Great Scotch! What You Should Do in LA This Week: January 21-27, 2019

This week the whisky flows like water, the cakes are made of vegetables, and the sculptural art enters new dimensions.

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Resolutions are so first-half-of-January. This week, indulge in all the food and whisky you’ve been missing, and so much more.

Monday, January 21

Last Week of dineL.A. Restaurant Week
One way to rid yourself of post-holiday malaise, or at least completely skirt any resolution plans, is dineL.A. Restaurant Week. The 15-day run from January 11 to 25 is the ideal time to find lunch and dinner deals, exclusive dishes, and new menus at more than 400 restaurants throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With prices for multiple-course tasting menus ranging from $15-$35 for lunch and $29-$59 for dinner, consider trying red-hot, new restaurants or revisiting places you haven’t been to in a while. And with blowout offerings for the Exclusive Series, you can splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime dinner without breaking the bank.
Throughout Los Angeles until Friday, January 25

LA Eat Restaurant
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Tuesday, January 22

Ysanne Spevack presents and signs Vegetable Cakes
Prolific cookbook author, edible gardener, musician, composer, and sensorial theorist Ysanne Spevack originally released her latest publication in the UK only. Called Vegetable Cakes: The Most Fun Way to Five a Day! Scrumptious Sweets Where the Veggie Is the Star, it’s a wild mouthful in a lot of ways, and it’s just been released in the U.S. this month. Here she signs the work and talks about its contents—radish pavlova, kale and coconut gateau, asparagus and sesame cake, and more—in conversation with Lyndsey Parker.
7 p.m.; Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd. 

Wednesday, January 23

Tyler Perry’s Madea Farewell
For one week only, the one-man empire will take the stage in a series of shows to bid adieu to his most beloved character, the scurrilous and saucy, tough and mouthy Madea.
Runs January 23-26; Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.

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Thursday, January 24

Tosh Berman in conversation with Jason Schwartzman
Tosh Berman, son of Beat generation artist Wallace Berman—known as the father of assemblage art—reads from his memoir, Tosh, covering the comical, complex, and creative contours of childhood with an eccentric artist family. In conversation with actor Jason Schwartzman.
7:30 p.m.; Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.

Friday, January 25

Isabella Rossellini’s Link Link Circus
For three nights only, the legendary actress brings a quirky and whimsical argumentative demonstration of Darwin’s theory of evolution. Incorporating shorts, home movies, and animation, this collage of a show promises to be like nothing else you’ve seen.
Runs January 25-27; The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica

The WhiskyX
Whether it’s bourbon, rye or single-malt scotch, there are more than 60 different long established and emerging to sample, plus live music, food trucks, and more. Because someone thinks brown spirits are strictly for the guys, there’s also free beard shaving and hair trims from the Blind Barber and a cigar lounge. (Ladies, please go and prove them all wrong.) Live music completes the night.
6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica

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Dean Wareham + Cheval Sombre
If you’ve ever had a hankering for Townes Van Zandt, but with more atmosphere, then you’ll be pleased to know former Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham has teamed up with pal Cheval Sombre to make what they’re calling “Western dream-pop” perfect for boot-gazing.
Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m.; Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Dr.

Saturday, January 26th

Raw Science Film Festival 2019
Standout science films grace the silver screen at the fifth annual Raw Science Film Festival, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and featuring several special guests. Tickets available for the additional red carpet/black tie (but make it sci-fi) ceremony including bites and cocktails.
12:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway

Petra Cortright: Lucky Duck Lights Out
Petra Cortright continues her post-internet art practice through the process of the creation and distribution of digital files, but this time includes her own sourced images from her environment instead of those mined from the internet.
Through March 2; 1301PE, 6150 Wilshire Blvd.

Fred Eversley: Chromospheres
A longtime Los Angeles resident, Fred Eversley is associated with important art movements in Southern California over the last few decades, most notably Light and Space. His works share significant elements with fellow California Minimalist artists Robert Irwin and James Turrell, for example, examining the parameters and dimensions of light and space, yet his Chromospheres are unique, using proprietary resin and other materials to create parabolic lens sculptures with distinctive light movements.
Through March 2; David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 W. Edgewood Pl.

Sunday, January 27th

Robert Inman discusses his book “An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles”
First published by the Los Angeles County Museum of art in 1965, An Architectural Guidebook to Los Angeles is the veritable “tongue-in-cheek critical reference” book of Los Angeles architecture. To discuss his 6th edition update, Robert Inman reads at Skylight Books.
5 p.m.; Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave.