21 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg: See Tuesday.
In 2011, beloved L.A. street-art practitioner REVOK ran afoul of since-repealed ordinances that made graffiti a crime — and his arrest sparked a massive #Free0x200BRevok campaign on social media. Feeling a creative hiatus was in order, he took a sabbatical in Detroit, and then moved back to SoCal in 2013. During his time away, REVOK was awash in inspiration and new ideas. An exhibition by the prodigal painter (his first here since the incident) represents not only his triumphant return but also a whole new body of work incorporating hand-painted sculptural forms and assemblage into his crisp, fresh style of kaleidoscopic, geometrical abstraction. It's going to be a gorgeous show, but it's also a long-overdue homecoming parade. Library Street Collective, 1242 Palmetto St., downtown; Fri., April 10, 6-10 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through April 19. (313) 600-7443, lscgallery.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
A weekend celebrating Agnès Varda at the Aero begins in biographical fashion with Agnès Varda: From Here to There: Part 1 and Jane B. for Agnès V. In the first episode of the multipart documentary bearing her name, the icon of world cinema visits similarly renowned (and, now, sadly passed) filmmaker Chris Marker. In Jane B., she explores her long-standing friendship with singer-actress Jane Birkin. Varda, who's often referred to as the godmother of the French New Wave, will appear for a discussion between the screenings. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Fri., April 10, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinematheque.com. —Michael Nordine
Not to be confused with the mustachioed talk show host, Geraldo is UCB's all-Latino improv team, and tonight it's hosting Geraldo's Miss UCB Pageant. Competing as contestants will be the club's top male and female performers and other comedians who'll wear evening gowns, perform talents and answer questions about world peace, all for the chance to win a crown and a cash prize. Judges include the real Miss USA 2006, Tara Conner, and the not-so-real Sofia Vergara, Janice Dickinson and Perez Hilton. Donald Trump and his comb-over — toupee, transplant? — will not be in attendance. UCB Franklin, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood; Fri., April 10, 11:55 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, franklin.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan
Columbia Memorial Space Center hosts a science festival: See Saturday.
Who let the queen's dogs out? Huntington Beach is due for a big-eared, bob-tailed pup takeover with SoCal Corgi Beach Day. The event started in 2012 with a 15-corgi gathering; last year's saw as many as 350 stumpy lil' guys hit the shore. Corgi owners and fans alike are encouraged to herd their four- and two-legged friends over to Huntington Dog Beach for playtime, sunbathing and snacks — and to snag a commemorative tee featuring corgs pulling up to the beach in a VW camper. Shirt-sale proceeds go to Queens Best Stumpy Dog Rescue, a North Hollywood shelter for the lovable low-riders. Huntington Dog Beach, 100 Goldenwest St., Huntington Beach; Fri., April 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. facebook.com/SoCalCorgiBeachDay. —Lucy Tiven
To the consternation of some and the delight of others, the New Beverly's wall-to-wall '90s programming runs through a second month. Among the highlights is tonight's 7:30 screening of Abel Ferrara's The Funeral, timed a week before Ferrara's controversial Welcome to New York opens at Arena Cinema. About a mafioso family headed by Christopher Walken, Chris Penn and Vincent Gallo in the wake of their brother's death, The Funeral is one of the underrated director's best. While Bad Lieutenant and King of New York are rightly praised for their violent examination of criminal culture, this more low-key outing tends to fly under the radar. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; Sat., April 11, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 938-4038, thenewbev.com. —Michael Nordine
Columbia Memorial Space Center closes its weeklong City of STEM Science Festival on Saturday with a large, free festival that includes rocket launches, classes and other activities that celebrate science, technology, engineering and math. Throughout the week, the Center hosts events such as April 9's Girls in STEM, intended to connect young, female science enthusiasts with pros, and an April 10 science fiction movie night. The Downey-based museum offers free admission throughout the festival. Take some time to check out Apollo Boilerplate 12 spacecraft and other exhibits. Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey; Sat., April 11, 10 a.m.; free. (562) 231-1200, columbiaspacescience.org.—Liz Ohanesian
The party drops from the ceiling at King King Saturday night when Mental Head Circus takes over the Hollywood nightclub. Conceived by dancer, choreographer and aerialist Terry Beeman, this modern vaudeville show will leave the audience gasping as performers hang, clamp and twirl overhead. The troupe shows strength and grace in every form, whether posed on the floor or hanging from fabric, in a style that's more sultry cabaret than big-top derring-do. Eyes will bulge as the crowd silently asks, "Are we supposed to have muscles there?" King King, 6555 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sat.-Sun., April 11 & 12, 6 p.m.; $40-$350. (323) 960-9234, kingkinghollywood.com. —Liz Ohanesian
Thrifty bookworms know libraries house the best deals on the printed word. Not only does it cost $0 to borrow a book (you just have to remember to return it...), but many libraries are also secretly home to the cheapest used-book stores in town. Organized by the Friends of the Library, these shops sell the library's overflow and donated books. Today, to kick off National Library Week, the County of Los Angeles Library — not to be confused with the Los Angeles Public Library system — hosts a systemwide Used Book Sale, with deals throughout the county, whether you're in West Hollywood or East L.A. Word. Various Los Angeles County locations; Sat., April 11, hours vary; free. (562) 940-8403, colapublib.org/events/booksale. —Sascha Bos
Downtown's Skid Row is one of the most fascinating and misunderstood neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Among its many successes has been the commitment shown by its residents and activists to the area's cultural life. A leader in using visual and performing arts as a conduit for change, the L.A. Poverty Department has been a pioneer in this creative crusade — and is about to realize one of its longest-held dreams: The Skid Row History Museum and Archive is launching as a permanent physical and digital archive of the powerful artistry of the generations who have called this place home. Following the opening of its first exhibit, "Blue Book/Silver Book," a series of screenings, exhibitions and performances keeps the conversation going. Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 440 S. Spring St., downtown; Sat., April 11, 6-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Thu., Sat.-Sun., 2-5 p.m.; Fri., 3-6 p.m.; through June 27. (213) 413-1077, lapovertydept.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot
Fans of musicals who don't make frequent visits to El Segundo's Old Town Music Hall are doing themselves a disservice. This weekend, check out Anchors Aweigh, the 1945 jaunt starring Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly as sailors (one fresh-faced and looking for love, the other wordly and already spoken for) on leave in Hollywood. While there, they while away the days by singing, dancing and doing their utmost to secure an audition at MGM for an aspiring singer played by Kathryn Grayson. Anchors Aweigh may be best remembered for a scene featuring Kelly dancing with Jerry Mouse (of Tom and Jerry fame), but its many Oscar nominations (Best Picture, Best Actor for Kelly) and one win (Best Original Score) should not be forgotten. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., April 10, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., April 11, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; Sun., April 12, 2:30 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592 oldtownmusichall.org. —Michael Nordine
Before there were blogs, there were Xerox machines and staplers. When independent artists, illustrators, skate fans, punk bands and random individuals with niche counterculture obsessions needed to get their weird (in a good way) ideas in front of the public, they used those Stone Age technologies to make zines. Of course, like everything else, the zine has evolved for a new generation, which has rediscovered the joy of making random shit by hand. The inaugural Long Beach Zine Fest celebrates this analog backlash with an all-day festival of eclectic vendors and makers, live music, panels and workshops. They'll even show you how to use a paper cutter. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach; Sun., April 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (562) 437-1689, lbzinefest.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
Do your furry friends deserve more laughter in their lives? At 2 Girls 1 Pup, Monique Madrid and Lauren Ashley Bishop (plus Comet the Pup, Monique's pooch) invite dog lovers to enjoy stand-up comedy, complimentary "pupcorn" and raffles for pet-parent prizes. Dogs, meanwhile, can dress up for the red carpet and enjoy plenty of their own fido-friendly goodies. Celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, 2G1P promises birthday cake, a canine psychic performing "PAWlm readings" and a set from Iliza Shlesinger, a Last Comic Standing winner known for bringing her dachshund/chihuahua mix Blanche to shows. Admission, raffle proceeds and donations benefit the Tailwaggers Foundation, which supports nonprofits treating sick and injured animals. Tailwaggers, 1929 N. Bronson Ave., Hollywood; Sun., April 12, 7 p.m.; $5. (323) 464-9600, 2girls1pupshow.com. —Julie Seabaugh
Join William Hackman at Skylight Books for a reading from his latest, Out of Sight: The Los Angeles Art Scene of the '60s, and a conversation with sculptor Lloyd Hamrol. The book explores how artists such as Ed Ruscha embraced postwar kitsch and became students of social movements, synthesizing idealism and pop to create a uniquely Los Angeles aesthetic. The text is as critical as it is celebratory, applauding and criticizing iconic Los Angeles makers in equal measure. Hackman also is scheduled to read at Arcana on Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; Sun., April 12, 5 p.m.; free, book is $27.95. (323) 660-1175, skylightbooks.com. —Lucy Tiven
In recognition of the centennial of the Armenian genocide, the Egyptian Theatre screens 1915 the Movie. Directors Garin Hovannisian and Alec Mouhibian will appear in person to discuss their film, which is about a theater director's attempt to stage a play about the genocide, while protests and a number of odd occurrences ensure that this is easier said than done. The film has an original score by System of a Down's Serj Tankian. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Mon., April 13, 8:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 461-2020, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
Break out the Lucky Strikes and prepare for a night of song, dance and secretarial scuttlebutt with a Friday-night performance of Mad Men: The Musical at UCB Sunset. Comedy vets Nadia Osman and Ben Siemon promise office shenanigans, pitch meetings and adulterous execs when Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price and the rest of the gang hit the stage for the nostalgically boozy musical parody. The show will cover all seven seasons of the AMC hit, with song names such as "Always Keep a Pen Between Your Tits." So, as the ad men would say, "Shut the door, have a seat." UCB Sunset, 5419 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., April 14, 8:30 p.m.; $15. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Lucy Tiven
Tuesday Matinees at LACMA are the place to be for Francophiles, cinephiles and especially anyone who falls into both categories. Jacques Demy's beloved musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg screens today at 1 p.m. Nominated for five Oscars, it charts Geneviève's (Catherine Deneuve) attempts to reconfigure her life after her lover is conscripted to fight in the Algerian war. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., April 14, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine
T.C. Boyle appears tonight in conversation with The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean, talking about his 25th book, The Harder They Come, and his life as a writer. Boyle's latest is about a damaged 'Nam vet trying to look after his violent, schizophrenic son. Outwardly it's a far cry from his 1982 historical adventure, Water Music — yet there is a persistent plunging into darknesses of place and spirit that connects his works. William Turner Gallery, Bergamot Station, Gallery E-1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; Tue., April 14, 8 p.m., 6:30 p.m. reception; $20, $30 reserved, $43 includes book, $95 includes book and reception. (310) 453-0909, livetalksla.org. —David Cotner
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Photo by Gert Krautbauer
Artistic director Robert Battle continues his high-wire act balancing the existing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater repertoire with new work he's developing that fully taps the company's expansive range. This visit includes Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain, usually seen in ballet companies, and works by Hans van Manen, Hofesh Shechter, Ohad Naharin, David Parsons and Aszure Barton — a who's who of current modern-dance choreographers. As for the tradition, the programs include the gospel-infused Ailey signature work Revelations; Bad Blood from longtime Ailey choreographer Ulysses S. Dove; and Matthew Rushing's Odetta, which pays tribute to the folk singer and civil rights icon. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown; Wed.-Sat., April 15-18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., April 18-19, 2 p.m.; $34-$138. (213) 972-0711, musiccenter.org/ailey. —Ann Haskins
For more than 10 years, one-time actor-director Noel Marshall lived with some 150 untrained wild animals along with his wife, Tippi Hedren, and daughter, Melanie Griffith. This unusual living situation was the real-life basis for Marshall's Roar, which Cinefamily screens tonight (and several more times throughout the week) at 7:30. As you might imagine — and as the irresistible tagline confirms — numerous problems arose during production: "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie. 70 members of the cast and crew were." Roar was a financial disaster that made back just a fraction of its $17 million budget, but it has become an object of fascination for obvious reasons. Cinefamily, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Sat., April 4, 7:30 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —Michael Nordine
In an age of changing sexual and social mores, not having children still is considered taboo. Men and women who decide to ditch procreation often are met with criticism. L.A. Times columnist and author Meghan Daum writes about how she and others made that determination in her new anthology, Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: 16 Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids. Zocalo Public Square hosts Why Have Kids?, a conversation with Daum and book contributors Kate Christensen and M.G. Lord, who will discuss "why they chose to eschew parenthood and what family means for them." Downtown Independent, 251 S Main St., downtown; Wed., April 15, 7:30 p.m.; free. (213) 617-1033, zocalopublicsquare.org. —Siran Babayan
Love wasting — shhhh! — precious work hours watching funny YouTube clips? Tonight you can do that without fear of getting caught, thanks to the club's monthly comedic video competition, The Web Show Show. Jeff Feazell and Ted Evans, comedians and creators of their own web series, screen half a dozen of the Internet's funniest shorts and sketches for a panel of expert judges from Funny or Die, Yahoo, BuzzFeed and elsewhere. The audience picks the top two, and the winner earns a general meeting with Collective Digital Studio and a spot on the show's annual championship. M.i. Westside Comedy Theater, 1323-A Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica; Thu., April 16, 8 p.m.; $10. (310) 451-0850, westsidecomedy.com. —Siran Babayan
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Correction: The original version of this post had the wrong date for Mad Men: The Musical. We regret the error.
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