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20 Awesome Events In L.A. This Week

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'Stealing the Moon' by David Horvitz + Xiu Xiu takes place at LACMA on Tuesday. (Image: Courtesy of Paloma Powers; Photo by Eden Batki.)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.

MONDAY, NOV. 14

ANTHONY BOURDAIN: THE HUNGER (Food talk)
Anthony Bourdain: The Hunger is an all-new live show that Bourdain brings to the Pantages for one night only on Monday. The show centers on “an unyielding, brutally honest monologue reflecting on diverse culture, street cuisine and his travels to lesser-known locations around the world, followed by an open Q&A session.” 7:30 pm. The show is nearly sold out. Tickets: $75-$300.

TEMPLE OF THE DOG/FANTASTIC NEGRITO (Music)
'90s supergroup Temple of the Dog plays a reunion show on Monday at the Forum. The band includes Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums for both bands). Equally, if not even more exciting, is that Fantastic Negrito, the project of Bay Area singer/songwriter and frontman Xavier Dphrepaulezz opens the night. 8 pm. Tickets: $88.

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MERMAID COMEDY HOUR (Comedy)
The Mermaid Comedy Hour celebrates its one-year anniversary at iOWest on Monday night at 8 pm. The show has featured a diverse female lineup every month, without repeating a single comic for an entire year, and tonight to celebrate women in comedy, the night features raffles, goodie bags, mermaid costumes and more. The lineup features: Debra DiGiovanni, Laurie Kilmartin, Erin Foley, Lydia Popovich, Erica Rhodes, Lizzy Cooperman, Shelagh Ratner, Puterbaugh Sisters, Sari Beliak, Kristal Adams, Riley Silverman, Atsuko Okatsuka, Sofiya Alexandra, Lisa Curry, Joleen Lunzer, Heather Turman and Valerie Tosi. Tickets: $5.

TUESDAY, NOV. 15

MATT COSTA (Music)
Matt Costa is on tour to promote his Orange Sunshine soundtrack and plays The Masonic @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Tuesday night. The new album is for the upcoming documentary Orange Sunshine—a film about the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, which was a spiritual group of surfers and hippies in the OC that became the largest suppliers of LSD in the world during the 1960s and early 1970s. Tickets: $25. 8 pm.

WILLIAM FITZSIMMONS (Music)
Singer/Songwriter William Fitzsimmons makes a stop at the Troubadour on Tuesday night in support of his latest release, Live, a collection of 15 live recordings taped from around the world. The songs are from performances from Chicago, Cologne, Paris and Amsterdam and are culled from the artist’s career, with the addition of a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Everywhere.” Laura Burhenn (of The Mynabirds) opens. 8 pm. All ages. Tickets: $20-$22.

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LA IN THE 70s (Book launch)
There’s a book launch on Tuesday from 7-9 pm at The Standard Hollywood for the new book, LA in the 70s. The 29 essays in the volume provide a social history of LA in the 1970s. Edited by David Kukoff, contributions come from a number of artists, writers and musicians, including Doors drummer John Densmore. **The event has been moved to Friday night.**

ZAMOXIS SHORT FILM SHOWCASE (Film)
Zamoxis is a new video-on-demand platform for short films. The service presents a Short Film Showcase at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica from Tuesday through Thursday this week. The showcase is dedicated to showcasing the best and innovative short films from around the world. There are several blocks running throughout the mini-festival. Tickets to each program are $11.

STEALING THE MOON BY DAVID HORVITZ + XIU XIU (Performance)
On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, LACMA presents Stealing The Moon by David Horvitz + Xiu Xiu in the Japanese Pavilion. The artist Horvitz and the experimental pop group team up for a site-specific performance related to the current exhibition, Japanese Painting: From the Zen Mind. After the performance, all guests are invited to join the artists on the patio for tea under the full moon. Free, but tickets required. (Available at 6:30 pm.)

ACTIVE SET (Music)
The Active Set celebrate its release of the upcoming EP Everything Changes at the Satellite on Tuesday. Also on the bill: Highland Kites, Livingmore. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $10. 21+.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16

JOHNNY MARR (Book talk)
Skylight Books presents musician Johnny Marr, who discusses his new autobiography Set the Boy Free, offsite at The Vista Theatre on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Marr, who’s best known for co-founding The Smiths with Morrissey, to forming Electronic with Bernard Sumner of New Order, will be in conversation with KCRW’s Jason Bentley. Tickets are required for the event. The $35 price includes a copy of the book.

LIQUID INTELLIGENCE (Drinking class)
The Mixing Room bar at J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live presents its Liquid Intelligence Classes every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. The complimentary interactive mixology classes, beer and wine seminars and tastings are led by local experts. This week, it’s time for Sam Adams Winter Beers and Cookie Pairings. Free (21+).

VERY FORWARD! (Comedy)
If the thought of Thanksgiving dinner is stressing you out, then Very Forward might be the comedy cure you need. This week’s show is on Wednesday at Malo (2nd floor) featuring comics Adam Newman, Emily Fleming, Janine Brito and more surprises. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:15 pm. RSVP for free tickets on Eventbrite.

THURSDAY, NOV. 17

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MARIA BAMFORD (Comedy)
Maria Bamford performs her standup set at The Novo (at L.A. Live) on Thursday. The show is being filmed for the comic’s next Netflix special. Tickets: $26-$36. 8 pm. All ages.

AMERICA’S SHAKESPEARE: THE BARD GOES WEST (Lit + history)
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library collaborate with the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.,) to present the exhibition America’s Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West, opening on Thursday and running through Feb. 26, 2017. The exhibition continues the 400th anniversary celebration of William Shakespeare’s legacy and influence on California’s history. Rare artifacts will be on view, including a First Folio. Admission to the exhibition is free.

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Golden Road celebrates Michelada Mix.
MICHELADA MADNESS (Drinks)
On Thursday Golden Road presents Michelada Madness, a party for local chef Fernando Lopez who launches his new beer-cocktail mix “I Love Micheladas.” The mix will be paired with Golden Road’s 329 Lager and a build-your-own bar with trimmings for the drink. The Micheladas will be $5 each. Music, raffle prizes and food specials all night long.

RADICAL OPTIMISM (Talk)
The 2016 Ilan Dei Studio Conversation Series at Platform in Culver City celebrates the “Radical Optimism” and indie creative voices of Los Angeles. The first installment of the series takes place on Thursday, and focuses on “How We Eat.” There will be a conversation with panelists: Amanda Chantal Bacon of Moon Juice, Natasha Case of Coolhaus, Erik Oberholzer of Tender Greens, Sam Polk of Everytable and moderator Gillian Ferguson. The Coolhaus truck, Ludlows and Heineken will be available at the event. RSVP needed.

BODY/HEAD (Music)
Body/Head, the duo of Kim Gordon (CKM, Sonic Youth, Free Kitten) and guitarist Bill Nace (X.O.4, Vampire Belt, Ceylon Mange), plays the Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever on Thursday night. They’re performing in support of a new live album, No Waves, which was released last week. Also on the bill: White Magic, Sam Rowell. Tickets: $20. 8 pm.

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (Film)
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences collaborates on programming, and this week the programs include screenings of classic films with orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall. On Thursday at 8 pm, Rebel Without a Cause is on the screen, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Scott Dunn. Actor Andy Garcia introduces the film. Tickets: $20-$97.

EVERYTHING I WANT TO EAT: SQIRL AND THE NEW CALIFORNIA COOKING (Book talk)
On Thursday at 7 pm at Vromans, Jessica Koslow (chef of Sqirl), discusses and signs Everything I Want to Eat: Sqirl and the New California Cooking. The debut cookbook features more than 100 fresh and healthy recipes. The dishes all use real foods—no fake meats or sugars—and are all delicious.

ALL MY SINGLE FRIENDS (Comedy + dating)
On Thursday at 8 pm at The Copper Still, Avra Friedman and Daliya Karnofsky present the comedy-meets-dating show All My Single Friends. The audience gets a single or taken sticker upon entry, and those who are in relationships are given a "Taken" sticker, while single show-goers are given a number sticker. In between comedians sets, Avra and Daliya conduct on-stage interviews with the single audience members, and encourage people to mingle with others. When the show ends, people are asked to write down numbers of those that interest them. The show creators then create setups and love connections. Tickets: $5.

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