20 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.

MONDAY, MARCH 20

MONDAY NIGHT RESIDENCY: TASHAKI MIYAKI (Music)
Tashaki Miyaki has the Monday Night Residency this month at the Echoplex. This week they’re joined by Lael Neale, Joel Jerome and Slow Dancer, a multi-instrumentalist from Melbourne, Australia. 8:30 pm. Free with RSVP. 21+.

MONDAY MONDAY (Music)
Monday Monday is a showcase of local music artists that takes place at the Hotel Cafe’s Second Stage on Monday nights from 8-11 pm. This week’s lineup features: Kristen Toedtman, Sara Mann, Jocelyn Scofield, Math & Science, Yael Meyer, Viva Violet, Leah Capelle, Doran Danoff, Ben Matin and Boys School. Cover: $5.

MISS COMMUNICATION PAGEANT (Sketch comedy)
Miss Communication Pageant is a sketch comedy show on Monday at 8 pm at the Second City Studio Theatre. Performers are: AJ Achinger, William-Patrick Coleman, Alex Dominguez, Chevonne Hughes, Trey Martin, Carly Oros, Mike Shoukry, and Jen Starr. The show’s directed by Amanda Blake Davis with musical direction by Scott Passarella. Tickets: $10. If you miss this week, catch it again on March 27, April 3 and April 17.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21

FICTIONAL ROAST: DISNEY PRINCESSES (Comedy)
The Fictional Roast series takes on Disney Princesses in its latest installment on Tuesday night at 9 pm at the Nerdmelt Showroom. Fairy tales and happily ever after aren't real. Hosted by Eddie Furth and Ryan Pigg, the show stars Scout Durwood, Kate Quigley, Andy Erikson, Candice Thompson, Riley Silverman, Jenn Sterger, Leah Kayajanian, Heidi Heaslet and Atsuko Okatsuka. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.

ALL THESE WONDERS: THE MOTH MAINSTAGE (Storytelling)
CAP UCLA presents All These Wonders: The Moth Mainstage and a book release party on Tuesday at 8 pm at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The show is hosted by Dame Wilburn and features storytellers Phyllis Marie Bowdwin, David Litt, David Montgomery and Martha Ruiz-Perilla telling tales about diving into the unknown. Musician Andrea Baker also performs. Tickets: $19-$39.

WRITERS BLOC: ON TYRANNY (Lit talk)
Writers Bloc presents Timothy Snyder, a professor of history at Yale, and Jonathan Kirsch, an author, attorney and book critic, who’ll discuss Snyder’s On Tyranny on Tuesday at 8 pm. The practical handbook, which evolved from a Facebook post after the November 2016 election, points out lessons from recent history and serves as a guide to knowing the signs of authoritarianism. “On Tyranny gives us 20 tips to preserve our freedom, and to activate for change.” Writers Bloc takes place at at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. Tickets, $20.

PALEYFEST (TV Festival)
PaleyFest continues at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood this week and will run through March 26. The TV fan festival features screenings and panel discussions with cast and creatives from some of the hottest shows on TV. On tap this week are: NCIS: Los Angeles on Tuesday; The Late Late Show w/ James Corden on Wednesday; and Orphan Black on Thursday. Individual tickets: $30 to $72 for Paley Members and $40 to $90 for general admission. Membership packages/rates available.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

ALLISON CRUTCHFIELD AND THE FIZZ (Music)
Philadelphia-based Allison Crutchfield plays The Echo on Wednesday night in support of her album Tourist in This Town (really digging the sound). Opening for Allison Crutchfield and the Fizz are Vagabon and Upset. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $11.50 - $13.50. Ages 18+.

COPPER & KINGS BRANDY TASTING (Drinks + food)
MiniBar hosts a Copper & Kings brandy tasting with pairings from Little Dom’s Chef Brandon Boudet on Wednesday from 6:30-8 pm. The $15 tasting ticket includes a welcome cocktail and three bites of food paired with Copper & Kings grape brandies, apple brandies and absinthes. Tickets: $15.

PICTURE THIS (Music)
The Irish duo Picture This plays Resident in DTLA on Wednesday night in support of the band’s self-titled EP. Another duo Jim and Sam opens the night. Tickets: $12-$15.

LIVE TALKS L.A.: P.J. O’ROURKE (Storytelling + comedy)
Journalist and satirist P. J. O’Rourke, discusses the “recent stranger-than-fiction (and stranger-than-fact)” presidential campaign when he talks about his new book How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 at Live Talks Los Angeles on Wednesday night at 8 pm. O’Rourke is in conversation with fellow writer Adam Felber. This installment of Live Talks L.A. takes place at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at the New Roads School in Santa Monica. Tickets: $20-$95.

CONDESCENDING HEBREW: MAX ROSENBLUM (Comedy)
Max Rosenblum, a Southern California native and now D.C.-based comedian, brings his Condescending Hebrew Tour to L.A. on Wednesday night. He performs at Plaza (on La Brea); doors at 7:30 pm and the show starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door (cash only). The show has a two-drink minimum. Ages 21+.

CURATOR TALK: HARLEY VS. INDIAN (Motorcycles + history)
The competition between two iconic motorcycle brands Harley-Davidson and Indian help shape and mold motorcycling in the United States. On Wednesday, guest curator Mark Hoyer, editor-in-chief of Cycle World, discusses the rivalry between the two companies and the types of bikes that are currently on display at the Petersen. Doors open at 6:30 pm, program begins at 7 pm. The talk is free to the public with RSVP. Parking is $10-$12 at the museum.

WRABEL (Music)
The L.A.-based songwriter-musician Wrabel plays the Bootleg Theater’s Bar Stage on Wednesday night. Molly Kate Kestner opens at 8 pm. Tickets: $15. 21+.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

LOST & FOUND AT THE MOVIES (Film discussion)
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ Lost & Found at the Movies series presents the program, Shakespeare on Film, on Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Mark Taper Forum. The discussion explores the rich history of Shakespeare on film and the relationship between the great playwright and film as an art form. The event is hosted by John Nein, Sundance Film Festival Senior Programmer, with guest Alfred Molina. The event is free with RSVP.

GAME OF THRONES (Live concert)
Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi brings a full orchestra and choir to to The Forum on Thursday for a live GoT experience at the Forum. Djawadi takes the audience on a “musical journey through the realm - from King's Landing to Winterfell, along the northern stretches of the Kingsroad to The Wall and across the Narrow Sea to Braavos, Meereen and beyond.” Tickets start at $39.

MUSIC VIDEO NIGHT (Music + discussion)
Mass Appeal presents: Music Video Night at Delicious Pizza (headquarters on West Adams) on Thursday from 8-11 pm. The free event features director Calmatic who screens some of his work for artists like The Internet, Anderson Paak, Kendrick Lamar, Jhené Aiko, OverDoz., Homeboy Sandman and others. He’ll discuss and answer questions about the videos, too. The night opens with a screening the best new music videos mixed by DJ Hella Kitty. Free, all ages.

WATTLES MANSION DESIGNER SHOWCASE (Interior design)
The second Wattles Mansion Showcase is open to the public at the Wattles Mansion in Hollywood from March 23 to April 16. The historic estate, built in 1908, is owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and is the only remaining example of a pre-film industry Hollywood estate. Top local designers have been brought into the home to design rooms under the theme, Hollywood History: The New Classics. They were asked to reinterpret and update a historic home for today’s lifestyle. Admission fee: $40 and it’s open Thursday to Sunday from 10 am-5 pm. Proceeds from the showcase benefit the nonprofits No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), Save Iconic Architecture Projects (SIA) and Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

CRACKED.COM (Live comedy)
The Cracked.com live stand up show takes place at Nerdmelt Showroom on Thursday at 9 pm, hosted by Alex Schmidt, a staff writer at cracked.com and co-host of the podcast Kurt Vonneguys. The show features a great lineup: Nikki Glaser, Kate Berlant, Kyle Dunnigan and others. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 at the door.

HUMANS! (Comedy hosted by a robot)
HUMANS! A Comedy show hosted by a robot takes place on Thursday at 8 pm at Amplyfi (5617 1/2 Melrose Ave, L.A., entrance in back). Hosted by a Robot and Mikey Heller, the night features guests Chris Fairbanks, Bridey Elliott, Nathan Min, Erin Lampart, Ali Macofsky and Dave Reynolds. Admission $5.

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