This Week’s L.A. Happenings: Holy Fuck, Allumette, and Celebrity Chimp

TONIGHT: Holy Fuck!
Free Alt-Comedy Show at Downtown Independent Theater
Holy Fuck, the weekly alt-comedy show at the Downtown Independent Theater, hosts the second recording session for its upcoming comedy album Tuesday night, when a dozen of the city’s hungriest talents put their rants, raves, and dick jokes on wax. Buy a few cheap beers in the lobby, sink into your seat, and watch performers from Brandie Posey to Dave Ross make their bid for comedic immortality. Best of all, it’s totally fucking free.
DETAILS: Holy Fuck begins at 9:30 pm every Tuesday at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St, Downtown.) For details, check out the website.

NOW: Allumette Opens in Echo Park
Let your soul glow at Echo Park’s Allumette, a neo-soul food restaurant helmed by chef Miles Thompson in the former Allston Yacht Club space. Thompson, who made his name with the Vagrancy Project pop-up series, plans to get lovers in the mood with a sensual menu featuring such dishes as red kuri squash, carrot, and broccoli seasoned with a French curry blend. Food has never been pornier.
Allumette (1320 Echo Park Ave.) opens on January 22. Check the BlackBook listing for the inside info.

SATURDAY: Celebrity Trash
Swing by LAB ART Gallery Saturday night for the trashiest art show you’ll ever see. Street artist XVALA, who’s made a career out of repurposing celebrity garbage, presents “Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp,” featuring the detritus of Taylor Swift, Lindsay Lohan, and Robert Downey Jr. Don’t expect used condoms and empty Vicodin bottles—it’s a series of paintings imbued with reflecting powder from broken glass. How subversive.
“Tonight Show with Celebrity Chimp” will debut at LAB ART (217 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City West) on January 26 from 7-10 pm. See the website for details.

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Miami Happenings: Radio Bar, Junior & Hatter, and Cafeina Lounge

With the launch of Radio Pop Up Bar, SoFi is the latest Miami neighborhood to get a temporary addition, proving that the trend toward ephemeral nightlife isn’t leaving us anytime soon. The eclectic establishment – reminiscent of a Salvation Army storage facility – is the brainchild of Paolo Cardoso, Tatanka Guerrero, and Flip Falca, who hope to replace SoBe’s bling factor with something more creative. Radio’s Thai Chile cocktail, a spicy concoction that’s as hot as the ladies hanging out by the popcorn machine, is becoming a legend. Get it before it’s gone.

DETAILS: Radio Pop Up Bar (814 First St., Miami Beach) is now open and will operate through late February. For the inside info, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

NOW: A New Man Cave in Wynwood

The art of personal grooming gets a hip makeover in the epicenter of the Miami arts scene at the newly opened Junior & Hatter, a combination old-school barber shop, rock & roll hair salon, and casual hangout with the best espresso this side of the bay. Ladies, take note: the owner’s badass hair-styling skills are anything but rough around the edges.

DETAILS: Junior & Hatter Salon (2750 NW 3rd. Ave., Wynwood) is open now. Read the listing BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Social Drinking

Get a free glass of wine every Wednesday at Cafeina Lounge when you check in via Facebook, FourSquare, or Yelp. Admire the establishment’s art exhibits (this month features "Short Stories" by photographer Aida Tejada), and pair the coffee- and rum-braised rib tacos with a glass of Chilean Moscato. Evolved lunching, indeed.

DETAILS: Wine Wednesdays at Cafeina Lounge (297 NW 23 St., Wynwood) is happening now. See the complete listing at BlackBook Guides.

Do you enjoy going out in Miami? Then check out BlackBook’s Miami Guide for all the best spots. Raise your nightlife game by downloading the BlackBook City Guides app for iPhone and Android. And to keep up on the hottest openings and events, sign up for BlackBook Happenings, a fun, informative, non-spammy email newsletter with the latest and greatest goings-on, delivered to your inbox every Monday.

New York Happenings: The General, Trestle on Tenth, and Atera

The Bow/FINALE spread now has a legit restaurant, too. The General follows EMM Group’s sibling spot Catch by putting Top Chef Hung Huynh in a buzzed-about room. Huge garage doors welcome you to a space done up with black and white floors and popping red seats. Bites are made for sharing, cribbing Chinese inspirations in Peking duck and Philly cheesesteak sticky buns. Salute.

DETAILS: The General (199 Bowery, Lower East Side) is open now. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

NOW: Swiss Meatz

The annual meat fest that is known as Metzgete has begun at Trestle on Tenth. Acolytes of Dr. Atkins can dig in guilt-free to a feast of brats, sausages, and pork bellies. Swiss beers and wines stand by for pairing.

DETAILS: Metzgete at Trestle on Tenth (242 Tenth Ave., Chelsea) runs nightly through Saturday the 20th. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: French Twists

Atera is at the vanguard of the micro restaurant trend. This week, the restaurant expands its horizons with David Toutain, late of Paris’s Agapé Substance, who will collaborate on a four-night stand as guest chef.

DETAILS: David Toutain at Atera (77 Worth St., Tribeca) will run Wednesday through Saturday, with two seatings each night. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

Do you enjoy going out in New York? Then check out BlackBook’s New York Guide for all the best spots. Raise your nightlife game by downloading the BlackBook City Guides app for iPhone and Android. And to keep up on the hottest openings and events, sign up for BlackBook Happenings, a fun, informative, non-spammy email newsletter with the latest and greatest goings-on, delivered to your inbox every Monday.

Los Angeles Happenings: Nervo at Greystone Manor, Whitney Hubbs at M+B

Dust off your dancing sneaks for a Saturday night of boss beats and sky-high energy in one of LA’s most elegant nightclubs. Australian twin sisters Mim and Liv Nervo bring their white-hot EDM act to Greystone Manor in West Hollywood, where you can expect the melodies, grooves, and drops that helped the Melbourne-bred former models (see photo) become major players in the music biz. They’ve written hits for Kylie and Ke$ha, opened for Britney and Nicki, and spun everywhere from Pacha in Ibiza to the Wynn in Vegas. Let them entertain you next.

Details: Nervo will be at Greystone Manor Supperclub (643 N. La Cienega Blvd.) on Saturday, January 19. For more information, read the BlackBook Guides listing.

Whitney Hubbs Photo

Whitney Hubbs at the M+B Gallery

Fine art photographer Whitney Hubbs has made a career out of finding beauty and mystery in everything from nature to auto racing. This Saturday the M+B Gallery hosts her first LA exhibition, The Song Itself Is Already a Skip, which features a selection of images that defy conventional understanding, inviting the viewer to feel the darkness, chaos, and wonder contained within. Your Instagram snaps will never look the same.

Details: The Song Itself Is Already A Skip debuts at M+B Gallery (612 N. Almont Dr.) on Saturday, January 19 and runs through March 9. Visit the gallery website for more information.

Do you enjoy going out in LA? Then check out BlackBook’s LA Guide for all the best spots. Raise your nightlife game by downloading the BlackBook City Guides app for iPhone and Android. And to keep up on the hottest openings and events, sign up for BlackBook Happenings, a fun, informative, non-spammy email newsletter with the latest and greatest goings-on, delivered to your inbox every Monday.

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Out with the old, in with the new. We admit it, we’re fans of creative destruction. While our old favorites occupy a warm and cozy place in our hearts, we get a serious buzz from the latest and greatest bars, nightclubs, restaurants, hotels, and events. But it’s not about the mere notion of novelty, or at least not just that. The hottest openings and most noteworthy happenings we’ll be schooling you on every Monday morning represent the latest thinking in lounging, partying, cocktailing, dining, traveling, and shopping. Consider BlackBook Happenings your weekly dose of fresh ideas: a sneak peek at all the places people will be talking about (and trying to get into) during the coming days. You can lord your insider knowledge over them from your corner booth.

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