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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 April Guide, too.


There’s a great double bill at UCB Sunset on Monday night at 8:30 pm. Things kick off with the storytelling show, The Craigslist Monologues, in which people read/perform stories culled from Craigslist. It’s followed by Craft Service Table: The Musical...A One Woman Show that stars Jeanne Taylor (and a guy Hal Rudnick, who also directs the show). The show presents what happens when all your favorite craft service snacks come to life. Additional performances on April 18 and May 16. Tickets: $5.

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The Getty Museum opens the exhibition In Focus: Electric! on Tuesday featuring 39 photo works drawn from the Getty’s permanent collection of more than 50,000 photographs and arranged along four themes. The exhibition“highlights historic photographs that show the allure of artificial illumination as well as recent photographs that express unease about life tethered to the grid.” Electric! will remain on view through Aug. 28. Free admission. Parking is $15 per car, but reduced to $10 after 4 pm.


Cinefamily’s series The Films of Joachim Trier continues on Tuesday with a sneak peek of the director’s latest film and English-language debut, Louder Than Bombs, followed by his first feature Reprise (2006). In Bombs, three characters have difficulty coming to terms with the suicide of their mother/wife. The film stars Isabelle Huppert, Jesse Eisenberg, Gabriel Byrne and Devin Druid. 7:30 pm. Tickets are free, first-come, first-served, but registration is required.

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 at 9 pm. The first 100 people get in free (along with a special gift). $5 cover after.

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On Tuesday at 6 pm, Roku in WeHo holds an interactive Teppanyaki Dinner in collaboration with the Table8* reservation service. In addition to filet mignon and Nova Scotia Lobster Tail, the all-inclusive tickets (Table8 members: $60; nonmembers: $65) include a craft cocktail, an order of decadent lobster garlic noodles and traditional hibachi shrimp.

Red Bull Sound Select music series of emerging artists continues on Tuesday at 8 pm at the Del Monte Speakeasy (Townhouse Basement) with music by Adrian Younge and Dawn Venice, Joey Dosik and a DJ set by No I.D. RSVP for $3. 21+.

The Nerdist Showroom presents a Historical Roast of Leonardo Da Vinci(inventor, artist) on Tuesday at 9 pm. Panelists Tony Sam, Kristen Studard, Nate Craig, Dana Moon, Anyi Malik, Caitlin Durante, Eric Dadourian and hosts Eddie Furth and Ryan Pigg take on Da Vinci. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

The Ruby Friedman Orchestra, fronted by its namesake, singer-songwriter Ruby Friedman plays The Hotel Cafe on Tuesday at 9 pm. The band mixes rock, Americana, blues, country and more to create a sound that’s as powerful as Friedman’s unmistakeable voice. Tickets: $12.50. 21+.

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PINTS WITH A PURPOSE (Beer + fundraising + art)
OPCC (formerly known as the Ocean Park Community Center) teams up with the Downtown Women's Center and Lamp Community for a party on Tuesday from 5:30-8:30 pm at Angel City Brewery with all proceeds going toward ending homelessness in Los Angeles. Tickets: $13.59 in advance and $16.74 at the door. If you can’t make it, the organizations are holding an Art Open House at Lamp Village on Skid Row from 1:30-3:30 pm on Thursday. RSVP is required for the art reception.

GERMAN HUMOR (Discussion)
Yes, there is such a thing. On Tuesday at 7 pm, the Goethe Institut holds the program, German Humor: A Ruined Evening with @NeinQuarterly featuring a presentation and discussion with Eric Jarosinski, a former professor of German literature. “In exploring the comic potential of German grammar, literature, and philosophy on Twitter, his feed @NeinQuarterly has gained a highly diverse global audience, currently numbering over 125,000 readers in more than 100 countries.” Free Admission with RSVP via 323.525.3388 or


The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles(IFFLA) runs April 6-10 at the ArcLight Hollywood, featuring more than 25 films from the Indian filmmaking community across the globe. The festival bridges the gap between Hollywood and India’s industries, and opens on Wednesday night with the U.S. premiere of the “ensemble powerhouse” Angry Indian Goddesses,” by filmmaker Pan Nalin. Anu Menon’s Waiting closes the festival on April 10. Festival passes: $100-$1,200. Individual tickets start at $15.

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Seattle's Noah Gundersen performs at the Hotel Cafe on Wednesday from 7-10 pm in support of his latest album Carry The Ghost. Ages 21+. The show is sold out, but a few tickets may be available at the door.

Sound Check Live is a “musical experience” for the rock fans out there that takes place every Wednesday night at 8 pm at Lucky Strike at Hollywood & Highland. The series kicked off in March with musical talent tapped by guest curator Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme’s lead guitarist). Free admission.

ROOFTOP FILM (Outdoor film screening)
The Rooftop Film Club returns to L.A., screening films on top of The Montalbãn in Hollywood beginning on Wednesday night. On April 6, they’re screening J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Screenings are 18+ and tickets are $17 + booking fee. Doors at 6 pm and screening at 8 pm. Food and drinks available for purchase. Shows are selling out fast, so check out the full lineup and get your tickets ahead of time.


The California Sunday Magazine brings its Pop-Up Magazineevent back to L.A. for a night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The program features a mix of true stories, film, photography, art, radio and music live on stage. The lineup includes: comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani, director Ava DuVernay (Selma), photographer and Echo Park filmmaker Amanda Marsalis, journalists Dexter Thomas and Claire Hoffman, and KPCC’s Alex Cohen. Live music by Magik*Magik Orchestra. Tickets are $25-$45+ fees.

On Thursday from 8-10:30 pm, Art Share L.A. presents the third installment of Mezcla: Eclectic Nights, a music and spoken word showcase that features the works of upcoming L.A. based musicians and poets. Performances from Hannah Dains, Grant Lyon and Jake Bowman with music from Mister Mudd, Smiling Beth and The Letters Home. Doors at 7:30 pm and free garage parking at the venue.

CABARET NOIR (Music + performance)
DTLA’s Mrs. Fish launches a new weekly ‘Cabaret-Noir’ show on Thursday, featuring live music by Los 440s theatrics, burlesque, costumes, dancing, performance art and more, developed by Mrs. Fish and producer and choreographer Erica Snap of Pervade Arts. 21+. No cover.

The Lyric Theatre launches a new concert series presented by Quincy Jones this week. The series features acts that are selected and supported by Jones. The next installment takes place on Thursday at 8 pm with soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Joey Dosik, special guests Coco O. (of Quadron) and Vulfmon (Jack Stratton of Vulfpeck performing a solo set). 18+. Tickets: $15.

Cinefamily has an exclusive engagement this week of A Space Program (April 7-15), a series in which artist Tom Sachs takes audiences on an “intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ incredible piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.” Sachs and director Van Neistat appear in person on Thursday at 7:30 pm, and host a night of curated industrial films at 7:30 pm before the 10 pm showing. Tickets: $14.

Saddle Creek and Wichita Records team up again for the new monthly event Drinking the Sunlight on Thursday night from 8:30 pm to midnight at Resident DTLA. The chill hang features DJ and live sets from the labels’ artists and friends. This week’s bill includes a live performance by Froth, DJ sets by Elvis and Max Keuhn (Fidlar) and Kevin Morby.

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