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20 Awesome Events In Los Angeles This Week

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


NAI PALM (Music)
Nai Palm of the future soul group Hiatus Kaiyote just released her first solo album Needle Paw last week, and performs a solo show at the El Rey Theatre Monday night. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $30.

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On Monday at 7 p.m. at USC’s Bovard Auditorium,NPR Presents: Tom Hanks & Morning Edition Host David Greene in conversation. Hanks, the two-time Academy Award winner, discusses his new collection of short stories, Uncommon Type. Remaining tickets: $55.

The World Choreography Awards takes place on Monday night at 7:30 p.m at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills. Honoring creativity, diversity and innovation of choreographers and their works, the evening is hosted by actor/dancer Kenny Wormald (Footloose, Fear The Walking Dead). Nominees include Ryan Heffington (choreographer for Baby Driver, The OA), Kathryn Burns (choreographer for Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Key and Peele), Jody Sperling (choreographer for The Dancer), Gutierrez (The Get Down) and others. Tickets: $25-$55.

TEGAN & SARA (Music)
Tegan & Sara have two shows at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday and Tuesday to celebrate their new CD, The Con X: Covers. The duo performs acoustic and intimate arrangements of all 14 of the album's songs, followed by fan favorites. A portion of tour proceeds will benefit the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for economic justice, health and representation of LGBTQ girls and women. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $36.50-$70.50.


EL AUTOMÓVIL GRIS (Film + music)
On Tuesday at 8 p.m., the Skirball Cultural Center screens the Mexican silent film El Automóvil Gris (The Grey Automobile, 1919) as the world-renowned Mexican band Troker performs the score live. El Automóvil Gris is a tale of cops and robbers, following the escapades of the Grey Automobile Gang, who once terrorized the streets of Mexico City. Go early to catch the current exhibitions at the Skirball: Another Promised Land: Anita Brenner’s Mexico and Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA. They’re open from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and free to film ticket holders. Tickets: $25 general admission, $20 members and $15 students.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre presents Luncheon on the Grass, a free performance at Maguire Gardens at the Central Library on Tuesday at noon. Duckler directs the site-specific dance performance in collaboration with visual artist Kim West. The piece is inspired by Edouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass and features HDDT core company dancers, Haylee Nichele, Mollie Wolf and Himerria Wortham interacting with the built environment and landscape. Free, but RSVP is requested.

Medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris, Ph.D., lectures on Sawbones, Butchers, and Quacks! as well as signs her new book, The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine on Tuesday night at The Last Bookstore in DTLA. The Butchering Art uncovers stories about the horrors of pre-anesthetic surgery; after her presentation, Paul Koudounaris (author of Empire of Death) will lead a lively discussion. Book signing follows. Free. 8 p.m.


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M. Ward and Rhiannon Giddens perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Ward, who’s also half of the duo She and Him, dives into his eight genre-spanning solo albums. Giddens, recently named a MacArthur Fellow, highlights her latest album, Freedom Highway. Tickets: $41-$105.

DAYBREAKER LA (Yoga + dancing)
On Wednesday, Daybreaker, an early morning yoga and dance party, holds a Halloween celebration for early risers at the Penthouse Nightclub & Dayclub in WeHo. The morning pre-party yoga session is from 5:30-6:30 a.m. followed by a dance party and breakfast treats from 6:30-8:30 a.m. There will be DJs, dancing, performance artists, live musicians, healthy snacks and beverages. Tickets: $20-$35.

The 5th Annual Lit Crawl L.A takes place on Oct. 25 throughout the NoHo Arts District. There are 40+ literary events scheduled at dozens of restaurants, theaters, galleries, bars and other venues over the course of three, 45-minute rounds. The Opening Ceremony is at 6 p.m. at Groundworks/Historic North Hollywood Train Station Plaza, with the three rounds beginning at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. The closing party/speakeasy is at 10 p.m. at the Eclectic. Reading events include: Sisters In Crime, Los Angeles Chapter: The Great L.A. Mystery Throwdown; Melrose Poetry Bureau: Duel Of The Typewriters : Melrose Poetry Bureau Squares Off!; Los Angeles Review Of Books: Revolutionary Reads; Shades & Shadows: Eat Your Heart Out!; Red Hen Press: Red Hen Press Presents: Fowl Language; Exposition Review: L.A. in a Flash. Free.

UNA NOTTE MILANESE (Food + Italian spirits)
Estrella restaurant in West Hollywood presents Una Notte Milanese (“One Night in Milan”) on Wednesday with one seating at 6:30 p.m. The five-course menu features traditional North Italian cuisine by Chef Mirko Paderno with a selection of Gra’it Grappa pairings. Guests will also have the opportunity to sample grappa and amaro both neat and in speciality cocktails. Make reservations by calling 310-652-6613 and mentioning the Grappa Dinner or Una Notte Milanese. Tickets: $75 dollars per person.

ART BATTLE LA (Live art)
Art Battle returns to L.A. on Tuesday at 7 pm to Exchange LA in DTLA for a night of live competitive painting. 16 painters have 20 minutes to turn their canvases into works of art. The audience picks the winner, who wins a $500 cash prize and a position in the LA City Finals. Tickets: $10-$15. 21+.

LUCHA VAVOOM (Mexican wrestling + variety)
Lucha VaVoom returns to the Mayan Theater for its annual Halloween shows on Oct. 25-26. This year’s theme is The Smell of Fear and features Mexican wrestling, burlesque acts, comedy and a mini-set by special guest Peaches. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$75. Ages 21+.

Good Housekeeping in Highland Park conjures up Halloween/Christmas Town cocktails for a Nightmare Before Christmas Pop-Up. Starting this Wednesday and every Wednesday through December (plus Tuesday for Halloween), Bar Director Alex Barbatsis and Head Bartender Lauren Pool create Jack Skellington-worthy drinks, bring in a Holiday Horror photo corner, trick-or-treating at the bar and a Grasshopper Jello Shot, topped with an actual grasshopper.

California African American Museum presents Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop! Fall 2017, the opening night reception for the Fall 2017 exhibitions: We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85; Lezley Saar: Salon des Refusés; and Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora. The art party takes place from 7-9 p.m. at CAAM and also features food trucks and DJ sets by Monalisa and Novena Carmel. Free.

TALES FROM TINSELTOWN (Storytelling show)
The storytelling show Tales from Tinseltown, hosted by Megan Hayes and Oscar Sagastume, returns to Three Clubs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The lineup shares Hollywood's dirty secrets and a few of their own. Performers are: Katie Featherston, Jessica Lee Williamson, Andrew Solmssen, Joseph Corella-Sandler and Sarah Klegman. No recording devices allowed to protect everyone's careers. This month all ticket sales will go to Puerto Rico Relief through UNIDOS. Tickets: $5.

Hometown hip hop artist Open Mike Eagle has his CD release show at The Echo on Wednesday. He released his Brick Body Kids Still Daydream in September, and the album has earned critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, SPIN, etc. Billy Woods opens. 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $11.50-$15. Ages 18+.


Winsome in Echo Park welcomes guest chef Ella Freyinger who cooks up a five-course, prix fixe family style meal for one-night only on Thursday. Her menu shines a light on conservation and includes Umbrian Flatbreads, Marinated Rye Berry Salad, Radicchio Salad, Milken Braised Chicken and an Ube Pie by Winsome’s pastry chef Leslie Mialma. Price: $48 (including gratuity). Cocktails, beers and natural wines will be available for additional charge.

The Setup is a speakeasy comedy that takes place in the back room of Three Clubs lounge in Hollywood on Thursday from 8-10 p.m. The Setup speakeasy features a diverse lineup that includes: Fahim Anwar, Matt Kirshen, Lucas Brothers, Deric Poston, Kevin Shea, Mo Welch, Taylor Tomlinson, Richard Sarvate and Abhay Nadkarni. Tickets: $10 with a two-drink minimum. 21+.

The DTLA brasserie Le Petit Paris celebrates its two-year anniversary on Thursday with a party from 6-8 p.m. There’s live entertainment, complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres created by Executive Chef Baptiste Grellier. RSVP by calling 213.217.4445 or writing to

Focus Features celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and in time for Halloween, there’s an outdoor zombie screening of Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Greek Theater. Guests are encouraged to come in costume as their favorite Shaun of the Dead character. Attendees receive a special Shaun of the Dead t-shirt (while supplies last). Tickets: $12.

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