20 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week

It's the most colorful time of the year — L.A. Pride kicks off on Friday.
It's the most colorful time of the year — L.A. Pride kicks off on Friday.
Photo by Tessie Navarro

L.A.'s annual Pride celebration kicks off, 100 tacos vie for a place in your heart and stomach, cosplayers gather for cosplay's sake and more to do and see in L.A. this week.

fri 6/10

"Quoth the Craft" is a group art show featuring works by more than 30 local artists; each of their pieces is inspired by those magnificently iconoclastic literary luminaries Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft. These authors excelled at deliciously rendered flights of suspense, shock and dread, and their works provide, of course, a rich and wildly variegated garden of ghastly subjects from which to (no pun intended) draw upon. Occurring in the altogether ooky setting of the Bearded Lady's Mystic Museum, the recently opened supernatural Ouija-board-and-ectoplasm-centric gothic playground, this opening reception should be a pleasantly weird affair. 3204 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank; Fri., June 10, 8 p.m.; $5. (818) 433-7530, facebook.com/events/571124703063282. —Jonny Whiteside

This month marks 47 years since the NYPD's botched raid of Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn kickstarted the gay rights movement — and 46 years since West Hollywood began hosting a pride celebration out here on the West Coast. This year's L.A. Pride festivities are heavy on music programming (see the lead story in our Culture section for more on that), with acts including Carly Rae Jepsen, Big Freedia and Charli XCX. But, as always, Sunday's parade is the centerpiece of the celebration. This year its grand marshal is Jewel Thais-Williams, HIV/AIDS activist and founder of Catch One, one of the world's first discos for LGBT people of color. It's a bigass party, but there's plenty of history to celebrate too. Everything kicks off Friday with a Dyke March & Rally and a Transgender Celebration. West Hollywood Park, 647 San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood; Fri., June 10, 6 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat., June 11, 2 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., June 12, noon-11 p.m.; $25-$125. lapride.org. —Gwynedd Stuart

One of the most vaunted of all Westerns, Once Upon a Time in the West isn't even Sergio Leone's only classic of the genre. That's why, after tonight's screening of his 1968 epic, the Aero is playing the Man With No Name trilogy at the end of this month: A Fistful of DollarsFor a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Until that fateful weekend, sate yourself with Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda's three-hour blood feud, which was co-written by Dario Argento and Bernardo Bertolucci and features Ennio Morricone's iconic score. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Fri., June 10, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com—Michael Nordine

Roald Dahl deemed Nicolas Roeg's adaptation of The Witches "utterly appalling," which is only one reason to get excited about Cinefamily's midnight screening of the off-kilter cult classic. The director of Don't Look Now and The Man Who Fell to Earth collaborated with producer Jim Henson and star Anjelica Huston to bring Dahl's beloved children's book to the silver screen, resulting in one of those kid-unfriendly movies that's easier to appreciate with age than it is as an actual kid. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Fri., June 10, 11:59 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org—Michael Nordine

"We didn't need dialogue. We had faces" has always been Sunset Boulevard's most famous invocation of the silent era, but another line is even more poignant: "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." It's likewise spoken by Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a fading star of yesteryear whose glorious disenchantment is one of many sad, beautiful elements in Billy Wilder's Hollywood noir. Old Town Music Hall plays the 1950 benchmark all weekend long, with each screening preceded by a sing-along on the famous Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., June 10, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., June 11, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., June 12, 2:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org—Michael Nordine

sat 6/11

A logical way to plug L.A. Weekly's fourth annual Tacolandia event would be to name all of the amazing restaurants and vendors who'll be serving up all sorts of deliciousness tucked neatly into folded tortillas. But since there are 100 of them — that means at least one hundred different tacos to try — I'll have to settle for naming a few: Amor y Tacos, Guerrilla Tacos, Cacao Mexicatessen, El Coraloense, Petty Cash Taqueria, Taqueria Ameca, Yuca's and so many more (see them all online). Besides the que rico cuisine, there will be mariachi music, a cash bar and awards in several categories. It should go without saying but: Come hungry. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown; Sat., June 11, 3-7 p.m.; $50. microapp.laweekly.com/tacolandia/2016. —Gwynedd Stuart

Whether you're looking to perfect your superhero look or you're getting decked out for the first time, L.A. Cosplay 2016 is a place to delve deep into cosplay consciousness. From special guests from the cosplay realm holding court to the costume competitions, it's sure to amount to an adventuresome 12 hours — educational, too. Panels include instruction in presenting yourself and your costume designs on YouTube, LGBTQI cosplay, the fine art of makeup and effects, and how voice-over talent adds yet another dimension to the cosplay cosmos. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; Sat., June 11, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; $20-$40, kids 12 and under free. (562) 436-3636, lacosplaycon.com. —David Cotner

Cindy Sherman has long been a master at turning simple childhood games of dress-up and role play into her own distinctive, wittily subversive brand of fine art. The New York photographer serves as both muse and model in the aptly titled, career-spanning retrospective "Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life," her first major museum exhibition locally in nearly two decades. From her early series of photos that alternate between portraits of the artist as a vapid Hollywood starlet and a mundanely sensual housewife to her more recent formalized parodies of classical European paintings, Sherman remains a curiously deadpan, chameleonic presence as she slyly satirizes fashion, the media, film and modern art. The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Sat., June 11-Sun., Oct. 2; $12. (213) 232-6200, thebroad.org. —Falling James

If the mere fact of To Catch a Thief's principals — Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly — isn't enough to convince you, then maybe the chance to see its famous fireworks sequence under the stars will be. Grant plays a former cat burglar whose civilian life is disrupted by the emergence of a new thief; the only way to convince the authorities he isn't responsible for a string of robberies is to catch the upstart himself. Set in the French Riviera, To Catch a Thief is both the first Hitchcock film shot in the arresting VistaVision format and his last starring Kelly. Arrive early to Hollywood Forever and avail yourself of Cinespia's famous photo booth. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., June 11, gates 7:15 p.m., movie 9 p.m.; $16. (323) 221-3343, cinespia.org—Michael Nordine

Tacolandia will make all of your dreams come true — assuming those dreams involve lots of tacos — on Saturday.
Tacolandia will make all of your dreams come true — assuming those dreams involve lots of tacos — on Saturday.
Photo by Anne Fishbein

sun 6/12

"Barbara Boxer Gives a Damn." That was her slogan when she ran for election to the House of Representatives in 1982. See just how many more damns she's given over the years when Writers Bloc presents Sen. Barbara Boxer with comedian Paula Poundstone. Boxer has been a staunch champion of things like combating climate change, defending reproductive rights for women and not legalizing marijuana. She's retiring from the Senate this year, and her new memoir is The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life, so she and Poundstone will have plenty to discuss. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills; Sun., June 12, 4 p.m.; $49-$59 (includes a copy of book). (310) 246-3800, writersblocpresents.com/main/senator-barbara-boxer. —David Cotner

Labyrinth informed many a childhood in ways both fun and troubling. As part of David Bowie's selective but enduring onscreen career, it's sure to continue doing so — especially since UCLA is screening it for free as part of the Family Flicks series. The dearly departed musician/actor/space oddity stars as Jareth the Goblin King, into whose realm a little boy is taken; Jennifer Connelly, as the child's older sister, has no choice but to rescue him from the otherworldly maze. Bowie and Connelly are among the few humans in Jim Henson's puppet-heavy curio, which UCLA is screening on 35mm — a potential first for many in attendance. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Sun., June 12, 11 a.m.; free. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu—Michael Nordine

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mon 6/13

Based mostly on Jerrod Carmichael's stand-up, The Carmichael Show centers on the comedian dealing with his liberal-leaning fiancé and his loud, opinionated North Carolina family. Recently renewed for a third season, the NBC sitcom this year tackled touchy issues including the presidential race, Bill Cosby, Islamophobia and gentrification. You can hear the cast, including Carmichael, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery and Tiffany Haddish, as well as executive producers Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, Nicholas Stoller and Ravi Nandan, discuss those subjects and more at FYC @ UCB: The Carmichael Show. UCB's series of TV comedy panels this month also will include the stars from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Mindy Project and Superstore. Proceeds benefit NBCU's community-outreach charity, NBC0x200BUniversal Foundation. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Mon., June 13, 7 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan

Tonight's screening of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made — 35 years and a few days after the theatrical release of Raiders of the Lost Ark — assembles cast members Chris "Indiana Jones" Strompolos and Eric "Belloq" Zala to explain why three 11-year-olds spent seven years re-creating Raiders in its entirety. Twenty-plus years later, they reunited with the original players to help film their missing scene: the battle on the deadly, taxiing Nazi airplane. Featuring interviews with a bemused John "Sallah" Rhys-Davies, an awed Eli Roth and others, this is singular devotion to art in all its monomaniacal splendor. Albert & Dana Broccoli Theatre, George Lucas Bldg., USC, 900 W. 34th St., University Park; Mon., June 13, 7:30 p.m.; free with RSVP. (213) 740-8358, cinema.usc.edu/events/event.cfm?id=16149. —David Cotner

tue 6/14

Though Diane Arbus is closely associated with photographing the freaks and eccentrics of her native New York — twins, dwarfs, giants, nudists, transvestites, circus performers — the Getty's Diane Arbus in L.A. looks at how our city was the "only place the famed photographer returned to as an inspiration for her work," namely Disneyland, the Universal Studios lot, Mae West's Santa Monica Beach home and other locations. Author Arthur Lubow discusses his new book, Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer. Considered the definitive biography of Arbus, it features interviews and previously unpublished letters, and follows Arbus's life and career, including her childhood, marriage, exhibits, depression and suicide at age 48. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood; Tue., June 14, 7 p.m.; free with resv. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_1135.html. —Siran Babayan

Classically Queer: LGBTQ Directors in Hollywood's Golden Age
 continues at LACMA with Craig's Wife, Dorothy Arzner's 1936 adaptation of George Kelly's Pulitzer Prize–winning play. Taking place over 24 hours in the life of a domineering wife (Rosalind Russell), it follows along as her love of material possessions proves her undoing. A co-presentation of Outfest, the 35mm series turns its spotlight on Arzner, the only female filmmaking working in Hollywood throughout the '30s — an even more impressive feat considering her sexual orientation could have alienated her from the industry had it been more well known. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., June 14, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

If you're in search of a kids' movie that's actually family-friendly, you could do far worse than Jumanji. A favorite among self-proclaimed '90s kids whose nostalgia knows no bounds, the story of a board game come to life has earned its reputation via a rewarding blend of laughs and thrills. Many of the former come from Robin Williams, of course, but let's not forget that this winsome tale is also peak David Alan Grier. Watch it now before the remake starring the Rock "destroys your childhood." ArcLight Beach Cities, 831 S. Nash St., El Segundo; Tue., June 14, 7:30 p.m.; $14. (310) 607-9630, arclightcinemas.com. —Michael Nordine

Breck and Tim time travel back to the '80s on Wednesday.
Breck and Tim time travel back to the '80s on Wednesday.
Courtesy Lizzy McGroder

wed 6/15

For people who relish the thought of Molly Ringwald applying lipstick in The Breakfast Club or Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey practicing lifts in Dirty Dancing, comedians Breck Denny and Tim Stanton will perform sketches in Breck and Tim's Excellent '80s Show that reimagine scenes from nearly a dozen of the decade's biggest films: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Die Hard, Top Gun, The Karate Kid, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Heathers, Commando, Big, Cocktail and Labyrinth. Groundlings main company member Matt Cook directs the cast, featuring Chris Kleckner, Alexis Bloom, Andrew Barbot, Johnny Menke and Jen Bashian. For added '80s realness, Denny and Stanton also will spoof the video for Mick Jagger and David Bowie's 1985 cover of "Dancing in the Street" — think parachute pants and lots of crazy, swinging arms. Acme Comedy Theatre, 135 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax; Wed., June 15, 8 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 at the door. acmetheatres.org. —Siran Babayan

thu 6/16

Long a holiday primarily for the Irish and hard-core literary nerds, Bloomsday observances have become more visible annual occurrences in the United States in recent years. For the seventh year in a row, the Hammer hosts its very own Bloomsday, a celebration of the life of James Joyce that takes place on the date that Leopold Bloom's adventures transpired in the author's labyrinthine masterpiece, Ulysses. This year, the celebration features dramatic readings from Ulysses by actors James Gallo, James Lancaster, John Rafter Lee and Johnny O'Callaghan. And pianist Patrick Gutman performs a commissioned work that includes part of a tune that was composed by Joyce himself; traditional Irish quartet Rattle the Knee also performs. Naturally, Guinness will be flowing as well. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Thu., June 16, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2016/06/bloomsday-at-the-hammer-2016. —David Cotner

L.A. is a film town and not surprisingly the home of Dance Camera West, one of the first and arguably still the premier dance-film festival. Now in its 15th year, the festival has grown and evolved but maintains many of the core elements that earned it fame and popularity, and have continued to attract dance films from around the world that screen at multiple locations around L.A. (this year downtown at MOCA and on the Westside at UCLA's Royce Hall and Fowler Museum). Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, now director of Berlin's prestigious Staatsballett, is the subject of the featured film on opening night, an event that includes a live performance by L.A.'s Invertigo Dance Theatre. The official opening is preceded by an afternoon downtown at MOCA devoted to a trio of street-dance films including one focused on Memphis' Jookin,' a style that's been taken uptown and mainstream by Lil Buck. Check the website for the lineup of venues, films and related live events. Tickets are $15, except for opening night. UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood.; Thu., June 16, 7 p.m.; $100. Also Sat., June 11 & Fri.-Sat., June 17-18, $15. dancecamerawest.org. —Ann Haskins

If you're on the wrong side of the gender wage gap or having other professional struggles, Lady Boss might be able to help. Founded in 2014 by Tracy Candido, the New York–based initiative and network of businesswomen and artists offers resources, tools and networking for midcareer gals also working in the creative industry who are looking to advance. For its first social event in L.A., Lady Boss gathers some of our city's finest — including comedian-writer Sara Benincasa; West Coast editor of BUST magazine Lisa Butterworth; Melanie Freeland, senior designer at architecture firm Gensler L.A.; and Freya Estreller, founder of Ludlows Cocktail Co. and co-founder of Coolhaus — to lead "lightning talks" and mentoring. Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Thu., June 16, 7 p.m., $10. (213) 623-3233, acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/lady-boss-june. —Siran Babayan

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