17 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

We gave you the lowdown earlier on this month’s events to help you plan February, but we've found 17 other events this week alone that may interest you, too. Read on for all the details.

MONDAY, FEB. 17

LIT: At 7:30 pm, Skylight Books presents a Tribute to Ned Vizzini, the great author of It's Kind of a Funny Story, The Other Normals and other books for young adults, who died in December. Paying their respects through readings and remembrances are fellow young adult authors Cecil Castellucci, Rachel Cohn, Melissa de la Cruz, Kristen Kittscher and David Levithan.

AUDIO-VISUAL: Prism Pipe is a monthly visual music and live film score event, curated by The Current Sea, a digital design group based in Beachwood Canyon. The event that takes place at pehrspace in Echo Park with Monday’s performers: film composer and Shudder to Think frontman Craig Wedren, ambient musician Brian Griffith and video artist Zara Ruckus. Wedren and company play their meditative composition, The Mystery Language of the Initiates. 8 pm. Suggested donation: $5.

STORY: The Tiger Lily Storytelling Show presents "Romantic Encounters Live" with some of LA’s best comedians sharing (or oversharing) their “wildest, sexiest and most hilarious romantic encounters.” On the bill tonight at 8 pm at iO West are Dana Gould, Mo Collins, Jonathan Schmock, Claudia Lonow, Steven Kramer Glickman, Arden Myrin and a surprise guest. The evening is hosted by Melinda Hill. Tickets are $10 with a portion of the ticket proceeds going to Chris Farley House, which helps people transition to sobriety. 21+.

TUESDAY, FEB. 18

FILM: The Tuesday Matinee film series at LACMA screens To Kill a Mockingbird (1963) at 1 pm. Written by Horton Foote (based on Harper Lee’s novel) and directed by Robert Mulligan, the film stars Gregory Peck as the lawyer Atticus Finch who defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. At LACMA’s Bing Theater. Tickets: LACMA members and seniors (62+): $2 and general admission: $4.

TALK: Also at LACMA at 7:30 pm is The Director's Series featuring a discussion between the museum’s CEO Michael Govan and E. C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory. The two will talk about “the intersection of art and science and Krupp’s passion for archaeoastronomy, the exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective on view at LACMA and the transformation of both institutions in recent years.” Free, but tickets required.

FILM: The Hammer Museum screens the film Inequality for All at 7:30 pm. Political pundit Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, argues for the middle class in this documentary directed by Jacob Kornbluth. Reich uses “humor and visuals to explain how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy.” A Q&A with director Kornbluth follows the screening. Free.

PORN LECTURE: Adult film performers Jessica Drake and Tasha Reign (who’s also a student at UCLA) speak at UCLA’s Moore 100 Hall from 7-10 pm as part of the panel discussion: Porn, Prostitution, and Censorship: The Politics of Empowerment. Also on the panel are: adult industry marketing specialist Adella Curry; Jennifer Moorman, UCLA Ph.D. candidate in Cinema and Media Studies and Christopher Mott, Ph.D. of UCLA’s English Dept. The evening hopes to foster dialogue and discussion about either the detrimental or empowering status of female sex workers. Doors at 6:30 pm.

FILM LIT: At 7 pm at Book Soup, author and critic Matt Zoller Seitz discusses and signs The Wes Anderson Collection. Anderson’s films are distinctly his own, from Bottle Rocket to Rushmore and Moonrise Kingdom. Seitz’s book is the first in-depth overview of Anderson's filmography that guides readers through his life and career. Dress as your fav Anderson character for a chance to win prizes.

MUSIC: El Cid transforms into an old-time speakeasy on Tuesdays for The Moonrise Club featuring jazz inspired by the 20’s and 30’s. Playing tonight are Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys. In a way, the club is reliving its past as before El Cid opened in 1963, its space was occupied by a 1925 café/speakeasy called The Jail Café. No cover before 8:30 pm, and live bands from 7:30-11 pm.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19

ART: Slow Culture Gallery, with the support of The Reed Space and The Young and Brave Foundation, holds a one-night only silent auction event from 7-10 pm in an effort to raise funds to help 9 month-old Leni Hsiao, who's fighting against a rare form of Leukemia. #LOVEFORLENI AN ART AUCTION CONTINUED… has amassed a great number of art pieces, event tickets and assorted goods from for a good cause. A few of the artists include Gary Baseman, Geoff McFetridge, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinness, HVW8 Gallery and many others. The auction takes place from 8-9 pm and new pieces/items are being added daily to the list.

MUSIC: At Amoeba at 6 pm, Sky Ferreira plays a three-song mini-set and signs copies of her new album, Night Time, My Time for the first 200 purchasers of the new album at Amoeba, Hollywood (ticket/purchase of the album required for signing). Limit of two CD/LP purchases per person.

FILM: The ArcLight presents The Modern School of Film Series at ArcLight Hollywood, featuring films and discussions with musicians, directors, actors and others. Special guests hand-pick a movie to be screened in the Cinerama Dome, followed by an hour-long discussion with Modern School of Film founder, Robert Milazzo. This week’s guest is Martin Landau who has selected Ed Wood for his screening. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $18.

THURSDAY, FEB. 20

COMEDY: At 6:30 pm, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre presents the comedy shows Who Am I and What The Hell Am I Doing? and the one-person show Drew Spears School Of Communication Alumni Week. Tickets: $5.

AWARDS: In a ceremony hosted by John Stamos at the Beverly Hilton, the Society of Singers honors Mike Love, founding member of the Beach Boys with its 21st annual Ella Award. Scheduled to perform/appear during the evening are America; Beach Boys; California Saga — Carnie & Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips, Justyn Wilson, Carl B. Wilson, Christian & Ahmba Love, and Matt & Adam Jardine; Wayne Brady; Christopher Cross; Micky Dolenz; Lucy Lawless; David Lee Roth; Jessica Sanchez of American Idol; Tata Vega; The Blossoms; Rita Wilson; Nigel Lythgoe (Leadership Award Recipient) and The Waters Family (Voice Award Recipient). If you’d like to attend, tickets start at $250.

BEER: German restaurant and beer garden, Wirtshaus host its first Home Beer Brewing Class on-site at the restaurant led by Solvang, California’s Valley Brewers. The class ($25 per person) covers home-brew basics and will also include Wirtshaus’ sausage platters served family-style, Bavarian pretzels, brewing samples and a half-liter of German draft beer. 7 pm.

LIVE READ: Film Independent at LACMA presents another installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read series, this time featuring a surprise guest director and cast at 7:30 pm. Together, they’ll take on a reading of a seminal film script on the Bing Theater stage. There may be a few tickets available at the door. General admission: $40. $25 for LACMA members, students with valid ID, and seniors (62+).

THIS IS YOUR HEART by Poli Marichal from Freewaves on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Freewaves, an LA-based media arts organization, has commissioned several artists to create videos to help address any number of public health crises facing Los Angeles County. Participating artists in the Live Long LA program are: Mel Chin, Yoshua Okón, Poli Marichal, Ann Kaneko, John Jota Leaños, and The Here and Now (Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr), who’ve created 35 original videos that will be broadcast hourly from Feb. 17 through March 31on more than 2,000 LA Metro buses. A public reception and screening event happens on Thursday from 7-10 pm at ForYourArt, including a panel on “how artists can contribute to the public dialogue about health and inspire people to embrace healthier lifestyles.”

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