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20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And check out the December Guide for other events.

MONDAY, DEC. 8

FOOD: Si Laa Thai welcomes Chef Bernhard Mairinger of Bierbeisl for a pop-up dinner event on Monday and Tuesday. The restaurant will feature both Austrian and Thai street food for sampling. Tickets: $65 not including tax, tip and drinks. Dinner between 5-11 pm with last entry at 9:30 pm. Reservations required.

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PERFORMANCE: Liz Williams, managing director of the Museum of the American Cocktail presents the lecture A History of Drinking (Abridged) at The Ace Hotel Upstairs Rooftop Lounge. Admission: $40 in advance/$50 at the door. The program is being held in conjunction with the Crafting the Cocktail exhibit at the Craft in America Center.

CRAIGSLIST CHRISTMAS: On Monday at 8 pm at Mimoda Studio, the Best of Craigslist presents A Craigslist Christmas. The ensemble performs X-mas-themed Craigslist ads verbatim, usually for hilarious effect. Tickets: $15. Entrance through the Paper or Plastik Cafe.

TUESDAY, DEC. 9

MUSIC: Sonos Studios and Pandora present An Evening with tUnE-yArDs at 9 pm at Sonos Studios’ audio gallery on La Brea. Doors open at 8 pm, so arrive early to partake in refreshments. Free, but RSVP is required, but RSVP does not guarantee admission. The event is 21+.

COMEDY: The Lyric Theatre presents The Goddamn Comedy Jam on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Comedy by Jim Jeffries, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel, Roy Wood Jr. & others. Tickets: $12.

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MUSIC: Eric Hutchinson and Tristan Prettyman perform at the El Rey Theatre on Tuesday as part of their City & Sand Tour. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $23.50. All ages.

PERFORMANCE ART: On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, LACMA presents Observations of Predations in Humans, a Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist. The chimpanzee psychologist from Planet of the Apes returns after secretly conducting ethological studies of the human species for the past 20 years. “She shares her findings on aggression and predation in members of the homo genus.” The evening is introduced by cultural theorist Donna Haraway and is followed by a Q & A session. (The event is produced by the artist and “formerly caged Amerindian Coco Fusco.”) Free, but tickets are required. In the Brown Auditorium.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10

COMEDY: The one-woman show Faking It, written and performed by Ivana Shein, and directed by Richard J. Lewis is at the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson at 8 pm on Tuesday. “She once avoided being detained at the US border by convincing a border guard she was famous, this is her story.” The 45-minute show is free, but reservations required by calling: 323.960.5519.

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BOOK TALK: Traveler’s Bookcase on Third Street presents a reading and launch party for Tim Wirkus and his book City of Brick and Shadow on Wednesday at 7 pm. We hear the book includes murder, mayhem, Mormon missionaries in Latin America and comedy. Street and valet parking are available.

COMEDY: The Purge is a new monthly comedy series at the Steve Allen Theater on Wednesday. Brendon Small and friends do 30 minute sets. Hosted by Anna Seregina, joining Small onstage this week are Andrew Donnelly and Laurie Kilmartin. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $12 tickets.

COMEDY: Ye Olde King's Head presents Highly Recommended, an evening of comedy on Wednesday at 8 pm. Hosted by Kyle Martin, the bill also includes Seaton Smith, Dave Stone, Lisa Best and Solomon Georgio. Guests can RSVP at www.kylemartincomedy.com.

VARIETY: tiny DANGEROUSfun! is a new monthly variety show that starts Wednesday at the Eclectic Company Theatre. The show is a mix of “edgy variety and cabaret, focusing on the unusual, experimental and the not-of-the-mainstream.” Hosted by Greg Kaczynski and Lucas Salazar, the featured artists at the December show will include Marian Gonzalez, the Human Encyclopedia; Steve B. Green as Tom Jones; David Nott, star of the Roman Catholic Mime Collective and more. Admission: $10.

MUSICAL: The popular musical Wicked retrns to the Pantages Theater on Wednesday for a limited run through March 15. The show follows two young girls as they grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Tickets start at $35.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 11

MUSIC: The Allah-Las bring their laid back garage-surf tunes to the El Rey on Thursday in support of their latest release Worship The Sun. Also playing are Tashaki Miyaki & Dream Boys. The show is all ages and doors open at 8 pm. Tickets from $20.

ART: Nicholas Vreeland, the subject of the just-released documentary Monk with a Camera, is the grandson of the famed fashion journalist and Vogue editor Diane Vreeland. He’s also a monk—the Abbot of Rato Dratsang monastery in Tibet. Vreeland, also a photographer, is exhibiting his work at the Laemmle Royal featuring 20 images from his Photos for Rato series. Proceeds from the show benefit the monastery. The artist reception is being held on Thursday from 6-9 pm and the film opens in L.A. at the Royal on Friday. RSVP for the reception.

STREET PARTY: The West 3rd Street shopping and dining neighborhood has its annual holiday street party on Thursday from 6-9 pm. More than 100 businesses are expected to participate in the festivities with deals, raffle prizes, live entertainment and holiday treats.

ART: The Standard, Hollywood holds an artist reception for Adi Goodrich's new installation, Like Thiiiiis, for The Box in the hotel lobby on Thursday at 7 pm. The Like Thiiiiis installation features photos that “capture the outset of a young creative’s career and livelihood” and remains on view through the rest of the month.

FILM: On Thursday at 8 pm, there’s an L.A. screening of Sequence, a series of four shorts written and directed by James Alexander Warren. The films star David Aaron Baker, Thom Shelton and others while Toronto-based musician-songwriter Akua Carson also makes her acting debut. The screening happens at Cinefamily and is followed by a DJ set from Dent May at the after party. Tickets: $10.

COMEDY: The online sketch comedy group The Tin Can Brothers go offline on Thursday through Saturday, bringing a live show Seriously. Not a Joke. to the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. The show is making its West Coast debut, and they’re claiming that audiences should laugh “at LEAST 3-5 times during this show.” 8 pm. Tickets: $15-$20.

MUSIC: Portland five-piece band Priory plays a poolside House session at the Viceroy Santa Monica on Thursday at 9:30 pm. The show is free.

TV TALK: The Paley Center presents An Evening with Being Mary Jane on Thursday at 7 pm. Series creator Mara Brock Akil, star Gabrielle Union and other members of the cast and creative team are expected to participate in a screening and conversation celebrating BET’s acclaimed show. Tickets: $15-$25.

Related: December Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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