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20 Of Our Favorite Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 events happening in L.A. this week, hand-picked just for you.


SAMURAI JACK (Film + discussion)
Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event is a screening of the remastered, Emmy-nominated movie from the Adult Swim favorite’s first season. The series follows the adventures of a young Samurai after he is sent to the future by the evil wizard, Aku. The movie screens for one night only at Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live on Monday at 7 p.m. with animation director Genndy Tartakovsky doing a live Q&A after the event.

The Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles in West L.A. presents the program, Italian Cocktail Night - Unconventional Italian Aperitivo: from Amaro to Spritz, on Monday. Guests will learn about Italian cocktails made with wine, grappa and amaro. Foods to munch on will be prepared by Osteria Mamma. $Fee: $55.00 (IIC members)/$60.00 (nonmembers). RSVPs needed. Please register by calling (310) 824-7408.

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As part of PST: LA/LA, The Academy continues its screening series of Latin American films. On Monday night at 7:30 p.m., it screens Real Women Have Curves (2002) with scheduled panelists: director Patricia Cardoso; actors America Ferrera, Soledad St. Hilaire and Ingrid Oliu; writer Josefina López; producer Effie Brown; co-producer Marilyn Atlas; and publicist Ivette Rodriguez (schedules permitting). Get there early because there’s a pre-show performance by Lupita Infante and the Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, an all-female Mariachi band. Tickets: $3-$5.

There’s a great lineup at The Hi-Hatin Highland Park on Monday night: Spaceface—a Flaming Lips side project—headlines with Andy Clockwise and Green Gerry opening in support. It’s also the last Andy Clockwise show for a while as he’s going to be launching a new project under a new name. Tickets: $10. 8 p.m.

AARON MAHNKE (Reading + signing)
On Monday at 7 p.m., Book Soup presents author Aaron Mahnke, who discusses and signs The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures. The book is an illustrated guide to monsters from the hit podcast Lore, now an Amazon streaming series. A copy of The World of Lore from Book Soup is required to attend this event. Save your receipt as it will be checked in line. No lineups before 9 a.m. The first 60 people in line (with World of Lore purchased from Book Soup) will be admitted into the store for the talk. An overflow line will be held outside if needed.


Fictional Roast: Horror Movie Mayhem returns to NerdMelt on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Comics in the lineup help the audience overcome their fears by making fun of the horror movie monsters of nightmares. Heather Anne Campbell, Brandie Posey, Keith Carey and others roast Pennywise, Jigsaw, Carrie, Freddy, Jason, The Exorcist, etc. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.


The 12th annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, which celebrates diverse stories from the next generation of storytellers, holds its finale screening on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Directors Guild of America. Hosted by comedian-actor Kym Whitley (Young & Hungry, Master of None), the event screens nine finalist shorts: Akashi, Audible Static, Couples: Movie Night, Cul-De-Sac, Emergency, Groundhog Day for a Black Man, Lost Dogs, Misery Loves Company: Pussy and Pop Rox. The free event is sold out online but sign up in person for the waitlist. Any seats left empty at 7:15 pm will be offered to the first people physically in the line.

WONDERSTRUCK (Film + music)
Todd Haynes’ new film Wonderstruck has an advanced screening on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel. The film’s composer Carter Burwell conducts a 38-piece orchestra to perform a live score with the film. The film stars Julianne Moore, Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael, Cory Michael Smith, Tom Noonan and Michelle Williams. Amazon Studios partners with Cinespia for tickets to the free screening (first-come, first-serve). Ticket does not guarantee a seat.

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Spaceland presents Up and Vanished Live, hosted by Payne Lindsey, creator and host of the podcast with the same name. Lindsey’s real-life investigation asked, ‘What happened to Tara Grinstead?’ a small town beauty queen in Georgia. Now he takes the show directly to the audience as he and special guests discuss the ongoing case, screen exclusive footage and answer audience questions. Up and Vanished Live stops at the Regent in DTLA on Wednesday night. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30. All ages.

PEN USA + THE EDISON: BOOK CLUB (Literature + cocktails)
On Wednesday at 6 p.m., PEN Center USA & The Edison Book Club tackle The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood at The Edison in DTLA. Hosted by LA-based author Siel Ju, speciality cocktails will be offered all night and happy hour prices available for those who get there early. This event is free and open to all members and nonmembers.

LMAO (Comedy)
LMAO: Comedy Show is at Fais Do-Do on Wednesday night with a wide range of comics including Eddie Pepitone, Jamar Neighbors, Felicia Folkes, Melissa Shoshahi, Everett Byram and Daniel Moquin. Hosted by Tay Zonday, music provided by Badí of the.wav. Tickets: $10.


THE ROOM (Screening)
In anticipation of the upcoming release of The Disaster Artist (James Franco’s film about the making of the cult classic), A24 presents a screening of The Room (2003) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at AMC Dine-In Sunset 5. Actor-comedian Paul Scheer and The Disaster Artist screenwriter Scott Neustadter do an intro to the film. To RSVP, please email RSVP does not guarantee admittance. Admission to the screening is on a first-come, first-served basis.

THE HOUSE OF PERONI (Music + drinks)
Peroni Nastro Azzurro and musician St. Vincent present The House of Peroni, with the pop-up activation open to the public on Thursday night from 7-11 p.m. The pop-up presents a mix of forward thinking artists and makers, curated and designed by St. Vincent. Her collaborators include celebrated poet and artist Robert Montgomery, set designer Lauren Machen and bespoke hat maker Brandon M Franklin, among others. The evening also features special performances by DJs Tyler Blake (Classixx) and Turbotito (Poolside). Free tickets. Capacity is based on a first, come, first-served basis, and a ticket does not guarantee entry. Ages 21+.

TEGAN & SARA (Music)
On Thursday at 6 pm, Tegan & Sara perform an acoustic set at Amoeba Hollywood to celebrate their new CD, The Con X: Covers. To attend, purchase The Con X: Covers CD in-store only at Amoeba on Thursday. Fans also receive a limited-edition, autographed poster commemorating the show with purchase of the album. One ticket + poster per CD purchased, max two CDs per person. Space is limited.

The WestEdge Design Fair returns to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica from Thursday through Sunday, showcasing more than 150+ exhibitors from domestic and international manufacturers and independent designers and makers. The WestEdge Opening Night Party on Thursday night benefits Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. The evening includes live entertainment, cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to preview and shop from hundreds of leading and up-and-coming design brands. Tickets: $20 one-day pass; $45 run-of-show pass. $95 opening night ticket includes cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, weekend pass to WestEdge.

JR JR (Music)
JR JR (formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) play the El Rey on Thursday night. The duo’s on tour playing the first new songs since the release of JR JR’s self-titled 2015 album. Hembree opens. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $22.50-$25.

PLAN Z (Comedy)
Andy Zaltzman, half of the global satirical podcast The Bugle, comes to NerdMelt on Thursday and Friday nights for two installments of Plan Z: Comedy Of Last Resort For A Badly-behaved Planet. Plan Z is Zaltzman’s “long-overdue solution to all the world’s problems.” It’s guaranteed not to work. He’ll bring his trademark political satire and fact-skewing nonsense to NerdMelt both nights at 7 p.m. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

The LA-based Cooties—a comedy/musical group who poke fun at pop culture—plays a show at Resident on Thursday night with Reggie Watts. Ages 21+. 8 p.m. Tickets: $12-$15.

The New Urbanism Film Festival returns to the ACME Theater from Thursday to Sunday, for immersion in films on the built environment. After each screening, a local urbanist interprets the lessons of the film and how to apply them to Los Angeles. Tickets for various events/programs: Free-$95.

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