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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.


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: The Outer Vibe, Joe Marson and Leah Dou Dyan with DJ sets by Mackswell and Justin Cornwall. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

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It's time once again for the LA Moth GrandSLAM at The Regent on Monday night at 8 pm. Ten past StorySLAM winners take on the theme “breaking ground,” telling stories of “ horizons. Checkpoints and firsts. Growing pains and ice breakers. Pioneers, explorers, and builders. Pulling up anchors and digging in.” Hosted by Brian Finkelstein. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $25. 18+ event.


JUKEBOX MUSICAL (Comedy + musical)
Quick & Funny Musicals presents Jukebox Musical on Tuesday at UCB Theatre (Sunset) with special guest Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. The original production features fav songs from the ‘80s through today reimagined and woven into stories written by former company member Bloom as well as Brian Glidewell, Henry Kaiser, Hannah LoPatin, Meghan Parks, Joseph Porter, Greg Smith and Steve Szlaga. Tickets: $7.

To celebrate what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, there’s a special concert at the Wiltern on Tuesday of people playing Bowie music Bowie-style featuring friends and former bandmates including Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Holly Palmer and Carmine Rojas. The concert’s featured artists include very special guest Sting with Angelo Moore from Fishbone, Latin Grammy Award Winner Gaby Moreno, Bernard Fowler from The Rolling Stones and others. 7 pm. Tickets: $75-$269.

If you like choir music, then be at the Hotel Cafe on Tuesday night at 7 pm for tunes from the Toronto-based Choir! Choir! Choir! Tickets: $24. Ages 21+.

On Tuesday from 7-9 pm, Andaz West Hollywood hosts a reception to debut a specially commissioned set of wings by the LA street artist Colette Miller who’s best known for her Global Angel Wings Project. At the Andaz’s Riot House, guests can watch Miller put the finishing touches on the wings, which were inspired by the hotel’s rock’n’roll past, and participate themselves in painting their own wings on mini-canvases. The hotel’s new chef Justin Taylor will also craft complimentary bites and there are also free drinks to go along with the theme of the evening. Free; valet parking is $10.

The Hammer Museum’s Conversations series welcomes Ian Bogost: Play Anything, a talk with the well-known game designer and philosopher on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Bogost shows “how we can overcome daily anxieties and transform the boring, ordinary world into a place of endless playful possibilities.” A book signing follows the conversation. Free.


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The Pikey celebrates Burns Night with food and drink specials, including The Robert Burns Cocktail for $5. (Image: Eric Shani)

BURNS NIGHT (Eats + drinks)
Jan 25 marks the 258th birthday of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. Celebrate like a Scot and take part in a Burns Night Supper. The dinners usually feature Scotch and haggis (a slow simmered sausage made of sheep’s heart, liver and lungs) and readings of Burns’ poetry. The Pikey celebrates on Wednesday with Haggis with Neeps and Tatties ($28); Cranachan with berries, honey oats and whiskey cream ($9) and selections of Bruchladdich Single Malt Scotch ($5) and The Robert Burns Cocktail — Single Malt Scotch, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Orange Bitters, Matahari Absinthe served up—($5). The Tam O’Shanter has two seatings each on Tuesday and Wednesday (5:30 pm and 8:15pm). The Tam’s celebration features 40 varieties of single malt scotch available for tasting, specially prepared Haggis, and performances by authentic bag pipers, drummers, step dancers and more.

The Petersen Museum presents the free program The Unconventional Canvases of Keith Haring on Wednesday at 7 pm. The museum’s Chief Curator Leslie Kendall discusses the new Keith Haring exhibit with guest curator Brittanie Kinch. Parking in the garage is $12 for public and $10 for members with member validation. RSVP to reserve a spot and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be available while supplies last.

THE SLURRING BEE (Drinks + spelling)
The Slurring Beeis a bar spelling bee that makes its L.A. debut at The Virgil on Wednesday night. Co-produced and co-hosted by Billy Parker and Mandy Levy, the competition costs $5 to compete (you also get a Slurring Bee Shot). Shoot it and then spell something. For every round participants stay standing, they get another free specialty Slurring Bee nectar shot. The contest ends when a queen (or king) bee is crowned. The winner gets half the pot, bee-themed prizes and his/her picture immortalized on the Wall of Fame, and automatic entry into the Tournament of Champions. Signups at 7 pm, spelling commences at 7:30 pm.

Denk Gallery in DTLA presents Belgian artist Arne Quinze’s new exhibition Jungle Cities. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday from 6-11 pm with the artist in attendance. The show features five new works by Quinze. The exhibition runs through April 15.

TALES FROM TINSELTOWN (Storytelling show)
The brand new storytelling show Tales from Tinseltown, hosted by Megan Hayes (Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow) and Oscar Sagastume (Multiple Moth Winner, Buzzfeed), debuts at Three Clubs on Wednesday at 8 pm. The lineup shares Hollywood's Dirty Secrets and a few of their own. Performers are Dylan Brody (NPR, Sirius/XM), Bill Ratner (GI Joe), Richelle Meiss (RIOT LA, UnFictional), Justin Welborn (Justified, The Signal) and Meg Swertlow (ET Online Producer, The Irresponsible Girl's Guide to Dating). Tickets: $5.

VERY FORWARD (Progressive comedy)
The progressive standup comedy show Very Forward is at the Lyric Hyperion Café in Silver Lake on Wednesday at 8:15 pm. The lineup features Eliot Glazer, Aparna Nancherla, Matt Lieb, Laura Willcox and more. Tickets $7 on Eventbrite and $10 at the door.

TINKLE TWINS (Comedy + variety)
Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins who host a monthly night of comedy, music, variety and more at Nerdmelt. On Tuesday at 9 pm, the Tinkle Twins are joined by house band The Lampshades (Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson) and a lineup that includes Kate Berlant (Characters), Johnny Pemberton (Son of Zorn), Aparna Nancherla (yes again! she's everywhere this week) and others. Tickets: $10.

On Wednesday at 8 pm, the Grammy Museum welcomes the Silversun Pickupsfor an intimate performance and conversation. The band will talk about its latest album Better Nature with Scott Goldman, vice president of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. An acoustic performance ends the night. Tickets: $20.


CRACKED.COM (Live comedy)
The live stand up show takes place at Nerdmelt Showroom on Thursday at 7 pm, hosted by Alex Schmidt, a staff writer at and co-host of the podcast Kurt Vonneguys. The show features Nikki Glaser, Matt McCarthy and others. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door

The Broad's Un-Private Collection art talk series returns on Thursday to the Theatre at Ace Hotel and features a conversation between artist Thomas Houseago and musician and art collector Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Some of the topics that the pair will discuss: Houseago’s inspirations and practice, and the impact that visual art and music can have on each other. 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

THE NIGHT OF IDEAS (Art + ideas)
The Night of Ideas, an organized event that takes place in 40 cities around the world, happens on Thursday from 7 pm to 2 am at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Sponsored by the French Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Night of Ideas “presents conversations and debates between thinkers from different fields as well as a rich program of artistic performances.” Confirmed panelists include Chris Kraus, Achille Mbembe, Andrew Berardini, Norman Klein, RoseLee Goldberg, Yuval Sharon, Laure Murat, Celine Spector, Myriam Mechita, Dimitri Chamblas and Luke Fischbeck. Audience members can move between all those events and spaces, and free food and drinks will be available. Discussions and panels set up around the globe will be live-streamed on

SpireWorks opens its second location in Eagle Rock, and on Thursday Tuesday, the public is welcome to stop by between 11 am to 2 pm or 5 to 8 pm for a free food giveaway. Each guest will get a free SpireWorks Destination Döner (a vertically spit roasted meal) as well as a SpireCake dessert and beverage.

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