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15 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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'Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957' is at the Hammer Museum later this month. (Ruth Asawa, Dancers, ca. 1948. © Estate of Ruth Asawa. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
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Here are 15 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Don’t forget to check out our February Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.MONDAY, FEB. 22

ART: The Hammer Museum presents the exhibition Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957 from Feb. 21-May 15. The show is the West Coast debut of the first comprehensive U.S. museum exhibition on Black Mountain College (BMC), a small experimental school in North Carolina that continues to influence art and pedagogy today. Artists, musicians and performers such as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, Cy Twombly and Robert Creeley, among many others, taught and studied at the college and are featured in the exhibition. There are more than 250 objects by nearly 100 artists that will be on view.

FILM: Greg Proops is back at the Cinefamily for an episode of his monthly Film Club podcast. This month, he'll be showing Sideways, that 2004 dramedy about two friends who drink a lot of merlot pinot noir. The movie starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 for free for members.

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MUSIC: Brooklyn-based rock band DIIV is playing at the Echoplex tonight with Le Sera and The Paranoyds. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $16.50.

FREE DONUTS: To celebrate their four-year anniversary, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar will be offering free birthday cake crullers. Expect a donut made from cake batter, topped with pink icing and crystallized rose, hibiscus, fennel flower and mint sprinkles. Snag the donuts their Fairfax, DTLA and Sawtelle locations.

COMEDY: Actress and writer Annie Sertich will perform her one-woman, one-act show How To Not Kill Yourself For 30 Days… at Groundlings at 8 p.m. The show is based on her memoir. Tickets are $12.

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Will Forte in 'The Last Man On Earth' (Photo via 'The Last Man On Earth')

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23PANEL: If you're a fan of The Last Man On Earth, you might want to head down to the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown this week. The Writers Panel podcast host Ben Blacker will hold a discussion with Last Man star and writer Will Forte and co-executive producer Andy Bobrow, plus, you'll get to watch a forthcoming episode ahead of time. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10.

LITERATURE: The Literary Death Match goes down at Largo at the Coronet this week. Writers will each get seven minutes to try to wow three judges with their best work, but as with all death matches, there can only be one winner. Doors are at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Judges include Franklin Leonard, June Diane Raphael, Aisling Bea and Paul Scheer, while the readers are Jesse Andrews, Amy Aniobi, Kristin Newman and Kirker Butler. Tickets are $30.

FILM: LACMA will be screening Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion (1941). The film stars Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, and tells the story of a young heiress who becomes convinced her husband is trying to kill her. The screening is at 1 p.m. and tickets are $4, or $2 for LACMA members, seniors and children 17 and under.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24

FILM: Check out City of Gold, the 2015 documentary from filmmaker Laura Gabbert about our very own L.A. Times food critic Jonathan Gold, at the Hammer Museum. Gold will be present to take a few questions after the film. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and it's free.

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COMEDY: The recently opened Hi Hat is hosting The Callback, a comedy open mic. Sign-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. It's free, and a good chance to check out a fresh open mic and show the new neighborhood music venue a little love.

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'Shitty Beatles' from The Outsource Show (Photo via The Outsource Show)
ART: The Outsource Show at wərkärtz in the Arts District began with curator Alexander Tarrant sending a prompt to a number of filmmakers, musicians, writers and artists who are not painters, requesting they come up with an idea for a painting. He then found actual painters in China to produce those works. The ideas come from the likes of rapper Aesop Rock, animator Pendleton Ward and writer Jason Woolier (Nathan for You, With Bob and David). The opening reception is on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

FILM: If you haven't had a chance to see Tangerine, the movie shot with an iPhone, you can catch it for free at the Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library in Hollywood at 3 p.m. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Sean S. Baker and star Kitiana Kiki Rodriguez.

THURSDAY, FEB. 24

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THEATRE: The Unusual Suspects work with students to produce original theatre. However, on Thursday, the adult actors will be bringing the student work to life at The Virgil via A Night With Us: Scenes from The Suspects. Obviously, the students are not quite old enough to attend, but your $10 suggested donation will benefit the program. In honor of a belated Valentine's Day, the selected scenes will deal with love. The show runs from 7 to 9 p.m., and you can stick around for Cake, a hip-hop and R&B event for queer and trans folks and their friends, free of charge.

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Oh, what a lovely tour. (Photo via Warner Bros.)

TOURS: Starting on Feb. 24, those who take the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will be able to see costumes from Mad Max: Fury Road, including those worn by Max Rockatansky, Imperator Furiosa, The Bullet Farmer, The People Eater and more. This is part of the tour's interactive expansion, Stage 48: Stage to Screen, where guests enter a soundstage and learn about film and TV production. Tickets are $62. MUSIC: "Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen plays at The Fonda in Hollywood with Cardiknox and The Fairground Saints. The show's at 8 p.m. and tickets are $27.50.

MUSIC: Jazz guitarist Bill Frisell will be playing film and TV cuts from his latest album, When You Wish Upon A Star at the Skirball Cultural Center at 8 p.m. He'll be accompanied by violinist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Kenny Wollesen and singer Petra Haden. Tickets are $35, or $30 for members, $25 for full-time students.