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20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week (And Weekend)

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Looking for something to do to spend the waning days of 2015 and usher in 2016? Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week and weekend. Don’t forget to check out LAist’s New Year’s Eve guide for other suggestions, too.


TYPE-IN (Typewriters + Poetry)
The Last Bookstore in DTLA hosts a Type-In with the Melrose Poetry Bureau and Richard Polt on Monday from 5-6:30 pm. It’s a happening for typewriter fans with the Melrose Poetry Bureau typing and reading poems. Also on view are typewriters owned and used by Ray Bradbury and Orson Welles, and art by L.A. Marler. Richard Polt, author of The Typewriter Revolution: The Typist’s Companion for the 21st Century will be on hand. Try one of the bookstore’s public typewriters or byot to join in on the fun. Free.

If you’re in for a little road trip, Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven perform their local annual year-end Santa Barbara show at the Lobero Theatre on Monday night. Camper Van Beethoven performs its signature 1988 album Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart in its entirety. Tickets: $29. 8 pm.

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WARP ZONE (Film + Music)
Warp Zone is a free standup comedy show at The Virgil on the last Tuesday of each month. Hosted by comics TK Kelly and Keith Carey, this week’s roster includes Jackie Kashian, Scott Luhrs, Tom Goss, David Rosenberg and surprise guests. No cover

Author Dr. Paul Koudounaris presents a slideshow and lecture on the history of psychic dogs at the Hyperion Tavern in Silver Lake on Wednesday at 10 pm. “Psychicphenomena and ESP have been reported with dogs for centuries, and have even been tested in laboratory settings. What's the truth behind it? And can some dogs even communicate from beyond the grave?” Free.

Melinda Hill hosts the storytelling/comedy night Best of Romantic Encounters on Wednesday at 8:30 pm at UCB Sunset. Some of LA's celebrated humorists share their funniest love and sex stories with the lineup that features Lori Alan, Mary Birdsong, Ginger Gonzaga, Steve Kaplan and Alexi Wasser. Tickets:$5.

2015 IT SUCKED! AWARDS (Comedy)
UCB Franklin presents its annual 2015 It Sucked! Awards, a faux-awards show that honors all the worst people and things from 2015. This year's performers include Colton Dunn, Becky Drysdale, Melissa Hunter, Scott Gairdner, Brittani Nichols and others. Wednesday at 8 pm. Tickets: $5.


SCRIMSHAW & LUBLIN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE EXTRAVAGANZA (Comedy + Variety) 2016: A New Hope is Scrimshaw & Lublin’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, a comedy/variety show created and hosted by comedians Joseph Scrimshaw and Hal Lublin. It’s a night of stand-up, music, improvised shenanigans and more fun at Genghis Cohen. Featured guests are: Josh A. Cagan, Lauren Pritchard
and Carter Parton Rogers. 6:30 pm doors and the show begins at 7 pm. Admission: $10.

LONG BEACH NYE (Music + Party)
The Downtown Long Beach New Year’s Eve block party features an impressive lineup this year with headliners—Saint Motel, ZZ Ward, Houndmouth and Vintage Trouble—each bringing guests to perform with them throughout the evening. Guests include a DJ set from OK Go’s Dan Konopka and Tim Nordwind’s project Xia Xia Technique, FMLYBND, Miles Tackett & The 3 Times and DJ Sovern-T. The three block festival features three stages and will be held rain or shine. Tickets are $40 and are available online only. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Doors at 8 pm.

Lucky Strike at L.A. Live wants you to bowl your way into 2016. There’s no cover charge for the party, which runs from 9 pm to 2 am on NYE, featuring music by DJ B-STING, food, drink and more. Come dressed to impress as the dress code will be enforced. 21+. RSVP to

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Mrs. Fish is throwing a New Year's Eve journey through the decades with L.A.-based funk-pop orchestra Urban Renewal Project and DJ Expo leading guests through a musical time warp. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy passed trays of foods with signature cocktails and NYE fishbowls available (cash bar). Tickets are $75. 21+.

Grand Park + The Music Center presents the third annual N.Y.E.L.A.—a free, family friendly party to ring in the New Year in DTLA. The party is bigger than in years past, taking over Grand Park, The Music Center Plaza and adjacent city streets for live music performances, art installations and 3D animated projections on two sides and 22 stories of the iconic City Hall building to help count down until midnight. This is an alcohol-free event—bring a picnic and a blanket, but leave the beverages (including water) at home. (Empty water bottles to fill up at fountains are OK.) Food and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold at the event.


Orson Welles's long-unavailable film Chimes at Midnight screens exclusively at Cinefamily from Jan. 1-7. It’s a gem in the actor/writer/director’s late career, with Cinefamily calling it one of the “great excavations of an unsung Shakespeare foil, the bumbling knight Sir John Falstaff (a side character who appears in Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor.)” The film’s first screening is at 4:30 pm on New Year’s Day. Tickets: $12/free for members.

ROSE PARADE / ROSE BOWL (Parade + Football)
Pasadena is the epicenter for parades and college football on New Year’s Day. The Rose Parade, which begins at 8 am, celebrates flowers, music, sports and pop culture. Filmmaker Ken Burns serves as this year’s grand marshal, and also new this year is a Downton Abbey float ridden by cast member Elizabeth McGovern. The parade is followed by the Rose Bowl game between Iowa and Stanford at 1:30 pm.

Cut Copy DJs—Dan Whitford and Tim Hoey, Cut Copy’s frontman and guitarist, respectively—headline a night of electronic/dance music at The Regent on Friday night. Joining them on the bill are Aeroplane, Ben Browning, Cooper Saver, Project Pablo, Awesome Tapes from Africa, Peaking Lights, Justin Miller (Have a Killer Time). Doors at 4 pm. Tickets: $20-$26.50.

The 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), which runs from Jan. 1-11, opens on Friday night with Klaus Härö’s The Fencer. The fest’s closing night film screens on January 10 with the U.S. premiere of Last Cab to Darwin, directed by Jeremy Sims. In between the bookend films, there are more than 170 others screening along with special presentations and additional programming. Festival venues include: the Camelot Theatres, Palm Canyon Theatre, Ultra Star Mary Pickford, Regal Cinemas Palm Springs and Annenberg Theater. Individual screening tickets start at $13. The opening night gala tickets are $75. Other pass options available.


Connections to the Natural World is a group art show that opens on Saturday at the LA Artcore Brewery Annex and runs through Jan. 30. For the show, seven artists respond to nature in their work: Sarah Kriehn, Linda Margaret Kilgore, Monica Aissa Martinez, Linda Ingraham, Carolyn Lavender, Patricia Sannit and Mary Shindell.


NEW YEAR’S RACE LOS ANGELES (5k/10k/half-marathon)
New Year's Race Los Angeles is a race that takes place on Sunday night (to give runners a chance to recover from NYE celebrations). The race takes 5,000 runners through DTLA and into Dodger Stadium capitalizing on the hills of Elysian Park for nightime views. The Doubleheader Challenge—running a 5k or 10k and a 1/2 Marathon in the same night—is new this year with only 1,000 spots available. Challenge finishers earn three separate medals. The after-party celebration features free beer from Angel City Brewery for finishers 21+, a DJ, photobooth, food vendors and more. The start and finish lines are located in Grand Park near 1st & Spring streets, with the 5k and 10k starting at 6 pm and the half marathon at 8 pm. Entry fees: $50-$200 for adults.

The Japanese American National Museum holds its annual Oshogatsu Family Festival on Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm. The new year celebration that helps ring in the Year of the Monkey will also feature free crafts, performances and cultural activities for all ages. There will also be demonstrations of the ancient art of candy sculpting, a scavenger hunt, a Curious George-themed bounce house and a mochitsuki (rice pounding) demonstration. It’s also a chance to see Giant Robot Biennale 4.

The Yoga Expo is a one-day event showcasing top yoga studios, taking place at the L.A. Convention Center on Jan. 3. Master teachers from around the world lead more than 150 classes and workshops at throughout the expo, which runs from 10 am to 6 pm. The event brings together the L.A. yoga community while allowing attendees to explore yoga practices and taste local sustainable food and beverages. All class registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Admission: $25 adult. The pass includes unlimited classes and workshops and all-day expo access.

The Second City Hollywood hosts its first open house of the year with free workshops and shows on Sunday, Jan. 3. No experience is necessary to attend most writing and improv classes. The family-friendly shows will be held before 6 pm. Though the sessions are free, reservations are highly recommended. 323.464.8542.

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