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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 L.A. this week. If you need additional suggestions, then check out our March Guide, too.


The Doug Benson Movie Interruption returns to Largo on Monday night at 7:30 pm with Doug and friends taking on the EDM/DJ drama, Zac Efron’s We Are Your Friends. Comedians sit up front on the comfy couches and provide live commentary while the movie screens. Tickets: $14.

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KELLY’S HOLLYWOOD (Film + Fundraiser)
The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA) and ArcLight Cinemas (Sherman Oaks) present a day of screenings of the documentary, Kelly's Hollywood, on Monday with proceeds going to DSALA. The film follows a brother who tries to fulfill his sister’s dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. Kelly has Down syndrome and things take an unexpected turn when she begins to get jealous of his romantic relationships. Showtimes at 1 pm, 5 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets: $20-$25.

Big Terrific—the comedy trio Jenny Slate, Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri—is at Largo at the Coronet on Monday night. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

The Echo presents a great bill on Monday night. Nap Eyes from Nova Scotia headlines with Dublin guitarist and songwriter Cian Nugent and L.A.’s Matt Kivel playing in support. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8-$10.

The Arclight and Slamdance continue the Slamdance Cinema Club film series on Monday night in Hollywood at 8 pm. The series selects new independent films from the Slamdance Film Festival to screen at ArcLight Hollywood, followed by a filmmaker Q&A. The next screening is Alex Simmons’ Honey Buddies. When a guy gets dumped a few days before his wedding, his best man convinces him to go on the honeymoon together: a 7-day backpacking trip through the Oregon wilderness. They meet characters and a predator along the way; the trip tests their friendship. Tickets: $11-$15.

BLOW-UP (Film)
On Monday at 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA presents a screening that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-up on 35mm. The film is a “bold and free-wheeling philosophical look at the rapidly shifting sexual and interpersonal climate of America in the late 1960s” focusing on Thomas (David Hemmings), a haute couture photographer, who shoots strangers on the streets of London. He follows a mysterious woman (Vanessa Redgrave) “where his fascination eventually leads into capturing a murder with his lens.” Tickets: $5-$10.


The Super Secret Comedy Show returns to the Lyric Theatre on Tuesday night with secret headliners, Anthony Jeselnik, Iliza Shlesinger, Maz Jobrani, Kevin Shea, Billy Bonnell, Sam Jay, Hunter Hill and others. Doors 7:30 and show at 8 pm. Tickets: $20. 21+.

Yannick Ilunga—better known as Petite Noir—is a half-Congolese, half-Angolan singer-songwriter from South Africa who just released his first full-length album, La vie est belle (Life Is Beautiful). He plays the Echoplex on Tuesday night, joined by Austin-based Bayonne (Roger Sellers) and T.O.L.D. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $10.50-$12.50.

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NICK OFFERMAN (Comedy + variety)
Nick Offerman (formerly Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation) brings his show Full Bush to Largo on Tuesday night. He’ll present a few “cautionary tales, tunes and tips for prosperity.” Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

ORIGIN STORY (Storytelling)
Origin Story, the monthly storytelling night at UCB Sunset, hosted by MOTH champion Margot Leitman, takes place on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. This week’s storytellers talking about starts and beginnings are: Nick Ross (host of The Moth Story Slam); Matteson Perry (New York Times, McSweeney's); Zeke Nicholson (Cardinal Redbird); and Hanna LoPatin (Jersey Shoresical, writer Dreamworks TV). Tickets: $5.


On Wednesday at 7:30 pm, the Last Bookstore in DTLA hosts David Gilmour of Pink Floyd and his wife, writer Polly Samson, who’ll be in conversation with former L.A. Times book editor David Ulin. Together, the trio discusses Samson’s most recent novel The Kindness, her story story collection Perfect Lives as well as Gilmour and Samson’s songwriting partnership and their most recent album Rattle That Lock.JAM SESH (Comedy)
Jam Sesh is a new comedy show at The Hi Hat—Highland Park’s newish music venue—on Wednesday night at 8 pm. This week’s free showcase features the comedic talents of Laura Kightlinger, Melissa Villasenor, David Gborie, Chris Estrada, Ellie McElvain and Greg Edwards.

Josh Gondelman has a Los Angeles album release party on Wednesday night at The Virgil to celebrate his latest album Physical Whisper. Joining Gondelman in the fun is Ron Funches, Emily Heller, Kurt Braunohler, Erin Judge, Chris Garcia, Emmy Blotnick and Cy Amundson. Tickets: $8. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm.


THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON Q&A (Art + performance)
The Vidiots Foundation presents: The People v O.J. Simpson Q&A on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Join creators/writers/producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in a conversation moderated by actor Evan Handler (who plays Alan Dershowitz) on FX’s riveting limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson. Admission is $25 ($20 for members, students and seniors).

BEETHOVEN IN LOVE (Music + Reading)
Author Howard Jay Smith discusses his new historical novel Beethoven in Love; Opus 139 Concerto QuasiUna Fantasia at the Brand Library in Glendale on Thursday night at 7 pm. The event is being held as part of the library’s BookSmARTS series. Award winning pianist Tae Yeon Lim also performs music by Beethoven to illuminate the discussion. Admission is free.

Cameron Esposito has release show happening at The Roxy on Thursday night to celebrate the release of Marriage Material. “Filmed in Cameron's hometown of Chicago in front of a sold out crowd just two days before her wedding to fellow comedian Rhea Butcher, the special covers everything from the secrets of a women's locker room to gun control, drug policy, marriage equality and why love is alive.” Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $20. All ages show.

We love Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle (based on the Philip K. Dick novel), and the Writers Guild Foundation welcomes the show’s creator on Thursday night at 7:30 pm for the program The World Builder: Frank Spotnitz on Creating Complex TV Series. The writer/executive producer of Amazon’s most viewed series and the upcoming Medici: The Masters of Florence, talks about his experiences writing across genres and platforms (he was a exec producer on The X-Files, too) and “the process of world building.” Spotnitz will be in conversation with author and screenwriter Neil Landau. Tickets: $10-$15, $65 for VIP.

The Cat Art Show LA, which drew thousands of visitors when it debuted in 2014, returns Thursday through Sunday at Think Tank Gallery in DTLA. The exhibition will once again focus on the cat as muse. Cat Art Show LA 2: The Sequel features more than 70 globally­ recognized artists including Mark Ryden, Kat Von D, Norman Reedus, Marc Dennis, Travis Lampe, Walter Chandoha, Mick Rock, and Adam Wallacavage, among others.

The A+D Museum holds an opening reception for its latest exhibition Come In! DTLA on Thursday night from 7-10 pm. The show celebrates DTLA and the artists and designers who call it home. Participating designers are from all disciplines of design—from architecture, to fashion, to graphics, to product, to gaming design and more. Admission: $15 (general), $7 (students). Free to members. The show remains on view through June 23.

The Full Moon Bazaar—a monthly pop-up shopping event—returns to the Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles on Thursday night at 8 pm. Guests can browse the goods and services of local artists, beauty and fashion retailers while listening to sounds by Savoir Adore, BR/\VE and VONGLOE. Free with RSVP to SKYBARLA@MHGC.COM.

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