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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. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season plays a solo show at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Monday night. He’s touring in support of his new album Didn’t He Ramble. Also performing is special guest Aoife O'Donovan. Tickets: $49.50-$77.50. Only a handful of tickets remain. 7 pm.

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Lily & Madeleine, the folk pop sister duo of Lily Jurkiewicz and Madeleine Jurkiewicz, play a special show at The Library at The Redbury Hotel on Monday at 8 pm. Free. 21+.

The Oakland-based alt-soul band Bells Atlas begins a Monday night residency at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice. This week, the band’s joined by Busdriver and Lucky Paul. Show begins at 9 pm. Tickets: $5 before 9 pm, $8 after. The band also plays Nov. 16 and 23.


The New Beverly highlights the acting work of John Cassavetes this month, and there’s a special Grindhouse double feature of “Rarely-Screened Exploitation Insanity in 35mm” on Tuesday night. At 7:30 pm, there’s a screening of Devil's Angels (1967) directed by Daniel Haller, in which Cassavetes plays a leader of a motorcycle gang. It’s followed at 9:30 pm by The Incubus (1982), directed by John Hough. Cassavetes plays a small town doctor investigating “brutally sleazy supernatural sex-killings.” Tickets: $8.

Converse Rubber Tracks Live continues its series of free shows across North America with a stop at the Teregram Ballroom on Tuesday night at 8 pm with The Orwells headlining the night. As in previous shows, the Converse series also presents local bands from each city as openers. The rock quartet L.A. Font gets the honors this week. The show is free, but RSVP for a free ticket.

The Writers Guild Foundation presents the program: The Multi-Hyphenates: Jay & Mark Duplass on Doing It All on Tuesday from 7:30-9 pm at the Writers Guild of America West (near 3rd & Fairfax). The brothers will share the “joys and challenges of balancing their writing, acting, producing and directing roles, plus how they work together to make it all happen.” Mark and Jay will be joined for part of the event by Sean Baker, writer and director of Tangerine, which they executive produced. General admission tickets: $20-$85. Proceeds benefit the Foundation’s library and archive and other outreach programs.

Actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Squid and the Whale) presents his fiction debut, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, on Tuesday at 8 pm at Skylight Books. The book is a collection of 44 “hilarious, moving, and inventive stories that explore the various insanities of the modern world.” They’re expecting a large crowd for the event and will be giving out numbered tickets to the signing line.

Comics without Borders, is a night of laughs and entertainment at the Laugh Factory on Tuesday night at 8 pm. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Face Forward, an organization that works to advocate for domestic violence and human trafficking survivors. Face Forward CEO Deborah Alessi and Face Forward Ambassador actor Bonnie Somerville (Code Black) welcome a lineup of comics that include Angelo Tsarouchas, Tom Arnold, Mark Ellis, Elan Gold and Kira Soltanovich. Tickets: $35 for general admission and $75 for VIP.

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Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show headlines the Bootleg Theater Bar on Tuesday night to support his 2015 self-titled solo album. Also on the bill are Stelth Ulvang (The Lumineers) and KaiL Baxley. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $13. 21+.


Classically trained vocalist Sunny Ozell, who also happens to be the wife of actor Patrick Stewart, has a gig on Wednesday night at 8 pm at the Hotel Cafe. She’s previewing material from her album, Take It With Me, which is due out in early 2016. Her music is a mix of blues, jazz, classic country, gospel and roots and will perform both original material and re-imaginings of rare tunes from Randy Newman, Tom Waits and more. Tickets: $12.50.

Comedian Judah Friedlander, best known as Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock, is on a four-week tour to plug his new book If The Raindrops United. The book compiles his wry observations through illustrations and text. Friedlander has a stand-up show at the Hollywood Improv on Wednesday at 8 pm. Tickets: $20 (includes the show and a copy of the book, which he’ll sign after the show). 18+.LAUGH OUT LOUD (Comedy)
The Standard, Downtown LA presents Laugh at Loud—a night of laughs on Wednesday at 8 pm. Performers include Theo Von, Aaron Weaver, Chris Redd, Danny Jolles, Kevin Christy. At the SPiN Standard. $5 with Facebook RSVP. Admission: $10 at the door.

Comedian Eugene Mirman is at Largo on Wednesday night for a launch party of I’m Sorry (You’re Welcome) his nine-volume, seven-LP comedy album (Sub Pop). In addition to a live show from Seattle's The Columbia City Theater, other LPs feature guided meditation and a “vast array of sounds that can be described as varyingly poignant, erotic, practical, romantic, mind-altering, educational, and humorous.” He’s joined by Derrick Brown and Josie Long at Largo. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.


ADRIAN TOMINE (Graphic novelist)
Skylight Books presents Adrian Tomine reading from his new graphic novel Killing and Dying (Drawn & Quarterly) on Nov. 12 at 7:30 pm. He’ll be in conversation from Tunde Adebimpe (from the band TV on the Radio) to talk about his graphic novel and how he used the medium to examine “loss, creative ambition, identity, and family dynamics.”

TIMBUK2 (Shopping)
On Thursday night from 6-8 pm, Timbuk2’s Venice Beach store hosts a launch party for Femme, a women's line of bags that fit in at the office as well as on a bike. Style blogger Luci Petlack of Luci’s Morsels co-hosts the party, and Timbuk2 provides the complimentary sushi to snack on and sake to sip while you shop. RSVPs needed.

Voila! Gallery on La Brea hosts actor/cinematographer/filmmaker Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) for the L.A. premiere of his photography. “This exhibition takes Norman Reedus from the role of the observed to the observer and lends insight into his personal journeys throughout his career, as viewed through his lens.” Reedus is an avid photographer who has participated in group exhibitions in Berlin, Hamburg, New York, San Francisco and L.A. The public opening is on Thursday 7-10 pm. The exhibition runs through Dec. 31.

KRISTINA WONG (Performance)
REDCAT presents the L.A. premiere of The Wong Street Journal, the latest solo show by comedian, actress and performance artist Kristina Wong from Thursday through Sunday. Directed by Emily Mendelsohn, the show is “part psychedelic TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part nonsense.” In the show, she talks about click bait, global poverty, privilege and economic theory and more. She’ll also talk about her recent adventures in Northern Uganda, researching and recording a rap album with local rappers. 8:30 pm on Thursday-Saturday and 3 pm on Sunday. Tickets: $16-$25.

The 11th Annual Cinema Italian Style 2015 returns to the Aero and Egyptian this weekend. Co-presented by the American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà, under the auspices of the Italian Consulate in L.A., the series begins on Thursday night at 6:30 pm at the Egyptian with an AFI screening of Don’t Be Bad (Non Essere Cattivo), by writer-director Claudio Caligari. The film—Italy’s official Oscar selection—will be introduced by actors Alessandro Borghi and Luca Marinelli, and producer Valerio Mastandrea. This is an L.A. premiere, and free tickets are available through AFI Fest.

The Café Bustelo® Pop-Up Café Experience returns to L.A. for the second year in a row at Graffiti Café (180 S. La Brea Ave.). They’re giving away free coffee beginning at 9 am on Thursday (closing at 8 pm), including Café Bustelo ​espresso, ​regular ​and decaf brews, ​K-Cups. Sit in the lounge with free WiFi and charging stations. Performances through the pop-up, which runs Friday to Monday (11/16) from 9 am to 7 pm, including one by Bryan Greenburg on Thursday at 7 pm. ​

Westside Comedy in Santa Monica presents a Laugh Party on Thursday at 8 pm. The evening features performances by Greg Fitzsimmons, Melissa Villasenor, Dennis Gubbins, Stephanie Simbari, Jackie Tohn, Neel Nanda, Lauren O’Brien and a special guest. Admission: $10.

Related: November Guide

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