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20 Awesome Events Happening in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.

MONDAY, FEB. 27

MARDI GRAS MENU (Food)
Little Dom’s in Los Feliz presents its Mardi Gras Menu through Tuesday. Chef Brandon Boudet, a New Orleans native, creates Fat Tuesday feasts that include Boudin Balls, Red Beans & Rice, Pork Belly Cracklins, Soft Crab Po Boys, Beignets, King Cake and Shrimp, Andouille & Chicken Gumbo. Or, indulge in this week’s $18 three-course Monday supper featuring salad, jambalaya and Bananas Foster gelato sundae.

JENS LEKMAN (Music)
Swedish musician and songwriter Jens Lekman plays the Teragram Ballroom on Monday. He’s playing in support of his first album in four years, Life Will See You Now. Lekman mixes disco, samba, bossa nova, calypso and other sounds for his new music. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. The Dove & The Wolf open. The show is all ages. Tickets: $25.

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MBOMBO: AN ORIENTAL EXCURSION (Dinner series)
Feastly presents Mbombo: An Oriental Excursion—an African experiential dinner—in DTLA’s Arts District on Monday night at 7:30 pm. The $65 five-course dinner includes Harira Soup, Fish Tagine, Couscous Lamb, Bastilla and Baklava. Add an African wine pairing for $10 more.

#ALTERNATIVEFACTS COMEDY SHOW (Comedy benefit)
The new monthly stand-up comedy show #AlternativeFacts features rising LA comics while raising funds for a variety of charitable organizations. Hosted by the JB and Benny Blue Review with music provided by Dj Hydroe at Skinny's Lounge in North Hollywood, Monday’s show features a lineup of Jackson McQueen, Alesia Etinoff, Sedric Drake, Alexis Miranda, Benny Blue and a special guest who’s been featured on HBO and Conan. This month’s ticket/door proceeds are going to the Community Foundation of Flint in support of relieving the water crisis. 8 pm. 21+.

AN EVENING AT PATINA (Food fundraiser)
Patina Restaurant Group Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal partners with the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center on Feb. 27 at Patina Restaurant for a feast to raise funds for the development of the JACCC’s new Culinary Cultural Center. The future exhibition space and learning center will highlight Japanese cuisine, culinary talent, and food and beverage products. Be warned, the ticket price is steep—$300 per person!—but in exchange, you get a five-course seated dinner created by some of L.A.’s best chefs. Courses have been prepared by Yutaka Shima, Joji Inoue, Joachim Splichal, Ray Garcia, Josiah Citrin, Andreas Roller and Frania Mendivil. Reservations are required.

TUESDAY, FEB. 28

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THE RUNNING MAN 30TH ANNIVERSARY (Film + talk)
Spaceland and The Alamo Drafthouse present a 30th anniversary screening of The Running Man. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a man framed for a massacre that he didn’t commit in this still relevant dystopian comedy. From Alamo Drafthouse: “The film prophetically imagines "Los Angeles—2017", a future where the media manipulates with fake news, a reality show host gives orders to the military, and the populace is too engrossed in their screens to care.” Afterwards, there’s a Q&A with screenwriter Steven E. de Souza and Matt Gourley, host of the I Was There Too podcast. Tickets: $8-12. Ages 18+.

MARDI GRAS GRAND BAL BASQUE (Party)
The Bootleg Theater celebrates its 10-year anniversary on Tuesday from 7-11 am with a Mardi Gras Grand Bal Masque. Hosted by Comedian and Daily Show correspondent Al Madrigal, the Mardi Gras party features the talents of Philip Littell, poet Rachel Kann, monologist Brian Allman, writer, actor, director Roger Guenveur Smith, magician David Kovac, dancers Rosa Rodriguez Frazier, Joey Navarette and Savoy Bailey and the women of LA LAW (Ladies Arm Wrestling). Music provided by The New Orleans Jazz Band, the Holy Crow Jazz Band and DJ Patrick Belton to keep things shaking on the dance floor. Party-goers will be able to decorate masks to wear and take home. Tickets are $75 and include food and two drinks.

COMICS VS. CROWD (Comedy + game show)
Comics vs. Crowd is a new show that debuts at The Laugh Factory Hollywood on Tuesday night at 10 pm. Combining comedy and interactive games, the crowd battles stand-up comics in feats of trivia, charades and physical challenges. The audience can play along on smartphones, and if the crowd wins, the top player gets a prize. The show is 21+ with a two-drink minimum. The cost is free with RSVP through Facebook or by emailing social@comicsvscrowd.com. Or it's $20 at the door. (Guess which we recommend?)

JOYCE CAROL OATES (Author reading)
PEN Center USA’s The Author Evening Series presents Joyce Carol Oates with Henri Cole on Tuesday at The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever. A New York Times bestselling author, Oates reads from and then discusses her new novel A Book of American Martyrs. She’ll be in conversation with poet Henri Cole. Doors at 7 pm, event at 8 pm. Tickets: $25, $43 with a book. PEN Center USA members get early seating and signing line priority. Cash bar.

PERSONAL NARRATIVE (Art)
Personal Narrative is a group art show that opens this week at the Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery in Santa Monica. Curators Diane Williams and Sheli Silverio have brought together artists from “diverse backgrounds of immigrant diaspora and gender identity”—but who all share the mantle of being outsiders in Donald Trump's America. The opening reception is on Feb. 28 from 6-8 pm. The show runs through June 4.

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LIVE TALKS LOS ANGELES: RAGHAVAN IYER (Reading)
Live Talks Los Angeles presents 2016 James Beard Award-winning chef Raghavan Iyer who’ll talk about his latest cookbook, Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked—and Fried, Too! A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes on Tuesday at 8 pm at William Turner Gallery in Bergamot Station. The gallery will host a special ticketed pre-event reception that includes items from the cookbook. Tickets: $20-$95.

NEIL HAMBURGER LIVE (Comedy)
There’s a special Tuesday night Neil Hamburger LIVE comedy show at The Satellite this week. Featuring the comedic talents of Kate Berlant, Eddie Pepitone, Rob Zabrecky, Hamburger himself and other guests. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30. Tickets: $8-$10. 21+.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1

JACK SAVORETTI (Music)
Jack Savoretti, the English songwriter-musician, plays two intimate dates at The Hotel Cafe on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Tickets are scarce for Thursday’s show, so better luck with the Wednesday show. He’s playing in support of his latest album Sleep No More. Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7 pm. Tickets: $10+ fees.

AUTEUR TV: THE NEW CREATORS (TV talk)
Film Independent closes out its Directors Close-Up 2017 series on Wednesday by turning its focus to the small screen in Auteur TV: The New Creators. The creators of TV shows of the moment discuss launching their series, creative processes and their journeys from indie writers/directors. Moderated by Wendy Calhoun (writer, Empire, Nashville, Justified), the panelists are: Pamela Adlon (writer/director/actor, Better Things, Louie); Rachel Bloom (co-creator/writer/actor, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend); Aline Brosh McKenna (co-creator, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend; writer, The Devil Wears Prada); Issa Rae (writer/director/actor, Insecure). The event takes place at The Landmark Theatre in West LA. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35 for Film Independent members and $45 for nonmembers. A reception hosted by the WGA West follows the panel.

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AMERICAN CRIME: SEASON THREE PREMIERE SCREENING (TV + talk)
The Paley Center presents American Crime: Season Three Premiere Screening & Conversation on Wednesday at 7 pm in Beverly Hills. American Crime, the ABC limited anthology series created by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), tackles complex American social issues in thought-provoking ways. (It’s seriously one of the best shows on network TV if you haven’t had a chance to catch it.) In addition to the season 3 premiere screening, there will be a discussion with cast and creatives, including Ridley and executive producer Michael J. McDonald, and cast Felicity Huffman, Connor Jessup, Richard Cabral, Benito Martinez, Ana Mulvoy-Ten and Mickaëlle X. Bizet. The series returns to ABC on March 12. Tickets: $25, $15 for Paley Center members.

SLATE’S POLITICAL GABFEST (Political talk)
Slate's Political Gabfest comes to L.A. for a live recording on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Emily Bazelon of The New York Times, John Dickerson of Face the Nation and David Plotz of Atlas Obscura will discuss today’s political climate—and we all know there’s a LOT to talk about. Right after the show, there’s a Q&A session. Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are $25-$35.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2

SPEECHLESS (Comedy)
Watch comedians and improvisers attempt to deliver random PowerPoint presentations without any knowledge of the slides beforehand. Speechless features Caitlin Gill, Ian Abramson and Matt Kirshen and others at NerdMelt Showroom on Thursday night at 9 pm. Tickets: $8-10.

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CATFIGHT (Film)
Cinefamily holds the L.A. premiere of the Onur Tukel-directed satire Catfight on Thursday at 7:30 pm. When two college “friends” cross paths, their underhanded compliments deteriorate into coma-inducing physical violence. From Cinefamily: “Between rounds, Catfight paints a bruisingly funny portrait of bourgeois dysfunction, ratcheting up the economic, racial, sexual and political resentment until mud-slinging explodes into mud-wrestling…If a good comedy is supposed to leave you crying and gasping for breath, what we have here is the cinematic equivalent of a chokehold. Trust us: it's a good thing.” Tickets are free RSVP (first-come, first served). Tukel and stars Sandra Oh and Anne Heche will discuss the film following the screening.

DEAD SARA (Music)
The L.A. band Dead Sara will play new songs (and some old favorites) during its March residency at El Cid, performing free shows the first three Thursdays in March (2, 9 and 16). Doors at 8 pm. 21+. This week, LAPoolside opens for the band.

SHERYL CROW (Music)
Sheryl Crow plays a sold out Troubadour on Thursday night, but we’d be remiss in not mentioning her intimate show. We checked and there are tickets floating around through alternative means.

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