17 Fantastic Things To Do This Week: Jan. 13 - 16
Calling all musicheads: Take your pick from a bunch of great shows by Sarah MacLachlan, Tower of Power, Daniel Lanois, Willie Nelson and YBN Cordae. Listen as comedian and actress Jenny Slate talks about her new book. Feel the grooves at a dance fest featuring emerging choreographers. Check out the films of Marty and Bob (aka Martin Scorcese and Robert DeNiro) or ogle Miwa Matreyek's shadowplay performance.
MONDAY, JANUARY 13 - TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
The Fonda Theatre -- 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Grammy-nominated rap artist YBN Cordae made a splash with his debut album The Lost Boy. These L.A. shows are a warmup to his upcoming headlining North American tour, which kicks off in Seattle on Jan. 16. A second show has been added because the first one sold out.
COST: $28; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 13 - MONDAY, MAY 4
The Living Room Series
The Blank's 2nd Stage Theatre -- 6500 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The series is now in its 29th year, embodying the theater company's commitment to developing new works by new voices. Each reading takes place on Monday night, and the performances are minimally staged, with actors carrying scripts. This week's reading is Marge by Chase Yenser.
COST: Suggested donation $15; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JANUARY 13 - TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
Jenny Slate: Little Weirds Tour
Largo at the Coronet -- 366 N La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
The comedian is on tour to support her memoir Little Weirds, which was released late last year. The night features "live reading and very alive chatting" with Slate. Tickets include a copy of the book.
COST: $40; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
The Films of Marty and Bob
Aero Theatre -- 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The American Cinematheque continues its retrospective of feature film collaborations between Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, a partnership that spans more than 45 years and nine films. This week, the Aero screens two matinees, the film noir musical New York, New York (on Tuesday) and the black-and-white boxing tale Raging Bull (on Thursday). The series continues through the end of the month.
COST: $8, free to Cinematheque members; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 - THURSDAY, JUNE 18
Center Theatre Group's Free Library Play Reading Series
Various public libraries in Boyle Heights
CTG presents six plays on select dates through June at Benjamin Franklin Library on Tuesdays, Malabar Library on Wednesdays and Robert Louis Stevenson Library on Thursdays. This week's play is Tortilla Flat, written by John Steinbeck and adapted by Forrest Hartl. It will be performed in English (Jan. 14-16) at 6 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14; 8 - 11 P.M.
Willie Nelson & Family
Toyota Arena -- 4000 Ontario Center, Ontario
At 86, the music veteran is on the road again, performing in the Inland Empire. He's currently on tour to support his latest album, Ride Me Back Home.Tennessee Jet opens.
COST: $47 - $172; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14; 8 - 11:30 P.M.
Troubadour -- 9081 N. Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
The Montrealer performs tunes from his latest album, New Ways, and from his 2017 album, Twin Solitude, which was a Polaris Prize finalist and earned a Juno Award nomination. RIYL the music of Nick Drake and Ryan Adams. Rebecca Foon opens.
COST: $15; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 - WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15; 10 P.M. - 2 A.M.
Daniel Lanois, Rocco Deluca, Johnny
Zebulon Cafe -- 2478 Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
This is an incredible lineup for such an intimate space. Get there early if you want a spot. The show is 21+.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
MOVES at The Montalbán
The Montalbán -- 1615 Vine St, Hollywood
The dance festival returns for four nights, featuring emerging artists in choreography and dance. The opening night showcases 26 finalists competing in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards. The next three nights will present new work by last year's winners: Erik Saradpon, Mary Grace McNally and Rudy Abreu & JA Collective. The shows begin nightly at 8 p.m.
COST: $40 - $100; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15; 6 - 9 P.M.
Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party
SideDoor -- 3801 East Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar
The bi-annual cheese party returns to the restaurant's greenhouse and patio, a culminating event from the monthly cheese nights that showcase small-batch creameries and cheesemakers. Guests can sample dairy from Haystack Mountain, Sonoma County, Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, River's Edge Chevre and Cowgirl Creamery. Tickets include a glass of bubbly.
COST: $75 not including tax or gratuity; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
Film Independent Directors Close-Up
The Landmark -- 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Rancho Park
Film Independent's five-week screening and conversation series, which gives filmmakers and their collaborators a chance to discuss their projects, kicks off. The series features conversations with Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency), Alma Har'el (Honey Boy), Julius Onah (Luce), Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) and Lulu Wang (The Farewell). Passes for the series are sold out,but individual tickets may become available the day of the screening.
COST: $20 - $40 for individual tickets; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15; 8 - 10 P.M.
Rock of Ages Hollywood
The Bourbon Room -- 6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood
The musical takes up residency in Hollywood at a specially built venue and nightclub named after the club at the center of the show. The 250-seat theater is connected to a 4,000 square-foot bar. Grab the hairspray, don those acid-washed jeans and listen to the rock anthems of the '80s. The production features six shows a week, from Wednesday through Sunday.
COST: Tickets start at $89; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 - SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
The 2020 NAMM Show
Anaheim Convention Center -- 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim
The National Association of Music Merchants is a massive expo of music products that caters to industry professionals and music junkies. Attendees can check out wares from more than 7,000 brands, attend workshops and, of course, watch live performances. Scheduled Grand Plaza performances (at 6 p.m. nightly) include Sarah McLachlan on Friday and a Tower of Power 50th anniversary concert.
COST: $50 - $150; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 - SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
Miwa Matreyek: Infinitely Yours
REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater -- 631 W. 2nd St., downtown L.A.
In her mesmerizing new work, the animator and performer interacts with her film in a live shadow play and collaborates with Sorne for live accompaniment. Matreyek's production is a topical "fever-dream meditation of the news headlines we see every day heralding the epoch of the Anthropocene and life-altering climate change." After her stint at REDCAT, Matreyek also performs Infinitely Yours at the Sundance Film Fest.
COST: $22; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16; 7 - 9 P.M.
The Afrofuture is Here
California African American Museum -- 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
This panel discussion, held in conjunction with CAAM's current exhibition, Timothy Washington: Citizen/Ship, focuses on Afrofuturism and black-led tech innovations. Discussing ideas, culture and the future are: Ahmed Best, co-creator and host of The Afrofuturist Podcast; Lonny J Avi Brooks, co-creator of The Afrofuturist Podcast and a Cal State professor; and Anthony Sparks, executive producer, writer and showrunner of the TV series Queen Sugar.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16; 7 - 7:30 P.M.
The Logic of Poetry and Dreams - Odeya Nini
The Broad -- 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Poetry and literature are at the center of Persian culture and they from the foundation for Shirin Neshat's art practice. In conjunction with the museum's current exhibition, Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again, experimental vocalist Nini performs works that reflect upon Neshat's films and photographs. Free tickets can be booked in advance with a limited number of walk-up admissions on a first-come, first-served basis.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JANUARY 16; 6 - 10 P.M.
Petersen Automotive Museum -- 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum unveils its latest exhibition, which delves into the Italian auto design of the 1960s and '70s. The opening night party includes cocktails and light appetizers. Guests can wander through the show and explore the relationship between motorcycles, fashion and industrial design.
COST: Party is free with RSVP; MORE INFO