24 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week
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 24 events you should know about this week. Read on for all the details.
MONDAY, JULY 21
MUSIC: Hi Ho Silver Oh’s Monday night residency at the Bootleg continues with support from Seattle’s Iska Dhaaf—the psych-punk duo of Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes—as well as Irontom and Wistappear. The show is free. 21+.
BOOKS + BEER + FOOD: Mohawk Bend continues its Authors Worth Celebrating series on Monday at 6:30 pm. Randy Clemens presents a four-course vegan meal inspired by his book, The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook. $25 per person. Reservations: Reservations: Authors@mohawk.la.
FILM: Cinefamily is holding an offsite fundraiser at the Vista Theater for Hooper/Friedkin - A Conversation, followed by a 40th anniversary screening of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The directors will talk about “life, love and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s enduring legacy.” Tickets: $48 / $75 VIP seating.
TUESDAY, JULY 22
LIT: The Hammer Museum hosts the Literary Death Match on Tuesday from 7:30-9:30pm. Writers are pitted against each other and judged before a live audience. Judges for this week’s event are Craig Borten, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter (Dallas Buyer's Club) and street artist Morley. Writers are: DJ Javerbaum, writer for The Maya Rudolph Show and author of The Last Testament: A Memoir; comedian Sara Benincasa, author of Great; Attica Locke, author of The Cutting Season and Black Water Rising; and Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors. Tuesday’s event is free. Hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga. Doors at 6:30pm; after-drinks after the Lit Death Match in the courtyard.
TV PREVIEW: Filmmaker Ken Burns is at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Tuesday to present highlights of his new PBS series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. The seven-episode show that focuses on Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt begins on PBS on Sept. 14 with voice acting by Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti and other stars. The hour-long screening begins at 7:30 pm, followed by a conversation with Burns and Steven Ujlaki, dean of Loyola University’s School of Film and Television. Tickets for the event are $10-20.
FILM: The Grindhouse Film Festival returns to the New Beverly with a great double-feature beginning at 7:30 pm with the horror/action flick Runaway Nightmare (1982), written by, directed by and starring Mike Cartel with Mike Cartel & Mari Cartel in person. It’s followed by Nightmare aka Nightmare in a Damaged Brain (1981), written and directed by Romano Scavolini. Tickets: $8.
TV COSTUMES: The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design opens to the public at FIDM Museum & Galleries in DTLA on Tuesday. The eighth annual exhibition features costumes from more than 20 television programs including Downton Abbey, American Horror Story: Coven, Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, True Detective, Castle and more. The galleries are open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am-5 pm. Admission is free.
MUSIC: Skybar’s outdoor acoustic music series, Tunesday, continues on Tuesday with a live music set by Ted Wendler of the LA band, Mansions on the Moon. Doors at 7 pm. DJ set from Ziska from 10 pm-5 pm am. No cover, but RSVP.
COMEDY: Redford, an iO West House team, presents an evening of sketch comedy on Tuesday at the Comedy Central stage at 8pm. Directed by Brett Weiner, the writers / performers in Redford are Laura Clark, Owen Robinson, Dave Ciaccio, Nicole Hammersla, Brian Stampnitsky, Raphael Chestang, Evan Watkins, Julie Birke, Bill Kessler, Tim Banning and Michael Trubiano. Special guests Jim O’Heir (Parks and Rec) and Eric Andre (The Eric Andre Show) join in the fun. The show is free w/ reservations by calling 323.960.5519.
COMEDY: At Nerdmelt on Tuesday, hosts Tony Sam and Julia Prescott, present Part Two: The Sequel Show, in which participants pitch as-yet unwritten sequels to some of fav and not-so-fav movies pitches. Pitching this week are comedians DC Pierson, Andy Haynes, Jeff Dye and Joshy Fadem. There’s also a music performance by COSSBYSWEATER. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 7 pm.
MUSIC: The duo Ray and Remora (Dan Crane of Nous Non Plus and singer Amanda Walker) play the Bootleg on Wednesday. They’re performing from their debut 1994,a sonic homage to the music of 20 years ago, with their own takes on songs by Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr., Weezer and others. They’re on the same bill with Kawehi and Chase Cohl. Tickets: $15. Doors at 8 pm.
MOVIES: Bigfoot Lodge (East) hosts Movie Cult Live: A Night of the Forgotten Marvel Cinematic Universe at 8 pm. Movie Cult, the tumblr community of obscure pop culture, showcases highlights of Marvel's secret cinema shame: Lundgren's Punisher, Corman's Fantastic Four, The Generation X TV Movie, Hasselhoff's Nick Fury, 1990 Captain America, TV Hulk Universe and even Japanese Spider-Man. A panel riffs on the most unique scenes from the films and the night also includes a Hulk-inspired drinking game, music and prizes.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
STORYTELLING: Sideonedummy Records holds a monthly Storytellers show, transforming their offices into a performance space. They’ve invited some of their fav musicians, comedians and friends to tell stories around a given theme. This month’s theme is "Tales from the Road" with Kate Nash, Chris Farren (Fake Problems), Dave Ross and a few others. The show is at 8 pm and there’s a cap at 40 people, so RSVP is needed for the address.
MUSIC: Red Bull Sound Select series presents a bill of established and up-and-coming acts. On Wednesday at the Sayers Club, Red Bull presents Sea Wolf joined by the duo Rare Times and White Rainbow. Tickets are $3 with RSVP. 8 pm. 21+.
BEER: Sierra Nevada partnered with 12 different craft breweries to create 12 brand-new beers. The Surly Goat holds the event, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Celebration, on Wednesday starting at 7 pm, to showcase all the collaborations, from Russian River to Ballast Point.
THEREMIN: At Largo, there’s a celebration of the theremin—the 100-year-old musical instrument invented by Lev Sergeyvich Termen, “a Russian scientist and spy whose adventures took him from jazz age Manhattan to the Siberian gulag.” The event, Moving Through Space Toward You features performances by Califone (debuting a score for a short Russian film from 1917), virtuoso Eban Schletter, Probyn Gregory (the man who performs the theremin on "Good Vibrations"' with Brian Wilson on Tour and other guests. The evening is hosted by Starlee Kine. Doors at 7 pm and show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.
MUSIC: Tori Amos plays the Greek Theatre with special guests Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou. She’s playing in support of her 4th studio recording, Unrepentant Geraldines. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $30-$60 + fees.
THURSDAY, JULY 24
MUSIC/FILM: The psychedelic Western band Spindrift screens their documentary Spindrift - Ghost of the West at the Downtown Independent at 8:30 pm on Thursday. They filmed throughout national parks, historical sites, vast deserts and assorted locations and set the film to a “soundtrack of trippy, reverb-soaked tracks.” The band also plays live to mark the occasion. Tickets: $10.
MUSIC: R&B singer Niki J Crawford continues her residency at Molly Malone's on Thursday at 8:30pm. Tickets: $10.
PERFORMANCE : REDCAT presents the 11th Annual New Original Works Festival beginning Thursday and running for three weekends. The first weekend’s program features dance theater pieces by Wilfried Souly (Saana/The Foreigner) and Rosanna Gamson/World Wide (Still) and a music/theater/opera work by Overtone Industries (Iceland). Festival pass $40, Tickets $20 (students/REDCAT members $16).
BINGO : The Americana at Brand holds an evening of Bingo Under the Stars filled with fun and prizes, hosted by Jeffery "Bingo Boy" Bowman. Check-in starts at 6 pm and bingo runs from 7-9 pm. At the Green. Tickets: $10, includes taco bar from Frida Mexican Cuisine (three tacos). Other foods, margaritas, sangria and beer for purchase at cash bar. Tickets are available for purchase here.
COMMUNITY SOCIAL : Billy's Thursday Night Fish Fry and Community Social returns to La Luz de Jesus Gallery on Thursday from 8-11 pm. The all ages salon-type event (music, spoken word, live art, variety, performance, etc.) is hosted by master of ceremonies: Blaine Capatch with guests Jerry Stahl, Dan Fante, Jonathan Shaw, Bruce Duff, Rich Ferguson, Jillian Lauren, Chris Campion, The Michael Rozon Band with Joe Wood (TSOL), Gabriel Hart (Jail Weddings) and others. Free.
BAD MOVIE: Bad Movie Nite screens the wrestling flick No Holds Barred with Hulk Hogan and Tiny "Zeus" Lister at the Nue Studio & Cafe in Hollywood. Doors at 8 pm and the film begins at 8:30 pm. Free. BYOB and a full cafe menu is also available.
MUSIC : KCRW and the Hammer Museum continue their free summer shows on Thursday at the Hammer with live performances and DJ sets. Made in L.A. Music begins with a happy hour at 6:30 pm and the music begins at 7:30 pm with Afro Funke and Rocky Dawuni performing live. DJs: Jeremy Sole and Glenn Red. Free.
MUSIC : Noura Mint Seymali makes her California debut at the Skirball Cultural Center’s opening concert of its 18th Annual Sunset Concert Series. Seymali brings her brand of Arab-Afropop all the way from her home in Mauritania. Doors and DJ set by Tom Schnabel at 7 pm and the show begins at 8 pm. Free.