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18 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 19 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And check out the December Guide for other events.

MONDAY, DEC. 15

TV TALK: Craig Ferguson signs off from The Late Late Show on Friday, Dec. 19, and Ferguson is at The Paley Center on Monday night to talk about his past decade on the show and his brand of comedy. He’ll be joined in conversation by the actor, comedian and screenwriter Jim Rash (Community). 8:30 pm, doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35.

AUDIO-VISUAL: Prism Pipe is a monthly visual music event that takes place monthly at pehrspace in Echo Park. On Monday, its latest installment ELEGANZA, showcases new video art by Sarah Zucker that incorporates footage shot at previous Prism Pipe events, live scored by the Prism Pipe Players. Doors are at 8 pm, show begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $5/all ages. Bring yoga mats, blankets and/or pillows to experience the relaxing atmosphere.

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COMEDY: On Monday at 8 pm, the Westside Comedy Theater presents a free show of The Lip Sync Extravaganza, in which comics go all out in lip-synching performances to battle for battling for first place and “an incredibly useless prize.” “Singing” on Monday are comics Amy Bury, Joey Greer, Louis Ferrigno, Jr., Byron Kennerly, Samm Levine, Natasha Milner,Jenny Brooks-Stratton and many more. It’s followed by the theater’s holiday party.

VARIETY: The Floor Show is a music and dance show based on the original works that have emerged from a monthly music and dance jam session, The Floor Improv, held at King King in Hollywood each month. Monday’s show (also at King King) features eight musicians, 19 genres and 45 performers. The show is 21+ and tickets run $30-$300.

MUSIC: School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. For the last show of 2014, School Night welcomes Eagle Rock Gospel Singers (8:30 pm), Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek (9:30 pm), Hidden Charms’ L.A. debut (10:30 pm) and Tijuana Panthers (11:30 pm). DJs for the night are: Chris Douridas (8 pm), Nick Waterhouse (closing set) and Reverberation (between bands). Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

TUESDAY, DEC. 16

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VARIETY SHOW: The Victory Lap variety show returns to The Virgil at 9 pm on Tuesday. Hosted by Seth W. Owen (Movie Night @ The Roosevelt) and Stuart Jenkins (Associate Producer, BBC America’s The Nerdist), the evening features comedy, etc. from Arden Myrin, Ron Lynch, Kate Berlant, Chris Thayer, Santa and additional surprises. Music by the house band, Warp Drive with Alex Dezen of The Damnwells. There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great specials, $8 cocktails, $6 wine and beer all night long. 21+.

VARIETY: The Federal Bar in NoHo presents Elixir - The Show, a free variety show on Tuesday at 8 pm. that’s held at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood at 8 pm on Tuesday. This month, Elixir goes country with the theme Ho Ho Hoedown and features burlesque, cabaret, vocalists, comedy, magic, dance troupes and audience participation games with prizes. Doors at 7:30 pm and the show is from 8:15 pm. Free. 21+. After party karaoke at 10:30 pm.

FILM: Each year, the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Department selects a handful of films to include its screening series, The Contenders. These films, made in the last 12 months, are ones MoMA believes will stand the test of time and include both studio and independent releases. The Hammer Museum continues the screening of each of "The Contenders," and also hosts conversations with the filmmakers. On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Jenny Slate screens Obvious Child; Wednesday at 8 pm features Selma with Ava DuVernay; and Thursday features Nightcrawler with Dan Gilroy and Rene Russo at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $15.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17

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COMEDY: Feel Good is an art party at the Bootleg Theater on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Watch comedian Erica Rhodes get analyzed during a therapy session on stage from a real psychologist Dr. Ildiko Tabori, with comedy and music by Chelsea the Band, Kindred Throats, Jeremy Belanger and Jess Rona and a dance party to close out the night. Hosted by Garrett Mendez. Admission: $5.

COMEDY: The Super Secret Comedy Show at the Lyric Theatre features Anthony Jeselnik and special guests on Wednesday night. Show at 9 pm. Tickets: $9-$18.

AUDIO: Sonos Studio, the audio art gallery, presents its latest exhibition Sound Affects: Music And Mood. It opens to the public on Wednesday and shows “how music transforms moods, alters space and designs the world around us.” The gallery features crystalline structures, video projections, music and light installations and more. The studio space has collaborated with the L.A.-based design firm P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S for the show and features music from tUnE-yArDs and sound designer Jon Bernson. Free admission.

LEARNING:The live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths, starring Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage of the Discovery Channel’s popular show MythBusters, makes a stop at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Wednesday at 8 pm. Currently on tour, the duo present brand new onstage experiments and BTS stories through videos and discussions. Tickets: $36.50 - $79.50. All ages. Doors at 7 pm.

THURSDAY, DEC. 18

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MUSIC: The Echo and Passion of the Weiss present an evening of young rappers at The Echo on Thursday night. The show’s headlined by Jonwayne (from Stones Throw records) with support by opening acts 17-year-old prodigy Chester Watson from Florida and Russ—whom organizers describe as a mix of Kid Cudi and 50 Cent. Tickets: $10-$12.

WHITE ELEPHANT HOLIDAY PARTY: Tart & the Farmer’s Daughter Hotel throws a holiday party on Thursday night from 7-10 pm that features a White Elephant gift exchange. There’s no cover and Tart will provide complimentary passed apps. (You buy your own drinks.) Guests who bring in a wrapped gift—trash or treasure—for the exchange have a chance to win prizes, including an overnight stay at the hotel or tickets to White Arrows.

POLITICAL TALK: Truthdig presents the discussion, Monsters of Our Own Creation? America’s Role in the Mideast, on Thursday at Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club at 7:30 pm (reception at 6:30 pm). The discussion with Middle East expert Juan Cole and veteran foreign affairs journalist Leslie Cockburn, moderated by Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer, will focus on the U.S.’s past, present and future in the Middle East and its role in “cultivating the chaos.” Tickets: $22, $15 for veterans and students. $60 tickets includes VIP reception.

PERFORMANCE: Fake Radio presents an old-time radioplay production of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life on Dec. 18 at 8 pm at the Steve Allen Theater. Special guest Ray Romano makes a special appearance to play Clarence the Angel. The film, which starred Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, was released in 1946 and was re-written for the radio and broadcast in 1947 for the Lux Radio Theatre. Troupe members dress in period style and even recreate the commercials from the original broadcast scripts. The cast also features. Chris Bonno, Dave Cox, Erin Fitzgerald, Jen Hasty, Scott Hennelly, Dan Kinsella, David Koff, Peter Lownds, Julie Milliett, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Jon Stark and Jake West. Tickets: $20.

LIVE READ: Film Independent presents the year's last installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read series on Thursday night at 8 pm. The night promises to be epic, so they’ve moved the event from its usual home at LACMA to the Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA. While we don’t know who Reitman’s tapped to read the script (he usually releases the names on Twitter the week of the show), we do know the film: The Empire Strikes Back. General admission tickets: $50, $75 or $100. Discounts for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and the New York Times Film Club members.

COMEDY: Comedy Palace, the weekly comedy show above a Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz, presents live standup, performances, stories on Thursday at 9 pm with a lineup that includes Joe Wengert, Myq Kaplan, Rob Gleeson and a special guest residency by Heather Thomson. Free.

Related: December Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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