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

Ommegang Game of Thrones event: See Wednesday
Ommegang Game of Thrones event: See Wednesday
photo by Shannon Cottrell

fri 4/3

Courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation and the American Cinematheque, the 17th annual Festival of Film Noir gets under way at the Egyptian tonight at 7:30 p.m. with a double feature of the newly restored Woman on the Run followed by W. Somerset Maugham adaptation The Unfaithful. The great thing about movies such as these, and what separates the genre from just about every other, is that the smallest, grittiest and most unknown pictures are often the most fun — noir isn't really noir if it doesn't feel a bit slapdash. Eddie Muller will be on hand to introduce the screening, and his seemingly limitless knowledge of the genre always proves a great way to start an evening. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Holly­wood Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., April 3, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 461-2020, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine

L.A. cinephiles, take note: Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien finally begins tonight in UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater with Dust in the Wind and Son's Big Doll at 7:30. The traveling retrospective began last year in New York, and for a while it appeared as though it might never make it to our fair city. The luminary of world cinema in general and Taiwanese culture specifically has been a revered auteur for decades, and this comprehensive program (which REDCAT and the American Cinematheque also had a hand in bringing here) lasts through the end of June. This is one of the most important events of its kind in some time — don't miss it. Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Fri., April 3, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu—Michael Nordine

Dust in the Wind, from a Taiwanese director everyone should knowEXPAND
Dust in the Wind, from a Taiwanese director everyone should know

sat 4/4

This is no belated April Fools' joke. If you missed Tenacious D's Kyle Gass and Jack Black at their comedy-and-music Festival Supreme, you can see the rotund rockers shred and shriek at Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness. The lineup includes fellow headliner Gabriel Iglesias, Saturday Night Live alum Jay Mohr, Last Comic Standing vets Ralphie May and Iliza Shlesinger and comics Adam Ray and Brad Williams. Shrine Auditorium, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., University Park; Sat., April 4, 6 p.m.; $25-$65. (213) 748-5116, ticketmaster.com. —Siran Babayan

A night after screening Hal Hartley's new film, Ned Rifle, Cinefamily goes into his back catalog with Trust (1990) and The Unbelievable Truth (1989) beginning at 7. Hartley has been a leading figure in the realm of independent film since making a name for himself with these early works; the writer-director's offbeat humor and keen sense of the nuances that color everyday relationships are quietly powerful. There's an appealingly rough-around-the-edges feel to Hartley's work that's oftentimes missing from the many indie filmmakers he's inspired. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Sat., April 4, 7 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org—Michael Nordine

Designer Victor Wilde says he makes clothes "because we can't always be naked." And, mostly, he's right about that. Except when it comes to his upcoming performance at L.A. Weekly's Artopia event (which this writer is curating) and his Bohemian Society label's new ready-to-wear collection and naked-interview video documentary series. Debuting tonight with a fashion show and screening (plus tequila bar and DJ sets), LEGGOYOURLOGO is a cross-platform exploration of how branded fashion helps to both create and conceal our individual identities. The hook of the videos is the simple idea of talking about clothes without wearing any — revealing a deeper set of meanings to the garments we do choose. And the hook of the collection is the removal of sections of the textile, which not only creates design elements but also transforms your skin into the logo of yourself. Orphic, 9030 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Sat., April 4, 7-10 p.m.; free. (424) 288-4224, thebohemiansociety.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Upright Citizens Brigade promises a night of song, sass and schadenfreude with performances of Baby Wants Candy and Stripped Stories. The former is an improvised musical, whose diverse roster boasts alumni from Rachel Dratch to former bassists of Bruce Springsteen and Dido. The evening will take a salacious turn when Margot Leitman hosts a set of live storytelling and games, all related to our sex lives. In order to preserve a safe space, recording devices are forbidden, but the audience is invited to participate in a group round of Never Have I Ever, after which the winner "gets" the chance to share a mortifying sex story. UCB Sunset, 5419 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., April 4, Baby Wants Candy at 9 p.m., Stripped Stories at 10:30 p.m.; $15. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Lucy Tiven

The Unbelievable TruthEXPAND
The Unbelievable Truth

sun 4/5

Apropos of Easter Sunday, the Aero gets biblical with Ben-Hur at 7:30 p.m. William Wyler's massive undertaking was, at the time, the most expensive film ever made, and for its efforts, Ben-Hur did gangbusters at the box office and won 11 Oscars, with the latter feat matched only twice in the five decades since its release (Titanic in 1997, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003). Charlton Heston plays the eponymous Jewish prince whose Roman buddy makes the grave mistake in selling ol' Ben into slavery. Even if you've never seen the entire movie, you're undoubtedly familiar with the chariot-racing sequence, which is (deservedly) one of the most famous set pieces in all of film. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sun., April 5, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine

mon 4/6

Folk icon Woody Guthrie's son Arlo achieved his own brand of immortality with 1967's "Alice's Restaurant," an album side–long monologue detailing the lengths some would go to in order to duck the draft. At the time, the law stated that any American citizen who was convicted of a crime — Arlo's crime was littering — could avoid being shipped off to Vietnam. The comical tale was a massive hit for Guthrie, launching both his musical career and the singer-songwriter's further commitment to social-justice work. He sings, plays and tells us all about it in this night of music and memories. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Mon., April 6, 8 p.m.; $52.50-$124. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com. —John Payne

REDCAT pays tribute to a key figure in the independent/avant-garde movement here in America with The Films of Gregory Markopoulos tonight at 8:30. Markopoulos may be best known for his 80-hour Eniaios, but REDCAT is erring on the side of brevity by focusing on Bliss (the first film he made after emigrating to the Continent) and Gammelion (about a castle in Italy), whose combined runtime is a breezy 60 minutes. Mark Webber, who edited and published Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos, will be in attendance. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., downtown; Mon., April 6, 8 p.m.; $11. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org—Michael Nordine

Jon Ronson signs his new book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, looking at the culture and history of public shaming going back to the 18th century, and how it has become commonplace again, thanks to the Internet and social media. Ronson argues that Internet users abuse freedom of speech, including interviews with both public figures and civilians who've been hung out to dry online for saying or doing the wrong things. The Welsh author is behind the books The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and is a regular contributor to This American Life. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Mon., April 6, 7:30 p.m.; free. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —Siran Babayan

tue 4/7

The Santa Monica Museum of Art's "Brian Weil: Being in the World" offers an unprecedented, comprehensive survey of this photographer's unique career. Weil (1954-96) brought the zeal of an artist and curiosity of an investigative journalist when delving into the lives of others, with a special affection for subcultures and underrepresented communities such as Hasidic Jews, transgender individuals, AIDS activists and BDSM mavens. For all these reasons and more, there is maybe no one better suited to leading a lively and insightful walk-through of the show than prolific and progressive artist (and award-winning Transparent associate producer) Zackary Drucker, whose own work touches on many of the same topics. SMMoA, Bergamot Station Art Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; Tue., April 7, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through April 18. (310) 586-6488, smmoa.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot

LACMA's devotion to the French New Wave knows no bounds, as its latest Tuesday Matinee, Pierrot le Fou, attests. Jean-Luc Godard's tale of two lovers absconding from Paris to the Mediterranean Sea screens in the Bing Theater at 1 p.m. Nouvelle Vague stars Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo lend their considerable talents and good looks to the madcap film, which is fun and sad in equal measure. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., April 7, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org—Michael Nordine

In 1955, Allen Ginsberg marked the beginning of the Beat movement with the first public reading of "Howl," which starts with the classic line, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness...." Celebrating the 60th anniversary of "Howl," music producer Hal Willner and director Matt Piedmont host their own special gathering featuring a who's-who lineup that includes Amy Poehler, Tim Robbins, Courtney Love, Will Forte, Lucinda Williams, Macy Gray, John Mulaney and many others reading selections set to music. Proceeds benefit the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown; Tue., April 7, 7:30 p.m.; $45-$125. (213) 623-3233, acehotel.com. —Siran Babayan

A sneak peak of Alex of Venice at USC. The film (which takes place in our Venice, not that other, slightly more famous one) stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the title role, as an attorney whose life is upturned when her husband bails on their marriage. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with co-star Chris Messina. (If you can't make it to USC, Messina will appear with the film at the Egyptian at 7:30 p.m. on April 16.) USC, 900 W. 34th St., University Park; Tue., April 7, 7 p.m.; free, RSVP required. (213) 740-2804, cinema.usc.edu. —Michael Nordine

Upcoming Events

wed 4/8

Dana Thomas, an American, Paris-based fashion writer who's contributed to the Washington Post and Newsweek, discusses her new book, Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. After starting their careers in the early 1990s, the two revolutionized fashion and became the biggest British designers in history, designing under their own labels and for luxury brand LVMH — McQueen for Givenchy, Galliano at Dior. In 2010, McQueen committed suicide. A year later, Galliano was fired from his job and ostracized from the fashion industry for making anti-Semitic comments. From tortured artists to corporate brands, Thomas' two-in-one biography chronicles the triumph and tragic end of the two creative geniuses. Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Wed., April 8, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan

When he's not stomping the stage bellowing hellfire rock & roll, singer-songwriter-author Nick Cave is acting and writing screenplays, poetry and bleedin' novels. While touring in 2014 with his band, The Bad Seeds, Cave jotted down a few thoughts on love, creative inspiration, the bedevilments of procrastination and the very meaning of life. He wrote by hand on the backs of airline barf bags. Tonight Cave reads selections from The Sick Bag Song and does a Q&A about the tome's genesis and revelations. The beautifully designed boxed book will be available for purchase. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Wed., April 8, 8 p.m.; $65, photo ID required for entry. (323) 466-3456, ticketmaster.com. —John Payne

Season five of Game of Thrones is about to begin, winter is still coming and the New York brewery Ommegang has created another brew inspired by the drama within the seven kingdoms. Named for the creature that appears in young Bran Stark's dreams, Three-Eyed Raven is a "dark saison ale" said to go well with chicken, which is sort of what you would expect for the Game of Thrones universe. This is the fifth in Ommegang's line of beverages based on the hit HBO series, and previous drinks, such as Take the Black Stout and Fire & Blood, have earned a lot of buzz. If you want a first taste of this latest potion, head to the Ommegang Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven release party. Attendees can get a collectible goblet to go with 10 ounces of their favorite Ommegang draft beer. Get to the venue early, because they'll start handing out tickets at 7 p.m. The Three-Eyed Raven tapping begins at 8 p.m. — and for anyone who wants to dress like a three-eyed raven, there's a costume contest as well. Complex, 806 E. Colorado St., Glendale; Wed., April 8, 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. tapping; free; goblet of beer $12; over 21 only. (323) 642-7519, complexla.com. —Liz Ohanesian

Indie singer-songwriter and KCRW darling Joseph Arthur is a seriously talented visual artist as well. Perfectly timed to coincide with Coachella (itself a festival of both music and visual art), "Alien Flowers" offers a series of psychedelic, expressive and deeply strange mixed-media paintings and drawings with a synesthesia that gets you visually close to the aural experience of his music. An emotional consideration of his departure from his Akron, Ohio, hometown in search of the inspiration and opportunity of the Big City, these works speak to the fraught and poignant journey of self-discovery undertaken by brave artists in every genre. Gallery GO, 947 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; Wed., April 8, 7 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues daily, noon-5 p.m., through April 26. (310) 657-7111, gallerygoart.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Ate 9 dance company
Ate 9 dance company
photo by Scott Simock

thu 4/9

Ironically, dance from Los Angeles often draws sold-out audiences on tour but here at home sometimes is ignored until rave reviews come in from New York and San Francisco. Some of the troupes that have gained such outside attention return home for the Los Angeles Dance Festival. The emphasis is contemporary dance, and organizer Deborah Brockus has drawn some gems, including Ate9 dANCE cOMPANY, Diavolo/Architecture in Motion, JazzAntiqua Dance and Music Ensemble, L.A. Contemporary Dance Company, Invertigo Dance Theatre, BODYTRAFFIC and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Thirty troupes perform at four different shows. Diavolo Dance Theater and Brockus Project Studios in the Brewery Arts Complex, 616-618B Moulton Ave., downtown; Thu., April 9, 7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., April 10-11, 7 and 9 p.m.; Sun., April 12, 6 and 9 p.m.; $25-$35. (562) 412-7429, ladancefest.org. —Ann Haskins

"Enrique Martínez Celaya: Lone Star" is easily one of the most anticipated shows of the season, featuring major new works by a prodigal superstar. His refined and poetic take on a raw, almost folk-art style brings in elements of moving symbolism and narrative, as well as expressive abstract textures generating awkward, emotional gestures and hypnotic pictorial spaces. After an L.A. homecoming and studio-warming party starring Cowboy Junkies — with whom Celaya collaborated on album art for The Nomad Series — he's ready to debut the hangar-scaled fruits of his most recent labors in painting, sculpture, writing and installation, occupying the entirety of L.A. Louver's first- and second-floor outdoor and indoor spaces. L.A. Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; Thu., April 9, 7-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through May 16. (310) 822-4955, lalouver.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

You'll get your recommended daily dose of '80s nostalgia when you see former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda signing copies of My Way. Penned by sportswriter Colin Gunderson, it's the latest look at the coach with the impressive curveball, who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, managed the L.A. Dodgers over 20 years and led them to 1981 and 1988 World Series Championships. Besides the professional plaudits — including anecdotes from a cavalcade of Dodgers — the book includes bits on his relationship with his irrepressibly upbeat dad, Sabatino, his tempestuous reputation and his strained relationship with his son, who died of AIDS complications. Barnes & Noble, 189 The Grove Drive, Fairfax; Thu., April 9, 7 p.m.; free; signing is wristbanded. (323) 525-0270, store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2089. —David Cotner

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