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18 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 L.A. Here are 18 events you should know about this week. Read on for all the details.


COMEDY: NerdMelt presents Daniel Koren: The Most Important Thing at 9 pm. Koren features a different kind of musical standup, in which the Emmy-nominated composer “sits by the piano, accompanied by his projected figures In this bizarre and visually mind blowing show.” Tickets: $10.

FILM CLUB: The Greg Proops Film Club screens Curtis Hanson's Wonder Boys, starring Michael Douglas, Toby Maguire and Frances McDormand at Cinefamily at 7:30 pm. Proops records his podcast first, followed by a screening of the film (which he does not interrupt). Tickets - $12/free for members.

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MUSIC + TALK: It’s a School Nightwelcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live are: FinleyKnight (8:30 pm), Doja Cat (9:30 pm), Saintseneca (10:30 pm) and Zella Day (11:30pm). DJ KnewJack spins in between sets. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

STORY: The Tiger Lily Storytelling Show is a free weekly event that features standup comedians and storytellers at 8 pm at iO West. The March 31 lineup features TJ Miller, Melinda Hill, Ian Karmel, Andy Haynes, Hampton Yount and Blaine Capatch hosts. 8 pm. Free.


FILM: The Malcolm McDowell Series of Q&A Screenings this month at the 1,400-seat Alex Theatre in Glendale begins with a screening of A Clockwork Orange—;directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring McDowell—on April 1. Presented by Glendale Arts and Prospect House Entertainment, the Q&A precedes the film and this week will be moderated by Gary Oldman. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $15.

VARIETY :The Tuesday Night Projectopens its season of the Tuesday Night Cafe—one of the longest running free art series in DTLA—at 7:30 pm at the Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts in Little Tokyo. The series is dedicated to highlighting the work of visual and performing artists from the LA and Asian American community. The evening’s hosted by riKu Matsuda, with DJ Waxstyles spinning the tunes, and performers are: Hatefas Yop, Rey Fukuda, Sue Jin, Alison De La Cruz, Elephants With Guns with live artist: Tiger Souvannakoumane.

BOOKS : L.A. author Gabrielle Zevin discusses and signs The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry at Vroman’s at 7 pm. Widower A. J. Fikry life isn’t what he expected. His wife died and his bookstore is having the worst sales in its history. His prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But then a mysterious package is delivered to his bookstore, giving him the chance to make his try and change his life.

PARTY: There’s a party for the web series Seeking at the Standard Downtown LA, hosted by Bunch Magazine from 8-11. The series is celebrating another season and its run at the LA WebSeries Festival. RSVPs needed:

STORY: The Moth's Westside edition at Zanzibar in Santa Monica tonight with storytellers spinning tales on the theme of "celebration." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about parties, small and large or quiet life celebrations. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 p.m. and tales begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). Hosted by Lauren Weedman. The venue is 21+.


MUSIC: Neil Finn, singer of Spit Enz/Crowded House singer, released a solo album Dizzy Heights earlier this year. He’s currently on tour with Midlake (playing acoustic sets). On Wednesday, they perform at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets: $40-$52.50+ fees. Doors at 7 pm.

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PUPPETS: In conjunction with this month’s LA Puppet Festival, there’s Awesome Puppet Films & Filmmakers at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre on Wednesday. It’s an evening of short films featuring puppets from artists around the world. There are two screenings—one appropriate for all ages at 6 pm (tickets: $2 or $4 VIP) and another for those 12 and older at 8 pm, which includes a screening of The Million Puppet March, a work-in-progress documentary (tickets: $6 or $10 VIP).

COMEDY: Comedian Eric Schwartz (seen on Showtime, Tonight Show and BET) aka Smooth-E blends stand up, music, physical antics and multicultural satire into a “hyper-creative mix of hilarity.” Celebrate the Hulu release of his new, one-hour comedy special, Surrender to the Blender, at the Laugh Factory at 10 pm on Wednesday. Tickets: $17/$27 in advance, $20/$30 at the door.


MUSIC: The Echo, Origami Vinyl, LA Weekly presentOrigami Vinyl 5 Year Birthday Party at the Echo on Thursday with live performances by Liphemra, Kera and the Lesbians, Superhumanoids (DJ Set) and Devfits (Rob Crow of Pinback). Since this is a birthday party, there are treats from Clara's Cakes and birthday gifts for the audience. 8:30 pm. Get your $5 tickets at Origami Vinyl. The event is all ages.

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Westside Connectionschamber music series continues on Thursday at 7:30 pm, at New Roads School‘s Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The evening’s special guest is Culture Clash satirist/comedian Richard Montoya, who explores the controversial history of Chavez Ravine under the theme of “LA Influential.” The program features works by Revueltas (String Quartet No. 4, “Musica de Feria), Chavez (Trio for Harp, Flute and Viola; Sonatina for Violin and Piano) and Dvořák (String Quartet No. 12, “American”). Tickets: $50.

PERFORMANCE ART Artist Tim Youd's performance art series is endurance art, as he retypes 100 classic novels live. Youd retypes each novel on a single sheet of paper on the same make/model typewriter used by the author and in a location that’s related to the work. The novels include Raymond Chandler's The Lady in the Lake,which will be performed/typed live for a culmination event on the 3rd floor of The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) on Thursday from 6-9 pm. “The club is where Raymond Chandler would regularly lunch and where he met James Oviatt, who became the model for the unsavory character of Derace Kingsley in The Lady in the Lake.” The event is free, but space is at a premium so RSVP is required.

MUSIC : Petty Fest is at the El Rey Theatre on Thursday, bringing musicians together to play and celebrate the music of Tom Petty while raising money for the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Confirmed guests will include: Flea, Albert Hammond Jr., The Walking Papers, Brendan Benson, Nikki Lane, Dhani Harrison, Jason Lee, Butch Walker, Ruby Amanfu, Eric Pulido of Midlake, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Pete Yorn, Matt Sorum & Ace Harper, Lukas Nelson, Chase Cohl, Zane Carney, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Dakota Johnson & Ruby Stewart, Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara, Danny Clinch, Jordan Beckett of Bootstraps and more. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $20-$25. The show is sold out, so go to plan B to procure tickets.

STORYTELLING: Eat Your Words—a live storytelling event, hosted by Greg Walloch, is at The Standard, Hollywood’s Cactus Lounge from 8-10 pm. The evening features stories that are inspired by a food theme, told by storytellers and comedians with special guest appearances by LA area chefs, bartenders and foodies. On the program are: Lauren Cook, Grant Lyon, Hasan Minhaj, Kurt Braunohler, Simon Ford. Free, but RSVP is strongly encouraged.

BEER: Story Tavern Burbank presents The Bruery Rare Beer Flight Night on Thursday beginning with an Educational Flight Session with Carl Katz (COO/CFO) and Benjamin Weiss (Director of Marketing) at 5:30 pm. The available beers include: White Chocolate, Tumescence Saison (Bottle Logic Collab), Barrel Aged 5 Golden Rings, Sour in the Rye, White Oak, Mischief, Humulus Lager, Loakal Red and Filmishmish (Wild Ale with Apricots). The regular old drinking begins at 6:30 pm.

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