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Twenty 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 week.


The Echo presents Smoke Season at the Echoplex on Monday with Kolars and Holy Wars playing in support. 8 pm. Tickets: $9.50-$11.50.

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The Hammer Museum’s forum, "Show up, dive in, stay at it," focuses on creating space for learning, organizing and taking action under the new administration. Jessica Yellin, former chief White House correspondent for CNN, serves as moderator for a discussion with Sue Dunlap of Planned Parenthood, Hector Villagra of the ACLU, Lorri L. Jean of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Angelica Salas of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). Due to overwhelming demand, the event is moving from the Hammer to UCLA’s Royce Hall. Monday at 7:30 pm. Free.

Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of The History of Comedy, Episode 1: “Going Blue” on Monday at 7:30 pm. CNN’s new eight-part series The History of Comedy explores what makes people laugh and “how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.” Interviewees include Carol Burnett, Betty White, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Judd Apatow, Jimmy Kimmel, Margaret Cho, Norman Lear, W. Kamau Bell and others. The event includes a conversation with executive producers Todd Milliner and Mark Herzog.

School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live this week are: Bad Wave, Party Nails, Lewis Watson, Urban Cone and with DJ sets by Battle Tapes, Dale Anthoni and Chris Douridas. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

HOW WE GOT HERE (Storytelling)
On Monday at 10:30 pm, UCB Sunset presents How We Got Here: Stories That Made Us Fall In And Out Of Love. The storytelling show, hosted by Heather Sundell, takes on Valentine's Day this edition with tales of love and relationships. The lineup features: Jon Gabrus, Nicole Byer and Emily Morse. Tickets: $7.

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The next Flux Screening is at the Hammer Museum on Tuesday. (Image: Animation detail from Kirsten Lepore via Facebook)
The Flux Screening Series returns to the Hammer Museum on Tuesday at 7:30 pm, featuring short films, music videos and visual art from around the world. The program includes the world premiere of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s "Meticulous Bird" by Jonny Look; screenings of Anna Kerrigan's comedy short “Hot Seat”; Lizzy Hobbs' animated “G-AAAH” and new music videos for Young Thug, Watsky, Yael Naim and more. Special guests: Anna Kerrigan, Kirsten Lepore, Carlos Lopez Estrada and Jonny Look among others. Free.

EMO NITE (Sad AF Music)
The monthly Emo Nite returns to the Echo and Echoplex bringing together people through a shared love of emo music from the ‘90s to today. Doors to the parking lot open at 8:30 pm, with an art battle curated by Secret Walls featuring Lillipore, Jillian Evelyn, Matt Gondek, Frankzilla and hosted by Nick Major. Food from Riot Grill and Golden State Tacos will be on site, too. Get there early because no advance tickets will be sold for this event. The first 100 people in line get in for free, $10 after that. Ages 21+.

Live on Beverly presents “Grammy Night” on Tuesday at Riviera 31 Lounge at Sofitel Los Angeles Beverly Hills Hotel. Listen to live music from four pop, soul and funk singers with headliner Jessica Childress. Doors at 8 pm and the first 100 guests get a free mixed drink courtesy of Toast Vodka. Dress code enforced. Ages 21+.

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Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks presents Bell’s Brewery Night on Wednesday. The Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery presents five beers (Hopslam Ale, Amber Ale, Two-Hearted Ale, 30th Anniversary Stout, Traverse City Whisky Barrel Aged Stout) on tap, and newly appointed Executive Chef Erica Abell has designed three food pairings, available for $12 each: Szechuan Pork Wonton Tacos | 30th Anniversary Stout (Imperial Stout); Warm Persimmon and Ginger Toffee Pudding Cake | Hopslam Ale (Double India Pale Ale) and Buffalo Sliders (Port Salut Cheese, Poached Pears, and Arugula) | Amber Ale.


There's a screening of 'Theda Bara - Lost Cleopatra' on Wednesday night. (Image: Courtesy of the Hollywood Heritage Museum)
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Hollywood Heritage Museum present Evening at the Barn for Theda Bara - Lost Cleopatra on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. The program is a special celebration of the silent 1917 epic Cleopatra starring Theda Bara. Unfortunately, the film—along with virtually the entire Fox Film silent archive—was destroyed in a vault fire. Now 100 years later, filmmaker Phillip Dye has created an “epic reconstruction” of the film through research and piecing together on-set stills and inter-title cards. Live musical accompaniment complements the screening. Tickets: $7.50-$15.

Learn about Syria’s political unrest at the hands of Isis, causing bloodshed and massive destruction, including the looting and destruction of heritage sites in this lecture at the Getty Center. The historic cities of Palmyra and Aleppo are representative of what’s happening all over the country. The panel discusses the consequences of the war on history. The discussion complements the online exhibition The Legacy of Ancient Palmyra, which also launches on Wednesday. Free, but reservations requested.

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Aloe Blacc and KING perform at The Novo by Microsoft on Thursday night for a GRAMMY in the Schools Live! Event. The evening celebrates and benefits The Recording Academy’s music and education programs. Tickets: $25-$40. 7:30 pm.

The 25th Annual Pan African Film and Art Festival (PAFF) runs from Thursday to Feb. 20 at Cinemark 15 Baldwin Hills Crenshaw. The festival honors African filmmakers and artists from around the world, screening 124 feature films and 78 short films, along with spoken word events, talk backs, conversations and more. The festival opens with the L.A premiere Nick Cannon’s King of the Dancehall at the Director’s Guild of America. (Tickets: $200, includes an after-party.) Otherwise, adult general admission tickets are $13.75.

Ctrl Alt-Right Delete is a comedy-musical that takes place on Thursday at 8 pm at Second City Hollywood. The show, written and directed by Paul Bianchi, focuses on two friends torn apart during the election cycle because of the way each voted; throw in jokes about Alt-Right news and Russian internet trolls, too. It also runs again on Feb. 23. Tickets: $10.

CITIZEN SCIENCE + SUDS (Science + beer + community))
Angel City Brewery and the Natural History Museum team up for the new Citizen Science + Suds series, beginning on Thursday from 6-8:30 pm at the Brewery. Each month, the series will feature discussions and projects that need community involvement for success. This week’s topic is “Can Citizen Science Help Us Build a Better Los Angeles?” and examines conservation, urban planning, and homelessness in Los Angeles. Speakers include Jonathan Hans of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Hyeran Lee from the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Miguel Ordeñana, NHMLA Citizen Science Office. Admission to the series is free with advance reservation.

ROBOCOP (Film + talk)
American Cinematheque remembers late actor Miguel Ferrer, with a 30th anniversary screening of Robocop (4K Director’s Cut in DCP) on Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. In the Paul Verhoeven 1987 film, Peter Weller stars as a murdered Detroit police officer who comes back as a cyborg cop. The film also stars Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox and Miguel Ferrer. Discussion follows with Weller and screenwriter Ed Neumeier.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams celebrates the opening of its second LA scoop shop in Venice with an ice cream giveaway and party on Thursday from 7-11 pm. Get a free cup or cone; the first 50 people in line will get a free Jeni’s swag bag, too.

GALENTINE’S DAY / FIFTY SHADES (Party + film screening)
Celebrate Galentine’s Day early with a Fifty Shades Darker Girls Night Out at the Americana at Brand on Thursday night. Start the night off with a cocktail reception, DJ, photo booth, M∙A∙C Cosmetics, raffles and other surprises from 6-8 pm, followed by an 8 pm screening of Fifty Shades Darker. Tickets: $40 per person. 21+.

The Bagel Broker on Beverly is celebrating National Bagels & Lox Day on Thursday with a deal for customers. Buy a bagel and lox sandwich and get either a free large coffee or three bagels for free.

Artist Maggie West has an art show at The Standard Hollywood that opens this Thursday. Flora features 12 colorful photos of exotic plant life that are contrasted to the artificial light of the photographs. In addition to the exhibition, West presents a video and an art installation on Thursday in which live models pose in glass box filled with real and artificial plant life, which are “intricately” lit. 25% of all the proceeds from print sales at the artist reception on Thursday night from 7-10 pm will go to the ACLU.

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