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Arts and Entertainment

19 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 19 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And don’t forget to check out the March Guide for other events.


FILM + ART: LACMA screens the film Llyn Foulkes One Man Band on Monday at 7:30 pm in the Bing Theater. The film reviews Foulkes’ career, starting with the 1960s art scene and features interviews with Dennis Hopper and George Herms. It also examines the upheaval of his life and career, including getting kicked out of the Ferus Gallery, stepping away from a successful pop art career and the work that cost him his marriage. The film’s music is written and performed by Foulkes on the massive, instrument he created called, “The Machine.” A conversation with Foulkes, co-directors Tamar Halpern and Chris Quilty, and independent curator Michael Duncan, follows the screening. Free.

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MUSIC: KROQ and Buzz Bands LA present Conway’s Monday March Residency at Satellite, beginning on March 2. Joining Conway are Black Gatsby, MILLK, L.A. (from Spain), DJ Samantha Ronson and Stephanie Simbari (who’ll perform stand-up comedy). Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. 21+. Free.

MUSIC: It’s a School Night at Bardot in Hollywood and Monday night, the event features live sets by features live sets by Mikky Ekko, The Peach Kings, Kevin Garrett, Chelsea Lankes and Nick D & The Believers. DJ sets by Holly Adams, Kita Klane and Nic Harcourt. Free with RSVP.


LIT DEATH MATCH:Literary Death Match (LDM) is at Largo on Tuesday night; the event features four writers reading from their own work (seven minutes or less), judged by three all-star judges. Only two writers will move onto the LDM finale. Judges this week are filmmaker Jason Reitman, Rhys Darby (from Flight of the Conchords) and comedian Whitney Cummings. Readers are: Baratunde Thurston (How to Be Black); Kseniya Melnik, author (Snow in May); Carson Mel (writer for Silicon Valley and Eastbound & Down) and M.G. Lord (Forever Barbie). The evening is hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Doors at 7 pm; show at 8:35 pm sharp, followed by an afterparty. Tickets: $30. The event is 21+.

MUSIC: The Sayers Club features a live performance by the L.A.-based band The Rebel Light. Beats provided by DJ Bobby French. Restaurant and bar opens at 9 pm. The Rebel Light play at 10 pm. Dress code enforced. Cover starts at $15 and bottle / table service also available.

FILM: The New Beverly continues its Tribute to the Films of the 1990s, and on Tuesday night, the New Bev features a Pedro Almodovar double-feature with the NC-17 romantic comedy Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! at 7:30 pm, followed by a melodramatic murder mystery High Heels at 9:40 pm. All films are screened in 35 mm, and tickets are only $8 for the double feature.

MUSIC: Nicholas David was a finalist on The Voice and his R&B, jazz and pop vocal stylings stuck with us. He reminds us a little of Boz Scaggs (with more bass), and David performs at The Mint on Tuesday at 10:10 pm. Strangers You Know opens at 9 pm. The show is 16+. Tickets: $16-$23.

ART TALK: REDCAT and KPCC’s “The Frame” present the panel discussion, Hearing Latino Voices in Contemporary Culture on Tuesday at 8:30 pm at REDCAT. The evening features thought leaders on the importance of the region’s Latino community and the importance of inclusion of voices in our cultural institutions. On the panel: Filmmaker Rodrigo García (Albert Nobbs), LACMA Curator of Contemporary Art Rita Gonzalez, writer Jeff Chang (Who We Be: The Colorization of America) and Center Theatre Group Associate Artistic Director Diane Rodriguez. The talk is moderated by CalArts president Steven D. Lavine. Tickets: $8-$10.

EMO NIGHT: Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday is at the Echoplex, bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90’s to today. (Think Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, New Found Glory to American Football and Death Cab For Cutie). Each week, there’s a guest DJ—previous weeks have featured Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 and Buddy Nielsen of Senses Fail. So come and dance and sing along to all your favs. Opens at 9 pm and free before 10 pm. The event is 21+.

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FILM TALK: Film Independent continues its Directors Close Up series with Justin Simien: Storytelling Across Platforms. The director of Dear White People is joined by his film’s collaborators Phillip J. Bartell (editor), Kathryn Bostic (composer) and Topher Osborn (cinematographer) to discuss reaching a larger audience beyond the film, through social media, online teasers and a book. Wednesday at 7:30 pm at The Landmark Theatre. Tickets: $35.

MUSIC: Tuxedo is the new funk project of Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One. They’re holding a record release show at the Regent Theater on Wednesday night to celebrate. Peanut Butter Wolf and Dam-Funk are on the bill, too. Tickets: $15-$17.

Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine are part of the rock documentary, 'The Wrecking Crew.' (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.)
MUSIC + FILM: Sonos Studio’s newest exhibition, The Wrecking Crew, opens on Wednesday with the screening of The Wrecking Crew documentary at 7 pm. The Wrecking Crew is one of the most influential backing bands in rock history, creating some of the most well-known tracks including “California Girls” (Beach Boys), “I’ve Got You Babe” (Sonny and Cher) and theme songs from “Batman” and “Mission Impossible.” The corresponding exhibition, which remains on view through March 22, includes instruments, Gold Records, date books, song sheets and photography. RSVP required for the screening, which is 21+.

ART: LACE presents the art exhibition, After the Aqueduct, which is a survey of work by artists who have been exploring the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The 233 mile-long hydraulic water conveyance system has been the primary source of drinkable water for L.A. since the controversial aqueduct was first put into service in 1913. Art by Nicole Antebi, Lauren Bon, Barry Lehrman, Peter Bo Rappmund, Chad Ress, Alexander Robinson, Cal Poly’s Aqueduct Futures program students and curator Kim Stringfellow. Opening reception on Wednesday from 7-9 pm.

LIT: ALOUD presents an evening with Eric Foner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and consultant on 12 Years a Slave. Foner discusses his latest book Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad on Wednesday at 7:15 pm at the Central Library. He’ll be in conversation by Randall Kennedy, author and Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Stand-by tickets only.


FILM PRESERVATION FEST: The biennial UCLA Festival of Preservation takes place from March 5-30 at the Billy Wilder Theater and screens silent films, Hollywood classics, TV rarities and more. The screenings begin on Thursday at 7:30 pm with Anthony Mann’s Korean War film Men in War (1957). The festival gives UCLA’s Film & TV Archive a chance to showcase its latest restoration projects. Admission to the festival is free for current UCLA students with valid ID. General admission tickets: $10.

Mr. Musichead Gallery opens a new art show featuring the work of former Cure guitarist Pearl Thompson. (Image: Courtesy of Mr. Musichead Gallery and the artist)
ART: Mr. Musichead Gallery on Sunset presents a new collection of paintings Through the Eyes of Birds by Pearl Thompson. You might know the artist better by his stage name Porl Thompson—original guitarist for The Cure. These paintings are inspired by the Malibu canyons and SoCal deserts. Opening reception is on Thursday from 7-10 pm. The works will remain on view through March 19.

FILM: Las Vegas Story is an indie film that focuses on Maria, an escort and mother in Las Vegas, who evaluates her life choices after two friends re-enter her life. While it stars Eric Roberts, what sounds most interesting about Byron Q’s film is that it was shot without permission inside some of the biggest casinos in Vegas. It makes its L.A. premiere at the Downtown Independent at 7:30 pm. Filmmakers and actors are scheduled to do a Q&A after screening. Tickets: $15.

MUSIC: It’s funk, funk and more funk at the El Rey on Thursday night with funk-fusion quintet Kung Fu opening for New Orleans-based, jam band Galactic. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $30.

BEER + PLINY THE YOUNGER: On Thursday at 6 pm, The Surly Goat is holding a Russian River Brewing Night featuring Pliny The Younger. On tap at the bar: Consecration, Sanctification, Supplication, Temptation, Row 2 Hill 56, Blind Pig, Pliny The Elder and Pliny The Younger. The Surly Goat’s passport holders get in earlier, depending on the number of stamps.

Related: March Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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