22 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week
Here are 22 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 April Guide or the Best Night Out in Los Angeles for other events.
MONDAY, APRIL 13
COMEDY: The Seems Legit storytelling show is at Nerdmelt on Monday at 9 pm, with several storytellers/comedians taking to the stage to tell their tales. They’re all true, except one, and you get to call that fibbing storyteller out. The lineup includes: Andy Haynes, Matthew Broussard, Megan Koester, Casey Ley, Eliza Skinner and Moses Storm with music by Misty Boyce. Tickets: $8. All ages with parent or guardian who’s 21+.
TUESDAY, APRIL 14
FILM: LACMA’s Tuesday matinee film series screens Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg on Tuesday at 1 pm. The 1964 musical / drama stars Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo, about two lovers separated by war. Tickets: $4 for the general public and $2 LACMA members and seniors (62+).
COMEDY: On Tuesday at 8:30 pm, Mad Men: The Musical! takes to the stage at UCB Sunset theatre. The parody follows the antics of Don Draper and the rest of the gang at SC&P and features songs like "Poor Fat Betty." There will be singing, dancing and lots of drinking. Also on the bill is the hometown return of musical-comedy duo Erin & MeLissa. Tickets: $5.
EAT MEET: The Hundreds lifestyle brand holds its second Eat Meet at The Oinkster (Hollywood) on Tuesday from 8-11 pm. Admission is $36 and includes a three-course prix fixe with dessert (and features the return of The Oinkster’s The Hundreds X Tapatio creation). A vegeterian option is also available. In addition, to the food, attendees get The Hundreds EatMeet T-shirt, The Hundreds Spring/Summer 2015 Magazine, and a custom tote bag. Tickets are only available from the online shop.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). This month, Emo Night has added DJs to the venue's outdoor patio and with DJ sets from Jesse Mack Johnson of Motion City Soundtrack and Ian Cohen. 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+.
ART + MUSIC: Casio’s G-Shock watch’s Profiles zine launches volume no. 4 at a launch event on Tuesday night at Known Gallery on Fairfax. Artwork on view by Stephan Malbon, Eddy Tekeli, Azim, Steve Olson, Zio Ziegler and Spanto with music by Mikey Alfred (Illegal CIV) and Lil Flash (Glo Gang). Reception from 7-10 pm on Tuesday. The works will be on view through April 19. Email RSVP required.
COMEDY: Death Valley Tween Fest returns to UCB Franklin on Tuesday at 9:30 pm. The sketch show pokes fun of internet and millennial culture, set at a youth music and entertainment festival in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The show stars Drew Tarver, one of Vulture’s "50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015." Also on the same program is My Diary—in which comedians reveal their most private moments publicly (sounds a little like Mortified to us). Admission: $5.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
MUSIC: PHOX, an alt-folk band Baraboo, WI, plays a show at the Roxy on Wednesday night with in support of its self-titled debut album, which was released in 2014. Daniel and the Lion opens. Doors at 8 pm and show at 9 pm. All ages. Tickets: $17-$20.
PHOTOGRAPHY PANEL: There’s a panel discussion on photography at the Getty Center on Wednesday with Virginia Heckert, head of the Getty Museum's Department of Photographs and curator of the museum’s exhibition, Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, which opens this week (April 14). Heckert joins three of the exhibition’s featured photographers—Marco Breuer, John Chiara, and Alison Rossiter—to “discuss their work, their engagement with the essential elements of photography, and the challenges they present to our understanding of the medium.” The event takes place at 7 pm in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium. Admission is free, but a reservation is recommended.
COMEDY: The Super Serious Show returns to The Virgil on Wednesday starting at 7 pm with happy hour. The show starts at 8 pm featuring sketch, music with guests T.J. Miller, Mike Lawrence, Morgan Jay and Mo Welch. Videos by Women comedy troupe. Tickets: $7 in advance/ $10 at the door (cash only). 21+.
POP-UP PARTY: Last Gang Records has a pop-up shop at The Well in DTLA this week selling CDs, vinyl, t-shirts and other merchandise. There’s a party on Wednesday to celebrate with DJ sets by Sebastien Grainger [Death From Above 1979], Bear Mountain, Leisure Cruise, Meishi Smile and secret guests. The party runs from 10 pm to 2 am. Free with RSVP for 21+.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
ART: iam8bit holds a book release and art show for Alex Solis’ new Famous Chunkies Book. The Chicago-based illustrator and artist created the Famous Chunkies series, which showed “what famous characters would look like if their diet consisted of Junk Food.” More than 100 of the Famous Chunkies will be on view and the book will be available for purchase. The exhibition opens on Thursday with a reception from 7-11 pm and runs through April 28.MUSIC: Converse Rubber Tracks presents its next live show at The Echoplex on Thursday with rapper Mina Knock opening the show at 8 pm, followed by headliner, Tink. Tickets are free, and there are a maximum of two tickets per customer. Entry is first-come, first-served. Ticket does not guarantee entry.
LIVE READ: A bonus live read had been added to the Film Independent at LACMA series with guest director Joe Manganiello at 7:30 pm on Thursday (one of the performers in creator Jason Reitman’s Goodfellas live read earlier this year. Returning to tradition, Manganiello will announce the cast on Twitter this week, but the film title won’t be announced until the night of the event. Tickets for the general public: $50; $25 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and NYT Film Club members; and $35 for LACMA members, students with valid ID, and seniors (62+). A reception follows in the courtyard.
READING: The Hatchery, a new shared workspace for writers in Larchmont Village, has a grand opening event on Thursday night from 5-8 pm. There are light bites, drinks and a reading by Christine McDowell from her new book, After Perfect.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) continues, and one of its featured events is A Day in the Life of Miles Davis by Glen Craig & New Works by Jesse Diamond. The exhibtion opens with a reception from 6-9 pm at the Leica Gallery on Beverly and the show remains on view through May 11.
MUSIC: Belle & Sebastian are touring in support of the band's latest album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, and stop at the Fox Theater (in Pomona) on Thursday night before they play Coachella this weekend. Show at 9 pm, Mac DeMarco opens—and we hear that balcony seats are still available. Can you say 'road trip'?
ART: The Angel City Brewery presents the #OnlyInLA gallery opening on Thursday from 7-10 pm in its public house. After a three-month selection process of photos from its #OnlyinLA photo contest, the Angel City folks have selected its top 50 LA-inspired shots for the show.
LA TALK: Perkins+Will Los Angeles, a DTLA design firm, continues its SPARK series to with the discussion The Mighty Macaron on Thursday at 7 pm. The SPARK series “brings thought leaders from various disciplines together to share their work as a catalyst for inspiration” (and action). On Thursday, Francesco Gallo and Shawn Bullock of Perkins+Will Los Angeles are in conversation with Matt Daniel and Michel Darmon of Bottega Louie about food culture, DTLA’s current transformation and more. The event begins with a reception at 5 pm and the event at 5:30 pm. An RSVP is required to attend the event.
TWISTED CABARET: Frank Olivier’s Twisted Cabaret: Comedy Variete Show makes its Southern California debut this week at Magicopolis in Santa Monica. He performs magic, knife-throwing, juggling, burlesque, acrobatics and more, all with bits of comedy during and in between acts. The show runs Thursday, April 16-18 and 23-25. Shows are at 7:30 pm and tickets are $35.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Darkroom bar on Melrose continues its series of photo retrospectives that honor influential bands and musicians. On Thursday, The Darkroom opens an exhibition that spotlights the LA punk rock band X and its place in LA music history. The opening party, held from 7-10 pm, features works by rock photographer Michael Hyatt. The bar serves up cocktails and bites named after tracks from X albums, too.
FILM NITE: Cheap date night alert—on Thursday at 7 pm, the Los Angeles City College History Club hosts an outdoor movie screening of the Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris. The public is welcome to attend the screening, which is being held at the Student Union Amphitheater, closest to Monroe Street and New Hampshire Avenue. Free popcorn, too.