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20 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

Vanessa Davis is at Skylight Books on Tuesday to discuss her book of illustrations, 'Spaniel Rage.' (Image: Courtesy of Davis)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


The Abbey Food & Bar and The Chapel at The Abbey continues the resistance with a “Not My President’s Day” party on Monday (Feb. 20). Hosted by Misty Violet (who we hear does a killer impersonation of First Lady Melania Trump), the event features The Abbey’s gogo dancers in President Trump wigs and signature cocktails like “The Travel Ban,” “Putin’s Lover,” “Tweeter-In-Chief,” “Stolen Justice” and “Warned and Persisted.” The establishment is encouraging patrons to donate to the ACLU and HRC (Human Rights Campaign) all weekend long.

Culinary MC and fundraiser Billy Harris unveils his new dinner series Hanging with Harris on Monday night. The eight intimate, multi-course dining events take place throughout L.A. through May. Each Monday night dinner ($125) begins with a cocktail reception with the Scotch whisky distiller, William Grant & Sons, followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairings from a distinguished chef and a charity auction. A portion of ticket sales and all proceeds from the auction items will benefit four of Harris’ charities: James Beard Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, No Kid Hungry and PIGGY BANK. The series kicks off at 6:30 pm on Monday with Chef Bruce Kalman at Union in Pasadena.

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CAMERA ROLL LIVE (Gameshow + comedy)
Camera Roll LIVE is a comedy game show that challenges comedians to craft jokes and be creative using only the photos on their phones. It takes place on Monday at 8:30 pm at UCB Sunset. “In a series of rounds, our host will pull a prompt card from a deck and the comedians will race against the clock to find an image that best relates to the topic for the chance to win points. Photo choices are displayed, judged, rewarded and most importantly mocked by the host, audience and comedians.” Hosted by Brad Silnutzer, the guests on Monday’s show are Brody Stevens, Calise Hawkins, Howard Kremer and Jenny Zigrino. Tickets: $7.

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: d∆wn, Gordi, Rel and a secret guest and with DJ sets by Milo McBride, Classy Williams and Chris Douridas. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

Comedian Bridgid Ryan hosts Forgotten: A Night of Love Songs on Monday at 10:30 pm at UCB Sunset. Guests Keenan Montgomery, Jimmy Rae Bennett (Hand of God), Connie Shin, Greg L. Smith, James Dolorean and The Walk of Shame perform original and cover songs about love. Tickets: $7.


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THE HOUSE OF RED VELVET (Performance art)
The House of Red Velvet, a dark arts and surreal erotica show, celebrates its first year anniversary at Bar Lubitsch on Wednesday night at 9:15 pm. Performers include Olivia Bellafontaine, Kristina Nekyia, Miss Miranda, Brynn Route, Claudia Musikul and Erica Snap. Doors at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 day day of.

On Tuesday at 9 pm at the NerdMelt Showroom, the Historical Roast show takes on two of L.A.’s hip-hop icons: Tupac and Biggie. The show features Jamar Neighbors, Teddy Ray, Ed Salazar, James Davis, Kim Congdon, Sara Weinshenk, Michael D’Bey and others. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

OSCAR WEEK (Screenings + discussion)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a series of public programs this Oscar week to celebrate this year’s nominees in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling and Animated and Live Action Short Film categories. All events will take place at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The series kicks off on Tuesday night at 7 pm with Tim Miller, director of Deadpool (2016), hosting the event on animated and live action shorts.

On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Skylight Book presents the book launch for Vanessa Davis’ Spaniel Rage (D+Q), a reissue of a collection of pencil drawings she accumulated in her early 20s while a single woman living in New York. (She lives in L.A. now).


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Ryan Adams celebrates his latest release, Prisoner, with a performance at Amoeba on Wednesday at 6 pm. To attend and get the limited-edition "Ryan Adams, Live at Amoeba" poster, buy Prisoner on CD or LP at the store for a ticket (limit of two per person). This is a performance only, no signing or meet-and-greet. Admission line for the show forms at 4 pm on Wednesday and there will be no standby line for the show.

Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks presents a Chef’s Prohibition Menu dinner on Wednesday that showcases the restaurant’s extensive lists of gin, whiskey and cognac. The menu (for $65 per person, not including tip or tax) features cocktail pairings, such as Blackened Shrimp and Scallops and a Mint Julep and Grilled Pork Chop and an Old Fashioned and a Citron/Lemon Pound Cake and a Sidecar #1. 5:30 pm.

THE DROP: BUSH (Music + talk)
The Grammy Museum welcomes Bush on Wednesday night at 8 pm for its program The Drop. The band’s releasing a new album called Black and White Rainbows, and they’ll be giving an acoustic performance at the museum as well as an interview moderated by Scott Goldman, VP of the Grammy Foundation. Tickets: $20.

Chef Akasha Richmond and Chef De Cuisine Kirk Plummer of AR Cucina in Culver City prepare a five-course Sicilian dinner on Wednesday night featuring Firriato Wines. The dinner begins with a reception at 5:30 pm featuring passed Eggplant Caponata on Crostini; Panelle (chickpea fritters); and Akasha’s Sicilian Pizza paired with Saint Germain Grillo, Catarratto Spumante, 2015. The seated dinner includes more amazing tastes, each paired with a different wine. The dinner is $75 per person including wine pairings, but exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 310.845.1700 for reservations or visit

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CASSAVETES’S SHADOW 2017, SHE’S SO LOVELY (Film screening + conversation)
The Film Independent Spirit Awards takes place on Saturday in Santa Monica, and the John Cassavetes Award is presented to the creative team of a film budgeted at less than $500,000. To honor the award’s namesake, Film Independent holds a screening of a work by Cassavetes at LACMA. On Thursday, She’s So Lovely, starring Sean Penn and Robin Wright, will be screened. The film was written by Cassavetes and directed by his son Nick after his death. The night then also includes a conversation with 2017 Film Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award Nominees: Andrew Ahn, writer / director of Spa Night; Michael Bowes, producer of Free In Deed; So Yong Kim, writer / director of Lovesong; Joshua Locy, writer / director of Hunter Gatherer; Jake Mahaffy, writer / director of Free In Deed; and T.W. Pittman, writer / director / producer of Nakom. Free; limit two tickets.

HOW TO BE DEPRESSED (Comedy + book party)
The How to Be Depressed Comedy Show and Book Release Party takes place on Thursday night at 8 pm at the ACME Theater. The lineup features comedians Dana Eagle, Eddie Pepitone, Mark Eddie, Jackie Kashian, Tommy Lama and a reading of Eagle’s new book How to Be Depressed: A Guide. She was diagnosed with depression as a preteen and offers wry insight to “therapeutic” activities, including “Depressed Fashions” and a bad-poetry generator. Free with RSVP.

On Thursday night at 7:30 pm at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Writers Bloc presents Ayelet Waldman and Susan Orlean on Microdosing LSD for a really good day. Novelist Waldman, who for years suffered from depression, mood swings and Bipolar disorder discusses her use of LSD microdoses and her new book, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life. She’ll be interviewed by author and journalist Susan Orlean. Tickets: $20.


The L.A. Art Book Fair opens this week at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. (Image detail: Courtesy of Printed Matter)
LA ART BOOK FAIR 2017 (Art fair)
Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair 2017 takes over The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA through Sunday. The preview party takes place on Thursday from 6-9 pm with a special sneak peek and special musical performances by Seth Bogart and Kembra Pfahler & Christian Music from The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black.

Comedian Greg Proops celebrates the release of the paperback edition of The Smartest Book in the World on Thursday night at 7 pm at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont. He’ll do a reading, talk, Q&A and signing at the bookstore. Free Admission, call 323-465-1334 to pre-order a copy of The Smartest Book in the World (paperback edition) to reserve a seat.

HUMANS! (Comedy hosted by a robot)
HUMANS! A comedy show hosted by a robot takes place on Thursday at 8 pm at Amplyfi (5617 1/2 Melrose Ave, L.A., entrance in back). Hosted by a Robot and Mikey Heller, the night features guests Ian Abramson, Amber Nelson, Max Baumgarten, Nikki Black, Kyle Mizono and Anna Seregina. Admission $5.

Jaret Reddick of Bowling For Soup plays the Hotel Cafe Main Stage on Thursday night from 7-9 pm with special guests in tow. Tickets ($15+ fees). Later that night, Ike Reilly plays the late set at 10 pm with Tom Morello, Lia Rose and others. Each set: $15+ fees.

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