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Monday, October 6

Steve Taylor and the Perfect Foil featuring Peter Furler Band

Whisky A Go Go

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

Roland Stephen "Steve" Taylor, is an American Christian rock singer, songwriter, record producer, and film director. A large figure in what has come to be known as Christian alternative rock, he's also served in the group Chagall Guevara. In contrast to many Christian musical artists, his history of songs have often taken aim at other Christians with the use of sardonic lyrics and new wave influenced instrumentation, such as blasting hypocrite preachers that hide their personal lives in 1985's "On the Fritz" and condemning racism by Christian organizations (such as those in apartheid era South Africa) in 1984's "We Don't Need No Color Code".

Peter Furler Band is named after its founder Peter Furler, and it is a Contemporary Christian-rock band from both Australia and the United States. It started in 2012 by Furler, and the band released their first album Sun and Shield in 2014 on their independent label New Day Christian Records and Platinum Pop Records.

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Stephin Merritt presents and signs 101 Two-Letter Words

Book Soup LA

8818 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 60069

7:00pm

Rolling Stone has called singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields the Cole Porter of his generation; O, The Oprah Magazine has hailed cartoonist Roz Chast as the wryest pen since Dorothy Parker s. Together they have crafted a wonderfully witty book that is sure to prove useful to Scrabble players and Words With Friends addicts and to delight anyone in thrall to the weirder corners of the English language.   With the mordant wit and clever wordplay of Edward Gorey or Shel Silverstein, Stephin Merritt has written an original four-line rhyming poem for each of the 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. Here are poems about familiar words (such as at, go, hi, no, and up) as well as obscure ones (such as aa, ka, oe, qi, xu).  101 Two-Letter Words is perfect for any language lover or Scrabble player (it may even improve your score!)."

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Wednesday, October 8

Thursday, October 9

Alkaline Trio (SOLD OUT)

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

(OCT. 9-11) Alkaline Trio’s iconic Heart & Skull symbol has come to represent more than the viscerally creative band, their deeply connective albums and the label imprint partnered with Epitaph Records that releases their music. While it does symbolize those things, the instantly recognizable logo tattooed on the bodies, hearts and minds of supporters worldwide also denotes a diverse but decisive lifestyle equal parts passion and dedication. It’s a commitment to the triumph of the outsider. 

Those who display the emblem do so as a badge, a show of unity in individuality. Like the skeleton-with-a-martini attached to Social Distortion, the Crimson Ghost associated with the Misfits or the “bars” intrinsically linked to Black Flag, Alkaline Trio’s logo is representative of subculture itself; a type of victory, through longevity and purpose, that transcends arbitrary commercial appeal and celebrity groupthink. 

Now more than 15 years into their career, the dark punk trio has cemented their legacy with their ninth studio album. Feverishly determined to never make the same record twice, Alkaline Trio nevertheless have preserved the most electric elements of their collaborative songwriting abilities, as their most diehard listeners have come to expect, while ever broadening their palette with new colors and extremes. 

The raw energy of ‘70s proto-punk, the darkly romantic sensibility and tongue-in-cheek wordplay of ‘80s new-wave, the upbeat melodicism of the underground power-pop movement of the ‘90s and the eclectic individualism of the new millennium all have a home in the Alkaline Trio sound, which is stunningly contemporary in execution yet as timeless as the hook-infused Top 40 of Midcentury America. 

The downtrodden, the dispossessed, the ill-at-ease; they have all found something to identify with in Alkaline Trio’s creative output, vociferously declaring their dedication and the life-preserving encouraging power of the songs across social media. The new material furthers the building story, adding new twists to the diverse elements strewn throughout 2010’s intimately reimagined collection Damnesia with the energized promise befitting a band whose continued position in the fabric of the underground community has been assured since their 1998 debut. 

Recorded with Bill Stevenson of punk legends The Descendents (and Black Flag) at the drummer/producer’s Blasting Room Studios in Colorado, Alkaline Trio’s latest offering exhibits the hard-won anthems of an album made while sequestered away from home surrounded by the inspiration of desert sunsets bright nighttime stars. 

Alkaline Trio formed in 1996 in the Midwest, looking for neither fame nor fortune, but instead working toward a potential future where their music would be meaningful to likeminded and/or disenfranchised people. Once, on tour, they optimistically imagined someday averaging crowds of 300 people from city to city, never dreaming that they would, in fact, someday hit #11 on the Billboard charts. 

An early “trio” of albums comprised of Goddamnit (1998), Maybe I’ll Catch Fire (2000) and From Here to Infirmary (2001) steadily built the Alkaline Trio story, connecting with people on levels much deeper than the sounds of fly-by-night pop-punk bands more concerned with tabloid culture than authentic expression. Good Mourning (2003) songs like “Blue in the Face” further explored the darkness while Crimson (2005) tracks like “Mercy Me” greatly expanded upon the band’s past, as did the entirety of Agony & Irony (2008). What began on indie labels and flirted with the twists-and-turns of the corporate majors returned to its roots with the band’s own imprint through Epitaph in 2010 and the release of the powerful This Addiction, which ably used the drug heroin as a metaphor for love in its title track. 

Band co-founder Matt Skiba (vocals/guitar), Dan Andriano (vocals/bass) and drummer Derek Grant have established a chemistry together that is uniquely their own. There’s a combustible magic in the room when they perform on stage, when they collaborate in the studio and when they interact with fans at their shows. 

The band may sometimes celebrate the dark, the macabre, the reckless; they may tackle the underbelly of modern existence and the tragedy of man’s inhumanity to man; but there’s a light in the darkness, much like the heart that surrounds the skull, to be found in their expression. Alkaline Trio represents strength from adversity, armor from scar tissue, and the resolve to overcome. No matter how dark times can get, there’s a sinister smile, a sly twist of phrase and a sweet melody to survive with.

 

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Anberlin - The Final Tour

House of Blues Sunset Strip

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

Anberlin is the American alternative rock band, rock band formed in Winter Haven, Florida in 2002. On January 16, 2014, it was announced that Anberlin would be disbanding in 2014 after recording their seventh and final studio album, Lowborn, on their original label, Tooth & Nail Records, and touring one last time.

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Friday, October 10

Fall Cooking Class at FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place

FIG & OLIVE

8490 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA

3:00pm to 5:00pm

On Friday, October 10, 2014 from 3–5 p.m., West Hollywood’s olive oil oasis, FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place, invites Angelenos to an intimate, hands-on cooking class ($85*) led by Executive Chef Pascal Lorange. A former private chef to Spanish singer Julio Iglesias among other celebrity clientele such as Oscar de la Renta, Princess Stephanie of Monaco, and the Clintons, Lorange’s refined cooking style embodies the flavors of the French Riviera, using olive oils in place of butter and cream.

During the interactive class, Chef Lorange will share his tips and tricks for preparing an autumn-inspired three-course FIG & OLIVE meal, including the following dishes:

Pumpkin Sage Ravioli – Free range chicken, ricotta and charmoula, pumpkin olive oil emulsion, toasted pumpkin seeds, parmesan, and aged balsamic – Frantoio Olive Oil

Crab & Heirloom Tomato Salad – Jumbo lump crab, heirloom cherry tomato, garlic, cilantro, shallot, harissa, and avocado basil tapenade – Picholine Olive Oil

Creme Brulée Cheesecake – Olive oil crisp with caramelized peaches

Participants will sharpen their culinary skills under the supervision of Lorange as they follow along step-by-step preparing each dish. The class will learn about cooking with olive oil as well as various culinary techniques. Afterwards, guests will toast to the afternoon with a Piscine Cocktail, composed of sparkling wine and organic strawberries, while enjoying the dishes of their labor.

Two hour cooking class from 3–5 p.m

Cost: *$85 per person, excluding tax

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Saturday, October 11

Marzo's Variety Show for Kids

Zephyr Theatre

7456 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

3:00pm to 4:15pm

Marzo's, the hit variety show for kids, is back with its talented rotating lineup of family-friendly magicians, comedians, musicians, puppeteers, jugglers, and more, plus games and prizes. The show's unique energy and fun vibe make it an experience not to be missed! $8.99 in advance, $10 at the door, ages 2 and under free. 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90046.
www.marzos.com

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The Tossers featuring Continental

Whisky A Go Go

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

The Tossers are a six-piece Celtic punk band from Chicago, Illinois formed in July 1993. They have toured with Murphy's Law, Streetlight Manifesto, Catch 22, Dropkick Murphys, The Reverend Horton Heat, Flogging Molly, Street Dogs, Clutch, Sick of it All & Mastodon. They opened for The Pogues in New York City on St. Patrick's Day, 2007.

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