Things to do in Los Angeles: The week's best events

Concerts, food festivals, movie screenings, art exhibits and more of our critics' picks of the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this week.

If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there's no excuse for boredom just because it's a weeknight. Any given week, there are hundreds of things to do and see, from concerts and comedy, art and performances, sample sales and food events, and that's really only scratching the surface. Well, we don't make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now put down that TV remote. There you go. Now get out of the house.

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Trannyshack

Critics' pick

Since coming to Los Angeles in 2006 from its birthplace in San Francisco, TrannyShack has played host to an astonishing cast of luminaries, from RuPaul's drag race champions Raja and Sharon Needles to musicians Kembra Pfaler and CHRISTEENE to legendary former porn actress Traci Lords. Not your Great-Uncle's drag review, TrannyShack is committed to pushing the boundaries of drag as an art form, featuring  extreme and cutting edge performances that often rise to the level of performance art. From the amusingly disturbing to the disturbingly amusing, TrannyShack brings you the drag of tomorrow, today.

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Until Wednesday December 31 2014

$2 Taco Tuesday

Critics' pick

So you think you know Taco Tuesday? False. Pink Taco is bringing Taco Tuesday to the masses with an insane deal at both the Century City and West Hollywood locations from 4pm to close. Nosh on a variety of tacos (carne asada, chicken, portobello mushroom, baja fish) and Mexican street corn for $2 each, then follow it up with $2 beers and margaritas. And if you need an extra shot in their already-strong tequila libation, you can add one for just $1. Tuesdays are the new Fridays, clearly.

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Until Tuesday December 29 2015

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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Until Monday February 2 2015

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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Until Monday March 2 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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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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Until Sunday March 1 2015

Revolve Pop-Up Shop

Critics' pick

Just in time for holiday season, the online shopping site Revolve is setting up shop at the Grove for a two-month pop-up experience, featuring chic party wear pieces for the style-savvy girl. Join them for opening day (on Nov 1) and meet fashion blogger and shoe designer Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad, while checking out statement pieces from her latest footwear collection. Just look for the bright neon pink store—bold is a running theme (and we love it). 

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Until Wednesday December 31 2014

New Beverly Midnights: Inglourious Basterds

Critics' pick

Quentin Tarantino once stated that the film he'll be remembered for is his 2009 World War II epic Inglourious Basterds, and he just might be right. Brad Pitt's role is evidence of his versatility at its finest, while Christoph Waltz delivers the performance of his career, which landed him an Oscar. Tarantino's taking over the helm of programming at the New Bev may have something to do with these three Friday midnight screenings throughout November, but the chance to see the standout film in 35mm shouldn't be missed. .

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Until Friday November 28 2014

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night screening

Critics' pick

Director Ana Lily Amirpour has managed to breathe new life into the vampire genre with her debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Set in the fictional Iranian ghost town Bad City—though it was filmed right here in California, with beautiful black-and-white cinematography—a lonely vampire girl stalks the immoral citizens, and possibly falls in love. The film opened to rave reviews, screened during summer's Sundance Next Fest and now takes over the Nuart for a week.

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Until Thursday November 27 2014

The Smokes

Critics' pick

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 members all hail from New York. They trained and played at UCB's original theater before heading west, which means they've been getting their peanut butter in each other's chocolate for more than a decade—part of the recipe for improvisational genius.

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Until Monday December 21 2015

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Great info