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20 Of Our Favorite Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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


JANE (Film + music)
Jane, a new documentary about scientist and animal rights activist Jane Goodall, has its premiere screening on Monday at the Hollywood Bowl with a live orchestra performance of Phillip Glass’ score. The film uses footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzania in the 1960s. The previously lost footage has been intercut with present-day Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. Goodall, Glass and director Brett Morgen are expected to attend. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

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SKYBAR’S DIVE IN THEATRE (Poolside screening)
Writer-producer-director Brett Ratner curates and hosts free screenings of horror hits poolside for the Skybar's Dive In Theatre every Monday night at 8 p.m. leading up to Halloween. Because of the Las Vegas tragedy last week, the first screening was postponed. Ratner introduces and screens Red Dragon this week. Other titles this month are The Shining and Beetlejuice.

Yelp Helps Raise the Roof is a charitable event series that connects the Yelp Community to four local nonprofits, beginning on Monday and continuing every Monday in October. The events take place on four rooftops in DTLA. The events are free to attend (a Yelp account is needed for RSVP), though $10 donations will also be accepted at the door, which will go to the selected nonprofits. This week, Raise the Roof party funds will go to the spcaLA.

Laura Poitras, director of the Academy Award-winning documentary Citizenfour, screens six of her short films at REDCAT on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. The Short Film Disclosures program includes Project X (2016), November 20, 2004 (work-in-progress), O'Say Can You See (2016), Death of a Prisoner (2013) and titles from Field of Vision, a visual journalism unit co-created by Poitras. Tickets: $9-12. The director will be in attendance for the screening.

Australian singer Simon Okely, better known as Slow Dancer, plays two shows in L.A. this week in support of his new LP In A Mood. His sound combines folk and indie R&B, and he headlines Resident in DTLA on Monday night with Petal opening. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15. On Tuesday, he plays the second stage at the Hotel Cafe at 8 p.m. Tickets: $13+ fees. Both shows are ages 21+.

Amoeba Music Hollywood has a number of great live shows and appearances coming up this week. On Monday at 6 p.m., the band Wolf Alice performs a live set and does a signing for its new album Remember The Story. On Tuesday at 5 p.m., filmmaker Edgar Wright celebrates the Blu-ray release of Baby Driver. To attend the signing and meet Wright (no photos), you must buy Baby Driver at Amoeba Hollywood and receive a ticket to attend the signing. On Thursday, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile play a set to celebrate their new collaboration/album, Lotta Sea Lice. (No signing/meet n’ greet after performance).


On Tuesday, The Satellite presents an evening of comedy featuring John Early with Champagne Jerry (Neal Medlyn), Casey Jane Ellison, Danielle Perez, Guy Branum, Liza Dye and house band BUCK. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Ages 21+. Admission: $8. Advance tickets are sold out, but a few tickets may be available at the door.

Book Soup and the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads program presents Armistead Maupin discussing and signing his book, Logical Family: A Memoir. The book chronicles his Maupin’s life from the old South to San Francisco, and his “evolution from curious youth to ground-breaking writer and gay rights pioneer.” This ticketed event takes place at the City Council Chambers at the West Hollywood Library (not Book Soup). Tickets: $29.00 (+ tax) and includes one copy of Logical Family.

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Danger Village & B3Sci present the indie pop of SPELLES and Evalyn on Tuesday at 10 p.m. at Dirty Laundry in Hollywood. SPELLES is known for her track "Dead in the Water," while Evalyn's standout single is "Rather Be Dead," from her upcoming 'Sandcastle' EP. Marion Hodges DJs, too. Doors at 9:30 p.m.

The Skirball Cultural Center and Los Angeles Performance Practice co-present the celebrated experimental chamber opera Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance on Tuesday at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The production is part of the fifth annual LAX Festival and Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The opera explores the life of Pancho Villa, the legendary bandit, enigmatic general, and hero of the Mexican Revolution and what his legend means to both Mexican and American cultures. Music by composer Graham Reynolds and a libretto by Mexico City-based theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol. The production will be performed in English and Spanish with English and Spanish supertitles. Tickets: $25- $45.

LAMPEDUSA (Music benefit)
Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees is an event series that raises awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA Education Initiative. Funds raised from the tour will help refugees heal, learn and thrive. The acoustic concert series stops at the Wiltern on Tuesday with a lineup that features: singer-songwriters Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Alynda Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff), Lucinda Williams and The Mastersons. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets: $39-$80.


The National headlines a show at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday night. The band’s playing in support of its seventh album, Sleep Well Beast. The supporting acts aren’t too shabby either—with Local Natives and Daughter opening in the night. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $32.50. This is a lease event.

The Envelope Screening Series from the Los Angeles Times presents a screening of the documentary Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the ArcLight in Sherman Oaks. Filmmaker and writer Sebastian Junger and his filmmaking partner Nick Quested follow Syria's descent into chaos that allowed the rise of the Islamic State. A Q&A to follow with directors Junger and Quested, moderated by Lorraine Ali of the LA Times.


Dorrance Dance, a NYC-based tap dance company founded by MacArthur Award winner Michelle Dorrance, makes it debut at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts from Thursday to Saturday (at 7:30 p.m.). The company pushes the boundaries of tap and has its West Coast premiere of Myelination. Tickets: $45-$125.

On Thursday night from 6:30-9:30 p.m., there’s a pop-up Urban Dinner Party in the outdoor piazza of City Market South (located at 11th and San Julian Streets) prepared by chef Steve Samson of Rossoblu. A four-course dinner al fresco will be inspired by the places he considers home: Bologna and Los Angeles. There’s complimentary wine, bocce ball and live entertainment available throughout the night. Only 100 tickets will be available. The event will go from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and is strictly 21+. Tickets are $120 and must be purchased online. Proceeds from the event will benefit the LA Fashion District public art program.

Kan Wakan is the pop-rock orchestral project of Bulgarian-born, L.A. based composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Gueorgui Livev. Kan Wakan releases its sophomore album, Phantasmagoria on Friday, and it celebrate the outfit holds an album release party on Thursday at the Moroccan Lounge. Jesse Jo Stark and Avi Buffalo also perform. Tickets: $15. Ages 21+. 8 p.m.

Andrew Bird just released the instrumental album Echolocations: River last week, which he recorded “ankle deep in the Los Angeles River under The Hyperion Bridge.” The release marks the second in a series of short films and recordings that detail his site-specific compositions. Bird performs the new material at Zebulon on Thursday night accompanied by visuals from the film. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Simone White opens at 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $40. [The show is sold out, so you have to find an alternate ticket seller to get in.]

The comedy show West Hollywood Brunch debuts on Thursday night at 8 p.m. at The Comedy Store. The night is a showcase of L.A.'s best LGBTQ comedians. The lineup features: Gus Constantellis, Jared Goldstein, Kyle Shire, Nina Manni, Brooklyn Jones, Faith Choyce, Scott Gizicki, Mattio Martinez, Eric Hahn, Joe Dosch and a special guest. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door.

DESERT DAZE (Festival)
If you’re starting your weekend off early or in need of a road trip, then think about heading to Desert Daze—a weekend festival of music in Joshua Tree. Presented by the Institute of Mentalphysics, artists performing include: Iggy Pop, Spiritualized, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile, Sleep, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, John Cale, Ty Segall, BadBadNotGood, Panda Bear, Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, Eagles Of Death Metal, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, Thurston Moore, The Make-Up, Ariel Pink, Liars, Terry Riley, Ian Svenonius, Tortoise, Boris, The Gories, Allah-Las and many more. Campgrounds open on Thursday for a pre-party in the camping village. The festival gates open on Friday at noon and music continues on Saturday and Sunday. Single day passes: $99- $149; weekend passes: $229-$450. Camping extra.

Comedy duo Max & Ivan attend a 10-year school reunion so we don't have to on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at UCB Sunset. During the nearly hour-long show, the two Brits play more than 100 characters as they “spin a bewitching narrative sketch comedy tale of love, loss and shatterproof rulers.” Tickets: $7.

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