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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 Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And don’t check out the May Guide or the Best Night Out in Los Angeles for other events.


MUSIC: School Night at Bardot in Hollywood on Monday night features live sets by Mansions on the Moon, The Golden Hippie, Walker Lukens and Julie Mintz. DJ sets by DJ Equal, Alison Swing and Masha. 18+ Free with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

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FILM: On Monday at 8:30 pm, REDCAT presents the program Hou Hsiao-Hsien: Flowers of Shanghai. Part of Jack H. Skirball Series, in collaboration with UCLA Film & Television Archive and the American Cinematheque, REDCAT screens a new 35mm print of Flowers of Shanghai (Haishanghua, 1998, 125 min.) from the leading figure of the Taiwanese New Wave. The drama is based on a famous 19th-century Chinese novel and is set in several Shanghai brothels, known as “flower houses." Tickets: $11-$6.

COMEDY The Awesome Foundation, which grants $1,000 to people and groups working on awesome projects that improve life in the city, presents The Awesome Show at UCB Sunset to raise awareness about the foundation. Hosted by Matt Walsh, five applicants present their Awesome ideas to a panel of judges Ron Livingston, Brad Morris, James Adomian, Jessica Chaffin, and Jamie Denbo (with an appearance by Scot Armstrong). The judges consider each presentation and award the grant to the most deserving applicant. Tickets: $5.

SKATE: Oakley in Residence is the brand’s first-ever community space in LA (on Melrose) that celebrates creativity in skate culture. There’s a pop-up skate park that hosts workshops, meet-ups, film and more through May 10.


COMEDY: There’s a free comedy show by Sleepaway Camp at 9 pm at the Downtown Independent Theatre. Hosted by Jay Weingarten, the evening features Brendon Walsh, Johnny Pemberton, Casey Jane Ellison, Jake Weisman, Kimberly Clark and Whitmer Thomas.

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MUSIC: Lady Low brings its romance rock to Three Clubs every Tuesday night in May. Joining them on the bill this week are Bang Feather Bang and Name The Band. Free.


The 'Warhol Lives' collaborative exhibit opens at Gallery GO this week. (Image: Karen Bystedt x Peter Tunney, courtesy of the artists and gallery.)
ART: There’s an opening reception at Gallery GO on Tuesday night from 6-8:30 pm for famed photographer Karen Bystedt and her Warhol Lives collaborative tribute exhibit. When she was a student at NYU, she coldcalled him and he agreed to sit with her for photos—which rarely happened. Bystedt found the negatives a few years ago and asked contemporary artists including Peter Tunney, Dom Pattinson, Chris Brown, Danny Minnick, Speedy Graphito, Annie Preece, Ron Bass and many others to put their own style mark upon the photos. The exhibition remains on view through May 23.

DANCE: Dance Camera West continues its Dance Media Festival on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm with the Hollywood 4th Annual Dance-A-Long. Bring your dancing shoes for a fun dance lesson before the festival’s last screening at 7:30 pm. The film, Dancing for my Havana (Italy/Cuba, 2015), focuses on young Cuban dancers struggling to “achieve fame and fortune on the world stage, while honoring their intense love for the people and creative energy they find only in their homeland.” Tickets: $11.

EMO NIGHT: Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday returns to the Echoplex, bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90’s to today. (Think Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, New Found Glory to American Football and Death Cab For Cutie). There are surprise guest DJs spinning inside the venue. Doors are at 9 pm and the first hour is free. After 10 pm, cover is $5. The event is 21+.

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COMEDY: The Freeskate stand-up show is at Genghis Cohen on Tuesday with a lineup that features Solomon Georgio, Beth Stelling, Joe Kilgallon, Emily Heller and Allen Strickland Williams. Hosted by Brittany Ashley and Caitlin Bergh. Doors at 8:30 pm and $5 cover.

COMEDY: NerdMelt presents Triple Header on Tuesday at 9 pm featuring three comics doing long 25-minutes of straight up standup. Featured comics are: Baron Vaughn, Iliza Shlesinger & the Sklar Brothers. Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 at the door.


TV DISCUSSION: There’s an American Crime Panel Discussion & Screening at the Aero Theatre on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. The new ABC show starts off with a home invasion killing in Modesto that sets off a chain of events. The series, created by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (12 Years a Slave), focuses on the aftermath of the crime through the media and the American justice system, touching on themes of class and race. The evening features a BTS short “Inside American Crime” (2015, 20 min.), episode clips from episodes and a panel discussion with creator John Ridley, executive producer Michael McDonald, and cast members Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Penelope Ann Miller, Elvis Nolasco and Richard Cabral. Tickets: $11.

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FILM: Over at the Egyptian, the American Cinematheque screens the film Skin Trade, starring Tony Jaa and Dolph Lundgren. When NJ detective Nick Cassidy (Lundgren, who also co-wrote the screenplay) cracks down on human trafficker Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman), the gangster retaliates in a personal way then escapes to Bangkok. Cassidy heads to Thailand and joins forces with local cop Tony Vitayakui (Jaa) to find revenge. Tickets: $11.

BOOKS: There’s a lot of good buzz surrounding Catie Disabato’s debut novel, The Ghost Network. Hear for yourself as the author reads from her book on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books. The book follows two young women on the trail of the missing Molly Metropolis, the world's hottest pop star. They traverse the underbelly of Chicago and use clues in her songs and journals to find out if Molly's been kidnapped or worse.

COMEDY: On Wednesday at Largo there’s a Benefit for the People of Nepal - An Evening with Judd Apatow & Friends. Joining Apatow are comedians Bill Burr, Bo Burnham and Jerrod Carmichael. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $40 - $100.



The exhibition 'Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution' opens this week at the Skirball. (Image: View from the audience: The Rolling Stones at Day on the Green, Oakland Coliseum Stadium, Oakland, CA, July 26, 1978. Photo by Baron Wolman; Iconic Images/Baron Wolman)
ART: The Skirball’s latest exhibition Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is a retrospective about the life and career of one of the country’s most famous rock promoters, Bill Graham (1931-1991). He helped launch the career of many artists playing his Fillmore Auditorium and used rock as a way to support humanitarian causes like Live Aid in 1985 and Human Rights Now! (1988). The show features rock memorabilia and ephemera, photographs, and the psychedelic posters from the Fillmore. The show opens on Thursday and remains on view through Oct. 11. The Skirball’s general admission is $10, but it’s free to all on Thursdays.

FILM: This Is Widescreen is an eight-week screening series that illustrates just one way that filmmakers responded to the biggest competition of that era—television. On Thursday at 7:30 pm, The Academy screens Lola Montès (1955) in 35mm. The final film by director Max Ophüls (The Earrings of Madame De…, Letter from an Unknown Woman) marks the only time he worked in color and CinemaScope. The film, about the legendary courtesan, flopped in France and in the U.S., but it had its supporters, most prominently in François Truffaut. Tickets: $3-5.

STORYTELLING: The live storytelling event Eat Your Words is at The Standard, Hollywood’s Cactus Lounge from 8-10 pm on Thursday. The evening features stories that are inspired by a food theme, as told by storytellers and comedians and foodies. Thursday’s lineup includes: Kyle Duncan Graham, Rock 'N' Roll Cheeseburger podcast; singer/songwriter Zachariah Griffin; Tana Elise, creator of The Volstead Act Company: pre-prohibition era cocktail syrups; Matthew Biancaniello, voted “Best Bartender in LA” - Table 20 and EaterLA and author of Eat Your Drink; Larry Dean Harris, Strong Words Silver Lake. Free, but RSVP.

ART: The Limited Runs website launched last year and has curated a series of traveling shows featuring never before and rarely seen images of Marilyn Monroe. This week, Limited Runs presents a reception for the world premiere of Pin Up: The Photos of Gene Lester on Thursday from 6-9 pm at 80Forty Galley on Third Street. Lester, a celeb correspondent for The Saturday Evening Post, was known for his photos of Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and many others. This collection features his photos of 1940s and 1950s pin-ups. The works will remain on view through Saturday.

COMEDY: SketchMelt continues its monthly run at Nerdmelt on Thursday at 8:30 pm. See the best of new live and video sketch comedy that's hosted by Brad Gage and Christian Spicer. See live performances and videos by Genuine Jerks, Matthew Brian Cohen, Helen Harlan, Matt Kiel, Matt Cohen, Andre Hyland and Toad's Woe. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Related: May Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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