Post-Thanksgiving, throwing punches and punch lines.
Fight Night: Vargas vs. Mayorga
Ferocious Fernando Vargas and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga finally meet in "The Brawl," a middleweight bout rescheduled from September 8.
Bad blood? The two mussed up more than Don King's hair in a pre-fight scuffle at their July press conference in NY.
Fri 7:30p. Staples Center. $50-$300. Nearby: Redwood Bar & Grill; Takami & Elevate Lounge; The Edison
Live Comedy: Assscat at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
Cure your writers’ strike blues with improv sketches and monologues by LA’s answer to Second City.
Book ahead: Reserve seats for Saturday here. Sunday shows are free, but first-come, first-serve.
Sat 8p; Sun 7:30p. 5919 Franklin Ave. (323-908-8702). $8 Sat; free Sun. Nearby: Katsuya Hollywood; Ketchup; Les Deux
Intimate Show: Gram Rabbit at Safari Sam’s
The Joshua Tree cult quartet mashes up electronica, alt-country and rock into a luscious, psychedelic sound.
Preview the show: Sample the band’s high-desert rocktronica here.
Sat 10p. 5214 W. Sunset Blvd. (323-666-7267). Free. Nearby: Cobras & Matadors; Mao's Kitchen; S Bar
Southern Comfort: Soul Food Night at Royale on Wilshire
The Gatsby-esque Royale serves up pork spare ribs, mac'n’cheese and 50%-off soul food appetizers.
Happy Hour: $4 well drinks, $5 martinis and DJ grooves until 8p.
Fri 6p-2a. 2619 Wilshire Blvd. (213-388-8488). Nearby: HMS Bounty; Brass Monkey; The Wiltern