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Arts and Entertainment

20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

Learn more about The Broad's architecture at the museum's first public program on Monday. (Image: Christine N. Ziemba)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


Now that the dust has settled from The Broad’s opening, the museum’s ready to begin its public programming slate. Things kick off on Monday with an architectural talk with architect Liz Diller, Eli Broad and founding director Joanne Heyler. Moderated by architectural critic Paul Goldberger, the program will examine the design process that led to the distinctive architecture of The Broad. This program takes place at Walt Disney Concert Hall. General admission: $15.


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CRIMINAL (Podcast)
We’re big fans of the Radiotopia podcast Criminal. (We think it’s an even better crime podcast than Serial.) On Tuesday at 8 pm, host Phoebe Judge records five stories (two long, three short) about “people who’ve done wrong, been wronged or gotten caught in the middle” live at The Regent. They’ll be mixing live on stage with visual components added. The band Elephant Micah performs crime songs, murder ballads and interstitial music throughout the show. Tickets: 23.50-$26.50.

LOVE (Film)
The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA hosts the L.A. premiere of Gaspar Noé's film LOVE in 3D on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. The film, which stirred up controversy at Cannes, is filled with its erotic, explicit and unsimulated sex scene, is an exploration of "amour fou" or mad love through a sexually charged two-year love affair. Following the screening, there’ll be a conversation between Noé, actor Karl Glusman and host of KCRW's The Treatment, Elvis Mitchell. Tickets: $20.

Former Massachusetts politician Barney Frank, who served in the U.S. Congress for more than three decades, joins journalist/filmmaker/radio host Ian Masters in conversation on Tuesday night in the Hammer Forum: The Elections One Year Out. The event takes place in the Billy Wilder Theater and begins at 7:30 pm. The talk will be livestreamed as well. A book signing will follow the forum for those attending in person. Free.


A history of comedy by Kliph Nesteroff.
KLIPH NESTEROFF (Book Launch + Comedy)
Skylight Books and Cinefamily team up to launch comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff's new book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at Cinefamily. His book illuminates the comedy scene and history with stories about with real-life characters and forgotten stars. Nesteroff is bringing a series of surprise clips to screen and guests, too. Tickets: $12.EMO NIGHT (Music)
The monthly Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday returns to the Echoplex bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90’s to today. (Think Brand New, New Found Glory to American Football and Death Cab For Cutie). Surprise guest DJs spin inside. Doors are at 9 pm and the first hour is free. After 10 pm, cover is $5. The event is 21+. All proceeds from the door will be donated to charity. Pabst Blue Ribbon will be providing beers for only $4 all night, and Wurrly will be leading a karaoke sing-along in line.

CHARLYNE YI (Books + Music)
Skylight also hosts an in-store signing/performance from actress, comedian, musician and writer Charlyne Yi, who presents her new book Oh the Moon on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. Her book blends “comedy, fantastic adventures, and a storm of feelings that will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time.” Yi’s jazz band also performs at the launch.

New York Times bestselling author Geraldine Brooks reads from and signs her new book The Secret Chord on Tuesday at 7 pm at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena. In her latest work, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book and March, takes on King David. The New York Times writes that the book is “a thundering, gritty, emotionally devastating reconsideration of the story of King David — makes a masterly case for the generative power of retelling. The feelings it’s likely to inspire in readers aren’t new to human civilization, but they may be new to you.”


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Canadian folk musician Ben Caplan and his band The Casual Smokers play a special set at No Vacancy. He’s touring in advance of his upcoming LP Birds With Broken Wings, out Nov. 20. Doors at 8 pm, set at 11 pm. Free.

Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin brings her latest show, Like A Boss for a short run at the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum beginning on Wednesday at 8 pm through Nov. 7. In the show she shares her thoughts on President-Elect Trump, Caitlyn (Jenner), Madonna, Eddie Murphy and more. Tickets: $59-$79. (And they’re going fast.)

REPTAR (Music)
The Athens, GA-based alt-pop band Reptar plays Club Bahia on Wednesday night. They’re touring in support of their sophomore LP, Lurid Glow, released earlier this year. Also on the bill: Holiday Mountain, Breathers and Green Gerry. 8:30 pm. 21+.

The monthly sketch comedy show DubTopia! with Drake and Lasley is at The Holding Company on Beverly nearly DTLA on Wednesday at 8:30 pm. In addition to live performers are sketch videos and a classically trained musical guest singing a reimagined hip-hop song. Guests this week: Connor Tillman, Neal Dandade, Lily Sullivan Josh Logan, Kristina Felske, Rebecca Krasny, Dede Drake and Tim Baltz. Musical guest: Dedrick Bonner, with videos by Midwest Bitties and Almost Grown Ups. A DJ spins before and after the show. Food truck and cash bar available at the venue. Tickets: $10 at the door.

Actors Kathy Baker, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Freida Pinto and Jimmy Smits perform a live reading of selected scenes from the five winning scripts at the 2015 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The event is directed and produced by Rodrigo Garcia and Julie Lynn, respectively. The five winning scribes and their scripts of this year’s Nicholls Fellowship are: Elizabeth Chomko, “What They Had”; Andrew Friedhof, “Great Falls”; Anthony Grieco, “Best Sellers”; Sam Regnier, “Free Agent” and Amy Tofte, “Addis Abeka.” Free, but tickets required.

THE BOOK TRUCK (Book party)
Each year, The Book Truck gives thousands of carefully selected books to teens in underserved communities throughout L.A. On Wednesday, the truck holds a fundraiser at Aventine’s garden in Hollywood from 7:30-10 pm. Guests can mingle with authors at party game stations around the event, including Daniel O’Brien, Romina Russell, Jessi Kirby, Nicole Maggi, Michelle Levy, Livia Blackburne, Alexandra Monir, Catherine Linka, Carrie Arcos, Sherri L Smith, Cecil Castellucci, and Elizabeth Ross. Almost 90 percent of the party ticket is going directly to The Book Truck. Tickets: $40.


The LA-based quartet Smallpools headline The Fonda Theatre on Thursday. Also on the bill: Magic Man with Panama Wedding. Doors 7:30 pm. Show 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20. All ages.

CAFAM presents the program Nibble on your Neighborhood: Wild Foods of Los Angeles on Thursday from 4-6:30 pm. Mia Wasilevich, Pascal Baudar and Josey Baker lead participants in a walking tour of the Miracle Mile neighborhood and then execute a wild menu of “natural yeast, foraged foods and fermented delectables.” The program will show how to bake wild yeast breads, and hunt and gather edible plants. Fee: $65/$55 members (includes materials & walking foraging tour). RSVP mandatory.


iam8bit Gallery opens the 'Postcards from Space' art show on Thursday night. (Image: Courtesy of iam8bit)
iiam8bit gallery presents an art show that features intergalactic postcard art from distant galaxies. The opening reception is on Thursday night from 7-10 pm, with the art works—actual postcards—for sale for $5 each. Postcards From Space features the work of Andrew Kolb, Anna Bihari, Arno Kiss, Austin James, Bwana Spoons, Chris Sanchez, Corinne Reid, Cory Schmitz, Doaly, Drew Wise, Erich Meyr, Franky Aguilar, Gabriel Bautista, Gerald de Jesus, Goncalo Viana, Hannah Nance Partlow, James Gilleard, Jason Adam, Jason Torchinsky, Johnny Yanok, Jose Emroca Flores, Jude Buffum, Katrin Wiehle, Kelly Moore, Lehr Biedelschies, Marco D'Alfonso, Mark Borgions, Marko Manev, Matt Haley, Matthew Moret, Mitch Ansara, Nan Lawson, Nikkolas Smith, Nimit Malavia, Orioto, Rachael Schafer, Rafael Gil, Ryan Brinkerhoff, Seung Hyun, Trisha Angeles and others. The works will remain on view through Nov. 15.

Doug Aitken's Station to Station project traveled 4,000 miles by train across North America during the course of 24 days. As it stopped in cities and small towns, a group of artists, musicians, and performers took part in a series of unique happenings, including Beck, Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Ed Ruscha, Doug Aitken, Mark Bradford, Mavis Staples, Cat Power, No Age and many more. Film Independent at LACMA screens the Station to Station feature film, which is made up of 62 one-minute films, including conversations, performances, and unrepeatable moments from the journey. Following the screening, there will be a conversation between Aitken and Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell. Opening performance by Sun Araw. Tickets: $15-$25.

The Broad presents its new music series “Callings Out of Context,” which features contemporary musical artists who sonically complement the museum’s pop art holdings. The first program takes place on Thursday with an intimate performance with experimental pop artists Helado Negro and Rabbit Rabbit across the street at REDCAT. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $25.

ArtBlast presents a pop-up vendor market, jam session and performance night at ArtShareLA in DTLA’a Arts District on Thursday from 7-11 pm. The free event brings artists together to share their work in an small space. Performance by KOOLDUDES.

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