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Margaret Cho, Father John Misty, a Bukowski workshop and other stuff to do this week

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Margaret Cho She’ll fire you up, then she’ll crack you up. Watch Cho skewer misogynists, racists, homophobes and other modern-day villainy on the Vegas stop of her psyCHO tour. October 16, 9 p.m., $44-$71, Treasure Island.

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Kickstarter Film Festival This free program gathers feature films and shorts financed via the crowdfunding service, including Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s hilarious vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows and Don Hertzfeldt’s Sundance-winning animated short World of Tomorrow. October 15, 7 p.m., RSVP at filmfest.kickstarter.com, Regal Village Square.

Win, Lose or Have fun! “Macho Man” Randy Savage hosts Jeopardy! for the grand prize of ... cereal? Enter local artist Jesse Carson Smigel’s P3Studio show at the Cosmo, where game-show set design collides with punny trivia and curious white-elephant prizes. Through November 8; Wednesday & Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 6-11 p.m.; free.

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Bukowski: Man and Myth Local poet Lee Mallory reveals his long-ago “mentoring by the ol’ Lion,” in a workshop sharing letters, poems and journal notes and attempting to answer questions like, “Is self-destruction a path to poetry?” October 17, 2 p.m., free, Winchester Cultural Center.

Masters World Pasta Eating Championship How much pasta can you can consume in eight minutes? Pros—like hot dog champ Matt Stonie—and amateurs dig in under the Arc de Triomphe for an event hosted by restaurateur Steve Martorano. October 17, 1 p.m., free; post-event dinner at Martorano’s, 8 p.m.

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Father John Misty plays Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool Thursday night.

Father John Misty plays Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool Thursday night.

Father John Misty Having trouble finding the singer-songwriter’s Lou Reed-influenced Taylor Swift covers since he took them down? You just might hear one at the Cosmopolitan. Arrive early for the opener, garage-rock hero Mikal Cronin. October 15, 8 p.m., $23, Boulevard Pool.

Social Distortion The SoCal punk act celebrates the 25th anniversary of its breakthrough self-titled third album by doing the thing it does best: hitting the stage and rocking the beer out of your cup. With Oil Boom. October 16, 7:30 p.m., $35, House of Blues.

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