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What to Do This Week on the East Side, West Side, and in the Middle

By / February 23, 2016

We, like all Angelenos, have a complicated relationship with the size of this city.

While we love all of LA’s different neighborhoods—and their unique personalities—it can sometimes feel like a trek to get from one area to another. In theory, we’d love to say the East Side mixes with the West Side, and vice versa…but traffic (…and laziness) have another plan.

That’s why we’re breaking down the best events by East Side, West Side, and in the middle. Now everyone can find something to do this week in LA.


East Side


“Hard Rock Casino” by “Ted Murphy” via Flickr CC by 2.0


Comedy Jackpot: The Stand Up Comedy Game Show
February 24, 9 PM – 10:30 PM
Casey’s Irish Pub

The only thing better than a free comedy show? A free comedy show with prizes to be won. While laughing to local up-and-coming comics, guests will also have the chance to win free drinks and prizes—and stick around after the show to play at the venue’s ping pong tables, darts, and pool tables.

Free | Register


Prohibited Nights: LA’s Only Speakeasy Casino
February 24, 8 PM – 1 AM
Next Door Lounge

Speakeasy-style bar Next Door Lounge is bringing Vegas to LA with this underground casino night. Besides testing your luck at the tables, the event includes street magic, prizes and giveaways, music, and a selection of drinks and bites.

Free | Register


The 9th Annual Toscars
February 24, 6 PM – 11 PM
Renberg Theatre

What can only be described as a “star-ish studded night,” the Toscars screens hilarious parodies of the nominees for a slightly more mainstream award show later in the week. This year’s event will be hosted by Emmy award-winner Jai Rodriguez, and is sure to be a wildly entertaining night that pokes fun at one of Hollywood’s most beloved institutions.

$50-$65 | Get Tickets



A Celebration of Film Title Design
February 25, 7 PM – 10 PM
Downtown Independent

This event shines a light on a part of film often overlooked: Title Design. A look back at standouts from the past 100 years, as well as leaders in the field right now, this informative and entertaining event will be hosted by editors from Art of the Title.

$45-$55 | Get Tickets


Juicy J at OHM Nightclub
February 25, 9 PM – 2 AM
OHM Nightclub

Oscar and GRAMMY award winner Juicy J hits OHM Nightclub for the best excuse to turn up on a Thursday night.

$25 | OHM Nightclub



Lunch Break Midday Dance Party
February 26, 12:30 PM – 2 PM
The Belasco Theatre Basement Lounge

Ditch your regular routine and join Perrier and DJ Mayer Hawthorne for a midday dance break. Dance the lunch hour away and leave with a custom Perrier cocktail and classic bagged lunch to bring back to the office.

Free | Register


Asylum at Los Globos
February 26, 9 PM – 2 AM
Los Globos

Let Asylum take you to Funkytown with this night of grooving at their new home, Los Globos. With 18+ entry and 2-for-1 drinks before 10 PM (not to mention two rooms of bass and funktion one sounds), there’s no better spot to get down this Friday night.

Free | Register


33MM: A Musical Exhibition
February 26, 8 PM – 11 PM
Dorie Theater at The Complex

A collection of various forms of artistic expression, this stage event includes photography, music, musical theater, and other disciplines to create what they call a “multi-sensory emotional journey.” The different mediums are woven together to create a completely unique—and brand new—art form, guaranteed to entertain guests all night long.

$20 | Get Tickets



Visible Art, Invisible Artists
February 27, 10:30 AM – 1 PM
The Egyptian Theater

This seminar puts much-deserving, but often-ignored, film editors front and center. Five Oscars-nominated speakers will be in attendance, fostering an enlightening conversation especially helpful for anyone that might be interested in pursuing this career path.

Free | Register


FanFilm Awards 2016

February 27, 11 AM — 11 PM
The Brewery Art Colony

This festival highlights independent talents in fanfiction entertainment with screenings, Q&A panels, and live script readings. All films scheduled at this light-hearted celebration of fanfic are homages or parodies of an original story or theme, complete with their own, original twists.

$10-$45 | Get Tickets


Oscars Countdown Party

February 27, 9:30 PM — 2 AM
House of Macau & The Argyle

Even if you’re not attending the Oscars, you can always get in on the celebratory partying. Enjoy a fully equipped Stoli vodka open bar at House of Macau, followed by another open bar inside your very own limo bus. Final destination? The Argyle. You’ll be greeted with free entry, free bottle service, and a VIP section. It will all culminate in a countdown toast to Oscars Sunday.

$20-$50 | Get Tickets


The 36th RAZZIE Awards
February 27, 8 PM – 10:30 PM
The Palace Theater

Not all awards shows take themselves seriously, and the Razzie Awards are the ultimate testament to the lighthearted parodic side of the entertainment industry. “That other award show,” the Razzie Awards celebrate the worst films and acting performances of the year—aptly, with a spray-painted award. Indulge in a night of belly laughs and, perhaps, even some celebrity sightings at this hilarious alternative to the next night’s show.

$9-$35 | Get Tickets


Women Fuck Shit Up Fest
February 27, 6 PM – February 28, 11:30 PM
The Smell

Who run the world? That’s right, women. And this event is a celebration of all things female, serving as an empowering space to explore art, music, and community created by women.

$10-$15 | Get Tickets


Time Out LA Presents The Chili Bowl
February 27, 11:30 AM – 6:30 PM (sessions)
LA River Studios

Chili. Chili. Beer. And more chili. Your ticket includes a range of tastings, including vegetarian options, paired with complimentary beverages. Competitors include: Swingers, Barney’s Beanery, Jinky’s Cafe, Nickel Diner and more, plus Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream for a sweet finale.

$25 | Get Tickets



Java Jokes: Comedy for All Ages
March 1, 7 PM – 10 PM
Rise N Grind

Yes, you read that right—no dirty jokes here, this show is friendly towards kids, teens, and extremely sheltered and/or modest adults…Featuring local comedians, Java Jokes offers a night of laughs, good company, and hype only slightly induced by the abundance of caffeine.

Free | Register


West Side




Film Screening: Women Without Men
February 25, 7 PM – 9 PM
Venice Arts

Guests can view back-to-back short films Behind the Wheel and Branded Girls, each which focuses on the strife of women around the world. The Director of Women’s Voices Now will moderate a community discussion following the films.

Free | Register



Cheese 101
February 26, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Andrew’s Cheese Shop

Hosted by cheese guru Andrew from Montana Ave’s renowned Andrew’s Cheese Shop, this event is bound to get a little stinky…but in all the right ways. Attendees will be treated to tastings led by the cheese god himself, each paired with a bit of history, origin, and other basics to make sure you get a 360-degree lesson in this dietary staple (it is a dietary staple, right…?).

$40 | Get Tickets


Club Tubthump ‘90s Party
February 26, 8 PM – 2 AM
V Lounge

Piss the night away and step back into the ‘90s with this nightlong dose of dance-party nostalgia. Drink specials, ‘90s hits, no cover, and plenty of platform shoes and denim jackets come together to offer a time machine back into the glory days…if only for a night.

Free | Register



Speakeasy at the Townhouse
February 27, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
The Del Monte Speakeasy

Channel your inner Prohibition-era gangster at Venice’s original speakeasy. The night includes whiskey tasting, bites from local restaurants, a silent auction, raffle prizes, speciality drinks, live music, and other events to get you into the spirit of the Roaring Twenties.

$5-$30 | Get Tickets


The Art of Sushi Making Class
February 27, 2 PM – 4:30 PM
Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom

If you’ve ever had an interest in learning to make sushi, then take this as a sign from the Japanese gods that it’s time to take the plunge into this Asian cuisine. You’ll be led in a class that covers traditional sushi rice, rolls, specialty sides, sauces, and anything else you might need to make, present, and (duh) eat this dish.

$100 | Get Tickets



Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower
March 1, 6 PM – 9:30 PM
Skirball Cultural Center

If you have a baby, want to have a baby, or even have a baby remotely in your life, this super-sized “baby shower” is your all-in-one solution to product testing and purchasing. Get educated and see items up close while treating yourself to sweets, mocktails, and great company.

$50-$375 | Get Tickets



LA Love and Leashes In-Store Adoptions
March 2, 11 AM – 6 PM
Healthy Spot

One look at these dogs and cats in need of a home, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to melt (and take one home)…you’ve been warned. Healthy Spot is launching their first in-store adoption center in collaboration with LA Love & Leashes, a nonprofit project of Friends of LA Animal Shelters—so grab your friends, spouse, or parent and fall in love with a new BFF.

Free | Register


In The Middle


“Succede alle cantine Caprai…” by “Michela Simoncini” via Flickr CC BY 2.0


Great Wines of Italy
February 25, 7 PM – 9:30 PM
Petersen Automotive Museum

Who says you have to travel across the world to taste the best Italian wines? This event from WineLA brings a selection of Italian vino right to our backyard, offering wine connoisseurs (or, just winos, no judgement) the opportunity to both taste and learn about some of Italy’s—and the world’s—top varietals.

$125-$200 | Get Tickets



Wilde Wine School Wine 101
February 27, 3 PM – 5 PM

Hosted by Wilde Wine Bar & Restaurant and Advanced Sommelier Danielle Françoise Fournier, this event showcases some of Wilde’s top small production, organic, and sustainable wines. An introductory class, guests will learn the basics of wine pairing, purchasing, and (of course) tasting.

$65-$100 | Get Tickets


DocuDay Los Angeles 2016
February 27, 8:30 AM – 11 PM
Writers Guild Theater

A packed day of back-to-back screenings of this year’s Oscar-nominated feature and short documentaries, DocuDay is back for their 2016 installation of 10 films. Attendees can either purchase a pass for the entire event, or for individual screenings of films including Cartel Land and What Happened, Miss Simone?

$13-$65 | Get Tickets



The Oscars Viewing Party at Caulfield’s Bar and Dining
February 28, 3:30 PM — 11 PM
Caulfield’s Bar and Dining Room

A comfortable yet classy environment for taking in the show, Caulfield’s Bar and Dining is going big for their guests on Oscars Sunday. Chow down on a menu of snacks plus film-and-TV-themed cocktails as you view the Oscars broadcast on a 60” LED TV.

Free | Register



Child of the ‘70s Premiere Event
February 29, 7 PM – 10 PM
PUMP Restaurant Lounge

To kick off the fourth season of series Child of the ‘70s and benefit the Friend Movement, head out over to Lisa Vanderpump’s PUMP restaurant for cocktails, a purple carpet, and preview screening. Dress up in ‘70s garb and relive the days of yore while disco-ing the night away.

Free | Register



STARS of Napa Valley
March 2, 7 PM – 9:30 PM
The Peninsula Beverly Hills

You had us at unlimited wine tasting, STARS of Napa Valley. But really—between having the opportunity to taste Napa Valley wines without making the drive up the 5, to the unlimited pairings and tastings that are included with tickets to this night out, we’re sold.

$100-$200 | Get Tickets



Nile Cappello is obsessed with: words, cotton candy, Southern California and eating her way across the world. She’s an online and offline over-sharer, screenwriter, only child and total klutz. She’s an expert in LA coffee shops, iced tea varieties and uncovering compelling and unique true stories.

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