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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.


Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers presents a FALL BRAAAWWWLLL! at Bootleg Theater on Monday at 7:30 pm. The night serves as a fundraiser for Real Girl, a nonprofit dedicated to guiding girls ages 9-16 through its summer and public school programs. The brawl—part of an international feminist and community movement—is a mix of performance art, burlesque, and sport, with judges Keegan Michael Key, Emily V. Gordon and Maribeth Monroe making the final decisions on the matches. Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door, $25 VIP ringside and seats, $100 VIP ringside table.

The British-American comedy duo We Are Thomasse performs at iO West's Mainstage on Monday at 8 pm. The married couple—Thomas and Masse—bring “funny, fresh, high-energy sketches full of sharp wit and expert costume changes, covering everything from an Empathetic Mugger to the Proper Way to Have Sex.” They’re bringing a few friends for surprises, too. Tickets: $5.

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On Tuesday at 7 pm, Sara Benincasa's True Tales of High School Madness is at NerdMelt. Benincasa brings together a bunch of comedians (Ryan Singer, Lindsay Adams, Edward Salazar, Andy Haynes, Andy Juett, and Kristin Rand) to tell weird, wild, dorky or totally ridiculous true tales from their own high school days. In addition to the comedy, the night also serves as a book launch for Benincasa’s new novel DC Trip. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers) is at the Fonda Theater on Tuesday night. Accompanied by a full band, he’ll play songs from the new album Savage Hills Ballroom. Also on the bill: Taylor McFerrin & The Dream Ride. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. All ages. Tickets: $20.

On Tuesday at 7 pm, The Last Bookstore presents Edmond J. Clinton III, who discusses and signs the new biography Clifton’s and Clifford Clinton: A Cafeteria and a Crusader. Clinton III chronicles how his grandfather Clifford Clinton opened the first Clifton’s Cafeteria in 1931 at 618 S. Olive St. and "soon created a respite for weary souls during the Great Depression and a haven for the rest of the city—a place that became a family tradition and a place to gather one’s thoughts, be they political or spiritual.”

VICTORY LAP (Comedy + Variety)
The Victory Lap variety show returns to the Virgil on Tuesday at 8 pm with its Thanksgiving Show. Hosted by Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins, “the show with the wheel” has a lineup that includes Beth Stelling, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Gabe Delahaye and Joe Cobden. Enjoy comedy, music and games with prizes from Prizes from Hache LA, Boo’s Philly Cheesesteak and more. There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great $8 premium cocktails all night. This the the second-to-last Victory Lap as the creators are creating new fun to bring us in the New Year.


Rainn Wilson, who played our favorite TV beet farmer Dwight Schrute, is at Largo on Wednesday night to present his new memoir The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy. He’ll be in conversation with Old 97’s Rhett Miller. Tickets are $40 and include a copy of the book, which will be available for purchase on-site.TABOO TALES (Storytelling)
Taboo Tales returns to the Macha Theater in WeHo on Wednesday at 8 pm for a night of forbidden stories on topics like plastic surgery, race, cults, addiction, stalking and more. Show creators Laurenne Sala, Rahul Subramanian and Corey Podell play host to storytellers DeJon Joyner, Tanya McClure, Mariana Williams, Corrin Barlow, Keryl Brown, Allyson Weinhold and Derek Bloch. Tickets: $15.

HEY GREAT JOB (Arts + Zine)
Hey Great Job— created by the folks behind the Tinder Art Show—presents a free pop-culture pop-up interactive art exhibition and zine launch party on Wednesday at 8 pm at LA Mother in Hollywood. The one-night only show features a life-size interactive coloring book of celebrities. The evening also includes DJ sets by DJ Quess Coast.

The Super Serious Show, hosted by Beth Stelling, is at The Virgil on Wednesday at 7 pm. The evening features a happy hour, music, drinks and videos. Guests include Lindsay Benner, Anthony Jeselnik, Rory Scovel, Allen Strickland Williams and Clare O'Kane. Videos by Wendy McColm. Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 at the door (cash only). 21+.

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A PATH APPEARS (Art + Advocacy)
The Skirball Center opens its latest exhibition, A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World, on Thursday. It’s a inspired by the Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn book A Path Appears (2014), and the Skirball’s presentation is both an interactive exhibition and a social action lab. The exhibition features stories and interactive displays, which include items such as bubble-wrap clouds; a theater made of used tires; a listening station made from 5,000 used CD; the Hippo Water Roller (for carrying water); a portable, inexpensive baby incubator made from hi-tech outdoors fabrics; self-refracting eyeglasses; banana fiber menstrual pads; and the portable, compostable Pee Poo toilet. The designs strive to “motivate visitors to engage with the seemingly overwhelming problems of underserved populations.” The exhibition culminates at the ActionLab, which presents steps visitors can take to begin to change the world. The exhibition runs through Feb. 21, 2016. Admission: $5-$10, but the Skirball and its exhibitions are free to all visitors on Thursdays.

Jason Reitman’s Film Independent at LACMA Live Read series continues on Thursday with a special guest director hand-picked by Reitman. The audience doesn’t know who’s participating in the live read or the screenplay attached until a few days before. Advance tickets are no longer available, but standby tickets may become available at the door. Tickets: $25-$50.

IAM8BIT (Art + Ornaments Show)
iam8bit holds an opening reception on Thursday from 7-10 pm for its second annual Unique One-of-a-Kind Handmade Ornaments Show. Buy “handcrafted and collectible art works that include ornaments, plushies and more. All the works tackle the holidays in surprising ways. Ornaments run from $5-20. Participating artists include: Alissa Smith, Allison Hoffman, Anna Chambers, Chelsea Bayouth, Devorah Herbert, Flat Bonnie, House of Darkly, Lessasaur, Lisa Penney, Moss Mountain, Nicole Gustafsson, Shawnimals, Steff Bomb, Suki-Rose Simakis, Teresa Pilar Huarte, You Cute and others. The show continues through Dec. 20. RSVP via the Facebook invite.MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA (Mystery Readings)
The Mystery Writers of America presents: One Night. Four Authors. Six Mysteries. Eight Truths. Nine Lies. on Thursday at 7 pm. The evening includes a panel, conversation and evening of intrigue and mystery with these exciting authors: Lisa Brackmann, Harley Jane Kozak, Phoef Sutton and Steph Cha.

This Is My Brave, a mental health nonprofit, and Depressed Cake Shop partner with the writers from Amy Ferris’ anthology, Shades of Blue for an event that continues the conversation around mental health issues on Thursday at The Harmony Gold Theater. Shades of Blue writers will share their stories on stage, musical guests will play songs inspired by mental health challenges and the Depressed Cake Shop’s gray baked goods will be on sale. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $25.67.

On Thursday at 8 pm at the Skirball, Rick Moody reads from his new novel Hotels of America, a darkly comic work about a hotel reviewer who tells his life story through his hotel critiques. The book is a “snapshot of the current tech-obsessed, digital world”—one in which we are overly connected and disconnected at the same time. Books available for purchase at the Skirball, and a Q&A and book signing follow the program. Free, but reservations recommended.

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Spaceland and Stones Throw present a night of music by White Boiz, Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Samiyam and MNDSGN at The Regent Theater on Thursday night at 8 pm. Ages 18+. Tickets: $10-$15.

Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America is a benefit concert that’s inspired by the tragic events in Charleston, S.C. Organized by A+E Networks and iHeartMedia, the concert takes place on Wednesday night at the Shrine Auditorium with top music acts, including Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Jamie Foxx, Rhiannon Giddens, Tori Kelly, John Legend, Miguel, P!nk, Jill Scott, Ed Sheeran, The concert benefits organizations that address racism and bias through public policy change, individual innovation and community activism. Tickets: $25-$75. Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 8 pm. All ages.

FLOOD Gallery holds an opening reception on Thursday night for Resurrection: A Star Wars Influenced Art Show. It’s a mashup of “Christian iconography and the instantly recognizable faces (and fur)" from the Star Wars series by graffiti artist Sket One." The artist will be attending the opening reception on Thursday.

Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring a night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 9 pm. Joining them on the bill are Eddie Pepitone, Julian McCullough, Blaine Capatch, the house band The Lampshades (Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson) and more. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Related: November Guide

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