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The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this week

Art and music are first on the lineup in Los Angeles this week. Head to La Luz de Jesus Gallery for an unconventional kind of exhibition, where the paintings are done entirely on coasters. Then hit the opening night of NOMO FOMO, a new art show dedicated to the TV series Broad City. Or hear the experimental music of Inuk singer Tanya Tagaq at the Broad. Wash it all down with a shake (and an L.A.-centric burger) from Glendale’s new Shake Shack.

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September 29­–October 2 | Art
The 4th Annual Coaster Show
It’s true that coasters are usually an afterthought, meant not for decoration but instead to protect a surface from condensation and spills. But at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, coasters are the main event. Picture 1,000 pint-sized (see what we did there?) canvases from well-known artists like pop surrealist Ron English and sculpting connoisseur Elizabeth McGrath. Looking is free, and prices for these unique sets range from $25 to $250 (which is a steal when you consider the talented artists involved). Pro tip: It’s first come, first served so get there early.
8–11 p.m. | La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles | Free | website

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September 30 | Art
NOMO FOMO Opening Night
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are the self-appointed queens of New York City in their Comedy Central show Broad City. While we await season four, the Nerdist Showroom will give fans a venue to reimagine the series with the new art show NOMO FOMO. The showroom will display over 100 pieces of Broad City fan art in a variety of mediums through October 7, but opening night (September 30) is when the real party happens. Cohosted with Eat More Art Out Productions, there will be cocktails, food trucks, music, and impromptu drum circles to look forward to, as well as a first peek at the Broad City gallery.
8–10 p.m. | Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | Free | website

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October 1 | Music
Tanya Tagaq
Tagaq is a genre-bending Canadian Inuk artist who specializes in performing, composing, and singing in a style that is completely her own. Tagaq focuses on using her platform to encourage her audience to explore themes of environmentalism, as well as human rights—especially those of indigenous peoples. She will perform live alongside Robert Flaherty’s 1922 controversial film about the Canadian Inuit, Nanook of the North. She is kicking off the Broad’s Tip of Her Tongue, a performance series that will continue throughout the year and focus on female artists.
8 p.m. | The Broad, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles | $30 | website

Tanya Tagaq

October 1–2 | Escape the city
Las Vegas
Las Vegas is 270 miles from Los Angeles, which translates to a quick 45-minute flight from LAX. Go to see Baz, a brilliant montage of Baz Luhrmann’s greatest hits transformed into a musical show. Then play some blackjack or craps. Or if gambling isn’t your thing, consider dining somewhere like Wolfgang Puck’s CUT, where the menu includes bone marrow flan and pretzel bread. Cap it off with gelato at the Venetian. A helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon is the cherry on top of a weekend in Sin City.

Now open | Restaurant
Shake Shack Glendale
Glendale is turning into quite the food lover’s paradise. Add Shake Shack to the list of places you now must visit. This traditionally East Coast establishment is making waves here, and the Glendale location is offering exclusive menu options for the West Coast. The L.A.-exclusive Roadside Double is a double Swiss cheeseburger topped with Dijon mustard and onions simmered in bacon fat and beer. There’s also the Market Pie Oh My, which features Shake Shack’s vanilla custard alongside a slice of pie. Or you can’t go wrong with crinkle-cut cheese fries and Caruso’s Crunch (chocolate custard, marshmallow sauce, Larder Baking Company’s salted peanut butter cookie, and chocolate toffee). Yes, please.
Shake Shack, 252 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale | website

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Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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