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20 Of The Coolest Events Happening in L.A. This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this holiday week. If you need more suggestions, check out our December Guide.


Nick Waterhouse brings his bluesy, soulful retro sounds to The Regent in DTLA on Monday night. He’s performing in support of his third album Never Twice, released in September. Sadgirl, Cutty Flam will open the show. Tickets: $17.50-$22.50. Ages 18+. 8 pm.

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QUADRATIC FORMULA (Beer + cheese pairing)
Angel City Brewery introduces Quadratic Formula, a Belgian Quadruple beer, crafted to celebrate the brewery’s 1000th batch, 620,000 gallons of beer and four years. There are only 5,000 pints available of the beer, so either belly up to the bar sometime soon, or head to the brewery on Monday at 6:30 pm for Ale Academy: Guided Cheese and Beer Pairing with Vagabond Cheese. Tickets to the event ($20) include five of ACB’s featured beers, each paired with an artisanal cheese, along with crackers, nuts, dried fruit and preserves.


LA LA LAND + FOUR SEASONS (Dinner + movie)
The Four Seasons has teamed up with Lionsgate Films to offer a prix-fixe dinner for two and a private screening of LA LA Land at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. The $89 (not including tax and gratuity) prix-fixe menu for two at Culina has two seatings. Seating #1: 6:20pm (movie) / 8:45 pm (dinner); and Seating #2: 6:30pm (dinner) / 8:50pm (movie). Reservations can be made by calling (310) 860-4000.


The exhibition, 'Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media' opens at the Getty Museum this week. (Image: Donald R. Blumberg, Untitled, from the series Television Political Mosaics, 1968-1969)
BREAKING NEWS (Art + news)
The Getty Center presents the exhibition Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media from Tuesday through April 30, 2017. The exhibition explores how artists have treated and commented on news images in their works. Through photos and videos, the exhibition’s artists have “juxtaposed, mimicked, and appropriated media elements to transform ephemeral news into lasting works of art.”

Gallery 38 in the West Adams neighborhood continues its #THEARTDIALOGUES serieson Tuesday night at 6 pm. There’s a conversation with the gallery’s featured artist, Sam Pace, which is moderated by California African American Museum curator Vida Brown. Reservations are mandatory and seating is limited. Email Pace’s Cafe Bohemian exhibit is currently on view in the gallery.

Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), a contemporary art nonprofit organization, has a holiday Moveable Feast on Tuesday from 6-9 pm at Bar Bouchon in Beverly Hills. The night is a celebration of the “endurance of art, vision, and innovation” with Chef Keller’s seasonal fare and drinks. Tickets: $85.

Victory Lap presents the puppet, comedy and variety show: When Puppets Are Your Only Friends on Tuesday night at the Virgil. Hosted by Jared Ramirez and Molly Fite, the guest lineup features The Bob Baker Marionettes, Drennon Davis (Imaginary Radio), Pam Severns (IFC's Stan Against Evil), Sethward Allison, Wesley Dolores, Ember Knight, Sherry Layne and others. Doors at 7:30, show at 8 pm. There’s no cover and $6 cocktails start at 7 pm.

THE MOTH (Storytelling)
The Moth storytelling series returns to Los Globos on Tuesday with storytellers spinning tales on “give and take." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about giving, receiving or compromises in between. No notes and no standup. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 pm and tales begin at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein. Tickets: $10. The venue is 21+.

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WHY HIM? (Film + Q&A)
Alamo Drafthouse L.A. presents a free sneak preview screening of the comedy Why Him? on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The film screening is followed by a Q&A with cast including Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Megan Mullally, Keegan-Michael Key and director John Hamburg (schedules permitting). RSVPs mandatory.


LA GIVES BACK is an event that raises awareness and funds for L.A.’s homeless epidemic through a night of dance. Created by IHEARTCOMIX, the one-night event features promoters coming together to present a great lineup of acts from Brownies & Lemonade, Ham on Everything, Emo Nite, Space Yacht, Restless Nites, Late Night Laggers and Free Grilled Cheese. The event takes place in all six rooms of the Union nightclub, there will be a toy, food, coat and women’s products drive with 100% of all proceeds raised will go to benefit local charities. Tickets: $25 in advance. The 18+ event runs from 9 pm to 2 am.

Back by popular demand: The interactive exhibitionFrom Coraline to Kubo: A Magical Laika Experience returns to Universal Studios in Hollywood from Dec. 21-Jan. 15, 2017. Laika is the animation studio that created Coraline (2009), ParaNorman (2012), The Boxtrolls (2014) and this year’s Kubo and the Two Strings. The exhibition features an up-close look at the stop-motion artistry and visual effects that went into the films in four themed rooms that showcase original sets, puppets, props and more. Entry to the exhibition is included in the price of admission to the theme park.

In conjunction with the release of his new pic Live by Night, ArcLight Cinemas asked Ben Affleck to select a few of his favorite films that inspired parts of his latest movie.Screening exclusively at ArcLight Hollywood are old-time James Cagney gangster classics: 1949's White Heat (35mm) playing on Wednesday at 7:30 pm and 1931's The Public Enemy (35mm), which plays on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Adult tickets: $17.75.

GOODFestis a music festival created by GOOD to inspire optimism and action around five important causes. After shows in New York, Seattle, New Orleans, Oakland, the festival ends on Wednesday at The Theatre at Ace Hotel with the theme Love. Performers include: D∆WN aka Dawn Richard, The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble featuring Bilal, Jimmy LaValle of The Album Leaf. Proceeds from the concert support the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry. Tickets: $25-$40. Ages 21+.

Soundcheck Live is a weekly live music night at Lucky Strike in Hollywood that features top musicians and emerging talent jamming together in a casual setting. On Wednesday, Soundcheck Live holds a Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Event and encourages guests to bring a new, unwrapped toy to drop off at one of the boxes at the door. If you donate, you’ll receive a raffle ticket to win signed merchandise, gear or other prizes throughout the evening. If you don’t have time to get a toy, make a donation to Toys for Tots for a raffle ticket. Expected to appear and perform are Gilby Clarke (Guns n Roses), Chris Wyse (Ace Frehley/The Cult), Scotty Coogan (Ace Frehley), Michael Grant (LA Guns), among others, as well as the debut of LA Rock Band - The Anatomy — featuring Steve Ferlazzo (Avril Lavigne, DramaGods). There is no cover but the public must RSVP. 21+.

THE OFFBEAT BAR (Cover bands)
The Offbeat Bar in Highland Park presents two punk cover bands on Wednesday night: Too Tough2Die (a Ramones tribute band) and Middle Agers from Mars (a Misfits band). DJ set by DJ Joe Dana. Social hour 5-9 pm daily, with $1 off drinks. No cover. Music starts at 9 pm.

The Growlers play three nights(Wednesday through Friday) at The Wiltern this week, bringing their OC-based psychedelic surf rock to L.A. Doors at 8 pm. All ages. Tickets: $29.50.


Filmmaker Loris Gréaud’s art film Sculpt—which screened for one person at a time at LACMA’s Bing Theater—returns to Los Angeles on Thursday night. The private Cloak & Dagger nightclub in Hollywood hosts the first U.S. group screening of Sculpt with scheduled, ticketed screenings throughout the night, beginning at 10 pm. The main dance floor will be transformed into an immersive Sculpt experience featuring the club’s co-founder DJ Adam “12” Bravin; a cabaret ritual based on key scenes from the film will be presented at midnight. All attendees must adhere to the club’s rule of all black clothes and no photos are permitted. Non-members must RSVP via the Cloak & Dagger website. Free.

Eastern Projects Gallery in Chinatown presents Soñando en Califas, an exhibition of works by Frank Romero that span three decades. Romero was one of the members of the Los Four Chicano art collective that was active in the 1970s-’80s. The opening reception will be held on Thursday from 7-10 pm. The works will then remain on view through Jan. 28, 2017.

TIKI NO (Drinks)
To get into the holiday spirit, Tiki No and the Noho Arts District present a Locals Appreciation Night on Thursday night. The event includes a food truck and open bar from 9-10 pm, featuring specialty holiday cocktails by Tiki No’s Beverage Director Simon Jones.

The L.A. Zoo holds another Holiday Happy Hour VIP Experience on Thursday from 6-10 pm. For the 21-and-up crowd during L.A. Zoo Lights, skip the line for entry at 6 pm and head to a private lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with free hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and hot and cold specialty cocktails. Holiday Happy Hour visitors can view some of the Zoo LAIR's amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles and see a real reindeer family. Tickets for Holiday Happy Hour are $75 per person. Ages 21+.

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