Funny Stuff, Then Not So Much
FRIDAY, January 9
Maybe if self-proclaimed “best person in the world” Fabrice Fabrice spent as much time researching the celebrities he interviews as he spends on his chopsticky facial hair, he wouldn’t have to perform at little booze-free box theaters. Mr. Fabrice, a.k.a. Nick Kroll, is a hit with the kids in New York, so, of course, he’s going Hollywood for our benefit. He’s sort of like a Jiminy Glick for the hipster set, milking his reputation as craft-services coordinator for such shows as That’s So Raven. For a Muthaf*ckin’ Evening With Fabrice Fabrice, he promises, “come to this show or I will cut your face until you look like Seal.” By the way, F. Fab, we can say “fuck” in this newspaper. That’s how cool we are. Kroll adds: “I haven’t confirmed yet but i should have a pretty special f**king guest or two.” Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood.; Fri., Jan. 9, 8 p.m.; $8. (323) 908-8702.
SATURDAY, January 10
Its proper name is The 17th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, but you can just call it Photo L.A. 2009. Now in the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, the fest can house 35,000 square feet of photo art, including digital and video works. Catherine Opie is this year’s featured lecturer, and there will also be appearances by photographers Bruce Davidson, David Maisel, Diane Keaton, Susan Meiselas and Marvin Heiferman. Santa Monica Airport, Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica; Fri.-Sat., Jan. 9-10, noon-8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 11, noon-6 p.m.; $20, $30 three-day pass. (323) 932-5846.
SUNDAY, January 11
L.A.’s history as breeding ground for resistance mural art-making dates back to 1932, when Mexican muralist David Alvaro Siqueiros painted “El Mitin Callejero” at Chouinard’s Art Institute and his classic Chicano mural at Olvera Street. Resistance & Respect II: Current Issues Facing Traditional & Graff Art Muralists is a forum featuring a 1971 PBS documentary on Siqueiros’s “América Tropical” mural, followed by a panel with Social & Public Art Resource Center muralist/professor Judy Baca; pioneer muralist/painter/professor Yreina D. Cervántez; muralist/painter Noni Olabisi and others. National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Ave., Little Tokyo; Sun., Jan. 11, 2-6 p.m.; free. 323-206-2205.
MONDAY, January 12
Other comedians post show clips and stuff like that on their Web sites. On Todd Barry’s site (do we really have to explain how to find it?), you’ll see his annotated “receipt museum,” including one for Mortgages for Dummies he bought with a gift card. His comments: “What’s sadder than Todd Barry buying the book Mortgages for Dummies? How about Todd using a gift card to buy Mortgages For Dummies? Todd really knows how to treat himself right. And he’ll treat you right, when you’re sitting next to him, drinking mulled cider by the fireplace in his new northern New Hampshire country home — financed with a sensible 30-year fixed-rate mortgage.” This brings us to Todd Barry & Friends, including Bob Odenkirk and Andy Kindler. Largo, 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; Mon., Jan. 12, 9 p.m.; $20. (310) 855-0350. See Pick.
TUESDAY, January 13
What could be better than A Night of Funny People? This is why it’s cool to live in L.A. (one of the few reasons, anyway). The stars of Judd Apatow’s Funny People, not due out until July, will appear as their characters to film a scene for the movie. This includes Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Aziz Ansari, as well as Patton Oswalt, who somehow wormed his way onto the bill, plus other surprise special guests. True, you have to pay $20 for the honor of being an extra, but the money goes to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and 826LA. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, downtown; Tues., Jan. 13, 7 p.m.; $20. (213) 480-3232.
WEDNESDAY, January 14
Do we really need this Town Hall symposium, titled “Debate on Proposition 8 — Defining Marriage in California”? Yes, apparently we do. Attorney Gloria Allred, Andy Pugno of ProtectMarriage.com/Yes on Prop. 8 and moderator Judy Muller, associate professor of journalism, USC Annenberg School for Communication, get down to the basics of the issue. National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, 111 N. Central Ave., L.A.; Wed., Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.; $20. (213) 628-8141 or www.townhall-la.org/programs/register/1256.
THURSDAY, January 15
For all of us who are down about the passing of Prop. 8, the sun’ll come out tomorrow. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there’ll be sun. Just thinking about tomorrow clears away the cobwebs, and the sorrow, ’til there’s none! So let’s all go see Annie and stick out our chin (or chins, as the case may be) and grin, ’cause why the hell not? Kodak Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Jan. 13-18; Tues.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 1 & 6:30 p.m.; $27.50-$85. (213) 480-3232.
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