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Arts and Entertainment

22 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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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 forget to check out the April Guide or the Best Night Out in Los Angeles for other events.


FILM: In partnership with Britweek, the NewFilmmakers Los Angeles film screening series presents three programs of British short films (including "I'm in the Corner with the Bluebells," trailer posted above). The screenings are followed by filmmakers Q&As, and are preceded by open bar receptions atop the AT&T Center’s outdoor balcony. Tickets are $6 for each program or $16 for the entire night (and includes reception).

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MUSIC: Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra—and co-founder and producer of the new Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Tennessee—does a solo show at Largo on Monday, performing BTE songs as well as songs that he’s written for other artists (Taylor Swift, Train, Sugarland, Barenaked Ladies, James Blunt, Howie Day, etc.). Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $30.

HAPPY HOUR: dineL.A. Happy Hour Week is a new dining series that runs from Monday through Friday, May 1. Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, dineL.A. Happy Hour Week includes more than 135 restaurant offering afternoon, evening and late-night special options.

PASADENA RESTAURANTS: Pasadena Restaurant Week continues through May 1 at more than 30 participating restaurants throughout Pasadena, including Green Street Restaurant, Celestino Ristorante, The Raymond and others. The restaurants offer fixed price dinner and/or lunch menus. The prices vary from $15, $20 or $25 for lunch or $27, $36 or $45 for dinner.

ART PARTY: Monday is College Night at the Getty Center. From 6-9:30 pm, students (with valid ID) can enjoy free food, music, a no-host bar, discussions, art demonstrations and activities. The exhibitions on view are J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free, and Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography. The evening and parking are free, but advance reservations are recommended.

FILM: Actor, writer, director, producer Helen Hunt presents a sneak preview of her film, Ride, on Monday at the Aero Theatre at 7:30 pm. The comedy features Hunt as a New Yorker editor who follows her son to L.A. after he drops out of college to become a surfer. The film also co-stars Luke Wilson as a surf instructor. The event includes a discussion with Hunt following the screening. Tickets: $11.


MUSIC: On Tuesday night, Indian Lakes headlines the Troubadour in support of their latest release Absent Sounds. The band’s joined by The Soil & The Sun and Lemolo. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $14-16.

MUSIC: KROQ Locals Only and Total Recluse present Clockwise at The Echo on Tuesday night with The Knitts, Bella Darling, Prayers and a DJ set by Total Recluse. Tickets: $8-$10. Show at 8:30 pm. The show is 18+.

FILM + FOOD: Bow & Truss in North Hollywood begins a Throwback Tuesday movie night, beginning this week at 7:30 pm with Ghostbusters. Tickets: $15 for a seat and a movie-themed dessert. Contests all night, too. Email: for reservations.

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COMEDY: The NerdMelt Showroom presents the stand-up comedy of Howard Kremer, doing a longer set of comedy and rap on Tuesday night at 9 pm.He’s bringing along some friends to open, including Steve Agee and Wes Hudson. Tickets: $5.


DANCE: DAYBREAKER brings is early morning dance sessions/party to downtown LA on Wednesday morning at 6:30 am. DJ duo Kaleido gets the crowd moving, while the organizers offer coffee, juice and treats. The event runs from 6:30-8:30 am at Unique Space LA. Tickets: $25.

MUSIC: TuneCore’s live music session returns to Bardot on Wednesday night at 9 pm. The monthly series spotlights independent music with sets by Andy Allo, Fire In The Hamptons and Nova Rockafeller. Doors at 8 pm. 18+. Free at the door, but capacity is limited.

COMEDY: A New Stand-Up Show is at The Copper Still Bar on Wednesday nights. Hosted by Josh Fadem, the comedy lineup includes Lou Sanders, James Davis, Chris Crofton and Mike Bridenstine. Show at 8 pm. Free.

MUSIC: Red Bull Sound Select series continues on Wednesday with music at the Echo (not the Sayers Club) featuring headliner Milo Greene and rising local artists Avid Dancer and So Many Wizard. The series helps highlight local bands and connect them directly to the public. The show is 21+ and tickets are $3 for those who RSVP by 6 pm on the day of the show (up to capacity), and $12 at the door without an RSVP, with all proceeds going back to support the opening local band.


ART DISCUSSION: The German graffiti artist CASE (Andreas von Chrzanowski) is creating two complete murals / four walls in L.A. with the help of the Do ArT Foundation. On Thursday, the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles presents a discussion with CASE to talk about his art, and graffiti culture in Germany and L.A. The art talk will be preceded by a screening of Stefan Pohl's feature length documentary, Hello My Name Is - Graffiti in Germany. 7 pm. Free.

DANCE + FILM: Dance Camera West (DCW) presents the 14th Annual Dance Media Festival, which explores the dance arts through film and thru public performances. The events take place at various venues including the UTA Screening Room, MOCA, the Palace Theatre, REDCAT, Egyptian Theatre, Aero, the Crest Theater and UCLA from April 30-April 5. The festival kicks off on Thursday at the UTA Screening Room in Beverly Hills with screenings, cocktails and appetizers with a live dance performance from Jacob Jonas The Company. 6:30 pm. Kick-off party tickets: $75. (Other events run $11-$25).

EAT: Aces of Taste is an Interactive Dinner Series that debuts in Los Angeles on Thursday from 7-10 pm. The pop-up dinner features Ra Sushi Executive Chef Tony Kong at a beach house in Venice. The menu includes five courses, drinks, music and a chance to mingle by the sea. Dinner reservations are $65. Dress code is upscale casual. The event location will be emailed to participants.

COMEDY: Highly Recommended is a comedy night hosted by Kyle Martin at the Ye Olde King’s Head British Pub in Santa Monica with comedians Jackie Kashian, Raneir Pollard, Matt Ingebretson and Ryan Dalton. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8.

ART: On Thursday from 7:30-11:30 pm, the experiential event producers We Open Art Houses (WOAH) co-presents the one-night group show Semiospheres on the second floor of the Ace DTLA. WOAH has curated selection of works from artists from the upcoming issue of The WORK Magazine, which focuses on collaboration. In addition to the art, there will be live performances and DJ sets throughout the night. Space is limited, please RSVP:

COMEDY: On Thursday at 9 pm, First Act returns to Nerdmelt.It’s a standup show created and hosted by AJ Tesler, who invites comedians to do jokes and bits from their first set lists. In the lineup for Thursday’s show: Kate Berlant, Ilisa Shlesinger, Julian McCullough, Dan Mintz and live music by Boh.

FILM: Directed by Jon Schnepp, the documentary, The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened, premieres at the Egyptian on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. The film examines what imploded the 1998 Superman Lives film that was to have been directed by Tim Burton, with Nicolas Cage starring as Superman. “Through exclusive interviews with luminaries such as Tim Burton, Kevin Smith, Dan Gilroy, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Colleen Atwood, Steve Johnson and many others, and an array of unique source material including never-before-seen footage and artwork, this documentary provides an inside look into what might have become the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made.” There is a discussion following the film with director Schnepp and producer Holly Payne. Tickets: $11. The film also screens on May 1 and 2.

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

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