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Thursday, November 20

Grilled Cheesegiving

Greenspan's Grilled Cheese

7461 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA


Tillamook and Chef Eric Greenspan have teamed up for Grilled Cheesegiving featuring special Thanksgiving menu items available at Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese from Nov. 20 - 26. Tillamook and Greenspan’s will donate a pack of slices and a portion of proceeds to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for every specialty item sold, including:

Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese - Tillamook Medium Cheddar on Rye bread with turkey, green beans, crispy shallots, cranberry sage chutney and gravy dip

Sweet Potato Latkes - with roasted marshmallow and Tillamook Sour Cream

Throwback Apple Pie - with melted Tillamook Cheddar and a scoop of Tillamook Caramel Butter Pecan Ice Cream

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist (50 min)


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist presents a full-scale survey of one the most important artists of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring the painter's visual examination of African American culture during the Jazz Age. The exhibition covers Motley's entire career, including periods in Chicago, Paris, and Mexico. Motley received his formal training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to create strong and somewhat solemn portraits of his community, as well as vividly hued, lively scenes of crowded dancehalls that reflect the colorful spirit of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition features a number of paintings depicting the black communities of Chicago and Paris just before and after the Great Depression, and concludes with introspective moments of quotidian life in Mexico, made during the artist's travels during the 1950s.


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Smoke World Block Party

Smoke World

2245 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90064

7:00pm to 12:00am

It's going down! SMOKE WORLD BLOCK PARTY kicks off November 20th, and you're invited to join the fun! A night full of FREE entertainment, food and alcohol. Come join us and bring your friends too.

Presenting DJ LIQUORBOX and performances by: DJ ROMY ANCONA, POI, FELIX THE FIRECAT, AND MORE! Special guest model, Jenna Lynn.

RSVP at - www.smokeworld.splashthat.com. First 50 to RSVP will receive a free gift.

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Live Read: Diner


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Director Jason Reitman’s successful Live Read series, in which he directs a group of celebrated performers in the live reading of a classic film script, hits its fourth Thanksgiving month with a title that brings to mind conversations that take place (appropriately) over food: Barry Levinson’s feature film debut as writer-director, Diner.

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Friday, November 21

Napa Valley Grille's Taste of California Wine Event

Napa Valley Grille

1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA

5:00pm to 7:00pm

On Friday, November 21, 2014, Napa Valley Grille—Westwood’s premier wine country-inspired dining destination—invites guests to a Taste of California wine event ($20/person). Tied to the fall crush season, wine lovers will enjoy six (2oz.) tastings from premier California vintners located in Napa Valley, Paso Robles, Santa Lucia, the Central Coast, and more. Wines will also be paired with a cheese tasting to compliment the featured red and white wines.

A sampling of wines available for tasting at the event include:   


Butterfield Station Sauvignon Blanc, California

Lincourt Steel Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills

Treana Marsanne/Viognier Blend, Central Coast

Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California

Gauthier Riesling, Santa Lucia Highlands


Casey Flat Ranch Open Range Red Blend, California

Noble Vines, “1 Red Blend,” California

Aquinas Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Seventy-Five Wine Company, The Sum Red Blend, California

Qupe, Syrah, Central Coast

Hayman & Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles

Happy hour specials such as Shelton Farms Turkey Meatballs ($6), Kale Salad ($4), and Chorizo Mac & Cheese ($8) will also be available in the lounge and outdoor patio.

When: The Taste of California Crush event will take place on Friday, November 21 from 5 – 7 pm on the outdoor patio.

Cost: $20/person and includes six (2 oz.) tastings alongside cheese pairings

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Janice Anderson


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


Singer Janice Anderson can be described as Ella rafting down a dizzy scat riff, Doris Day crooning praises for the joy of the everyday, and Astrud Gilberto whispering crooked tones through the wet Brazilian summer. A dedicated artist, she is in turn dedicated to the art of others, which led her to found Jazz Vespers in Santa Monica in 2003. Anderson has performed with such jazz notables as Clare Fischer, Bob Sheppard, Anthony Wilson, and Joe LaBarbera and at venues as diverse as the Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, Pasadena Playboy Jazz Festival, and the legendary Hermosa Beach Lighthouse.

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The Black Cat


5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036


1934, 70 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer;

Horror movie icons Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi teamed up onscreen for the first time in this satanic horror thriller, which bears only a loose connection to the Edgar Allan Poe classic that provided its title. In a rare good-guy role, Lugosi plays Dr. Vitus Werdegast, who tries to save a pair of honeymooners waylaid from their Orient Express journey from the devil-worshipping, high-modernist Karloff. Combining psychologically scarred characters, a gruesome torture scene, a cat phobia, and a soupçon of necrophilia, this low-budget chiller was the only Universal Golden Age horror film directed by Ulmer. Bathed in copious shadows and fog-laced doom, art director Charles D. Hall’s dazzling German Expressionism–influenced sets are a true standout. 


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Marc Ribot

Royce Hall - UCLA

Los Angeles, CA 90095


Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's 'Rain Dogs' and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” The shapeshifting avant-garde guitarist-composer and downtown NYC icon will grace the Royce Hall stage in two different settings that highlight a mere fraction of his seemingly limitless creative output. He is a fearless and endlessly diverse bandleader, go-to studio player, and all-around musical polymath.

Having performed on the scores for Everything Is Illuminated, The Departed and The Killing Zone, Ribot shines in the cinematic form. An opening solo set based on his 2010 album Silent Movies will feature original solo compositions, including several unreleased movie tracks and scores created for films that exist only in the performer’s imagination.

In the program’s second half, Ribot rocks the house with one of New York City’s ultimate party bands, Los Cubanos Postizos (a.k.a “The Prosthetic Cubans”). The group’s feverishly cooking shows are built around arrangements of Cuban bandleader Arsenio Rodríguez—innovator of the son montuno. Re-formed by popular demand with original members Roberto Rodriguez (drums), Anthony Coleman (keys), Brad Jones (bass) and EJ Rodriquez (percussion).


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