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15 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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There’s plenty of stuff to do this week in L.A., even while Hollywood recovers from its post-Grammy hangover. The weekly agenda is 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.


LIT: Book Soup hosts author Anna David at 7 pm. She’ll read from and sign her new book True Tales of Lust & Love, which features tales from the popular storytelling night that David created. The anthology includes works organized into three sections—Casual Sex, Dating, and Out of the Ordinary—and features takes of hilarity and heartbreak. Other readers include book contributors Cindy Chupack, Samantha Dunn, Jillian Lauren and Rachel Shukert.

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FILM: REDCAT screens a remastered and re-edited version of Thom Andersen’s and Noël Burch’s film essay film Red Hollywood (1996/2013, digital video, 114 min.) at 8:30 pm. The film offers a different take on the Hollywood blacklist and how artists were able to “raise questions about war, race relations, class solidarity, women’s labor and the studio system itself.
” Filmmaker Thom Andersen is in person tonight to discuss the film. Tickets: $5-$10.

STORY: The Moth presents the LA GrandSLAM, where 10 former StorySLAM champs vie for the storytelling title. The Championship XXII theme is “In Your Face,” and will feature tales about confrontation: “Gloating, grandstanding or unapologetically glowing with pride.” Hosted by Lauren Weedman, storytellers are Buck Ball, Mark Carapezza, Krista Eulberg, Cara Harshman, Timothy Jenkins, Kim Kalish, Carlos Kotkin, Jessica Lee Willamson, Claudia Maittlen-Harris and Megan Vick. At the Echoplex. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $18.

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 are: Ken Wakan, Andrew Ripp, Wild Cub and Laurel with DJ sets by Carlos Cancela and Alison Swing. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.


FILM: The New Beverly celebrates the release of Karina Longworth’s new book Meryl Streep: Anatomy of an Actress with a screening of one of Streep’s best films: Sophie’s Choice (1982). Longworth will introduce the film in person. 8 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets: $8+ service fee.

MUSIC: Mutual Benefit—aka Jordan Lee’s musical project—plays a show at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock to support the new album Love's Crushing Diamond. Show at 8 pm. Tickets: $12.50.


COMEDY: Nerdmelt presents The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail at 8:30 pm. Comics Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani welcome guests Brendon Walsh, Ian Karmel, Joe DeRosa, Brent Weinbach, Myq Kaplan and Kristen Schaal. They’re hinting at a special guest and “maybe even a sneak peek at a video from Aimee Mann….”


BOOK FAIR: PrintedMatter, Inc. presents the second annual LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with an opening party reception from 6-9 pm. The Fair, which is free and open to the public, runs through Feb. 2. The event features artists’ artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines from by more than 260 presses, antiquarians, artists and independent publishers from 19 countries.

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ART + MUSIC: The online art journal East of Borneo and The Box are organizing a free concert by The Los Angeles Free Music Society to celebrate the opening night of Printed Matter's L.A. Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The KCHUNG Radio stage will feature LA artist Paul McCarthy performing with his band Extended Organ as well as the 16-member noise orchestra Airway collaborating with nine celebrated Japanese improvisers. John Wiese and Ted Byrnes open the show at 6 pm. Free. All ages.

FILM: This month's Bad Movie Nitescreening features The Wicker Man (2006) with Nicolas Cage at the Nue Studio & Cafe in Hollywood. Doors at 8 pm and the film begins at 8:30 pm. An episode of Cop Rock follows the film. The movie is free and BYOB. A full cafe menu is also available.

ART: The International Contemporary Art Fair of the West Coast—Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC)—runs through Feb. 2 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. ALAC presents 70 top international and local galleries featuring “an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making.” Admission: $20-$60. The opening reception is being held from 7-9 pm.

FILM: The Hammer screens the documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) at 7:30 pm. The film explains what you’re really agreeing to when you click “I accept” on various websites. The doc also features interviews with futurists and tech leaders including Google chief engineer Ray Kurzweil, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Moby. Director Cullen Hoback joins Rainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation for the Q&A following the screening.

FILM TALK: Visual Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris leads the program Deconstructing Blue Velvet at The Egyptian. The master class for film fans and filmmakers examines David Lynch’s classic scene-by-scene, discussing the director’s choices and meanings. Ticket: $20 General, $15 Student/Senior, $12 Cinematheque Members. Note: The film will not be screened during the program.

STORY: Tonight at 8 pm, Cafe Fais Do Do welcomes the crew from the comedy show Don’t Tell My Mother. Writers and performers share true stories they'd never want their moms to know. On the program tonight: Timothy Omundson (Psych), Cameron Esposito (Chelsea Lately), Selene Luna (The Cho Show), Margot Leitman (Gawky) and host Nikki Levy (Frost/Nixon). Live music by Abby Posner. Doors at 7 pm. 21+ only. Full bar and the Bollywood Bites food truck begin at 7 pm; stories and music begin at 8 pm. Tickets: $16.

MUSIC: The music collective Hard Working Americans, featuring a veteran lineup of rockers, is at The Troubadour for their self-titled debut. The album features new arrangements of previously recorded songs (from Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Hayes Carll, etc.) “layed out lyrically to tell the story of hard working unsung American men and women.” The band includes:
Todd Snider, Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals), Duane Trucks (brother of Derek Trucks) and Chad Staehly (of Great American Taxi). Tickets: $25.

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