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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.


The Echo presents Margaret Glaspy on Monday night, with Nico Yaryan joining the bill as well. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $11.50-$13.50. The show is 18+.

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The Scottish pop band Chvrches play Hollywood Forever’s Fairbanks Lawn on Monday and Tuesday night this week. Best Coast opens. Doors at 6 pm. Tickets: $42.50.

The Oyster Kids begin their four-week October residency on Monday at the Echoplex. Joining them are Smoke Season, ADLT VDEO and Night Auditor. 8:30 pm. Free. 21+.

Start LA, a new creative/workspace hub in the West Adams District, has opened a solo show featuring the work of Stephen Bliss, a visual artist best known for his illustrating in the Grand Theft Auto gaming series. I, Frankenstein includes 25 of Bliss’ paintings on posters torn from New York walls and will be on view through Oct. 14. The gallery is open 12-6 from Monday to Sunday.TUESDAY, OCT. 4

On Tuesday at 7 pm, The Last Bookstore in DTLA presents Dylan Thuras, co-founder of He’ll discuss co-authoring the new book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, which unveils some of the strange and incredible places in Los Angeles and around the world. Thuras will be in discussion with Casey Schreiner, founder of

EMO NITE (Music)
The monthly Emo Nite returns to the Echo and Echoplex bringing together people through a shared love of emo music from the 90’s to today. The parking lot will be filled with food trucks featuring vegan food from Riot Grill, Churros and others. Live bands upstairs at the Echo include Super Whatevr, Souvenirs, Yeek and LAYNE. The first 100 people in line get a free Valley Cruise Press enamel pin designed by Ham B. Smith. Surprise guest DJs spin inside. This pin serves as free free entry to the party, which begins at 9 pm. Otherwise, tickets are $10. 21+.

Phantogram is currently on tour to support their upcoming album Three, out on Friday. The duo stops at the Hollywood Palladium on Tuesday. The Range opens. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $37.50.

MY DIARY (Comedy + story)
Lindsay Ames' My Diary returns to UCB Sunset on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. The show features comedians reading from their diaries, revealing their private moments in public. Scheduled performers are: Kate Micucci, Guy Branum, Jade Catta Pretta, Willy Robertson, Ryan Nemeth, and others. Tickets: $5.

Red Bull Sound Select presents Chicago-based rapper Mick Jenkins and emerging St. Louis-based rapper Smino on their Quest For Love Tour, who perform at the Bootleg Tuesday night. Jenkins is on the road promoting his debut full-length album, The Healing Component. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $3 with RSVP.

LACMA hosts a free college night on Tuesday from 7 to 10 pm, where current college students (ID required) are able to check out the museum’s exhibitions including Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters after hours. Students can participate gallery discussions and art workshops including Monsters or Bust! 3D Character Portrait Sculpture with Artist Brooke Sauer and Codex Mysterium / The Book of Mysteries with Artist Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca. Limited capacity. Free, first-come, first-served. Leave large bags, backpacks and props at home.

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GUNS (Art)
The art exhibition Guns continues at The Loft at Liz’s with a curator and artist walkthrough on Wednesday from 7-9 pm. Exhibiting artists include John Baldessari, Jodi Bonassi, David Buckingham, Clayton Campbell, Helen Chung, Joyce Dallal, Cheryl Dullabaun, Shepard Fairey, Michael Flechtner, Jane Goren, Mark Steven Greenfield, Alex Kritselis, Meg Madison, Ted Meyer, Sabine Pearlman, Osceola Refetoff, Miles Regis, Milo Reice, Ed Ruscha, Kathy Shorr, Anna Stump, Senon Williams and Kerri Sabine-Wolf.

Swedish band on Thursday night with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires playing in support. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $29.50-$39.50. All ages.

Comedy Night at 110 & Bellevue is a new comedy show that takes place at the Whole Foods Arroyo Store in Pasadena this Wednesday and weekly thereafter. Billed as “an event in LA that combines comedy and kombucha” the free stand-up show happens at the store’s upstairs bar. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. The show is free.

MEKLIT (Music)
On Wednesday, Ethiopian American singer-songwriter-composer and activist Meklit presents This Was Made Here (TWMH) at the Skirball Cultural Center. The concert is a musical journey through the Ethiopian diaspora with Meklit blending jazz, folk, hip-hop and traditional Ethiopian sounds. 8 pm. Tickets: $20-$30.


SEAN PENN (Film talk)
Film Independent at LACMA presents an Evening with Sean Penn on Thursday night at 7:30 pm at the museum’s Bing Theatre. The director and Oscar-winning actor presents a one-man reading of the absurdist comic novel Bob Honey by new author Pappy Pariah. Penn reads the book (part of a project with Amazon Audible) and stay for a conversation after the reading. Tickets: $15-$25.

FRESH OUT (Stand-up comedy)
Fresh Out!, Emily Heller and Adam Conover’s stand-up showcase, is at UCB Sunset on Thursday night at 8:30 pm. This week’s lineup is especially awesome, featuring Kumail Nanjiani, Julie Goldman, Kurt Braunohler, Myq Kaplan, Asif Ali, Kristen Studard and Alex & Jude. Tickets are only $5.

Louisiana singer-songwriter Marc Broussard recently released his second cover album for charity with 50 percent of the sales of S.O.S. 2: Save Our Soul: Soul On a Mission going to City of Refuge. The new album features songs from Wilson Pickett, Solomon Burke and many others, and he’s sure to play a few at his show at The Troubadour on Thursday night. Jenn Grinels and Peter Aristone open. 8 pm. Tickets: $22-$25.

The Side Project, an independent screening series, presents the program Women Behind the Camera: Female Creativity in Film on Thursday night at WeWork Culver City on Thursday at 6 pm. In addition to the food, drinks and fun, there’s a screening of films and a panel discussion that will focus on female creativity in film. Panelists include: Elizabeth Kirkpatrick, VP of Development, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Maggie Chieffo, General Manager, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Destri Martino, Director/Editor and Founder of The Director List, and others. Free with RSVP.

FOOD + ARCHITECTURE (Panel discussion)
M-Rad Architecture firm in Los Angeles holds an awesome-sounding panel discussion on architecture and food on Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Master sommelier Chris Miller moderates a discussion on the intersection of food and architecture and how they serve each other. Scheduled panelists are chef Tim Hollingsworth of Otium LA; Citizen Beverly Hills head chef Scott Howard and Wendy Coleman of LA Urban Farms and Tender Greens, among others. Free, but RSVP needed

Casa Vega, the legendary Sherman Oaks Mexican restaurant, celebrates its 60th anniversary on Thursday from 11am- 2pm by offering a lunch special, with prices from 1956. Get the House Combo featuring Spanish Rice, Refried Beans and choice of two items (Chile Relleno, Chicken Taco, Beef Taco, Beef Enchilada, or Tamale) for $2.15 per person (not including tax or tip).

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