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22 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Looking for something to do? Here are 22 of of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Read on for the details:


MUSIC: The Echo presents a Monday Night Residency with Fenech-Soler / Soft Swells, who are playing weekly in September. Also on the bill on Monday night are Lady Lazurus and Strange Babes. 8:30 pm. 21+. The show is free.

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YOGA: There’s a Harvest Super Moon Yoga + Gong Workshop at Mack Sennett Studios on Monday at 8 pm. Led by Ram Kirin in a session of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation, the evening celebrates the beginning of the fall season, followed by an extended Gong Sound Bath. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat. to save a spot. Admission: $20.

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Skylight Books and Razorcake presents Liz Prince, who discusses and signs her graphic memoir Tomboy. From Skylight: “From staunchly refuting ‘girliness’ to the point of misogyny, to discovering through the punk community that your identity is whatever you make of it, Tomboy offers a sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking account of self-discovery in modern America.” 7:30 pm.

TV PREVIEWS: The PaleyFest Previews of the networks’ upcoming fall TV schedule continues on Monday at The Paley Center for New Media in Beverly Hills with FOX in the hot seat. There are screenings and panels with casts and creators of the comedy Mulaney (at 5 pm), followed by a 6 pm screening and panel discussion from Red Band Society. Screenings of Gotham and Gracepoint (no panels) end the night. Tickets: $20. Other networks this week include NBC on Wednesday and ABC on Thursday. If you can’t make it down to Beverly HIlls, the panels will also be livestreamed.


ART: Sotheby’s Los Angeles holds previews of highlights from upcoming major fall auctions, including works from a collection from L.A. gallerist Joni Gordon. Works by renowned California artists will be on view, from John Baldessari, Vija Celmins, John McLaughlin, and Joe Goode as well as other works by artists including Andy Warhol, Robert Motherwell, and Ad Reinhardt. The works are free to browse Sept. 9-11, 10 am-5 pm.

COMEDY: Comedian Mike Glazer’s books are full of short stories and social experiments that he performed around L.A. At the UCB Theatre on Tuesday at 9:30 pm, Glazer brings with him a break dancer, classical violinist and character actor to perform the experiments with him on stage in the Trueth show. Tickets: $5.

COMIC BOOKS: Comic book writer Geoff Johns signs the graphic novel collection of Forever Evil (issues 1-7) at the Barnes & Noble at the Grove. The event includes a Q&A with co-publisher of DC Comics Dan DiDio in addition to Johns’ signing. Free.

LIT TALK:: The Library’s ALOUD fall season starts on Tuesday with crime writer James Ellroy, who discusses his newest novel, Perfidia. Ellroy is In conversation with author Walter Kirn to discuss his latest book, which focuses on the murder of a Japanese family on the eve of Pearl Harbor. The RSVP list is full, so standby only.

COMEDY: Stand-Up on the Spot is a an improv stand-up night that celebrates its four-year anniversary at Three Clubs on Tuesday at 9:30 pm. Comics are asked to tell new jokes based on audience suggestions. In the lineup: Eric Andre, Ian Edwards, Brent Morin, Dean Delray and Steve Simeone. Tickets: $5.

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FILM: The Japanese American Museum holds The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday at 6 pm. A reception kicks off the evening, followed by a 7 pm screening and a 9 pm panel discussion with Daniel-San himself Ralph Macchio, director John G. Avildsen and writer and activist Aly Morita (daughter of Pat, who passed away in 2005). Free for JANM members, $10 non-members purchased in advance. $12 non-members at the door, cash only.


MUSIC: Sonos Studio and Blue Note Records celebrate the iconic jazz record label's 75th anniversary with a Born in Blue exhibition at Sonos. The exhibition—with Blue Note archival material, new art and an interactive installation—opens on Wednesday from 7-10 pm with a performance by Robert Glasper and special guest. The exhibition is on view through Oct. 24.RSVP for the opening event.

LECTURE: The Los Angeles-based comedy duo The Divorcées (Daniel Landroche and Katie Nathan) debuts its latest half-hour sketch comedy special on Wednesday night at 7 pm at iO West. The show features the duo’s (and friends) absurd humor as they “explore the cultural gemstone that is Florida.” Tickets: $5.

MUSIC: Austin-based psych-pop band Tele Novella (members of Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot) are on tour to celebrate the release of their debut EP Cosmic Dial Tone. The quartet plays HM 157 on Wednesday with Feels, Gothic Tropic and So Many Wizards. 9 pm. Tickets: $7. The show is 21+. Tele Novella also plays the Echoplex on Thursday, Sept. 11, in support of Summer Twins (along with Death Valley Girls, Cobalt Cranes and Buttertones). Tickets: $8-$10.

LIT TALK: At 7 pm on Wednesday, Book Soup presents Sheila E in conversation with Billboard editor Gail Mitchell on her book, The Beat of My Own Drum: A Memoir. Sheila E talks about her life as the daughter of legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo; her survival of abuse; life on tour with Marvin Gaye, Lionel Richie, Prince and Ringo Starr and her own solo career. A Q&A and booksigning follows the reading.

COMEDY: The sketch comedy show This is Not a Tan brings a controversial edge to Second City Hollywood on Wednesday at 9 pm. It’s described as a mix of In Living Color and The Daily Show with sketches that focus on family, society and gender/race relations. Tickets: $10.

POLITICAL COMEDY: Writers Bloc presents Two-Party Animals an evening of political comedy on Wednesday at The Mint. Hosted by writer and radio personality Patt Morrison, comics Wayne Federman, Ben Gleib and Maz Jobrani prime political junkies and comedy fans just waiting for midterm elections. Tickets: $15.


ART: Gusford Gallery opens the exhibition Oliver Jones: Love the Skin You’re In with a reception on Thursday from 6-9 pm. The British artist presents a series of photorealist drawings that examines our pursuit of perfection and how the media “advertises, manipulates and exploits the imagery of flesh.” RSVP:

POETRY TALK: The Autry presents the program Waiting for Jack: A Beat Poetry Experience on Thursday at 7 pm. It’s an evening of spoken words with prominent poets, actors, and musical artists reading the works of Beat-era poets like Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Bukowski, di Prima and Micheline. Cast members will include Mark Boone, John Doe, Ty Granderson Jones, Judd Nelson and other guests. Tickets: $15 Autry members and students (with I.D.) and $20 nonmembers.

COMEDY: NerdMelt presents The Wheel Show on Thursday at 7 pm. It’s basically a smorgasbord of choices placed on a big wheel and the audience never knows what to expect. There’s a chance for sketches, stunts and other surprises. The lineup features standup sets from Rory Scovel, Nick Thune and a special guest appearance from porn star Kayden Kross. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MULTIMEDIA THEATER: Gob Squad presents Super Night Shot at REDCAT from Sept. 11-14. The theater troupe uses DTLA as a film set and incorporates daily footage into each night’s show. They film exactly one hour before the audience arrives at the theater to watch the four filmed adventures screened at once. The Gob Squad uses the films and performances to conduct a "war on anonymity" and our banal lives. General tickets: $20-$25.

HUELL HOWSER NIGHT: The Obscure Society Los Angeles presents California's Gold - Huell Howser Movie Night on Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock. Howser, an enthusiastic storyteller, documenting interesting people and places throughout California for his classic PBS travel series, California's Gold. Four episodes will be screened: "Petroglyphs," "Pet Cemetery," "Slab City" and "Mammoths,” introduced by Howser's archivist from Chapman University, Angel Diaz. Tickets: $15.

FILM: Film Festival Flix is a monthly premiere event that screens award-winning films from festivals around the world. On Thursday at Laemmle NoHo 7 at 7:30 pm, four short films will be screened: “Life Cycle Project,” “Gregg Treinish: A Move Shake Story,” “The Healing of Heather Garden” and “Another Happy Anniversary.” The evening begins with pre-event cocktails at Michael Roud Photography Studio on Magnolia. The Q&A with filmmakers is at 9 pm after the screening is followed by a reception at Eclectic Wine Bar and Grill. Tickets: $14-$34.

Related: Your Ultimate Guide To September: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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