21 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

Here are 21 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And don’t forget to check out the May Guide or the Best Night Out in Los Angeles for other ideas.

MONDAY, MAY 18

ART: The installation Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont opens on Monday (and runs through June 21). The artist, who passed away on May 10, created the “kinetic airship sculpture inspired by Brazilian-born pioneer aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont, widely considered the father of aviation in France. Flying his petrol-engine-powered, lighter-than-air dirigible around the Eiffel Tower in 1901 to international notoriety, Santos-Dumont, perhaps more than anyone else, proved the viability of human air travel.” On Monday, LACMA offers $5 off admission.

ART + MUSIC: TBD is a musical play and video by Austin Young and SCENE 9 happens on Monday from 6-10 pm at Honor Fraser Gallery. Young is joined by music and sound artists Fol Chen and styling by Taryn Nicole Piana. Join the musical as a member for the chorus or bring a story about your first breakup and think of a song that got you through it (limited participation). This experience may become a musical number in TBD, The Musical. Please RSVP to laura@honorfraser.com to participate.

WINE: Union Wine Co.’s wine in a can comes to Silverlake Wine on Monday from 5-9 pm. The Oregon winery pours three of its Underwood wines: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and the brand new Rosé. The wines will be served with farmhouse cheeses, olives and Heirloom LA bread as part of the Blue Mondays series at the store. Owner and winemaker Ryan Harms will be on hand to talk about his canned vintages. The evening is $15 per person. Heirloom LA will be parked out front with a full menu available, too. No reservation required.

COMEDY Remake—the sketch comedy show that ruins your favorite movies is at UCB Sunset on Monday night AT 5:30 pm. They’re taking on Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Tickets: $5.

MUSIC The Tallest Man on Earth (Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson) plays the Wiltern on Monday with support by Hiss Golden Messenger. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $35-$55.

TUESDAY, MAY 19

MUSIC: El Cid presents Reggie (Watts) & Karen on Tuesday night. Booty opens the show with their funky grooves. Doors at 8:30 pm and the show is 10:30 pm. Tickets: $10 at the door.

MUSIC + COMEDY: Steve Agee and Brendon Small present Baked, a night of comedy and music at the Baked Potato in Studio City. Performing are: Neil Hamburger and Henry Phillips and music by house band by Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa) and Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa). Two shows at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets: $15 for a single ticket or two tickets for $20.

LIT: The Last Bookstore presents Watchlist: 32 Short Stories by Persons of Interest on Tuesday from 7-9 pm. The evening is a reading from a forthcoming collection of science fiction stories responding to surveillance. Readers include: Aimee Bender, Sean Bernard, Lucy Corin and Bryan Hurt.

VARIETY + COMEDY: The Victory Lap variety show (“the show with the wheel”) returns to the Virgil at 8 pm for a night of comedy, variety, magic and feats of strength. Hosts Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins have a lineup that includes Andrew Donnelly, Lizzy Cooperman, Rory Scovel, Joshua Silverstein and Linas Phillips. There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great $8 premium cocktails during happy hour (7 pm to midnight). There’s valet so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space in this neighborhood.

ART: TAG Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica opens new exhibitions featuring the works of Gary Polonsky, Katie Crown, Joan Ransohoff and Tom Wheeler on Wednesday. The opening receptions are on May 30 from 5-8 pm and the artists' talk is on June 6 at 3 pm. The show remains on view at June 13.

CAT DANCE: There’s a cat-themed dance party on Tuesday at Los Globos in Silver Lake. DJs: DJBreezyEZ, HOOPS, rüstruct and DJ babymessy. The line starts at 8 pm doors open at 9 pm. Dress in a cat theme (ears, whiskers, clothes) and pay $5, $7 for regular humans. Early arrival is strongly suggested.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

ART TALK: The Hammer Museum a panel discussion, A History of Refusal: Black Artists and Conceptualism, on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. This event explores the politics and legacy of African American artists, “who use strategies of conceptual art to investigate identity, representation, and American culture. The panel also considers the impact of past exhibitions that examined black conceptual practices and questioned what constitutes a ‘black aesthetic.’” Featured speakers are: Thelma Golden, director and chief curator, the Studio Museum in Harlem; Hamza Walker, associate curator and director of education, The Renaissance Society, Chicago; and artist Rodney McMillian. Free, but tickets are required (available at the Hammer box office an hour before the program).

MARKETPLACE: L.A. Live presents its next POPUP Marketplace on Wednesday from 5-10 pm. The shopping event and craft fair celebrates all things local and handmade. The night features more than 60 vendors and live music and DJs to keep things hopping. In addition to the marketplace vendors, all participating restaurants will feature a special $5 food and drink menu until 10 pm.

CAT DANCE 2: THE CATNIP CLUB has a Hump Day Dance Party at the rooftop of the Standard in DTLA on Wednesday night starting at 9 pm. This is a member's only pansexual party with elaborate performance art that is a “celebration of felines and their seductive energy.” Dress up in a cat theme and dance to nu disco, house, disco italo and more. Part of the proceeds go to the Kitty Bungalow-Charm School for Wayward Cats nonprofit cat rescue organization. The event is free to members (who get priority at the door). Or buy a six-month membership for $10.

THURSDAY, MAY 21

ART PARTY: The Autry Museum presents the High Five Art Launch Party on Thursday from 6:30-9 pm. There’s music from KCRW’s Garth Trinidad, art-making activities and a meet-and-greet with the artists and designers who entered the museum’s first public art contest. A banner featuring Carlos Nieto III’s winning design Cultura Nouveau will be installed. Beer, wine and food truck items will be available for purchase. Free admission, but reservations recommended.

MUSIC FEST: Lightning in a Bottle 2015—where Coachella meets Burning Man—returns to the San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley for five days over the Memorial Day weekend, starting Thursday. Camp out, listen to music, do yoga and check out the art and installations. Camping is included with the ticket price which ranges from $205 to $500.

ART: Party of Three show opens on Thursday at iam8bit gallery in Echo Park. The theme of perfect pairings are explored by artists, with Nan Lawson taking on great nerd friendships from pop culture; Kevin Jay Stanton explores nature (flowers and their pollinators) and Philip Tseng presents food and beverage pairings in his work. The opening reception is on Thursday from 7-10 pm, and the works will remain on view through May 31.

COMEDY + VARIETY: Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring their night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 9 pm. Performing are Matt Braunger, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joe DeRosa, Dan St. Germain and more. Music from the night’s house band The Lampshades, which is Kate Flannery of The Office and Scot Robinson from Anchorman. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MUSIC: Converse presents its Rubber Tracks Live Tour that features headliner rock/dream pop tunes of Wild Nothing. The band’s joined by an emerging artist in each of the tour’s city stops who recorded at a Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio in each city. At the Echoplex on Thursday night, Roses opens the night. Tickets are free with RSVP. All ages.

AUDIO-VISUAL: We Open Art Houses (WOAH) & Tigerbeat6 present an evening of new audio-visual works in Audiodrome: Vol 1 - Terminal Vortex at Cinefamily at 7:30 pm. The event features a mashup of film, live music and video art. Terminal Vortex also serves as a launch party of Kid606’s latest sounds on Tigerbeat6. Live-score A/V performances from: Kid 606 x Alex Pelly, Kid606 x Kate Parsons, Anenon, KrOn and premieres of new audio-visual works from Adam Ferriss, Christopher Cichocki, Eric Parren, Jeanette Bonds, Johnny Woods and Suzy Poling. Tickets: $12 / free for members.

COMEDY: See two acts for the price of one at UCB Franklin at 9:30 pm. Ben Siemon presents his La, La, La, LA: A Puppet Musical, which he describes as an Avenue Q for LA. Also on the bill is Those Magnificent Moms! a show that's done by moms, for everyone. Expect singing, dancing and a mom-centric fashion show finale. Tickets: $5.

Related: May Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

Want the 411 on additional events and happenings in LA? Follow @LAist or me (@christineziemba) on Twitter.