10 Fantastic Things to Do This Weekend in L.A., 1/29

The Taco Takedown and Aloe Blacc are coming to town, and you don’t want to miss out on either
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MUSIC: Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins
Lewis celebrates the tenth anniversary of Rabbit Fur Coat, the career-launching album she produced with L.A.’s Watson Twins. Portland-based troubadour M. Ward joins them onstage. More information (January 29, Immanuel Presbyterian Church)

THEATER: Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall
The Canadian DJ enlisted L.A. production designer K.K. Barrett (Her) to stage a transmedia tale. Accompanied by the Afiara Quartet, Koala scored a real-time movie in which images of tiny puppets are projected on a large screen in this story of a robot’s search for love. More information (Jnuary 29, Royce Hall at UCLA)

BOOKS: Save the Bees With Hives with Rob and Chelsea McFarland
Authors Rob and Chelsea McFarland discuss their new book Save the Bees with Hives: The Easy and Treatment-Free Way to Attract and Keep Healthy Bees. The couple founded nonprofit bee conservation organization HoneyLove.org, which teaches urban beekeepers how to raise a hive and reap the sweet reward. More information  (January 29, The Last Bookstore)

COMEDY: Riot L.A.
Representing the indie side of Los Angeles’s comedy-industrial complex, humorists from the city’s alternative podcast scene turn punk clubs, small theaters, and downtown bars into ground zero. More information (January 29-31, Downtown L.A.) 

THEATER: An Act of God
In this hit Broadway play written by The Daily Show’s David Javerbaum, Sean Hayes summons his inner deity in a droll take on religion. More information (January 30-March 13, Ahmanson Theatre) 

CONFAB: A Night on Broadway
Come down to Broadway to enjoy the outdoor activities, short films, and performances including Ozomatli and Aloe Blacc. Now in it’s second year, A Night on Broadway was first launched as part of councilman José Huizar’s plan to revitalize the downtown theater district. More information (January 30, Broadway from 3rd to 7th Street)

COMEDY: The Groundlings New School Opening 
For more than 40 years, The Groundlings Theatre has kept Angelenos laughing with sketch comedy and improvisation acts. On January 30 the theatre will celebrate the opening of their new school facility, The Groundlings School. The day-long event will include free improv shows for the public. More information (January 30, The Groundlings Theatre & School) 

FOOD: L.A. Taco Takedown
Actor and filmmaker Matt Timms will host and M.C. as local cooks compete for the title of tastiest taco. It’s a win-win situation whether you bring your own taco fillings to compete, or if you buy a ticket for all-you-can-eat tacos and a ballot to vote. Winners will receive prizes from Cuisinart, Wusthof, Anolon and more. More information (January 31, El Cid)

BOOKS: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? with Roz Chast
As a longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker, Chast chronicles the existential absurdities and ordinary profundities of everyday life. She reads from her memoir, which includes a moving account of caring for her aging parents. More information (January 31, Royce Hall at UCLA) 

ART: Making Sugar Sculpture
Food historian Ivan Day demonstrates how to craft the ornate artistic confections that were among the culinary indulgences of European aristocrats. More information (January 31, The Getty Center) 

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