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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.


ART BOOK SIGNING: KM Fine Arts Los Angeles and Hexton Modern and Contemporary present a new show by American artist Eric Fischl—his first in L.A. in more than two decades. The exhibition focuses on Fischl’s two-dimensional works and his bronze and cast glass sculptures in both bronze and cast glass. He’ll be at KM Fine Arts on Monday (June 23) from 1-3 pm signing his book Bad Boy, before his sold out talk with Steve Martin at The Broad in the evening. Fischl’s show runs through Aug. 24.

DOCUMENTARY SEMINAR: Doc U—the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops—holds a session on Monday at Cinefamily at 7 pm. Doc U: Cable’s New Big Thing: Non-Fiction Series and the Documentary Filmmaker will be moderated by Join Anne Thompson of Indiewire's blog "Thompson on Hollywood" with panelists including Shannon High-Bassalik, Senior Vice President, Documentaries and Programming, Al Jazeera America; Lizzie Kerner, Director, Development & Acquisitions, CNN; Mary Lisio, EVP, Non-fiction and Branded Entertainment, Scott Free Productions. Admission: $20; $15 IDA members and $5 students. Audience Q&A and reception to follow the panel.

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PERFORMANCE: On Monday at 7:15 pm, ALOUD and WordTheatre presents the newest epistolary from author and playwright Denis Johnson. “The Starlight on Idaho,” which is a kind of amalgam of story and play, will be read/performed by actors Christina Avila, Ryan Bathe, David Call, John Heard, Jan Munroe, Angela Payton, Jeff Perry, Jason Ritter and Brenda Strong. Johnson and performers will do a post-performance Q&A. Standby only.


TV TALK: The Paley Center for Media hosts a premiere screening of FX’s The Bridge at 7 pm, followed by a panel conversation with producers and cast on Tuesday. The crime thriller explores the tensions on the U.S.-Mexico border. Expected guests are actors Diane Kruger, Ted Levine, Demian Bichir, Emily Rios, Matthew Lillard and executive producer Elwood Reid. Tickets: $25 general admission, $15 Paley members.

MUSIC: The LA-based psych band P L a N E T S continues its exploration of music and theater with its latest show TheDarkCity: Museum. The performance takes place at the Silverlake Lounge on Tuesday at 8 pm and includes dancers, shadow-puppeteers, performance artists, and a robot along with the musicians. The band is joined by the punk-pop outfit ModPods on the lineup. The show is 21+. Tickets: $5.

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MUSIC: Skybar’s new outdoor music series, Tunesday, continues on Tuesday with a live music set by Afrobet by the Skybar’s pool. Doors at 7 pm. Performance at 8 pm. DJ set by Trinidadsenolia at 10 pm-2 am. No cover, but RSVP.

COMEDY: The free monthly comedy show Good Looks takes place on Tuesday at 8 pm at play in DTLA’s Arts District. Hosted by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan, the evening features standup by Anthony Jeselnik, Matt Braunger, Nick Thune, Emily Heller and Donny Divanian. Music by DJ Keil from STRFKR. No cover. Cash bar + ice cream for sale by Cream Dream.

FOOD TALK: The Skirball Center presents a program on Tuesday at 8 pm with Rabbi Jeffrey Marx who’ll discuss The Whole Schmear: How America Brought Cream Cheese to the Jews. He’ll discuss the history of cream cheese and how it became part of Jewish cuisine. “Learn about where Philadelphia cream cheese really comes from, why today’s cream cheese bears little resemblance to the original, and how it brought some Jews from rags to riches.” A Q&A follows the program. Tickets: $8; free to Skirball members.

COMEDY: Part Two: The Sequel Show! takes place at the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson at 8 pm. Tony Sam and Julia Prescott co-host the 65rd Annual Sequel Show aka the Pitchies where comedians pitch sequels to unwritten movies. At the end of the night, the audience votes on the best pitch. Peformers: Beth Stelling, Sean O'Connor, Mike Burns, The Walsh Bros and Liquid Feet. Free, but reservations required.


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MUSIC: Unsung Heroes: A Celebration of Mike Viola (Candy Butchers) featuring Inara George & Very Special Guests takes over Largo on Wednesday. Performances by Mandy Moore, Susanna Hoffs (of The Bangles), The Living Sisters, Dan Bern, Dan Wilson, Philip Littel, Kate Micucci, Andrew McMahon, Wendy Wang, Bleu McAluley and others. Doors at 7; show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30-$75.

UTOPIAN MUSIC: The Llano Del Rio Collective presents an evening of music that explores the theme of “utopia” on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Park Studio: Tree House education space. Music by Kelly Marie Martin, Erin Schneider, John Schneider. These members of the Llano Del Rio Collective will present three short programs on the legacy of Woodie Guthrie and tunes from a 19th century pump organ and viola. Free.

TALK : CultureBrain Academy Speaker Series presents the salon-type event, A Conversation with Maria Popova on Curiosity, Creating, and Connecting on Wednesday at 7 pm at Maker City L.A in DTLA. Popova is a writer and editor of and will be in conversation with CultureBrain founder Sharon Ann Lee. Tickets: $15.

FILM: The Los Angeles Conservancy’s 28th Annual Last Remaining Seats film series continues screening films at historic film theaters around L.A. Tickets are still available for Wednesday’s 8 pm showing of director Luis Buñuel’s El gran calavera (The Great Madcap) (1949) at the Los Angeles Theatre. the Palace Theatre (1911). Tickets are available online for $20 ($16 for Conservancy members). ***Please note a change in venue.***

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MAGIC + MORE: The Magic Castle celebrates a “Half Christmas”; on Wednesday to support My Friend’s Place, a haven for homeless youth in Hollywood. The evening includes an appearance by Santa and his elves, carolers, eggnog, raffle prizes, music, magic and more. There’s also a special performance by Grammy Award- and two-time Academy Award-winner, music composer Richard Sherman. The festivities begin at 7 pm. Tickets: $20 for non-members and $10 suggested donation for AMA members. Non-members must RSVP to and await confirmation. Read the Magic Castle’s dress code before you go, but basically, no jeans, sneakers, tank tops, etc.

MUSIC: New Orleans folk/blues artist Andrew Duhon plays an 8 pm set at the Hotel Cafe on Wednesday with a special guest performance by Fred Tackett of Little Feat. Tickets: $10 + service fees.


MUSIC: On Thursday, Ceci Bastida celebrates the release of her new album La Edad de Violencia at the Bootleg. No matter what genre of music she tackles—from punk to dance music—Bastida is not afraid to use her music and voice as an instrument of social change. LA based producer Rafi eL and DJ Panamani also perform at her release show. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $12. 21+.

ART EXHIBITION: The mixed media art exhibition LOVE IS DEAD (… and you killed it) has a one-night only showing at Space Station Studios on Thursday from 7:30-10:30 pm. The art has been inspired by real messages from Tinder, OkCupid and other online dating services. Original artwork from Clark Duke, Joe Cool, Roselina Hung, Stacy Elaine Dacheux, Mary Minahan, Lizzy Love, Natalie Phillips, Hannah Beth Ragland and more. Artist Shayneofthedead will also appear, hand painting a model live. Snacks from the Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck and Larabar, and an open bar with tunes from DJ Moenay.

WEB FILM : MOCA Grand Avenue presents the world premiere of Petra Cortright’s MOCAtv commission ‘Tags for Likes’ (2014), which is included in the first-ever screening of the artist’s entire collection of webcam works. (Running time: 69 minutes, 7 seconds.) The screening is at 8 pm. Free with RSVP.

DESIGN: The Levantine Center presents an opening reception for LOCAL / NOT LOCAL, a collection that brings contemporary Arabic and Iranian typography and calligraphy to the center’s Inside/Outside Gallery. Curated by Maece Seirafi and Pouya Jahanshahi, they’ve assembled a number of award-winning Arab and Iranian designers who “demonstrate the creative possibilities and expressions that lurk in their native alphabets.” The reception will be held from 6-10 pm.

MUSIC: Kollaboration Los Angeles 2014—a music showcase competition for underrepresented Asian American performers—takes over the Troubadour on Thursday night at 8 pm. In addition to the competing performers, who are being judged by Christopher Tin, Gingger Shankar and Oliver Wang, there will be guest performances from Anderson .Paak, The Rhee Brothers and DJ Kero One. The winner from this group advances to the Kollaboration Star finale to compete against winners from the other eight participating cities. Tickets: $15-$20.

MUSIC: The monthly Red Bull Sound Selects concerts—which gives promising local bands a showcase—presents an evening of music at the Roxy on Thursday at 7 pm. Headliner The Thermals play tunes from their most recent album Desperate Ground, while joined by L.A.’s psych-pop outfit Gothic Tropic and the grungy, garage-rock tunes of Beach Party. Tickets are $3 for those who RSVP at (with all proceeds going back to support the opening local bands).

FILM: On Thursday at 7:30 pm The Standard, Hollywood joins forces with New Filmmakers Los Angeles to present Short Shorts, a series of five short films followed by discussions with directors, cast, and crew. From New FilmmakersLA: “The short films featured include: 'Layover,' a production by We Make Movies collective; Sundance Festival select, 'Record/Play,' describes a tragic love story complicated by time travel; 'Adrift,' a film about the unconscious dreams of three Brooklyn teens; 'Mediation,' follows the divorce mediation gone awry; and '#twitterkills' features Sarah Paulson from American Horror Story and 12 Years a Slave.” A filmmaker discussion follows the screening. Free.

LIT TALK: ALOUD at the Central Library presents British writer Geoff Dyer, “How I Turned into the Writer I Am Not,” on Thursday at 7:15. Dyer will be In conversation with Howard A. Rodman, professor of Screenwriting, USC School of Cinematic Arts. They’ll discuss his new book, Another Great Day at Sea, which explores life aboard an American aircraft carrier. They’ll also discuss Dyer’s penchant for wildly eclectic works. Standby only.

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