Tuesday 2.9 — Concert — Penguin Prison at the El Rey
If the name Chis Glover doesn’t catch your attention, you’re not alone. It’s probably why Glover goes by the stage name Penguin Prison, the multifaceted electropop artist from New York. He is one part producer, one part musician, and known for some of the best pop remixes of the last few years — a career-best being the most infectious re-imagining of Lana Del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” heard anywhere, ever. Once a solo act, Penguin Prison has upgraded to a full live band for their ongoing tour, and with only one L.A. gig, you’d be a fool to miss out. Get there early to catch openers Party Nails and Teenage Mystics.
Doors at 8 p.m.
5515 Wilshire Blvd.
Wednesday 2.10 — On-Campus Event — Karaoke Night in the Game Room
Do your roommates hate you because you’re singing too loudly in the shower again? Have you dreamt of becoming the next singing sensation before fading away in irrelevancy, eventually imploding in on yourself like a dying star? Well, warm up those pipes of yours because it all goes down Wednesday in the Games Room at the University Student Union. There will be free food and great prizes, so be sure to pick your swan song wisely. Who knows? Maybe the next Justin Bieber walks among us.
8 – 10 p.m.
Games Room, USU
Thursday 2.11 — Concert — David Bowie Tribute Night and Cancer Research Benefit Show at The Smell
The Smell is hosting a benefit concert to commemorate one of rock music’s fallen but far from forgotten heroes. This event will feature cover sets by Arjuna Genome, Slow Hollows/Casinos supergroup Gimme Danger, Nevada’s own Current Joys, as well as a DJ set by the venue’s owner, the eminent Jim Smith. All proceeds from the event will help fund cancer research. You can purchase tickets in advance online at thesmell.org.
247 S. Main Street
Friday 2.12 — Cultural Event — 2016 Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place
Already gave up on those New Years’ resolutions? Second chances are the best. Ring in the Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place this Friday. There will be music by Gu-Zheng and Dizi, as well as stilt walkers, and traditional fan and dragon dancers. Don’t let another year pass you by without celebrating. Happy Year of the Monkey.
3 – 7 p.m.
395 Santa Monica Place
Saturday 2.13 — Comedy/Film Showing — John Waters’ “This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier” LA Premiere
Filmmaker John Waters returns with a modified version of his one-man show, “This Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier,” this Saturday at California State University L.A. His filmography boasts some of the best cult classics of the last century [see “Pink Flamingos,” or “Polyester”] while films like “Hairspray” and “Cry Baby” did some serious damage to cookie-cutter Hollywood. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster. A student discount can be applied in-person at the Luckman Box Office.
Student ticket prices: $20
$40-$60 general admission
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
5151 State University Dr.
Sunday 2.14 — Movie Screening — “Harold and Maude” Screening at Sunnyside Cemetery
Nothing says “love is eternal” like spending Valentine’s Day in a cemetery. As part of an annual and wonderfully off-beat tradition, the Frida Cinema, in coordination with Sunnyside Cemetery in Long Beach, will screen “Harold and Maude,” the 1971 love-story-meets-nihilistic-commentary, set to Cat Stevens classics. Guests are welcome to bring low-back chairs, blankets and food. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit thefridacinema.org.
Doors at 6:30 p.m., movie begins at 8 p.m.
1095 E Willow St
Long Beach, CA 90806
Monday 2.15 — Music — Rat Pack Mondays at Salvage Bar and Lounge
Before Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad, there was the Rat Pack. Revisit a golden era of music and class every Monday at Salvage Bar and Lounge in Downtown L.A. Appropriately called Rat Pack Mondays, the event features music from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and others, as well as promotes a signature drink menu. The hardest thing you’ll have to do today is pick between the Rat Pack Martini or Manhattan.
4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
717 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017