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Weekly Agenda: 15 Things to Do in LA This Week

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Here is 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.

Monday, Dec. 9

COMEDY: The relatively newish weekly stand-up comedy show—AN SHO(w) with Justin and Gil—has a new venue tonight at Lot 1 Cafe in Echo Park. Tonight’s lineup includess Allen Strickland Williams, Annie Lederman, Baron Vaughn, James Adomian, Julian McCullough, Monique Madrid and Sean O’Connor. Free. Show at 8:30 pm.

LECTURE: Tonight at 6:30 pm, REDCAT presents a free lecture by Grégory Castéra who speaks on The Encyclopedia of the Spoken Word—a research project that explores language in all its forms. Since 2007, a group of musicians, poets, directors, visual artists, actors, sociolinguists, and curators, have been collecting various sound recordings of words and then indexing them on the website. The collection now holds about 800 sound documents.

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THEATER+BEER: The theater troupe The Speakeasy Society immerses audiences in a twisted adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The rotating, one-hour performances of Ebenezer happen tonight at Golden Road Brewing’s hidden bar. The play’s cycles allow audiences to follow multiple characters and storylines through a supernatural Christmas tale. Grab a beer and follow along. There’s a preshow dinner, drink and live music at 7 pm, and admission is 8 pm, 8:30 pm, 9 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

LECTURE: ALOUD, a program of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, presents An Evening with Anjelica Huston in conversation with author Colm Tóibín. This event is a ticketed event and takes place at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre (NOT at the Library) at 7:30 pm. It’s an evening of storytelling from Huston, featuring family film clips and a discussion of her memoir A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York with Colm Tóibín, one of Ireland’s greatest living writers. There’s also a special musical performance by The Americans. General admission: $25.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

ART INSTALLATION/PERFORMANCE: At 7 pm, Family Books on Fairfax presents an evening of video installations featuring the Haters with a live performance by John Wiese & GX Jupitter-Larsen. 7 pm. Free.

FILM: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) provides enormous support to the ongoing restoration of classic films. In conjunction with the HFPA and The Film Foundation (TFF), Film Independent at LACMA screens the restoration of 1933's King Kong by producer/director Merian C. Cooper and co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack. 7:30 pm at the Bing Theater at LACMA. Tickets: $5 for Film Independent members and $10 for general public.

MUSIC: The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 8 pm presents the Blind Boys of Alabama for their annual Christmas show: Go Tell It on the Mountain. They’re also currently on tour to support their new full-length album, I'll Find A Way, produced by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Sam Amidon is the supporting guest artist tonight. Tickets: $41-$101.

FUNK: At Exchange LA, 7 Days of Funk (a collaboration between Dam-Funk and Snoopzilla aka Snoop Dogg), holds a record release party with performances from 7 Days of Funk, Bootsy Collins, Egyptian Lover, Peanut Butter Wolf and others. Doors at 9 pm. Tickets: $25.

Wednesday, Dec. 11

TALK: At 7 pm, The Broad and ALOUD at the Central Library co-present the programThe Un-Private Collection: Artist as Activistat the LAPL’s Mark Taper Auditorium. Visual artist and world-renowned filmmaker Shirin Neshat is in conversation with Christy MacLear, executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her work has addressed the issues of social repression in her native Iran, from where she has been exiled for most of her career. Free, but standby tickets only.

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TECH: The 6th Annual Digital Family Reunion—Silicon Beach’s Premier Holiday Event—takes over the Skirball Cultural Center Wednesday at 6 pm. It’s a gathering of LA’s technology and digital media industry leaders for an epic night of networking. The evening also honors socalTECH 50 the newest influential visionaries, entrepreneurs and others throughout the region who are “most likely to create the next breakout company, technological leap, or otherwise influence the industry in a significant way.” Tickets: $50.

SINGALONG: Tonight at 7:30 pm the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Grant Gershon, presents the 33rd Annual Messiah Sing-Along. Even those with no professional singing experience are invited to participate. Tickets: $29-$79; Messiah scores are available at the door for $10. Full-time high school and college students with valid (current date) identification may purchase $10 tickets, based upon availability, beginning two hours prior to this concert at the WDCH Box Office.

Thursday, Dec. 12

DANCE: The Latina Dance Theater Project and the Bootleg Theater present the BlakTina Festival, the first LA dance festival that focuses on celebrating emerging and mid-career Black and Latina(o) choreographers. This years' choreographers include Jasmine Burgos, Sofia Carreras, Hugo Diaz, Michelle Funderburk, Cyrian Reed, Dorcas Roman, Joshua Romero, and Eluza Maria Santos and a cast of nearly 30 dancers. The Festival runs Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 14) at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

LIVE READ: At 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA presents the latest edition of Jason Reitman’s Live Read series, with comedian Patton Oswalt as guest artistic director. He’s bringingRaising Arizona to the Bing stage with a surprise cast in tow. Standby tickets only for this event. Tickets: $40 for the general public; $15 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club and The New York Times Film Club members. $25 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+).

SHOP: West 3rd Street between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax throws a holiday party on Thursday from 6-9 pm. Shoppers and guests are invited to enjoy discounts, music, samples, holiday treats and more from the street’s many stores. Pick up a bingo-style game sheet and get a stamp and raffle ticket for every store or restaurant you enter, which automatically enters you to win the grand prize over $5,000. No purchase necessary.

MUSIC: The legendary D.C. group,The Dismemberment Plan, play The Fonda on Thursday. They’ve reunited and are touring in support of their first record in 12 years Uncanney Valley. Telekinesis opens. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $27.50.

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