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23 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 23 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. And check out the November Guide for other events.


COMEDY: Comedian Chelsea Peretti has a special screening and does a live podcast on Monday night at Largo. The screening of the upcoming Netflix special Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (out on Friday) starts at 8:30 pm and is followed by the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star's podcast taping. Tickets: $30.

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COSTUME DESIGN: The Academy presents the program Defining Character: The Art of the Costume Designer on Monday at 7:30 pm in the Bing Theater at LACMA. Hollywood Costume curator and Oscar nominee Deborah Nadoolman Landis moderates a panel discussion with three top costume designers: Judianna Makovsky (Pleasantville, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone); Michael Wilkinson (300, American Hustle) and Danny Glicker (Milk). Hollywood Costume ticket holders receive free same-day admission to this panel. Tickets: $10-$15.

ART+FILM: The Flux Screening Series returns to the Hammer Museum on Monday at 7:30 pm, featuring innovative short films, music videos and visual art from around the world. The program features the L.A. premiere of Ben Briand’s short film "Blood Pulls A Gun"; Encyclopedia Pictura's "The Upsetter for Metronomy," Fluorescent Hill’s new film "Migration"; and Matthew Frost’s "Aspirational," starring Kirsten Dunst. New music videos by Tiga, Marcelo D2, Fools Gold, OK Go and many more. Filmmaker presentations and an after-party follows in the courtyard after the screenings.

MUSIC: Shakey Graves plays two nights at the El Rey this week on Monday and Tuesday in support of his new record And the War Came, a follow-up to his 2011 self-released debut Roll the Bones. Esme Patterson and Rayland Baxter open the night. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $20+ fees.


ART + FOOD: LACMA presents Cur-ATE: Art of the Samurai on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. The evening begins with a tour of the Pavilion for Japanese Art with ArtBites founder Maite Gomez-Rejón tracing the ”role of food in the historical and social context of the samurai and the military nobility that rose to prominence starting in the seventh century and went on to influence religious, social, and cultural practices.” After the art-looking, there’s a three-course meal to complement the tour, selected by Chef Viet Pham of Ray's and Stark Bar. Tickets: $90 LACMA members, $100 general public.

MUSIC:: The Crest of Westwood presents an evening of music by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & his Quartetto Fantastico on Tuesday at 8:15 pm. In addition to Atwood-Ferguson on violin, other violinists Chris Woods, Paul Cartwright, cellist Peter Jacobson are joined by Travis Flournoy on visuals. The repertoire of the group traverses classical, jazz, hip-hop and modern music, including original, improvisational works. Tickets: $8-$10.

TOGA PARTY: The Getty Villa’s annual College Nightis this Tuesday from 6-9 pm. College students are invited to head up PCH for a free night of special tours, music, and free food and drinks (cash bar for those 21+). To get into the spirit of the Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house, students are encouraged to wear togas. Admission and parking are free for College Night, but a ticket is required.

COMEDY: The Victory Lap comedy/variety show dials the calendar back to the year 2000, when people were freaking out about the dreaded Y2k bug. The special show Y2k Community Preparedness Meeting: Preparing For the Year 2000 Computer Problem and Beyond is a benefit for the Down Syndrome Association of L.A. The show takes the form of an actual community meeting, taking over hall at The Northland Village Foundation (across from Golden Road Brewery). Performers include: Duncan Trussell, Jerrod Carmichael, Johnny Pemberton, Jackie Kashian, Arden Myrin, Matt McCarthy, Josh Fadem, Joe DeRosa Andres Du Bouchet, Annie Lederman, Ron Lynch, Ricky Carmona, Emily Maya Mills, Megan Koester, Seth W. Owen and Stu Jenkins. Tickets: $12-$15. Beer and coffee with admission until it runs out. Refreshments at 8 pm and the “meeting” begins at 8:30 pm.

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MUSICAL: Sixth Avenue presents another Town Hall installment—its Back Room Reading Series—at Akbar on Tuesday at 8 pm. The theater troupe presents Joss Whedon’s Once More, With Feeling: The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Musical, directed by Tony Soto with musical direction by Dan Wessels. The cast will be backed by a live band and includes Nicci Claspell as Buffy. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested.

MUSIC: Piano Spheres' new Satellite series focuses on emerging performers and new music for piano. On Tuesday at REDCAT, L.A.-based pianist and composer Richard Valitutto performs the inaugural concert of the series. His program NAKHT premieres new works by Valitutto and fellow L.A.-based composer Nicholas Deyoe. Other composers on the program are: Frederic Rzewski, Salvatore Sciarrino, Olivier Messiaen, Aleksandr Skryabin and Francis Poulenc. Tickets: $25


MUSICAL: Kinky Boots, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, opens at the Hollywood Pantages at 8 pm on Wednesday night. The exuberant musical follows an unlikely pair teaming up to save a struggling shoe factory. Tickets: $25-$165.

TV TALK: Film Independent and The New York Times Film Club presents a TV-centric program on Wednesday night at LACMA’s Bing Theater: An Evening with ... Greg Berlanti. The writer/director discusses his latest work, the CW shows Arrow and The Flash (though we’re still partial to his show Everwood). The evening includes a full episode of The Flash and sneak previews of upcoming Arrow and The Flash episodes. Tickets: $15-$25.

COMIC BOOK HISTORY: ALOUD at the Central Library presents an awesome-sounding program for comic book nerds, fangirls and boys and history buffs alike in The Secret History of Wonder Woman. Jill Lepore, a Harvard historian and a New Yorker staff writer, discusses the private papers of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston (who also invented the lie detector). Lepore will be in conversation with Alex Cohen, co-host of KPCC's Take Two, on the character’s origins and her place in the annals of 20th century feminism. Of course, there’s already a standby list, so get there super early if you want a chance at snagging a seat. 7:15 pm at the Central Library. Free.

MUSIC TALK: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is in conversation with Chris Cornell on Wednesday at 8:30 pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel to celebrate the publication of Page’s official photographic autobiography (the first one ever by a member of Led Zep). They’ll be revisiting Page’s life, music and untold stories. Tickets are pricey ($125+ fees), but include the book.


FILM: Festival Flix hosts a monthly online short film competition and on Thursday at the Laemmle Noho 7, nine finalists compete for a $2,500 prize. Watch the films, hear from the filmmakers and vote to award the grand prize. The evening begins with a 6 pm red carpet wine/beer reception at Michael Roud Photography on Magnolia Boulevard. The screening is at 7:30 pm, followed by an afterparty at Eclectic Wine Bar on Lankershim. Tickets: $14.

ART FILM + MUSIC: Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents Andy Warhol: Light and Dark with Music by Ezra Buchla on Thursday at 7 pm. The program is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Andy Warhol: Shadows and features screenings of Warhol’s films Kiss (1963) and Blow Job (1964) accompanied by live music by experimental composer Buchla. Tickets: $12 general admission; $7 students with valid ID

YARN BOMB: There’s an opening reception on Thursday from 7-9 pm for Yarn-o-polis, an art takeover by Yarn Bombing Los Angeles of the Grand Central Market’s food hall. Eight of the Market’s columns are wrapped in yarn sleeves and “depict icons of vintage and modern features of Downtown LA and attempt to answer the question: ‘Who/What/Where is DTLA?’”

MUSIC: San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes wraps up its residency at the Bootleg HiFi on Thursday for a good cause. The band teams up with the Union Rescue Mission running a Food & Sock Drive at the show, encouraging guests to bring non-perishable and nutritional canned goods, new socks or donations. The band will deliver the goods to the mission personally after each collection. The band is touring in support of its upcoming album Twelve Spells.

MUSIC: On Thursday, the Smiths/Morrissey tribute band Maladjustedperforms at La Cita. The band performs one set of The Smiths and one solo Morrissey set. 9 pm. $8 cover. 21+.

ART:iam8bit presents the art show SEQUEL (Over 40 Artists Imagine Movie Sequels That Never Were) and the opening reception is on on Thursday from 7-11 pm. Participating artists include: Alex Griendling, Andras Baranyai, Andrew Bannecker, Andy Fairhurst, Arno Kiss, Arthur D'Araujo, Ashley Wood, Austin James, Boneface and many more. The art will be on view (and purchase) through Nov. 23.

SHOPPING: During Thursday’s monthly Downtown Art Walk, the Downtown Women’s Center—an organization working to end homelessness for women—holds a Jingle & Mingle Holiday Shopping Party from 6-10 pm. Stop by to sip hot chocolate, snack on tasty treats and take photos in a fireplace photobooth all while shopping for gifts and goods created by the women of DWC.

ART: On Thursday at 7:30 pm, the Voices of a People's History holds a Tenth Anniversary Show at The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (Aratani/Japan America Theatre). The event features actors Kerry Washington, Marisa Tomei, Josh Brolin, Frances McDormand, Jesse Williams, Michael Ealy, Benjamin Bratt, Adepero Oduye, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christina Kirk, Alicia Witt and Hong Chau, musicians Tom Morello and Joe Henry, and other special guests. The show coincides with the release of the 10th anniversary edition of a book that features selected testimonies to living

MUSIC FEST + CONFERENCE: YouBloom LA is a music festival and conference taking over venues in Northeast L.A. and Pasadena. During its run this weekend (Nov. 13-15), 80+ live bands play at The Highland Park Ebell Club, La Cuevita, Cafe Nela, Griffins of Kinsale, The Old Towne Pub and many more. The conference, which tackles topics about the music business, takes place at The Highland Park Ebell Club. The program segments include: PR & Social Media Marketing Skills; Brand Creation and Control of Multi-Platform Content; Record Keeping and Taxation in Music; crowdfunding and more. Conference price: $25, $15 to students 21 and younger. The gigs are free.

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

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