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18 Of Our Favorite Events In L.A. This Week

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There are a number of great events and happenings this week in L.A., with several to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. We've gone through all the lists and releases to list our favorites. Now you have time to plan your extra-curricular schedule, and we’ll be back later this week to help you plan the weekend, too. Read on for all the details.


MLK CELEBRATION: The California African American Museum holds its Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.from 11 am-2 pm. The museum presents special performances, an art workshop, a screening of “Mighty Times: The Children’s March,” and Babe Evans reading “My Brother Martin.” Also, motivational speaker, Billionaire PA, presents Speak Dreams into Existence. CAAM will also be serving up free slices of Dr. King’s birthday cake until the tasty treats lasts. All CAAM events are free today.

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MLK: The Museum of Tolerance celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with special programs. There are performances at 1:30 and 3:30 pm of the solo show Living Voices: The Right to Dream, using archival film footage from the Civil Rights era. There’s also a special screening of Lee Daniels’ The Butler at 6 pm. The programs are included with admission ($11.50-$15.50) or free to museum members.

ART: It’s aTarget Free Holiday Monday at LACMAfrom 11 am-5 pm in honor of MLK Day. The museum presents free programs, art-making activities and live music by the Congo-based band Afrik Moto at 12:30 pm and 2:45 pm. The band celebrates the exhibition Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa by performing a Congolese dance music known as Soukous. The day, however, not include admission to James Turrell: A Retrospective or Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic.

EAT: Downtown Long Beach restaurants are celebrating “Pepper Week”; from Jan. 20-26. Participating restaurants are getting creative with the pepper in their appetizers, main courses and drinks. Among the 22 restaurants taking part are Congregation Ale House, L’Opera Ristorante, La Shish, Public Beer and Wine, Rebel Bite, Shannon’s on Pine, Sweet Dixie Kitchen, The Federal Bar and The Sky Room.

THEATER: The classical repertory theater company A Noise Within (ANW) in Pasadena presents a free reading of Jean Anouilh’s Antigoneat 7 pm. Resident artist Robertson Dean translated and directs the piece. The cast includes ANW resident and guest artists Jules Wilcox, Joel Swetow, Jason Dechert, Alison Elliott, Rafael Goldstein, Ann Marie Lee and Lorna Raver. RSVP to 626-356-3100 x1 to reserve your seat.

FILM: REDCAT presents the program Lynne Sachs: Your Day is My Night.Sachs shot the documenary in the kitchens, bedrooms, weddings halls and mahjong parlors of New York’s Chinatown, chronicling the immigrant stories that take place in a “shift-bed” apartment—”a domestic space shared, due to economic necessity, by people with no relationship ties.” Tickets: $5-$10.

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: Kauf, Wild Ones, Jesse Woods and Oh Honey with DJ sets by Hit City USA, Eli Glad and Masha. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.


MUSIC: At Largo at the Coronet, singer-songwriterTom Brosseau holds his album release for Grass Punks, his first album in five years. You may have seen him playing around LA lately with John Reilly & Friends. This solo record was produced by Sean Watkins, who joins him on stage with other guests Sara Watkins and Eleni Mandell. Tickets: $10. Doors at 7:30 pm. 21+.

MUSIC: Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs an intimate acoustic show at the Wilshire Ebell. His most recent album, The Beast In Its Tracks, was released to critical acclaim. Guest opener Gregory Alan Isakov will be showcasing music from his new album The Weatherman. Tickets: $41.25. Doors at 7 pm.

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VARIETY: The Victory Lap variety show returns to the Virgil at 9 pm. Hosted by Seth W. Owen (Movie Night @ The Roosevelt) and Stuart Jenkins (Associate Producer, BBC America’s The Nerdist) it’s an evening of “slightly unhinged entertainment” with a lineup that includes Ron Funches (Kroll Show), Beth Stelling (LA Weekly's 12 Comics to Watch), Josh Silverstein (host of The Beatbox) and Gabe Delahaye (Videogum). There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great $5 premium cocktails. There’s valet so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space in this neighborhood.

FILM: The Grindhouse Film Festivalreturns to the New Beverly, screening a double feature of rare 35mm prints with the “killer in the woods.” Screening at 7:30 pm is Just Before Dawn (1981), followed by Madman (1982). In addition, Jeff Lieberman, director of Just Before Dawn does a Q&A after his film. Tickets: $8.


CLASSICAL: The Jacaranda music series presents a concert that features acoustic, electronic and amplified music from modern classical works: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kontakte (4-channels, 1960) and Stockhausen: Capricorn (singer & 4-channels, 1974) from Tierkreis (Zodiac). Special guest at the concert is artist Mary Bauermeister, Stockhausen’s muse and widow, who’ll read from her new memoir, discuss her life with the composer and improvise with singer Nicholas Isherwood on her hand-made instruments. 8 pm at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. Shuttle service begins at 7 pm. Tickets: $25/$15 students.

FILM TALK: The Hammer welcomes British artist and filmmaker Tacita Dean, who'll talk about her work and themes in her her latest film, JG (2013). The work is inspired by her correspondence with British author J. G. Ballard (1930-2009) on “connections between his short story “The Voices of Time” (1960) and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty” (both works, 1970). Free. 7:30 pm. In conjunction with JG, a film by Tacita Dean.


Doug Benson's Movie Interruption takes on 'Thor: The Dark World' at Cinefamily. (Image: Courtesy of Marvel.)
FILM, INTERRUPTED: At 7:30 pm, Cinefamily presents Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption. Benson and his funny friends sit in the theater’s front row and say whatever comes to mind while watching the film selected. Hilarity (usually) ensues. Screening on Wednesday is Alan Taylor’s The Dark World (2013). Tickets: $14/free for members.


NETWORKING: The tech startup hiring and networking event LA Uncubed takes over the Anneberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. Companies like Wordpress, Nasty Gal, Honest, GumGum, Grindr and others are attending, and there are classes in the morning and discussions in the afternoon. It’s not your typical job fair, though, because there’ll be music, drinks and more. Tickets: $20-$30.

COMEDY: NerdMelt presents presents SRSLY God? at 7:15 pm. Creators of Srsly LOL H. Alan Scott and Bryan Wilson bring to the stage the story of what H. Alan felt inspired to do after getting cancer: the baptized Mormon converted to Judaism. The two comics try to figure out heaven, explore the Mormons’ secret world and figure it all out—through comedy, music and sketches. Special guests include Louis Peitzman of Buzzfeed; Sara Benincasa, author of Agorafabulous!, podcaster Jake Fogelnest and comedian Drew Droege. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

COMEDY: Following SRSLY God at Nerdmelt is another installment of the RISK! Storytelling Show at 9 pm. Storytellers Brian Finkelstein, Georgia Hardstark, John Flynn, Liz Stewart and Brandy Barber tell true stories on the theme of Freaky—stories that they never thought they’s share in public. The show is hosted by Sara Benincasa and Beowulf Jones (LA RIOT Festival, Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

LIT+MUSIC: ALOUD at the Central Library presentsSpirit Rising: My Life, My Music with author, activist and musician Angélique Kidjo. She’s in conversation with Los Angeles Times music editor Lorraine Ali to discuss Kidjo’s memoir, Spirit Rising, which explores the communist regime of her Benin homeland to her work in promoting education for girls in Africa. She’ll also perform excerpts from her new CD Eve. Standby tickets only.

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