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Arts and Entertainment

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. Think we missed something or you just want other options? Check out LAist’s June Guide, too.


The Mondrian and Gen Art team up for 20 weeks of poolside film screenings beginning on Monday at 8 pm. Sponsored by Moet & Chandon and Stella Artois, the series opens with the LA cult classic Swingers. Doors at 7 pm. Admission: Free to $70. RSVPs needed.

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On Monday at 7 pm, The Last Bookstore welcomes writer/performer/public radio commentator Sandra Tsing Loh, who discusses her memoir The Madwoman In The Volvo, adapted into a play titled, The Madwoman in the Volvo: MY Year of Hormones. Loh will be in conversation with arts writer Deborah Behrens. Free, but RSVP requested.


On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, the Writers Guild Foundation presents a Master Class with Mike O'Malley, the creator and showrunner of Survivor’s Remorse on Starz. He discusses how his experience as an actor on Glee and Yes, Dear, help inform the writing on his series, which has its third season premiere in July. Sarah Rodman of the LA Times moderates. Admission: $10-$15.

The Echo presents the Canadian band Yukon Blonde which headlines Tuesday night. Also on the bill are The Zolas and Bonzie. Doors at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8-$9.50. Ages 18+.

IT’S A DISASTER (Theater and drinks)
The immersive theater experience, It’s a Disaster: Live, takes place in Chloe’s at Golden Road Brewery from June 14-17 and June 21-24. The production is a world premiere of the theatrical adaptation of Todd Berger’s film, It’s a Disaster, in which a group of thirtysomething friends head for Open Mic Night at Pete and Emma’s bar. They’re trapped in the bar when they learn that bombs have exploded downtown and that a cloud of VX gas is headed their way. The friends and the audience then begin to ask what would to do with the last few hours of life. All tickets include pre-show appetizers and an open bar throughout the performance. Tickets: $47.55. Tuesday’s show is at 7 pm.

IMPROV DIARY SHOW (Storytelling + comedy)
M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater presents the storytelling/comedy show—the Improv Diary Show—in the vein of Mortified on Tuesday from 8:45 to 10 pm. Three people read from their teen diaries and then a team of improvisers turns the entries into hilarious scenes. This week’s readers are composer Pei Pei Chung, performer Shoshana Kuttner and drummer Paula Montondo, and the improv cast includes: Courtney Barnett, Shaun Boylan, Sean Casey, Jeff Feazell, Mary Gutfleisch and Ryan Timmreck. Tickets: $5.

Sean's Sports Show is at the Westside Comedy Theater on Tuesday night at 8 pm. It’s a late-night talk show format that focuses on sports. Sean Green, head writer of Rob Gronkowski’s Crashletes that premieres in July on Nickelodeon, welcomes comics Jon Huck, Blake Wexler, Ryan Conner and Coach Terrence Newman (Coach Of The Year 2015). Tickets: $5.


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The Toronto four-piece band Tokyo Police Club headlines the El Rey on Wednesday night, with We Were Promised Jetpacks playing in support. Doors at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $26.50. All ages.

YOUNG JAKE WEEK (Art + music)
There are a number of private and public events this week that celebrate the work of artist, rapper, director and internet star Young Jake. On Wednesday, there’s an art show at Imperial Art Studios that debuts Jake’s new works, and on Saturday, there’s a Pop Up Shop with Pizzaslime at Meltdown Comics featuring a capsule collection to celebrate Yung Jake Week.

In The Round, a music show hosted by Inara George, is at Largo on Wednesday night with a great lineup that includes Eleni Mandell, Mike Viola, Mike Andrews and special guest, Irish musician Ultan Conlon. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

Tim Youd brings his 100 Novels Project—a typewriter performance—to LACE this week. Youd retypes two John Rechy’s novels for the performance, each on a single sheet of paper, beginning with City of Night in the LACE storefront from 10 pm to 4 am on June 15 and running through July 1. “The sound of Youd’s typing will be amplified and played onto Hollywood Boulevard, a street that figures significantly into Rechy’s novel about the life of a male hustler. Written over 50 years ago, City of Night was one of the first LGBT works to cross over into the main stream.” Youd will then re-type Rechy’s novel Numbers from 11 am through 4 pm at the Fern Dell entrance to Griffith Park. The opening reception is on Wednesday from 7-10 pm. The resulting pages will be mounted as a diptych that represents two pages of a book.

Comedians Claire Downs and Teresa Lee host the sex-positive and female friendly stand-up comedy show Very Forward on Wednesday night at 8 pm at the show’s new location, Malo Restaurant in Silver Lake. The show is now free with $5 beer specials all night. This week’s show features comics Neel Nanda, Dan St. Germain, Alex Schmidt, Paige Weldon and others.

Seeso presents the L.A. premiere of The Pistol Shrimps at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Wednesday night at 7 pm. The documentary follows a diverse group of actresses, musicians, writers, comedians and moms who compete in a women’s rec basketball league in L.A. The film focuses on the team that started it all, The Pistol Shrimps, whose lineup included Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation). There’s a post-screening Q&A with director Brent Hodge and The Pistol Shrimps. Half of the ticket proceeds will go to PeacePlayers International, a nonprofit organization uniting communities in conflict through sport. Tickets: $15.


The Last Bookstore presents writers Amanda Meadows and Robin Higgins, who read from and present their book, We Don’t Think You’re Racist! Soothing Affirmations from People of Color. The evening begins at 7 pm with comedy from the standup trio Disoriented Comedy, followed by a Q&A with the authors. We hear there’ll be a Cheetos bar, too.

Celebrate summer at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock on Thursday night at 7:30 pm with a tonal concert by Jamie Ford and Mary Frances Spencer. Lie down on a mat or blanket, relax and “experience the sounds of planetary gongs and crystal singing bowls.” It’s a time to get in tune for the new season and upcoming solstice.

DANCE CAMERA WEST (Dance + film fest)
Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 15th Annual Dance Media Festival, which explores the dance arts through film and public performances. The events take place at MOCA, UCLA’s Royce Hall and Fowler Museum from June 16-18. The opening night VIP reception at UCLA on Thursday night features the world premiere of Mine by Laura Karlin, and the West Coast premiere of Disportrait by Alejandro Alvarez and Ulrik Wivel. Doors at 6 pm, screenings at 7 pm, followed by a live performance by Invertigo Dance Theatre. Tickets: $100.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles hosts three happy hours this summer to help recruit new mentors and help current mentors network and learn from each other. The first happy hour is at Three Weavers in Inglewood on Thursday from 5:30-8:30 pm. Food will be provided by Jersey Mike's Subs. RSVP to

HAWAI (Music)
The Orange City rock band Hawai (no that’s not a typo) celebrates the release of its EP release Working All Night (out on June 17) with a show on Thursday night at 10 pm at Dirty Laundry in Hollywood. Free.

L.A.’s own old-timey American roots orchestra, The Dustbowl Revival, headlines at the Teragram Ballroom on Thursday night. The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and We the Folk open the show. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $18.

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 the Sklar Brothers, Asif Ali, Lizzy Cooperman, special guest host Jonah Ray and others. Tickets: $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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