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Arts and Entertainment

Our 15 Favorite Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

Julie Delpy does a Q&A after a screening of 'Before Midnight' tonight (Monday) at the Aero Theatre. (Photo by Despina Spyrou, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)
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There’s plenty of stuff to do this week in LA, even while Hollywood recovers from its post-Golden Globes 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.


COMEDY: The costume drama parody Murder Abbey begins a run at the Fountain Theatre. The solo Downton Abbey spoof, written and performed by Upright Citizens Brigade comedian Kate Hess, who’s also behind the spoof twitter account @OBriensBangs. The show runs Jan. 13-15, 22-23 and 31. 8 pm. Tickets are $10.

FILM: The Aero Theater screens Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight (2013) at 7:30 pm. It;s the third film in the series (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset) which follows the relationship ups and downs of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) for the past 20 years. Delpy is in person to do a Q&A after the show. Tickets: $11.

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COMEDY: The AN SHO(w) with Justin and Gil returns to Lot 1 in Echo Park at 8:30 pm with guests Christian Finnegan (Chappelle's Show), Erik Charles Nielsen (Community), Aparna Nancherla (Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell), Andy Haynes, Hampton Yount, Luke Wienecke, Wes Hudson, Isaac Hirsch and and musical guest Cossbysweater. Free.

TALK: LACMA's Costume Council presents fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg in conversation with W Magazine editor Stefano Tonchi at 6 pm in the museum’s Bing Theater. DVF is best known for creating the wrap dress, and the talk is being held in conjuntion with the exhibition Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of a Dress, on view through April 1 at the Wilshire May Company Building (next to LACMA). General admission tickets: $45, but free to LACMA Costume Council Members. [Just learned this is now sold out.]


POSTERS: The Skirball Center opens an exhibition of posters by Dan Reisinger, one of Israel’s most prominent design pioneers Jan. 14 through April 20. The exhibition To the Point: Posters by Dan Reisinger includes posters that span the artist’s 50-year career, including ads, social and political protest posters and a 2012 series focused on “Tel Aviv’s changing architectural landscape from Bauhaus to postmodernism.”

COMEDY: NerdMelt presents What’s New—a live standup show and Nerdist Industries podcast—with headliners and new faces to the comedy scene. Free tickets and free beer. Hosted by Christian Spicer, (Double Jump, IMPRO(vs)TANDUP)!, the lineup includes: Dan St Germain (Comedy Central, Conan), Fahim Anwar (Comedy Central, Just for Laughs), Zoltan Kaszas (winner 2013 Seattle International Comedy Competition) and sets from Mike Lawrence and Streeter Seidell (CollegeHumor).

OPEN PROJECTOR: The Hammer Museum presents Open Projector Night at 7:30 pm. If you’re a filmmaker with thick skin, then this is the place to have your work screened. It’s been described as part “showcase and part showdown” where films and videos (of all genres) are shown to an audience not afraid to call a spade a spade. The comedy duo, the Sklar Brothers, serve as emcees, and the Hammer provides free popcorn. If you’re interested in showing work, show up early because submissions are only accepted between 7-7:30 pm. Work under 10 minutes only. Accepted formats: VHS, DVD Mini DV & Mini HDV, Super 8mm, 8mm and 16mm film. Free.


MUSIC: The Bootleg Bar presents music by the “DYI collective” Wild Ones at 8:30 pm. Also playing on the bill are Victory and Wages. The show is 21+.


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SCOTCH: Blvd 16 Restaurant is holding a Macallan and Highland Park Scotch dinner at 7 pm. Chef Richard Hodge is pairing a three-course dinner with some of his favorite Scotches, including the Highland Park 12yr, the Macallan Fine Oak 15yr and Macallan 18yr. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and appetizers, if the dinner's not enough to entice you. Dinner: $99. Reservations required.

LIT: Author Gary Shteyngart (Super Sad True Love Story, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook and Absurdistan) reads from his witty and poignant new memoir, Little Failure. Born in Leningrad and raised in the U.S., the book describes his immigrant experience as well as upbringing. “His decision at age five to become a writer led his disappointed mother to dub him Failurchka, an English/Russian fusion meaning ‘little failure.’” Tickets: $24, includes hardcover book; $20 for Skirball members, including hardcover book and $10 for the lecture/reading only. $10 for the lecture only. 8 pm. Reservations recommended.

GAMES: PEN Center USA and Angel City Brewery present The Sugar Games: A Literary Dessert Competition at Angel City Brewery. The public is asked to create homemade desserts inspired by books or literary figures. “Think Lord of the Pies or Ezra Poundcake.” Three prizes will be given to winners awareded by judges Evan Kleiman from KCRW’s Good Food (Culinary Merit) and LAT writer (and former LAist editor) Carolyn Kellogg (Literary Merit). The dessert registration begins at 6:30 pm. There is a $10 entry fee, but spectators are free to watch. The Angel City Brewery crew will suggest beer pairings, too.

COMEDY: After a six-month run in NYC, Giulia Rozzi brings her solo show Bad Bride to LA for one night only at iO West. She talks about how she should have said “I don’t” and how what should have been the happiest day brought out the worst in her. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $5.

LIVE READ: Film Independent at LACMA presents the next installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read series at 7:30 pm. Not only is there a surprise film this time around, but also a suprise director, too. Usually Reitman tweets out his selections, but he hasn’t released anything yet. Tickets: $40 for the general public, $15 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club andThe New York Times Film Club members. $25 for LACMA members, students with valid ID and seniors (62+).

LECTURE: In conjunction with the Natural History Museum’s Traveling the Silk Road Lecture Series, there’s a lecture Tea Horse Road: The World’s Oldest and Highest Tea Trade Route at 7 pm with Dr. Selena Ahmed. Following the lecture, there is a tasting of cocktails with herbal blends, created by Shoots & Roots Bitters. Members $9, nonmembers $10.

MUSIC: The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy embarks on a solo tour this monthwith a stop at the Fonda Theatre. John Roderick opens. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30. Tickets start at $28.50.

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