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18 Fabulous Events In Southern California This Week

Jonathan Russell and Charity Rose Thielen of the band The Head and The Heart perform at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum on December 11, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for CBS Radio)
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Laughs abound this week, with comedy from The Sunday Night Collective, The Cure, Peacock, Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson, and dramedy from John Mulaney and Nick Kroll. Poets gather to celebrate the equinox and CAAM throws a party for its spring exhibitions.

MONDAY, MARCH 18; 7:30 p.m. doors
School Night
Bardot -- 1737 Vine St., Hollywood
This weekly music showcase features up-and-coming acts that you need to see right now. Palm Springsteen headlines, with additional performances by Another Sky, Whenyoung and Bikini Trill. Colin Johnson and Alex Harrington spin between live music sets. This event is 21+.
COST: FREE with RSVP, $10 without; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, MARCH 19; 7:30 p.m.
My Dinner with Andre
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Bram Goldsmith Theater -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Film Independent's Live Read series returns for a one-night only read of the 1981 Louis Malle-directed dramedy, written by and starring Andre Gregory (Andre) and Wallace Shawn (Wally). Their roles in the talky two-hander will be assumed by comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, which sounds like outstanding casting to us. The night's hosted by Film Independent Curator Elvis Mitchell.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19; 8 p.m.
The Sunday Night Collective
The Comedy Central Stage -- 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
This modern reboot of the classic '70s TV variety show features comedy, dance, music, magic and a memorable cast of characters. The showcase features comedy icon Julie Brown (Earth Girls Are Easy), Frank Garcia-Hejl and rising stars Jeremy and Kyle Klein performing original beatbox. Kay Cannon, the director of Blockers and writer of the Pitch Perfect films does long-form improvisation with her duo partner and show host, Christina Gausas (Difficult People).

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TUESDAY, MARCH 19; 7 p.m.
The OA: Part II
Bing Theater at LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The mind-bendy supernatural Netflix series returns with OA series co-creator, Brit Marling, navigating a new dimension. This time around, she uncovers a different life as a Russian heiress, and she once again finds herself the captive of Hap the scientist. The series time frame jumps between dimensions, with both new and returning cast members. The first two episodes (Chapters 1 & 2) will be screened.

Harmony Korine Double Feature
Egyptian Theatre -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
American Cinematheque and Beyond Fest screen two nights of 35mm films from the writer-director. Gummo follows poverty-stricken outcasts in a Midwestern landscape ravaged by a tornado while Julien Donkey-Boy explores the world of a young man struggling with mental illness and a difficult home life. Wednesday's films are Trash Humpers, where "a gang of elderly people wander the nighttime back alleys of Nashville, hidden behind grotesque latex masks and causing general chaos." It's followed by Spring Breakers, which follows a group of girls who turn to crime when they run out of cash in Florida. There's a discussion with Korine on both nights between films.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19; 8 p.m.
The Bunny Ears Podcast with Macaulay Culkin
Largo at the Coronet -- 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
Culkin hosts a taping of his lifestyle and comedy podcast in front of a live audience.

Aprés le Dèluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues
Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe -- 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
Comedian Scott Thompson is best known as a member of the outstanding comedy troupe Kids in the Hall. One of his most popular characters was Buddy Cole, who was outspoken about his sexuality. Thompson himself was an out gay man working in TV in the early '90s, which is even more radical. The comedian brings Buddy back for an L.A. residency, featuring a series of monologues that cover issues from the '90s to today.
COST: $10 - $12; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, MARCH 19; 8 p.m.
Hot Club of Cowtown / Dustbowl Revival
Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine -- 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
The two bands are on tour together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Band's first two albums: Music from The Big Pink and The Band. They'll cover songs together and separately, plus throw in their own tunes that capture the spirit of The Band. The tour also hits the Musco Center at Chapman University on Friday.
COST: $20 - $40; MORE INFO

The Cure
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Brendan Scannell and Joel Kim Booster celebrate the one-year anniversary of their show, which uses comedy and laughs "to alleviate all your ills, obstacles, evils, difficulties, misfortunes, trials, tribulations, depressions, anxieties, and medical ailments." The lineup features: Sarah Silverman, Sydnee Washington, Jacqueline Novak, Big Dipper and a few surprise guests.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20; 7 - 9 p.m.
Can't Stop, Won't Stop March 2019
California African American Museum -- 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
Celebrate CAAM's spring exhibitions: Adia Millett: Breaking Patterns; The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900-1914; Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary; Aspects of Nude: Selections from the Permanent Collection as well as the current exhibition, California Bound: Slavery in the New Frontier, 1848-1865. In between viewing the art, listen to sets by DJFM and DJ R-Tistic. Food trucks will be on site. There will be an after-party across from the parking lot at Free Play, beginning at 9 p.m.

Poetry Church - Spring Equinox: Rebirth of Light
Get Lit - Words Ignite -- 672 S. La Fayette Park Pl., Ste 10, Westlake
This secular celebration of words is being held on the spring equinox, with the theme of "rebirth and renewal." Listen to poetry by guests Arminé Iknadossian, Brennan Lowe, Nicelle Davis, Robert and Teage Allen and hosts Brian Sonia-Wallace and Monique Mitchell. Bring a story to share about how art has changed your life.
COST: FREE, but donations accepted; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 21; 8 p.m.
Club Tee Gee -- 3210 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village
The new comedy show takes up a weekly residency in the dive bar's new side room, which was its former storage closet (since 1946). Hosted by Kiran Deol, the show's produced by Ali Hart and Becca Rufer.
COST: $5 suggested donation; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 21; 6 p.m.
Beau Schooler: Alaskan Seafood
Friends & Family -- 5150 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
The chef collaboration pop-up features the James Beard Foundation Best NW Chef nominee Beau Schooler (from In Bocca Al Lupo and The Rookery Cafe in Juneau, Alaska) cooking up tasty seafood dishes for L.A. eaters. His à la carte dishes include: Seafood Mortadella; Long beans with coconut buttermilk vinaigrette, squid ink adobo, herbs, black seeds; Soy-cured Kodiak scallops; and Taku River sockeye chorizo and Grilled Sitka spot prawns. Dessert selection will be available from Friends & Family. There are no reservations -- order at the counter. RSVP so that organizers have a good idea of how many people to expect.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21; doors at 7 p.m.
The Head And The Heart
Belasco Theater -- 1050 S. Hill St., downtown L.A.
The indie folk rockers and festival favs are on tour in support of their recent release, Signs of Light, stopping in L.A. for an intimate show.
COST: Tickets start at $60; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 21; 8 p.m.
Rooftop Cinema Club
NeueHouse -- 6121 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Level -- 888 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
Outdoor cinema screenings are back -- a sure harbinger that summer's just around the corner. The Cinema Club presents two musicals on Thursday to kick off its 2019 season: The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman, screens at LEVEL in DTLA, while a Bohemian Rhapsody sing along takes place ar NeueHouse in Hollywood. These screenings are for adults (18+) only. Food and drink options are available at both locations.
COST: Tickets start at $17; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 21; 7:30 p.m.
Matthew Aucoin & Megan Amram
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The museum teams with the LA Opera to present the latest installment of its conversation series. Composer, conductor, pianist and writer Matthew Aucoin and comedy writer and performer Megan Amram (currently working on NBC's The Good Place) will talk about opera and their respective works. Aucoin is the LA Opera's first artist-in-residence -- and has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and NPR's This American Life.

For the Record brings audiences back to the 1980s with 'The Brat Pack.' (Photo: Abel Armas)

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 - SUNDAY, JUNE 9; 6:30 p.m. pre-party; 7:30 pm. show
The Brat Pack
Break Room 86 at The LINE Hotel -- 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Koreatown
The For the Record series turns into, like, a totally '80s experience with performers taking on the decade's classic movie soundtracks. The show takes on the music from films like Sixteen Candles, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmos Fire, Pretty In Pink, Valley Girl, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Some Kind Of Wonderful and Say Anything. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays and the venue is 21+, with a two-drink minimum per person.
COST: $86, a few standing tickets are available for $19.86; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MARCH 21; 6 - 9 p.m.
Sustainable Wine + Dinner
Los Angeles Zoo -- 5333 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park
The zoo partners with local, environmentally friendly wineries to develop an eco-focused dinner series. Executive chef Brad Robertson creates a four-course, farm-to-table dinner menu inspired by the guest vintner. This month, the zoo welcomes Presqu'ile Winery from Santa Maria. This dinner series is 21+.
COST: $140 - $150 (includes wine pairings); MORE INFO

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