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24 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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There are a number of great [air-conditioned!] events happening in L.A. this week. Here are 24 of them for you to choose from. Read on for all the details. We’ll be back on Thursday to help you plan the weekend.


AUDIO/VISUAL: Prism Pipe is a monthly visual music and live film score event, curated by The Current Sea. The event, titled Retrofuture, takes place at pehrspace in Echo Park at 8 pm with Monday’s performers: Visager, Pride & Joy and LA’s D/A/D, with projected visuals by Kate Parsons, Sarah Zucker and The Current Sea. Suggested donation: $5. Attendees are encouraged to bring yoga mats so that they may experience the piece in relaxation. Tickets are $5.

BOOKS + BEER + FOOD: Mohawk Bend continues its Authors Worth Celebrating series on Monday at 6:30 pm. Terry Hope Romero, author of Salad Samurai, takes over the Mohawk Bend kitchen, and presents a four-course vegan meal and beer pairings. $30 per person. Reservations:

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FILM: Ghetto Film School (GFS) Los Angeles presents a free screening of new works by the inaugural GFS LA Fellows at 7:30 pm at LACMA’s Bing Theater. The program includes 10 short narrative films (non-dialogue, 6 min each) and a filmmaker Q&A with LACMA curator Elvis Mitchell. Reserve free tickets .

COMEDY: The Goddamn Comedy Jam Vol III takes over The Lyric Theatre on Monday. Since almost every comic wants to be a rock star, the GDCJ lets guests Adam DeVine, Adam Ray, Jerrod Carmichael and Fortune Feimster do a comedy set then perform a fav cover song in front of a live audience. Hosted by: Josh Adam Meyers w/ Elemenopy Doors at 8 pm, show at 9pm. Tickets : $5 online.

COMEDY: Cindy Crawford is a free comedy show hosted by Adam Lustick on Monday (and every third Monday of the month) at MiMoDa Studio. Performers include: Noel Wells, Jonathan Kite, Jermaine Fowler, Jen Curran, Ashley Barnhill and Eddie Della Siepe. 8 pm.


Shield and Spear Trailer from Petter Ringbom on Vimeo .

ART + FILM The Hammer Museum commemorates the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid on Tuesday with the West Coast premiere of Shield and Spear , a documentary about what democracy means in South Africa today. The film includes “some of the country’s most prominent artists as they examine hate crimes against the LGBT community, death threats for a political satirist, identity, race and creativity.” A Q&A with director Petter Ringbom and producer Alysa Nahmias follows. Then we have a special musical performance by members of performance art ensemble The Brother Moves On. Free. 7:30 pm.

LIT: Skylight Books hosts Caitlin Doughty, who reads from her memoir Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: And Other Lessons From The Crematory , at 7:30 pm. Doughty is an L.A.-based mortician, death theorist and founder of The Order of the Good Death, who includes a little macabre, gallows humor and bizarre experiences in her book.

COMEDY: The Victory Lap variety show returns to The Virgil at 9 pm. Hosted by Seth W. Owen (Movie Night @ The Roosevelt) and Stuart Jenkins (Associate Producer, BBC America’s The Nerdist), the evening promises “slightly unhinged entertainment” with a lineup that includes Jon Daly (Kroll Show), Sara Schaefer (Niki & Sara Live), Jamie Lee (Girl Code), Donny Divanian (We Are Nudes). There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great specials, $6 cocktails, $5 wine and beer all night long. 21+. Free admission. There’s valet so you don’t have to worry about finding a parking space in this neighborhood.

FILM: Cinefamily and Fantastic present a special free screening of Kevin Smith’s horror flick Tusk as part of SpectreFest , which brings progressive genre (horror, thriller, fantasy) films and forward-thinking music together. Tusk is being screen offsite at the Vista at 8pm. Smith along with cast members Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez will do a Q&A afterwards. To gain entry, you must pre-register for "first-come, first-serve" admission. Registration does not guarantee a seat.

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MUSIC: If you couldn’t get tickets to her three nights at Hollywood Forever from Sept. 17-19, Karen O plays a solo acoustic mini-set at Amoeba on Tuesday at 6 pm to celebrate her new album: Crush Songs. Might want to get in line, now, huh?

BOOKS: Former Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman celebrates his debut novel, It Won't Always Be This Great , with a signing at Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica on Tuesday at 7 pm. It’s a “poignant comic crime confessional about life, love, kids, and marriage, and the lies that bind us.”


FILM: American Cinematheque and the Consulate General of Belgium in L.A. presents the series Grit and Whimsy V: The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema. On Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Aero, there’s a screening of Flying Home , a romance starring Jamie Dornan “about a businessman who gets involved with racing pigeons to win a new client.” Of course, a Belgian beer reception with the filmmaker Dominique Deruddere follows the screening. The feature is preceded by the short film "The Painting" (6 min.). Tickets: $11.

TV: There’s a screening and launch party for The Adventures of Velvet Prozak , a half hour comedy pilot that stars Saige Walker and Andy Milonakis at 7 pm at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. There’s also a live performance by D33 Bot and Velvet Prozak himself (aka the alter ego of Walker’s character). RSVPs needed .

FILM: The Mistake Room presents a two-night screening program of the film works of artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978). The program, Cities on Screens, focuses on the artist’s relationship to the city, architecture and space, reflecting on the changing nature of L.A., particularly DTLA. The films screen at 7-9:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, with different films shown each night. Free.

FILM: On Wednesday FIGat7th presents the next installment of its FLIX at FIG series , holding a free movie screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Be one of the first 150 guests for complimentary kettle corn for the show. Take the Metro or park your car for $5 after 4 pm and stay all night. Live DJ and happy hour begin at 5:30 pm and the film begins around 8ish. Happy hour food and drink specials are available at City Tavern - DTLA, Loteria Grill, The Melt, and Mendocino Farms.

COMEDY: The Super Serious Show takes over The Virgil starting at 7 pm with happy hour, music and drinks. The show starts at 8 pm featuring sketch, more music and videos by Adam Cayton-Holland with Derek Hughes, Jim Jefferies, Ever Mainard, Matt McCarthy and Seaton Smith. The evening also includes a sneak peek of Adult Swim's new series Mr. Pickles (featuring a Q&A with creators Will Carsola, Dave Stewart and head writer Sean Conroy). Tickets: $7 in advance/ $10 at the door (cash only). 21+.


MUSIC: Indie artists Neutral Milk Hotel headline the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday at 8 pm, marking the band’s first L.A. headlining performance since 1998. Opening the show are 90’s alt-rockers The Breeders and singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston. Tickets: $20-$58

COMEDY: At 8 pm, Westside Comedy presents The Web Show Show , where judges critique and score six episodes in front of a live audience. The audience votes on which creator gets to move onto the next screening. Entries from Seraph Films, Explosive Bolts Films, Nick P Ross, Firsts: The Series, The Kids Table Comedy and Low Carb Comedy. Admission: $10.

COMEDY: Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity (HFC) movement to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease is putting on a standup comedy showcase, Indulgence with Todd Glass and Justin Willman on Thursday at 8 pm at The Lyric Theatre. There are additional performances by The Lucas Brothers, Josh Androsky, Blake Wexler, Tamer Kattan and Brenton Biddlecombe. The show is 18+. Tickets: $8.

GRAPHIC NOVEL: Charles Burns signs his latest graphic novel Sugar Skull at Skylight Books at 7:30 pm. Check the website for specific signing instructions.

FILM: The Echo Park Film Center hosts film collector Russell Harnden on Thursday at 8 pm for another screening of “ Gems from the Archives ”—a series devoted to obscure, outdated, and orphaned films drawn from his personal collection of cartoons, educational films, industrial films and other footage. The program includes the titles: An Outbreak of Salmonella Infections, Are Manners Important and Extended Play. These are camp classics now, but were taken very seriously when they were made. Harnden will be in attendance at the screening. $5 admission.

COMEDY: Part 2: The Sequel Show features comedians pitching their ideas for sequels of some of our fav and not-so-fav movies at NerdMelt at 9 pm. This month’s pitchers include Jamie Lee, Caitlin Gill, Sam Brown, Andrew Santino and Jamie Lee and songs and entertainment by The Fringe Riders. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 9 pm.

PHOTO: Mr Musichead Gallery presents the first U.S. portrait exhibition of photographer Deborah Feingold with an opening reception on Thursday from 7-10 pm. Feingold has photographed some of the world’s biggest musicians, actors and world leaders—shooting the cover of Barack Obama’s ‘Audacity of Hope’—for the past 40 years. Feingold celebrates the upcoming release of her first photo anthology ‘Music with a book signing at Mr Musichead. The exhibition runs through Oct. 1.

POKER: Get Lucky For Lupus LA Poker Tournament takes place on Thursday at 7 pm at Avalon Hollywood. Special guests Nick Cannon and Toni Braxton join in the festivities, which also include a party, tournament, and silent auction. Poker players will have the chance to win a $10,000 poker seat at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas. Tickets: $100-$5,000. 21+.

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

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