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20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

Giorgio Andreotta Calò: '5122.65 Miles' opens at the Depart Foundation on Thursday. (Image: Courtesy the artist.)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. If you need additional suggestions, then check out our March Guide, too.


West Hollywood celebrates Women's History Month with a number of events in March. On Monday there’s a panel discussion, Women Beyond the Graphic Novel, at the West Hollywood Library from 7:30-9 pm. Moderated by Rosaline Helfand, the panelists include Janelle Asselin-Moore, Rosy Comics/ Fresh Romance; Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, Chromatic Press; Barbara Randall Kesel and Yumi Sakugawa. The panelists will examine how women are innovating the field of comics and graphic novels and expanding on the topics and genres that comics can cover. Free admission, but RSVP at 323-848-6823 or Free onsite parking in the five-story parking structure with validation.

Saddle Creek and Wichita Records team up for the new monthly event Drinking the Sunlight at Resident DTLA on Monday night from 8 pm to midnight. The chill hang features DJ and live sets from the labels’ artists and friends. This week’s bill includes DJ sets by LA-based rockers Bleached, Portland punk legends The Thermals and the London pop artist, Oscar, all playing unreleased cuts from their new records.

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Fell Runner, an L.A.-based experimental rock band, has a free residency at the Bootleg Theater every Monday in March, beginning this week. They’re joined by members of wild Up as well as Easy, Joey Dosik and Golden Daze. 8:30 pm. Bar stage. 21+.


Stand-Up on the Spot, a comedy show produced by Brian Woods, is at the Comedy Store’s Belly Room on Tuesday at 8 pm. On the bill: Joe Rogan, Todd Glass, Harland Williams, Baron Vaughn, Jamie Lee, Tone Bell and Thai Rivera, who’ll be performing improvised comedy based on audience suggestions. Admission: $5 plus 2 drink minimum. 21+.

Author and filmmaker Leslie Zemeckis presents the event Boobs, Books & Burlesque at The Culver Hotel on Tuesday from 7-10 pm. It’s a night of music and burlesque performances by April Showers and Maxi Millions to benefit the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. Zemeckis will be signing her biography of burlesque artist Lili St. Cyr. Admission by donation. Cash bar available on site.

Eliot Sumner plays the Echo on Tuesday night in support of her recently released debut album, Information. The songwriter/instrumentalist, who happens to be Sting and Trudie Styler’s daughter, pairs “Krautrock-inspired riffs with synth-pop rhythms.” Also on the bill: Cillie Barnes, Rosechild. Tickets: $12-$14. 8:30 pm. 18+.


THE MOTH (Storytelling)
The Moth storytelling takes over Busby’s East at 7:30 pm on Wednesday.* With the theme The Dark Side, storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story about the naughty, underbelly of life. No reading from notes and no stand-up routines, please. Doors at 6:30 pm, stories at 7:30 pm. General admission is $10. *We originally listed this for Tuesday.

Neon Retro Arcade, Mix n’ Munch sandwich shop and Float Pasadena team up for an Arcade Happy Hour on Wednesday as part of Old Pasadena’s Happy Hour Week (March 1-14). From 5-7 pm at the Neon Retro Arcade, guests can enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches, floats plus an hour of free play. Cost: $10 per person.

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The Rockaway Beach (New York) experimental rock duo Lewis Del Mar plays the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday night. They have an EP out now, and the debut full-length album is due out later this year. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. The event is 18+. Tickets: $10.

POPUP! Bookfest is a free literary event in Glendale presented by Glendale Arts and Writ Large Press on Wednesday from 5-8 pm. The popup festival, taking place at the Barnes & Noble at the Americana at Brand from 5-8 pm, features multilingual readings and public writing/publishing workshops.

ANDAZ TASTE (Happy hour)
The Andaz West Hollywood presents its Andaz Taste series on Wednesday from 5-7 pm. The event is being held at the Andaz Wine Gallery on the first floor and will feature selections from Angel City Brewery. Guests and neighbors can enjoy a complimentary tasting. After the sampling, guests can enjoy happy hour at Andaz's Riot House Bar with drinks and appetizers starting at $5. Discounted valet parking will be available for $7.

Dirty Thirty is a new stand up show at the Upright Citizens Brigade (Franklin) that happens on Wednesday at 8 pm. Hosted by comic Sam Jay, the show features sets from some of L.A.'s top up-and- coming comedians as well as a 30-minute set from a headliner working out new material. The first show this week will feature Jenny Zigrino, Greg Edwards, Brandon Wardell and 30 minutes from Matt Braunger. Tickets: $5.



Debate Debate 3: A Debate Viewing and Comedy Event at The Theatre at Ace Hotel returns to the Theatre at Ace Hotel. (Image: Debate Debate)
DEBATE DEBATE 3 (Debate screening + comedy + party)
Debate Debate returns to the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday night. The screening party of the Republican National Debate, which hopes to engage younger voters though a night of comedy and performance, opens its doors at 7 pm for warm-up comedy. The debate screening with commentary, comedy and music breaks starts at 8 pm, and the rooftop afterparty begins at 10 pm. Scheduled to participate are: Jonah Ray, Moshe Kasher, Lucas Bros, Rob Fee and other special guests. Tickets: $15 for general admission and $35 for VIP preferred seating which also includes a merchandise package.

The Laugh Party returns to Westside Comedy in Santa Monica on Thursday night at 8 pm. Featured comics/performers include: Ryan Sickler, Lang Parker, Darren Capozzi, Renee Gauthier, Erik Knowles, Jeff May, Lauren O’Brien, Morgan Jay and a special guest. Admission: $10. 21+.

DEPART Foundation presents Giorgio Andreotta Calò:’s 5122.65 Miles, with an opening reception on Thursday from 6-9 pm. Curated by Luca Lo Pinto, the show of photographs, sculptures and film marks Calò’s first exhibition in the U.S. and links Venice, Italy, to Venice, California. The show draws from the artist's “ephemeral and performative practice including images of Los Angeles that Calò has captured with an improvised pinhole camera created in the trunk of a car.” The works remain on view through May 7.

SOFAR (Music)
Sofar (Songs from a Room) Los Angeles—concerts held in really intimate spaces—holds its next secret pop-pop session on Wednesday from 8:30-10:30 pm somewhere near USC. Sofar is now holding eight shows a month in various locations around L.A. Recent performers include The Colourist, Kiven, Salt Petal, Mystic Braves, Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and more. There are two ways to attend: Buy a reserved ticket for $20 or apply for a ticket and you’ll receive a confirmation email to let you know that you're in (pay-what-you want). Sign up at Sofar Sounds to get on the list for future sessions.

Afro Chic from Carrie Mae Weems on Vimeo.

Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA Presents Carrie Mae Weems: Coming Up For Air on Thursday at 7 pm at MOCA Grand Avenue. The event features video work by Weems, including her feature-length Coming Up For Air and the short film, "Afro-Chic." From MOCA: “Bold and inquisitive, Weems’s videos extend her photographic explorations of language, memory, and perception by delving into various constructions of history in order to reveal their personal and cultural reverberations.” Admission is free to Filmforum and MOCA members, $12 general admission, $7 students with valid ID.

ZUMANITY (Art + performance)
The next Downtown Art Walk takes place on Thursday night, and one of the related events is being held at Think Tank Gallery’s Break Bread exhibition. On Thursday, visitors get to take a special tour of Break Bread, and the cast of Las Vegas' Zumanity show will do an adaptation of Cirque du Soleil's show built in collaboration with Scott Hove's Cakeland. March 10th will be the only date for the public to experience this performance. 4 pm general entry to mix and mingle with performers in the installation area; shows at 8:30 and 10 pm. Tickets: $75.

DTF: Darryl & Timaree Fun Hour takes to the Nerdmelt stage on Thursday at 7 pm. It’s billed as the “greatest sex ed/comedy/game show in the known universe.” Dr. Timaree Schmit, a real life sexuality educator (Sex with Timaree) and comedian Darryl Charles bring a panel discussion of edu-tainment about sex. Guests: Sex Nerd Sandra and comedian Thomas Fowler. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MAX JURY (Music)
Singer-songwriter Max Jury performs at the Hotel Cafe on Thursday in support of his upcoming, self-titled debut album due out later this year. He takes the stage with Among Savages for an early set (from 7-9 pm). Tickets: $12.50.

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