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Arts and Entertainment

20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. Need more suggestions? Check out our January Guide, too.


The California African American museum opens its latest exhibition, Evolution of the Revolution, on Monday (with free admission all day in honor of MLK Day). The immersive multimedia installation, created by Surreal Box Cinema, explores the African American revolutionary path. The exhibition will remain on view through June 26.

DINE L.A.(Food)
DineLA Restaurant Week returns to Los Angeles for two weeks beginning on Monday (Jan. 18) and running through Jan. 31. Participating restaurants offer prix-fixe menus for lunch, dinner or both ranging from $15 to $49. Check out the dozens of participating restaurants then make a reservation.

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LACMA is free today, so go out and see some art! The Target Free Holiday Monday runs through 5 p.m. in honor of the Martin Luther King holiday. Today's the last day to view the works in the exhibition, New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933.

On Monday at 8 p.m., iO West presents the shows Operocka and Pitch Please. The former is a live, unscripted rock opera, based on inspiration from the audience. Pitch, Please! “creates a fully improvised, a cappella, one-act musical out of thin air,” again from an audience suggestion.
Tickets: $5.


Car Seat Headrest recently released his Matador debut, Teens of Style, and the 23-year-old songwriter (Will Toledo) brings his four-piece band to play the Bootleg Bar on Tuesday night (his first L.A. show). We hear the small room's already sold out, so you might have to find an alternative method to securing a ticket. Worn-tin opens. 8 p.m.

The Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens opens the exhibition Farewell, Eden, on Tuesday. The exhibit presents works by artists who are examining the changing nature of Nature in a human-dominated world. Farewell, Eden shows through April 3. Admission: $4-9.

Josh Ritter and his Royal City Band perform at The Fonda Theatre on Tuesday in support of his latest album, Sermon On The Rocks. Elephant Revival opens. Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $33.50. All ages.

The Craigslist Monologues returns to the stage on Tuesday night at its new home: UCB Sunset. Hosts Natalie Lander and Brittany Ross invite actors/comedians to read actual posts from Craigslist, "each bringing their own take to the already outlandish postings." Show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $5.

THE GO! TEAM (Music)
The Go! Team has embarked on its first U.S. tour in five years, supporting its latest release, The Scene Between. The Brighton, England-based band brings the lively melodies to the Roxy on Tuesday night. Glockabelle opens the show. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm.Tickets: $20. All ages.

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ART & SOUL SESSIONS (Music + Poetry)
Downtown LA's The Association presents The Art & Soul Sessions, a night of music and poetry on Tuesday night. Hosted by Hewan, the evening will feature live music by The Philosophers. 8 p.m. DJ until 2 a.m. The event happens every third Tuesday of the month if you can't make it this week. Admission is $5. If you want table reservations, email


On Wednesday at 8 p.m., there's a launch party of the London-based PUSS PUSS Magazine upstairs at the Ace Hotel. PUSS PUSS is tailored to those who like culture, fashion, music and cats. Issue 3 of PUSS PUSS features Tyler, The Creator, Tokyo-based jewelry designer Yoon Ambush, London fashion designer Pam Hogg and more. Free with RSVP.

The Chicago-based indie band The Kickback headlines a night at the Satellite on Wednesday. Also on the bill are Quiet Company and Crown Plaza. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. 21+. Tickets: $10. The Kickback also plays a free set at School Night this week (Monday).

Panic! At The Disco returns to play The Tower Theater on Tuesday night. They're playing in support of the band's latest release, a Frank Sinatra-inspired album, Death of a Bachelor. 7 p.m. Tickets: $35.

FLIX AT FIG (Film series)
The FLIX at FIG free film series returns to DTLA's FIGat7th on Wednesday night, screening Zoolander. Live DJ and happy hour begins at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 7 p.m. Buy food and drinks at the TASTE Food Hall, bring a blanket and enjoy the show for free. Bringing outside food or beverages is discouraged.

Los Angeles Magazine holds its third annual Best New Restaurants event on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at 440 Seaton in DTLA's Arts District. Sip, sample and then hobnob with chefs from participating restaurants, which include The Bellwether, Birch, Broken Spanish, Le Comptoir, Love & Salt, Redbird, Terrine and more. Tickets: $70 (all food and cocktails are included). 21+ only.


LIVE READ (Film reading)
Film Independent's Live Read series at LACMA continues on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with a guest director stepping in for Jason Reitman. Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo and Never Let Me Go) has assembled an awesome cast for Dr. Strangelove, including Patrick Stewart, Josh Gad, Colin Hanks, Johnny Knoxville, Olivia Wilde, Seth Rogen, Shia LaBeouf and others. A few limited tickets may be available at the door. Tickets: $25-$50 (general public).

PHOTO LA (Photography)
photo la—an international photography art show—returns to LA for its 25th year at The REEF in DTLA's LA Mart beginning on Thursday night. The 2015 edition features photographic art from the 19th century onward. In addition to exhibitions by dealers, galleries, museums and nonprofit organizations, photo la's programming will also feature lectures, discussions, installations, tours and a special opening gala that honors artist James Welling. Another highlight to check out is MJ Kim's photo exhibition, Here, There and Everywhere with Paul McCartney: A World-Spanning Collection of Images by MJ Kim (McCartney's personal photographer). Tickets/passes: $15-$30+ fees. (programming tickets extra). Thursday night's gala tickets: $85.39.

Leica Gallery Los Angeles presents Billy Zane's first exhibition of photos: Rock, Parchment, Scissors. Also an accomplished painter, Zane has exhibited in Miami, London, Los Angeles and Budapest. It opens on Thursday and runs through Feb. 26. Also opening is Dennys Ilic’s Retrospective, which runs concurrently. The artists' reception is on Saturday from 6-9 p.m. (RSVP needed for reception). #REPOST (Art)
Art Share L.A. and Paper And Fabric team up for the gallery exhibition #Repost. The show and its accompanying pop-up shop celebrates "connectivity through culture in our digital age." The works of two of L.A.'s most recognizable street artists Colette Miller and WRDSMTH will be on view. On Thursday, from 6-8 p.m., Emerging Leaders of Art Share L.A. host a VIP reception, artist talk and signing table for merch from the Paper and Fabric Pop-Up Shop. VIP Reception sponsored by Iron Triangle Brewery. Tickets for VIP Reception are $40, and the show opens its doors to the public from 8-11 p.m.

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 p.m. Joining them on the bill are Will Sasso, Sara Schaefer, Joe Mande, the house band The Lampshades (Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson) and more. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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