Joke of the week: Jane Borden

I was watching Jeopardy once, and the answer was, 'This leader did some sightseeing in a newly defeated Paris in June of 1940.' The contestant said,...

I was watching Jeopardy once, and the answer was, 'This leader did some sightseeing in a newly defeated Paris in June of 1940.' The contestant said, 'Who is Adolf Hitler?' and Alex Trebek replied, 'That is correct.' Really? That's the answer to the question 'Who is Hitler?': A guy who went antiquing through Europe? Because I feel like I know that name from something else.

Jane Borden performs at Hollywood Studio Bar & Grill on January 7th at 8pm, the Pleasure Chest on January 8th at 8pm and M.I. Westside Comedy Theater on January 9th at 10pm. Tickets are under $10.

This weekend

LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show

If sriracha and avocados can have dedicated festivals, then surely there's room for cookies, too. Seriously, who's going to argue with an event that boasts hundreds of samples of cookies, candy, chocolate, coffee and ice cream? LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is taking over the Pasadena Convention Center for a full day of pastry workshops, previews of new cooking tools and dessert competitions. Plus, you'll have a chance to meet a slew of former cooking competition contestants and Sweet Genius host Ron Ben-Israel. A portion of proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau Sunday January 25 2015

Restoration Hardware Warehouse Sale

Critics' pick

Restoration Hardware’s massive warehouse sale is hitting San Pedro’s Crafted at the Port of LA with staple furnishings and home décor from 50-85% off. If you thought the Melrose flagship store had droolworthy interior designs and must-haves, just wait till you see the leather couches, lavish linens, wood chairs, and metal-topped tables (with equally droolworthy prices) at this three-time weekend sale.

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Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro

Snow Days at the LA Zoo

Don't let that warm hug of sunshine fool you—winter's not over yet. And the LA Zoo is blanketing its grounds with some frosted charm during "Snow Days." If the snow-covered black bear and tiger habitats put you in a wintry mood, hit the slopes at the sledding hill—sleds will be provided.

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Los Angeles Zoo, Eastside

Andy Warhol: Shadows

Critics' pick

You'll recognize Andy Warhol's style immediately in "Shadows" (1978-79), a series of 102 handpainted and silkscreened prints of photographs of shadows seen in The Factory, the artist's studio. The panels alternate between negative and positives of the shadows. The size of this work is staggering, and that's the reason you should see it. MOCA is only the second institution ever to feature the full collection of paintings. "It is a very rare event to be able to experience the complete work as Warhol intended,” said Philippe Vergne, MOCA's director. See it for free every Thursday from 5-8pm.

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MOCA Grand Ave, Downtown Until Monday February 2 2015

Woodland Hills Ice

Recreational skating, professional skating exhibitions, group classes, private lessons and even birthday parties are all on offer at this outdoor rink—the only one of its kind in the SFV. Glide on more than 7,000 square feet of ice, located at the Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd). Check the website for special events, including a grand opening party on Nov 15. RECOMMENDED: The best places to go ice skating in Los Angeles

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles

Speed Rack Shakes Up LA

Speed rack is pouring its’ way back into the heart of Hollywood for an epic bartender throw down (ladies only!) in the name of breast cancer awareness. Twenty bonafide cocktail aficionados will shake things up in front of a panel of thirsty judges to determine who can produce the best cocktails from a list of 50 (yes, you read that correctly) classic recipes in the shortest amount of time. Support an incredible cause and make your way to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to cheer on the top-chef style bartending competition at the four-time national tour. Let’s just hope these highly acclaimed judges are supplementing their numerous rounds of 20 tastings each with one large glass of H20 (or everyone might just walk out a winner).

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Hollywood Roosevelt, Hollywood Sunday January 25 2015

Bock Fest 2015

We've already clued you in on a few exceptional winter beers to sample this season, but Bock Fest is bringing all of winter's nose-tingling brews under one roof. From micro-brews to large brewhouses, the beers available showcase the best of what U.S. breweries have to offer this winter, including local staples like Angel City, Golden Road, Dudes, Firemans Brew and more. General admission tickets are already sold out, but you can still buy VIP tickets (with the added bonus of an extra hour for boozing) here. All proceeds will benefit local charities. 

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Millennium Biltmore, Downtown Sunday January 25 2015

50 Hour Drive-By Theatre Festival

If you like your theater unpredictable, then does Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group (4850 Lankershim Blvd) have a show for you. Every year, the NoHo performance troupe writes, scores and produces a series of mini-plays in only two days. The plays premiere Saturday night, with two more performances to follow. And if you couldn't tell by the name, expect the material to skew toward creepy.

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles Until Monday January 26 2015

Nate Corddry and Friends present: Reading Aloud!

Actor Nate Corddry hosts this live version of his Reading Aloud podcast at UCB, where improvisers, actors and comedians read essays from McSweeneys, The Onion and more.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Sunday January 25 2015

Bad Suns

These four young California dudes—they hail from Woodland Hills—are new to the music scene, but find their inspiration in older, '70s-era punk tunes. After a couple of well-received singles and an EP, the group finally released its debut album, Language & Perspective, in 2014. Catch them now, before they hit indie pop stardom. They'll play the El Rey on Jan. 24, followed by a show at the Observatory in Santa Ana the next night.

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El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles

Burns supper at The Pikey

Critics' pick

If, during a game of word association, someone says "Robert Burns" and you say "beef short ribs"—well, then do we have a dinner for you. In celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns, The Pikey is offering a supper Sunday roast to be enjoyed alongside poem recitations and glasses of smooth whiskey. Dine on mini haggis, beef short ribs or roasted pork belly with duck fat potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, market greens and gravy for $22, then take on a Robert Burns cocktail—Bruichladdich Scotch, Dolin sweet vermouth, orange bitters, Matahari and absinthe—for $5. For reservations, call 323-850-5400.

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The Pikey, Hollywood Sunday January 25 2015

BeGood Pop Up Shop

San Francisco’s eco-friendly, stylish clothing brand (appropriately named BeGood) is making its’ way to Abbott Kinney (1306 Abbott Kinney Blvd) for an exclusive eight day pop up shop. Rummage through the art inspired racks for everything from silky blouses to organic cotton tees at this wallet-friendly pop up (we’re talking everyday tees for $15). Score top-notch, green threads and join the BeGood team for an evening soiree celebrating their trademark tie-dye wear this coming Thursday, Jan 22 from 6-9pm.

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles

The Dog Cafe Pup-Up

Cuddle with puppies while sipping coffee (sold in a separate area of the cafe) at this canine "pup-up." The four-day event is open from 10am to 7pm, though coffee is only served until 1:30pm; it's $15 at the door (838 S Los Angeles St) or you can contribute $20 toward a permanent dog cafe to secure a reservation.

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles

dineLA Restaurant Week

Critics' pick

It's baaaack. DineLA Restaurant Week returns for its annual winter edition, a two-week event featuring hundreds of LA restaurants offering discounted lunch and dinner meals. With prix-fixe menus that range from $15-$50, Angelenos can indulge in some of the best restaurants in the city without dipping into their rent money. Along with the usual suspects, there are a few newcomers on this year's ballot, like Alimento (one of our best new restaurants in 2014), Bacari PDR, Brilliantshine, Murph's and The Gadarene Swine. See a complete list of participating restaurants here. 

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles Until Sunday February 1 2015

Asssscat

Critics' pick

Every Saturday and Sunday, the UCB franchise's longest-running, most beloved showcase starts when a base cast of the theater's current top-brass—including founding UCB members Matt Walsh, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts—takes the stage. Then they introduce the surprise celebrity alumnae and friends who will be joining them (think Horatio Sanz, Ben Schwartz, Adam Pally). And finally, another special guest takes the stage, a non-improviser (think Flea, Cat Power, Rebel Wilson, Lena Dunham) who opens the show with a personal story, that's deftly mined for laughs by the players. But you have to go to find out who's there—that's part of the fun. Looking for a cheap night out? Sunday shows are free, but seating is first-come, first-served, so be sure to arrive early.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Until Sunday December 20 2015

Shitty Jobs

Critics' pick

This is one of the most buzzed about improv teams in town: A month's run of weekly performances sells out after each calendar is posted. The structure is basic—sets are inspired by cast interviews with audience members about their worst jobs—but the execution is anything but. Shitty Jobs is a collection of ebullient, personality-driven performers (and recognizable TV faces), who somehow come together to form a cohesive unit that is the opposite of shitty.

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Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB Franklin), Franklin Village Until Sunday December 20 2015

Shen Yun LA

The New York–based classical Chinese-dance company offers its touring production, with a program inspired by China's 5,000-year-old civilization.

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Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Until Sunday February 8 2015

Laserium

Critics' pick

Today's festival-sized, EDM-fueled laser light displays don't share much with their burnt out '70s forebears. But every once in a while, those eye numbing Pink Floyd displays manage to come back to life. The original laser light show, Laserium—started at the Griffith Observatory in 1973—is still alive and well in an office park across from the Van Nuys Airport. Catch a rare viewing of updated, 45-minute laser shows set to U2, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin at the Laserium Studios (6911 Hayvenhurst Ave).

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles

W Magazine’s Shooting Stars

Angelenos who thrive at the intersection of art and fashion should clear some space in their winter calendar to visit the Old May Company Building next to LACMA (6067 Wilshire Blvd). There, W Magazine and Condé Nast host their Shooting Stars exhibition, showcasing oversized prints and video projections of fashion-centric stories and portraiture from the pages of W. Curated by editor Stefano Tronchi, the exhibit will feature no shortage of celebrity subjects including Angelina Jolie, Tilda Swinton, Miley Cyrus and Madonna. Don't miss the opening night event on January 9, complete with undoubtedly well-dressed attendees and a DJ set by Dev Hynes.

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles Until Sunday February 22 2015 Free

Hollywood Costume

Critics' pick

The last stop of this exhibition's world tour is at the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures—in the Wilshire May Company building next to LACMA. It's a collaboration between the Academy and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. See some of the film world's most well known costumes in person, and get to know the designers who made them a reality. In addition to the 150 costumes in the original show, the Academy will add 50 more to this exhibition from its collection, including Dorothy's ruby slippers and her blue gingham dress. Watch the trailer (for the exhibition, of course—it is the Academy after all) and make sure to book your time-slot tickets in advance.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Until Monday March 2 2015

Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change

Critics' pick

This photography exhibition at the Annenberg Space centers around how architecture all over the world that responds to climate change, specifically, rising sea levels. See innovation in architecture from waterfront communities all over the world: sea walls in Japan, flood management archictecture in the Netherlands, delta communities, buildings that float, innovative private homes, and more. Curated by Frances Anderton, KCRW radio host and architecture writer, the exhibition will feature images from the archives of noted photographers Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, Jonas Bendiksen and Monica Nouwens, and new works commissioned for the show (a first for the Annenberg Space). There will also be a documentary film that features interviews with the photographers, architects and scientists.

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Annenberg Space for Photography, Century City Until Sunday May 3 2015 Free

Irvine Spectrum Center's Holiday on Ice

If you're in the OC and dreaming of a white Christmas, Holiday on Ice at the Irvine Spectrum Center is your answer. Located in Giant Wheel Court by Nordstrom and Macy's, this tented rink offers the perfect time out from shopping. When renting skates, be sure to request a free helmet—recommended for adults and children alike. Following each 75min skating session, the rink is closed for resurfacing, so you'll never have to skate on slush. Head to the adjacent ferris wheel during the 15 minutes the rink is closed for nonstop fun. Check the website for the full schedule and details. RECOMMENDED: The best places to go ice skating in Los Angeles

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles Until Monday February 16 2015

The Noir Effect

Critics' pick

Accompanying the Skirball's "Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950" exhibit, "The Noir Effect" promises an insight into the impact of the film noir genre on American culture. Take a look at the femme fatales, private eyes and anti-heroes of early 20th century films such as Chinatown as well as graphic novels—think Spiderman Noir—photography and contemporary works and how they permeated the art, media and pop culture of American society. 

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Skirball Cultural Center, Westside Until Sunday March 1 2015

Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950

Critics' pick

The rise of Nazi Germany drove numerous artists to flee Europe and settle in America, where they helped create Hollywood's Golden Age. The Skirball Cultural Center celebrates these émigrés through an exhibition featuring the works of notables such as Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder and Marlene Dietrich. You'll have the opportunity to see clips of anti-Nazi, comedy and flim noir movies starring these "exiles and émigrés" as well as costumes, manuscripts and photos—with contributions from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences library—that'll give you a comprehensive look at early 20th century cinema.

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Skirball Cultural Center, Westside Until Sunday March 1 2015

Escape Room LA

Click. That's the sound of the door locking behind you as the Escape Room begins. In this real-life puzzle game, you and 11 other participants have to piece together clues to solve a complex riddle and escape the room. This first scenario, "The Detective," finds potential escapees stuck in a 1940s private detective's office (120 E 8th St). Time slots (offered every two hours) fill up quickly, so make sure to book ahead. Oh, and if you manage to escape your noir-style captivity, please, no spoilers.

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Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles Until Sunday May 24 2015

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