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21 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 21 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And don’t check out the February Guide for other events.


MIXER: The Hollywood Arts Council (HAC) presents a A Valentine Mixerat Fabiolus Cucina. Celebrate the “art of love” at the Valentine Salon and enjoy appetizers and a cash bar while bidding on Valentine's Boxes crafted specially for this event by local artists. The entry fee also includes giveaways and door prizes. Tickets: $14 for HAC members, $24 for non-members. Proceeds benefit Project SOAR, the Children's Festival of the Arts, and other HAC Projects.

COMEDY: There’s a Valentine’s Day-themed show at UCB Sunset on Monday at 7 pm. In A Little Love: Relationship Advice from Kids, host Noelle Lara talks to kids ages 5-8 about love. Hear what children have to say about life's hardest questions on relationships, romance, online dating, how to find "the one," and, Tinder. Tickets: $5.

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LIT: Book Soup hosts author Matt Zoller Seitz who discusses his book The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel on Monday at 6 pm. The hardcover book takes readers behind the scenes of the Oscar-nominated film with in-depth interviews with Anderson. The book also contains photos, artwork, critical essays and other interviews with cast and crew, including lead actor Ralph Fiennes.

FILM: Speaking of Wes Anderson, the American Cinematheque continues its celebration of Oscar Season with a double feature of his Oscar-nominated film,The Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be Or Not To Be (1942) at 7:30 pm on Monday night. The director will appear in person for a discussion between films. Tickets: $11. The event is sold-out online, but there will be a standby line.

LIT: Skylight Books welcomes Patton Oswalt for a reading and signing of his new book,Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From An Addiction to Film. They’re expecting a big crowd for the event, and they’ll be giving out numbered tickets for the signing line (for books purchased at Skylight).


DISCUSSION: On Tuesday at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents author Scott McCloud who discusses his book The Sculptor: A Graphic Novel. He’s in conversation with film critic and host of KCRW's The Treatment, Elvis Mitchell. “In The Sculptor, McCloud delivers a spellbinding adult urban fable about a wish, a deal with death, the price of art, and the value of life.” RSVP requested.MUSIC: British singer-songwriter Ben Howard plays the Shrine Expo Hall on Tuesday in support of his newest album Forget Where We Were. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. All ages. Tickets: $32.50, $36 (day of show).

LIT TALK: The Beach=Culture series at the Annenberg Beach House presents a panel and Q&A with Local Mystery Writers, moderated by Beach House Writer-in-Residence by Laurie Horowitz on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. The writers P.G. Sturges, Richard Rayner, April Smith and Samuel W. Gailey discuss their art and answer audience questions about the craft at the free event. RSVP required.

MUSIC: Playing the early (7 pm) set at the Hotel Cafe on Tuesday night is Colorado-based ukulele folk singer-songwriter Danielle Ate The Sandwich, followed by the 8 pm set by Marie Digby, who got her big break with her YouTube cover of Rihanna's “Umbrella” a few years back. Tickets: $12.50 each set. (Other sets by MacKenzie Bourg at 9 pm and King Daniel at 10 pm.)


STORYTELLING: On Wednesday night at 8:30 pm, Radio Picture Showreturns to The Virgil for its monthly gig. Participants base their tales on a particular song or image and then incorporate it into the performance. Hosted by Shauna McGarry and Lauren Cook, with DJ Marion Hodges (KCRW) spinning the tunes, the next show is on Wednesday at 8:30 pm and features performers Stephanie Allynne, Brian Finkelstein, Beth Stelling and Vince Averill. Tickets: $6 in advance.

DODGEBALL: World Dodgeball Society's Westchester Rec adult co-ed dodgeball league hosts a pre-season open gym on Wednesday from 8-10 pm at the Westchester Rec Center. Test out the sport for free before the season begins next week and expand your social and professional networks. Players usually head to the its local sponsor bar, Prince O'Whales after the matches. (Check out the site for other leagues if Westchester is too much of a haul.)

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VARIETY: Tiny Dangerous Fun is a night that incorporates “edgy variety, cabaret and open mic” from both scheduled and sign-up performers. It started in New York and the The Eclectic Company Theatre’s Meghan McConnell and Laura Lee Bahr bring the show to LA on Wednesday at 8 pm. The Love and Burlesque Edition features burlesque artists Leia la Voix and Leggy Lass Greenleaf; The Bunraku Ninja; a reading of a love story by The Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman Appreciation Society; a musical act called *Baby Not Included performing love songs; and some promised surprises. Tickets: $10.

FILM DISCUSSION: KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum screens American Denial on Wednesday at 7 pm. The film explores the “impact of unconscious biases around race and class, using Gunnar Myrdal's 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism.” The post-screening community discussion on race relations features Elena Halpert-Schilt of Within Our Lifetime Network and the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission. Free, but RSVP required.

MUSIC: Liam Hayes plays the Hotel Cafe at 8 pm on Wednesday in support of his latest album, ‘Slurrup, with the same band that recorded the album, including John San Juan on bass and Eric Reidelberger on drums/percussion. Tickets: $12.50.


COMEDY: Comedy Palace, the weekly comedy show above a Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz, presents live standup, performances, stories on Thursday at 9 pm from Louis Katz, Andy Haynes, Jenna Friedman and a special guest residency by Jake Weisman. Free, but get there early if you want a seat.

MUSIC: The Echo and Passion of the Weiss present an evening of rap at The Echo on Thursday night at 9 pm. The show’s headlined by Daedeluswith support by LA-based openers Boogie and Zeroh. Tickets: $12-$14 (at the door). Ages 18+.

ART: Create:Fixate holds its I Art You event on Thursday from 7 pm-1 am at Venice warehouse. It's the organization’s 13th anniversary show with proceeds benefitting emerging artists and at-risk youth at A Place Called Home. The event includes works by 15 artists, music from Adam Freeland and others, a love letter writing station, cocktails and more. Tickets: $15-$20.

COMEDY:: Je Suis Charlie/Je Suis Ahmed/Je Suis Yoav is an evening of comedy and satire, dedicated to peace and free speech. American Arab/Muslim and Jewish comedians come together to perform a special edition of the Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief at the Harmony Gold Theatre on Thursday at 8 pm. Headlined by Ahmed Ahmed, the show features Noel Elgrably, Sammy Obeid, Mona Shaikh, Tehran and special surprise guest comedians. Tickets: $20 general, $10 students (with ID) and $30 for preferred seating.

ART: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters is a show at Fahey/Klein Gallery that includes works by photographer Sandro Miller. He honors the men and women who created the images that helped shape his career and has a little help from his friend and collaborator John Malkovich. The actor participated as the character(s) in each of the the 41 selected images. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist on Thursday from 7-9 pm. There’s an artist talk scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday at the gallery. The works will be on view through March 21.

WHISKY + POETRY: On Thursday at 7 pm at Three Clubs, the Whisky & Poetry Salon - Erotic edition features poetry by K Bradford, Alexis Fancher, Phillip T. Nails and Christopher-Calvin Pollard and flights of single-malt Scotches. In between readings, whisky specialist Travis Tidwell talks a little about Scotch, its history and tasting tips. Tickets: $35 (presale only).

MIXOLOGY: On Thursday at 7 pm, the Craft in America Center presents the event Behind the Bar: Mixology and Spirits that explores the relationship between bartenders, their cocktails and distilleries. Brandyn Tepper and Greenbar Craft Distillery will talk about “what goes on behind the bar, and what makes both serving and distilling a craft.” The program is part of the Crafting the Cocktail exhibition of handmade barware and accessories. RSVP to

Related: February Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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