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19 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 19 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this pre-Coachella week. If you need additional suggestions, then check out our April Guide, too.


The Arclight and Slamdance continue the Slamdance Cinema Club film series on Monday night in Hollywood at 8 pm with a screening of Los Punks; We Are All We Have. The series selects new independent films from the Slamdance Film Festival to screen at ArcLight Hollywood, followed by a filmmaker Q&A. This week’s film is Angela Boatwright's documentary of the thriving punk rock scene of South and East Los Angeles. ”A cobbled-together family of predominantly Hispanic teens and young adults comprise the scene: bands, fans, production, marketing, and security interwoven into a sub-culture of thrash and noise and pits.” Tickets: $11-$15.

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The indie folk duo Escondido—originally from Nashville and not Escondido—holds a record release dinner party at The Ace Hotel's L.A. Chapter on Monday night for its latest album Walking with a Stranger. Eat album-inspired food and drink and get a copy of the album free with any reservation between 7 and 10 pm.

CAMERON DIAZ (Book talk)
On Monday night, Live Talks Los Angeles presents actress and author Cameron Diaz in conversation with filmmaker Nancy Meyers to discuss Diaz’s new book, The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time. The book explores “what history, biology, neuroscience, and the women’s health movement can teach us about maintaining optimal health as we transition from our thirties to midlife.” The event’s being held at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at the New Roads School in Santa Monica. Tickets: $45 general admission + book; $50 reserved seating + book; $65 reserved section seats for two, one copy of book; $20 general admission.

The Goddamn Comedy Jam takes over The Lyric Theatre on Monday night. Almost every comic wants to be a rock star, and GDCJ lets guests perform a fav cover song in front of a live audience. Hosted by Josh Adam Meyers and the Goddamn Band, this week’s performers include Nick Swardson, Adam Devine, Nikki Glaser and Josh Wolf. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. 21+. Tickets: $10-$20.

JOHN POPPER (Book reading)
John Popper, lead singer and harmonica player for the '90s band Blues Traveler, is at Book Soup on Monday night to discuss about his appropriately titled memoir, Suck & Blow. He’ll be in conversation with Broken Lizard comedy's Steve Lemme. 7 pm.


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Tuesday is Grilled Cheese Day, so get out there and celebrate (and don’t forget to take the Lactaid, if so needed). Greenspan's Grilled Cheese is offering a buy one get one free deal.

COME TO PAPA LIVE (Live performance)
Comedian Tom Papa holds a live recording of his Come To Papa Live show at Largo on Tuesday at 8:30 pm for his SiriusXM show and podcast. It’s a night where Papa’s scripted radio play is read/performed by a lineup of comedians and backed by a live band. This week’s guests include: Maria Bamford, Nick Kroll, David Koechner, Steve Agee and Jonah Ray. Doors 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

The UK glam rock band The Darkness plays The Belasco Theatre on Tuesday night. The band’s just kicked off its Back To The USSA tour in support of the 2015 release Last of Our Kind. RavenEye opens. Tickets: $25.

The 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) took over LA earlier this month, with filmmakers writing, shooting, editing and scoring a movie in just 48 hours, using a specific prompt to include in the movie. The 48HFP screens the L.A.-made films Tuesday through Thursday this week at the Regal Cinemas L.A. Live at 7 and 9:30 pm. Tickets: $15.

Burlesque superstar Dita Von Teese brings her popular show Burlesque: Strip, Strip Hooray! back to the stage for three nights at Avalon (through Thursday). She includes a brand-new version of her “Martini Glass” routine which features an art-deco style cocktail glass, decorated with more than 250,000 Swarovski crystals. VIP seating, tables, VIP meet & greet experience and other ticket types available, too. General admission tickets: $35.

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The Broadway smash Kinky Boots returns to L.A. and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on Wednesday night for a two-week run (through April 24). Developed by four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (book) and Grammy® Award-winning musician Cyndi Lauper (who won the Tony Award for Best Score for Kinky Boots), the show focuses on a shoe factory owner who tries to save his business with the help of Lola, a cabaret performer and drag queen. Tickets: $29-$135.

ANDAZ TASTE (Donuts + happy hour)
The Andaz West Hollywood continues its Andaz Taste series on Wednesday from 5-7 pm. The complementary event is being held at the Andaz Wine Gallery on the first floor and will feature Sidecar Doughnuts, bringing treats from their limited-time-only April menu, and pairing them with select sparkling wines and beer. After the sampling, guests can enjoy happy hour at Andaz's Riot House Bar with drinks and appetizers starting at $5. Discounted valet parking will be available for $7.

DIRTY 30 (Comedy)
The Dirty 30 stand-up comedy show returns to the Upright Citizens Brigade (Franklin) on Wednesday at 8 pm. Hosted by Sam Jay, the show features sets from some of L.A.'s top up-and-coming comedians as well as a 30-minute set from a headliner working out new material. This week features stand-up from Joe Kilgallon, Amanda Seales and Ashley Hamilton with the longer 30 minute set from Tone Bell (Bad Judge, Whitney, Key and Peele). Tickets: $5.

The Writers Panel podcast features TV writers chatting about the business and process of writing TV. Hosted by Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour), this week’s live show at Nerdmelt Showroom at 7 pm includes the writing staff of TBS's Conan, including current head writer Matt O'Brien, recent head writer Mike Sweeney, Todd Levin, Jose Arroyo, Dan Cronin, Andres Du Bouchet, Rob Kutner, Jessie Gaskell, Levi MacDougall and Leah Krinsky. Proceeds from each live panel event benefit 826LA. Tickets: $10.

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Kobe Bryant’s last game ever is on Wednesday when the Lakers play the Jazz at the Staples Center. By coincidence, FIGat7th & AM570 LA Sports Radio present Petros and Money LIVE — The Ultimate Retirement Party on Wednesday from 3-10 pm. The sports announcers kick off the event with a live broadcast in the FIGat7th Courtyard followed by a basketball game viewing party for a certain someone’s last game on a big screen inside TASTE Food Hall. Those in attendance between 3 and 6 pm have a chance to win two tickets to THE game at Staples Center.


On Thursday night at 7 pm, the Paley Center welcomes the cast and creatives behind the newish TBS slapstick comedy Angie Tribeca, created by Steve and Nancy Walls Carell and starring Rashida Jones in the titular role. The panelists include: Jones and fellow actors Hayes MacArthur, Andree Vermeulen, Jere Burns and showrunner Ira Ungerleider. Tickets: $15-$25.

THE PATH (Free screening)
Film Independent at LACMA presents a free screening of Hulu’s new show, The Path, on Thursday night at the Bing Auditorium. They’re screening episodes four and five of the show about a family (Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan play the parents) living within the confines of a cult led by Hugh Dancy. There’s a post-screening conversation with show creator Jessica Goldberg, executive producer Michelle Lee, and actors Paul and Monaghan. Free, but limit of two tickets.

STONES THROW AT THE HI HAT (Listening party)
Stones Throw records and the Hi Hat presents a Samiyam Listening Party featuring Knxwledge, Ras G, House Shoes and Kota. The party starts at 8 pm at the Hi Hat (5043 York Blvd.) in Highland Park. Tickets: $10. Ages 18+.

U.K. jazz and multitrack wunderkind Jacob Collier plays two shows at the Hotel Cafe on Wednesday night. Both the 8 pm and 10:30 pm shows sold out online, but they may have a few limited number of tickets available at the door. 21+.

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