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20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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LACMA and Film Independent screen the first S2 episodes of 'The Knick' later this week.

Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back later this week to help you plan your weekend—and the month ahead.


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CLASSICAL MUSIC: Plácido Domingo conducts a performance of Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle in honor of his sister, Maria José Domingo de Fernandez, on Monday night at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Domingo conducts The Colburn Orchestra, and will feature four soloists from LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Rounding out the performers are a chorus of 24 singers. The public is invited to attend for free. Doors at 7 pm.

MUSIC: The Redbury Hotel presents the performance series Live At The Library, welcoming singer-songwriter Anthony Starble at 8 pm. 21+.

EATS: The Oinkster Eagle Rock celebrates its ninth anniversary with a special menu on Monday, all day. They’re serving up the "Party Like it’s $9.99 Burger" with a 6 oz Patty, Cambozola Cheese, Mushroom Duxelle, Cherry Gastrique, Crispy Onions, Arugula & Garlic Aioli on a Brioche Bun and offering a one-day only 99 cent menu: Homemade Cookies, Chili, Fries, Oinksterade, House Beer and more.

COMEDY: On Monday, Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson in Hollywood presents the show Ask a Venture Capitalist with Ben Tseitlin, Peter Murphy and Melissa Henschel. Marcus, one of the top venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, hasn’t learned enough about life. 8 pm. Call 323.960.5519 for reservations.

BOOKS: Caitlin Doughty, 20-something mortician and founder of The Order of the Good Death, discusses and signs her memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory on Monday at 7 pm at Book Soup. Doughty took a job at a crematory that turned morbid curiosity into her life’s work. In her book, she demystifies death and answers questions about funerary rituals and practices with a sense of humor and style.

MUSIC: Imagine Dragons play a special show at the Hollywood Palladium on Monday night. But here’s the catch: Find a friend with a Citi/AAdvantage credit card to buy the tickets. $50-$75. 7 pm.


FILM: Steve Young, a 25-year veteran of the writing staffs of Late Night and the Late Show with David Letterman, brings a night of industrial musicals to Cinefamily on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm. It’s a program filled with vintage corporate musical infotainment from Young’s collection. The screening includes a 1965 Citgo convention musical medley with a celebrity host; 1967 Purina dog food promotion musical; and the film version of the legendary 1969 American-Standard distributor musical, "The Bathrooms Are Coming." In addition to the films, there will be live performances of industrial show tunes by Eleni Mandell and others, while Don Bolles of The Germs DJs a set of industrial hits at the after party. Tickets: $12.

VARIETY: Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring their night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Tuesday night at 9 pm. Joining them on the bill are Karen Kilgariff, Mike Lawrence, Beth Stelling and others. Music from the night’s house band The Lampshades, which is Kate Flannery of The Office and Scot Robinson from Anchorman. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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VINYL NIGHT: Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting is a new book that “explores the inner vinyl sanctums of DJs, producers and collectors from around the globe.” The Ace Hotel is teaming up with Amoeba Music and Discogs to celebrate the launch of the book on Tuesday night. Copies of the book will be on sale at the Ace at an Amoeba pop up shop upstairs from 7-9 pm. Author Eilon Paz will be doing a book signing/slideshow presentation at 8 pm. The night wraps with an all-vinyl soundtrack courtesy of DJs Cut Chemist, Ruben Molina, Supreme La Rock, Sam Swig, Paola Puente, Oliver Wang, Arlene Sepulveda, Victoria Rawlins, Sheila B. and Brian B+ Cross. Free with RSVP. 21+.


MUSICAL THEATER: A brand new national touring production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music launches at the Center Theatre Group / Ahmanson Theatre on Wednesday at 8 pm. The production closes on Oct. 31. Ticket prices start at $25.

COMEDY: Mariya Alexander hosts the Safeword Comedy show at El Cid on Monday night. Comics performing include: Brooklyn Jones, Andy Haynes, Matt Pharr and Dave Rankin. $5 at the door. 10 pm.

LIT CINE: Lit Cine is a film screening series that celebrates the intersection of film and L.A. literature. Vintage films are accompanied by discussions, readings and conversations on cinema’s impact on LA’s literary community and life. On Wednesday night at the Laemmle Noho 7 at 7:30 pm, Lit Cine screens Fahrenheit 451, based on the Ray Bradbury novel, followed by a discussion around the topic: At What Temperature Does A Kindle Burn?, Censorship and Access in the Digital Age. The panel is moderated by First Amendment scholar & writer Elizabeth Blakey (CSUN); panel readings and conversation with
 Cecil Castellucci, Harry Northup and Beyond Baroque Director, Richard Modiano. Tickets: $12, VIP tickets: $35, which includes the film and a pre-screening Happy Hour (with appetizer and wine or nonalcoholic beverage) and book signing with panelists at 6:30 pm.


MUSICAL THEATER: Carrie the Musical is the first full-scale musical to play the Los Angeles Theatre in its 84-year history. It’s in previews beginning on Thursday at 8 pm and opens officially on Oct. 8. The production is based on the novel by Stephen King and features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the film). The music is by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), with lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).Tickets: $40, $80, $125. Runs for six weeks only.

MUSIC Eagle Rock’s own Milk Carton Kids play their biggest show in L.A. on Thursday at The Theatre @ Ace Hotel at 8 pm. The indie folk duo brings their acoustic guitars, a mic and witty banter to the stage. The duo’s playing to promote the new album, Monterey. Tickets: $35.

DUMPLINGS AND BEER: The city of San Gabriel holds its first Dumpling & Beer Fest on Thursday from 6-9 pm in the historic Mission District at 320 S. Mission Drive. The event is a different spin on Oktoberfest with food vendors (Fine Garden Vegetarian Restaurant, Kai Kai Dumplings, Lahtt's Hot Sauce Co., Puffect Bakery Cafe, Scoops on Tap, Seoul Street, ShanDong Dumplings, Yummy Ling, Steamy Bun Truck and Tornado Potato) and live entertainment. Craft beer lovers can also enjoy beverages from breweries such as Angel City Brewery, Tap It Brewing, Hangar 24 Brewery, Golden Road Brewing and Ballast Point Brewing. Wine will also be available for purchase. Admission to the event is free. Attendees can purchase a beer tasting wristband for $20 online, $25 on the day of the event. Dumplings, other food and wine will be sold separately by individual vendors.

MUSIC: The indie duo Ultimate Painting—comprised of James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes)—plays The Satellite on Thursday night. Also on the bill are Morgan Delt with Dream Boys. Doors: 8:30 pm, show at 9. Tickets: $12. This show is 21+.

TV: On Thursday at 7:30 pm, LACMA, in conjunction with Film Independent, presents a free screening of The Knick’s first two episodes of its second season. Created by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the show stars Clive Owen as a brilliant but tortured and drug-addled surgeon Dr. John W. Thackery. Set in 1901, the Knick’s hospital staff prepares for the hospital to close as it builds a new site uptown. The screening is followed by a reception. A two-ticket limit for the screening.

COMEDY: Ethical Female Manipulation is a new sketch show running at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (Franklin) on Thursday night at 9:30 pm. Written and performed by Brian Glidewell and Matthew Brian Cohen, Ethical Female Manipulation is a parody of pick-up artist seminars and artists, as seen in Neil Strauss' The Game and VH1's The Pick Up Artist. Tickets: $5. The show plays again on Oct. 29 and Nov. 19.

ANIMATION TALK: To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Toy Story, The Academy welcomes Oscar® winners John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios, and Ed Catmull, the studios’ President, to take part in a live panel discussion that celebrates the world’s first entirely computer-animated feature film on Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Actor-director Jon Favreau moderates the panel. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID.

PERFORMANCE: DED! is an original multimedia play that’s inspired by the Mexican tradition of Día De Los Muertos (Day of The Dead). The show is in previews at the Matrix Theater on Thursday and Friday and premieres on Oct. 3 (all at 8 pm). Combining mime, clowning, live orchestral music, stunts, puppetry and video art, the DED! runs through the month of October. Tickets: $20-$25.

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