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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.


Transviolet’s April Residency continues at the Satellite on Monday with the four-piece electropop band playing in support of its debut EP, released last fall, and an upcoming album. They’re joined on the bill by Chelsea Lankes, Slugs and machineheart. Doors: 8:30 pm, show at 9. Free. Ages 21+.

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THE 1975 (Music)
The 1975 play two shows (April 18-19) this week at the Shrine Expo Hall. Although Monday’s show is sold out, we hear there are tickets left for Tuesday’s show. The band’s touring in support of its recent 17-song album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. The Japanese House opens. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $39.50-$43.

UCB’s Spank show gives two brand new sketch or solo shows a chance on the UCBTLA stage. The British-American comedy duo We Are Thomasse (married couple Thomas and Masse) performs on Monday at 5:30 pm at UCB Sunset with Low Visibility. Tickets: $5.

A number of bars and restaurants are having Tax Day specials on Monday, but La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills is offering an excellent deal. The 50-year old restaurant offers 66¢ cocktails in honor of its founding in 1966, beginning on Monday from 5-10 pm and then continuing as a #TBT promotion through the end of the year. Get a featured rollback martini or old fashioned (though you have to purchase a food item to go with it). Limit one per person.


Michelle Wolf, the newest on-camera contributor and writer on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, has a standup show at Nerdmelt on Tuesday at 7 pm. All ages with parent or guardian 21+. Tickets: $8.

FELICIA DAY (Book reading)
Live Talks Los Angeles presents Felicia Day at the Bootleg Theater to read from and discuss her memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), which traces Day’s “rise from unknown online gamer to Hollywood actress to web entrepreneur.” The book’s soon to be released on paperback, and she’s added a chapter on her epic book tour. For this event, she’s joined in conversation with someone else with total geek cred: Wil Wheaton. 8 pm. Tickets: $20-$40.

WARP DRIVE (Music + variety)
The band Warp Drive (Stuart Jenkins and Alex Dezen) headline the Virgil on Tuesday night at 8 pm, bringing space-themed-variety tunes in between performances by Megan Koester, Maria Bamford, Jon Daly, Joe DeRosa, Ron Lynch and escape artist and magician Nick Paul. Free.

If you want danceable funk, R&B then head to Crane’s Bar on Tuesday where local band BonaVega, founded by founded by songwriter and record producer Branden Wilbarger, has its monthly residency at 8 pm. Free.

THE ARCS (Music)
Fresh from Coachella, The Arcs —featuring Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Leon Michels, Richard Swift, Homer Steinweiss and Nick Movshon—are performing songs from their album, Yours, Dreamily, at Henry Fonda Theatre on Tuesday with Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Tickets are $35. The show’s sold out, but it’s worth a try scoring a ticket to this one.

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Movie Night at the Wiltern presents a night with Dazed and Confused—a screening of the film, live music by the Dazed and Confused band, a photo booth, full bar and food available, too. Doors at 7 pm, the screening starts at 8 pm. Tickets: $4.20; more for VIP and private table upgrades.

KEEP NETFLIX WEIRD (Comedy + talk)
Cinefamily seems to have something really fun (and funny) up its sleeve for 4/20 at 6 pm. They’re presenting Keep Netflix Weird—”a rallying cry for oddballs and weirdos who want to spend a few hours screening funny comedies and hearing from their creators.” The guest lineup is amazing: Bob Odenkirk, Bill Burr, Maria Bamford, Mitch Hurwitz, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Mike Price and Pam Brady. The event is free, but you must pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Registration does not guarantee you a seat.

SUPER SERIOUS SHOW (Comedy + variety)
The Super Serious Show presents a mashup of standup, sketch comedy, videos and more. This week, the show’s at the Virgil on Wednesday at 7 pm with Eric Dadourian & Allen Strickland Williams with Clare O'Kane, Asif Ali, Cristela Alonzo, Katie Crown & Davey Johnson and a short film by Clara Aranmovich.Tickets: $7.

Comedian Doug Benson, friends and special surprise guests head to the Alex Theatre in Glendale for a special live taping of his show Getting Doug With High on Wednesday at 8 pm. Celebrate 4/20 the right way. It’ll be interesting how this all plays out since The Alex Theatre is a non-smoking facility. 18+. Tickets: $30.

Nashville’s Judah & The Lion are on the road, touring in support of the band’s sophomore release Folk Hop N Roll. They’ll bring their pop-Americana sounds to the Troubadour on Wednesday night. The duo The Saint Johns, also from Nashville, open the show. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $13-$15.


IFC's Documentary Now! was a great limited series show that lovingly (and hysterically) played on some of the great documentaries, from Grey Gardens to a Vice takedown. On Thursday at Cinefamily, IFC presents Documentary Now! Deconstructedwith directors Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono in person. There’s a screening, a Q&A and a reception with drinks and a photo booth on our back patio. To help track attendance, pre-register for “first-come, first-serve” admission. Your registration does not guarantee you a seat.

INSTAGRAM JAM 2016 (Photo)
Month of Photography Los Angeles presents Instagram Jam and Adhesive LA—a one-night only exhibition at Smashbox Studios in Culver City on Thursday from 8 pm to midnight. The show features the photos of both well-known and obscure photographers using Instagram to share their work.

LIVE READ (Film reading)
Film Independent's Live Read series at LACMA continues on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with director Jason Reitman coming back to close out the season. He’s assembling a top cast of performers to tackle the film selected for this month’s Live Read: Thank You For Not Smoking. The film is Reitman’s first feature, which debuted 10 years ago. A few limited tickets may be available at the door. Follow Reitman on Twitter to see who he’s cast for this installment. Tickets: $25-$50 (general public).

SHAKESPEARE (Hammer conversation)
On Thursday at 7:30 pm, the Hammer Museum presents a Shakespearian conversation between authors David S. Rodes and Ron Rosenbaum that’s being held in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The two leading scholars discuss how the Bard’s work should be printed and performed. All Hammer programs are free.

Visual Communications presents the 32nd edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival(LAAPFF), which runs April 21-28. More than 140 films from more than 20 countries will screen in various venues in Little Tokyo, the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown and West Hollywood. The festival opens on Thursday at 7 pm with the world premiere screening of Lena Khan’s The Tiger Hunter with Danny Pudi, Karen David, Jon Heder and Rizwan Manji (Tickets: $45-$50). Jonathan Lim’s Pali Road closes out the festival. (Tickets: $45-$50). Other great films screen in between, and screenings are generally $12-$14 per ticket.

SEX: A HORROR STORY (Storytelling and variety)
SEX: A Horror Story invites comedians to tell their worst dating and hook-up horror stories during a one-hour comedy and variety show. The next installment is being held at Nerdmelt on Thursday at 9 pm, featuring Dave Ross, Shelby Fero, Brodie Reed, Kristin Rand. The night’s hosted by JC Coccoli of Chelsea Lately & Last Comic Standing. Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.

Want the 411 on additional events and happenings in LA? Follow @LAist or me (@christineziemba) on Twitter.

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