to The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA on Wednesday at 8 pm. Reitman has chosen Quentin Tarantino’s script True Romance, with Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater reprising their roles. He’ll announce the rest of the cast the old-fashioned way this week—through Twitter. Tickets: $50-$125. All proceeds will support the programming efforts of Film Independent.SEINFELD APARTMENT (TV Installation)
Following a popular run in New York, Hulu installs its Seinfeld: The Apartment fan experience on Melrose just in time for Festivus. The pop-up includes a replica of Jerry’s iconic Upper West Side Apartment and full gallery experience and will feature other items not included in New York showcase. The installation address is at 8445 Melrose Ave., in West Hollywood (street parking). The apartment is open from 10 am to 7 pm daily from Dec. 16-20. Free.

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The Warby Parker locations in LA (at the Standard, Hollywood and on Abbot Kinney) are hosting a holiday-focused, button-making event on Wednesday from 6-8 pm. Warby Parker will have an illustrator on-site to make all your button designs a pinnable work of art.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 35th Annual Messiah Sing-Along is on Wednesday at 8 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts 2,200 audience members who become the choir. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all levels—and newbies with no singing experience are welcome to join in the fun. The event features a professional chamber orchestra and a quartet of professional soloists, including soprano Beth Peregrine, mezzo soprano Laura Smith Roethe, tenor Bryan Lane and bass Scott Graff. Tickets: $29-$79 with group rates available. Children under six years are not admitted.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont welcomes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—the all-time top scorer of the NBA—who’ll discuss his new book Mycroft Holmes (a mystery involving Sherlock’s older brother), written with Anna Waterhouse. He’ll be in conversation with Leslie Klinger, a Sherlock Holmes expert. This isn’t Abdul-Jabbar’s first foray into literature as he’s also authored What Color is My World (children’s), Brothers in Arms (military history) and On the Shoulders of Giants (black history).

LOVE ACTUALLY (Film Screening)
The Flix at FIG series is back with a free screening of Love Actually inside Taste Food Hall on Wednesday. A DJ and happy hour begins at the Taste Food Hall at 6 pm, and the film starts promptly at 7pm. Bring a blanket.


TINKLE TWINS (Variety) Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring a night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 9 pm. Joining them on stage are comedians/performers Eddie Pepitone, Jen Kirkman and Emmy Blotnick, the house band The Lampshades (Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson) and more. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Dr. Danielle S. Kurin, assistant professor of Anthropology and Director, Bioarchaeology and Biogeochemistry Laboratory at UCSB presents the program, Mummies: Secrets From the Dead In Ancient Peru, on Thursday from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Natural History Museum. She’ll discuss the history of Peruvian mummies and mortuary rituals. Tickets: $10-$12. The lecture ticket includes admission to the exhibition Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs.

VENICE ART CRAWL (Holiday Cheer)
The Venice Art Crawl presents a holiday crawl along Washington Boulevard and on the Venice Pier on Thursday beginning at 6 pm. Check out local art, listen to carolers, partake in some holiday drinks and mingle all the way. Free.

KINKY (Music)
Kinky headlines the Fonda Theatre on Thursday night with Enjambre, MLKMN and El Dusty playing in support. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $22.50. This show is 21+.

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