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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.


ART + MUSIC : It’s college night at the Getty Center from 6-9:30 p.m. Students are invited to come up for a night of special tours, live music, hands-on art projects, scavenger hunts and more. Now on view are the exhibitions A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, Jackson Pollock's Mural, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense and In Focus: Ansel Adams. Music tonight by Mystery Skulls and Rivoah throughout the evening. Free food, parking and a cash bar (for those of age).

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GRILLED CHEESE: National Grilled Cheese Day is April 12, and BLVD 16 at the Hotel Palomar celebrates all week long. There are daily grilled cheese specials and ongoing grilled cheese menu offerings like BBQ Short Rib, Roasted Shishito Peppers, Basil and Jack Cheese; American Cheese, Oregano, Tomato Soup Shooter and the Short Rib Grilled Cheese on local Röckenwagner Bakery Sourdough with Jack Cheese and Red Onion Jam.

MUSIC + TALK: It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live are: Walking Shapes (8:30 pm), Dead Times (9:30 pm), Pompeya (10:30 pm) and ON AN ON (11:30 pm). Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

FILM: Robert Altman: A Retrospective continues at UCLA with two films tonight at 7:30 pm. First up: A Perfect Couple (1979), a dating service comedy with Paul Dooley, who’s in attendance. It’s followed by Altman’s birthday present to his wife Kathryn—The Kathryn Reed Story (1965). Tickets: $10.


FILM : LACMA’s Tuesday Matinee film series continues with The Andromeda Strain (1971) at 1 pm. Directed by Robert Wise, the film is based on a novel by Michael Crichton about a group of scientists who race against time to cure a deadly virus from outer space. At LACMA’s Bing Theater. It’s a bargain ticket price at $4, and $2 for LACMA members and seniors (62+).

FILM : The Malcolm McDowell Series of Q&A Screenings continues at the 1,400-seat Alex Theatre in Glendale. Screening at 7:30 pm is Time After Time with McDowell as H.G. Wells. The Q&A preceeds the screening, and just announced— Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura from Star Trek) moderates. Tickets: $15.

COMEDY: Kevin Nealon from Showtime's Weeds and SNL hosts anight of comedy at the Laugh Factory. In addition to comedians trying out new material, the comics gets an impromptu interview with Nealon, which promises an unpredictable night of entertainment for performers and audience members. The evening features: Brent Morin, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, and David Spade. 8 pm. Tickets: $17/$27 pre-sale, $20/$30 door.

FILM FESTIVAL: The 12th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) runs April 8-13 at the ArcLight Hollywood, with a great slate of programming planned. The fest opens at 7:30 pm with a gala screening of Sold, directed by Jeffrey D. Brown. Adapted from Patricia McCormick’s novel, the film focuses on a young girl’s harrowing journey of being sold into prostitution to pay back her parents’ debts while an activist organization works to bring the brothel down. Opening night gala tickets: $75. General admission for regular screenings: $14. Passes: $100-$200.


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FILM: The Academy at LACMA screening series features a newly restored version of the documentary Grey Gardens, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ellen Hovde and Muffie Meyer. The film focuses on Edie and Little Edie Beale, cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who share a crumbling manor in which they live in self-imposed exlie. Director Albert Maysles in person. Tickets: $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with a valid ID; $5 general admission. At LACMA’s Bing Theater.

LIVE TALKS: Live Talks LA presents an event with Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter and co-founder and CEO of Jelly on Wednesday at 8 pm. He’ll be in conversation with Larry Vincent, Executive Director, UTA Brand Studio and will discuss Stone’s book Things a Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind. The event will be held at the United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $20 ; $40 also includes Stone’s book; and $95 includes the pre-event reception (6:30-7:30 pm), plus Stone’s book.

COACHELLA PARTY: The Standard DTLA holds rooftop parties in between Coachella Weekends. On April 9, Standard Sounds presents an intimate performance by Wild Cub. Doors at 8 pm. The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is required.

COMEDY: The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail is at NerdMelt at 8:30 pm. Hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, the two welcome the lineup: Judah Friedlander, Chris Thayer, Nate Craig, Al Jackson, Kurt Braunohler and Dana Gould. Tickets: $8.


ART: The Skirball Cultural Center has free admission on Thursdays, so it’s the perfect day to see the new exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, which opens April 10 and runs through Sept. 7. The exhibition honors the author and illustrator Keats (1916-1983), “who paved the way for multiracial representation in American children’s literature.” Keats’s The Snowy Day (1962) was the first full-color children’s picture book to feature an African American protagonist. It went on to win a Caldecott Medal and has sold more than 5 million copies to date. The works on view features more than 80 original works by Keats. Admission: $5-$10.

VARIETY: The Kennedy Administration, a live, late-night talk show, returns tonight at 9:30 pm to Echoes Under Sunset in Echo Park. Guests include: Jimmy Pardo (CONAN, Never Not Funny Podcast), stand-up Comedian Pedro Salinas, magician Andrew Goldenhersh and music from The Far West and house band The Administration. Free.

ART SCREENING MOCAtv presents a preview screening of Hamlet A.D.D. Artists Bobby Ciraldo and Andrew Swan, who brought us What What (In the Butt) and William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet, comes The Bard as you’ve never experienced his work before. Hamlet A.D.D. is a mix of live action and animation that “weaves together comedy, science fiction, art and entertainment while exploring this historical canon.” Free, but RSVP because space is limited. Drinks at 7 pm and screening at 8 pm in the Ahmanson Auditorum on MOCA Grand Avenue.

FILM : Fester LA is a new, monthly screening of "mindf*ck movies" at the Downtown Independent in DTLA. On April 10, there’s a screening of seven short films from up-and-coming directors. The program includes comedy, dystopian sci-fi and family-friendly German Scheisse (how that can be “family friendly”??) Tickets: $10.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The group show Poetic Perspectives features several Hollywood photographers who “embody the many faces of the Hollywood lifestyle, from the poetic to the absurd.” Works by Anita Rosenberg, Arturo Castillo, Jacek Lazcus, Carol Bishop, Steven Fierberg, Stathis Orphanos, Bob Barry, Erik Fischer, Anthony De Santis, Fred Licht, Joshua Trillegi, Tom Courtney, Sally Ann Field and curated by Tony Clark. At the Perfect Exposure Gallery with a reception on Thursday from 6-9 pm.

ART: Project Gallery presents the group show Troika, with an opening reception on Thursday from 7-10 pm. Featuring works by Carlson Hatton, Gentleman’s Game and GG. The exhibition runs through May 25.

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

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