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Weekly Agenda: 12 Things to Do in LA This Week

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Here is your Weekly Agenda, LA. It’s a look at some of our favorite events happening throughout the city this week, giving you more time to plan your extra-curricular schedule. We’ll be back later this week to help you plan the weekend, too. Read on for all the details.

Monday, Dec. 16

VARIETY: The Hot Tub live comedy variety show, created and hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, takes over The Virgil for its last Monday night residency series for 2013. On the bill tonight are Father John Misty, Kyle Kinane, Dave Ross, Mo Welch and Nadia Kamil. Tickets are $8 at the door with drink specials and an after party. Music and happy hour specials begin at 7 pm with the show at 8 pm. 21+.

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MUSIC: 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. Playing live aat tonight’s holiday party are: Phil Beaudreau + Dawaun Parker (of AoE), Irontom, Basia Bulat and Chantal Claret with DJ sets by Dominic E and Tres Dubois. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

Tuesday, Dec. 17

FILM: The Grindhouse Film Festivalreturns to the New Beverly Cinema for its annual holiday spectacular. The evening includes screenings of rare original 35mm prints of the holiday "classics" Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974) and Lewis Jackson's Christmas Evil (1980), plus trailers and more. The event starts at 7:30 pm, and admission for the double feature is $8.

STOMP: The international percussion troupe Stomp, opens a performance run at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills through Jan. 5. The performers have come a long way from their humble beginnings as a street group in the UK. Now during the past 20 years, Stomp dancers/percussionists have performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people. Tickets: $41.50 to $71.50, plus fees.

EROTIC FAN FICTION: Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction celebrates its second Biannual Championship Edition tonight at 9 pm at the Nerdmelt showroom. Expect sexy—and maybe cutthroat—fan fic from former show winners and participants, including Eliza Skinner, Solomon Georgio, Baron Vaughn, Ian Karmel, David Huntsberger, DC Pierson and Erin Whitehead. The stories are based on the readers’ whims or are subjects selected by the audience. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

VARIETY: Victory Lap, a variety show of comedy, music and ephemera is at the Virgil tonight at 9 pm, celebrating the holidays and its one-year anniversary. Hosted by Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins, the lineup includes comedians Kurt Braunohler, Laura Maxwell, Melinda Hill, Johnny Pemberton, Rory Scovell. And if that weren’t enough to entice you, there’s no cover, there are prizes given away throughout the night as well as a happy hour all night long. There’s valet so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space in the neighborhood. Doors at 8:30 pm.

COMEDY: Loud Village's 2nd annual Comedy for the Holidays show happens Tuesday at the Troubadour with part of the proceeds going to the LA Mission for the homeless. What a comic lineup: Pete Holmes, Rob Delaney, Paul Scheer and Rob Huebel, Eric Andre, Brett Gelman, The Birthday Boys, Howard Kremer, Taylor Williamson, Emily Maya Mills, Joe Sib and Jeremy Burke. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $15 in advance, $17 on day of show.

Wednesday, Dec. 18

FILM: At 7 pm, the Petersen Automotive Museum holds another edition ofMovies & $1 Milkshakes. There’s a free screening of the slapstick comedy The Great Race (1965), directed by Blake Edwards and starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood. In addition to free admission, they’ll also provide free popcorn and $1 milkshakes. Snacks and refreshments will also be available for purchase from Johnny Rockets. Regular parking rates apply.

MUSIC: Synth-pop artist Juliette Commagere performs at the Bootleg Theater in support of her recently released LP, Human, on Aeronaut Records. She’s already performed with or supported Maynard James Keenan, The Bird and the Bee, Nick Lowe, Ry Cooder, Linda Perry and Liz Phair among others. Now it’s her turn in the spotlight. Tyler Lyle opens. The show is 18+. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $10.

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Thursday, Dec. 19

MUSIC: Yuna, the critically acclaimed Malaysian singer-songwriter, is on her first North American tour to support her latest album, Nocturnal. The show is 21+ with doors at 8 pm and show at 9 pm. Monogem opens. Tickets: $15-$18.

LOVE/LUST TALES: Anna David’s monthly storytelling series True Tales of Lust and Love takes over M Bar on Thursday. This month, both a couple of guys are on the bill for this usually women-only reading event. Comedians from Walking the Room, writers and others tell / read stories about love, lust or both. Tonight’s guests include Greg Behrendt, Dave Anthony, Erica Schickel and Hailey Boyle. Doors at 7:30 pm; stories at 8 pm. This is a free show as a holiday gift for True Tales of Lust and Love fans.

STORYTELLING: The RISK! Storytelling show is at NerdMelt Thursday at 9 pm with people telling true stories they’d never thought they’d share in public. This week’s theme is “‘Tis the Season” with a great guest lineup tonight that includes: James Adomian (MADtv, Craig Ferguson, Comedy Bang Bang); Satya Bhabha (Scott Pilgrim VS The World, The New Girl); Danielle Kramer (Nerdist, Booze Cruise, Sketchmelt); Sam Feirstein (KCRW/NPR's "Strangers", CBS Radio/Fiat "Storytellers"); Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous! from HarperCollins 2014); Beowulf Jones (LA RIOT Festival, MyDamnChannel). The event’s hosted by Benincasa and Jones. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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