By Michael Goldstein
By Dennis Romero
By Sarah Fenske
By Matthew Mullins
By Patrick Range McDonald
By LA Weekly
By Dennis Romero
By Simone Wilson
FRIDAY, January 26
Thinking about having a baby? Trust me, babies are cute and great, but they are a lot of work. You have to feed them every day. It’s true. Writer Neal Pollack shares his experiences as a new father in Alternadad,in which he “hilariously recounts his attempt to raise a child without growing up himself.” Huh? That’s why you have kids, silly man! So you can play with their toys! Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Fri., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m. (323) 660-1175.
SATURDAY, January 27
Organist Christophe Bull accompanies a screening of the 1924 silent version of Peter Pan on Royce Hall’s 1930 Skinner organ. The fact that the organ was built six years after the film was made should in no way affect your enjoyment of this beautiful program. Royce Hall, UCLA, Wstwd.; Sat., Jan. 27, 2 p.m.; $25, $15 kids. (310) 825-2101.
When you think of the Middle East conflict, do you imagine, “Man, that’s some funny stuff happening over there”? You don’t? Nor should you. But some U.S. comics of Arab, Iranian, Turkish and Moroccan-Israeli heritage share stories of their experiences — all in the name of a laugh or two — in a program titled The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief. Benefits the Levantine Cultural Center. Bovard Auditorium, USC, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, L.A.; Sat., Jan. 27, 8:30 p.m.; $30-$75. (310) 559-5544.
SUNDAY, January 28
GreenTherapy.com presents a benefit for — what else? — medical marijuana. And if you go to just one medical-marijuana benefit this year, Medical Marijuana Comedy Show ExtravaGANJA is the one. Comics include Fear Factor’s Joe Rogan, Jeffrey Ross, Dom Irrera, Todd Glass, The Marijuana-Logues’ Doug Benson, Craig X, Howard Dover and more. The Comedy Store, The Main Room, 8433 Sunset Blvd., W. Hlywd.; Sun., Jan. 28, 8:30 p.m.; $20. (310) 656-3225.
MONDAY, January 29
Most of us probably aren’t going to Brian Wilson’s 40th Anniversary Celebration & Final Performance in Its Entirety of Pet Sounds with special guest Al Jardine, the toughest ticket — and longest named — event of the week. But you can be the first on your block to see the new Michael Apted film, Amazing Grace, about the abolitionist movement in England in the late 18th century. The guest speaker will be the movie’s star, Ioan Gruffudd. Part of Reel Talk With Stephen Farber. Wadsworth Theater, on the Veterans Administration grounds, Bldg. 226, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; Mon., Jan. 29, 7 p.m.; $20. (213) 365-3500.
The Honorable Vicente Fox, 62nd president of Mexico, gives a talk for the Music Center Speaker Series. Bet he’s glad that whole controversy about his statement that “There is no doubt that Mexicans, filled with dignity, willingness and ability to work, are doing jobs that not even blacks want to do there in the United States” has blown over. Maybe don’t ask him about that. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Mon., Jan. 29, 8 p.m.; $50-$120. (213) 480-3232.
TUESDAY, January 30
Attention artists: Your future success depends on selling yourself the right way and not sounding like a pretentious art speaker. Unless you want to go in that direction. Come to Pharmaka Art’s How to Write a Press Release to Be Noticed with guest speaker Alexandra Pollyea, PR honcho at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Pharmaka Art, 101 W. Fifth St., dwntwn.; Tues., Jan. 30, 7 p.m.; $20. (213) 689-7799.
WEDNESDAY, January 31
Wally “Llama” Ingram is a drummer who’s pounded skins with Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Jackson Browne and David Lindley, among many others. The guy’s fighting throat cancer, so a few of his friends are getting together a little benefit for him. Producer Butch Vig made a few calls and rounded up Bonnie Raitt, Garbage, the Martinis (with Joey Santiago and David Lovering of the Pixies), Keb’ Mo’, Victoria Williams and Tom Freund, Freedy Johnston and more for an evening dubbed Beat It Wally: Musicians Banding Together to Fight Cancer. The Alex Theater, 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale; Wed., Jan. 31, 7 p.m.; $65 & $85. (818) 243-2539.
THURSDAY, February 1
Morrissey will not be staying home to watch the premiere of The Sarah Silverman Program, as he kicks off a three-night stand at the Pasadena Playhouse tonight, so — spoiler alert! — the following blurb is just for Moz. In episode one, titled “Batteries,” Sarah can’t change the channel on her remote control and she’s desperate because the screen is filled with images of children with leukemia, so she goes out to buy new batteries and has brunch and sings about pooping at the beach and finally buys batteries and promises God she’ll be a better person and ends up having sex with God and finally gets kicked in the crotch by the leukemia kid. Morrissey: Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena; Thurs.-Sat., Feb. 1-3, 8 p.m.; $45-$75. (213) 480-3232.The Sarah Silverman Program airs on Comedy Central, Thurs., Feb. 1, 10:30 p.m.
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