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Arts and Entertainment

14 of Our Favorite Events This Week

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So we gave you the lowdown on this month’s events from a birds-eye view to help you plan February. Now here are 14 MORE that happen this week alone—from the Echo & Echoplex killing it with residencies from The Belle Brigade, Kan Wakan, Mother Falcon and Kera and the Lesbians to an Issue 4 release party for The Rattling Wall. Read on for all the events:


MUSIC: The Echo and Echoplex are killing it this month with free music residencies. On Monday nights in February, catch Kan Wakan at the Echoplex. They’re playing tonight with James Supercave, Only You, Incan Abraham and DJ Shane Carpenter at 8 pm. At 8:30 pm up at the Echo, hear the “sultry gypsy folk sounds” of Kera and the Lesbians. They’re playing tonight with Santoros, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Crown Plaza. Both shows are free, but RSVP.

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SOUND: It’s a night of sonic storytelling at the Standard Hollywood with Standard Sounds with Grammy Award-winner King Britt, who’s known for using found sounds and recordings in live, improvisational dance sets, with KCRW’s Mathieu Schreyer.Ryat performs live, too. 9 pm-2 am. Free, but to RSVP, please email

MUSIC: Standing Room Only: Variety Hour, a night of music that features singers from Broadway, TV and film returns to Upstairs at Vitello's. Among the dozen or so scheduled performers are: Missi Pyle (The Artist, DodgeBall, Big Fish); Todd Sherry (Parks and Rec); Ginifer King (Haunted Hathaways); John Pinto (Book Of Mormon), Meredith Pyle (Sperm Donor) and numerous others. Doors at 7pm, show at 8. Tickets: $15.


ART: The Getty Center opens the exhibition, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography. The works explore the relationship between the then-burgeoning art of photography and the young Queen Victoria, who was an avid collector. Included are rare daguerreotypes, private portraits of the royal family and prints by early masters such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron. The works remain on view through June 8.

MUSIC: Dresses the band from Portland, Oregon, plays the Cobalt Cafe in Canoga Park along with indie rock band Cumulus. Tickets: $8-$10. Doors at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm.

MUSIC: The Belle Brigade begins its Tuesday night residency at The Echo. The brother-sister duo are playing every Tuesday this month at the club in support of the band’s upcoming album Just Because, out in March. Free.

LIT: There’s a Rattling Wall Issue #4 Release Party at Skylight Books at 7:30 pm, presented by PEN Center USA and Narrow Books. The reading features issue contributors Ben Loory, Mehnaz Sahibzada, Ben Pack, Brady Hammes, Ron Gutierrez, George Ducker and Erika Schickel. Free.


MUSIC: London exports its Showcase LIVE show to Hollywood for a night of new UK music at the Viper Room. The debut show features Calvin Gold, Hayley Kiyoko, Addie Hamilton, Joe Gil and Leroy Sanchez. 7 pm. 21+. The first 100 tickets are $10.

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MUSIC: The Vitamin String Quartetis at The Troubadour, doing rock and pop covers with a classical music twist. 8 pm. The rotating collective has been around since 1999, taking on bands like Muse, Adele, Led Zep and more. Tickets: $20.00 or $22 day of show.

FILM: The Grindhouse FIlm Festival takes over the New Beverly for Eastern Grind: Classic Hong Kong Cinema! The double feature begins at 7:30 pm with the comedy-horrors Heartbeat 100 (1987), directed by Kent Cheng and Lo Kin. It’s followed at 9:30 pm by Till Death do We Scare, featuring special effects and makeup by Tom Savini. Tickets: $8+ service fee.

MUSIC: The chamber/rock orchestra Mother Falcon play The Echoon Wednesday nights throughout February. They’re sharing the bill tonight with The Herbert Bail Orchestra. This is an 18+ show. Tickets: $10. 7:30 pm.

LIT: Skylight Books celebrates William Burroughs's 100th Birthday at 7:30 pm. The special event brings the cast and creators of the new drama Bill & Joan by Jon Bastian. The play, which is currently running at Sacred Fools Theater, was inspired by the conflicting reports that rose when William S. Burroughs shot his wife Joan.


FILM: It’s time for another Open Screen at 8 pm at the Echo Park Film Center. Share your short film (under 10 minutes) with the feisty audience. Any genre or style is welcome, whether they’re old films or works-in-progress. Formats accepted: DVD, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, standard 8mm, 16mm.

FILM TALK: Normal.TV starts a monthly movie night at Bugatta on Melrose at 8 pm with a screening of the original uncut Robocop. There’s happy hour all night long, and a comedy panel live show with special guests follows the screening. Free.

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

And don’t forget LAist’s February Events Guide for other options this month.