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LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show 2015

Imagine a magical land filled with all-you-can-eat cookies, macarons, chocolate and a bit of coffee to wash it all down.

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Events to look forward to in 2015

We've rounded up some of the year's most exciting events, from our returning favorites to some worthwhile newcomers.

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9 things to do in Los Angeles in winter

While the rest of the country laments the post-Christmas freeze, we Angelenos have plenty to look forward to in the winter.

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Valentine's Day in Los Angeles

Calling all red-blooded men and women: Valentine's Day is almost here.

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This month's events

Start the year off right with the city's best activities and things to do in our January events calendar.

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This week's top events

Aasif Mandvi

Mandvi, a correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, shares his poignant and humor-filled memoir, No Land’s Man, which details his lifelong exploration of faith, culture and identity. Writer and scholar Reza Aslan talks with Mandvi about this endless journey of discovery.

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End the Sentence: A Benefit for the Innocence Project

John Mulaney and his wife Annamarie Tendler present this stacked comedy show to benefit the Innocence Project. Mulaney will take the stage at Club Nokia along with Jenny Slate, Nick Kroll, Sarah Silverman, Conan O'Brien and more. If you're unfamiliar, the Innocence Project works to exonerate wrongly convicted inmates through DNA testing (if you've made it through episode seven of Serial you're up to speed).

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Golden State of Cocktails

Cocktail enthusiasts, unite! The Golden State of Cocktails is hitting the Downtown scene once again to celebrate California's cocktail culture, with everything from the industry side of mixing and branding to the consumer side of drinking and...drinking. Housed in the deluxe Los Angeles Athletic Club, guests thirsty for cocktail knowledge can learn more about pairing food with drinks and detecting specific notes in their beverage. Plus, attendees can venture on late-night bar crawls at four of Santa Monica's premier cocktail bars, learn food and beverage pairings at the Beam Suntory dinner series, chow down on "Finger Lickin'" fried chicken at Davey Wayne's and so much more. 

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Museums

Museums Free-For-All Saturday

Got a list of LA museums you haven't visited yet? Clear your calendar for Museums Free-For-All Saturday, when museums all over the region throw open the doors for a day of free admission. It's the perfect opportunity to knock a couple off your list, like the Japanese American National Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art and more. You'll still have to pay to see any exhibitions that require a special ticket and for parking, but we can't say no to free admission. Here's the full list of participating museums. RECOMMENDED: See more free museums in LA

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Month-by-month calendars

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January 2015

With the holidays behind us, January normally sparks images of a long plod through gray skies and chilly temperatures. It's winter, after all; you can even still go ice skating. But let's be honest, the weather is still pretty perfect, even with a slight uptick in precipitation. In fact, take advantage of those clear, post-rain days with one of the best hikes in LA. Or head to one of the city's best beaches while it's still deserted for the season. Start the year off right with the city's best activities and things to do in our January events calendar. RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2015

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February 2015

Let's get this out of the way: February is the time for everyone's favorite love-hate holiday, Valentine's Day. But there's a lot more to the mini month than chocolates and roses. There are still plenty of things to do in Los Angeles in winter before the seasonally-similar spring arrives. And you can take advantage of the extra day off during Presidents' Day and skip town with a weekend getaway. No matter your plans—and love life status—you'll find plenty of things to do in our February events calendar. RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2015

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March 2015

Shed that extra, light sweatshirt—spring is here. Fill your lungs with the sweet, less-smoggy air on one of the best hikes in LA or stretch every muscle at a yoga class. Whether you're looking for things to do around town or a weekend getaway to Ojai, there are plenty of springtime happenings to find in our March events calendar. RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2015

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April 2015

T.S. Eliot may have believed April is the cruelest month, but Angelenos have plenty of reasons to sing its praises: Concerts and festivals in LA kick into high gear this month as the weather warms up. A beer fest at LA Center Studios, cycling the city streets and our favorite music festival in the desert all have a place in our April events calendar, much-needed rain showers be damned. RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2015

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May 2015

You can almost hear the antsy teenagers tapping their toes as the school year wraps up. That's right, May is the last month to enjoy your favorite LA attractions before summer vacation (and crowds) arrives—parents, time to start brushing up on some kids activities. So make the most of that sweet, pre-summer stretch between Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day with our May events calendar. RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2015

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June 2015

Looking for things to do in LA? Fill up your social life with festivals and activities from our June events calendar for Los Angeles. If you're an Angeleno, you like to have fun in the sun at the beach, hiking or even lounging rooftop. As the weather warms up, head outdoors for this month's big events and festivals.   RECOMMENDED: Full events calendar for 2015

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Concerts in LA

Music

The Roots

What better way to greet the new year than with a top-notch concert? Justly venerated Philadelphia rap crew The Roots will take a recess from their Tonight Show stage to bring their jazzy take on hip-hop to Santa Ana's Observatory. Expect drummer ?uestlove, rapper Black Thought and company to play from their latest album, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, with songs that take a satirical look at violence.

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Foxygen

Our very own Cali-born psych-pop duo Foxygen is comprised of twenty-somethings Sam France on vocals and Jonathan Rado on guitar and keybaords. The songwriting twosome strikes us as a gentler, cuddlier version of MGMT, but this time around they've morphed into a nine-piece punk touring machine, dubbed "Star Power." Catch them play an LA gig at the Roxy in support of their hot third LP, ...And Star Power.

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American Nightmare

Cold Cave's dark prince of neo-new wave, Wesley Eisold, revisits his punk past each year, when he joins up with his old Boston hardcore punk band—fearsome and eclectic underground faves Give Up the Ghost (originally called American Nightmare)—for a handful of high-profile reunion gigs. Bl'ast! and ROTTING OUT will open this L.A. date at the El Rey.

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Chain And The Gang

Eccentric Washington D.C.-based singer Ian Svenonius—you might know him from Nation of Ulysses, Weird War or the Make-Up—takes the stage with his kitsched-up garage-rock vehicle Chain And The Gang. Hear him and his band put post-hardcore music to a conspiracy theory that decries liberty and idolizes a new breed of bondage, as they play behind their newest album, Minimum Rock N Roll, at the Satellite.

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Film events

Movies

The Wizard of Oz screening

Lions, tigers—you know the rest. Perhaps more memorable than following the yellow brick road or watching that evil witch melt into gooey green-ness are the iconic costumes of our favorite characters (think sparkly red slippers). As an honorable nod to Adrian, the costume designer of this all-time classic and part of the Academy’s Hollywood costume exhibition, the LACMA Theater is showcasing an exclusive matinee showing of Wizard of Oz.

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The Duke of Burgundy screening

From Peter Strickland, the acclaimed director of Berberian Sound Studio, comes this film about two European women lovers who study butterflies and moths. Each day, Cynthia and Evelyn act out an extensive ritual that ends with Evelyn—who thrives on being used—getting punished. Visually beautiful, the film is nevertheless a twisted, kinky tour de force exploring their sadistic-masochistic relationship, even while the older, dominant woman longs for a more conventional love. The dark melodrama will screen for a week at the Nuart.

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Mortal Kombat screening

Transport to another realm jam-packed with fantastical characters, ancient tournament games and a classic quest to save the world. Director Paul Anderson’s 1995 film Mortal Kombat tells the tale of three martial artists competing against each other (on a sketchy life-threatening island) to determine the globe’s fate. Spruce up your Friday night plans and make your way to the Nuart Theatre for a midnight screening of this thrilling fantasy film (which is also an epic video game).

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High Maintenance sneak preview

This hybrid event from the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre pairs a sneak peek at the upcoming season of the web series High Maintenance with a live podcast taping. Started in 2012 by husband-and-wife team Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the acclaimed web series recently teamed with Vimeo for a Netflix-Original production style. The juicy collection of episodic shorts follows a weed deliveryman as he caters to NYC clients, with each episode providing a vivid glimpse into the life of a different customer. What's more, funnyman Doug Benson is a fan of the show as well, so after the preview, stay tuned for a special live recording of his podcast, "Doug Loves Movies," with the show's creators and star.

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Food events

Restaurants

dineLA Restaurant Week

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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Golden State of Cocktails

Cocktail enthusiasts, unite! The Golden State of Cocktails is hitting the Downtown scene once again to celebrate California's cocktail culture, with everything from the industry side of mixing and branding to the consumer side of drinking and...drinking. Housed in the deluxe Los Angeles Athletic Club, guests thirsty for cocktail knowledge can learn more about pairing food with drinks and detecting specific notes in their beverage. Plus, attendees can venture on late-night bar crawls at four of Santa Monica's premier cocktail bars, learn food and beverage pairings at the Beam Suntory dinner series, chow down on "Finger Lickin'" fried chicken at Davey Wayne's and so much more. 

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Black Truffle Menu

Black truffles are the stars of this year's truffle dinner series held at SAAM, the chef's tasting room at The Bazaar by José Andrés. The innovative and decadent multi-course meal abundantly features these black gems, foraged by the Truffle Brothers, Marco and Michael Pietroiacovom, of Italy. The menu is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (including Valentine's Day!), and reservations are required.

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Eat your drink with Matthew Biancaniello

You may have had omakase, but have you ever subbed out the sushi for cocktails? We thought not. Matthew Biancaniello, one of LA's most revered cocktail gurus, is teaming up with Miss Chiffonade's Emily Han for a 15-course (yes, you read that right) omakocktail (yes, you also read that right), where he will present his greatest cocktail hits from the past two years. If you're thinking that 15 courses of cocktails will knock you on your ass, there will be a three-course Chaya dinner to soak up some of that alcohol. But we're not going to lie, it'll still probably knock you on your ass. Cheers.

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Comedy events

Nerdist Podcast 5th Anniversary Hostful

Nerdist Podcast hosts Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray and Matt Mira celebrate the show's fifth anniversary with a live taping at their namesake comedy venue. As a...

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The Smokes

Hyper-intelligent, seasoned, and the perfect combination of silly and grounded, the Smokes have long reigned as one of LA's most iconic ensembles—and the...

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Judd Apatow

Long before he was Hollywood's go-to comedy director, he was a kid from Long Island trying to make it in stand-up. Look out for his pop-in appearances at the...

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Good Looks

Former Portlanders Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan host this free stand-up show the last Tuesday of the month. Though still in its infancy, we can't argue with...

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Shopping events

Shopping and style

Kelly Wearstler warehouse sale

Kelly Wearstler has been delivering fabulous ready-to-wear warehouse sales to Angelenos for years; and now, your apartment can be just as well-dressed.

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Gypsy05 Sample Sale

Shopping like a gypsy just became a lot more real—you can thank Gypsy05 for that. The boho-chic store is returning with their epic LA sample sale.

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Caudalie's Love Hope Strength Foundation Event

French-infused boutique spa Caudalie is hosting an exclusive shopping and wine tasting soiree benefitting the Love Hope Strength Foundation.

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W Magazine’s Shooting Stars

Showcasing oversized prints and video projections of fashion-centric stories and portraiture from the pages of W.

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