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19 Things To Do In Los Angeles This Week

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Monogem is just one of the bands playing Satellite Nights this week.

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 January Guide for other events.


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MUSIC: The Satellite continues its Satellite Night series—eight nights of free shows through Jan. 9. Great acts on the bill this week. On Monday, the lineup includes Wildling, City City, Rosechild and Lemmo. Tuesday features Willoughby, Bedouin, Paul Bergmann and The Tennessee Walker; Wednesday night, In The Valley Below headlines with The Bulls, Rose's Pawn Shop, Dr. Doctor; and Thursday includes Monogem, Kiven, Castro and The Red Paintings. Doors at 8 pm.

TEAM KARAOKE LA Karaoke, the social, team-based karaoke league, returns for its second season in L.A. Singers can sign up as an individual or as a team of eight players ($55 per person), and there’s a preseason social on Monday at TRiP in Santa Monica. The competition begins Jan. 12 at TRiP on Mondays and on Tuesdays at 9 on Vine in Hollywood.

COMEDY: On Monday night at UCB Theatre on Sunset at 7 pm, Matt Price and Ilyse Mimoun take sides on The Great Debate: Ferris Bueller - American Hero or the Man Directly Responsible for the Downfall of our Once Great Land? They each take sides on Ferris Bueller's legacy. They’ll rely on the audience to choose debate topics, too. Tickets: $8. (If you miss Monday’s show, they debate again on Jan. 14 on the Comedy Central Stages.)

LIT: On Monday at 7 pm, Vroman’s presents authors Charles Hobbs, Michael Locke, Vincent Brooke and Lizzy Nanney who’ll sign their respective books Silverlake Chronicles & Hidden History of Transportation in Los Angeles. The latter book includes largely untold stories behind transportation/traffic projects like Vincent Thomas Bridge and flops as the Santa Monica Freeway Diamond Lane and the Oxnard-Los Angeles Caltrain commuter rail, while Locke and Brooke explore the history of the hipster enclave of Silver Lake.

FILM: The five films nominated for the Golden Globes’ Best Foreign Language FilmForce Majeure from Sweden; Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem from Israel; Ida from Poland/Denmark; Leviathan from Russia and Tangerines from Estonia—screen at the Aero Theatre next week. On Jan. 10, the day before the Golden Globes ceremony, there’s a free panel discussion with the film’s directors at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood at 1 pm.

ART: The Ace Hotel presents an Inherent Vice Exhibition from Monday through Jan. 11. The hotel has teamed up with Warner Bros. to release Jonny Greenwood’s movie soundtrack and assemble an exhibition in Segovia Hall at the hotel. Works on view by artists John Van Hamersveld, The Haas Brothers, Steven Harrington, Alia Penner, Travis Millard, Lili Lakich and Dustin Stanton. Exhibition hours from noon to 8 pm. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 7 pm.


FILM: The Hammer Museum continues MoMA’s film screening series, The Contenders this week with films that MoMA believes will have a lasting historical significance. Each of the screenings includes a conversation with filmmakers. There’s a screening of Citizenfour on Tuesday; on Wednesday, The Theory of Everything screens followed by a Q&A with actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, screenwriter & producer Anthony McCarten and producer Lisa Bruce. On Thursday, the series features a screening and discussion of Boyhood with director Richard Linklater. Tickets: $15.

ART: TAG Gallery in Santa Monica presents an All Member Show from Jan. 6-24 that features all 42 TAG artists. The group show spans all media and genres and includes works by Don Adler, Shelley Adler, Anne M Bray, Christo Brock, Donn Delson and many others. The gallery is also donating 25 percent of sales from the show to the nonprofit Chrysalis, which helps homeless and low-income people find and retain employment. The opening reception is on Jan. 17 from 5-8 pm.

MUSIC: Lady Low brings its "romance rock" to Harvard and Stone every Tuesday this month. The band’s residency kicks off on Tuesday, supported by Brandy Row.

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MUSIC: The Echo presents a Tuesday Night Residency with the glam rock-meets-honky tonk sounds of Ivory Deville & the country stylings of Jackson Tanner. The bands play every Tuesday this month and kick things off on Jan. 6 with at 8:30 pm with support by The Dustbowl Revival, Geronimo Getty and Tramp for the Lord. Free and priority entry with RSVP. This event is 21+.

MUSIC + FILM: Under The Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth), and starring Scarlett Johansson, screens at the Regent Theater in DTLA accompanied by a live performance of the score. Performers from the Wild Up! ensemble and Wordless Music Orchestra will be conducted by the film’s composer Mica Levi for two shows. The 7:30 pm show is sold out, but tickets remain for the late (10:30 pm) show. Tickets: $23-$38.


COMEDY: Backyard: A Comedy Show That Feels Like Home is a new-ish bimonthly comedy show on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, hosted by Tony Sam and Wes Hudson. Featured performers this Wednesday at 8:30 pm include: Johnny Pemberton, Hampton Yount, Karl Hess and more. The show takes place in the back atrium at The Backyard Restaurant in East Hollywood. Free.

MUSIC: Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra share songs and stories on Wednesdays in January (7th, 14th and 21st) at 9 pm at Rockwell Table & Stage on Vermont. Tickets: $20-25. This event has been cancelled.

COMEDY: VICE writers—Megan Koester, Grant Pardee, Alison Stevenson, Dave Schilling and Josh Androsky—present Entitlement, an evening of standup comedy at The Grand Star Jazz Club in the heart of Chinatown on Wednesday night. Performers include Kyle Kinane of Drunk History and @midnight; Andy Kindler, and Erin Lampart, Sean Keane and Ryan Schumaker. Music provided by the house band La Font. Grand Star drink specials until 11 pm include $4 beers and well drinks. Doors at 8:30 pm and show at 9 pm. $5 cash at the door.

AWARDS: Awards season kicks into full gear this week with the People’s Choice Awards at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live in DTLA. It’s the only major awards show where fans determine the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and television. And it’s one of the few shows where you can actually buy a ticket to see your favorite celebs and stars. Tickets: $30-$175+ fees. Doors at 4:30 pm, and the East Coast broadcast begins at 6 pm.


ELVIS: On Thursday, Jan. 8, Tiki No in North Hollywood celebrates what would have been Elvis Presley’s 80th birthday. Elvis fans and impersonators will celebrate with music, specialty drinks ($8) and food fit for The King. The bar has created a specialty menu that focuses on his Hawaiian years featuring drinks like Hunka Hunka Burning Love, Blue Suede Shoe and Jail House on the Rocks. The Burnt to a Crisp food truck will offer up The King grilled sandwich with peanut butter and banana (Elvis’s favorite), along with a selection of barbecue items including Pulled Pork, Tri Tip Brisket and Chili Fries. The party takes place from 5 pm to 2 am.

FILM: On Thursday at 7 pm, Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents Avatar and Aether: Visionary Women and the Cinematic Occult. The short film program coincides with the MOCA exhibition Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman and includes works by “visionary women that explore heightened states of observation and consciousness, transformation and transcendence, and the ecstasy of experience.” All films are presented in their original 16mm format and include filmmakers Betzy Bromberg, Amy Halpern, Daina Krumins, Gunvor Nelson, Chick Strand and others. Bromberg and Halpern appear in person. At MOCA Grand Avenue, Ahmanson Auditorium. Tickets: $12 General admission; $7 students with valid ID.

COMEDY: Comedy Palace is the free weekly live comedy show that takes place in the attic above The Palace Chinese Restaurant in Los Feliz on Thursdays at 9 pm. The evening features stand-up, storytelling, characters and celeb comedian drop-ins. This week’s guests include Andy Kindler, Baron Vaughn, Arden Myrin, a special guest residency by Brendon Small and others. The comedy is free, but get there early for a seat. Full bar available.

THEATER: redwhite+bluezz @ The Pasadena Playhouse presents Clown Bar, a dark, immersive comedy in which the restaurant becomes a speakeasy for Wayward Clowns. The off-Broadway hit Clown Bar by Adam Szymkowicz features sleazy, corrupt clowns and asks the audience’s help in solving a noirish whodunnit. The clowning around takes place every Thursday in January. Tickets: $60 and include a prix fixe dinner with a choice of entrée. The show and dinner begins at 8 pm, but come early for the pre-show at 7:39 pm for clown cocktails. (Tickets are $30 for performance only.)

January Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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