As a member of El Cid's in-house booking team, Michael McCarthy has scheduled every kind of live event, from punk band shows to the bar's long-running flamenco dinners. But it wasn't until McCarthy started booking a short-film showcase three years ago that he realized there was a huge demand for an offshoot screening series exclusively devoted to web-based videos. Held the third Wednesday of the month, Web Series Unplugged
is now a gathering at which filmmakers, comedians and artists can stream new web videos in front of a captive audience, sans computer screens. "There's a disconnect built into this art form," McCarthy says, but Web Series Unplugged attempts to bridge that disconnect by inviting everyone to watch the Web together, with cocktails and Spanish tapas, no less. During the two-hour show, expect to watch videos ranging from conceptual sketch comedies to episodic dramas to animated shorts, all less than seven minutes long and with the filmmakers in attendance. El Cid, 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; Wed., July 17, 9 p.m.; $8. (323) 668-0318, elcidla.com.
Wed., July 17, 9 p.m., 2013