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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.


FILM: The Greg Proops Film Club screens I Married A Witch on Monday at 7:30 pm at Cinefamily. The evening begins with a taping of comic Proops’ podcast live onstage, in which he deconstructs the 1942 film (starring Veronica Lake and Frederic March), which set the stage for the Bewitched TV series. The screening follows the taping—and there’s no talking over this film. Tickets: $12/free for members.

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LIT: On Monday at 7 pm, Book Soup presents singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt (Magnetic Fields) who discusses and signs his new book 101 Two Letter Words.Merritt, with illustration help by cartoonist Roz Chast, has written a four-line rhyming poem for 101 two-letter words included in The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, from favs like hi and qi.

YOGA + WINE: Glendale Arts and Prana Nata Yoga present its final yoga class the Alex Theatre forecourt (216 N. Brand Blvd. 91203). The free class, from 6:30-7:30, is followed by a wine tasting provided by Left Coast Wine Bar and smoothies from Earthbar. All levels and ages are welcome.

MUSIC: The LA-based psych rock theatre band P L a N E T S start a weekly October residency at the Satellite on Monday. The shows each week feature “classic horror themes including characters, decorations and haunted house-style shenanigans throughout the night and in concert with the performances.” In addition to musicians, the 15+ member troupe also features dancers, shadow-puppeteers, performance artists and a robot. Doors at 9 pm on Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Shows are 21+.


BOOKS: On Tuesday at 7 pm at Book Soup, actor Ron Perlman discusses and signs his book, Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir. His story focuses on his tough Washington Heights neighborhood in New York, his classical acting training and his career from the TV shows Beauty and the Beast to Sons of Anarchy.

STORY:: The Moth's Westside edition is at Zanzibar in Santa Monica on Tuesday with storytellers spinning tales on "confrontation." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about standing up (or not) to bullies, your boss, yourself...Doors and storytelling signups at 7 p.m. and tales begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission as long as you’re there by 6:45 pm). Hosted by Carlos Kotkin. The venue is 21+.

Michael Gordon's Timber -- Mantra Percussion: 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon from Red Poppy Music on Vimeo.

CLASSICAL: The LA Phil’s Green Umbrella series celebrates new music and composers. On Tuesday at 8 pm, percussion takes center stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the S�? Percussion ensemble and percussionists Joseph Pereira and James Babor. They’ll be performing works composed by Bang on a Can co-founders: David Lang’s the so-called laws of nature for four percussionists and Timber for six percussionists by Michael Gordon. Tickets: $39-$68.50.

LIT TALK: On Tuesday at 7:15 pm, ALOUD presents the program Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh with Williams' biographer John Lahr in conversation with author Armistead Maupin. Lahr, the New Yorker theater critic, examines Williams' life, including his "warring family, his lobotomized sister, his sexuality, and his misreported death." The program’s RSVPs are currently at capacity, but there will be a standby line.

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COMEDY+MAGIC: Like comedy and magic? The head to the Nerdmelt Showroom for a run through of Justin Willman's Magic Show (a Comedy Central pilot) at 7 pm. The show, which is all ages (with parent or guardian 21+), starts at 7 pm on Tuesday. Free. If you miss the Tuesday show, there's another run through on Thursday at 7 pm, too.

COMEDY: There's a special sneak preview of season 2 of Adult Swim's Newsreaders at NerdMelt on Tuesday at 9 pm. Following the screening, there's a panel discussion hosted by Kumail Nanjiani with David Wain, Rob Corddry and others. Since it's a free show, the RSVP line is at capacity, but there will be a standby line at the door.


MUSIC: Shonen Knife—the all-female Japanese pop-punk-garage band—plays the Bootleg on Wednesday night. Death Valley Girls open the night at 9 pm, followed by The Garden at 10 pm. Tickets: $12-$15. Doors at 8 pm.

COMIC BOOKS: Author-artist Yumi Sakugawa is at Skylight Books on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. She'll discuss her new book, Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe (Adams Media) with tips on finding your true path-and a whimsical adventure to enjoy on the way there."

CULTURE: Slate is on the road with its Culture Gabfest podcast and makes a stop at the Belasco Theater in DTLA on Wednesday. Slate's editor-in-chief Julia Turner, movie critic Dana Stevens, and critic at large Stephen Metcalf provide the stimulating conversation and an analysis of the latest cultural news, from film to TV and more. LA's stop includes special guests Natasha Lyonne from Orange Is the New Black and John August and Craig Mazin of the popular screenwriting podcast Scriptnotes. The bar opens at 7 pm and the show starts at 7:30. 21+ event. Tickets: $35+ fees.

COMEDY: Room 101's comedy team is holding a benefit show on Wednesday at 8 pm for the environmental nonprofit TreePeople (Mulholland near Coldwater). The lineup of improv teams includes Zach Woods, Lennon Parham, Ben Schwartz, DC Pierson, Brian Gallivan, Katie Dippold, Joe Wengert, Eugene Cordero and many others. Admission: By donation.


FILM: German Currents—a film festival that celebrates German film—takes over the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre from Thursday (Oct. 9) through Sunday (Oct. 12). The festival's lineup includes Germany’s Official Oscar Entry Beloved Sisters—which opens the festival with a gala reception—and Austria’s Official Oscar Entry and winner of eight German Film Awards, The Dark Valley (which closes the festival) German Currents also features conversations with directors, composers, actors and a multimedia exhibition The Other Worlds of Werner Herzog at WUHO gallery (Woodbury University’s center for experimental exhibitions and multidisciplinary collaborations). Individual film tickets: $11.

STORYTELLING: The storytelling show Don't Tell My Mother celebrates its third birthday on Thursday—on National Coming Out Day and during LA Storytelling Week—at Busby's East. Featuring naughty stories by Amy Landecker (Transparent), Jen Kober (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Ben Gleib (Chelsea Lately), R.J. Aguiar ( and Nikki Levy ("the dyke with a mic"). There may be a special guest making an appearance, too. Bar, food menu and party begins at 7 pm and the storytelling begins at 8 pm. Live music by Abby And The Myth through the night.

ODYSSEY: On Thursday at 7:30 pm, the Hammer Museum and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles present An Odyssey of The Odyssey with writer/director and media artist Lars Jan. He brings a multimedia theater world to the stage, creating a "trans-disciplinary narrative." Jan has collaborated with actor Roger Guenveur Smith, ecologist Eric Berlow, data artist/designer David Gurman, computer scientist Kaustuv DeBiswas and classics researcher Daniel Powazek to explore how Homer's Odyssey has influenced/inspired through the ages. The free event is being held in conjunction with The L.A. Odyssey Project.

LIT: Actress Angela Cartwright (The Sound of Music, Lost in Space) and former Fox employee Tom McLaren are at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on Thursday to discuss and sign their new bookStyling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive. The book is a collection of rare continuity photos that feature Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Paul Newman, Cary Grant and others. 7 pm. Free.

FILM: The monthly festival screening event, Film Festival Flix, presents a premiere of Autana at the Noho Laemmle 7 Movie Theater in North Hollywood on Thursday night. The film is an epic/extreme climbing film that follows a group on a journey into the Amazon to climb the Cerro Autana. The evening begins with a 6 pm red carpet wine reception at Michael Roud Photography on Magnolia Boulevard. The screening is at 7:30 pm at the NoHo Laemmle 7, followed by an 8:45 pm Q&A with experts. The night ends with a reception at Eclectic Wine Bar and Grill. Tickets: $14.

COMEDY: Comedy is Dead XVIII takes place on Thursday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The lineup features Brian Posehn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, James Adomian, Yassir Lester, Esther Povitsky and is hosted by the comedy troupe, Women. Doors at 8pm, show at 9 pm and parking is free onsite. Tickets: $15.

ART: The Downtown Art Walk is on Thursday night, also marking the start of the first Los Angeles Plein Air Festival. Artists will be working/painting in the open air along the city’s historic core. The fest ends on Sunday with the Festival Exhibition and Awards Competition at Farmers & Merchants Bank, where artwork will be available for sale and prizes will be awarded in different categories. (If you are an artist and would like to participate, please visit the site or in person at Raw Materials Art Supplies (436 S. Main Street, Los Angeles CA 90013).

TECH: The interactive, one-day conference Tech Out LA is being held at Mack Sennett Studios on Thursday. The day has a full schedule of panels, keynotes, interactive technology and breakout sessions, bringing together tech entrepreneurs, educators, founders and maybe even funders with a goal of bringing “tech training into the classroom so that students can contribute these skills as future entrepreneurs.” 9 am. Admission: $49.99-$199.99.

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