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20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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


On Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books presents author Warren Ellis who reads from his new novel Normal. He’ll be in conversation with author Cory Doctorow offsite at Pieter Performance Space in DTLA. Doors at 7 pm. The reading and Q&A will be followed by a signing. Tickets: $18.

LA's newest variety show, Fifteen Minutes of Fame, is at El Cid on Monday at 10 pm. The show features four, 15-minute acts from a variety of performers, and this month includes stand up from Ian Harvie (Amazon Prime's Award Winning 'Transparent') and Alex Hooper (Fox's 'New Girl', Comedy Central's 'Roast Battle'), song from Enny Owl (BuzzFeed) and magic from Harrison Lampert (Magic Castle). Raffle prizes for the audience. Tickets: $5 at the door.

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LIST OF DEMANDS (Comedy festival)
The List of Demands Comedy Festival continues through Dec. 7 for nights of stand-up, improv, sketch, music, pop up open mics, art and more to raise funds for: NAACP, Border Angels, Planned Parenthood, RAINN, ACLU, CAIR, Translife Line and The Trevor Project. Check the website for festival details.

School Night returns to Bardot in Hollywood on Monday night with live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists. Playing live this week are: Yumax Kllo, Sundara Karma and Ruston Kelly. DJ sets by Gavin Turek, Monogem and others. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

FRINGE (Comedy)
Fringe, an underground weekly comedy show, is at the Public House on Vermont on Monday at 10 pm. Hosted by Kara Klenk, the lineup features Dan St. Germain, Frankie Quinones, Dinah Foley and Finn Straley. Free pizza and beer to boot. Admission is free, but the do pass the bucket around for suggested donations of $7.

MY DIARY (Comedy + story)
Lindsay Ames' My Diary returns to UCB Sunset on Monday at 10 pm for its last installment for the year. The show features comedians reading from their diaries, revealing their private moments in public. Scheduled performers are: Ever Mainard, Ariana Madix, Jess Rona and Josh Ruben. Tickets: $5.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS LIVE (Games + comedy)
There’s a live Dungeons & Dragons event taking place on Monday at 5 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. In Force Grey: The Lost Episode, watch as Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer leads a group of players—including comedians and actors who have played the game for years (including Brian Posehn, Dylan Spouse and others) as well as a few newbies (Emily V. Gordon). Get some swag just for attending. Free. SKAM ARTIST (Holiday party)
SKAM Artist founder Sujit Kundu is throwing his annual SKAM holiday party at Lucky Strike on Monday night beginning at 9 pm. Some of the DJs on his 80+ roster will be spinning that night. (SKAM artists include top DJs/hosts Lil Jon, Nick Cannon, Amber Rose, Blac Chyna, Samantha Ronson, Tyson Beckford, Taryn Manning and many others.) Theme: ‘90s hip hop, so dress appropriately. RSVP:


Zócalo and UCLA team up for the panel discussion Political Correctness Really Killed Humor? on Thursday night at 7:30 pm at MOCA in DTLA. Moderated by Carina Chocano, Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine, the panelists include performance artist/comedian and UCLA alum Kristina Wong, Skidmore College comedy scholar and author of All Joking Aside: American Humor and Its Discontents Beck Krefting, and UCLA grad and stand-up comedian Max Amin. Free, but RSVPs required.

CRX (Music)
CRX (fronted by The Strokes' Nick Valensi) plays the Teragram Ballroom on Tuesday night with Streets of Laredo opening. CRX is currently on tour promoting its debut album New Skin, produced by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme. 8 pm. Tickets: $15. All ages.

EMO NITE (Music)
The monthly Emo Nite at the Echo and Echoplex is turning 2! So to celebrate, they’re throwing a huge party, emo style. Acoustic sets from Tyson Ritter and Nick Wheeler of The All-American Rejects and Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost). Live performances by Movements, I Don't Know How But They Found Me, Tillie, Luna Shadows and Love Nothing. DJ sets by Jordan Pundik (New Found Glory), Craig Owens (Chiodos/BXC), Cartel, Set Your Goals, State Champs, Fil Thorpe-Evans (Neck Deep), Tyler Posey, The Rocket Summer, Brian Logan Dales (The Summer Set), My American Heart, Captain Cuts, Ham on Everything, Team Up (UK) and the Emo Nite Bawltimore Team. Advance tickets are completely sold out, and remaining (100) tickets will be available at the door tomorrow evening. Tickets are $32.50-$35.50. 21+. 8 pm. If you can’t make it, the revelry will be streamed live over Twitch.

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Alt 98.7 presents Miike Snow, headlining the El Rey on Tuesday night. L.A.-based artist Morgxn opens the show. Doors 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $37.50. All ages.

Local Mercato is a pop-up shopping marketplace that features local vendors and artisans
—including ROE caviar, Letterpress Jewelry, Kin/K Hats, Banner Day, Zen Bunni and more—in a curated marketplace. The experience takes place on Tuesday at HD Buttercup in Culver City. Complimentary cocktails and light eats will be available. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to UCLA’s Mattel Children’s Hospital. RSVP required.

Cool Beans Comedy First Tuesdays holds its final show of the year this Tuesday at 8 pm at Vitello’s & Spot Lounge in Studio City. Hosted by Tone Bell and Corey Craig, the lineup features Vincent Oshana, Joe DeRosa, Asif Ali, Ron G, Michael Che and Rojo Perez. Admission: $2 with RSVP to Otherwise, $10 without an RSVP and two-item minimum.


Good Looks is a monthly comedy show that takes place every first Wednesday at UCB Franklin. Amy Miller guest hosts while creators Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan do longer sets to tape for a possible TV submission. 8 pm. Tickets: $5. All ages.

On Wednesday night at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, there’s a double feature of films from influential indie Jim Jarmusch at 7:30 pm. They’re screening two of his best works: the deadpan comedy Stranger than Paradise and the offbeat Mystery Train. Both are being screened in 35mm. Tickets: $11.

On Wednesday from 6-10 pm, the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition holds its annual LACBC Open House in DTLA and celebrates local biking history while enjoying entertainment, food and beer provided by Angel City Brewery. Tickets are a suggested donation of $5 for LACBC members or $20 for nonmembers (which includes a 1-year membership) online or at the door.


CONTACT (Photography)
Before the advent of digital cameras, photographers used film and contact sheets to help make the images they wanted. The Fahey/Klein Gallery presents the group exhibition Contact, which features both iconic images and their corresponding contact sheets. Works by Harry Benson, William Claxton, Herb Ritts, Julian Wasser, Roxanne Lowit, Bob Willoughby and others. The opening reception is on Dec. 8 from 7-9 pm. The works will remain on view through Jan. 28, 2017.

The Music Center in DTLA is celebrating the life and music of the late Leonard Cohen on Thursday with a Listening Party from 5 pm to 9 pm. The free, informal gathering invites people to come down and listen to Cohen’s recordings on the plaza.

Just one month out from one of the most divisive elections in recent history, the Last Bookstore presents the event: Readings from Only Light Can Do That: 100 Post-Election Poems, Stories, and Essays at 7 pm on Thursday. Edited by Michelle Franke, executive director of PEN Center USA and founding editor of The Rattling Wall lit journal, the anthology contains works from across the country, created in response to the 2016 election. People had six days to send their “protest, promise, rage, and wonder” and Only Light Can Do That is the result.

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