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Saturday, February 7

Cycle for Survival

Equinox West LA

1835 Sepulveda Ave, West Los Angeles, 90025

8:00am to 5:00pm

Fight cancer this February and March by riding with Cycle for Survival, the national movement to beat rare cancers. 100 percent of every dollar raised at the indoor cycling events goes to clinical trials, research studies, and innovative initiatives led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. Rare cancers include pancreatic, brain, ovarian and thyroid cancers, all pediatric cancers, and many more.

All donations are allocated within six months of the events to discovernew and better treatment options for cancer patients worldwide. Together with the event's founding partner, Equinox, more than $55 million has been raised since 2007.

Teams across the country register to ride for a four-hour shift—with four to eight riders per bike—and multiple bikes, if needed. In 2015, over 20,000 people will gather in 13 cities across the country to ride in solidarity.The events feature top Equinox instructors, complimentary yoga classes, massages and children’s activities.

We all can’t be doctors or cancer researchers, but riding with Cycle for Survival can raise the money that makes their work possible.

It’s time to fight back. Join the Battle. Visit www.cycleforsurvival.org to register your team or make a donation.

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Winter Sounds West Hollywood - Southwest Chamber Music

West Hollywood City Council Chambers

625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 90069

4:00pm to 5:30pm

Southwest Chamber Music
Classical, Folk
February 7, 2015, 4pm
City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library
Re-imagining Folk - tenor Jon Lee Keenan and harpist Alison Bjorkedal explore the voice and harp works of English composer Benjamin Britten. The program will include the colorful Eight Folk Song Suite, with simple melodies re-imagined with modern flair and the Birthday Hansel, Britten's gift to the Queen Mother with poetry by Robert Burns to honor her Scottish roots.

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Sunday, February 8

Scott Saul presents and signs Becoming Richard Pryor

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

4:00pm

A major biography--intimate, gripping, revelatory--of an artist who revolutionized American comedy.

Richard Pryor may have been the most unlikely star in Hollywood history. Raised in his family's brothels, he grew up an outsider to privilege. He took to the stage, originally, to escape the hard-bitten realities of his childhood, but later came to a reverberating discovery: that by plunging into the depths of his experience, he could make stand-up comedy as exhilarating and harrowing as the life he'd known. He brought that trembling vitality to Hollywood, where his movie career--Blazing Saddles, the buddy comedies with Gene Wilder, Blue Collar--flowed directly out of his spirit of creative improvisation. The major studios considered him dangerous. Audiences felt plugged directly into the socket of life.

Becoming Richard Pryor brings the man and his comic genius into focus as never before. Drawing upon a mountain of original research--interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals, screenplay drafts--Scott Saul traces Pryor's rough journey to the heights of fame: from his heartbreaking childhood, his trials in the Army, and his apprentice days in Greenwich Village to his soul-searching interlude in Berkeley and his ascent in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s.

Becoming Richard Pryor illuminates an entertainer who, by bringing together the spirits of the black freedom movement and the counterculture, forever altered the DNA of American comedy. It reveals that, while Pryor made himself a legend with his own account of his life onstage, the full truth of that life is more bracing still. (Harper)

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Monday, February 9

Matt Zoller Seitz presents and signs The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Book Soup

8818 Sunset Blvd, Austin, CA 90069

7:00pm

Wes Anderson's eighth feature film, "The Grand Budapest Hotel," is the fullest expression to date of Anderson's varied thematic and stylistic idiosyncrasies and influences--a meticulously crafted, visually resplendent matryoshka-doll caper set primarily in an alternate-history version of 1930s Europe. This supplementary, one-volume companion to The Wes Anderson Collection is the only book to take readers behind the scenes of "The Grand Budapest Hotel," with in-depth interviews between Anderson and cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz. Anderson shares the story behind the film's conception, the wide variety of sources that inspired it--from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to photochrom landscapes from turn-of-the-century Middle Europe--personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and other reflections on his filmmaking process. These interviews are accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork, as well as exclusive critical essays by Ali Arikan, Steven Boone, David Bordwell, Olivia Collette, and Christopher Laverty; interviews with costume designer Milena Canonero, composer Alexandre Desplat, lead actor Ralph Fiennes, production designer Adam Stockhausen, and cinematographer Robert Yeoman; and an introduction by playwright Anne Washburn. (Abrams)

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Catfish & the Bottlemen (SOLD OUT)

Troubadour

West Hollywood, CA 90069

7:00pm

"Catfish and the Bottlemen are an indie band so deeply old-fashioned - and unfashionable - you can tell as soon as you see their name what you're going to get. ... They're managed by ATC (Radiohead, Laura Mvula, Nick Cave), they've supported the 1975 - that other band who have risen the timeless way - and they recorded their single at Rockfield Studios in Wales with the man who engineered and mixed the recent Manic Street Preachers singles collection. ... File next to: The Walkmen, Feeder, Foo Fighters, the Manics." -- Guardian UK

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Tuesday, February 10

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