25 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

LAist gets a lot of press releases and we go through all most of them to curate a list of our favorite events happening in L.A. Here are 25 events you should know about this week (ridiculously packed with comedy events). Read on for all the details.

MONDAY, APRIL 28

MUSIC: The Grammy Museum presents the program Spotlight: Hurray for the Riff Raff on Monday at 8 pm. Alynda Lee Segarra’s project conjures up a blend of blues and Americana. Segarra and band will be in conversation with Scott Goldman, vice president of The GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares. 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

MUSIC: There’s a little folk, Americana and country at the Roxy tonight with Jason Isbell, formerly of the Drive-by Truckers, headlining the evening. Opening act is Holly Williams, grand-daughter of Hank Williams. 7:30 pm. All ages. Tickets: $25-35.

MUSIC: It’s Lawrence Rothman’s last night in residency at the Bootleg Theater on Monday and Teen opens. Fun fact: The Brooklyn-based band Teen includes the three Lieberson sisters originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Free with RSVP.

TV TALK: The Paley Center’s latest public program—The Goldbergs: Your TV Trip to the 1980s—is at 7 pm on Monday with a preview screening of Tuesday’s episode and the cast and creators in attendance to discuss the show. Scheduled to appear are actors Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, 
George Segal, 
Troy Gentile and 
Hayley Orrantia along with 
Adam F. Goldberg, creator/executive producer
 and Doug Robinson, executive producer. Tickets: $25, $15 for members.

TUESDAY, APRIL 29

COMEDY: The All Things Comedy Podcast and Video Network brings a live stand-up show to the Bootleg Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Hosted by Dave Anthony, performers include Bill Burr, Neal Brennan, Gareth Reynolds and surprise special guests. Tickets: $15. 21+.

COMEDY: Neil Hamburger’s monthly comedy/variety residency at the Satellite is now in its seventh year. While it usually takes place on Sundays, there’s special Tuesday night show with Ryan Stout, Moshe Kasher, Charlyne Yi and more. Doors at 8:30 pm and show at 9 pm. 21+ $8.

THEATER : The Hammer Museum and Equality Now present the stage performance of Slut at 7:30 pm. The play is inspired by experiences of the teen cast members: “Through Joey’s story, and those of girls in her community, we witness the damaging effects of slut culture and the importance of being heard.” Written by Katie Cappiello and directed by Cappiello and Meg McInerney. Recommended for audiences 13+. Free.

COMEDY: At Nerdmelt at 9 pm on Tuesday is another edition of Karma: Comedy For Good. The monthly show of stories and standup go to a different charity each month. On the program are: Maria Bamford, Wayne Federman, Ben Gleib, Jon Dore, Baron Vaughn, Hampton Yount, Sean O'Connor, Andy Peters, and James McGrath. Tickets: $10. This month’s recipient organization is the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition, serving the homeless and hungry every day since 1987.

LITERARY TALK: Writers Bloc Presents The New Yorker's Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff with artist Shepard Fairey on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the Los Angeles Theater Center in DTLA. Mankoff discusses his new book How About Never—Is Never Good for You? And he and Fairey will talk about public art, political cartoons and whatever else is on their minds. Tickets: $25.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30

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Mimi Pond presents her latest graphic novel at Skylight Books on Wednesday. (Image: Courtesy of Drawn & Quarterly)

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Artist and L.A. resident Mimi Pond is at Skylight Books on Wednesday at 7:30 pm to talk about her latest graphic novel Over Easy (Drawn & Quarterly). The memoir is a coming-of-age story, “equal parts time capsule of late 1970s life in California—with its deadheads, punks, disco rollers, casual sex, and drug use—and bildungsroman of a young woman who grows from a naive, sexually inexperienced art-school dropout into a self-aware, self-confident artist.”

COMEDY: Eric Schwartz (Smooth-E) hosts a comedy show that mashes up live comedy and multimedia. On the bill are Schwartz, Adam Ray, Andre Meadows, Sean Klitzner and others, along with comedians and digital stars from YouTube, Vine and beyond. At the Laugh Factory in Hollywood at 10 pm. Tickets: $17/$27 in advance, and $20/$30 door.

COMEDY: The DJ Faucet Sketch Comedy troupe—specializing in dark, absurdest comedy—presents a free performance at 8 pm at the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson Theater. Tickets are free, but they require a reservation by calling 323.960.5519.

COMEDY: There’s a new monthly comedy/variety show, Light Fantastic, held on the last Wednesday of each month at Los Globos, hosted by Conan writer Andrés du Bouchet and sidekick and bandleader-comedian Adam Felber. Special guests include Eddie Pepitone, Erin Foley, Sean Conroy, Nahreen Tarzi and Kristina Wong. 9 pm. Tickets: $5.

COMEDY Absurdest sketch comedy trio Two Bunnies Eating Flowers showcases their latest sketch show, Love the Monster, on Wednesday at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in L.A. 6:30 pm. Tickets: $5.

DESIGN TALK: AIGA Los Angeles presents its speaker series - Hecho en L.A. at Maker City LA on Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 pm with special guest Yo Santosa. The founder and creative director of Ferroconcrete, Santosa is an Emmy nominee for her title sequences for shows such as Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives and the feature film 300. “As an entrepreneur, Yo created früute, a modern cookie and gift company along with Commodity, Yo’s online fragrance company….” Tickets: $25-$30.

STORYTELLING: The Trunk Show is a mult-igenre monthly storytelling show that features one theme with five performers telling their tales in whichever way they choose, from singing, puppet-ing, painting, beatboxing etc. Almost anything’s fair game. The show celebrates its two-year anniversary on Wednesday with musician Maesa Pullman, playwright Tim McNeil, storyteller Bill Ratner, clown/detective Butt Kapinski and performance artist Giselle Nett. At the Elephant Theatre. 8 pm. $10-$15.

FLEETMAC MUSIC: Fleetmac Wood is a party/dance/night dedicated to Fleetwood Mac that features edits, remixes and original Fleetwood Mac tracks (no covers) and it’s coming to LA’s Short Stop in Echo Park on Wednesday. 8 pm. No cover.

THURSDAY, MAY 1

ART+MUSIC: The Gallery Thursdays is a new music and art happening in DTLA. The evening focuses on musicians previewing new recordings, live performances and of course, art. Featured artists for the opening are: Chris King, Tina Vonn, Archie McKnight, Scotty Grand, Dimly Lit Records. It takes place at NWO gallery at 7 pm. RSVP for entry. 21+. Open bar.

PERFORMANCE: Comic Jane Bussmann brings her book A Journey to the Dark Heart of Nameless Unspeakable Evil: Charities, Hollywood Joseph Kony & Other Abominations to life on stage at Largo for an evening of political comedy. Doors 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

BAD MOVIE NITE: There’s a free screening at Bad Movie Nite on Thursday at Nue Studio & Cafe. If you’ve always wanted to catch the low-budget action flick No Safe Haven (1987) with Wings Hauser (Cole Hauser's older brother), then now’s the chance. 8:30 pm. Free.

LIT: Vroman's presents Sandra Tsing Loh discussing and signing Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones at 7 pm on Thursday at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Loh, a writer and radio commentator, “speaks hilariously and candidly about her life as a mother, daughter, and artist. She recounts her journey through a tumultuous time of life, trying to maintain appearances during an epic hormonal change.” Admission is $25.95 (includes one copy of Madwoman in the Volvo and two tickets).

LIT: On Thursday at 8 pm, Live Talks LA presents An Evening with Dave Barry, who discusses his book, You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About. At William Turner Gallery in Bergamot Station. Tickets: $20; $45 includes Barry’s book and reserved seat and $95 also includes the pre-reception at 6:30 pm.

STORYTELLING: Eat Your Words—a live storytelling event, hosted by Greg Walloch, is at The Standard, Hollywood’s Cactus Lounge from 8-10 pm. The evening features stories that are inspired by a food theme. This month's storytellers include: Jodi Miller, Zachary Foster, Claire Titelman, Sam Benjamin, Anel Lopez Gorham. Free, but RSVP is strongly encouraged.

MUSIC: All American Rejects & Youngblood Hawke headline a charity show at the El Rey for the Tick-Borne Disease Alliance. It also marks the release of the book Lyme Light: A Memoir by Natalie H.G. London. Other artists include: In the Valley Below, The Lonely Wild, Hey, King! Henry Fleishman and Aaron Embry as well as celebrity guest appearances. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. All ages. Tickets: $18.

COMEDY: Comedy Palace, the weekly comedy show above a Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz, presents live standup, performances, stories from Ali Wong, Eric Andre, David Koechner, a special residency by Andy Peters (Wandertown) and more guests. 9:30 pm. Free, but get there early for a seat.

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