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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.


Korey Dane continues his Monday Night Residency at the Echo, joined by Rachel Goodrich, Nico Yaryan and Cheap Tissue on the bill. 8:30 pm. Free priority entrance with RSVP at DoLA. 21+.

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It's time for the LA Moth GrandSLAM at the Echoplex on Monday night at 8 pm. Ten past StorySLAM winners take on the theme “Game on” telling stories of the “tipping point, throwing down the gauntlet, forced to do or die, facing the music or just noticing, for the first time, that things were about to change.” Storytellers competing for the championship are: Dave Child, Stuart Jacobson, Ella James, Vicki Juditz, Monte LaMonte, Melanie Maras, Wil Petre, Bernie Somers, Ethan Stanislawski and Rich Tackenberg. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein and music by Alexander Burke and Eban Schletter. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $25. 18+ event.


NIGHT TALK (Talk show + comedy)
The Trepany House at The Steve Allen Theatre presents the return of Night Talk with Martin Starr on Tuesday night at 8 pm. The talk show focuses on “matters of utmost intimacy and hilarious bedroom fails.” Starr’s guests this week include Paul Scheer (The League, Crash Test) Sandra Daugherty, creator and host of the Nerdist podcast Sex Nerd Sandra, and actor Ryan Hansen, reading gay fanfiction written for his character from the Starz cult hit Party Down. Audience members will be challenged in a quiz from Starr for prizes and each attendee will receive a bonus gift with admission. Tickets: $10.

Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) and the Skirball Cultural Center present a new monthly series of documentary films and panel discussions that showcase the best “global impact cinema.” SIMA Impact Cinema: 2016 Winners Series screens the fourth Tuesday of every month from April through August. The series opens this week with Crocodile Gennadiy (Almost Holy) at 7:30 pm. The Ukrainian film, directed by Steve Hoover, tells the story of Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, who abducts homeless drug-addicted kids from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. Tickets: $6-$10.

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ALIEN (Film)
Alamo Drafthouse, Mondo and 20th Century Fox celebrate LV-426—Alien Day—on Tuesday, April 26 (in honor of LV426, the moon where the Nostromo first encounters the Xenomorph eggs that cause some pesky space problems for Ripley and her crew). There’s a nationwide celebration at movie theaters across the country, including a 7:45 p.m. screening of Aliens at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. There’s swag for sale, customized video pre-shows and a Q&A hosted by Matt Gourley, featuring cast members Jenette Goldstein ("Vasquez"), Carrie Henn ("Newt") and Ricco Ross ("Frost"). Tickets: $15-$30.


HEAVEN HILL WHISKEY (Dinner + drinks)
Hey 19 Public House in El Segundo presents a Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond Dinner on Wednesday from 7-9 pm. Led by owner cocktail expert Demi Stevens, the dinner features three courses that pair Heaven Hill whiskeys with dishes from Executive Chef Vasili Tavernakis. The menu includes: Smoked Blue Cheese and Artichoke Heart Fondue with Crostinis; Chicken Fried Rabbit, Bourbon BBQ Coleslaw (kale, radicchio, Brussels sprouts) and Chili Roasted Cashews; and Candied Bacon Skewers with Cinnamon Toast Dust. $65 per person (not including tax & gratuity).

The Acropolis Cinema screening series presents the program, What Has Happened Is That Time Has Passed: An Evening with Ben Russell, at Automata Theater in Chinatown on Wednesday at 8 pm. The event includes a screening of one of Russell's earlier films, Daumë (2000)—which Acropolis describes as "a spiritual precursor" to He Who Eats Children—and a live performance by the filmmaker in which modular synthesizer and audio-responsive 3D emanations are coupled with randomized outtakes from his Garden of Earthly Delights trilogy. Russell will be in conversation with film critic Robert Koehler after the screening. Guests are then welcome to head over to a reception at General Lee's to cap the night.

THE ART OF IGGY POP (Photography)
Mr. Musichead Gallery presents a photo exhibition that focuses on Iggy Pop's latest album Post Pop Depression. The photos were taken by PPD drummer Matt Helders and the band's own photographer, Andreas Neumann. Iggy Pop and Josh Homme American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression includes 24 fine art photographs documenting the making of the album as well as the display of 8mm film footage capturing the behind-the-scenes action. Pop, Homme, Helders and Dean Fertita are expected to attend. The one-night only exhibition features a reception from 6-10 pm. Tickets: $32.64 + fees. Partial proceeds benefit Josh Homme's The Sweet Stuff Foundation

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The seventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival opens on Thursday with the 40th anniversary screening of the Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman political thriller All The President’s Men (1976). The festival, which takes place in Hollywood, also features these two live events: The North American premiere of Holiday in Spain aka Scent of Mystery (1960) presented in “Smell-O-Vision” at the Cinerama Dome and a poolside screening at the Hollywood Roosevelt of Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman (1925), featuring DJ Thomas Golubić spinning an accompanying soundtrack for the silent film. Individual tickets are $20 for most screenings and events.

MiniBar Hollywood teams with Westlake Village’s 101 Cider House and Compton’s Sierra Cheese to host a Super Cheesy Dinner Party at MiniBar on Thursday from 7-10 pm. The open-seated dinner includes three dishes courtesy of Little Dom’s Chef Brandon Boudet paired with tart, dry ciders: Strung Outta Compton String Cheese with 101 India Pale Cider; Compton's Finest Grilled Cheese with 101 Piña Menta Cider; and Fried Cheese Curds with Poutine Gravy with 101 Red or Black Cider (TBD). Tickets: $25. For reservations, email

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Australian Andy Clockwise, whose sound is reminiscent of LCD Soundsystem or The Rapture, plays his EP release show at The Satellite on Thursday night. He just released The Good Book on April 8 via Exhibition Records. Also playing the show on Thursday are: I, Us, & We, Send Medicine, The Warlords of Rock N Roll Thunder & Lightning and Bella Darling. Doors: 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $10. Ages 21+.

L.A. POETS (Reading)
On Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Goethe-Institut, Writers Bloc presents Four Favorite L.A. Poets in a celebration of Poetry Month. Listen to Kim Dower, Stephanie Hammer, Ron Koertge and Angela Penaredondo read, perform and discuss their poetry. “Subjects in these works include personal ads, mechanics, bottled water and fish.” Tickets: $10.

Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring a night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 9 p.m. Joining them on the bill are Eddie Pepitone, Kyle Kinane, Eliot Glazer, the house band The Lampshades (Kate Flannery and Scot Robinson) and others. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


The La Brea Bakery holds its final Grilled Cheese Night on Thursday. (Image: Courtesy of La Brea Bakery)
La Brea Bakery wraps up its celebration of National Grilled Cheese Month on Thursday with an exclusive grilled cheese menu from 5:30-9:30 pm. Choose from: The Classic—Fontina, gruyere, and cheddar with garlic rub on Fortuna loaf; On the Wild Side—Fontina, Slow Roasted Shallots and sautéed mushrooms (thyme, black pepper, salt and olive oil) with black pepper; or the Campanile—Smoked Cacciocavallo, Bresaola, Spicy Balsamic Radicchio Di Treviso on white table bread. Tickets: $15 (includes a sandwich, a side of greens and a wine, beer or soft drink). Purchasing in advance is highly recommended.CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS (Performance)
The Brisbane, Australia-based Circa ensemble, brings a ”bold new vision of contemporary circus” to the Broad Stage from Thursday through Saturday. Circa takes the audience on an acrobatic safari, surveying creatures from land, sea and sky, interpreting lives of the tortoise, the elephant, the kangaroo, the swan and others through physical theater. Opening night curtain: 6 pm. Tickets: $30-$55.

WOMEN STAND UP FOR HILLARY (Politics + comedy)
There’s a night of dem-com (aka democratic comedy) on Thursday at 8 pm at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Women Stand Up for Hillary is a fundraiser for Clinton featuring stand-up from Tig Notaro, Cristela Alonzo, Maria Bamford, Michelle Buteau, Fortune Feimster, Retta, Natasha Leggero, emcee Kate Walsh and special guest Cybill Shepherd. Tickets: $100-$1,000.

Author Stewart O’Nan is at Vroman's on Thursday to read from and discuss his new novel, City of Secrets. In the book, O'Nan examines the Jewish underground resistance movement in post-World War II Jerusalem, following Brand, a Latvian Jew who was the only member of his family to survive the concentration camps. 7 pm.

HUMANS, T.O.L.D, VOX (Music)
The Echo presents Humans in concert on Thursday night at 8:30 pm along with T.O.L.D. and Vox. Tickets: $9.50-$11.50. 18+.

BOOK'D (Lit event)
Book'd (the Ultimate Bibliophiles' Night) is on Thursday from 8-9:30 pm at The Group Repertory/Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. The social gathering features mystery, romance, fantasy & YA author readings, giveaways and a catered mingling reception. Tickets: $10.

BritWeek, which continues through May 8, is week(ish)-long celebration highlighting U.K. culture in the U.S. On Thursday at 7 pm at Hotel Shangri-La, Art Patron Tamie Adaya presents the L.A. premiere for Anarchy—a documentary focusing on the art of Malcolm McLaren—Britain’s answer to Andy Warhol, and his partner-in-crime Vivienne Westwood. Director Phil Strongman includes footage from McLaren's childhood, his 1960s activism, “his key role in ‘punk 'anti-fashion' and compelling exposé of the real birth of The Sex Pistols (with The Clash, Bow Wow Wow, Adam Ant, Boy George, Don Letts, Tony Wilson,Tracey Emin and Vivienne Westwood).” RSVP to

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