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20 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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Mt. Joy is one of the bands playing School Night at Bardot on Monday

Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


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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 this week are: Mainland, Half the Animal, Mt. Joy and Tom Walker, with DJ sets by Maikol and Drake Smith. Free with RSVP for those 21+. Doors at 8 pm.

Live Talks L.A. presents author Sarah Dunn in conversation with comedian Ali Wong to discuss the writing life and Dunn’s new novel The Arrangement on Monday at 8 pm at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at the New Roads School in Santa Monica. The novel focuses on two New Yorkers who move into the suburbs (Hudson Valley) and embark on an open marriage experiment. Tickets: $20-$43.

On Monday night, Chef/Owner Bruce Kalman and Owner Marie Petulla of Union in Pasadena present the dinner event, Tasty Tunes. The night features a three-course prix fixe dinner and dessert paired with music listened to through wireless headphones (provided by the silent disco production company HUSHconcerts). Kalman, a member of the chef cover band Foie Grock, curates the playlist that complements each course. This is definitely a dinner for music lovers and those who like to dine alone, lost in thoughts. There are two seatings at 6 and 8:30 pm for $65 (excludes tax + gratuity) and $25 additional for wine pairings.


KEDI (Film)
Kedi, a film about the cats that roam freely in Istanbul, is much more than a YouTube cat video. Director Ceyda Torun follows the leading cats/characters throughout the city, and she discusses her film at a Cinefamily screening on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm. Cinefamily says: “An incredibly warm, playful story of cats neither wild nor tame - and the people who love them - Kedi is the cat-lover's new favorite film. Trust us.” Tickets - $14/free for members. The film also screens Thursday through Sunday.

The Getty Center opens its latest exhibition, Concrete Poetry: Words and Sounds in Graphic Space, on Tuesday. The works featured are largely drawn from the Getty Research Institute's collection of prints, artists' books, journals and manuscripts, focusing on the “visual, verbal, and sonic experiments of the international concrete poetry movement during its early decades of the 1950s through '70s.” Works on view by Augusto de Campos, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henri Chopin, Ernst Jandl, Mary Ellen Solt and more. The exhibition runs through July 30.

The Alternative Facts Comedy Show takes place at Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood on Tuesday night at 8 pm. The monthly comedy show for a cause has chosen to donate the ticket/door sales to Amnesty International in support of Standing Rock (#NODAPL). The lineup features Quincy L. Johnson II, Madison Shepard, Brian DeMoy, Joe Manente, Benny Blue and a surprise drop-in guest.

CHEECH MARIN (Books + discussion)
Cheech Marin is promoting his new memoir, Cheech is Not My Real Name: ...But Don't Call Me Chong. On Tuesday, Marin is a guest of the ALOUD series, appearing at the Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. He discusses his life and work with Marisol Hernandez, lead singer of the La Santa Cecilia. Tickets: $22-$45. On Thursday at 7:30 pm, he’s at the Broad Stage with Carolina A. Miranda of the Los Angeles Times. Presented by Diesel, A Bookstore, tickets are $75-$90.HER DREAM DEFERRED: ON THE STATUS OF BLACK WOMEN (Art and policy)
From Tuesday through Thursday, the African American Policy Forum, and the Hammer Museum, present the third annual Her Dream Deferred: On the Status of Black Women. The series is a substantive analysis on the status of black women and girls in the U.S., social justice challenges and solutions. The sessions are free to attend, but if you can’t make it, many of the talks are being livestreamed.

Red Bull Sound Select is a showcase for great emerging artists. Taking over the Echoplex on Tuesday night, the RB Sound Select lineup features: Bia, Antwon, Los Rakas and Cam & China. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $3 with RSVP, $10 without. 21+.

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TALES FROM TINSELTOWN (Storytelling show)
The storytelling show Tales from Tinseltown, hosted by Megan Hayes (Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow) and Oscar Sagastume (Multiple Moth Winner, Buzzfeed) returns to Three Clubs on Wednesday at 8 pm. The lineup shares Hollywood's dirty secrets and a few of their own. Because of the sensitive nature of the stories (in this town, anyway), there is no recording of the stories. Performers are David William Montgomery, Christine Blackburn, Melanie Maras, Kate M. Romero and Andrew Harvey. Tickets: $5.

The Melinda Hill Experience is an hour of inspiring and confronting comedy from Hill, the creator of “Romantic Encounters” and “Melania Trump’s Cousins" is at The Clubhouse on Vermont on Wednesday at 8 pm. Cost: $5 donation, free parking

Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks offers a one-night-only World BBQ Tour of Argentina from 5:30-10:30 pm. The menu includes special additions, such as: Quince & Manchego Empanadas (Agave & Walnut Drizzle); “Asado” Grilled Sweet Bread (Lemon Spinach Chimichurri); Grilled “Pinwheel” Skirt Steak (Olives, Manchego, Thyme & Onions, Roasted Corn & Quinoa Polenta); Pork Tenderloin Milanese (Burnt Fennel & Zucchini Salad, Orzo Risotto) and a Churro Ice Cream Sundae (Dulce De Leche, Ice Cream & Vanilla Bean Fudge).

Before next month’s Record Store Day takes place on April 22, the Grammy Museum celebrates a little early by presenting a panel discussion and performance in its Clive Davis Theater on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Panelists include Zev Feldman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Resonance Records; Rand Foster, owner of Fingerprints Music in Long Beach, Calif.; Lol Tolhurst, co-founder of The Cure; Jo Ann Thrailkill, co-founder and President/CEO of The Pablove Foundation; Dean Wareham of the band Luna; and Marc Weinstein, co-founder of Amoeba Music. The night also features performances by musical performances from Matt Costa and musician Korey Dane. The event is free with RSVP, though seats are not guaranteed.

Golden Road's 329 Day Carnival takes place on Wednesday (3/29) from 6-10 pm. Because L.A. gets about 329 days of sun, nad because it’s officially spring and summer’s on it way, the Golden Road folks are setting up classic carnival games, fair food, live music, face painting, balloon animals and more. Get raffle tickets redeemable for food and fresh pints of 329 Lager brewed day-of. If you run out of tickets, the Lager will be served for just $3.29. Two-legged and four-legged kids welcome.

THE LAMPSHADES (Comedy + lounge music)
The Lampshades—the comedy duo featuring Kate Flannery (The Office) and Scot Robinson (Anchorman)—brings its lounge lizard greatness to Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant on Wednesday, at 8 pm. Tickets: $15, with two-item (food or drink) minimum.


DRAFT (Biking meetup)
Draft, a People for Bikes Meetup, brings riders, brands, bike industry advocates and policymakers together for a free night of tacos, bikes, beer and talk at the Pure Cycles HQ in Burbank on Thursday night. The beer and networking begins at 6:30 pm and the formal program begins at 7:30 pm with speakers Tamika Butler, executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition; Michael Fishman, Austin Stoffers and Jordan Schau (founders of Pure Cycles), Friends of the LA River; and Patrick Seidler, owner of WTB and a Board Member of People For Bikes.

The Echo Park artist collective and organization Machine Project throws a “book launch extravaganza” for Machine Project: The Platinum Collection on Thursday night at 7 pm at the Vista Theater. There are performances by Chris Kallmyer, Cliff Hengst, the Reader’s Chorus, among others. Works from the Machine archive and highlights of upcoming projects will be screened throughout the night.

OLD 97’s / HA HA TONKA (Music)
The Old 97’s—led by Rhett Miller—headline the Fonda Theatre on Thursday night with Ha Ha Tonka opening in support. Tickets: $25. All ages. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.

Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s All Things Considered, presents an episode of her podcast Embeddedlive on stage at Wanderlust in Hollywood on Thursday at 7 pm. In the NPR/KPCC event, McEvers tells the story of an unarmed black man shot and killed by a white police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. The event combines audio, visual, performance and the audience. McEvers is in conversation with guests Connie Rice and Keith A. Wallace “about policing, police videos and how we can expect cases like Jonathan Ferrell's to be tried in the future.” Tickets: $30.

POETRY PORN (Poetry + music)
Poetry Porn is a night of music and poetry at North Hollywood’s Lonny Chapman Theatre on Thursday at 8 pm. The night features 12 poets and three featured performances by a comic, a singer and a hip hop violinist. There’s also a book drive and mixer being held concurrently. Suggested donation: $15 or $10 if you bring a book to donate.

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