Things to do for January 28, 2010

The Weekender

Power Gimlets, a Grammy Bash and Sinful Tacos

The weekend is your record of the year.

The Living Room Opens

The Living Room Opens

Underneath a suspended red carpet walkway far above, you can now settle into the soaring lobby of the new W Hollywood hotel to power your way through a menu of Shrimp and Chorizo Pintxos and Gimlet Two Ways (gin, lime juice and gin-infused cucumber slices).

Opens today, W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd (east of Vine), 323-798-1300

Oren Lavie's Deconstructed Video

Oren Lavie's Deconstructed Video

You might have back-to-back Grammy plans, but only one party seems to involve a gallery exhibit of 2,096 photos that were strung together to make a pretty amazing nominated video, then unstrung for your ogling and/or purchasing. Lavie will perform, sans girl and bed.

Haiti Hour at MI-6

Haiti Hour at MI-6

Since your Friday plans probably already include drinking, dancing and ceiling porn, get to MI-6 by 10 and you've got an hour of drinking for Haiti—all proceeds until 11pm go to Global Green USA to help with green rebuilding efforts.

Jan 29, 10-11pm, MI-6, 9077 Santa Monica Blvd (east of Doheny), 310-859-8369

Free Tacos at Saints and Sinners

Free Tacos at Saints and Sinners

In celebration of four great years, the bar that became a Westside religion will sling $5 margaritas from 10pm to close. And the carne asada tacos are free from 9pm to midnight, every Sunday from now on.

Directors Close-Up

Directors Close-Up

If you were snubbed for an Independent Spirit Award this year, Film Independent has gathered five weeks' worth of esteemed panelists to help you out for 2011. First up is Up in the Air director Jason Reitman. And there's a reception afterwards, in case your question about Anna Kendrick is more of a private matter.

Starts Feb 3, 7:30pm, $45, The Landmark, 10850 W Pico Blvd, 310-432-1222 

UD HOOKUP: We've got two pairs of free tickets for the Feb 3 event. Give us your best pitch.

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