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

Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! screens on Saturday.EXPAND
Russ Meyer's Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! screens on Saturday.
RM Films International

A Russ Meyer flick, an auction for an underground space and more to do and see in L.A. this week.

fri 7/15

Tonight Friday Flights takes over the Getty, launching its third year of interdisciplinary greatness. The evening features more than 20 performances from a variety of artists, musical and otherwise: Chris Cohen (Curtains, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti); a sprawling, multisite appearance by violinist and free improviser Andrew Tholl of wild Up; "Song of Eurydice," the dulcet marriage of choral music and dance by mecca vazie andrews and Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs; poetry readings organized by artist Keith J. Varadi; and psychotronic cinema curated by Highland Park's very own Veggie Cloud, whose previous screenings have included everything from Elaine May to pornochanchada mastermind Sady Baby. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood; Fri., July 15, 6 p.m.; free, $10 to park. (310) 440-7300, getty.edu/museum/programs/performances/friday_flights.html. —David Cotner

Chris Morris signs his new book, Together Through Life: A Personal Journey With the Music of Bob Dylan. A former music editor at The Hollywood Reporter, Morris began writing about his latest subject while dealing with a bout of writers block when putting together last year's excellent biography Los Lobos: Dream in Blue. After buying Bob Dylan's The Complete Album Collection Vol. 1, Morris started posting personal pieces called "A Dylan a Day" on his Tumblr. Those led to this "memoir through music," in which Morris recalls how all 37 of Dylan's records affected his past, from the singer's eponymous 1962 folk debut to this year's covers album, Fallen Angels. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Fri., July 15, 7 p.m.; free, book is $12.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan

As The Third Man famously reminded us, trying times tend to bring about great art. The Spanish Civil War began 80 years ago this month and UCLA, not one to let such a milestone pass by uncommemorated, launches a series exploring the conflict's effects on the country's cinema with A Life in Shadows. Llorenç Llobet Gràcia's 1949 drama is a rare survivor of its era, an independent production that did little to endear itself to censors or other governmental bodies; it was largely unknown before its recent rediscovery and restoration. The feature will be preceded by a newsreel and a 10-minute documentary about Catalan cork makers, both from the late 1930s. UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., July 15, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu—Michael Nordine


sat 7/16

Dreams and reality collide in a morbidly unsettling yet playfully enchanting manner in the work of Camille Rose Garcia. The L.A. native's surreal imagery adorned an album cover by Skinny Puppy's Nivek Ogre, and she offered a dark glimpse through the looking glass with the luridly fantastic illustrations in her 2010 best-selling version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In "Phantasmacabre," the Pacific Northwest resident's first local exhibition since 2011, Garcia's paintings are bigger than ever, populated by explosions of pink spiders and cat-headed nymphs set against bruise-colored backdrops. In the large-scale piece Someone's in the Wolf, a cloaklike mountain opens to reveal a cartoonish purple wolf surrounded by umbrella-toting buzzards and coiled cobra snakes. Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St., downtown; Sat., July 16, 7-11 p.m.; runs through Sat., Aug. 20; free. (310) 287-2340, coreyhelfordgallery.com. —Falling James

The Colorado Street Bridge, with its recognizable arches and light standards, has had a storied 100-plus-year history that has included threats of demolition, earthquake damage and appearances in film and TV shows. Since 1993, the nonprofit Pasadena Heritage has celebrated the city's biggest landmark with its biennial Colorado Street Bridge Party. The event hosts three stages of music by the Alumni Acoustic, Crimson Crowbar, the Crane Lake Serenaders, Mercy & the Merketts, HiBeamz, Wreck N Sow and Doo Dah Parade house band Snotty Scotty and the Hankies, as well as a silent disco, children's activities and food booths on the bridge and in nearby Defenders Park. And when you're not looking out over the Arroyo Seco, you can admire the vintage wheels in the classic car show. Defenders Park, Orange Grove Boulevard and Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena; Sat., July 16, 6-11:30 p.m.; $18, $9 children, free for kids 7 and younger. (626) 441-6333, pasadenaheritage.org. —Siran Babayan

As the arts continue to be eliminated from public schools' curricula, Inner-City Arts is making sure that school-age kids, many of them from L.A.'s poorest neighborhoods, are learning to flex their creative muscles. To raise funds for its programs, Inner-City Arts joins KCRW to host the 10th annual Summer on Seventh, an evening of artsy stuff like live music and art installations, and party stuff like food trucks and a cash bar. The Gaslamp Killer, J Rocc, the Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble and dublab perform, as Fritzi Dog, Guerrilla Tacos, Salt & Straw and others sling food and Silverlake Wine and Everson Royce Bar pour the cocktails. We'll drink to that. Inner-City Arts, 720 Kohler St., downtown; Sat., July 16, 6 p.m.; $55, $45 in advance. inner-cityarts.org/how-you-can-help-summerevent.php. —Gwynedd Stuart

Revenge is a dish best served cold, and Kill Bill is a film best seen in its entirety. If you've a taste for Quentin Tarantino's two-course saga, which is rarely screened as one complete entity, allow Cinespia to dish it up. Vengeance is often a long road to nowhere in movies, so it's to the credit of both Tarantino and star Uma Thurman that the blood-spattered Bride's quest actually amounts to something. DJ Allie Teilz will spin before and after the screening, and yellow tracksuits are encouraged for Cinespia's famous photo booth. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., July 16, 9 p.m. (gates 7:15) ; $18. (323) 221-3343, cinespia.org—Michael Nordine

Tarantino himself would surely be disappointed that those in attendance for Kill Bill can't head over to his own New Beverly for a midnight screening of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Russ Meyer's landmark exploitation flick tells of three go-go dancers whose yen for kidnapping and murder takes them to (where else?) the California desert. Tarantino, who's expressed interest in remaking the cult classic, thanks Meyer by name in the credits of Death Proof; John Waters considers it not only the best film ever made but "possibly better than any film that will be made in the future." New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; Sat., July 16, 11:59 p.m. (also July 23 & 30, 11:59 p.m.); $8. (323) 938-4038, thenewbev.com—Michael Nordine

Revenge of Lolita Phantasma is on display at Camille Rose Garcia's show at Corey Helford.EXPAND
Revenge of Lolita Phantasma is on display at Camille Rose Garcia's show at Corey Helford.
Courtesy Corey Helford Gallery

sun 7/17

L.A.'s Velaslavasay Panorama is an exhibition hall, theater and garden presenting esoteric visual delights in wondrous 360-degree glory. Accompanied by sound and three-dimensional elements, this full-on delight for the senses is on view in Velaslavasay's new exhibit, "In China, 1989 to Now: Immersive 360-Degree Panoramas," which highlights an art form that in China began to flourish only fairly recently and has advanced with the aid of modern technology. Velaslavasay founder Sara Velas presents a lecture on 20th- and 21st-century panoramas in Asia; after the presentation, Susien Cheng performs ambient folk and classical Chinese music in the garden. Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W. 24th St., University Park; Sun., July 17, 6:30 p.m.; $15, $12 members, advance reservations: inchina1989.bpt.me. (213) 746-2166, panoramaonview.org. —John Payne

The kids aren't all right in Lord of the Flies and Battle Royale, whose complementary approaches to the "kids losing their shit and murdering each other" genre will surely make for a wholesome double feature. Peter Brook's adaptation of William Golding's staple of middle-school curricula is more cerebral than Kinji Fukasaku's 2000 bloodbath, but both are ultimately elegiac in their portrayal of youth led violently astray. Pour one out for your favorite spectacle-wearing, conch-blowing kid and wonder when someone will please think of the children. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., July 17, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com—Michael Nordine

Remember the opera-singing alien from The Fifth Element? Maïwenn, the actress behind the blue makeup, has transitioned into a successful career behind the camera, with both of her last two films premiering at Cannes. Emmanuelle Bercot won the festival's Best Actress prize for her performance alongside Vincent Cassel in My King, a dissection of a doomed love affair that the Aero is presenting as part of French Favorites for Bastille Day. Maïwenn will appear in person for a Q&A after this early screening of her new film. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sun., July 17, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com—Michael Nordine

Upcoming Events

mon 7/18

The underground-music scene mourned last month when it was announced that decade-old DIY venue Pehrspace had been evicted and would be moving out of its Westlake digs by the end of July. In an effort to relocate and reopen, it's hosting Pehr Auctions, selling off things like records, photographs, art, musical instruments and 10 years' worth of miscellany to the highest bidder. Other things are for sale for set prices, and there will be snacks and baked goods available for purchase, too. Pick up a piece of history and say goodbye — at least for now. Pehrspace, 325 Glendale Blvd., Westlake; Mon., July 18, 7 p.m.-mid.; free, donations encouraged. pehrspace.org. —Gwynedd Stuart

It's a simple concept: Play a beautiful copy of a seminal rock record on a turntable hooked up to a sensational sound system for a crowd of devoted fans and dazzle them all. The Beatles' Revolver is the record in question at the newest installment of The Record Theater, which was conceived by impresario and mandolinist Marvin Etzioni. To celebrate Revolver's 50th anniversary, he'll be playing a crisp U.K. pressing in mono. After the record ends, Recording The Beatles co-author Brian Kehew teams with Chris Carter, host of KLOS' Breakfast With The Beatles, for a discussion. Remember when getting mono was a bad thing? No longer! Clive Davis Theater, Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown; Mon., July 18, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (213) 765-6800, grammymuseum.org. —David Cotner

tue 7/19

Nearly 60 years after West Side Story premiered on Broadway, the musical about two warring gangs in New York continues to resonate with modern audiences. Loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Arthur Laurents' story was the result of an unusual confluence of talented creators, starting with Jerome Robbins, whose original conception and stylish choreography dramatically reinvented the traditional musical. Composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim imbued the action with memorably inventive songs, which will be the focus of L.A. Phil's nonstaged, concert presentation tonight. Although Gustavo Dudamel has performed the musical with other orchestras, this is the first time he's conducted it with L.A. Phil. He'll be joined by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and singers including Solea Pfeiffer (Maria), Jeremy Jordan (Tony), Karen Olivo (Anita) and George Akram (Bernardo). Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood Hills; Tue., July 19, 8 p.m.; $1-$149. (323) 850-1885, hollywoodbowl.com. —Falling James

If you find Steven Spielberg's The BFG lacking as a Roald Dahl adaptation, reacquaint yourself with 1996's James and the Giant Peach. Though rarely mentioned in the same breath as Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney's hybrid take on the children's book is a winsome entry in the live-action/animation canon. It had the misfortune of coming out a year after Toy Story and didn't make any money, but 20 years seems like more than enough time for moviegoers to start reclaiming it as the classic it is. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., July 12, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

With due respect to the likes of Jackie Chan and Jet Li, we'll probably never see a martial arts/movie star crossover like Bruce Lee again. Enter the Dragon was his swan song — it was released in Hong Kong just six days after his untimely death, which remains a matter of controversy more than 40 years later — as well as a coming-out party for the kung fu craze it helped inspire. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., July 19, 7:30 p.m.; $17.25. (323) 464-1478, arclightcinemas.com. —Michael Nordine

What's funnier than celebrity autobiographies? Rock star autobiographies. In Rock Solid Presents: KISS & Tell, comedian and host of the podcast Rock Solid, Pat Francis, joins fellow comedians Wayne Federman, Dave Holmes and Jimmy Pardo, who, with the possible exception of Holmes, are all legit KISS fans. Each of them will read (and crack wise about) an excerpt from the band's founders' memoirs: Gene Simmons' Kiss and Make-Up; Paul Stanley's Face the Music: A Life Exposed; Ace Frehley's No Regrets; and Peter Criss' Makeup to Breakup: My Life In and Out of Kiss. Hear the members recount the same story but from a different perspective, including the all-powerful, Chuck Norris–of-music Simmons, who in his 2001 book claimed to have had 4,600 sexual liaisons. You're not worthy. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., July 19, 7-8:30 p.m.; $8. (323) 851-7223, nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan

They dude-bros but they're also lobster men — meet the guys behind them on Wednesday.
They dude-bros but they're also lobster men — meet the guys behind them on Wednesday.
Courtesy GQ

wed 7/20

Garrett and Quinn are two bros who are into social media and gaming, wear Saint Laurent and Rick Owens, send dick pics to girls and go to Coachella. They're typical millennials except they're lobsters, and their world is inhabited by both people and other talking animals. Gentlemen Lobsters began as an animated series on GQ.com and now is on NBC's comedy streaming service, Seeso. Producer and writer Sean Conroy (who's also a UCB cast member) hosts Gentlemen Lobsters: Q&A and Screening, which includes two episodes from season two and a discussion with the co-creators/voices behind the crustaceans, Kevin Burrows and Matt Mider. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., July 20, 7 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan

Hammer Conversations hosts co-curator Hamza Walker, who discusses with Todd Gray his contribution to the museum's biennial exhibit, "Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only" (which runs through Aug. 28). Gray's "performative work" is staged for the duration of the exhibit and is inspired by his friendship with Ray Manzarek. After the death of the Doors keyboardist in 2013, Manzarek's widow gave Gray his clothes, which he wore every day for an entire year as part of his "social sculpture." (It's also the subject of Gray's current exhibit, "Time Machine/Hippie Dandy" at Meliksetian | Briggs gallery.) Gray is an L.A.-based artist who once worked as Michael Jackson's personal photographer. His 2009 photography book, Michael Jackson: Before He Was King, features images of both the singer and the Jackson 5 from 1978 to 1984. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Wed., July 20, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu/made-in-la-2016. —Siran Babayan

thu 7/21

REDCAT's curated festival of new original works — hence the name NOW Festival — returns with three dance-drenched weekends. Opening weekend includes Emily Mast, who's known for blending dance, art and theater into tableaux vivants, plus the instigator of the home-invasion series HomeLA, Rebecca Bruno, working with visual artist Mak Kern. Next weekend, Laurel Jenkins and Chey Chankethya draw on postmodern dance and classical Cambodian dance, while Rebecca Pappas and her dancers perform in an environment of sculptural paper, fabric and lights. The final weekend includes dancer-choreographer Wilfried Souly using live and prerecorded music. REDCAT, Disney Hall, 631 W. Second St., downtown.; opens Thu., July 21, 8:30 p.m., continues Thu.-Sat. through Sat., Aug. 6; $20, $16 students, $40 all three shows. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org. —Ann Haskins

If the image of a soup kitchen comes off as sort of grim and Dickensian, the Burrito Project is the antidote. Since 2009, the Project has gathered like-minded people to hang out for dinner and work together on the assembly line to construct more than 850 burritos and quesadillas to be delivered with bottled water to the homeless in and around the Pasadena area. As always, donations of socks, T-shirts and feminine hygiene products are welcome — but general burrito-rolling skills are valuable, too. St. Joseph's Center Food Bank and Kitchen, 1524 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena; Thu., July 21, 7:30 p.m.; $10 donation, RSVP requested. (213) 841-9988, theburritoproject.org/locations/burrito-project-south-pasadena/events. —David Cotner 


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