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23 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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LAist gets a lot of press releases and we go through most of them to curate a list of our favorite events happening in L.A. Here are 23 events you should know about this week. Read on for all the details.


TV TALK: The Paley Center presents the program An Evening with Key & Peele: In Conversation with Patton Oswalt on Monday at 8 pm. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will screen a few select clips and discuss their show and comedy with Oswalt, which guarantees hilarity. Tickets to the main theater are sold out, but seats remain to the adjacent closed-circuit viewing room (tickets: $7). Or if you’re not in L.A., the livestream is expected to begin at 8:30 pm (PT).

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FILM: The UCLA Film & Television Archive continues the series Robert Altman: A Retrospective on Monday at 7:30 pm with a double feature of Altman’s Thieves Like Us (1974) with Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall as “ill-fated lovers on the run in Depression-era Mississippi.” It’s followed by the 1976 film Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson. It’s Altman’s “revisionist take on the Western” with Paul Newman as showman Buffalo Bill. Guests at Monday’s screening are actor Carradine and screenwriter Alan Rudolph. Tickets: $10.

COMEDY: UCB Comedy Theater presents The Game of Thrones Castration Spectacular on Monday at 11pm. Hosted by CollegeHumor's Patrick Cassels and comedian Michael Trapp, this variety show is set in Westeros. We wonder if they’ll take on that end scene in last week’s Viper and the Mountain...funny stuff, right? Tickets: $5.

MUSIC: School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live are: Megafauna, James Bay, Marian Hill and Klingande. Nightbird (John of U.S. Royalty) DJs between sets and Smooth Sailing (Sax Offender Set) closes the night with a DJ set. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

FILM : In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the film Napoleon Dynamite, the Academy at LACMA series presents a screening and live commentary of the film with special guests director-cowriter Jared Hess and actor Jon Heder on Monday at 7:30 pm at LACMA’s Bing Theater. Tickets: $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID | $5 for the general public, which is still quite a bargain.

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GAMING: E3—the huge trade show for computer and video games and related products—is at the L.A. Convention Center from June 10-12. It’s not open to the public, but if you are a member of “the industry,” can prove it and have $995 for the registration fee, you’re in.

MUSIC: Machine Project begins a weeklong series of sonic weather projects that challenges perceptions in Grand Park. Organized by artist Chris Kallmyer, the Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification (LADWM) “creates interactive environments of wind, rain, fog, and thunderstorms for Grand Park visitors to enjoy.” The lunchtime talks and sessions are free. On Tuesday, the LADWM presents a “collective meditation on rain and drought with music to modify the weather in mind and body that will mindfully encourage rainfall in a month that averages 0.09 inches of rain.” Subsequent days will examine wind, fog and thunderstorms.

POP-UP EVITE EVENTS: Eventbrite takes over a former vacant retail space at 7711 Melrose Ave, for a series of events from June 10-17. Brite Space LA kicks off with an art show featuring the works of LA street artist, Man One and emerging pop artist Just Trew. Other events include a mixology workshop, a shop with local designers, an ‘80s game night and a performance by local band “In The Valley Below to close out the event series. Free, but RSVPs are required for each event.

ART: The Future of Gaming is the latest art show curated by iam8bit gallery in Echo Park. In the show, industry experts and artists conceptualize the future of videogames. The exhibit features theories from David Smith (co-founder of Media Molecule), Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari), Seamus Blackley (co-designer of the Xbox) and Warren Spector (Award-Winning Designer and Producer). Art by Boneface, Eden Soto, Henrik Johansson, Jude Buffum, Kelice Penney, Ken Garduno, Kevin Stanton, Mitch Ansara, Naomi White, Nicole Gustafsson, Teresa Huarte, Timothy J. Reynolds and Travis Chen. The show opens on Tuesday from 7-11 pm and runs through June 22.

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MUSIC: Musician, songwriter and artist Joseph Arthur performs at the Troubadour on Tuesday in support of his new album Lou, his interpretations of his favorite Lou Reed songs, is his first for Vanguard Records. Carly Ritter opens at 9 pm. Tickets: $20. On June 13, Arthur performs an intimate acoustic set at Lethal Amounts Gallery in DTLA with an exhibition of his art.


MUSIC: EELS play the Orpheum Theater on Wednesday, promoting their the release of their 11th studio album, The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett. Chelsea Wolfe opens. Doors at 8 pm and show at 9 pm. All ages. Tickets: $33-$45+ fees.

COMEDY: The Kuntz Family Hour—a family variety show parody—is at the Second City Hollywood Stage on Wednesday at 9 pm. The live sketch show features guest Danielle Demski of Let’s Make a Deal. Tickets: $10.

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MUSIC: The exhibition of sheet music from the LA Central Library, curated by Josh Kun, hits the road with a series of concerts: Songs in the Key of Los Angeles Recital Tour from June 11 through June 15. Presented by the LA Opera in partnership with SongFest and The Library Foundation of Los Angeles, these free recitals, featuring vocalists accompanied by piano, offer a “singular portrait of Los Angeles history and culture rendered in music, featuring artists from LA Opera and SongFest.” The first concert on Wednesday takes place at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Free.

FILM FEST: The 20th edition of the Los Angeles Film Festival begins on Wednesday and runs through June 19. The majority of screenings of the hundreds of shorts and feature films takes place at the Regal Theaters in downtown Los Angeles.

MUSIC TALK: Writers Bloc presents an evening of rock’n’roll stories with writer/director Cameron Crowe (a former music writer) interviewing rock journalist Lisa Robinson about her new book There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll. The conversation takes place on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $20.


ART TALK: Online art gallery Saatchi Art hosts a free program/panel discussion that explores Art and Technology: What's Next for Art in the Digital Age? The event takes place at Saatchi’s L.A. offices on Thursday from 7-9 pm. Panelists are designer/sonic artist Mileece; Saatchi Art CEO Sean Moriarty; curator and entrepreneur Christian Strike; and songwriter/recording artist D.A. Wallach. The panel will be moderated by Lori Kozlowski of Forbes. Free, but RSVP required. Space is limited. A reception follows the panel.

MUSIC : The Seattle-based synth-pop band Harps play the Silverlake Lounge on Thursday as part of the West-Coast Electronic Music Showcase. Also performing that night are LA bands Echocell, Frenship and Taxi Doll. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $8.

MUSIC: The Indie-soul trio Memoir plays a 10 pm set at the Spare Room on Thursday night. The band celebrates the release of its debut album Fire In Me. The show is free. Ages 21+.

THEATER: The Hollywood Fringe Festival, now in its fifth year, brings more than 200 theater shows and productions to theaters, parks, clubs, churches, restaurants and other venues from June 12-29.

COMEDY: Comedy Palace, the weekly comedy show above a Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz, presents live standup, performances, stories on Thursday at 9:30 pm from Joe Wagner; Ali Wong; Bill Kottkemp and a special residency by Johnny Pemberton.

VARIETY: The Kennedy Administration, a live, late-night talk show, at Echoes Under Sunset returns on Thursday at 9:30 pm to Echoes Under Sunset in Echo Park. Guests include: NASA’s mohawk guy Bobak Ferdowsi; comedian Dave Anthony; magicians David & Leeman and musical guests Imperial Mammoth. Free.

FILM : Film Festival Flix presents a screening of Magpie, written and directed by Marc Price and produced by Justin Hayles. In the film, a deadbeat father reappears at his young son's funeral and steals the coffin. 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 a 9 pm Q&A with Price. It’s followed by an afterparty at Eclectic Wine Bar on Lankershim. Tickets: $14.

MUSIC: Somekindawonderful, who hit the charts with the breakup song “Reverse,” plays the Bootleg Bar on Thursday (and again on June 26). Tickets: $10.

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