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19 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 19 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.

MONDAY, JAN. 30

SCHOOL NIGHT (Music)
School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live this week are: Ella Vos, Exes, Communist Daughter and Matt Maeson with DJ sets by Prince Spectre and Dr. Doctor. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

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THE NIGHT LIGHT COMEDY SHOW (Laughs)
On Monday at 8 pm, the Night Light Comedy Show takes over the Open Space Theatre on Fairfax. Hosted by Erica Rhodes, the lineup includes Matthew Broussard, Danny Lobell, Stasia Patwell, Lisa Best, Aparna Nancherla and music by Elijah Ocean. Tickets: $10.

ASK AN OFFICER (Panel discussion)
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC), Pocrass & de Los Reyes, Los Angeles Walks and the Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance co-host the Ask an Officer program at 7 pm on Monday at the LACBC offices. Bicycle attorney Jim Pocrass is joined by reps from the LAPD, CHP and the Sheriff's Department. The panel will focus on the new laws concerning those who bike and walk in L.A. A Q&A follows the discussion. Appetizers and refreshments begin at 6:30 and the discussion begins at 7 pm.

THE BUSINESS (Comedy)
The comedy show, The Business Los Angeles, is at Little Joy in Echo Park on Monday night at 9 pm. The Business features the comedic talents of Erin Lennox, Dave Stone, Jamie Loftus, Dan St. Germain and Molly Ruben-Long. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Free.

TUESDAY, JAN. 31

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INSPECTOR GADGET (Book talk)
On Tuesday at 7 pm, Chevalier's Books on Larchmont Avenue welcomes Inspector Gadget creator Andy Heyward. The inspector is a not-too-bright cyborg detective who constantly tries to thwart the operations of the evil organization M.A.D., led by Dr. Claw. Heyword will discuss his book Go Go Gadget: The Creation of Inspector Gadget, talking about the history, early ideas and more. Free.

HAPPY CANADA TIME (Comedy)
Happy Canada Time is a comedy show at the Hollywood Improv (Improv Lab) on Tuesday night in which five comedians go head-to-head for the title of "funniest person in the world" — as determined by three polite Canadian judges. The show is hosted by Deborah Etta Robinson and Ever Mainard (as k.d. lang) who work with guest judges Norm Sousa, Brendon Halloran, Stacey McGunnigle and competitors AIko Tanaka, Lindsay Adams, Matt Kirshen, Chris Estrada and David Gborie. 10 pm. Tickets: $5.

BEST WOMEN’S EROTICA OF THE YEAR, VOL. 2 (Reading)
Skylight Books presents readings from the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year series with editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and contributors Jocelyn Bringas, Melina Greenport and Jade A. Waters. The event features “sexy stories about women who know what they want and go after it.” A Q&A and book signing follows. Free.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1

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RUN THE JEWELS (Music)
Run the Jewels plays the Shrine Expo Hall on Wednesday night at 8 pm with Gaslamp Killer and Special guests Nick Hook, Gangsta Boo and Cuz. All ages. Tickets: $33.50.

HUTCHINS CONSORT: BACH AND ROCK! (Music)
The Hutchins Consort—a violin octet that performs on eight scaled violins—presents its Bach and Rock! program four times in February. The first is a free concert at Mimoda Studio on Pico on Wednesday at 8 pm. The concert features a diverse selection, from Bach Prelude in D to Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. Other concerts (ticketed) happen later this month in Encinitas, Santa Monica and Newport Beach.

SHANE MAUSS: GOOD TRIP (Stand-up)
Comedian Shane Mauss (creator of the podcast Here We Are) brings his Good Trip Psychedelic Comedy Tour to Largo on Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Mauss’s show is part “stand-up, part funny stories of experiences, and part Ted Talk on the theme of psychedelics.” It’s also a history lesson on the stigma, history, and laws and science of psychedelics. Tickets: $30.

DIRECTORS CLOSE-UP: MOONLIGHT (Film talk)
Film Independent’s Directors Close-Up series features five events that take place Wednesday from Feb. 1 through March 1. Each night focuses on a different aspect of filmmaking and each event ends with a hosted reception. The series begins this week at The Landmark in West L.A. on Wednesday at 7:30 pm with Moonlight. Director Barry Jenkins, casting director Yesi Ramirez and members of the cast will explore “the casting process, the actor-director relationship and how to bring to live memorable performances on the screen.” Tickets (nonmembers): $45.

FEAR THE HYPERCUBE (Sci-fi comedy)
Fear the Hypercube is a two-man sci-fi sketch show at UCB Franklin at 9:30 pm on Thursday with Jace Armstrong and Justin Michael. Also on the program: Escape From Alcatraz. Tickets: $7.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2

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'Greatest Hits' features photography by Chris Cuffaro. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)
CHRIS CUFFARO: GREATEST HITS (Photography)
Greatest Hits is a photography retrospective featuring the work of L.A. photographer Chris Cuffaro. The show opens with a public reception from 8:30-11:00pm at Gibson Brands in West Hollywood (the former Tower Records space). The show features more than 60 large photographs and more than 80 24x24 images in limited and numbered quantities. Featured artists include Alice in Chains, Bad Brains, Elvis Costello, George Michael, Henry Rollins, Ice Cube, Ice-T, Nirvana, Willie Nelson and more. Live music from Givers & Takers, Josh Todd, Lauren Ruth Ward, Particle Kid, The Palms, DJ’s Fred Sablan, Jeordie White and others. 100% of the proceeds from artwork sales will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Tickets to the public event and performances: $30 (suggested donation). RSVP mandatory.

SPEECHLESS (Comedy)
Speechless is a popular comedy show that’s made it way down from the Silicon Valley to Nerdmelt Theater on Thursday at 9 pm. Comedians and improvisers attempt to deliver PowerPoints without any knowledge of the slides or topic. Hosted by Caitlin Gill, participants include: Jimmy Pardo, Brent Weinbach, Claire Slattery and Joe Wengert. Tickets: $8.

ASHLAND HILL ANNIVERSARY (Food + drink)
Santa Monica’s Ashland Hill—a craft beer and wine garden and gin & tonic bar—celebrates its second anniversary with a special $2 food and drink menu that starts at 2 pm.

3 WRITERS ON FEAR AND LOATHING (Book talk)
Anxiety and loathing are part of their creative process for many authors and artists. On Thursday at 7:15 pm at ALOUD (held in the Central Library’s Mark Taper Forum) comedian and author Sara Benincasa, writer and illustrator Mari Naomi and novelist Shanthi Sekaran, will be in conversation (for 3 Writers on Fear and Loathing) with writer and literary organizer Michelle Tea, to talk candidly (and with humor) about how fear has played in their work and their creative process. Free. Online advanced reservations are full, but standby seats may be available.

LYFTIE (Party)
The Abbey won a 2016 Lyftie Award for the most visited bar in the nation. Now Lyft is helping the Abbey throw a party on Thursday beginning at 8 pm. Use 30% off rides (up to $5) between 7 pm and 2:30 am to and from the party at the with the code “30ABBEY.”

MIKE DOUGHTY (Music)
Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty (and former frontman of Soul Coughing) is at The Troubadour on Thursday night, performing with his largest touring band: a cello/bass player, drums, another guitar player, an organ player, and a backing vocalist. The show features improvised arrangements of Doughty and Soul Coughing songs, which are never performed the same way twice. Wheatus opens. 8 pm. Tickets: $18-$20. All ages.

THE JUICE (Music + party)
Dance your cares away with The Juice party on Thursday at the Regent Theater in DTLA on Thursday. There’s a short live set by They., and DJ sets by Gravez, Andre Power, Tek.Lun, Drewbyrd, Theo Martins and Spicoli. 8 pm. Tickets: $10-$15. Ages 18+.

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