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Weekly Agenda: 9 of our Favorite Events This Week

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Here's the holiday edition of 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 (especially if you have guests in town). We’ll be back later this week to help you plan the weekend, too. Read on for all the details. MONDAY, DEC. 30

FILM: The New Beverly screens a double feature of The Godfather (at 7 pm) followed by The Godfather: Part II (at 10:25 pm). Directed by Francis Ford Coppola on a novel by Mario Puzo, the debate continues whether the sequel is better than the original. General admission: $8+ fees.

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FILM: The Downtown Independent continues to screen the Quentin Dupieux film Wrong Cops, with a cast that includes Marilyn Manson, Steve Little, Eric Wareheim and others. The comedy follows a bunch of cops behaving badly in the not too-distant future, where crime is pretty much nonexistent. Today at 4 and 9:40 pm, and screenings continue throughout the week.


MUSIC: Sergio Mendes and Sheila E. help the LA Phil ring in the new year with two performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall at 7 pm and 10:30 pm, featuring Carnival-style cocktail party between shows in BP Hall. The party includes Brazilian dancers, a free drink, photo booths and more. Tickets: $70.50-$197.

SHOW:Rockwell: Table & Stage travels back to the roaring ‘20s for a Gatsby-inspired NYE’s party. The evening begins with a three-course dinner, followed by a performance of For the Record: Baz Luhrmann with music from Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom and The Great Gatsby. After the show, the space is transformed into a Gatsby era after-party featuring a live band, along with a decadent buffet and complimentary glass of champagne for the New Year's Eve champagne toast at midnight. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. For ticket information please call (323) 661-6163 (ext 20) or visit Tickets range from $80-$175 per person.

MUSIC: Fais Do Do hosts Vaud & The Villains New Years Eve Bash. The troupe is a 19-piece, 1930s orchestra and cabaret show. ”It’s New Orleans traditional, it’s gospel, it’s smoky backroom slow drag, it’s Dixie, it’s soul, it’s Cajun, it’s a porch front revival show.” And it’s oh so danceable. The show begins at 10 pm. Doors at 9. Tickets: $40-$50. The show is 21+.

THEATER: The Eclectic Company Theatre takes the 24-hour play to another level by creating one full-length play in a day. A group of writers and actors will create, rehearse and bring a single new play to life onstage. The play will be performed at 8 pm and 10 pm. A party to ring in th new year will follow the second show. Admission: $15 for first show. $20 for second show (includes party with light refreshments and Champagne toast).

BEER: While there are a lot of New Year’s Eve options, this one caught our attention because we love [good] beer. The Story Tavern in Burbank holdsa NYE Beertacularwith a tap list that includes Sierra Nevada Celebration, Anchor Christmas, Alesmith Yulesmith, Ommegang Adoration, Hebrew Jewbelation, among others. With barrel-aged pours from Gulden Draak Brewmaster Reserve (aged in Whiskey Barrels) and -North Coast Old Stock (aged for two years in Brandy Barrels). The $40 admission includes $15 five oz. tasters. Doors at 6:30 pm.

And don’t forget to check out our other NYE options:


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FILM: After the hangover wears off, the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre presents a double feature of screwball comedy classics at 5 pm. Up first is A Night at the Opera (1935) The Marx Brothers' first film for MGM—and also their first without Zeppo. It turned out to be their biggest box office hit. It’s followed by A Day at the Races (1937), in which Groucho is named head of a posh sanitarium—though his credentials are suspect since he’s actually a veterinarian. $11.


MUSIC: The Huntington Beach classic ska band Reel Big Fishheadlines the House of Blues on Sunset with The Pietasters. Tickets: $22-$25.

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