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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. MONDAY, OCT. 17

The political comedy show Don’t Booo, Vote!Is at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (Sunset) in Hollywood on Monday night at 8:30 pm. The show and accompanying voter registration drive welcomes ghosts of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass who host a night of comedy by other historic and political ghosts who've come back because this current election cycle is scaring the crap out of them, too. Tickets: $5.

The 9th Green Me Global Festival for Sustainability runs Monday through Sunday at the Westwood Landmark Regent Theatre featuring a number of films in the running for the Green Me Award 2016, which honors the “greenest” and eco-friendly films. This year’s festival topic is Ocean/Life/Water and also includes 10 presentations, five panel discussion, a film workshop and awards gala. Register for free tickets.

FRINGE (Comedy)
Fringe, an underground comedy show, is at the Public House on Vermont on Mondays at 10 pm. Hosted by JC Coccoli, this week’s lineup features Hampton Yount, Jenny Zigrino, Vladimir Caamano and John Hastings. Admission is pay-what-you-can in the passed bucket ($7 suggested).

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On Monday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s 5th floor ballroom, Random House presents An Evening of Conversation with Jodi Picoult, who discusses her new novel Small Great Things. The book tackles the issues of power, privilege and race when an experienced African American nurse is asked by a white supremacist couple not to touch the baby because of her race. The newborn goes into distress, and the nurse’s decision affects every aspect of her life. Enjoy wine and refreshments at 6:30 pm, followed by Picoult’s remarks at 7 pm. A signing follows the lecture. Tickets: $40 and includes a signed copy of the book.



On Tuesday, The Bootleg Theater & Sid The Cat Present a night of live music with Ducktails, Ablebody (record release), Winter and Wyatt Blair performing on the bar stage. DJ Marion Hodges (KCRW) spins between sets. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12. Ages: 21+.

The Tuck Room, located at the iPic Theaters complex in Westwood, presents a one-night only event on Tuesday at 7 pm. Dinner Uncorkedis a four-course meal that highlights the unique flavor profiles of Piper-Heidsieck Champagnes. Diners will have the opportunity to enjoy four flutes paired with four courses, along with a gift from Piper and Vosges Chocolates. Should you need more enticing, here’s the opening course: a Rosé Sauvage Cocktail with a dash of orange bitters and liqueur paired with a refreshing Tuna Crudo with heirloom tomatoes, Hass avocado and Calabrian chili pesto. Tickets: $75, $60 for iPic members. RSVP needed.

The LA2050 organization invites the public to meet the nonprofits for who’ve applied for the My LA2050 Grants Challenge, vying for funds to make L.A. a great place to live, learn, work and play. LA2050 is toasting L.A. and its innovators, do-gooders and changemakers on Tuesday from 6-9 pm at Grand Park. There will be food trucks, desserts, cocktails and swag. Please register for the event.

On Tuesday at 7 pm, The Last Bookstore presents David Kulczyk who'll read from and discuss his new book, California’s Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms. He will sign copies of the book after discussing some of the chilling and grisly murders documented in the book.

The Satellite presents A tribute to Jeff Buckley with special guests on Tuesday night. Buckley, the son of songwriter Tim Buckley, died far too young and had a song catalog much more varied than his hit “Hallelujah” (one of the best covers of the Leonard Cohen song, ever). Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Free. PEOPLE FOR BIKES (Networking event)
PeopleForBikes launches a nationwide series of bike industry/community networking events, including a meetup on Tuesday at 6:30 pm at Pure Cycles in Burbank. #DRAFTLA features four speakers talking about bike biz, tech, community, events & advocacy: Andreas Freitag, CEO of COBI America; Romel Pascual, executive director of CicLAvia; Damian Kevitt, founder of SAFE and creator of Finish the Ride Event; Josef Bray-Ali, founder of Bike Oven, Co-Founder of Flying Pigeon LA. Golden Road supplies the beer. Networking with beer begins at 6:30 pm and the program begins at 7 pm. The event is free with RSVP.

PRO/CON @ THE PIER (Political discourse)
PRO/CON @ The Pier is a new nonpartisan debate series that will hopefully restore a little bit of faith in that people can still have rational political discussion about polarizing topics. The Tuesday night series, which runs from 6-6 pm, features policy experts and independent moderators talking ballot measures and current issues before Election Day in November. The PRO/CON event is free and open to the public. This week’s topic is Death Penalty - Time to Repeal?


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On ThursdayWednesday night at 7 pm, there’s a special documentary release screening and concert dedicated to the ‘90s low-rock band, Morphine. Things kick off at 7:30 pm with a screening of the documentary Journey of Dreams, with director Mark Shuman in attendance. Immediately after the screening, there’s a live show by Vapors of Morphine (featuring the surviving members of the band and other guests). Tickets: $17+ service fees. 21+.

The Last Bookstore is on a roll this week with scary, spooky events for the season. On Wednesday at 7 pm, An Evening with Horror Screenwriters features a number of horror specialists talking about how they create works that give people nightmares. The panel will be moderated by Peter Katz and includes screenwriters Jeffrey Reddick (Final Destination), Stephen Susco (The Grudge) and Brad Keene (From Within).

Cinespia and IFC team up for the premiere of the showStan Against Evil! on Wednesday night at Hollywood Forever. The show follows a small town’s ex-sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) who begrudgingly joins forces with newbie sheriff Evie Barret (Janet Varney) when they discover that the town’s suffering from a plague of unleashed demons. There’s a screening of episodes one and two at 7:30 pm, followed by at Q&A. The screening is free and also features free In N’ Out Burger, Kogi, Lucifer’s Pizza, Fry Girl and Donut Friend. Beer from Peroni and wine by Apothic (must be 21+). To help track attendance, please RSVP for an admission ticket.

Husband and wife duo Johnnyswim performs at The Fonda Theatre on Wednesday night in celebration of the band’s just-released album Georgica Pond (out this Friday). Penny and Sparrow opens the show. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $25. All ages. (We hear this show’s already sold out, so find your favorite alternative ticket source.)


The Liquid Intelligence series presents a beer tasting this week at The Mixing Room at J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. From 6-7 pm on Thursday, there’s a sampling of the limited-edition Angel City Jameson Irish Imperial Red Ale that’s been brewed in partnership between Angels City and Jameson Irish Whiskey. The Mixing Room serves up the signature Dark Chocolate and Grand Marnier Ganache Cake from Ford's Filling Station to complement the beer. The class is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot and email

LEFT, RIGHT & CENTER (Political podcast taping)
One of KCRW’s most popular podcasts, Left, Right & Center leaves the studio for a live taping on Thursday night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA, just one day after the final presidential debate of the wackiest political seasons ever. Left, Right & Center Live! Election 2016: Inside the Political Circus is hosted by Josh Barro, who serves as the political center, and he’s joined by Gene Sperling, representing the left, and Mona Charen on the right. Special guests include Keli Goff, Mickey Kaus, Leslie Sanchez and Margie Omero. The event starts at 7:45 pm, but come earlier for a drink in the beautiful theater lobby (cash bar). Tickets: $15-$45.

The LA Fashion District presents An Urban Dinner Party on Thursday from 6-9 pm in DTLA. Organizers are setting up a 100+ foot table at where Santee Street dead ends at 8th Street for a not-so-intimate dinner. The $85 ticket price includes a four-course dinner with Chef Felix Barron IV of KTCHN DTLA, complimentary wine provided by Finca La Malena, live music and a light installation. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Downtown Women’s Center. This event is 21+.

St. John’s Well Child & Family Center presents the Transnation Festival from Thursday through Sunday. The fest is a “celebration of transgender artistic and cultural achievements in Los Angeles” and proceeds from the benefit art exhibition, film festival and other programs will benefit the the Imperial Court of Los Angeles and St. John’s Well Child and Family Center in South L.A. . TransNation Festival brings in politicians, entertainers, trans*activists, advocates, supporters and those interested in health, welfare and human rights issues in the transgender community. Thefilm screenings are being held on Oct. 20, 21 and 23 at Cinefamily, and the Queen USA Beauty Pageant is being held at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Film tickets: $12-$14 and the pageant tickets start at $25.

FUTUREROTICA (Immersive arts)
play collaborative arts presents FUTURErotica, an immersive experience for four nights only (Oct. 20-23) in DTLA. Held in an underground art space Montserrat, a rotating cast of characters explores themes of gender fluidity, androgyny, and sexual identity in a utopian future. Each show will be different experience and will use short plays, films and interactive vignettes to lead the audience on a “vice-fueled journey using a unique combination of movement, storytelling, and ritual that will turn on body and mind.” Tickets: $25+ fees.

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