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24 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week
Here are 24 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.
MONDAY, OCT. 27
AUDIO/VISUAL: Prism Pipe is a monthly visual music and live film score event that takes place at pehrspace in Echo Park. Monday’s program, The Dog is in the Machine celebrates “the beauty in the broken,” and will feature glitch art from artists around the world with live scores by ambient musicians. Doors are at 8 pm, show at 8:45 pm. Tickets are $5. All ages. Bring a yoga mat for the full, immersive experience.
MUSIC: Next2Shine is an intimate performance showcase of live music from up-and-coming artists. Singer-songwriter Celeste Stoney is next up behind the mic. The event takes place at 8 pm on Monday, but you have to RSVP for the location. Use the password DEBUT to register. Space is limited to 300 guests.
MOTH GRANDSLAM: It’s time for the next LA Moth GrandSLAM Championship at the Echoplex on Monday night. Ten past StorySLAM winners take to the stage, without notes or standup routines. It’s just a night of old-fashioned storytelling. Doors at 7 pm and stories at 7:30. Tickets: $20. 18+ event. Seating is limited.
FASHION TALK: Refinery29 co-founders Christene Barberich and Piera Gelardi have written their first book and are hosting a signing event in L.A. on Monday from 5-7 pm. Refinery29: Style Stalking offers fashion tricks, basic info and insider tips. The event is being held at TENOVERSIX on Melrose, so shop and listen in style.
LOU REED MEMORIAL: Studio 1444 in Hollywood is holding a special tribute event Lou Reed: One Year Since on Monday from 6-10 pm. Lou Reed, a founding member of The Velvet Underground, recorded in the studio’s building when it was home to TTG Studios. To commemorate a year since Reed’s passing, the studio is holding an art tribute show and an acoustic open mic night. RSVP is mandatory.
TUESDAY, OCT. 28
BOOKS: Graffiti artist, painter and graphic novelist David Choe had his first exhibition in L.A. at Giant Robot at in 2003. Choe returns to GR2 for a signing of his latest book Snowman Monkey BBQ (on sale at the store for $60).
MUSIC: The Echo & The New LA Folk Fest Presents its annual Murder Ballads: A Tribute to True Crimes of Passion show. Playing at the Echoplex on Tuesday are: Joel Jerome, Spindrift, Z Berg, Bloody Death Skull, Old Testament, Rachel Fannan, Pearl Charles, The Zmed Brothers, Cal King, Bobby London, Skin & Bones, Honey Child and Jenny Luna. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $9 - $11. 18+.
LIT TALK: On Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School, Writers Bloc presents Martin Amis with Fargo (FX’s TV show) creator Noah Hawley. Amis’s latest book The Zone of Interest has created controversy in Europe as it “presents an unconventional and uncompromising look at evil through the prism of a Nazi officer in a concentration camp.” Amis will discuss the prism of evil with Hawley. Tickets: $25.
FILM: The Crest Westwood presents a screening of Sid & Nancy on Tuesday at 8:15 pm with a post-screening punk era discussion featuring artists, musicians and scenesters: Edward Colver, Angela Boatwright, Helen Killer, Alice Bag and Tequila Mockingbird. Tickets: $7.
LIT: Red Hen Press and the Boston Court Performing Arts Center present the literary event A Night of Female Voices, featuring readings from Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Elissa Washuta, Robin Becker and Alicia Ostriker. The event takes place at 7 pm on Tuesday at Boston Court in Pasadena. Tickets: $10, $5 for students and seniors.
COMEDY: Good Looksis a free monthly comedy show that takes place every last Tuesday at play in DTLA’s Arts District. Standup comedy by Brendon Walsh, Brent Weinbach, Eliza Skinner, Zach Sherwin, John McKay, Kara Klenk and a special guest. Hosted/Produced by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan. Doors at 7 pm. Show at 8 pm. Cash bar.
MUSIC:Yael Meyer recently released her third album, Warrior Heart, and celebrates with a free live show on Tuesday night at Studio Bancs in Culver City. The L.A.-based (by way of Santiago, Chile) singer, songwriter, musician mixes alt-folk and electronic sounds. Doors at 7 pm. Show at 8:30 pm. Bonus? Free drinks and snacks.
ART TALK:: On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, the Hammer Museum presents a conversation on art and the business or art between the Hammer’s chief curator Connie Butler and MOCA’s newly appointed chief curator Helen Molesworth, who joined the museum most recently from ICA in Boston. Free.
VARIETY: Elixir The Show returns to The Federal Bar in the NoHo Arts District on Tuesday for its Halloween ball. The immersive, multimedia stage show includes live music, burlesque, comedy, dance troupes, rotating singers, magic, surprises and prizes. As in, this month's ball features a costume contest with a 32" Hi Def Digital Flatscreen Television as Grand Prize. A karaoke after-show is held after the costume party. Doors/Dinner at 7:30 pm; show at 8:15 pm and the karaoke begins at 11:15 pm. Free Admission, 21+ with ID. Costumes a must.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29
WHISKEY: The Tam O’Shanter has a great Whiskey Mixer on Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Guests will get to sample whiskies from 10 distilleries: Few, Templeton, Charbay, Elijah Craig, Bernheim, Trybox, Rittenhouse, Mellow Corn, Evan Williams and Henry McKenna with specially paired hors d’oeuvres, created by executive chef Mark Kalenderian. Price: $39 (plus tax and tip). Call the Tam for reservations at 323-664-0228.
PERFORMANCE: The Metro Art program presents a free Invisible Cities Acoustic Concert Performance on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. The collaboration between Metro Art and The Industry reunites the singers and musicians who performed the sold-out run of Invisible Cities in Union Station. Admission is free. Seating opens 30 minutes prior to performance and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Preferential seating for Metro TAP card holders.
COMEDY + FOOD: On Wednesday at 8:30 pm, Camp Crystal Lake Comedy with Jonah and Kumail takes over NerdMelt to celebrate four years of their Meltdown show. They’re transforming the room into the “scariest campground you'll ever see at a comedy show.” Performing on Wednesday are Jen Kirkman, Robert Dean, Janine Brito, Al Jackson, Dave Anthony, Rory Scovel and a special guest. Tickets sold out online, but a few may be available at the door. Immediately after the show, there will be anafter-party at the Oinkster Hollywood, open late. They’re serving up the Meltdown Burger (Rye Bread, Hot Pepper Relish, American Cheese, Smokey Ghost Pepper Pepper Jack, Shoyu Grilled Onions, 1000 island on a 6 oz burger patty) and an Intelligentsia Coffee Pumpkin "Get Pumped-kin" Milkshake. The after-party is open to the public, no ticket required.
MUSIC: The Wild Feathers bring their Southern-tinged roots rock to headline the El Rey on Wednesday night with The Apache Relay (video, above) and Desert Noises in support. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets start at $21.
THURSDAY, OCT. 23
STORYTELLING: RISK! storytelling is a live show and podcast featuring performers telling true tales that they “never thought they’d dare to share in public.” The show returns to NerdMelt on Thursday at 9 pm, hosted by Beowulf Jones and featuring stories from Aubrey O’Day, Baron Vaughn, John Milhiser, Carrie Poppy and Matt Donnelly. Tickets: $8.
FOOD+MUSIC: As the LA Phil continues its fall season, it offers concertgoers Get Your Phil, a package that features a multicourse, prix fixe dinner at select DTLA restaurants for $25 (not including tax and tip). On Thursday at 8 pm, the concert features pieces from Mozart and Beethoven, with the LA Phil conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jeremy Denk on piano. The selected restaurants for the program are Zinc Cafe and Eat. Drink. Americano. Tickets for the concert only: $65-$197 + fees.
PARTY: Skybar presents Strange & Unusual: An Interactive Experience for the Recently Deceased for two nights this week (Thursday and Friday). It’s a Beetlejuice-themed party with recreated set designs by the NY-based production team Landed as the backdrop, including a "Day-O" Dinner Party, a graveyard and an Inferno room. Sounds by Eric Sharp, Whitney Fierce and Diallo. Admission: $20. 8 pm to 2 am on both nights. Costumes highly recommended.
PERFORMANCE: Playwright and psychic Asher Hartman brings his latest interdisciplinary performance project Purple Electric Play (PEP!) to Machine Project’s 17-seat underground theater. The work—which breaks the fourth wall—took more than a year in the making Over a year in the making, Machine Project’s Mark Allen says that PEP! includes “music, 70's lighted disco wear, diapers, 50 yds of red sparkle fabric, puppets, mauve velvet, black lights, comedy, levitation, Black Art Magic and elaborate dance moves.” The work ultimately ask audiences to reflect on themes of state control and resistance. PEP! begins on Oct. 30 and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 pm through Dec. 13. General admission tickets are now sold out, but a few tickets remain for campaign donors ($50-$100).
FILM: Cinefamily screens the lone 35mm print of the Gremlins “Preview Cut” on Thursday at 7:30 pm to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary. There’s a post-screening panel discussion on the history of the “PG-13″ rating—and how Gremlins became the first film ever to get it. Panelists include: Director of Gremlins himself, Joe Dante; Mike Finell (producer, Gremlins); Stephen Farber (author, The Movie Rating Game) and Susan Nicoletti (MPAA ratings board member in the 1980s). DJ Dem Boyz spins tunes before the show. Tickets: $12, free for Cinefamily members.
COMEDY: Comedy Palace, the weekly comedy show above a Chinese restaurant in Los Feliz, presents live standup, performances, stories on Thursday at 9 pm. Free, but get there early for a seat. Performers scheduled are: Karen Kilgariff, Johnny Pemberton, Debra DiGiovanni and others, plus a special guest residency by Matt McCarthy.
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