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Arts and Entertainment

20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

Gallery1988 (West) opens a solo show by Tom Whalen on Thursday night. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. We’ll be back with our March Guide tomorrow


The Library Foundation’s ALOUD series heads to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica on Monday at 7:30 pm to present renowned Brazilian documentary photographer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sebastião Salgado in conversation about his life and work with writer Pico Iyer. There may be a few limited tickets available for the event.

The A+D Museum closes the exhibition Pushing the Press: The Typecraft Design Library on Monday with a discussion from 6-8 pm. Three designers, Stefan Bucher, Haven Lin-Kirk and Henri Lucas, talk about their works in the exhibition while co-curator David Mayes will engage the audience in discussions about the future role of the library. Admission by donation. RSVPs needed to

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The Grammy Museum premieres its popular traveling photo exhibit, Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer, in L.A. beginning Monday and running through May 24. The exhibit documents Dylan's journey from folk musician to music icon “through more than 50 photographs taken by New York-based photographer and film director Daniel Kramer for a year and a day during 1964 and 1965.” Museum admission is $12.95 for adults.

On Monday night at 9 pm, there’s a live taping of The Last Terrified—the last show ever of the popular Nerdist podcast, Terrified. During its two-year run, Dave Ross and Anna Seregina “laughed in the face of fear, anxiety and self-loathing, using storytelling, stand-up comedy, one-on-one interviews and more to dig into what messes us up as people.” The hosts are bringing some of their friends along to perform and discuss their fears and anxieties and culminates with audience members invited to come one stage and talk about things that terrify them. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.


Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken bring back their City restaurant menu for one night only on Monday night. (Image: Courtesy of Milliken and Feniger)
Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are having a little fun on Monday night for Leap Year. At the Border Grill in DTLA, the chefs resurrect the menu from City, a 36-seat restaurant they opened on Melrose in 1981. Beginning at 6 pm, they’re offering a prix-fixe selection from the City menu that includes Roasted Black Cod, Stuffed Rigatoni, Lamb Moussaka, Chinese BBQ Short Ribs and the CITY Indian Vegetarian Plate and Poona Pancakes. $125 per person. Reservations: 213-486-5171.


The Hammer Museum, along with the UCLA Bruin Republicans, the UCLA Bruin Democrats, Drinking Liberally Los Angeles and Common Cause California are holding a Super Tuesday Bash at the Museum Annex beginning at 5:30 pm to follow the polls, results and pundits on giant screens. There will a cash bar on site to help you raise a glass or drown your sorrows about ‘Merica and American politics. Free. Head back to the Hammer on Wednesday for its follow-up forum: What Happened Last Night? Notes from the Presidential Primary and Other Political Races with three political analysts: Ed Kilgore, managing editor of the Democratic Strategist; Republican strategist John Thomas; and Sean Trende, senior elections analyst forRealClearPolitics. The forum will be moderated by radio host Ian Masters. This event is also free.

KNIGHT OF CUPS (Film premiere)
The Theatre at Ace Hotel and Broad Green Pictures presents the Los Angeles Premiere of Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups on Tuesday at 8 pm. “Starring Christian Bale as a screenwriter searching for self in the seductive underbelly of the Southland,” Knight of Cups' cast also includes Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and others. A Q&A with cast and crew follows the screening. Tickets: $15.

Basia Bulat brings her fantastic voice and music to the Bootleg Theater’s Bar Stage on Tuesday night to celebrate the release of her new album Good Advice. The Weather Station opens. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12-$15.

The monthly Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday returns to the Echoplex on Tuesday night bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90’s to today. (Think Brand New, New Found Glory to American Football and Death Cab For Cutie). Surprise guest DJs spin inside. Admission is free for the first 100 people! $5 after that. Tickets available at the door only. 21+.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill plays the Belasco Theatre in DTLA on Wednesday night. All ages. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $65.

SAUSAL (Beer dinner)
Sausal, a Nuevo Rancho restaurant in El Segundo, teams up with a El Segundo Brewing Co. for a three-course beer dinner on Wednesday at 7 pm. The first course: a Goat Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Popper Salad with Mango, Frisée, Endive, and Bacon paired with El Segundo’s Citra Pale Ale. Hell yes. Price: $45 per person (not including tax and tip). Reservations needed. Check out the full menu.

Schitt’s Creek is a scripted comedy show on the Pop Network, and cast and creators are stopping by the Paley Center on Wednesday night to celebrate the show’s second season with a special premiere screening and panel discussion. Comedy icons Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara star in this Canadian show that tracks the (mis)adventures of a formerly rich family as they settle in Schitt’s Creek, a town they bought as a joke years earlier. Show creators Levy and son Daniel, will be joined by cast members O’Hara, Annie Murphy, Emily Hampshire and Jennifer Robertson. Tickets: $15-$25.

The Moroccan French stand-up comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh Brings his new show Oh My Gad to Largo for a three-night stand this week. Tickets only remain for Wednesday night’s show at 8:30 pm. Says Largo: “building upon the jokes that made him famous overseas and including new observations from his life in America.” Tickets: $30.

TheTam O’Shanter is co-hosting a complimentary—yes free—Scotch tasting with the Museum of American Cocktail on Wednesday from 8:15-10:15 pm. This event features Benromach, the award-winning distillery from Speyside, Scotland, and Scotch experts on hand guide the tastes and answer questions. Featured tastings include: Benromach Imperial Strength, Benromach Peat Smoke Whisky and Benromach 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky. There will be passed hors d’oeuvres created by executive chef Juan Escamilla. No reservations needed.


LA SANTA CECILIA (Music + signing)
L.A.’s own La Santa Cecilia stops at Amoeba Music in Hollywood for a live performance and album signing on Thursday night at 6 pm. The band’s new album, Buenaventura, was just released, and fans purchasing at Amoeba can meet the band and get their copy signed after their set. Free.

EAT YOUR WORDS (Storytelling)
Eat Your Words is a live storytelling event, hosted by Greg Walloch at The Standard, Hollywood from 8-10 pm on Thursday. The evening features stories that are inspired by a food theme, told by storytellers and comedians with special guest appearances by LA area chefs, bartenders and other foodies. Storytellers include: Bethany Dwyer, Bryan Kett, Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis of Cousins Maine Lobster, Shark Tank, and Sam Jay. Free, but RSVP needed.

The 2nd Mar Vista Art walk takes place on Thursday from 6-9 pm along a one-mile stretch of Venice Boulevard from Inglewood Boulevard to Beethoven Street. The night features visual artists and performances by musicians, theater performers and poets.

American Crime is an excellent drama on ABC, and Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of the second season finale on Thursday night, followed by a Q&A and conversation with executive producer Michael McDonald, and actors Felicity Huffman, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral. 7:30 pm.

Angel City Brewery holds a launch party for its new LAger—a liquid love letter to LA—on Thursday night from 6-8 pm. The beer is already on tap at bars and restaurants throughout LA, and will be available in six packs beginning March 1. Food trucks Kai Kai Dumplings and Ridges Churro Bar will be on site, the Arts District Farmers’ Market will be happening right next to the brewery, Viva La Art will have artists creating live art and the brewery art gallery will benefit A Walk on Water. Guests will have a chance to taste the LAger and chat with the brewers.

BUST’D 2 (Art)
On Thursday night, G1988 (West) celebrates the opening of Tom Whalen’s latest show Bust'd 2: Bust'd with a Vengeance. The sequel to his 2014 original Bust'd show features a new collection of the artist’s pop culture busts on screenprints, feature print sets, metal prints, sketches and wood sculptures. Opening reception from 7-9 pm.

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