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12 Things to Do in Los Angeles This Week

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Happy first full week of 2014! Here's your Weekly Agenda, LA. It’s our take on 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.


FILM: In advance of the Golden Globes on Jan. 12, the American Cinematheque and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association present the Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Series 2014. Each of the five nominated films will be screened at the Aero Theatre at 7:30 pm this week: The Hunt screens on Monday; The Past (Tuesday); The Wind Rises (Wednesday); The Great Beauty (Thursday) and Blue is the Warmest Color (Friday). General admission tickets: $11.

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MUSIC: Actors from Disney’s The Lion King (which plays The Pantages Theatre until Jan. 12), join local artists to perform a benefit cabaret at 8 pm at Supperclub the Restaurant. Cabaret for a Cure will raise funds for Kristie Betz, an LA-based dance instructor afflicted with stage 3 breast cancer. Special guests include Erica Ash (BET’s Real Husbands of Hollywood), Christian Spicer (Upright Citizen’s Brigade, The Laugh Factory), and recording artist Tah Mac. A portion of the funds will also be contributed to the organization Living Beyond Breast Cancer, too. VIP tickets: $60 (with a pre-show cocktail reception, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres, 7-8pm). General admission: $30 (doors at 7:30).

COMEDY: The Westside Comedy Theater presents the Comedy Central Showcase, featuring some of the best up-and-coming comics at 8 pm. The lineup includes: Rick Glassman, Dave Stone, Yassir Lester, Daniel Eachus, Billy Bonnell, Tyler Boeh, Justine Marino, Matt Kirshen and TK Kelly. Tickets: $5. (If you miss the Monday showcase, there’s another one on Wednesday night at 8 pm.)


TV TALK: The cast and creators of FOX’s new comedy, Enlisted are at the Paley Center at 7 pm for a on-stage conversation, preceded by its LA premiere screening. The show follows three brothers getting to know one another again on a small Florida Army base and stars Geoff Stults, Chris Lowell, Parker Young, Keith David and Angelique Cabral. Kevin Biegel, Creator/Executive Producer and Executive Producer Mike Royce are also on the panel, which will be moderated by Rob Moynihan, TV Guide Magazine Correspondent. Tickets: $10 Paley Center members and $15 for the general public.

TV TALK: Film Independent at LACMA presents a special screening of the first two episodes of the third season of House of Lies at 7:30 pm, followed by a conversation with creator Matthew Carnahan and star/co-executive producer Don Cheadle. Showtime’s hostile-takeover comedy focuses on Cheadle as a morally ambiguous management consultant, Marty Kaan. Tickets are free for this event (a two-ticket limit applies).


MUSIC: The Troubadour presents Rosanne Cash (with her musician/producer husband John Leventhal) in a rare LA appearance at 8 pm. Tickets for the all-ages show are $30 in advance, $35 day of show. She’s currently touring in support of her new album The River & The Thread.

FILM: The Hammer Museum screens Dara Friedman’s Play, Part 1 & 2 at 7:30 pm. The work focuses on 15 couples (all actors)—some real-life couples, some paired by Friedman—as they play out intimate scenes. “With this new work Friedman engages with actors and their ability to receive and transmit projected desires while at the same time laying bare theatrical and cinematic devices with Brechtian pleasure.” A Q&A with the artist will follow the screening. Free.

DRINK: Cocktail Academy—a new LA-based cocktail hospitality group—holds a Bourbon Bash at 9 pm at Apartment A (its headquarters and private tasting space in the Arts District). The ticket price for the inaugural event is $60 and includes: a tasting of six small batch bourbons; Smokey Mountain BBQ Bites; four curated Bourbon cocktails; Apartment A menu preview; The Bootsy Collins (Bourbon, celery, lemon, lime, habañero shrub) and the Old Babe (Bourbon, sugar, applewood bacon infused Angostura).

BREW TALK: The Huntington Library in Pasadena hosts the lecture The Botany of Beer: Belgian Brew from 5-7:30 pm. Brad Owen discusses the history of Belgian beer, which is traditionally brewed in Trappist monasteries. Participants will learn about (and sample) different types of beer, including traditional Trappist brews and newer beers from cutting-edge brewers. Tickets: $95.

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MUSIC The Bootleg Bar welcomes singer-songwriter Ethan Gold, who’s currently touring to support his new LP, Songs From A Toxic Apartment. Doors at 8 pm and the show is at 8:30 pm. The show is 21+. Tickets: $10.


COMEDY: The free weekly comedy show Comedy Palace returns to its home upstairs at the Palace Restaurant in Los Feliz. The evening begins at 9:30 pm and features stand-up, storytelling, characters and drop-in sets by unexpected guests. The scheduled lineup for Jan. 9 includes Wil Anderson, Michael Lawrence, Jackie Kashian, Erin Foley and others.

DRINK:Santa Monica’s Circle Bar first opened in 1949 (and re-invented itself in 1999) making it the oldest bar in the city. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the bar is throwing itself a party at 9 pm. They’re doing anniversary drink specials, which include 1999 prices until 11 pm.

TALK: At 7:25 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the event, Queens of Noise: Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now with Exene Cervenka, Evelyn McDonnell and Allison Wolfe. McDonnell’s book Queens of Noise: The Real Story of The Runaways examines the LA music scene in the 1970s is a testimonial to the inspiration and insecurity of the trailblazer, a look at women of the the Los Angeles music scene of the 70s. She’s joined in conversation by Exene Cervenka of the punk outfit X and Riot Grrrl Allison Wolfe to talk about history as well as today’s pioneers. Standby tickets only.

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