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20 Cool Things To Do In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


The 6th Annual World Choreography Awards honors the art of dance on film and television with the Choreo. The fifth-annual awards ceremony takes place at The Montalbán in Hollywood on Monday night at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Riker Lynch (Glee, Dancing with the Stars), the Choreos will award rising dance artists in commercials, live television events, digital media and other categories. Performances by choreographers Liz Imperio, “Kida”, Paul Becker, The Joe Tremaine Faculty and Dancers, Anthony W. Johnson, Amari Marshall, Johanna Sapakie, Daniel Ezralow and Riker Lynch. Tickets start at $20.

Singer, songwriter, performer and actor Reeve Carney performs at Molly Malone’s on Monday night at 8 pm. Now that he’s off Penny Dreadful, Carney focuses once again on his music, this time a solo effort, following up the success of his band Carney. O’Neill joins him on the bill. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. 21+. The show is sold out, so try your fav alternative ticket purveyor.

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Melinda Hill Comedy Spesh is a one-woman show from comic and storyteller Melinda Hill (Adventure Time) in which she performs an hour of characters and stories. The one-night-only show is at UCB Sunset at 7 pm on Monday night. Tickets: $5.

On Monday at 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc presents novelist Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn), who’ll be in conversation with author and critic David Ulin. Lethem will discuss his new novel, A Gambler's Anatomy, a “novel [that] concerns a backgammon hustler who believes he possesses a psychic gift.” The event is being held at the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica. Tickets: $20.


Skylight Books and Largo at the Coronet team up to present Carrie Brownstein's paperback launch event for Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl at Largo on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. The musician-writer-actress will be in conversation with author and MacArthur “Genius” award winner Maggie Nelson. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book.

On Tuesday at 8 pm, The Theatre at ACE Hotel in Downtown LA hosts the world premiere of Evil Dead in Concert / Live to Film: A Halloween Theatrical Experience. The event features a screening of Sam Raimi’s horror classic The Evil Dead (1981), with composer Joseph LoDuca’s newly reimagined score performed live by LA’s wild Up chamber orchestra. The whole night’s hosted by Evil Dead’s Bruce Campbell and also includes opening act Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood) and violinist Lili Haydn, who’ll perform the world premiere of LoDuca’s The Tell-Tale Heart: A Duet In Terror based on Edgar Allan Poe’s horror classic. Tickets: $26-$76.

TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica opens a new exhibition of work on Tuesday by featuring works by artists Lorraine Bubar, Katie Crown, Carol Kleinman and Elizabeth Szymczak. The opening reception will be on Nov. 5 from 5-8 pm, and an artists’ meet-and-greet is on Nov. 12 at 3 pm. All exhibitions will remain on view through Nov. 19.

Cinefamily’s Carnival of Horrors series has been screening at Bob Baker Marionette Theater this month, and on Tuesday, there’s a screening of Robert Young’s 1972 film Vampire Circus, described as “an erotic, atmospheric dive into early 70s vampiric obscurity.” The 8 pm screening is preceded by a Cinefamily original Circus of Horrors mixtape as well as a puppet show and circus performers. The pre-reception and drinks start at 7 pm. Tickets: $15, free for members.


Nick & Stef’s Sunset @ The Patio presents a Japanese whisky edition during happy hour from 4-7 pm on Wednesday night. For $20, get a sampling of Kikori Whisky and lite bites, including a miniature tuna tower, Snake River Farms wagyu beef tataki and salmon teriyaki. The event is 21+.

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On Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Hammer Museum, author and performer Eileen Myles teams up with writer-director Jill Soloway to discuss ways of representing queerness in media and literature. This program is free and is being held in the Billy Wilder Theatre. Tickets are required and will be available at the box office an hour before the event. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

CRAFTNIGHT LA (Craft + cocktails)
CraftNight Lab is at Akbar in Silver Lake on Wednesday night from 7-9 pm. It’s an awesome night of crafting at a bar, where participants will learn to make a glittery, Light-Up Fright House Candy Dish while enjoying snacks and company. The $45 ticket price includes supplies (including candy), an official CraftNight Labs Commemorative Pumpkin Pin, JP's Famous Veggie Chili and a cornbread muffin, Sweet Werewolf Chex Chow, gifts-and-goodies and a chance to win a free drink. This event is 21+.

Singer, songwriter and musician Rachael Yamagata has been on tour promoting her latest studio album Tightrope Walker, and on Wednesday she ends her tour at the Teragram Ballroom in DTLA. Pressing Strings opens. 8 pm. All ages show. Tickets: $20.

The Echo Park-based art collective Machine Project is at the Craft & Folk Art Museum on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 pm to conduct The Exploding-Pumpkin-Carving Laboratory. Learn the history behind pumpkin carving, practice carving 2.0 with added effects like gruesome oozing and explosions thanks to the artists at Machine Project. Admission is $40 / $35 members (includes materials & pumpkin). If you register with a group of two or more people, get $10 off per person.

Ingrid Michaelson is on her Hell No Tour and plays two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, this week at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA. Tickets: $29.50-$114.50. All ages.

The Super Secret Comedy Show takes place on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Lyric Theater on La Brea. The comics on the bill include Iliza Shlesinger, Anthony Jeselnik, Ryan Sickler, Hunter Hill—as well as a special surprise guest. Tickets: $10-$20. Ages 21+.


The Wonderful World of Animation Art Gallery in Culver City holds an opening reception on Thursday night from 5 to 8 pm for an art exhibition dedicated to the work of comic artist and illustrator Alex Ross, who has worked has graced covers and character designs for both Marvel and DC Comics. Since the opening is so close to Halloween, there’s a superhero costume contest during the opening with a winner receiving a limited-edition piece of art by Ross. The exhibition remains on view through Jan. 14, 2017.

There’s a party with a purpose on Thursday night at Clifton’s Cafeteria in DTLA as UNICEF holds its 4th annual Masquerade Ball from 9 pm to 2 am. Presented by UNICEF Next Generation, the funds raised at the event will support UNICEF’s programs for vulnerable children. Confirmed entertainment for the night features Devendra Banhart as DJ and Cold War Kids performing a live acoustic set, among. Individual tickets are $225, couples tickets are $400, tables begin at $3,500. The tickets include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and more entertainment.

SECRET WALLS (Art battle)
Secret Walls is a freestyle art battle event that takes place at One Santa Fe in DTLA on Thursday night from 6-9 pm. Two artists/teams paint/mark up white walls in a timed competition while the crowd cheers to for their favorite. Two neutral guest judges choose the winner to go to the next round. The event is free and open to the public in the central corridor of the shopping promenade. The marketplace’s vendors will be offering deals and specials during the event.

Party Favorsis a monthly stand-up show at the Westside Comedy Theater. Hosted by Allie Zisfein and Galina Rivina, the next edition of the show takes place on Thursday at 8 pm featuring Ian Edwards, Matthew Broussard, James Adomian, Ken Garr, Nick Aragon, Jeff Dye and Jessimae Peluso. Each show has a different party party theme, and this month, it’s obvs Halloween. People are encouraged to dress in costumes as the producers had out party favors and various gifts at the end of the show to the audience. Tickets: $10.

THE ART OF MORE (Free screening)
Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of episode 201 of The Art of More, a TV show that debuted last year on Crackle. The Art of More focuses on a former soldier who becomes embroiled in New York’s high-stakes market for art and memorabilia. The evening includes a conversation with actors Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes and Christian Cooke. The screening takes place at LACMA’s Bing Theater at 7:30 pm on Thursday. Reservations required.

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