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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. Don’t forget to check out our Outdoor Film Guide and Free Concert Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


FILM + BBQ: Over at the Silent Movie Theater, Cinefamily hosts The 5 Minutes Game: Dude Bro Edition + BBQ Kegger & Screening of Dude Bro Party Massacre III to wrap up the Labor Day Weekend. They're busting out the grill while screening the first five minutes of 15 films that usually aren't available on DVD. Then the audience votes on which film to watch in its entirety. Feel free to bring something to cool on the grill, too. The game begins at 5 pm, BBQ and vote tallying happens from 6:30-7:30 pm, and screening of the film begins at 7:30 pm. To cap off the night, there’s a screening of Dude Bro Party Massacre III at 9:30 pm. Tickets: $14.

BBQ: Barrel Down has your Labor Day BBQ needs covered. They’re serving up sweet and sticky ribs, BBQ chicken and burgers on the grill beginning at 11 am, with 40 taps and bottomless mimosas (11:30 am to 3 pm) to boot.

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COMEDY:The National Midnight Society returns to the Lyric Theatre to celebrate its first anniversary. Enter through the alley as backstage is transformed into a speakeasy with live music, cocktails and experimental comedy. The show’s features Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jake Weisman, James Davis & others. Hosted by Mr. Elan Gale. 9 pm. Tickets: $10. Ages 21+. Password: Highball.

FILM: The 5 Every Day app presents classic sci-fi films in 35mm for the Tuesday afternoon matinee (1 pm) series at LACMA this month. This week’s film, chosen by Claire Evans, Jona Bechtolt and Zac Pennington, is The Day The Earth Stood Still(1951), directed by Robert Wise starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier and Lock Martin. Admission: $2 LACMA members, seniors (62+) and children (17 & under), $4 general public.

MUSIC: The electronic duo Bag Raiders (Chris Stracey and Jack Glass) are working on their second album after a five-year break. In the meantime, they released the EP Waterfalls on July 17. Bag Raiders are playing The Echo on Tuesday night with Kauf. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $17-$20. The show is 18+.


FILM FEST: The Valley’s biggest film festival—The 7th Annual Burbank International Film Festival—returns this week with more than 100 films over five days, including 25 world premieres. The fare includes a 30th anniversary screening of Back to The Future and Sharknado on the big screen, just for fun. The opening night films on Wednesday include Hoovey, directed by Sean McNamara (Soul Surfer) starring Patrick Warburton and Lauren Holly, and Few Options, directed by George A. Pappy Jr., starring Kenny Johnson, Erin Daniels and Brad Dourif. Ticket prices vary.

COMEDY: The Super Secret Comedy Show is at the Lyric Theatre on Wednesday at 8 pm. We know that Bryan Callen, Iliza Shlesinger, Eddie Pepitone, Baron Vaughn and James Adomian are on the bill, but there’s one special guest who, of course, is kept super secret. Tickets: $10-$20. Ages 21+.

NINJA: NBC and Street Food Cinema presents an outdoor finale preview screening of American Ninja Warrior on Wednesday night at the Autry in Griffith Park. The event features a Ninja course and demonstrations from show competitors in addition to the screening. Doors at 5:30 pm, screening at 8:30 pm. Food trucks onsite include: Cousin's Maine Lobster, The Grilled Cheese Truck, The Middle Feast, Riceballs of Fire, Slammin' Sliders, The Pudding Truck and others. Free with RSVP.

COMEDY: On Wednesday night at 9 pm, Bow & Truss presents the free comedy night Patio. Hosted by Mark Agee, Candice Thompson and Yassir Lester headline this week’s show. If you can’t make this week’s Patio, there are other shows on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14. Free admission.

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MUSIC: Sofar LA hosts indie bands and artists at secret locations around the city. The shows have become so popular that they’re increasing the number of monthly shows from one to four. (Past acts have included Saint Motel, Meg Myers and Family of the Year.) Sofar LA's next show is on Wednesday at 8:30 pm somewhere in WeHo, so sign up to apply to all of their September dates. Shows are pay what you can.

TV: The Paley Center for Media opens its PaleyFest Fall TV Previews festival on Wednesday with a spotlight on NBC’s new shows. The reception begins at 6 pm, followed by a screening of the new show Truth Be Told at 7 pm. A panel discussion with cast/creatives including actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tone Bell, Bresha Webb and Vanessa Lachey, and executive producers DJ Nash and Will Packer begins at 7:30 pm. A screening and panel discussion of Undateable follow at 8:10 pm. Doing the Q&A are: Brent Morin, Rick Glassman, Bridgit Mendler, Bianca Kajlich, David Fynn, Ron Funches and executive producers Bill Lawrence and Adam Sztykiel. PaleyFest continues on Thursday with a focus on Univision and its new reality talent show La Banda, produced by Ricky Martin. General admission tickets start at $20. COMEDY: Comedian Neal Brennan, co-creator of Chappelle’s Show, brings his new one-man show 3 Mics to Largo on Wednesday night. Tired of traditional standup, Brennan mixes it up in the show. He alternates between three microphones—one for traditional stand-up, one for one-liners and one for short confessional, emotional monologues. There’s also a special performance by Electric Guest. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

LIT: Several authors included in the latest edition of The Rattling Wallwill be at Skylight Books on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm for a reading. Presenting their work from Issue 5 are David Ulin, Cecil Castellucci, Rita Williams, David Francis, Julianne Ortale and Susan Berman.

COMEDY: Lady/Freak is a “female driven sex comedy talk show” hosted by comedians Grace Parra and Jen Bartels on the second Wednesday of the month. The show features a sexpert as well as comedians and actors, and this week’s show (at 7 pm) includes Sex Nerd Sandra (Nerdist) and Aya Cash (FXX's You're the Worst). Expect giveaways and audience participation, too. At UCB Sunset. Tickets: $5.


MUSIC: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats bring their soulful R&B sounds to the Regent Theater on Thursday night in support of their self-titled release. The Blue Rider opens. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $13-15.

LIT: The Library Foundation’s ALOUD series welcomes Salman Rushdie, who discusses his latest work, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights with journalist and novelist Héctor Tobar, on Thursday at 7:15 pm. The novel “blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story.” As expected, the free program at the Mark Taper Auditorium in the Central Library is at capacity, but you’re welcome to try your hand in the standby line.

MUSIC: The Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier wraps up for the season (where did the summer go?) on Thursday from 7-10 pm with a great evening of music from tUnE-yArDs and Avid Dancer. Free.

ART INSTALLATION: The LA Fashion District partners with Do Art to bring a large-scale interactive art installation to DTLA on Thursday night during the monthly Art Walk. The “social toy,” created by the Russian Varenye collective, will be unveiled at the California Market Center (CMC) courtyard from 6-10 pm. There’s an artists’ reception for Varenye x LA Fashion District installation at Hotel Figueroa from 7-8 pm.

ART: Regen Projects (in WeHo) opens artist Glenn Ligon’s Live (2014), a seven screen, silent video-installation on Thursday. The work borrows its title and material from Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982). The artist has stripped the original film of its sound, letting the audience focus on Pryor’s movement on one screen, and particular features of his body: his left hand, his right hand, his head, his mouth, his groin and his shadow on the remaining screens. The installation will remain on view through Oct. 10. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm.BOOKS: On Thursday night at 7 pm, Book Soup welcomes author Brian Kellow to read from his latest book Can I Go Now?: The Life of Sue Mengers. The biographer of Ethel Merman and New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael, now focuses on Mengers, her life and career as one of Hollywood’s super agents of the 1970s. Her client roster included Barbra Streisand, Gene Hackman, Ryan O’Neal, Ali MacGraw, Diana Ross, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen, Jacqueline Bisset, Rod Steiger, Elliott Gould, Ann-Margret, Dyan Cannon, Paula Prentiss, Richard Benjamin, Mike Nichols, Peter Bogdanovich among others. From the publisher: “Her professional and personal feuds with celebrities such as Barbra Streisand were open secrets, her intimate dinner parties featuring simple casseroles, bowls of cocaine, and all the pot you could smoke, became legends.”

ART These Days gallery in DTLA presents If I Break, Deliver My Fire, a collection of paintings and drawings by artist Kris Chau. From the gallery: “These pieces invite the viewer to participate in the creation of their own heroic narrative, where the outcome of the adventure is as beautiful as it is uncertain.” The exhibition opens on Thursday and runs through Nov. 8. The artist reception is on Saturday from 7-10 pm.

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