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20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

iam8bit gallery opens the mixed media art show 'Superhero Hardware' on Thursday. (Image: Courtesy of the gallery and artist)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. Need more suggestions? Check out our February Guide, too.


SEX: A HORROR STORY (Storytelling)
SEX: A Horror Story is a new podcast where comedians tell their most embarrassing, horrifying and laughable sex stories. In honor of its launch, there’s a special live standup show on Monday at 9 pm at iOWest with Alice Wetterlund, Dan St. Germain, Whitmer Thomas, Brandon Wardell and others. The night is hosted by Jak Knight. Tickets: $5.

The Northern Trust Open is LA’s only pro golf event, held at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. The PGA is trying to expand its audience by bringing in food trucks, music and even a live concert on Saturday with the English Beat. The practice rounds and a special collegiate-pro event is being held on Monday, while the tournament officially kicks off on Wednesday (gates open at 6 am) and runs through Sunday. Individual tickets run $19-$64.

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We Are Twisted Fucking Sister is a rock doc, directed by Andrew Horn, about Dee Snider and the glitter band Twisted Sister. The film screens on twice on Monday night at Cinefamily before it opens at Laemmle Theatres on Feb. 19. Dee Snider himself will do a Q&A at the sold-out 7:30 pm show, and the intro to the 10:45 pm screening (some tickets available). Tickets: $15.


THE HIGH LINE (Architecture talk)
Elizabeth Diller, founding partner of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, is in conversation with Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic of the Los Angeles Times, on Tuesday at 7 pm at LAXART. They’ll talk about about the High Line Park in Manhattan, public spaces and Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s recent projects including LA's newest museum, The Broad. Please RSVP to

To continue its year-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Watts Rebellion, Cal State, Dominguez Hills, welcomes best-selling novelist and L.A. native Walter Mosley for the 2016 Patricia Eliet Memorial Lecture on Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 pm in the Loker Student Union ballroom. Mosley, a lauded and prolific writer, is best known for his mysteries featuring detective Easy Rawlins, an African-American World War II veteran who lives in Watts. This event is free and open to the public; parking passes are $6.

The Hammer presents Deep Night with Dale Seever on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The event is a live talk show in which host Dale Seever (James Bewley) interviews guests “about their areas of expertise and the personas that fascinate them most.” At the Hammer, Seever welcomes comedian Kate Berlant; composer Cyrus Ghahremani; and medical librarian Megan Rosenbloom (Death Salon). Music provided by Nina Tarr of Nightswim. A cash bar is available throughout the evening. The program is free.

MINECRAFT (Game tournament)
iPic Theaters in Westwood and Pasadena participates in the Minecraft Tournament: Galactic Mission, a four-week event that pits players for live, face-to-face play on the big screen. The tournament is taking place in 80+ theaters around the world with gamers playing for the coveted Super League championship trophy and $15,000 team scholarship. Tickets are $60 per gamer, and parents and caregivers can watch for free. Games start at 4:30 pm and continues on Tuesdays (Feb. 23, March 1 and March 8).

Also at Nerdmelt on Tuesday at 9 pm, Horrible Movie Night returns with Project Vampire, a 1993 classic in which a mad scientist sells a serum that turns people into vampires loyal to him. Attendees are welcome to roast the film and the best one-liners of the night win prizes. Comedy by Lindsay Adams and Sean Leary, and free popcorn to boot. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.

Joke Thieves is a comedy show where comedians perform their own jokes and then each other’s. Hosted by Matt Kirshen, the show takes place on Tuesday at 7 pm at Nerdmelt with Baron Vaughn, Joe DeRosa, Jamie Lee and others. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.

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SUPER SERIOUS SHOW (Comedy + variety)
The Super Serious Show presents a mashup of standup, sketch comedy, videos and more. This week, the show’s at the Virgil on Wednesday at 7 pm with Demetri Martin, Moses Storm, Katia Kvinge, Eli Olsberg, Sam Simmons, Daniel Sloss and videos by The DADS. Tickets: $7.

The House of Red Velvet presents a night of surreal and avant-garde burlesque featuring dancer Olivia Bellafontaine, who walks the line between erotic and the disturbing. The show is being held at Bar Lubitsch on Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Comedian Tom Papa hosts his Come To Papa Live Radio Show at Largo on Wednesday night at 8:30 pm featuring Colin Hay, Sarah Silverman, Bill Burr with special guests. Papa writes the script for the live radio show and casts the actors himself. Tickets: $30.

Film Independent’s Directors Close Up series gives film fans a chance to hear from the best indie directors and their collaborators through in-depth conversations. This week’s talk, held on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at the Landmark, features writers and directors talking about story, storytelling and collaboration. Panelists include: Aaron Covington (writer, Creed); Meg Le Fauve (writer, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur); Donald Margulies (writer, The End of the Tour, Dinner with Friends); Josh Singer (writer, Spotlight, The Fifth Estate) and Kevin Willmott (writer, Chi-raq; writer/director, CSA: The Confederate States of America). Tickets: $35.

Women of Cinefamily present films written, directed or starring women that resonate with the female experience. On Wednesday at 10:30 pm, they’ll screen The Summer of Sangaile, directed by Alanté Kavaïté. The 2015 film is the Lithuanian answer to Blue is the Warmest Color. It’s a “dreamy lakeside love story between two young girls who tumble together through a brief but tender summertime season.” Stay for the after party with DJ Vickkie and Shmal. Tickets: $12. [We originally listed this on Thursday. It is on Wednesday, Feb. 17.]


Laurence Fishburne steps in for director Jason Reitman at the monthly Film Independent’s Live Read at LACMA on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. Fishburne has selected The Maltese Falcon and is assembling a cast of surprises, which will be announced this week. Advanced tickets ($25-$50) are sold out, but there will be a standby line.

iam8bit presents Superhero Hardware, a new solo show featuring 20 new works from artist Devorah Herbert, an L.A.-based artist and production designer. Best known for her work on film/TV projects such as End of Watch, Hung, Revenge and Grace and Frankie, Herbert features mixed media in the show, “blending layers of iconic American comic book and pop culture imagery with acrylic and spray paint, to upend ideas of gender, race and power.” The opening reception is on Thursday from 7-10 pm. The show runs through March 6.

Avid Dancer (LA's Jacob Dillan Summers) headlines The Echo on Thursday night.
Banta and Gothic Tropic open the show. Doors at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $9.50 - $11.50. The sow is 18+.

Ludlows Cocktails Co. is holding a Kickstarter campaign to help launch its bottled SPRITZline (a sparkling, wine based, cocktail made famous by Italy’s Aperol Spritz). To help launch the campaign, the Ludlows crew is holding a Champagne Emoji Tattoo Party at 7 pm at The Honorable Society Tattoo Parlour in WeHo. Get an emoji tattoo for $25, which goes towards their Kickstarter campaign. To attend the party, please RSVP to Space is limited. 21+.

On Thursday, Los Angeles Magazine hosts its first-ever Whiskey Festival at the La Brea Tar Pits. Sample pours from distilleries from around the world, meet whiskey experts and learn new cocktail recipes. $75+. **We hear this event is now sold out.

There's a RAW ARTISTS Show @ the Globe Theater DTLA on Thursday from 7-11 pm. For details and to purchase tickets.

Want the 411 on additional events and happenings in LA? Follow @LAist or me (@christineziemba) on Twitter.

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