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Arts and Entertainment

22 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

Broods plays the El Rey on Monday to celebrate the release of 'Evergreen.' (Image: Album cover, courtesy of the artist)
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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.


MUSIC: Broods, the brother-sister electro-pop duo from New Zealand plays the El Rey on Monday to celebrate the release of its debut album, Evergreen. Strange Babes opens. 9 pm. Tickets: $18.

COMEDY: Comedian Tig Notaro hosts a benefit show in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Largo on Monday night. Confirmed performers and participants include: Moby, Nick Offerman, Bo Burnham and Hard N' Phirm (Chris Hardwick & Mike Phirman). There may be other surprises, too. Tickets: $40-$75. All proceeds are going to breast cancer charities. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm.

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MUSIC: The banjo-fronted, folk-revival band Magic Giant continues its Monday night October residency at the Bootleg Theater. Joining them on Monday are Jerome Holloway, Stelth Ulvang (of The Lumineers) and Jag Sun. The show is 21+. Free.

COMEDY STORYTELLING: The nonprofit animal welfare organization Actors and Others for Animals presents another edition of Celebrity Autobiography. Performers act out other celebrity memoirs live on stage. Scheduled for Monday's event are: Mindy Cohn, Joey Fatone, Florence Henderson, Lainie Kazan, Laraine Newman, Lily Tomlin, Bruce Vilanch, Fred Willard, Eugene Pack, Dayle Reyfel and others. A VIP reception with silent auction begins at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood. Tickets: $50, $75 $100 and $150 (which includes VIP Reception).

FOOD+BEER: There's another Brewer's Supper at Chloe's at Golden Road Brewery on Monday night. The food and drink pairings celebrate the holidays in October and includes the preview of the brewery's newest seasonal packaged beer, the Back Home Gingerbread Stout. The four-course dinner (with a vegan menu also offered) is $40 and includes beer pairings. (The stout will be available in the Pub on Tuesday and in stores the following week.) Doors at 6:30 pm and dinner at 7 pm.


BOOKS: On Tuesday at 7 pm, Book Soup welcomes author David Peterson, who discusses and signs Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones. Are you a Game of Thrones fan? Do you already speak Klingon and Na'vi? Peterson developed the language for the HBO series and his book will give you the tools to converse in Dothraki.

MUSIC: If you didn't get tickets to former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way's sold out Troubadour show on Monday, there's still a chance to catch him at The Fonda on Tuesday, where he's touring to support his first solo record, Hesitant Alien. The Eeries open. Tickets: $35. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm.

FILM: Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the largest and longest running horror film festival in the country and it returns to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood & Highland from Oct. 14-23. There's already waitlist for Tuesday's opening film Parlor (about a maniacal tattoo artist), but there are plenty of other feature films and short film programs to choose from throughout the week. Passes: $200-$300. Individual tickets: $11.

PERFORMANCE: On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, the Hammer Museum presents More, More, More! An Evening with Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond & Taylor Mac. The program is being held in conjunction with the Hammer’s museum exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. It's an evening of cabaret and storytelling with three performers who expand the boundaries of both gender and theater. The event is free. A cash bar is available and the exhibition will remain on view until 9:30 pm.

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MUSIC: Fresh from the zombie apocalypse is actress-singer-songwriter Emily Kinney of The Walking Dead playing a 10:30 pm set at the Satellite. The indie pop-folk artist plays live to support her Expired Love EP. Also playing on Tuesday: The Long Fall and Dark Furs. Tickets: $15. 21+.

TV TALK: The Paley Center presents An Evening with Real Husbands of Hollywood on Tuesday at 7 pm. In the BET show, comedy heavyweights play fictionalized versions of themselves. Scheduled to appear are: co-creator and executive producer Kevin Hart, Boris Jodjoe, Nick Cannon, Duane Martin, Nelly, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams and showrunner/executive producer Ralph Farquhar. Tickets: $25-$25.

COMEDY: Tim Bagley's one-man show, No Actors Allowed, is at the Groundlings Theatre on Tuesday at 8 pm. He has a collection of stories about wading through the Hollywood system and humiliating himself in the process—from wearing a Speedo on national TV to getting the part of an international terrorist that only kills super models—that will make you feel better about your life. Tickets: $15 (and he’s donating the proceeds back to The Groundlings). He'll also perform the show on Oct. 21 and Nov. 4. Ages 16+.

MUSIC: The L.A.-based singer-songwriter Meiko has an album release party at the Bootleg on Tuesday for her new full-length album, Dear You. Also on the bill are 16-year-old singer-songwriter Keta and the indie pop sextet Banta. Tickets: $12-$15. Doors at 7 pm. Show at 8 pm. 21+.


CONVERSATION + MORE: The public radio program Bullseye with Jesse Thorn holds a special live event on Wednesday at Hollywood Forever. Special guests include: Dan Harmon, Sara Watkins, Steve Agee, Andy Kindler and Rob Corddry, joining Thorne for conversation, comedy, music and more. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20. Parking is free on site.

DISCUSSION: On Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Writers Bloc presents Leon Panetta, former White House Chief of Staff and Secretary of Defense in conversation with Jessica Yellin about his new memoir Worthy Fights. In the book, Panetta lays out his "moral conflicts and his great challenges, with unexpected humor and a fascinating view on the largest global events—and personalities—of our time." Tickets: $25.

PERFORMANCE: Tongva After Dark ends its first season of cultural programming with an evening of varied performances by artists stationed in the various "rooms" of the Santa Monica Park. Performers include experimental puppetry artists Janie Geiser, Susan Simpson and the duo of Yao Zhang & Liang Guo; choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews & The MOVEMENT Movement; soprano Karina Kallas & early music guitarist and lutenist Ines Thomé. Audiences can stroll through the park for various performances from 7-8:30 pm. The event is free and open to public.


FILM: The Nuart celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the cult horror film It's Alive on Thursday at 10 pm. There's a mutant monster baby that kills when frightened. Appearing in person are director Larry Cohen and co-star Sharon Farrell. Tickets are $13.

PARTY: The art and culture Paradise Magazine launches in L.A. and is throwing a party to celebrate on Thursday from 8 pm to 2 am at Akbar in Silver Lake. The party is free and so is the wine. There's a variety and performance art show beginning at 10 pm. A DJ will be spinning tunes through the night and print copies of Paradise will be on sale.

COMEDY: Tim Allen returns to standup for a night of comedy at The Laugh Factory to benefit POPS (Pain of the Prison System). The high school club supports those who have any association with prison—particularly those with parents, relatives and friends in the system. Also performing: Lowell Sanders and Frazer Smith. Tickets: $25-$35.

Q: The public radio show Q with Jian Ghomeshi (which airs on KPCC locally) presents a live show at the Broad Stage on Thursday at 7 pm. Guests include: Zach Galifianakis, Martin Short, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh, music from Jenny Lewis and others. Tickets: $21-$25. You must arrive by 7 pm to claim your seats.

ARM WRESTLING: L.A.L.A.W. (Los Angeles Lady Arm Wrestlers) presents the Fall Brawl: A Fundraiser for Cooking with Gabby on Thursday at 7 pm at the Bootleg Theater. The night includes performance art, burlesque, sport and grassroots fundraising—and the arm wrestling is real. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $25 VIP seats (limited).

MUSIC: If you're one of the lucky ones to get tickets to Hozier's sold-out show on Thursday at Immanuel Presbyterian in Mid-Wilshire on Thursday night, then get there early for up-and-coming singer-songwriter James Bay, too. 7 pm. Tickets: $25 (at least that's what they were going for).

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

Want the 411 on additional events and happenings in LA? Follow @LAist or me (@christineziemba) on Twitter.

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