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Calendar, Archive Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

Comedian Aziz Ansari seems perpetually caught between that moment of surprise at doing a thing and the subsequent moment of meaning to do that thing all along. It's hard to believe that it's only been since 2007 that he burst on the scene with Human Giant alongside Rob Huebel, Paul...…
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Calendar, Archive Water Is Serious Business

Water Is Serious Business

These days in California, we'd be up shit creek if only there was water in it. And falling squarely in the "no shit" category of contemporary issues is the title of a speech by Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California: Water Is Serious Business...…
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Calendar, Archive Caitlin Doughty

Caitlin Doughty

Most people talk about death as if it's a friend they kind of know but have heard some bad things about — in hushed tones, as though giving voice to those transgressions means that death would rub off on them in some weird way. And it does! To wit: Local...…
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Calendar, Archive Two-Party Animals

Two-Party Animals

The ghost of John Bayard Anderson will rise from the political grave 'ere this night is out, eddying among the topical titters of political comedy in Two-Party Animals, an initiative of Writers Bloc Presents. Three comedians — habitual Whose Line Is It Anyway? stepper Greg Proops, Last Comic Standing champ...…
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Calendar, Archive The Great Flood

The Great Flood

Rare is it that you're able to witness an event in America's history that is at once surreal and hyper-real — but in tonight's screening of The Great Flood, with director Bill Morrison in conversation with Cinematic Arts professor Mary Sweeney, you'll transcend entropy and time to witness a uniquely...…
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Calendar, Archive Batman


It has been a good year for Danny Elfman. Not only is his instantly recognizable theme song for The Simpsons heard untold times each day around the world as the animated series enters its 25th year of potency, but now everyone gets to jump up and down about the 25th...…
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Calendar, Archive The T.A.M.I. Show

The T.A.M.I. Show

If you were one of the lucky few at the Santa Monica Civic on Oct. 29, 1964, you got to see a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience called the T.A.M.I. (Teenage Awards Music International) Show. James Brown and the Flames! The Rolling Stones! Chuck Berry! The Barbarians?! If you were one of...…
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Calendar, Archive Glendalia


It's not exactly Portlandia, but when it comes to the latest in chortlesome comedy on the fringes, Glendalia is your place to be. Co-presenters Virginia Jones and Dax Jordan have been working hard since April to evolve this monthly stand-up salon with a raucous roster of punchateers. This week's comics...…
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Calendar, Archive Moth GrandSLAM

Moth GrandSLAM

Storytelling has experienced something of a renaissance in the past decade or so. Whether on This American Life, through StoryCorps or in any given issue of Grit, people love to hear other people wax poetic, rhapsodic or orgasmic about their lives. Tonight's Moth GrandSLAM — not to be confused with...…
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Calendar, Archive The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary

Like 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is one of those films that really does live up to all the hype. Cinefamily presents The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary, with director/co-writer Tobe Hooper in conversation with William Friedkin, talking about the film that redefined the horror...…
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Calendar, Archive The Kept Girl

The Kept Girl

Drive it and they will come: Kim Cooper discusses and signs The Kept Girl (Esotouric Ink), a crowd-funded mystery novel supported by fans of her Esotouric bus tour of Los Angeles cultural landmarks. Esotouric covers everything noir, from Bukowski to Waits to the Black Dahlia. As a natural progression, The...…
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Calendar, Archive Red, White & Rock 'n' Roll

Red, White & Rock 'n' Roll

The Fourth of July becomes the froth of July during Red, White & Rock 'n' Roll — a July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, held at one of the best-kept secrets in the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area: Burbank's 5,000-seat Starlight Bowl, which, as any amphitheater nerd will tell you, is a...…
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Calendar, Archive Fluent in 3 Months

Fluent in 3 Months

The seductive Irish brogue of world traveler Benny Lewis materializes tonight as he presents and signs Fluent in 3 Months. It's a natural progression of his language-learning blog, fluentin3months.com - an exhaustive, quickly loading site that defuses myths and fears about learning a new language such as "I'm too old"...…
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Calendar, Archive Laurel & Hardy Festival

Laurel & Hardy Festival

There's been a serious revival lately in restoring and appreciating the films of comedians Laurel & Hardy - chiefly at the Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund at the UCLA Film & Television Archive. But that effort wouldn't have been nearly as strong without the staunch enthusiasm L.A. revival houses have...…
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Calendar, Archive Steven Pressman

Steven Pressman

It's not every day you find out that your wife's grandparents saved Jewish children at the dawn of the Holocaust. Journalist Steven Pressman did, so he made a documentary about it. Then he wrote a book about it. Tonight, Pressman discusses that book, 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary...…
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Calendar, Archive OJ: The Trial of the Century Twenty Years Later

OJ: The Trial of the Century Twenty Years Later

Do you remember where you were in 1994 when you saw O.J. Simpson fleeing down the 405? Your humble correspondent was busy getting engaged, and it kind of made me want to tag along with him. Chances are, if you weren't swimming around in some ovum or other, you know...…
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Calendar, Archive Everybody Dies: A Children's Book for Grown-Ups

Everybody Dies: A Children's Book for Grown-Ups

Everybody hurts. Everybody poops. Everybody dies. To this end - literally - comedian and professional narcissist Ken Tanaka (who's also sometimes David Ury) presents Everybody Dies: A Children's Book for Grown-Ups. Slender yet toothsome, its 48 thrilling illustrated pages delineate the various faces of death you might face as you...…
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Calendar, Archive Jason Priestley

Jason Priestley

No one does sculpted virtue quite so well as Jason Priestley. He's signing his brand-new book of memoirs tonight - titled, rather mysteriously, Jason Priestley: A Memoir. Ironically, Priestley was the object of such ardor and fascination during his decade as Brandon Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210 that a confessional,...…
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Calendar, Archive Manhunter


With all the attention rightly paid to the ultra-stylish Hannibal crime series currently airing in primetime, it's helpful to return to the purity of the current with tonight's screening of the film that started it all: Michael Mann's Manhunter (1986). For some strange reason, Maynard Keenan from the band Tool...…
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Calendar, Archive Natasha Leggero: London! Paris! Costco!

Natasha Leggero: London! Paris! Costco!

"Classy" is a fairly malleable term in this era of irony and insincerity - but as comedian Natasha Leggero delves into her chortlesome cycle London! Paris! Costco! , at least she's not doomed to Walmart. Consistently well-heeled and apparently no stranger to food bought in bulk, Leggero has had a...…
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