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Arts and Entertainment

21 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 21 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 forget to check out the June Guide for other ideas.


FILM: The Arclight and Slamdance have partnered for The Slamdance Cinema Club. The monthly film series selects new independent films from the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival to screen at ArcLight Hollywood followed by a filmmaker Q&A. The next screening is Diamond Tongues on Monday at 8 pm. Directed by Pavan Moondi and Brian Robertson, the drama-comedy focuses on Edith, a struggling actress: “When Edith can’t figure out what she’s doing wrong, she begins to do everything wrong.” Tickets: $14.

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MUSIC: The Australian pop songstress Lenka plays The Troubadour on Monday night in advance of her upcoming album, The Bright Side, slated for Tuesday release. Nick Howard opens. All ages. $15. 8 pm.

COMEDY: The Kat House is a night of standup comedy that happens on Monday night at El Cid at 10 pm. Hosted by Kat Aagesen, the guest comics include Kate Berlant, Mike Burns, Julia Prescott and Carlie and Doni. 10 pm. Cover: $5. The event is 21+.

AUDIO-VISUAL: Prism Pipe, the monthly visual music and live film score event, takes place at pehrspace in Echo Park on Monday night. The program, Cosmic Horizons, is a journey to outer limits of the universe with Orange County's ambient/new age collective Earth Pitch records performs a live score to space-themed GIF and Video Art from artists around the world. Doors are at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets are $5. All ages. Bring a yoga mat for the full, immersive experience.


MUSIC: The second annual Los Angeles GRAMMY Showcase takes place on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at The Roxy, featuring the band King Washington along with singer-songwriters Celeste Stoney and Timothy Bloom. The three acts were chosen out of nearly 400 submissions. Tickets: $10-$20. All ages event.

BLOOMSDAY: The Hammer Museum’s sixth annual Bloomsday is a celebration of the characters in James Joyce’s "The Wandering Rocks" episode of Ulysses. In the episode, a number of characters wander the streets of Dublin simultaneously, and the dramatic reading is done by veteran actors Jane Bacon, Bairbre Dowling, James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Rafter Lee, and Johnny O’Callaghan. Organized by Stanley Breitbard, the evening begins with Guinness and Irish fare in the courtyard with music by Rattle the Knee in the courtyard. The festivities continue at 7:30 pm with dramatic reading in The Billy Wilder Theater. The evening wraps up with more Guinness and food and music at 9 pm.

MUSIC+COMEDY: Steve Agee and Brendon Small host Baked, a night of comedy and music at the Baked Potato in Studio City. Performing comedy sets are Tig Notaro (8:30pm show ONLY), Matt Besser and Ali Wong with music by the “greatest house band of all time”: Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa) Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa) and Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa). Two shows at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets: $15 for the 8:30 show and $10 for the 10:30 pm show.

COMEDY: On Tuesday at 9 pm, First Act returns to Nerdmelt. It’s a standup show that invites comedians to do jokes and bits from their first set lists. Things might get awkward. In the lineup for this week’s show: Beth Stelling, Brody Stevens, Owen Smith, Lachlan Patterson and more. Tickets: $8-$10.

COMEDY: The LA Film Fest continues this week, and on Tuesday, the JASH comedy network’s Buh Channel presents an evening of new videos and live comedy at 8 pm. Performances by Kate Berlant, Dynasty Handbag, Henry Phillips, Doug Lussenhop, Brent Weinbach, David Dineen-Porter and Nick Thorburn. The comedy’s followed up with a Q&A with the filmmakers. Tickets: $15.

FILM: The LA Film Fest presents a free screening of the film American DREAMers on Tuesday at 8 pm at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in DTLA. The documentary feature focuses on six undocumented youths who walk from SF to Washington D.C.,—risking their own freedom by publicly revealing their immigration status—to fight for and call attention to the DREAM Act and immigrant rights.

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MUSIC: Feed The Beat and Pandora bring Houndmouth to L.A. from Bonnaroo for a free concert for Pandora users on Tuesday at 7 pm. The band brings its pop tunes to Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. Free with RSVP. The show is 18+.


MUSIC: Up-and-coming rapper GoldLink headlines The Roxy on Wednesday night. The great lineup also includes Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals and Falcons. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $17-$20. All ages.

MUSIC: Sofar (Songs from a Room) Los Angeles—concerts held in really intimate spaces—holds its next secret pop-pop session on Wednesday from 8:30-10:30 pm. For a chance to attend, send an email to and you’ll receive a confirmation email to let you know that you're in. Sign up atSofar Sounds to get on the list for future sessions.

COMEDY: Freak Show, a new comedy show written by Jessica Leigh Gonzales and directed by Amy Heidt, is at UCB Franklin on Thursday night at 9:30 pm. The show pokes fun at ‘90s counterculture. “Korn-obsessed goth teen Melissa hates going to school because everyone thinks she's a major freak. Which seems to be true, until we meet the freaks she's up against at school...No facet of 90s freak-dom is too sacred here.” It’s paired with Those Magnificent Moms, which is hosted by Michelle Duggar (Jennie Pierson), who leads a variety show of singing, dancing and mom fashions. Tickets: $5.


MUSIC: Mike Doughty is on tour to support the 2014 release, Stellar Motel, and the January premiere of his a psychedelic rock opera based on the Bible's Book of Revelation. The singer-songwriter-poet has been playing a number house concerts and intimate acoustic shows. He plays Saint Roche on Thursday in Hermosa Beach, with songs from his former band Soul Coughing as well as his solo work. Tickets: $18-$20. 21+. Doors at 6 pm, show at 8 pm.

ART: To coincide with the E3 tradeshow happening at the L.A. Convention Center this week, iam8bit art gallery presents a retro videogame-themed art extravaganza and group show, which opens on Thursday night. The works were inspired by classic videogames, spotlighting more than 150 pieces from 100 artists around the world. Artists include Luke Chueh, Thomas Han, Bob Dob, Ashley Wood, Nicole Gustaffson, Ken Wong, Ruben Ireland, Nan Lawson, Cory Schmitz, JC Richard, Jude Buffum, Rich Pellegrino, Travis Chen, We Buy Your Kids, Mike Mitchell and many more. The opening night for iam8bit’s 10th anniversary art show runs on Thursday from 7-11 pm. The works will remain on view through July 5. SHOPPING + FASHION: The Melrose Business Improvement District (BID) presents the shopping event The Art of Melrose: Focus on Fashion on the Gardner, Martel and Fuller blocks. A number of stores will feature live models, mini-fashion shows, food trucks, live music, restaurant specials and other live entertainment. A number of stores and restaurants are offering specials and discounts.

COMEDY: The standup / improv Shit Show, hosted by Ever Mainard and Krystal "The Pistol" LaFianza Pitzen, is at The Lexington in Hollywood. In the lineup are comedians Brad Silnutzer, Harry Moroz, Lisa Best, Eddie Della Siepe and Laura Crawford. The show is $5 cash at the door.

ART CRAWL: Over on the Westside, it’s the next installment of the Venice Art Crawl from 6-10 pm on Thursday. Enjoy a festive evening of music, entertainment and art in Venice. Local restaurants like Danny’s Venice, Hama Sushi, Canal Club, The Venice Whaler, The Terrace, The Sidewalk Café and James’ Beach offer specials throughout the night, too. Pick up a map of the participating stores at Danny’s Venice Restaurant (23 Windward Ave.).

DANCE: Show Box L.A. at Bootleg presents Milka Djordjevich + Chris Peck: Mass on Thursday and Saturday nights at 8 pm. Mass debuted at the Kitchen last month, and is an ongoing collaboration between choreographer Djordjevich and composer Peck. Mass features singing, dancing and music. “The work aims to unveil the materiality of the moving and sonic female body. Like a prayer, it proceeds without manipulation, loving the flaw.” Tickets: $20.

COMEDY + VARIETY: Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring their night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 9 pm. Performing are Eddie Pepitone, David Huntsberger, Ian Abramson, Brent Sullivan and more. Music from the night’s house band The Lampshades, which is Kate Flannery of The Office and Scot Robinson from Anchorman. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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

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