January Culture Calendar

"Beautiful Kate," Vampire Weekend remain on January's to-do list.

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<B>JANUARY 11:</B> "Beautiful Kate", a film directed by Rachel Ward and starring Rachel Griffiths, has been critically and commercially lauded in Australia. G'day USA screens it tonight in Hollywood. FREE. <a href="http://flavorpill.com/losangeles/events/2010/1/11/beautiful-kate" target="_blank">Beautiful Kate at the Linwood Dunn Theater</a>
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<B>JANUARY 12:</B> Ivy League rockers Vampire Weekend hit the stage in support of their latest release, "Horchata." Preppy clothing optional. <a href="http://events.nbclosangeles.com/los-angeles-ca/events/show/89361718-vampire-weekend" target="_blank">Vampire Weekend at the Music Box Theater</a>
<B>JANUARY 13:</B> Love it or hate it, it's your last chance to see it. The "phenomenon of historic proportions" known as Riverdance is on its farewell tour. <a href="http://www.broadwayla.org/production/show.info.asp?ID=23" target="_blank">Riverdance International Farewell Tour at the Pantages</a>
<B>JANUARY 14:</B> Art. Food. Music. People-watching. Sign us up. The Downtown Art walk is a self-guided tour that showcases the many art exhibition venues in Downtown Los Angeles. <a href=" http://downtownartwalk.com/MOCA " target="_blank">Downtown Art Walk</a>
<B>JANUARY 15:</B> We dare you not to love this band. They're all-accoustic, from Grapevine Texas and have a brand of indie-pop that you'll want to sing along with. <a href="http://flavorpill.com/losangeles/events/2010/1/15/mount-righteous" target="_blank">Mount Richeous at the Bootleg Theater</a>
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<B>JANUARY 16:</B> Accessible classical, that's what this is. Symphonies for Youth are good starter-concerts for a younger person in your life (A sister? Neice? Neighbor?). Take someone to <a href="http://www.laphil.com/" target="_blank">Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Disney Hall</a>
<B>JANUARY 17:</B> Seen "Nine" yet? Yes or no, you should see its 1963 inspiration. Fellini's "8 1/2" -- starring Marcello Mastroianni -- is playing on the big screen at the Egyptian. <a href="http://losangeles.going.com/event-706026;FELLINIS_8-12" target="_blank">8 1/2 at the Egyptian Theater</a>
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<B>JANUARY 18:</B> Relive the energy of last year's finals in this regular season game: tonight it's the Lakers vs. Magic at Staples Center. Fingers crossed the end result is in our favor once again. <a href="http://www.nba.com/lakers/" target="_blank">LA Lakers</a>
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<B>JANUARY 19:</B> If you are among the food-loving set who mourned the death of "Gourmet" last year, you can celebrate its life with editors Ruth Reichl and Laurie Ochoa at the Skirball. <a href="http://www.skirball.org/index.php?option=com_ccevents&scope=prgm&task=detail&oid=707" target="_blank">A Celebration of Gourmet Magazine at Skirball Cultural Center</a>
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<B>JANUARY 20:</B> If you saw, and loved (as we did), British gangster film "Sexy Beast", you may want to check out "44 Inch Chest", too. Same writers. Same Ray Winstone. <a href="http://www.landmarktheatres.com/Films/films_frameset.asp?id=84354" target="_blank">44 Inch Chest at the Nuart Theater</a>
<B>JANUARY 21: </B>MOCA has been celebrating their 30th birthday for some time now, but if you haven't been there to enjoy their retrospective, there's still time to take it in. Join <a href="http://www.moca.org/museum/event_calendar.php?m=1&day=21#21" target="_blank">MOCA's Art Talk: The First 30 Years</a>
<B>JANUARY 22:</B> Before there was George Clooney in the 2002 version, there was the original 1972 "Solaris" by director Andrei Tarkovsky. And boy was it beautiful. <a href=" http://lacma.org/programs/FilmListing.aspx#1259712759442 " target="_blank">Tarkovsky's Solaris at LACMA</a>
Tyler Perry / Madea
<B>JANUARY 23:</B> Tyler Perry's latest sure-to-be-mega-hit opened on the 22nd. Perry fans, get ready to guffaw. <a href="http://events.nbclosangeles.com/los-angeles-ca/events/show/91099785-tyler-perrys-madeas-big-happy-family" target="_blank">Madea's Big Happy Family at the Kodak Theater</a>
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<B>JANUARY 24:</B>What's the Go Green Expo? A Really. Big. Green. Event. If you're not loving Mother Earth after keynote speeches Ed Begley Jr., discussions on sustainable investing, and row after row of green products, then ... well, you will be. <a href="http://www.gogreenexpo.com/events/index.php?evid=13" target="_blank">Go Green Expo at the Convention Center</a>
<B>JANUARY 25:</B> dineLA Restaurant Week is actually two weeks, thankfully, and now happens twice a year. Boy to we approve. The deals and special menus will get you sampling foodie fare all over town. <a href="http://discoverlosangeles.com/play/dining/restaurantweek/participating_restaurants2010.html" target="_blank">dineLA Restaurant Week</a>
That 1 Guy
<B>JANUARY 26:</B> Berkeley-based Mike Silverman, better known by his alter ego That 1 Guy, will be in town playing his Magic Pipe (it's an instrument, people). <a href="http://that1guy.com/shows" target="_blank">That 1 Guy at The Mint</a>
<B>JANUARY 27:</B> Paul Reubens has brought “The Pee-wee Herman Show” back to Los Angeles in a limited 4-week engagement. We're now at the halfway mark. Want to see him? Get tickets now. <a href="http://www.peewee.com/new/show.html" target="_blank">Pee Wee Herman at Nokia Live</a>
<B>JANUARY 28:</B>A 13-year-old paparazzi boy snapoed a photo of actor Adrian Grenier, which led Grenier to explore the effects of celebrity on culture and director this film. One night only. <a href="http://www.downtownindependent.com/events/sundance-film-festival-usa" target="_blank">Sundance Film Festival USA: "Teenage Paparzzo" at the Downtown Independent</a>
The Posters Came From the Walls
<B>JANUARY 29:</B> If you weren't aware that Depeche Mode fan-dom reaches across continents and inspires deep-seated fervor, just watch this documentary. You'll see. <a href="http://www.cinefamily.org/calendar/events.html" target="_blank">"The Posters Came From the Walls" at the Silent Movie TheaterSilent Movie Theater</a>
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<B>JANUARY 30:</B> From Mexican-American acoustic folk to raucous roadhouse blues, this Los Lobos appearance will encompass everything that has made the group the essential band of LA. <a href="http://www.uclalive.org/Event.asp?Event_ID=666" target="_blank">Los Lobos at Royce Hall</a>
<B>JANUARY 31:</B> Steampunkian revelry of grand proportions? Indeed. An SF tradition flies south, bringing with it a turn of the century celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus arts, DJs, ballroom dance, fashion, technology, and of course, the art and stories of Edward Gorey. <a href="http://edwardianball.com/2009.html" target="_blank">Edwardian Ball at the Tower Theater</a>
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<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 1: </B> There are parades, and then there's the Rose Parade. Long before the Granddaddy of 'em All actually kicks off, find yourself a base camp with a good view of the parade and enjoy the event's 121st incarnation. The parade begins at 8 a.m. <a href="http://www.tournamentofroses.com/roseparade/" target="_blank">The Rose Parade</a>
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<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 2: </B>Things we love: 1) Science, 2) Gingerbread. And thanks to the Discovery Science Center, we can now enjoy both at the same time. <a href="http://www.discoverycube.org/programs.aspx?q=69" target="_blank">The Science of Gingerbread</a>
<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 3: </B> On Day 3 of American Cinematheque's "The Best of James Bond: Agent 007" series, Bond fans are in for a treat: Moore … Roger Moore. Forget Sean Connery and enjoy two classic-era Bond films with one of our favorite Bonds (sorry, George Lazenby) <a href="http://www.americancinematheque.com/archive1999/2010/Egyptian/James-Bond_ET2010.htm#MOONRAKER" target="_blank">"Moonraker" and " For Your Eyes Only"</a>
<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 4: </B> Last call for LA's version of "winter." The holidays are over, which means outdoor ice skating in LA is soon to be a thing of the past. Lace up your skates while you still have time. <a href="http://www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/doi.html" target="_blank">Downtown on Ice</a>
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<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 5: </B>Grab your funkiest clothing and prepare to boogie down. Pasadena Magazine is hosting a '70s-themed tailgate party for the national championship game. Sure, the game isn't until Jan. 7, but is there ever a bad time to get funky? <a href="http://www.paseocoloradopasadena.com/go/Poolb.cfm?MallID=985&FPURLID=2129968976" target="_blank">Pasadena Championship Game Tailgate Kick Off</a>
<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 6:</B> The Palm Springs International Film Fest boasts a line-up of more than 200 films from 60 countries, special events and gala receptions. Worth the drive, we think. <a href="http://www.facebook.com/PalmSpringsFilmFestival#/PalmSpringsFilmFestival" target="_blank">Palm Springs International Film Fest</a>
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<B>JANUARY 7:</B> Wouldn't we all like a glimpse? "Inside Obama's Brain" author Sasha Abramsky discusses his "breezy, engaging book" book about the Prez at Book Soup. <a href=" http://www.booksoup.com/" target="_blank">"Inside Obama's Brain" Reading at Book Soup</a>
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<B>JANUARY 8:</B> You love her because she was "F**ing Matt Damon", and you can see her on stage -- with funny friends -- at Largo. <a href="http://www.largo-la.com/largohome.html" target="_blank">Sarah Silverman and Friends at Largo at the Coronet</a>
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<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 9:</B> Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and the band have been making beautiful noise since 1981, and still rock just as hard. <a href="http://www.livenation.com/edp/eventId/409986/" target="_blank">Sonic Youth at the Wiltern</a>
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<B>WHAT YOU MISSED - JANUARY 10:</B> Dress to im-Presley: It would have been The King's 75th, and the Egyptian is celebrating with music, trivia and banana-peanut-butter pancakes. <a href=" http://www.americancinematheque.com/indexegyptian.html " target="_blank"> Elvis' 75th Birthday Celebration at the Egyptian Theatre</a>
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