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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 check out the January Guide for other events, including photo l.a., the LA Art Show and more.


COMEDY: On Monday at 9 pm, The Goddamn Comedy Jam is at the Lyric Theatre in Hollywood with Nick Swardson, Kyle Kinane, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Dan St. Germain. Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers and Elemenopy. Doors: 8 pm. Tickets: $12.

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SCHOOL NIGHT: It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. On tap tonight are live performances by Ivy Levan - The Black and White, Mating Ritual and Dead Right. DJ sets by Most West and Justin Cornwall. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

MUSIC Alt-country singer-songwriter Josh Kelley (Katherine Heigl’s hubby) plays The Hotel Cafe on Monday at 8 pm. Stick around because singer-songwriter Zane Carney (Reeve Carney’s bro) plays a set at 9 pm. Advance tickets: $12.50. 21+.


WRITING TALK: On Tuesday from 6:30-8 pm, the Annenberg Beach House presents the writing program, An Evening of Short Story with 2015 ACBH Writer-in-Residence Laurie Horowitz. The Horowitz gives a short reading and talk about the craft of short story writing, and the evening finishes with an open mic featuring short (five-minute limit) readings of fiction from attendees. Bring your fiction! Free, but reserve your spot now.

FILM: Each year, the Museum of Modern Art’s Film Department selects a handful of films to include its screening series, The Contenders. These films, made in the last 12 months, are ones MoMA believes will stand the test of time and include both studio and independent releases. The Hammer Museum wraps up The Contenders screening series on Tuesday at at 7:30 pm with A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night with director Ana Lily Amirpour. Tickets: $15 general admission.

MUSIC+COMEDY: Steve Agee and Brendon Small present Baked, a night of comedy and music at the Baked Potato in Studio City. Performing are: Musicians Pete Griffin and Joe Travers & Walter Ino and comedians Andy Kindler, Anthony Jeselnik and Laraine Newman. Two shows at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets: $15 for a single ticket or two tickets for $20.

ALOUD: On Tuesday at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the panel discussion Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class with Scott Timberg, Barbara Bestor and John McCrea. Moderated by Sasha Anawalt, director, USC Annenberg Arts Journalism Program, the program revolves around Timberg’s book of the same name, examining what happens to society when artists, writers, architects, musicians and booksellers can’t make a living. Standby line only.

FOOD+ART: LACMA presents the next program in its Cur-ATE series: Mexican Art and Gastronomy on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. The evening blends fine and culinary arts and features Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites leading a gallery tour, followed by a special four-course meal inspired by art selected by Chef Viet Pham of Ray's and Stark Bar. Tickets: $90 LACMA members; $100 general public.

CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL: On Tuesday at 8 pm, John Adams conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group. On the Green Umbrella series’ program: HK Gruber’s “Frankenstein!!” (an ensemble version with illustrations by Sebastiaan Van Doninck); John Zorn’s “For Your Eyes Only“ and the U.S. premiere of Olga Neuwirth’s Hommage à Klaus Nomi (nine songs for countertenor and ensemble). Tickets: $39-$68.50.

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FILM: American Cinematheque presents the 10th Annual Focus on Female Directors on Wednesday at 7:30 pm to celebrate the work of “actresses-turned-directors, industry heavyweights, music video directors, documentarians, animators and the brightest stars emerging from film schools and the international festival circuit.” Filmmakers Helen Hood Scheer, Alexis O. Korycinski, Amy Lee Ketchum, Lydia Hyslop and Rose McGowan appear in person for audience discussions after the screenings. Tickets: $11.

MUSIC: Run the Jewels plays the sold-out Regent Theater on Wednesday night with Until the Ribbon Breaks opening. Doors at 7:30 pm. The event is all ages.

STORYTELLING: Radio Picture Show is a monthly storytelling show at The Virgil, in which 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 Brian Finkelstein, Joselyn Hughes, Ricky Carmona And The Here and Now (Echo Park Film Center’s Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo). Tickets: $6 online or $8 at the door.


DRINK TALK: The Craft in America Center presents The Ritual and Craft of the Cocktail on Thursday at 7 pm. Guest speakers Joe Keeper, owner, Bar Keeper and Marcos Tello, owner, Tello/Demarest Liquid Assets, discuss the craft cocktail revolution. The event is being held in conjunction with the Center’s Crafting the Cocktail Exhibit. Free admission.

POETRY: Street poet IN-Q headlines The Mark Taper Forum on Thursday at 8 pm. IN-Q’s event Question Everything gives audiences a chance to hear rad spoken-word from a National Poetry Slam champ. Special musical performances by Mike Posner and Magic Giant. Tickets: $55-$100.

COMEDY: The Sh*t Show is a rowdy stand-up show that combines the “ambiance of a run-down frat party” with high-class jokes from first-rate comics. The show returns on Thursday at The Lexington Bar on Thursday at 8 pm. Hosted by Ever Mainard, the January comic lineup includes: Joe McAdam, Katie McVay, Rebecca V. O'Neal, Michael Lehrer and Budd Anthony Diaz. Free.

STORY: Don’t Tell My Mother returns with the The Clean Slate, Dirty Stories show on Thursday at Busby’s East. The comedy storytelling show features tales that you’d never want mom to know. Storytellers include Tone Bell, Guy Branum, actor Ali Wong, Dan Ahdoot, Jessie Kahnweiler and Nikki Levy. Big Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $20. 21+ show.

TV: Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of Kroll Show on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The first two episodes of the newest season will be screened, followed by a conversation with actor John Mulaney, actor/writer Jon Daly, co-creator John Levenstein and actor/creator Nick Kroll. Film Independent at LACMA describes the show as “Kroll’s all-inclusive referendum on the narcissism of contemporary popular culture.” Screening tickets are free, but standby line only.

LEARNING: The Last Bookstore presents the workshop Whaaaaaaaaat? No: a session in creative speaking on Thursday from 7:30-10 pm. Led by Edmund Zagorin (University of Iowa, A. Craig Baird Debate Forum), he’ll help regular folks talk pretty. He’ll invite participants to read from brain and tounge-twisting literature and then lecture on how to prep for spoken storytelling nights. It’s a donation-based seminar. RSVP on the Facebook event.

ART: The new Open Space: Cafe Theatre in Hollywood opens a solo exhibition by Man One on Thursday with an opening reception from 7-10 pm. Poppin’ Capsfeatures the latest aerosol works on canvas and multimedia work by Man One. The evening includes drinks, art and tunes provided by Dj Phyz Ed.

BOOKS: Tavis Smiley, host of the PBS program The Tavis Smiley Show, headlines a special event at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw mall on Thursday that includes a discussion and book signing of Smiley’s latest book, Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, which examines King’s life and challenges of during the last year of his life. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so guests are encouraged to arrive early. Parking is available in the structure across from Rave Cinemas and throughout the mall property.

LECTURE Doug Suisman, author of the book Los Angeles Boulevard: Eight X-Rays of the Body Public, lectures at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits on Thursday at 6:30 pm. In the book, Suisman examines the urban history La Brea Tar Pits and the development of the surrounding areas, especially Wilshire Boulevard. L.A. Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne will introduce Suisman and participate in the Q&A. The free program begins at 7 pm.

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

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