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THURSDAY, JAN. 17
MUSICJake Bellows, Kate Earl @ Hotel Café (Hollywood)
The Neva Dinova frontman, Bellows, has been hard at work on an album with Ben Brodin, Ryan Fox, Todd Fink and Heath Koontz. He's whetting our appetites with a limited-edition cassette, entitled Help, and celebrating the tape's release tonight. Stick around for one of my favorite female singer-songwriters to inhabit Los Angeles, the fabulous Kate Earl.
FRIDAY, JAN. 18
In Theaters This Week
Michael Apted's latest installment of his Up series, 56 Up; Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in Broken City; Luv stars Danny Glover, Common and Charles Dutton; Arnold Schwarzenegger and Johnny Knoxville in The Last Stand; Guillermo del Toro produced Mama, starring Jessica Chastain.
SATURDAY, JAN. 19
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrations
Aside from the annual Kingdom Day Parade taking place at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (from Western Avenue to Crenshaw Boulevard then Vernon Avenue) and culminating with a festival at Leimert Park, the City of Long Beach is holding a Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace & Unity Parade Celebration, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Also, the International House of Blues Foundation joins forces with local students and community members for the Inspired By His Words celebration, featuring music, dance, spoken word and artwork, at the House of Blues Sunset Strip at 10 a.m.
MUSICDale Earnhardt Jr Jr @ Venue TBA
The continuously off-the-wall duo are playing a stripped down, intimate set at a super secret location. To find out all the details, you must visit mininormalcrashing.com/los-angeles and RSVP via Facebook. The band does give us one hint on their website: "we can say that there will be fruits and vegetables available on site."
|Andrew Knott and Daniel Healy in "Backbeat" (Nobby Clark)|
SUNDAY, JAN. 20
"Backbeat" @ Ahmanson Theatre (Downtown)
The 1994 film, which chronicles the early days of the Beatles in Hamburg, Germany, was originally re-imagined for the stage three years ago. The enthralling musical production hits Los Angeles directly from London, highlighting the birth of songs by John, Paul, George, Pete and Stu through March 1.
MONDAY, JAN. 21
YAY, it's that time of year again! Over 280 restaurants, including places from Katsuya and Il Fornaio to Bouchon and the Bazaar by José Andrés, serve specially priced ($15-$5) prix-fixe menus over the course of 12 days. It's your chance to have a budget friendly culinary adventure that supports our city's dining establishments.
TUESDAY, JAN. 22
Fronted by the husband-and-wife team of Drew and Ellie Holcomb, the Nashville quartet is gearing up for the release of their latest album, Good Light, on Feb. 22. First single, "Tennessee," boasts the same brand of Americana the singer-songwriter is known for, and their live performances are touching and emotional.
|MS MR (Tyler Kohlhoff)|
MS MR @ The Echo (Echo Park)
The New York duo of Lizza Plapinger and Max Hershenow has been making waves with their first single, "Hurricane," and its visually frenetic video. See them at the Echo before they graduate to headlining bigger venues the next time they swing through town.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23
FILMLive Talks LA: An Evening with Tim Robbins in Conversation with Marc Maron @ The Aero (Santa Monica)
You love Tim Robbins in Bull Durham, Bob Roberts and The Shawshank Redemption, so go see comedian Marc Maron interview the Academy Award-winning actor, writer, director and musician. The event supports the Actors' Gang Theatre, which Robbins founded and is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
Muse @ Staples Center (Downtown)
It's ma-ma-mad-madness if you've never seen the UK-based trio perform live before. They're in Los Angeles for three nights (tonight, Thursday and Saturday) in support of their sixth album, The 2nd Law. Prepare to be dazzled by an all-out aural and visual assault on the senses.
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