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21 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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This photo of Christian Dior and his favorite model, Victoire, by Mark Shaw is one of the works that will be on view at the Palos Verdes Art Center later this week. (© Mark Shaw / mptvimages.com / Courtesy of the Palos Verdes Art Center)
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Here are 21 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Don’t forget to check out our October Guide and Outdoor Film Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.

MONDAY, OCT. 12

COMEDY PODCAST: The podcast Keith and The Girl celebrates its 10-year anniversary with a 10-city bus tour, making a stop at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles on Monday night at 8 pm. Keith Malley and Chemda ask their friends—Paul F. Tompkins, Zach Sherwin and Jesse Joyce—to join them in a “no-filter comedy talk show.” Tickets: $24.50-$48.40 VIP.

BOOK TALK: Now this should be an interesting night about linguistics: On Monday at 7 pm, David J. Peterson discusses and signs The Art of Language Invention: From Horse-Lords to Dark Elves, the Words Behind World-Building. The book is a creative guide to language construction for sci-fi and fantasy fans, writers, game creators and language lovers. It also examines the history of language creation from from Tolkien’s creations and Klingon and how he built languages like Dothraki for HBO’s Game of Thrones and Shivaisith for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World.

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MUSIC: The Echo in the Canyon concert takes place at the Orpheum Theatre on Monday to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SoCal folk-rock scene. L.A.-based artists including Fiona Apple, Beck, Jakob Dylan, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Jade (formerly of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) will perform the music of The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, Love, The Association and others. The early show’s sold out, but they’ve added a second show at 10:30 pm on Monday night. Tickets from $55-$99.

MUSIC: Kid Cadaver continues its October residency at the Bootleg Bar this week. The band, who’s played in support of Cayucas, Night Terrors of 1927, The Mowgli’s and others, are celebrating the August release of its sophomore EP, Roam. After the residency, Kid Cadaver play The Smell on Nov. 7 and The Echo on Dec. 15. Joining them at the Bootleg on Monday are Armors, Paper Pilots and Third Vision. Free. 21+.

MUSIC: Sonos Studios—the sound gallery that explores the intersection of music, art and technology—presents an evening with JR JR for a taping of Jason Bentley’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Free, but RSVPs mandatory.

TUESDAY, OCT. 13

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MUSIC: The Irish singer-songwriter Hozier plays the Microsoft Theater in DTLA (formerly the Nokia Theatre) on Tuesday night. Little Green Cars opens. Doors at 7, show at 8 pm. All ages.

COMEDY-ISH: The Groundlings’ Halloween Special You Paid to Die* Tonight presents the dark side of comedy, featuring sketches “designed with the soulless purpose to scare!” The show may or may not include smoke, strobe lights, water and things that go bump in the night. The show runs on Tuesday (and also Oct. 13 and 27) at 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

MUSIC TALK: Tom DeLonge, lead vocalist and songwriter for Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves, has teamed with author Suzanne Young to write Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares (Simon & Schuster), the first of a planned sci-fi trilogy of YA novels. Accompanying the novel is a four-song EP from Angels & Airwaves. On Tuesday night, The GRAMMY Museum welcomes DeLonge to the Clive Davis Theater for a discussion on his new book and project. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $25. (On Thursday night, The Grammy Museum welcomes Marilyn Manson and composer Tyler Bates who’ll discuss Manson’s The Pale Emperor release from earlier this year. Tickets: $30.)

LIT: The Hammer Conversation series at the Hammer Museum presents the program, Liz Goldwyn & Susan Orlean: L.A.'s Red Light Era on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Author and filmmaker Goldwyn’s new book, Sporting Guide: Los Angeles, 1897, takes readers to an era when prostitutes were legal and morphine was all the rage. New Yorker writer Orlean’s current project is The Library Book, which details the life and history of the Los Angeles Public Library. A book signing and complimentary coffee/tea reception follows the reading.

COMEDY: Ceremony, a new bar and restaurant in Studio City, launches a new comedy showcase on Tuesday night at 8 pm. Host comedian Ashley Hamilton welcomes Julian McCullough, Sara Schaefer, Jake Weisman, David Gborie, Jesus Trejo and Sam Jay. Free.

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ART: Foodies and history buffs take note of the two exhibitions opening at the Getty this week. The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals (Oct. 13-March 13, 2016) features works drawn from the Getty Research Institute’s Festival Collection and includes rare books and prints, including early cookbooks and serving manuals that illustrate the methods and materials for making large-scale edible monuments made out of breads cheeses and meats. The companion exhibition, Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Food in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Oct. 13-Jan. 3, 2016), features illuminated manuscripts with images of the chores that produced “sustenance, cooking techniques, popular dishes, grand feasts, and dinners of different social classes.”

DEBATE PARTY: There’s a debate party on Tuesday at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The delayed screening party, which hopes to engage younger voters though a night of comedy and performance, begins at 8 pm. Comedians weighing in at debate include: Tim Heidecker, Douggpound, Eliza Skinner, Brent Weinback, The Lucas Bros and Brendon Walsh. There’s an afterparty with drinks and dancing until 1 am. Doors at 7 pm.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14

MUSIC: White Sea—aka M83’s Morgan Kibby— begins a free, four-week residency at the Bootleg Theater on Wednesday. Doors at 8 pm, set at 10 pm. Special guests. She also plays Oct. 21, 28 and Nov. 4.

COMEDY: Lady/Freak is a “female driven sex comedy talk show” hosted by comedians Grace Parra and Jen Bartels on the second Wednesday of the month. The show features a sexpert as well as comedians and actors, and this week’s show (at 7 pm) includes Amanda Crew from HBO's Silicon Valley; Diane Farr of Californication and Dr. Jen Berman. Expect giveaways and audience participation, too. At UCB Sunset. Tickets: $5.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 15

FLUX: The Flux Screening Series returns to the Hammer on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The night includes the L.A. premiere of Pippa Bianco’s portrait film Picturing Barbara Kruger; Sam Spiegel's N.A.S.A. Project Jihad Love Squad; Sylvain Chomet's animated video Carmen for Stromae; Wolf Alice’s You’re A Germ by Chris Grieder; FACTS short film Seven Maybe Eight; Ethan Tobman’s latest work for Phases’ I’m In Love With My Life and more. Guests include filmmakers Dimitri Basil, Bianco, FACTS, Greider, Spiegel and Ethan Tobman. The evening also includes new music videos for Pharrell Williams, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Phases and more. The screenings are followed by filmmaker presentations and a courtyard after-party with DJ set by Spiegel. Free.

CHOCOLATE: Latino Heritage LA brings local confectioneries and chocolatiers to Union Station on Thursday for The TASTE OF XOCOLATL (aka a chocolate fest). The event will explore the art, culture and history of chocolate and its place in the modern world. 1-9 pm. Free admission.

MUSIC/SOUND: Wages performs on Thursday night at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock as part of the opening night for the Timelines installation at the gallery. The band will create music with flowing sand during an interactive performance, with some of the tunes written specifically for the gallery experience. Admission is free, and so are wine and beer.

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'Monica Orozco: Photo-a-Day' also opens on Thursday at the Palos Verdes Art Center. (Image: 'Arrival' by Orozco)
ART: Palos Verdes Art Center opens two solo art shows on Thursday night. There’s a reception from 6 to 8 pm for Mark Shaw: Glamour, which includes prints by the noted 1950s and 1960s fashion photographer, as well as the exhibition, Monica Orozco: Photo-a-Day, which features conceptual self-portraits by the Los Angeles-based photographer. deMonica's Dance Party with DJ Pleasure Principal follows the opening reception from 8 to 10 pm.PERFORMANCE: The Live Arts Exchange (LAX) Festival—a performance series that features local artists in contemporary theater, dance, music, and cross-genre works opens on Thursday and runs through Oct. 25. Events and performances take place at the Bootleg Theater and at Automata in Chinatown’s Chung King Ct. The launch party is on Thursday at the Bootleg with a music by Ryat, an artist on Flying Lotus’ record label Brainfeeder. Party tickets: $20.

COMEDY: Comedy Palace, the free weekly comedy show above a Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz, presents live standup, performances and stories from Dan St. Germain, Bryan Cook, Ryan Donahue, Allen Strickland Williams and others. Show at 9 pm, but get there early for a seat.

POETRY: New York’s Poetry Brothel brings its immersive poetry readings to the Next Door Lounge in Hollywood on Thursday from 8 pm to midnight. The concept’s based on the “fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists.” At the Poetry Brothel, there’s a madame who presents a cast of poets as "whores." Each carefully constructed character impart their work in public readings “and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings in back rooms.” Performers include the Ken Berry Quartet, Aradia Sunseri, Vesta Vaingloria and poet Daniel Tiffany. Tickets: $30 or $75 for VIP tickets, which include reserved priority seating, a private reading with The Madame or featured poet and a VIP gift bag.

Related: October Guide

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