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19 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 19 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.


ART+FOOD: Echo Park’s Pretend Gallery, in collaboration with the Food/Art collective Stiff Peaks, presents Hungry, Still, the first program its new Monday night series from 7-10 pm. Connecting the gallery with food/restaurant-going culture, Stiff Peaks created a “sculptural still-life buffet.” Guests are invited to eat and discover the “sensual and morbid intricacies of the table, including surprising and inedible components such as Lisa Sitko’s ceramic Apple Pipes, or a fake roasted suckling pig.” Also featured: Works on paper by Jacob Tillman and music by Featherbeard.

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MUSIC: It’s a School Night at Bardotin Hollywood and Monday night, the event features live sets by features live sets by Scott Weiland + the Wildabouts, Chase Atlantic, Phoebe Ryan and Andy Shauf. DJ sets by Justin Cornwall and Unlike Pluto. 18+ Free with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.


MUSIC: Death Cab for Cutie releases its eighth studio album, Kintsugi, this week, and to celebrate, the band plays a free, in-store at Amoeba—its first in a dozen years—on Tuesday at 6 pm. Fans who buy the CD, LP or cassette at Amoeba starting on March 31 gets the pre-signed album artwork and priority/guaranteed admission to the performance.

COMEDY: Good Looks is a free monthly comedy show that takes place every last Tuesday at play in DTLA’s Arts District. It celebrates its one-year anniversary on Tuesday with comedy by Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinane, Aparna Nancherla, Sean Patton, Paul Danke, Georgea Brooks and Phil Schallberger. Doors at 7:30 pm. Show at 8 pm. Cash bar.

FILM: The Tuesday Matinee series at LACMA presents the François Truffaut classic French film Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim), tracking the 25-year relationship between two friends and their mutual obsession, played by Jeanne Moreau. The film screens in LACMA’s Bing Theater on Tuesday at 1 pm. Tickets: $4 for the general public and $2 LACMA members and seniors (62+).

COMEDY: Warp Zone is a free standup show at The Virgil on the last Tuesday of each month. Hosted by comics TK Kelly and Keith Carey, Tuesday’s roster includes Matt McCarthy, Grant Cotter, Brandie Posey, Adam Conover, Renee Gauthier and Bronston Jones. Doors at 9 pm, show at 9:30 pm. Free.

CAM GIRLZ - Trailer from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

FILM: The documentary Cam Girlz, directed by Sean Dunne, explores the world of internet sex workers who find “economic freedom, empowerment, intimacy and creative self expression from the safety of their own homes.” The film is currently on a multi-city tour and makes a stop on Tuesday night at Cinefamily. The screening starts at 8 pm and is followed by a meet-and-greet reception with cam models Sophia Locke, Kendra Sunderland, Shay Laren, Rae Riley and Sky Smith, along with Dunne, Editor Kathy Gallo and cinematographer Isaac Bauman. RSVP as seating is limited. 18+.

STORYTELLING + COMEDY: Dawn Luebbe brings her comedy and storytelling show My 1992 Diary to UCB Franklin on Tuesday at 9:30 pm. My1992 Diary features guests John Milhiser, Shalyah Evans and others. Luebbe will re-tell “harrowing true stories from her awkward preteen years as a Nebraskan giantess. With hard evidence of diary entries, poetry, photos, and home videos, she'll transport you back to the early '90s.” Also on the same show: Who is More Awesome? Jim vs. Nate. Tickets: $5.

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MUSIC: TuneCore’s live music session returns to Bardot on Tuesday night at 9 pm. The monthly series spotlights independent music with sets by Sam Outlaw (9 pm), George Byrne (10 pm) and Alexander Cardinale (11 pm). There’s a special, surprise DJ set, too. Doors at 8 pm. 18+. Free at the door, but capacity is limited.


MUSIC: The Music of David Lynch at The Theatre at Ace Hotel features performances and interpretations by Angelo Badalamenti, Chrysta Bell, Rebekah Del Rio, Donovan, Duran Duran, Jim James, Julee Cruise, Karen O, Kinney Landrum, Moby, Sky Ferreira, Tennis, Zola Jesus and other special guests. The concert is a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation which aims to help alleviate trauma and PTSD in at-risk populations through meditation. The remaining tickets are VIP packages that run $250-$1,000.

PAPER PLANES: USC hosts a Red Bull Paper Wings Qualifier on Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the Lorenzo-Clippers Basketball Court. The public is welcome to sign up to design and create their own paper plane (from a single sheet of paper), which will be judged in categories longest distance, longest airtime and aerobatics. The winner gets a chance to win a trip to Salzburg, Austria, and participate in the World Finals. To sign up and learn more details, visit

LITERARY EVENT: Barnsdall Art Park Theatre begins its brand-new lit series with Bamboozled: Fact. Fiction. Art? on April Fool’s Day from 8-10 pm. Hosted by Dinner Party Download’s Rico Gagliano and curated by writer Diana Wagman, the event brings together four L.A. authors (Lisa Teasley, Deborah Vankin, Bill Lambrinides and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong) with the audience deciding whose stories are fact or fiction. During the performance, Annie Preece creates a live painting based on the stories told, which will be raffled off at the end of the night. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Food and drinks will be available for purchase, too.

MUSIC: Sonos Studio on La Brea is rocking this week with two killer shows. On Wednesday the L.A.-based indie/shoegaze band Wildling gives a live performance of songs from their upcoming debut EP, followed by a Q&A. On Thursday, Mikky Ekko brings his R&B-influenced alternative pop sounds with a set from his debut album, Time. Both shows are free, but RSVP is needed (and does not guarantee entry). Get there REALLY early for Ekko if you want a chance to get in.


DUBLAB SALON: Creative Cultivation is dublab's 2015 FundraiserSalon, held on Thursday night from 7-11 pm at JF Chen in Hollywood. The web radio collective brings together supporters for an evening of music, food, drinks and stimulating art with DJ sets by Carlos Niño, Devendra Banhart & Josiah Steinbrick, Ganas (Mas Exitos) and Gifted & Blessed (playing live). Tickets: $100 (tax-deductible).

BOXING: Boxing returned to DTLA last month, thanks to L.A.’s own Oscar de la Hoya. His Golden Boy productions is now holdings monthly Fight Club nights at the Belasco Hotel. The Thursday, April 2, installment is headlined by East Los Angeles native Julian “El Camarón” Ramirez (13-0, 8 KOs) facing off against Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (23-12, 17 KOs) in a 10-round featherweight bout. Prices start at $20 with VIP packages available.

LIT + POLITICS: On Thursday at 7:15 pm, ALOUD at the Central Library presents the program Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism. The evening features human rights activist Karima Bennoune talking about her book in which she chronicles the lives of artists, doctors, lawyers and teachers from around the world who challenge stereotypes of Islamist fundamentalism. Free with RSVP.

BOOKS: Author Robin Olivera as she reads from, discusses and signs her novelI Always Loved You, at the Getty Museum’s lecture hall at 3 pm on Thursday. The book recreates the life, times, love and heartbreak of Impressionist artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas. Free, but advance tickets recommended.

MUSIC: It’s only fitting that Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, who just released their tribute album the late L.A. songwriter Elliott Smith, end their 13-city tour with a night at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre on Tuesday night. Tickets: $45+ fees. 8:30 pm.

VARIETY: The Bootleg Variety Hour is billed as a “smart, snappy, spontaneous evening of entertainment that does not rely on camera tricks, laugh tracks, hidden electronics or audience stooges.” Hosted by David Kovac, the show features the magic and stage illusions of Sebastian Kraine and special musical guest Asa Danekind. Doors at 7 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm. The Bootleg Variety Hour runs Thursday through Saturday; tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.

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