Weekly Agenda: Our 15 Favorite Things Happening in L.A. This Week
Here is your Weekly Agenda, L.A. It’s our take on our favorite events happening throughout the city this week, giving you more time to plan your extra-curricular schedule. We’ll be back later this week to help you plan the weekend, too. This week's column features a number of great film, lit and comedy picks, including the start of the LA Comedy Fest, a discussion with Roy Choi, a college toga party at the Getty Villa and The Milk Carton Kids Review at Largo. Read on for all the details.
Monday, Nov. 11
FILM: LA-based Italian filmmaker Leo Foti’s monthly short film festival returns tonight to Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo from 8-10 pm. The Shorts-n-Stuff series features two films under the themes of sex, drugs and rock and roll: “The Hiccup,” written and directed by Matt Smukler and “The Root of the Problem,” written and directed by Ryan Spindell. Two web series will also be screened, including “In Reverie,” written and directed by Meagann Pallares, and “The Celibate Nympho Chronicles,” directed by Bill Gray and written by Tanjareen Martin. Live acts will include comedian B.T. Kingsley, exotic dancer Ashley “Red Swan” Wright and the band Midnight Junkies. Bring an article of clothing as they’re also holding a clothing drive for homeless youth. Admission is free. 21+.
MUSIC: M.I.A. performs at The Belasco Theater on this Nov. 11-12 in support of her just-released album Matangi. Tickets: $47.35. We hear it might be a little easier getting tickets for Tuesday night.
FILM + MUSIC: The MUSE/IQUE organization’s “Uncorked Series” features concerts in unusual venues around Pasadena. Held this month at the Avon Distribution Center, there’s a bonus film screening of the documentary The Girls in the Band, followed by a performance by The Maiden Voyage All-Stars, led by saxophonist Anne Patterson. A wine reception that begins at 6 pm, followed by the film at 6:45 pm. Tickets: $50.
MUSIC: Body Parts continues its month-long Monday residency at The Satellite in support of its debut album Fire Dream. Each week features a different lineup. Guests artists this week: Mt.Ossa, J. Laser and Leopold And His Fiction. Doors at 8. Show at 9 pm. Free.
Tuesday, Nov. 12
COMEDY READING: Book Soup presents comedian Rob Delaney presenting and signing his new book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage at the New Beverly at 7 pm. Just as in his standup routine and on his twitter feed, he totally overshares in this collection of essays. Admission: $30 and includes a copy of the book. **Note the event is NOT at Book Soup.
MUSIC: The Milk Carton Kids are wrapping up 2013 touring with a couple of shows at Largo this week. The band’s Revue on Nov. 12 is a collaborative performance with special guests, “highlighting the diverse range of artists the band has worked and toured with over its short 3 year span.” The band plays Largo again on Nov. 16. Tickets: $30.
GRAPHIC NOVELS: [ALOUD] at the Central Library presents the program Making History Graphic. Graphic novelists and comic illustrators Joe Sacco (The Great War), and Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) are in conversation with Charles Hatfield, author and professor of English, CSUN. They’ll discuss how the “graphic novel and graphic nonfiction —rising from the frontlines of popular culture—can serve our understanding of history.” 7:15 pm. Free with reservations.
LITERARY DEATH MATCH: Literary Death Match (LDM) takes over Busby's East at 8:15 pm for an evening that mixes lit and comedy. The show features four writers reading from their own work (seven minutes or less), judged by three all-star judges. Only two writers will move onto the LDM finale. Judges tonight are author Joshuah Bearman (literary merit), actress/filmmaker Jessie Kahnweiler (performance) and a judge TBD for the intangibles category. Writers/readers: Deni Béchard, Rachel Shukert, Carson Mell and Cherry Chevapravatdumrong. The evening is hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Doors at 7 pm; show at 8:15 pm. Tickets: $7 preorder/ $10 at the door. The event is 21+.
PARTY: The J. Paul Getty Museum host its annual College Night on Tuesday from 6-9:30 pm at the Getty Villa (up PCH, not the Getty along the 405). Local college students are invited to enjoy a free night of special tours, DJ sets by Trackstars, food, cash bar (for those of age) and other art activities. Attendees are encouraged to dress in toga attire, since the Villa is a recreation of a Roman country house. (Nothing can go wrong with this idea, right??) Admission and parking are free for College Night but a ticket is required.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
LIT: At 7:15 pm, [ALOUD] at the Central Library presents the program L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, with Kogi founder Roy Choi in conversation with Evan Kleiman, host of Good Food on KCRW 89.9 FM. Choi’s new book is a love letter to LA and a culinary memoir, from childhood afternoons at his parents’ Korean restaurant to his days at the Culinary Institute of America to becoming one of America’s most acclaimed chefs. Only standby tickets are available for this program. We hear the Kogi truck will make an appearance, too.
LIT: At 7 pm at Book Soup, former LA Times music critic Robert Hilburn discusses and signs his latest book Johnny Cash: The Life. Hilburn tells the “unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realized.” Hillburn also explore’s Cash’s influence in both country music and rock.
DRINK: Brewster’s at Four Points by Sheraton LAX presents a Mead & Cider Extravaganza at 6:30 pm to teach and taste the some of the oldest alcoholic beverages invented. Beer lovers can taste selections like Aspall Pernoelle, Williams Sir Perry, Tieton Wild Cider and Nektar Zombie Kieller, among others. Admission: $35, but the price includes a sideboard of meats, cheeses, and other small plates.
Thursday, Nov. 14
COMEDY + LITERATURE: Writers Bloc presents humorist humorist Simon Rich and The New Yorker cartoonist Farley Katz, who affectionately make fun of sex, marriage and how-to-manuals in their book The Married Kama Sutra: The World's Least Erotic Sex Manual. At the Goethe Institut on Wilshire at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $25.
FILM + COMEDY: The LA Comedy Festival opens tonight at the Let Live Theatre on Formosa. The festival screens both feature and short films and live comedy acts. There are some recognizable faces in the 66 short films including Cheryl Hines Eric Lasalle Jeremy Sisto, Antonio Sabato Jr., Amy Yasbeck and Bodhi Elfman. Comedy by troupes including West the Hippo, Identity Crush and Think Tank. The fest runs Nov. 14-17 and 21-24. Tickets are $10 online and $12 at the door.
MUSIC: Cass McCombs brings his blend of folk, jazz, blues Americana to The Echo with Meg Baird opening. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $13-$15. Downstairs at the Echoplex, Big Freedia plays with Ratchet Set + Friends and Dirty Dave. Tickets: $14-16. Both shows are 18+.