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

Ginger Spice and Humpty Hump reunite at '90s Prom on Saturday.
Ginger Spice and Humpty Hump reunite at '90s Prom on Saturday.
Paul Franget Photography

A do-over prom, an art tribute to George Clinton and his funky brethren, L.A. Weekly's very own Burgers & Beer and more fun stuff to do and see in L.A. this week.

fri 7/29

Celebrate the higher consciousness of funk purveyor George Clinton and his merry band of movers and booty shakers at The Mothership Returns: Parliament-Funkadelic Tribute Art Show. Artist-writer Gustavo Alberto Garcia Vaca curated this cosmic cavalcade of art, created by everyone from Dr. Funkenstein (aka George Clinton himself) to record-cover artists Overton Loyd and R. Stozo, and Titmouse animation director/megafan Chris Prynoski. You'll also be able to pick up your very own funka-relic in the shop, with the vintage P-Funk memorabilia sold by Nubian Video Archives & Collectibles. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., July 29, 7-10 p.m. (show runs through Aug. 7); free. (323) 851-7223, holdmyticket.com/event/251609. —David Cotner

The road to becoming a true Angeleno is paved with more celebrity run-ins than there are celebrity names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Celebrity Rebuttal dramatizes those star encounters for the stage, but with a twist. Co-hosted by Jim Bruce and Paul Goebel, two stand-up comics recount crossing paths with famous people; then two improv students from the Westside Comedy Theater's school take the stage to impersonate the famous people in question and tell their versions of the events. Past true stories have involved Steve Martin, Martin Short, Bob Saget, Tobey Maguire, Alyssa Milano, Leslie Mann and Ron Jeremy. Tonight's lineup features Dave Amiott and Rivers Langley, who will recall meeting Harrison Ford and Mr. T, respectively, plus comedian Brandie Posey. M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Fri., July 29, 11:30 p.m.; free. (310) 451-0850, westsidecomedy.com. —Siran Babayan

Following tributes to Tim Burton and Stanley Kubrick, LACMA's latest exhibit gives the creator of Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and Crimson Peak his "first museum retrospective" in "Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters" (Aug. 1-Nov. 27). The display draws on both the museum's archive and the director's personal collection, including items taken from his home in L.A.'s Westlake Village, known as Bleak House. Among the approximately 500 objects are sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, costumes, ancient artifacts, notebooks, maquettes and films, which are organized into eight themed sections: Childhood and Innocence; Victoriana; Rain Room; Magic, Alchemy and the Occult; Movies, Comics, Pop Culture; Frankenstein and Horror; Freaks and Monsters; and Death and the Afterlife. On Friday, prior to the exhibit's opening, del Toro signs the exhibit catalog for fans. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Fri., July 29, 5-6:30 p.m.; free, catalog is $29.99. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Siran Babayan

Stephen King has famously called Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining "a film by a man who thinks too much and feels too little," but the oft-adapted author is squarely in the minority on this one. The Nuart offers a chance to come play with those creepy twins forever starting at midnight, the perfect occasion to revisit what's arguably the scariest movie ever made. If you feel like furthering your obsession, watch Room 237 on Netflix once you're home. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.; Fri., July 29, 11:59 p.m.; $11. (310) 473-8530, landmarktheatres.com—Michael Nordine


sat 7/30

When it comes to hamburgers, some people like a thin patty griddled till it's crispy at the edges and cooked through; other people fetishize a fat patty that still has some moo in it when it's nestled in its bun. Burger lovers can settle their differences — or not — at L.A. Weekly's Burgers & Beer, a mashup of two of the world's greatest ingestibles. Food writer Garrett Snyder and writer/beer aficionado Sarah Bennett curated the offerings, which include sliders from restaurants such as Button Mash, Cassell's Hamburgers, Terrine and Hamburger Hamlet, plus suds by breweries like Founders, Firestone Walker and Lagunitas. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, 3911 S. Figueroa St., downtown; Sat., July 30, 3-7 p.m.; VIP hour 2-3 p.m.; $54.75-$95. microapp.laweekly.com/burgersandbeer/2016. —Gwynedd Stuart

Love musicals, particularly musical comedies? Los Feliz's free comedy theater the Clubhouse hosts its first L.A. Musical Comedy Fest, featuring performers who are adept at doing both and go by names like The Sound of Musical; Fruit $alad; The Four Horsemen of the Funkpocalypse; Pony Death Ride; 99 Problems, But a Pitch Ain't One; Pitch, Please; and Musical, The Musical. The daylong schedule includes musical groups, bands and, most important, tunefully inclined improvisers who endeavor to create a musical on the spot based on audience suggestions. If you want to be the next Donald Glover or Andy Samberg, the festival also offers a class on comedy and rap for $15. The Clubhouse, 1607 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Sat., July 30, 10 a.m.-midnight; free (donations welcome). lamcf.clubhouseimprov.com. —Siran Babayan

Remember the first-season episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 when Brenda and Kelly wore the same dress to the spring dance? ("Brenda, I'm a spring princess!" "Kelly, I don't give a damn!") Grab a frenemy and a pair of off-the-shoulder velvet frocks because '90s Prom is here. Dance to radio rock and pop compliments of party band '90s With Attitude and DJ Reprise, and drink from a cash bar rather than a spiked punch bowl. For one night only, all of those circa-2016 Urban Outfitters mom jeans and bodysuits will look era-appropriate (lookin' at you, millennials). The Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., July 30, 9 p.m.; $30. eventbrite.com/e/90s-prom-party-tickets-25218013758. —Gwynedd Stuart

Billy Wilder used to have a sign on his office wall asking, "How would Lubitsch do it?" Anyone who's seen the likes of Double IndemnitySunset Boulevard or Some Like It Hot could ask the same about Wilder himself. The filmmaker brought his talent for lighthearted fare to Sabrina, a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn as a chauffeur's daughter and William Holden as the object of her unrequited affections; Humphrey Bogart completes the triangle as Holden's brother. You can likely take it from there, but the joys along the way are considerable. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., July 30, gates 7:15, movie 9 p.m.; $16. (323) 221-3343, cinespia.org—Michael Nordine

On Sunday, tavel south of the Equator on the Queen Mary without unmooring.
On Sunday, tavel south of the Equator on the Queen Mary without unmooring.
Brazilian Nites Productions

sun 7/31

Old Jews Telling Jokes began in 2009 as a website — and later a book, Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs — created by Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman, featuring videos shot in New York and Los Angeles of foul-mouthed Jewish seniors reciting jokes about sex, marriage, Jewish mothers, doctors, rabbis and their schmeckles. ("What's the difference between a Jewish mother and a Rottweiler? Eventually, the Rottweiler lets go.") Inspired by the viral hit, this stage version created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent stars five actors mixing songs, skits and plenty of similarly randy jokes. This is definitely not your bubbe's Jewish humor, unless your bubbe is related to Andrew Dice Clay. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sun., July 31, 2 p.m. (also Fri., July 29, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., July 30, 2 & 7:30 p.m.); $39.95-$59.95. playhouseinfo.com/aerotheatre. —Siran Babayan

It's a good thing that no amount of movement could capsize the grand old Queen Mary — as far as we know, anyway — because people are going to be dancing like it's February in Rio de Janeiro at the annual Brazilian Summer Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the guaranteed-good-time afternoon of authentic food, drinks and arts and crafts features 16-person Brazilian street music collective Monobloco ripping out their very own original brand of batucada, a heady fusion of samba, funk and hip-hop. Other performers include Marcos Mariano Silva & Prakantar Band, Marauak Mário & Raggabond, Daniel Carneiro & His Samba Drummers, the Samba Angels Dancers, DJ Junior and Capoeira BodySport. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; Sun., July 31, 4-10 p.m.; $45, $35 in advance, $12 children 12 and younger. (818) 566-1111, braziliannites.com. —John Payne

In keeping with its historical roots — it's run out of the Silent Movie Theatre, after all — Cinefamily often presents classic films with a live score. Next on the docket is Sunrise (A Song of Two Humans) accompanied by the musical collective Rococo Jet, who aim to provide a new sonic background to F.W. Murnau's beautiful romantic drama from 1927. Murder and manipulation commingle with general affection here, and Murnau's German Expressionist–inflected approach was rewarded with the first (and only) Academy Award for Unique and Artistic Picture at the inaugural Oscar ceremony. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Sun. July 31, 7 p.m.; $14. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org—Michael Nordine

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mon 8/1

In 1976, Legs McNeil co-founded the magazine Punk. Twenty years later, he and Gillian McCain co-authored Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, a literary "chorus of voices" that included some 300 interviews with members of every important band — not to mention managers, photographers, artists, wives, groupies and models — who witnessed the New York punk scene from its beginnings in the late 1960s to its artistic peak in the '70s to its decline in the '80s and early '90s. Whether or not you buy into all that who-invented-what mythology, the tome stands for many as the definitive chronicle of NYC as the leader in the hierarchy of the genre's music and subculture. Another 20 years on, and McNeil and McCain are celebrating the anniversary of their 1996 publication with a reading, Q&A and DJ music. Upstairs at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Mon., Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.; free. acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles/please-kill-me-20th-anniversary-book-tour-dtla. —Siran Babayan

Heard too many painfully earnest and embarrassing stories at storytelling shows? Directed by Groundlings co-founder Phyllis Katz, A Bunch of Losers Reading Their Essays pokes fun at the popular form of live theater by combining storytelling and improv. Katz plays "Helvetica Charles," a teacher of a mock writing class whose students are bad writers. Based on audience suggestions, cast members Navaris Darson, Drew Droege, Jeff Galante and Chase Winton read intentionally bad essays, and hilarity ensues. Past storytelling topics have included racism, heartbreak, the women's movement, climate change and spaying and neutering pets. Proceeds from tonight's performance go to pay for surgery for Colin Wells, the son of Groundlings alum Deanna Oliver. The Groundlings Theater, 7307 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; Mon., Aug. 1, 8 p.m.; $12. (323) 934-4747, groundlings.com. —Siran Babayan

tue 8/2

Picture your favorite Game of Thrones character. Now picture that character gallivanting through Westeros in jeans and a T-shirt — it's just not the same. That's why today's opening of "The Art of Television Costume Design," which showcases outstanding TV costuming from 2015 and 2016, including Primetime Emmy nominees in costume design, is so very revealing. You realize that the empty threads propped up before you — the chainmail and leather of Game of Thrones or the velvet and lace of Downton Abbey — are as much a part of the shows you love as the acting, writing and special effects. FIDM Museum, 919 S. Grand Ave., Ste. #250, downtown; Tue., Aug. 2, 10 a.m. (runs through Oct. 15); free. (213) 623-5821, fidmmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming. —David Cotner

It takes two to tango, but for tonight's concert of music by Argentine composers, L.A. Philharmonic is bringing in some extra help. The Spanish acoustic guitarist Ángel Romero, who has a long history with the orchestra, will be on hand, as will bandoneon player Seth Asarnow. The playfully expressive dancers from Argentine troupe Tango Buenos Aires will demonstrate the grand dramatic passion of the dance with seemingly effortless aplomb. In addition to selected tangos by composer Astor Piazzolla and four dances from Alberto Ginastera's ballet Estancia, Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the world premiere of Concierto de la Amistad by Lalo Schifrin, the venerable film and television composer ("Theme From Mission Impossible") whose work is richly infused with strains of jazz and classical music. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; Tue., Aug. 2, 8 p.m.; $1-$149. (323) 850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com. —Falling James

1944's Jane Eyre so scared and inspired a young Guillermo del Toro that the filmmaker has chosen it as the first selection in his Fuel for Nightmares series at LACMA, which runs alongside the museum's "At Home With Monsters" exhibit. Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine star in Robert Stevenson's take on Charlotte Brontë's still-disturbing novel, which was adapted for the screen by Aldous Huxley. Jane Eyre has been brought to screen countless times, but few iterations have endured like this one. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., Aug. 2, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

Can't go wrong with burgers and beer (see: Saturday).
Can't go wrong with burgers and beer (see: Saturday).
Anne Fishbein

wed 8/3

In anticipation of the premiere of the film Suicide Squad — and to see which characters die stupidly and horribly this time — comic artist Philip Tan makes an appearance to celebrate the release of Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, the latest issue of a comic book that's a clearinghouse for the worst of DC's villains, both in terms of presentation and elimination of said villains. The book brings Tan's fluid, nimble visions to greater attention; as in the film, the Squad's roster will be made up of Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Katana and Killer Croc, among others. Collector's Paradise, 319 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Ste. #4, Pasadena; Wed., Aug. 3, 6-8 p.m.; free. (626) 577-6694, comicsandcards.net/event/suicide-squad-rebirth. —David Cotner

Laemmle's Anniversary Classics series continues with Sidney Lumet's The Group, first released 50 years ago. Among the ensemble cast playing eight recent graduates of an Ivy League college is Elizabeth Hartman, the gone-too-soon Oscar nominee for A Patch of Blue who, in her final role, voiced Mrs. Brisby in The Secret of NIMH. Her co-stars Shirley Knight and Hal Holbrook will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Stephen Farber, whose long tenure as president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association recently concluded with a bloodless transition of power to the esteemed Claudia Puig. Laemmle's Royal Theatre, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; Wed., Aug. 3, 7 p.m.; $13. (310) 478-3836, laemmle.com—Michael Nordine

thu 8/4

Besides having work hanging in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, artist and animator Glugio Nicandro — aka Gronk — is a hero of East L.A.'s art scene in the early '80s and the first Chicano artist ever to have a solo show at LACMA. In association with his current show at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Gronk is leading Craft Night: Disguise & Performance, A Mask-Making Workshop With Gronk. The artist leads attendees through a mask-making tutorial sharing the techniques and materials he uses in set design. It's a rare, cool chance to learn from a legend. Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Thu., Aug. 4, 7-9 p.m.; $8, free for members; RSVP requested to cafamaugust2016.eventbrite.com. (323) 937-4230, cafam.org/programs. —Gwynedd Stuart

Speaking of gone too soon, Kamikaze '89 features the endlessly prolific filmmaker-actor Rainer Werner Fassbinder in his final onscreen role. Wolf Gremm's sci-fi oddity, which came out a month after Fassbinder's death, finds the luminary of New German Cinema in a leopard-print suit as his police officer contrives to uncover a bomb threat in a dystopian near-future. There's also a Police Disco; like hoverboards and laser guns, the real world has yet to catch up to this particular idea. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Thu., Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine

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