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20 Of The Coolest Events Happening in L.A. This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.

MONDAY, DEC. 12

THE CONTENDERS: MOONLIGHT (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, are bound for awards glory or cult status. The series includes both studio and independent releases. The L.A. edition of The Contenders continues at the Hammer Museum this week with a screening of Moonlight on Monday with writer-director Barry Jenkins. Later this week: Into the Inferno, Weiner, Hell or High Water. Tickets: $8-$12.

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POPSHOP WEST (Music)
Popshop West 045 presents a night of music with Carah Faye (of Shiny Toy Guns), Weathers and BEGINNERS on Monday at 8 pm at the Echoplex. Tickets: $11.50-$13.50. This show is ages 16+.

THE MAKING OF OUTLANDER (Book talk)
Tara Bennett, Ronald Moore, Toni Graphia & Anne Kenney present and sign The Making of Outlander: The Series: The Official Guide to Seasons One & Two at Vroman’s in Pasadena on Monday at 7 pm. Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander book series was turned into a popular show on Starz, following the adventures of Claire Beauchamp Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). Bennett’s book takes fans of the series behind the scenes on the show. She’s joined by showrunner Moore, and writer-producers Graphia and Kenney.

TUESDAY, DEC. 13

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Milla Chocolates is one of the holiday pop-up boutiques on ROW DTLA. (Image: Christine N. Ziemba)
ROW DTLA (Pop-up shops)
In between all the construction, there’s a Holiday Collective pop-up at ROW DTLA that’s open through the end of the year, Tuesdays through Sundays. One of the must-stop shops on the ROW is Milla Chocolates. Founder Christine Sull Sarioz creates and details all chocolates and confections by hand in small batches. Her bon bons, bars and enrobed nuts are decadent—to the eyes and taste (trust us on that one). Prices run $10-$48. Other retailers in the area include: The Cartorialist, Modern Citizen, Daniel Wellington, Rolling Greens, This is Ground, Local + Lejos, Away Travel, Capsule Home, tokyobike and notNeutral.

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THE SOUNDS (Music)
The Swedish rock band The Sounds play two nights at The Belasco Theater this week, performing Dying to Say This To You to celebrate 10 years. Supporting The Sounds are Zipper Club and My Jerusalem. Tuesday at Wednesday nights. 6:30 pm, 8 pm show. Tickets: $27.50. Two-day ticket packs available for $36.50.

GIANT TUESDAY NIGHT OF AMAZING INVENTIONS AND ALSO THERE IS A GAME’S 15TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPECIAL (Variety)
Francisco Guglioni (played by CONAN writer/performer Andres du Bouchet) has been hosting his show Giant Tuesday Night of Amazing Inventions and Also There is a Game—variety show that’s as absurd and eclectic as it sounds. On Tuesday at 9 pm, the show celebrates the holidays. Guglioni’s joined by his “trusty fictional keyboardist, manager and parrot wrangler” Hank Mayonnaise (Adam Felber from Real Time with Bill Maher and NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me) and special guests Dana Gould, Dan Cronin, Brandon Wardell, Ed Salazar and singer Rebecca Schiffman. Tickets are $10.

BASS-DRIVEN SOUNDSCAPES (Music)
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock and Subsuelo present bass-driven electronic soundscapes from South America featuring Barrio Lindo, Uji and Rafi El on Wednesday at 7 pm. Tickets: $5-$10. All ages.

POW RECORDINGS SHOW (Music)
The Passion of the Weiss has a new label: POW Recordings. To celebrate the label, there’s a show at The Echo on Tuesday night featuring their artists: teenage rapper Chester Watson; R&B singer Jordan Raf; rapper Nadia; electronic-hip-hop-space rock duo Pioneer 11; from Minneapolis rapper/songwriter/producer Ness Nite; and a special guest. Tickets: $8.

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ARCHITECTS OF CHANGE (Conversation + networking)
Maria Shriver presents her event series Architects of Change Live on Wednesday at 6 pm at Trunk Club in Culver City. She holds conversations with “inspiring individuals who are moving humanity forward” and will also feature holiday shopping, music, food and games. Entrepreneurs in conversation with Shriver include: Brian Spaly, CEO of Trunk Club; Simone De La Rue, creator of Body By Simone; Kathy Freston, food author; and Mallika Chopra, Meditation expert. Tickets: $75-$150.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14

RADIO PICTURE SHOW (Storytelling)
Radio Picture Show is a 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, the next show is on Wednesday at 8:30 pm and features guests Laura House, Kristen Studard, Max Silvestri and Kurt Braunohler. Tickets: $6+ fees online or $8 at the door.

NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG (Music + theater)
Stew and Heidi, the Tony Award-winning team behind the Broadway hit Passing Strange, bring their newest music and theater production Notes of a Native Song to REDCAT for a slate of performances from Wednesday through Saturday. The production dives into the rich legacy of activist writer James Baldwin and features the all-star band The Negro Problem. Tickets: $24-$35.

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BET’S THE NEW EDITION STORY (Screening + conversation)
On Wednesday at 7 pm, the Paley Center presents the world premiere screening and conversation on BET’s The New Edition Story, a biopic of the ‘80s musical group. New Edition helped establish the foundation for modern-day boy bands. Guests on the panel include: Bryshere Y. Gray (playing Michael Bivins); Elijah Kelley (playing Ricky Bell); Luke James (playing Johnny Gill); Algee Smith (playing Ralph Tresvant); Keith Powers (playing Ronnie Devoe); and Woody McClain (playing Bobby Brown). The New Edition Story will air as a six hour, three night movie event on Jan. 24, 25 and 26 on BET.

LESS MISERABLE (Comedy)
On Wednesday at 8 pm, Less Miserable is a holiday comedy show in support of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Held at the Atwater Village Theatre, the night features the comedy of Cathy Ladman, Moshe Kasher, Matt Kirshen, Solomon Georgio, Riley Silverman and The Sapphire Sisters (Lost Moon Radio, TruTV). The bar opens at 7:15 pm. Tickets: $12.

SAN ANTONIO WINERY (Tour & Tasting)
The Los Angeles City Historical Society presents a Tour & Tasting at San Antonio Winery—L.A.’s oldest producing winery—on Wednesday at 4 pm. Tickets: $15.

THURSDAY, DEC. 15

THE MOWGLI’S (Music)
The Mowgli's: A Holiday Show is at The Teragram Ballroom on Thursday night. Joining them on the bill: Dreamers, Geordie Kieffer. Doors at 8 pm, show: 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20. The show is all ages.

THE DUSTBOWL REVIVAL (Music)
After two years of touring, The Dustbowl Revival has shared the first tracks from its forthcoming new record. The band’s playing a hometown show at The Hi Hat in Highland Park on Thursday night. 8 pm. Tickets: $13. 21+.

BAND OF MERRYMAKERS (Music)
The Band of Merrymakers—a special holiday supergroup—performs at The Troubadour on Thursday night. The band features artists Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees), Lisa Loeb, Kevin Griffin (Better Than Ezra) and songwriter Sam Hollander (Train, One Direction, Pentatonix). The Band of Merrymakers hopes to create awareness and donations to nonprofit organizations such as MusiCares and Musicians On Call. 8 pm. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 day of show. All ages.

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LE PERE NOEL EST UNE ORDURE (Film)
La Collectionneuse and the French Film and TV Office present the French cult Christmas movie La Pere Noel est une Ordure (Santa Claus is a Stinker) on Thursday at 7:30 pm at The Cinefamily. In the 1982 film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré, two inept volunteers work a suicide hotline on Christmas Eve and their mentally unbalance callers pay them a visit. The madcap, schizophrenic style is a perfect fit for this frenzied time of year. Tickets: $12, free for members.

CAVALCADE OF CHRISTMAS (Puppetry + variety)
A Cavalcade of Christmas is an evening of puppetry, music and live reading of a classic Christmas film to benefit the Bob Baker Marionette Theater in DTLA. Puppeteers will perform highlights from Bob Baker's vintage seasonal classic, Holiday Spectacular, and guest performers include Maria Bamford, Laraine Newman, Charlyne Yi, Eddie Pepitone, Dana Gould, Janet Varney, John Ennis, Chris Fairbanks and others. Doors at 7 pm for a pre-show reception with a cash bar. Show at 8 pm. Tickets: $40.

HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR: VIP EXPERIENCE (L.A. Zoo)
The L.A. Zoo holds another Holiday Happy Hour VIP Experience on Thursday from 6-10 pm. For the 21-and-up crowd during L.A. Zoo Lights, skip the line for entry at 6 pm and head to a private lounge from 6:30 to 8:30 pm with free hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine and hot and cold specialty cocktails. This week’s theme is "60s Cocktail Night" in honor of the Zoo’s 50th Anniversary. The night features retro cocktails, appetizers and a cool soundtrack to match. Holiday Happy Hour visitors can view some of the Zoo LAIR's amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles and see a real reindeer family. Tickets for Holiday Happy Hour are $75 per person. Ages 21+.

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