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Arts and Entertainment

20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

There's a pop-up gallery show on Thursday for artist Brigit Bell Ritchie in DTLA. (Image: Courtesy of the artist)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


Sibling duo French Horn Rebellion hosts a west coast album release party on Monday at Resident in DTLA. They’ll be DJing along with Violet Sands, Disco Shrine, the Light & Music DJs and others. Their new self-produced album Classically Trained is out later this week. Tickets: $5.

The Dixie Chicks World Tour MMXVI stops at the Hollywood Bowl on Monday night. Elle King opens. 7 pm. Tickets: $35-$175.

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The sketch show You Paid To Die* Tonight (*Laugh) returns to The Groundlings this month for its third installment. The show features sketches that are half-funny and half-terrifying. Created and presented by Chris Eckert and Jeff Galante, the show aims to scare, and will employ various tactics including smoke, strobe light, loud noises and water. You've been warned. The show bows on Monday at 8 pm (all Mondays in October). Tickets are $16.00 for Oct. 10, 17 and 24. Tickets for Oct. 31 are $20 and includes one drink ticket. The show is 18+ (the Halloween show is 21+).

BLUE JAY (Film preview)
Cinefamily presents the L.A. premiere of Blue Jay with Mark Duplass in person on Monday night at 7:30 pm. Directed by Alex Lehmann, the film follows a chance encounter between former high-school sweethearts Jim (Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson)who spend the night reminiscing. The screening is free, but to help track attendance, guests must pre-register for "first-come, first-served" admission. Registration does not guarantee seats.

On Monday at 7:30 pm, Electoral Dysfunction is at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater (Sunset). Created by Nate Starkey and Tom Brennan, the monthly show features a panel of comedians and political pundits discussing the issues of the day (and probably yesterday’s debate), and is followed by a improvised set based on the conversation. Tickets: $5.

POOL THEATRE (Film + Shopping)
The Mondrian presents a special Dive In, Pool Theatre on Monday night. There’s screening of Empire Records with an all-vinyl, pop-up shop from The Record Parlour Hollywood. After the film, The Record Parlour spins an all-funk and soul live DJ set featuring the Parlour’s own syndicate of DJs, DJ Funkenstein, Jazzwick and others. The pop-up shop runs from 6-8 pm with the film screening at 8 pm and DJs at 9:30 pm. Tickets: Free to $70.


The UCBT NY sketch team One Idiot presents This Murder: A Real Murder on Tuesday at UCB Franklin at 9:30 pm. The show is meant for those who loved Serial and Making a Murderer, with One Idiot bringing the audience to the small town of Millborough, Maine, ("population: 915, non-dick population: 12"), to share the story of an accused murderer and the documentarian who loves him. Tickets: $5.

CARLTON CUSE (Writing talk)
The Writers Guild Foundation presents Writers on Writing with Carlton Cuse, the showrunner for Lost, Bates Motel, Colony, The Strain and the upcoming Amazon series Jack Ryan, on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at the WGAW Headquarters. He’ll be in conversation with actor/writer Paul Scheer (The League) about his career, writing and how he juggles all those shows and various writers rooms. Tickets: $15-$20.

RY X (Music)
RY X, the Australian singer-songwriter, plays the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in DTLA on Tuesday night. Opening for RY X are Kiani del Valle and Airspace. 7 pm. Tickets: $18-$43.

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THE REAL O’NEALS (TV screening + discussion)
The Paley Center debuts the second season of The Real O’Neals, the ABC sitcom about an image-obsessed Irish-American Catholic mom (Martha Plimpton), who does everything she can to preserve her family’s reputation. The show returns for its second season on Tuesday, and the Paley Center presents a the season two premiere, followed by a conversation with the cast and creative team. Appearing in person are actors Plimpton, Jay R. Ferguson, Noah Galvin, Matt Shively, Bebe Wood, Mary Hollis Inboden and executive producers Casey Johnson,David Windsor and Stacy Traub. Tickets: $25.


Cinefamily debuts its latest series, The Greatest Movies Never Made, on Wednesday off-site at the Vista Theater. It’s a live read of Joe Dante's The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes. The script is a portrait of Dante’s mentor, Roger Corman—featuring appearances by Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern with the ‘70s as backdrop. The live read cast features Bill Hader as Corman, Jason Ritter as Peter Fonda and surprise guests. Corman also appears in person. Tickets: $25, $45 VIP (priority seating + Cinefamily original poster). 8 pm.

COLIN DICKEY (Book talk)
Author Colin Dickey is at Skylight Books on Wednesday at 7:30 pm to talk about his new book, Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. In the book he takes readers on a road trip through America’s most haunted places. From Skylight: “Dickey searches these infamous spaces for a better understanding of what hauntings mean to us and what they say about our nation's complicated history.” He’ll be in conversation with Caitlin Doughty, founder of the Order of the Good Death and author of the bestselling book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

FLUX SCREENING (Film + music)
The Flux Screening Series returns to the Hammer Museum on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. The showcase features short films, music videos and visual work from around the world. The fall program features: Visual artist Alexa Meade who presents her film Color of Reality and other guests and their works including Minhal Baig, Jon Boogz, Thor Freudenthal, Carlos Lopez Estrada, Alexa Meade, Keith Schofield among others. DJ set by Jonathan Snipes of clipping, will follow the screening.

JACK REACHER 2: NEVER GO BACK (Film + happy hour)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of LA sponsors a happy hour and an advance screening of Jack Reacher 2 on Wednesday in DTLA. The happy hour is being held at Tom's Urban at L.A. Live from 5:30-7:30 pm and features happy hour pricing and raffle giveaways. The movie follows at 8 pm at Regal Cinemas, with 100 percent of movie ticket sales go back to BBBSLA's programs. The purchase of an adult ticket to the film includes free popcorn and soda. Tickets: $20 for adults, youth tickets for those not enrolled in BBBSLA are $10. Free for "Littles" currently enrolled in the organization’s mentoring programs. Park in Lot 4 to receive a parking discount.


The Writers Guild Foundation returns on Thursday at 7:30 pm with another great program this week, teaming with MOST for the program Countering Stereotypes: Muslims, Muslim-Americans and the Modern Middle East on TV. The panel discussion focuses on the entertainment industry’s position in either perpetuate stereotypes or broaden views of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The WGAF event also explores how storytelling can “promote greater understanding while also delivering first-rate TV.” Panelists include: Chris Keyser (Executive Producer of FX’s Tyrant), Khaled Abol Naga (Actor, Tyrant), Emily V. Gordon (writer, The Carmichael Show), and Bassem Youssef (satirist known as the “Jon Stewart of Egypt” and host of Fusion's Democracy Playbook). Moderated by MOST Co-Director Cynthia Schneider. The event is being held at WGAW Headquarters (near the Grove). Free with RSVP.

WHEN I LISTEN (Art exhibition)
There’s an opening reception in DTLA for Brigit Bell Ritchie's first exhibition, When I Listen, on Thursday night. The pop-up gallery show features a collection of abstract mixed media drawings made from spray paint, ink and acrylic on mylar and framed in wood and steel. The exhibition is being held at 836 Traction Ave., in the Arts District. The opening reception on Thursday from 7-9 pm features musical guest, TRACE. RSVP for the opening reception.

We’re not rickrolling ya here: the Rick Astley plays The Theatre at Ace Hotel in DTLA on Thursday night. He’s currently on the road promoting his album 50, which marks his first U.S. album release since 1993. As you might remember, Astley’s "Never Gonna Give You Up," hit the top of the charts when he was just 21, and he followed that hit with seven consecutive Top Ten singles. Then at 27, he retired from music, so 50 marks his un-retirement/comeback. 8 pm. Tickets: $40-$50.

LACE presents the opening reception for Alice Wang’s exhibition, The Earth Is Plummeting Towards The Sun While Just Missing It, on Thursday in its Project Room from 7-10 pm. The art show features new work by Wang that “explores sentient environments, alternate temporalities, and material consciousness.” The exhibition runs until Oct. 23.

HIGH FIVE ART LAUNCH PARTY (Art party)The Autry Museum of the American West is throwing an after-hours party on Thursday night from 6:30-9:30 pm to celebrate the opening of the new exhibition California Continued, the winning design for the High Five Art contest, ethnobotanical garden and an immersive media experience. With music provided by KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez, the night also features a ferris wheel on the museum’s back lot, 3D pen activities, a chalk mural, tacos, drinks and cocktails for purchase and free California-themed tote bags for guests. Tickets: $5 (half-price of regular admission). All ages.

ODD NIGHTS (Shopping)
Odd Nights takes over the Arts District at One Santa Fe on Thursday night from 6-10 pm (and the second Thursday of each month), featuring a market of local artists, merchants and food purveyors. More than 25 vendors will transform the One Santa Fe space into a bazaar as a DJ spins on the raised deck outside Bulletproof Cafe. ediBOL sets up an outdoor bar in the market, featuring draft beer, wines and cocktails.

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