Monday, January 6, 2020 / 7–10 p.m. / The Standard DTLA
By day, Maebe A Girl occupies herself with local politics, but by night, she and fellow drag queen slash cannabis devotee Indica Sativa entertain the masses as the new hosts of Not Your Standard Bingo at The Standard hotel in downtown L.A.
The duo is headlining the hotel chain’s recently launched Hollywood edition following the bingo night’s highly successful run over the last decade at The Standard, High Line in New York City — where it grew to raucous heights replete with karaoke standoffs and celebrity drop-ins. This ain’t your grandma’s bingo. Try your luck and get a little crazy on a Monday night.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 / Multiple Venues and Times
The inaugural Southland Comedy Festival runs from Jan. 7-11, spanning venues from Hollywood and Highland Park to Long Beach and El Segundo with a roster of budding comedians “really on their way to stardom,” according to Richard Sarvate, the tour’s co-founder and organizer. Tonight’s offerings include “The Secret Show” with Brad Williams and Ian Edwards at Culver City’s The Blind Barber, “Performance Anxiety” at The Pleasure Chest with Eli Osberg and “Glazed,” a pot-friendly comedy show hosted by sloth-enthusiast Mike Glazer.
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 / 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. / Hyperion Tavern
A huge intergalactic-themed rock ’n’ roll band smushed into a tiny bar designed as a library with massive chandeliers. Fancy Space People invade Hushe Clubbe, the weekly Wednesday-night affair hosted by Fancy Space’s Nora Keyes and Don Bolles (of Germs fame). The long-standing Los Angeles band of cosmic freaks gathers to celebrate the birthdays of lead singer Keyes and analog synthesizer scientist Professor Cantaloupe, aka Mitchell Brown. They’re also honoring the births of David Bowie, Elvis Presley and Stephen Hawking while they’re at it.
Thursday, January 9, 2020 / 7:30–10:30 p.m. / Hammer Museum
Mayo Thompson, founder and frontman of the too-weird-for-its-time ’60s psych band Red Krayola, makes a rare stage appearance to perform his 1970 solo album, “Corky’s Debt to His Father,” a collection of folk and proto-punk tunes that received little distribution at the time, but developed a long line of fans as time wore on. This is the third time the full album has been performed live, and the first time in Los Angeles.
Friday, January 10, 2020 / 7:30–11:30 p.m. / Egyptian Theatre
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Airplane” by indulging in its abundance of ridiculous one-liners that’ll remind you how funny it is to spill beverages on yourself while declaring you have a drinking problem. “Airplane” co-director Jim Abrahams appears in person for a Q&A, followed by a screening of “Stripes” — paired, it seems, for no obvious reason other than the fact that it is also a very funny film from the 1980s.
Saturday, January 11, 2020 / 9 p.m. to midnight / Teragram Ballroom
The King Khan & BBQ Show offers an unforgettable sight, that of frontman King Khan in some sort of extremely revealing heroic bondage gear that generally finds him donning leather or shiny knickers. Khan conceived the BBQ Show along with bandmate Mark “BBQ” Sultan in Montreal around 2002. The result? A garage rock duo that mixes doo-wop and punk with romance and dirty, surreal madness that’s as catchy as an STD — but way more delightful. 1960s-inspired rockers The Night Times opens the show.
Sunday, January 12, 2020 / 1–3 p.m. / L.A. Metro System
The 12th annual No Pants Metro Ride is the most fun you can have on a Sunday afternoon in public without pants. Truly, it’s only weird until the trains fill up with people of all kinds and everyone takes off their pants. Then it stays weird, but everyone is laughing. Pile in at stations from East L.A., Pasadena, Willowbrook, Culver City and Koreatown, and convene with the rest of the pantless droves at Union Station. Then everyone goes to Hollywood, having spent an enjoyable afternoon without pants.