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21 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 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 check out the March Guide for other events.


FILM / HISTORY: The UCLA Festival of Preservation presents the program The Arab-Israeli Conflict as Seen Through the Hearst Newsreels on Monday at 7:30 pm. A selection of 15 newsreels from Hearst’s News of the Day series covers the Middle East conflicts over three decades, beginning with the uprising of Palestinian Arabs against British colonial rule in the late-1930s through the Six-Day War in 1967. In person: Jeffrey Bickel, newsreel preservationist. Tickets: $10.

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MUSIC: It’s a School Night at Bardot in Hollywood and Monday night, the event features live sets by features live sets by Young Rising Suns, Bebe Rexha, Clara-Nova and The New Peter Gabrielz. DJ sets by Laedi and Them and Us. 21+ Free with RSVP.


ART: The Hammer Museum presents the opening night celebration for the Atlas in LA Festival on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The festival, which takes place in various venues throughout Los Angeles, celebrates the work of Charles Atlas, who merged “experimental filmmaking with dance, choreography, queer identity, NYC nightlife in the 1990s and much more.” Atlas takes to the Hammer stage Tuesday to discuss his life and projects. Free.

COMEDY: Stand-Up on the Spot holds its monthly show at Three Clubs in Hollywood on Tuesday at 8:15 pm. Hosted by Jeremiah Watkins, the comedians include Bobby Lee, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Rory Scovel, Jerrod Carmichael, Steve Trevino, Erica Rhodes and possibly a drop-in or two. The audience gets to choose the topics for the comics. Admission: $5. Drink specials and a taco truck is right around the corner. Doors at 8 pm.

ART TALK: LACMA's Prints and Drawings Council presents the latest installment of LA Print, an evening that features artists discussing the current trends in printmaking and publishing and their respective works. Artists Stas Orlovski, Alison Saar and Jonas Wood are scheduled to speak at LA Print: Edition 5 on Tuesday at 7 pm at LACMA’s Bing Auditorium. Free, but reservations required.

FILM: On Tuesday night, the New Beverly continues its ‘90s film series by screening two films directed by Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai. Up first at 7:30 pm is Chungking Express (1994) followed by Days of Being Wild (1990) at 9:35 pm. Both films are in Cantonese with English subtitles. Double feature tickets: $8.

COMEDY/VARIETY: YidLife Crisis is a comedy webseries that combines life in Montreal, foodie culture (poutine and bagels), religion and atheism, and Yiddish (with English subtitles). The creators behind the show are holding a screening at El Cid on Tuesday with “live shtick, special guests, music and merriment.” Tickets: $10 in advance.

COMEDY: NerdMelt Showroom presents a night of stand-up comedy with Matt McCarthy (The Pete Holmes Show). He does a longer set and has some friends—including Vince Averill, Jesse Popp and Joe DeRosa—open for him. Doors at 8:45 pm and show at 9 pm. Admission: $5.

FASHION HISTORY: The Annenberg Beach House’s Beach=Culture Series presents the program Style Stories with Kimberly Truhler: Gloria Swanson on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Truhler, a film historian, examines fashion in film and focuses on Gloria Swanson’s filmography. She’ll compare Why Change Your Wife? from 1920 and Sunset Boulevard (1950) and highlight the work of different costume designers. Free, but reservations needed. Waitlist only.

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COMEDY: UCB Franklin presents the sketch show Death Valley Tween Fest,which tracks a weekend of a “disastrous Coachella for kids in the middle of the desert.” It features Drew Tarver and directed by Jack Allison. Also on the bill is a standup set by Paul W. Downs. 9:30 pm. Tickets: $5.


MUSIC: The seven-piece Canadian indie-pop band Hey Rosetta!plays the Bootleg on Wednesday night. The tour celebrates the release of the band’s new record, Second Sight. The Echo Park-based band Banta opens at 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

MUSIC: Mat Kearney plays The Wiltern on Wednesday night in support of his latest release Just Kids. Playing in support are Parachute and the Nashville trio Judah & the Lion. Tickets: $30.50-$50. Doors at 6:30 pm.


PERFORMANCE: There are two one-hour shows at The Complex (Ruby Theatre) on Thursday at 8 pm. Up first is the one-man, autobiographical show Young Sully, stories from an Irish-American Youth by Patrick O'Sullivan (Point Break Live, All About Walken). It’s followed by BOSS: The Untold Tony Danza Story at 9:30 pm. The show is LOOSELY based on Danza’s early life and search for fame. Tickets: $15 for one show or both for $20.

MUSIC: The Troubadour presents an evening with Hurray For The Riff Raff on Thursday night with Adia Victoria and Alana Amram playing in support. All-ages show. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $20.

FILM: Fester: The Mindf#ck Festival screens an evening of mind-bending films from around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, France and Poland on Thursday at 8:30 pm at Vidiots in Santa Monica. Plus, there’s a special performance by comedian Kelly Nugent. Some of the shorts selected for this week’s screening contain material that may be considered disturbing; no children under 18 will be admitted. Tickets: $12.

SCIENCE TALK: The Infinite Monkey Cage is a BBC science show that combines hard, scientific facts and comedy. British physicist Brian Cox and British comedian Robin Ince bring their live show to The Montalban Theatre on Thursday with guests Sean M. Carroll, David X. Cohen and Joe Rogan and Eric idle. They’ll discuss Science Meets Hollywood: Science Fact vs. Science Fiction. Tickets: $55+ fees.

FILM: Film Festival Flix brings award-winning festival films from around the world to local theaters. On Thursday, organizers screen Sarah Prefers to Run (Cannes, TIFF and Outfest). The film is about the “unwavering pursuit of a goal and the anxieties of a young girl who lives only for the race.” The evening begins with a free 6 pm red carpet beer/wine reception at Michael Roud Photography on Magnolia Boulevard. The screening is at 7:30 pm at the NoHo Laemmle 7, followed by a 8:45 pm Q&A with writer/director Chloé Robichaud. It’s followed by an afterparty at Eclectic Wine Bar on Lankershim. Tickets: $14.

LIT: Skylight Books welcomes author Sarah Manguso on Thursday at 7:30 pm, as she reads from her book, Ongoingness: The End of A Diary. The poet essayist, and memoirist, will be in conversation with artist Miranda July about “motherhood, vulnerability, mortality, and the chaos of time.”

LIT TALK: Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Writers Bloc presents the series Arts & Ideas: Conversations at The Wallis featuring Norman Lear in Conversation with Phil Rosenthal on Thursday at 8 pm. Lear changed TV forever with the creation of All in the Family—and he followed it with Maude, Sanford and Son, Good Times, The Jeffersons and One Day at a Time. He’ll discuss his memoir Even This I Get to Experience with Rosenthal, the creator, writer and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond. Tickets: $25-$25.

BOOKS: Music historian Andrew Grant Jackson (Still the Greatest: The Essential Songs of The Beatles’ Solo Careers, Where’s Ringo?) is at Book Soup on Thursday at 7 pm to read from and sign his new book 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music. The book examines a “groundbreaking year of creativity fueled by rivalries between musicians, sweeping social changes, and technological breakthroughs.” We’re talking Bob Dylan, James Brown, the Civil Rights Movement, the Sunset Strip and so much more.

UNDERWEAR KARAOKE: The first annual Lingerie Karaoke pairs two common fears: being seen in your underwear and singing public. Guests to this event on March 12 at The Belmont in West Hollywood will not be allowed to wear clothes as participant or voyeur. All will check their clothes and slip into their skivvies—lingerie, boxers and smoking jackets are all valid options—and serenade a similarly undressed crowd. To fuel your courage, there will be $7 Moscow Mules and $6 whiskey shots. The event runs from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m., with tickets costing $10 pre-sale or $20 at the door. 21+. -JBR

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

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