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16 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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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 LA. We know we just posted our March Favorite Events—the big events this month—but here are 16 more that happen this week alone. Read on for all the details.


FILM: The Aero Theatre opens the series Wes Anderson: The Life Cinematic with a screening of Rushmore at 7:30 pm. Matt Zoller Seitz signs his book The Wes Aderson Collection, too. Screening on Tuesday is a double-feature of Bottle Rocket and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and a members-only The Grand Budapest Hotel on Wednesday with Anderson in person.

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WHISKEY: Susan Feniger’s Mud Hen Tavern celebrates March Mudness with a whiskey event every Monday. On Monday, there’s a Whiskey & Pickle Backs featuring MiddleBar specialty pickles, charcuterie and cheese. Fee: $25 for each event.

COMEDY: The Laugh Factoria presents Caliente Monday, a new Latino night hosted by Sebastian Cetina. The night features both up-and-coming and familiar Latino comics behind the mic. Monday’s lineup: Cetina, Frank Nicotero, Eric Schwartz, Erik Rivera, Andrew Santino, Erik Griffin. Tickets: $17-$27. 8 pm. Two-drink minimum (does not have to be alcoholic.)

HISTORY TALK: At 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc presents The Murder of Medieval Princes—True Crime and Fiction with Eric Jager, UCLA Professor of English, author of Blood Royal, and Bruce Holsinger, a professor of English at University of Virginia, who wrote the fictional A Burnable Book. Both books examine the murder of princes in medieval Paris and London. At the Goethe Institut. Park under the building after 6 pm. Tickets: $25.

COMEDY: Comedian Al Jackson presents a new, free comedy showcase at 77 Lounge in Culver City on the first Monday of the month. The evening’s lineup features: Neal Brennan (co-creator of The Chappelle Show), Tone Bell (MTV's Jerks with Cameras), Jerrod Carmichael, Laurie Killmartin (Conan O'Brien writer) and Joe DeRosa (Pete Holmes Show writer). 21+.



Elijah Wood stars in 'Grand Piano.' (Photo courtesy of Magnet Releasing)
FILM: Cinefamily presents a free screening of Grand Piano, starring Elijah Wood as a reclusive concert pianist coaxed to play an important concert. The film unfolds in real time as he plays the piece in which he cannot hit a wrong note or else a mysterious sniper (John Cusack) will kill his wife. Tickets: first-come, first-served with pre-registration. Schedule permitting, Wood is scheduled to do a Q&A after the film.

MUSIC : LA-based singer-songwriter Eddie Gomezplays his pop-inflected R&B sounds at The Hotel Cafe on Tuesday at 8 pm. He’s playing in support of his EP No, and his first single "Someday." Get to the Hotel Cafe early as the husband-and-wife L.A. pop/folk duo The ROAMies play a special Louisiana-flavored Mardi Gras show at 7 pm. Tickets: $10+ fees for each set.


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STORY: At 8 pm, Taboo Tales takes over the Macha Theaterin West Hollywood. Seven storytellers take to the stage and tell their true stories of “wanting love, growing up without rectal muscles, addiction, eating disorders, or any sexual kink you’ve imagined.” Storytellers: Derek Mehn, Jenni Lynn Brick, Andrea Abbate, Lawrence Meyers, Sarah Tapscott, Stephen Gold and Bennett Rea. Tickets: $13.

MUSIC: The Ataris are on a reunion tour for their classic album So Long, Astoria, which they'll be performing in its entirety at the House of Blues in WeHo. (The album includes the Don Henley cover "Boys of Summer.") Also on the bill: Authority Zero, Drag The River and Versus The World. Show at 7 pm. Tickets: $22.50 in advance and $25 day of show. All ages.

COMEDY+MAGIC: Justin Willman, host of the Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Halloween Wars, brings his magic/comedy show—the Full of It Tour—to Largo Los Angeles. Tickets: $25. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm.

MUSIC: The seven-member indie-folk band/theater troupe PigPen Theatre Coheadline The Echo. The lineup includes The Tragic Thrills and PHOX. 8 pm. Tickets: $10-$12.


STORYTELLING: HindiKosher is a storytelling show produced by Tushar Singh (Hindi) and Nat Goldberg (Kosher). The evening features comics, storytellers and industry writers sharing their “best stories on love, lust and sins of the human condition.” Storytellers on Thursday: Will Link; Monrok; Beth Stelling; K.P. Anderson; and J Chris Newberg. 8 pm. Tickets: $10.

LIT: At 7:30 pm at Skylight Books, Annabelle Gurwitch reads fromI See You Made An Effort, a humorous collection of essays about the hazards of turning 50, your endocrine system, the Genius bar and other topics applicable to those hitting AARP membership age. She’ll be joined by special guests—members of the Suite 8 Writers Collective: Jillian Lauren, Heather Havrilesky and Joshua Wolf Shenk.

MUSIC: Miner, the Silver Lake folk-rock group was formed in 2012 by Justin Miner, featuring his wife Kate Miner and brother Jeremy Miner. The band’s membership has been expanded to include Justin’s cousin Amanda Koosed (keys) and longtime friends Justin Krook (bass) and Dave Schechtman (drums and percussion). The band released its debut album In the Morning last month and are now touring, making a stop at the El Rey. They’re supporting headliner Typhoon and Line & Circle. 9 pm. Tickets: $18.

WRITING PANEL: Veteran Hollywood writers Ken LaZebnik, Richard Kramer and Peter Mehlman are at The Hesby's Writer's Cafein North Hollywood for a night of drinks, hors d’ouevres and survival tips for writers, moderated by comedienne Alyson Weaver. Topics include current trends, writing for various media and more. 7-9 pm. Tickets: $8 general, $5 students.

STORYTELLING: Eat Your Words is a live storytelling event hosted by Greg Walloch at The Standard, Hollywood’s Cactus Lounge. The stories are inspired by a food theme The Standard, Hollywood's monthly storytelling event. This month's storytellers include: Drew Droege, Giulia Rozzi, Adam Yenser, Tom O'Connor, Jessica Lee Williamson. 8-10 pm. The event is free. RSVP:

Related: Your Ultimate Guide To February: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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