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Arts and Entertainment

22 Of Our Favorite Events This Week

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LAist gets a lot of press releases and we go through all most of them to curate a list of our favorite events happening in L.A. In addition to our monthly March Favorite Events, we found 22 more events that happen this week alone. Read on for all the details.


COMEDY: Jason Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words has inspired the folks at iO West to produce the first Urban Dictionary Spelling Bee at 7 pm. Channeling their inner Guy Trilby—Bateman’s malcontent of a character in the film—contestants are going will be tested on their Urban Dictionary knowledge of “spelling, usage and zeitgeist context of popular words.” Audience members will have an opportunity to participate on stage or by helping contribute new words to the Urban Dictionary. Free tickets. First come, first served.

B FILMS: The New Beverly screens a great double-feature beginning with the Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D (1954) in 35mm at 7:30 pm. It’s followed by the 1932 Boris Karloff classic The Mummy at 9:10 pm. Tickets: $8.

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TV TALK :PaleyFest 2014 continues at the Dolby Theatre this week with the cast and producers of Masters of Sex on stage Monday at 7 pm. The rest of the week’s lineup includes The Mindy Project, Community, Veep and American Horror Story: Coven. Tickets: $25-75+ fees.

MUSIC + TALK: The Colburn School in downtown LA presents the new lecture series Sidley Austin Artspeaks, in which performing arts luminaries discuss the current scene and share personal perspectives. Monday evening guests are Martin Kierszenbaum, chairman of Cherrytree Records, and producer Don Was, president of the legendary jazz label, Blue Note Records. Free, but tickets required.

STORY: It’s time for the LA Moth GrandSLAM Championship XXII at the Echoplex tonight. Ten past StorySLAM winners take on the theme Ignorance is Bliss and bring their stories—both hilarious and heartbreaking—to the mic. Just like the Highlander, there can only be one to reign supreme. Storytellers tonight: Branden Adams, Antonia Crane, Stan DeWitt, Sam Feirstein, John Flynn, Kevin Haas, Timothy Jenkins, Jamie Manelis-O’Donnell, Sandi Marx and Roxana Ortega. Hosted by Brian Finkelstein. Doors at 7 pm and stories at 8. Tickets: $18. 18+ event.


FILM+MUSIC: There’s a special film screening of Mistaken for Strangers, which follows slacker and aspiring horror film director Tom Berninger (younger brother of Matt Berninger of The National) as he gets hired on as a roadie for the band. He ignores his job when he decides to pick up his camera and document the band instead. We hear hilarity ensues. The screening begins at 7 pm, followed by a full concert by The National. At the Shrine Auditorium. Tickets: $42.50+ fees.

COMEDY: At 8 pm, Westside Comedy presentsThe Web Show Show, where judges critique and score episodes in front of a live audience. The audience votes on which creator gets to move onto the next screening. The Tuesday show features videos from: Thug Notes, Teachers, Dress Up Gang, Octavarius, Fatal Farm and 37 Robots. Admission: $5.

EZTV : Cinefamily and the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives (in conjunction with its exhibit/screening EZTV: Video Transfer) presents an evening of EZTV works. Opened in 1979 on Santa Monica Boulevard in WeHo, EZTV was a kind of filmmaking collective, VHS label and public access station. The screening features campy music videos, out-there short films, EZTV’s trailers/promos, and a “30th Anniversary screening of the collective’s first homebrew hit: the John Waters-inspired, neo-J.D. melodrama Blonde Death, partially filmed clandestinely inside Disneyland!” Tickets: $12/free for members.

TALK: Dougals Keister, author of Storybook Style: Whimsy in L.A., talks about the “fairytale houses” that pop up throughout the SoCal landscape at 7 pm at the Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. The European-inspired style—just with more humor—took root in the 1920s but remained only in fashion for about a decade. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for Friends of Gamble House members.

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GRINDHOUSE FILM: It’s Grindhouse Tuesdays at the New Beverly featuring an “Ozploitation” double-feature of Australian exploitation titles. Screening tonight are uncut 35mm prints of Strange Behavior (U.S. title) / Dead Kids from 1981, followed by Patrick (1978). Tickets: $8.

ART: The Warhol exhibition, Andy’s Socialites, opens at Revolver Gallery in Beverly Hills. It’s a collection of 16 original Warhol canvases.

COMEDY: After a three-year UCB run, the improv team Kid Grift produces its own comedy venture at Spirit Studios in Los Feliz. The show promises improvised adventure with “aliens, spaceships and [free] moon snacks!” The second half of the evening features a long-form improv set. Free. Beer and wine available for a donation. Doors at 8:30 pm and show at 9 pm.

VARIETY: Vaudeville Sideshow takes over the Dragonfly for an evening circus show in Los Angeles. The evening features two acts featuring the works of 10-12 professional artists, including aerialists, magicians, comedians, pole dancers, burlesque, glass walkers and, singers. Doors at 7, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $15 in advance/$18 at the door. A private VIP table for four is $100.


ART+WRITING WORKSHOP: Artist and writer Benjamin Weissman presents Collaboration is Utopia: A Writing + Drawing Workshop from 8-10 pm at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. The workshop takes place within his exhibition Yutaka Sone and Benjamin Weissman: What Every Snowflake Knows in Its Heart, and features spontaneous and collaborative writing as well as a drawing party. Admission: $10/free for members.

WEB FEST: The Los Angeles Web Series Festival (LAWEBFEST) takes over the Radisson LAX hotel from March 26-30, featuring workshops, panels, networking and screenings of 319 official web-based selections, leading to the festival’s Trailer Park Awards in five different categories. Day passes cover screenings, workshops and panels for that day (but not food): $49-$69. Festival passes: $200.

OPEN PROJECTOR NIGHT: The Hammer Museum presents Open Projector Night tonight at 7:30 pm. If you’re a filmmaker with thick skin, then this is the place to have your work screened. It’s been described as part “showcase and part showdown” where films and videos (of all genres) are shown to an audience not afraid to call a spade a spade. The awesome comedy duo, the Sklar Brothers, serve as emcees, and the Hammer provides free popcorn. If you’re interested in showing work, show up early because submissions are only accepted until 7:30 pm. Work under 10 minutes only. Accepted formats: VHS, DVD Mini DV & Mini HDV, Super 8mm, 8mm and 16mm film.


TV TALK: Film Independent at LACMA presents a program dedicated to the IFC series Portlandia at 7:30 pm. A screening of two episodes from the new season are followed by a conversation and Q&A with co-creators Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel. The show rides the border between comedy and social commentary. At LACMA’s Bing Theater. Tickets: $5-$10. Standby tickets only left.

PERFORMANCE: For The Record: Tarantino begins a new run in a new and much larger space (without obstructed views) at 8 pm Thursday at DBA in West Hollywood. Tarantino is a master at putting together great soundtracks and this show honors the music of his music. The cast features Rumer Willis, Tracie Thoms, Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars), Lindsay Pearce (Glee), Lindsey Gort (Carrie Diaries), Ginifer King (Nickelodeon's Haunted Hathaways) and more. The show runs every Thursday-Sunday with tickets ranging from $35- $55.

ART + THEATER: Artist Emily Mast’s The Least Important Things takes place at LACMA on March 27, 28 and 29 at 8 pm. The performance “assumes the form of a procession of free-standing theatrical vignettes which unfold in different venues throughout LACMA's campus” using works by Joan Brossa (1919-1998). Participating audience members are given hints and clues to better experience the work. The performance starts on the Los Angeles Times Central Court. Free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

STORY: Tonight at 8 pm, Cafe Fais Do Do welcomes the crew from the comedy show Don’t Tell My Mother. Writers and performers share true stories they'd never want their moms to know. On the program tonight: Ari Shaffir (This Is Not Happening), Matt Braunger (MADtv), Margot Leitman (The Moth), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project) and host/creator Nikki Levy. Live music is provided by Abby Posner & The Myth. Doors at 7 pm. 21+ only. Full bar and the food are available at 7 pm; stories and music begin at 8 pm. Tickets: $16.

MINDSHARE Mindshare LA is at the Downtown Independent Theater for an evening of short talks, a panel discussion entertainment from Super Tall Paul. This month’s speakers are Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus; Syuzi Pakhchyan, designer and fashion technologist; Andy Baker, 4th generation builder, fixer, hacker; Patrick Shearn & Cynthia Washburn of Poetic Kinetics; Mike Russek, founder and CEO of 1028 designs; and hacker and former Mindshare showcase winner Samy Kamkar. Doors at 7 pm and the program runs from 8-10 pm. Tickets: $15-20.

FILM : Mini Cinema screens short films on the big screen five times a year, with the next screening on Thursday at 8 pm at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills. The program features: “Each Time Again,” “TXT,” “Kissing Hank’s Ass,” “Love in the Time” and Cuckatoo. The screening is free, or $5 for the VIP experience (front of line and reserved seating).

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

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