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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 May Guide, too.


Artist Market Price opened the exhibition Bird Flew, at 315 S. Robertson Blvd. this past weekend. Running through May 8, the two-story exhibition space is open for viewing 24 hours a day for the duration of the show. The works are built around the artist’s piece, "Bird in the Hand," which is replicated on a mural on an exterior wall facing 3rd Street. The space will feature live music and private events during the duration of the show.

The Soft White Sixties plays The Satellite every Monday night in May. The band had a successful SXSW run and will be playing both unreleased material as well as cuts from 2014’s Get Right and its self-titled debut EP during its residency. Also on the bill this week: KOLARS, Sexy Jesus and Ellipses. Doors 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Free. 21+.

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Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday returns even bigger and better this month, taking over both the Echo and Echoplex, bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90’s to today. Also for the first time, they’re hosting four live guest bands—and have already announced Cologne, Tennis System and Love Nothing. Doors at 9 pm. The first 100 people get in free (along with a special pin). $10 cover after.

Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn plays The Roxy on Tuesday in support of his latest album Arranging Time, released in March. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $35. All ages.

FIRST SET (Comedy)
First Set is comedy show at UCB Franklin on Tuesday at 11 pm. Hosted by Giulia Rozzi, comedians are interviewed as they share rare and embarrassing footage from one of their first sets. Guests Jason Saenz, Brooke Van Poppelen, Jake Weisman and Sabrina Jalees will also perform more recent material, too. Tickets are $5

SCIFIOLOGY (Classic film)
Scifiology is a new musical that premieres at The Second City Hollywood on Tuesday (and again on May 10) at 9 pm. The satirical comedy about a girl who meets a band of Scifiologists, falls in love and gets wooed into a fictitious religion. The show includes original songs like Brainwashed, Xena and Blame the Hatans. Tickets: $10.

Red Bull Sound Select Presents: Los Angeles is a monthly music series that pairs both established and local, up-and-coming acts. On Tuesday at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice, Red Bull presents headliner Head Wound City and rising artists In The Whale and Teenage Wrist. The show is 21+ and tickets are $3 for those who RSVP by 6 pm on Tuesday (up to capacity), and $12 at the door without an RSVP. Proceeds help support the opening band.

The U.K.-based rock band The Subways plays Tuesday night at the Troubadour. PINS opens the show. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $16-$18.

Kaskade brings a special Pop Up Shop to L.A. in advance of his sold-out show at the L.A. Convention Center on May 7. Located at 410 N. Fairfax Ave., the shop features exclusive Kaskade photography from Mark Owens, artwork and merch as well as performances by local DJs. The Kaskade Pop Up Shop runs Tuesday through Saturday from 12-8 pm.

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JEN KIRKMAN (Books + comedy)
Stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman is currently on a comedy / book tour to support the release of her new book, I Know What I’m Doing—and Other Lies I Tell Myself, which was released last month. The book is a memoir about “marriage, divorce, sex, turning forty, and still not quite having life figured out.” Kirkman performs at Cinefamily on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. She'll also be signing books right after the show at the venue. Tickets: $20.

VINTAGE TATTOO FLASH (Art + book signing)
La Luz de Jesus Gallery and PowerHouse Books present a two-day pop-up celebration of the release of the book Vintage Tattoo Flash: 100 Years of Traditional Tattoos from the Collection of Jonathan Shaw. "Tattoo flash" refers to the printed or hand-drawn tattoo designs found on the walls and binders of tattoo shops that customers can select from. Vintage, hand-drawn flash is difficult to find, but tattoo artist and author Jonathan Shaw owns one of the largest collections of vintage tattoo flash in the world. His new book Vintage Tattoo Flash is a rich overview of the artwork. A pop-up exhibition of original art from the book will be displayed on Tuesday and Wednesday only. The book signing will be on May 4 only.


Brooklyn-based producer The Range, aka James Hinton, begins his North American tour on Wednesday at The Bootleg Theater, co-headlining with Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune. Show at 8:30 pm, tickets: $14-$16. The show is 21+.

Party in the Back is a new free weekly comedy show in Echo Park. Held on the back patio of The New California Barbershop (2203 Sunset Blvd.), hosts Trevor Hill, Casey Ley and Kate Willett host a range of local and visiting comics. This week’s May 4 lineup includes Ryan Singer, Alison Stevenson, Matt Lieb and Logan Guntzelman. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm.

STAR WARS DAY (Books and debate)
The Last Bookstore presents a Star Wars Day event on May the 4th from 7-8:30 pm. During the event, three sci-fi writers nerd-out and discuss Star Wars, time travel, teleportation and other related topics. On the panel are: Brett Battles (Jonathan Quinn), PJ Manney ((R)evolution) and Joshua Scher (Here & There). Free and open to the public.

MAY THE FUNK BE WITH YOU (Music + dance)
OCML Presents: May the Funk be With You on Wednesday at The Federal Underground in Long Beach. It's a Star Wars Funk Party with seven bands on two stages. Cosplay is encouraged. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10-$15. 18+

The FIDM Museum in DTLA presents an author reception and reading on Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 pm for celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto. She’ll read from latest graphic novel, Ann Tenna, which follows her successful first graphic novel, Cancer Vixen. The reception is open to the public by reservation at:

British singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson (“Wasn’t Expecting That”)—the first artist signed to Ed Sheeran’s music label—plays the Troubadour on Wednesday night. Amy Vachal opens. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $12-$15.


Film Independent at LACMA screens Love & Friendship, a period piece based on Jane Austen’s posthumously published book, Lady Susan. The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny and Xavier Samuel. This week’s screening at 7:30 pm at LACMA also includes a conversation with writer/director Whit Stillman. Free.

LUCHA VAVOOM (Mexican wrestling)
LUCHA VaVOOM celebrates Cinco de Mayo for two nights, on May 5-6. The Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy experience takes over The Mayan in DTLA for “Cinco de Mayan.” We hear that tickets remain for May 5, but May 6 is sold out. Doors: 7 pm, start time: 8 pm. Tickets: $48.50. 21+ event.

ILL NINO (Music)
Ill Nino celebrates 15 years of Latin metal, and the band performs its classic debut album Revolution, Revolución in its entirety on Thursday at The Whisky. Also on the bill: Bobaflex, Terror Universal, 24 Thorns and Satanic Johnny. Tickets: $20 with VIP packages available. Doors at 6:30 pm.

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