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22 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 22 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.


COCKTAILS: Golden State of Cocktails (GSC) Los Angeles is the Premier Educational Cocktail Festival with more than 800 people expected at the four-day event (Jan. 26-29). Now in its second year, the seminars, workshops and special events are being held at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Attend workshops like "Dale Degroff Does Bitters," "The Bee's Knees," "Beyond the Sake Bomb," etc. Prices per seminar vary, but passes are $200.

WHISKY DINNER: There are a number of ancillary events associated with the GSC event, including an Angel’s Envy whisky dinner at Eveleigh. Executive Chef Jared Levy collaborates with bartender Cory James to create a 5-course dinner with cocktail pairings ($85). Angel’s Envy Master Ambassador Wes Henderson ends the evening with a special toast of Angel’s Envy Cask Strength (only 600 bottles created). Reservations required and going fast.

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PUNDAMONIUM: Pundamonium comes to Genghis Cohen on Monday night with theLos Angeles Pun Slam. Hosted by comedian Joseph Scrimshaw, and featuring celebrity guest judges Mike Phirman, Nika Harper and Hal Lublin, the evening features up to 10 audience members competing in a contest in which they’re given prompts and have two minutes to make up a pun or puns related to the theme. The final round features the top four contestants going head-to-head in a pun-off. Show at 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

STORYTELLING: "Origin Story" is a new storytelling night at UCB Sunset on Monday at 8:30 pm. The show focuses on stories about beginnings—about how TV shows were created, how two people fell in love or hate—and it features tales by Dan Curry, Jillian Lauren, Jake Weisman, Julian McCullough and others. Tickets: $5.

MUSIC: The Bootleg HiFi has a nice lineup on Monday night with husband-and-wife duo Mates of State headlining. They’re joined by Fictionist and Babes. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $16-$18. Ages 21+.


LANGUAGE: The Hammer Museum presents the program Endangered Languages: The Mother Tongue Revival on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The evening highlights the fact that languages are disappearing: Nearly half the 6,000 languages on earth will go extinct over the next 50 years because of globalization. It’s an evening of multilingual poetry, film, and song with performances by endangered language communities.

FILM: If you aren’t making it to Sundance, but want the festival experience, then drive up the coast to Santa Barbara for the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which opens Tuesday and runs through Feb. 7. Opening the festival at 8 pm at the Arlington Theatre is Desert Dancer with Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen, Reece Ritchie and Director Richard Raymond in attendance. Opening night film tickets: $20. And if you go up to SB, then check out the Film Feast, in which restaurants offer special and cinema-inspired menus and flights.

CHILI: Philippe the Original in DTLA holds its fifth annual Free Chili Day, sponsored by Dolores Chili (the restaurant's exclusive chili). The first 500 customers who buy any of Philippe's famous French Dip Sandwiches get a free cup of chili, beginning at 10:30 am. The restaurant’s gift cards and Dolores Chili items will also be raffled throughout the day.

LIT: Stewart O’Nan’s reads and signs his new novel West of Sunset at Diesel Books in Brentwood (6:30 pm) on Tuesday and at Vroman’s in Pasadena on Wednesday at 7 pm. West of Sunset imagines F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life in the “darkly glamorous, noir Hollywood of the late 1930’s.” Fitzgerald’s life wasn’t all wine and roses, and the book portrays the writer during the time in his life when he struggled with debt and churned out screenplays for the studios while working on his last, unfinished novel.


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MUSIC: Red Bull Sound Select presents a night of music with Blackbird Blackbird with Puro Instinct. Curated by Amoeba Music, admission to the Sayers Club is only $3 with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

FILM: Mini Cinema screens short films on the big screen several times a year, and its next screening is on Wednesday at 8 pm at Regal Cinema LA LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. The program features the films including, “AmeriCAN,” “By Chance,” “I Wasn’t Me” and "Electric Indigo." Hosted by Chrissy Carpenter, admission is free, but VIP admission is $7 and that guarantees admittance and reserved seating. Stick around for the post Screening Mixer at Glance Bar/Lounge, JW Marriott Lobby.

COMEDY: There are two solo shows at the Comedy Central Stages on Wednesday at 8 pm: Carmen Angelica’s Who Am I, and What The Hell Am I Doing?! and Taylor Orci's Maybe I’m The Asshole. Angelica’s performance is an autobiographical look at a young woman's life in L.A. and Orsi's show focuses on an “array of characters unaware that they are in fact the asshole.” Tickets are free, but reservations required (call 323-960-5519).

PERFORMANCE: The Center Theatre Group presents Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye - The Farewell Tour, which opens on Wednesday at the CTG/Ahmanson Theatre and continues through March 15. Dame Edna Everage (created and played by Barry Humphries) is joined by an ensemble that includes Ralph Coppola, Brooke Pascoe, Eve Prideaux and Armando Yearwood Jr. Dame Edna’s comedy show will reflect her 50 years in the biz. Tickets: $25-$115.


PHOTO: Beginning on Thursday, there’s a large number of photographs by Larry Clark going up for sale at Ooga Booga in Chinatown for $100 each. Curated by Leo Fitzpatrick, the photos from 1992-2010 were taken by Clark on or around his films locations, including Kids (1995), Bully (2001), Wassup Rockers (2005), among others. The 4 x 6 in. and 5 x 7 in. color photographs were processed at pharmacies and one hour photo shops by Clark. The photos will be on sale/view until Feb. 4.

ART BOOK FAIR: Printed Matter, Inc. presents the third annual LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with an opening preview reception from 6-9 pm on Thursday featuring performances by Prince Rama and No Age (admission $10). The Fair, which is free and open to the public, runs through Feb. 1. The event features artists’ artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines from by more than 250 presses, antiquarians, artists and independent publishers from 20 countries. The fair also brings the Contemporary Artists Books Conference to the West Coast for the first time, and features a keynote speech from artist Frances Stark.

FLUX SCREENING: The Flux Screening Series is at the Hammer Museum on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Flux screens innovative short films, music videos, filmmaker retrospectives and motion art from around the world. The evening’s program includes the world premiere of Ben Mor's short film "Os Gemeos," Ben and Joe Dempsey's film "Life" and Gia Coppola's video "Blue Denim" featuring Alexa Chung. Special guests include animator PES, directors Hiro Murai, Ben Mor and dancer-actor-musician-filmmaker Gabriel Valenciano. The evening also includes new music videos for Flying Lotus, Panda Bear, Brodinski and more. Filmmaker presentations and a courtyard after-party follows the screening. Free.

ART: Out of This World! Space Heroes’ Art Show opens on Thursday from 7-11 pm at iam8bit gallery. The show celebrates the release of The Space Hero’s Guide to Glory: How to Get Off Your Podunk Planet & Master the Universe by Nick Hurwitch & Phil Hornshaw. The art celebrates both real-life and fiction heroes, from Han Solo to Neil DeGrasse Tyson. This event is family friendly and free for all ages.

COMEDY: The new comedy show Free Skate is at Sassafras Saloon (Fountain & Vine) debuts on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Hosted by Brittany Ashley and Caitlin Bergh, the lineup includes headliner Kate Berlant, Jake Weisman, Jessica Michelle Singleton, Allen Strickland Williams, Rachel Mac, Jamar Neighbors. Doors at 8 pm, tickets: $5.

MUSIC + ART: On Thursday, Keenhouse celebrates the release of his latest album, which blends “the most classical instruments with pure electronic beats.” The release party is being held at Club Monte Cristo in Koreatown and features live performances by Keenhouse + Band. DJ Sets by Mark Walat, Tsega Dinka and Tres Dubois. Digital installations are being created by Shinya Sato (Japan) & Noney Riddle (USA). Admission is free with RSVP.

FILM: Film Independent at LACMA screens the Akira Kurosawa action-adventure classic Seven Samurai (1954) at 7:30 pm in 35mm. The film is being presented in collaboration with Samurai: Japanese Armour from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection. Tickets: $5-$10.

COLLEGE NIGHT: It’s also College Night at LACMA, from at 7-10 pm. The museum hosts a free night especially programmed for college students, who can view exhibitions, participate in gallery discussions, create art in workshops, and enjoy a free reception. Dance performance by Lightning Shadow. Free, tickets required; college ID required. Parking is free at all LACMA lots after 7 pm. Advance tickets are gone, but a standby line opens at 6 pm.

ART: The 6th Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair (ALAC)—begins its run on Thursday through Sunday (Feb. 1) at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. ALAC presents 70 top international and local galleries and also includes a program of talks, curated video screenings and the release of the first edition of the Art Los Angeles Reader; a printed newspaper featuring art criticism, interviews, and work by curators, writers and artists. Tickets: $22-$60.


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