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Arts and Entertainment

20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

Fahey/Klein Gallery opens AIR, a solo photography show by Vincent Laforet on Thursday. (Image: 'New York I,' courtesy of the artist and the gallery.)
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Looking for something to do? Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Check out our December Guide for other ideas, too.


British singer/songwriter Dan Croll plays The Echo on Monday night. He’s currently working on his second album, but released his first new song of 2015, “One of Us,” in September. Henry Wolfe opens the evening. 8:30 pm. The show is all ages. Tickets: $18-$20.

The newly redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum reopens to the public on Monday featuring 25 new galleries and 12,000 square feet of more space to show an additional 100 cars, motorcycles, scooters and other vehicles. Admission: $12-$15.

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On Monday at ACME Comedy Theatre, Heather Brooker hosts the first-ever taping of her comedy podcast Motherhood in Hollywood in front of a live audience with guests and fellow comedians Laurie Kilmartin and Danielle Koenig. Brooker, a former news reporter turned actress-comedian-mom, is teaming with Share Our Strength to raise money for the No Kid Hungry campaign at the taping. Guests will have a chance to bid on items in a silent auction and enter a raffle for the cause. Tickets: $12. Doors at 7:30 pm, and the taping begins at 8.



The Paley Center says farewell to the indie comedy 'The League' on Tuesday night. (Image: Jessica Brooks/FX)

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills presents a PaleyLive LA screening and panel discussion with the cast and creators of FXX’s fantasy football comedy The League on Tuesday at 7 pm. The League: A Fond Farewell includes a preview screening of the series finale and a discussion moderated by Rob Huebel. Scheduled to appear are Katie Aselton, Jon Lajoie, Jason Mantzoukas, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer and co-creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer. Tickets: $15 members, $25 for nonmembers.NENETTE ET BONI (Film)
La Collectionneuse presents Claire Denis’ 1996 film Nenette et Boni in 35mm at Cinefamily on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm. This is the Collectionneuse’s favorite film screened in her series so far, about a pizza maker and his troubled (and pregnant) vagabond sister. Stick around for the post-screening reception with drinks, treats and DJ set by Sun Araw. Tickets: $12/free for members.

Mild High Club headlines The Satellite on Tuesday night. Also on the bill are Sea Lions, Frankie & The Witch Fingers and Monster Rally. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $10. The show is 21+.

Zella Day is at the Fonda Theatre on Tuesday night with L.A.-based Harriet playing in support. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm for this all ages show. Tickets: $20.


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A Treasury of Great Recipes: Stories and Specialties from the World's Foremost Restaurants Adapted for the American Kitchen was written by OG foodies Mary and Vincent Price, originally published in 1965. It’s been re-released for its 50th anniversary, and there’s a book signing with daughter Victoria Price on Tuesday at 7 pm at Samuel Freeman Gallery. She’ll be in conversation with writer Elina Shatkin. Wine and selected recipes from the book will be served after the Q & A. RSVP to SUMNEY AND TAYLOR MCFERRIN (Music)
The Lyric Theatre presents An Evening of Improvised Music with Moses Sumney and Taylor McFerrin on Tuesday at 9 pm. Tickets: $12. The show is 18+.

MiniBar Hollywood celebrates its 6-month anniversary with a party on Tuesday night beginning at 5 pm. There are drink specials, snacks from 101 Coffee Shop and gift and prizes from Coronado Brewing Company and Little Dom’s. DJ Rezounds starts spinning at 9 pm.

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New Politics plays the El Rey on Tuesday night as part of ALT98.7FM’s December 2 Remember concert series. New Beat Fund and Coleman Hell open the night. Doors open for the all ages show are at 7 pm. Tickets start at $22.50.

On Tuesday from 7-9 pm, author Patricia Lombard is at Chevalier’s Books on Larchmont for a talk and signing of Larchmont (Arcadia Books). She’ll talk about the neighborhood and its place in L.A. history. Chevalier’s on a roll this week with Mike Bender of Awkward Family Photos signing his latest book on Wednesday and Roi Choi signing on Thursday.



Idina Menzel stars in IF/THEN, which begins a short run at the Pantages this week. (Image: Joan Marcus)

IF/THEN (Musical)
The musical If/Then, starring Idina Menzel, opens at the Pantages on Wednesday for a limited run. With a libretto by Brian Yorkey, a theatrical score by Tom Kitt and directed by Michael Greif, the play follows a 40-year-old woman who returns to New York for a fresh start. 8 pm. If/Then runs through Jan. 3, 2016. Tickets:$29-$175.YOGA FOR A CAUSE (Yoga + Wine + Shopping)
On Wednesday at 7 pm, yoga instructor Jake Ferree leads a rooftop yoga session in the Panorama Lounge at Andaz West Hollywood. Bring donated items (travel size toiletries, packaged underwear/socks, toilet paper belts, etc.) for the LA LGBT Youth Center, which supports and provides services for homeless LGBT youth in Southern California. Following the session, there’s a complimentary wine tasting in Panorama Lounge and designer pop-up shop by LASC and Lolë Women at 8 pm. Tickets: $20 with proceeds going to the LGBT Youth Center.

Matt Costa plays a special acoustic show on Wednesday from 8-11 pm at the first music session at The Garden, a new venue at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Located near the Tropicana Pool, The Garden adds Mexican food flair to a traditional beer garden. Beer offerings include the Spaten Oktoberfest, 10 Barrel Apocalypse and Elysian Night Owl alongside a full taco menu. 21+. The show is free with RSVP.

On Wednesday at 7 pm, tapes The Cracked Podcast at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (Sunset). The Cracked team is partnering with GE to celebrate the release of GE’s limited series with Nat Geo, Breakthrough, which explores cutting-edge science, directed by a notable Hollywood director. The podcast taping will put a comedy spin on science, welcoming Breakthrough episode director Akiva Goldsman, engineer Eric Fitch and Jon Freedman, leader of GE water and natural gas policies. Tickets: $5.

MINI CINEMA (Short Films)
The 2015 Mini Cinema Award Show on Wednesday night features a red carpet event and a screening of the best short films screened throughout Mini Cinema’s 2014 and 2015 seasons. The audience gets to help select the winners. The screening, hosted by Chrissy Carpenter, will take place at Regal Cinema L.A. Live at 8 pm. Tickets: $7.


The Broad and REDCAT present ARRAY @ The Broad, a new ongoing series that features both classic and contemporary films that are “curated with an eye toward the intersection of art, history and cultural identity.” The series also provides post-screening conversations with artists and scholars. Curating the series is ARRAY, an arts collective dedicated to supporting films by people of color and women filmmakers, founded in 2010 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma). DuVernay hosts Thursday’s screening of Paris Blues (1961), which stars Sidney Poitier, Paul Newman, Diahann Carroll and Joanne Woodward. Screening is at 8:30 pm at REDCAT (across the street from The Broad). Tickets: $20.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery presents contemporary photographer Vincent Laforet's premiere exhibition, AIR, and holds an opening reception on Thursday from 7-9 pm. The exhibition showcases photos of 10 cities shot from the air: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Berlin, London, Miami, San Francisco, Barcelona and Sydney. The works show “vastly different color patterns and grids, each landscape subtly revealing much of the city’s own architectural and socioeconomic history.” The works will be on view through Jan. 30, 2016.

Animation Breakdown 2015 is at Cinefamily from Dec. 10-14 for programs that include short and feature-length animated films, both old and new, from all over the world. The opening night program is at 7:30 pm on Thursday and features more than a dozen shorts. From Cinefamily: “This 2015 edition delivers a made-to-order feast for the adventurous Cinefamily filmgoer who’s hungry for strange Simpsons tributes, inter-galactic inter-species sexual encounters, body part rebellion, animal love, and cartoony crime sprees, to name but a few of the delights served up.” Opening night tickets: $12, free for Cinefamily members.

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