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20 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. Don’t forget to check out our October Guide and Outdoor Film Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


MUSIC: The Los Angeles trio, Kid Cadaver, is in residency at the Bootleg on Monday nights this month in support of its sophomore EP, Roam. Since its debut in 2013, the band’s been playing support of artists including Cayucas, Night Terrors of 1927, The Mowgli’s, amongst many others. Joining them on Oct. 5: Story of the Running Wolf (Hybrid set), Moons of Mars, Midnight Faces. 8:30 pm. Free. 21+.

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ART TALK: Author-comedian Steve Martin has curated the first major U.S. exhibition on the works of Canadian modernist painter Lawren Harris (1885-1970) at the Hammer Museum. On Monday at 7:30 pm, Martin is in conversation with Adam Gopnik, essayist and staff writer for The New Yorker about the works in The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris (which opens Oct. 11) and other subjects. The talk is free, but you cannot line up at the Hammer Box office before 5 pm. Museum members get priority tickets. If you can’t make it down in person, the event will be livestreamed.

MUSIC: The Tragically Hip plays the Wiltern on Monday night, playing its 1992 album Fully Completely in its entirety. Tickets: $30-$79. Doors 7 pm.

MUSIC: The Silver Lake Chorus begins its first residency at The Hotel Cafe. The chorus takes to the stage every Monday night in October (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26) at 9 pm, singing songs from its debut album, with songs written exclusively for the chorus by Justin Vernon, Ben Gibbard, Tegan and Sara, The Bird and the Bee, Sia and more. Tickets are available at the door for $10 or online for $8 plus fees.


BOOK TALK: Emily V. Gordon has written the book Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero, and there’s a little party at NerdMelt on Tuesday at 8 pm to celebrate. The book is a “funny, relatable self improvement guide to help you release your inner superhero!” (She was a therapist before comedy.) The night includes standup, with comedians talking about becoming the best version of themselves and anonymous confessions. Free. 21+.FILM TALK: The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences has a couple of great public programs this week at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, The Academy presents This is Duplass: An Evening with Jay and Mark (Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus, Baghead and The Puffy Chair). The brothers will talk about their collaborative projects and their favorite films. The sold-out program In the Labyrinth: A Conversation with Guillermo del Toro is at the theater on Wednesday at 8 pm. Standby tickets will be available, with numbers being given out at 5:30 pm. Tickets: $3-$5.

BEER: Beachwood BBQ (in Long Beach and Seal Beach) holds SourFest 2015 from Oct. 6 -11. More than 100 kegs of acidic and tart masterpieces from around the world will be served up during the celebration. Each bar will have a different list and nearly every tap will be serving up the sour. Noted sour beer producers are being brought in for special “Brewers Night” events that will feature rare offerings from Bruery Terreux (Placentia, CA), Allagash Brewing (Portland, ME), Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, CO) and more. Beachwood will offer 5.5oz and 10oz pours of all beers, and a free shuttle will run between Beachwood Seal Beach and Long Beach locations Thursday to Sunday.

FILM: There’s a Women In Film Panel on Tuesday night after the 7:25 pm screening of director Alexis Boling’s sci-fi/thriller Movement + Location. The discussion follows the screening and includes the film’s screenwriter-producer Bodine Boling, Seed & Spark’s Emily Best and screenwriter Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Tickets: $12.


MUSIC: English singer-songwriter Paul Weller—formerly of The Jam and Style Council—plays two night at The Fonda Theatre on Wednesday at Thursday nights. He’s joined by Villagers and DJ sets by Marv Mack + Glory Boy Kev. Doors at 8 pm. $42.50 - $57.50. All ages.

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MUSIC: There’s a great music lineup at the Hollywood Palladium this week as Beirut and Julia Holter play Wednesday and Thursday night. Holter plays in support of her new album Have You In My Wilderness, and Beirut is touring for their latest release No No No. Tickets: $37.50.

MUSIC: The Canadian band The Sheepdogs plays The Roxy on Wednesday night. The band’s currently touring to promote its just-released album Future Nostalgia. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. Also on the bill is Radio Moscow. Tickets: $15.

FILM: The Echo Park Film Center presents its monthly Vinegar Syndrome screening on Wednesday at 8 pm. The night’s a “monthly grab bag of short educational and ephemeral films” from the depths of EPFC's 16mm library. If you like found footage and collage films, then Vinegar Syndrome is for you. All films are selected by title around a specific theme and aren’t pre-screened, so everyone will be surprised. This month’s theme is “Back to School.” Tickets: $5 suggested donation.

FILM: Beyond Fest 2015 continues this week with the West Coast premiere of He Never Died on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Directed by Jason Krawczyk, the film stars Henry Rollins as a loner who spends his time playing bingo and eating people. His life is turned upside down with the arrival of a girl claiming to be his daughter. The horror-thriller is a mix of cannibalism and the vampire genre. A discussion follows the screening with Rollins and Krawczyk, moderated by Shepard Fairey. Tickets: $11.


PHOTOGRAPHY: The Skirball opens the exhibition, Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams on Thursday. Presented in association with the Japanese American National Museum, the exhibition highlights a lesser known body of work by the famed photographer and “offers insight into a disquieting period in American history.” Manzanar was an internment camp in Manzanar in Central California, and the images depict the lives of Japanese Americans imprisoned there. The exhibition will remain on view through Feb. 21, 2016. General admission: $10 (the Skirball is free on Thursdays).

MUSIC: The Culture Collide Festival Los Angeles takes over several venues around the city—including the Echoplex, Taix + The Champagne Room, The Church, The Echo and Lot 1 Café—from Thursday through Saturday. Headlining shows include Ladyhawke w/ Northeast Party House; Ash w/ Nick Diamonds; Chinese Indie Night; The Mynabirds; The Juan Maclean w/ Vieux Farka Toure and lots of international showcases. Tickets: $10-$30. The kick off party takes place on Thursday at Taix champagne room. RSVP for the party. On Oct. 10, Culture Collide hosts a massive International record fair in cooperation with Independent Label Market featuring more than 20 record labels.

TV: Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of the new Hulu half-hour comedy series Casual (Episodes 101 & 102) on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The 10-episode series is executive produced by Jason Reitman and stars Tommy Dewey and Michaela Watkins, as a brother and sister as they test out the L.A. dating pool again. The night includes a conversation with Reitman, executive producer / writer / creator Zander Lehmann, actors Michaela Watkins, Tommy Dewey and Tara Lynne Barr.

MUSICAL THEATER: Carrie the Musical is the first full-scale musical to play the Los Angeles Theatre in its 84-year history and opens officially on Thursday, 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. The show runs for six weeks only.

FILM: On Thursday night at 8 pm, Streetsblog LA presents Bike Films from the Vancouver, B.C.,-based urban mobility film/arts collective Modacity at the Echo Park Film Center. Modacity‘s Melissa and Chris Bruntlett will talk about Vancouver’s inspiring bike culture and how L.A. can help build their own bike-centric city. Their presentation includes several Vancouver Cycle Chic films. The event is free, but donations accepted.

COMEDY: A Good Show is a weekly comedy night that takes place every Tuesday at 8 pm at Open Space Cafe and Theatre. Hosted by Beth Sherman, the lineup features Brody Stevens, Jen Kober, Kira Soltanovich and Kyle Shire. Tickets: $5.

:Related: October Guide

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