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

A history of the Muppets: See Friday.EXPAND
A history of the Muppets: See Friday.

fri 6/5

Midway through its five-week survey of where contemporary American music is headed, the Next on Grand festival pauses to look back. Three decades ago, choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams and architect Frank Gehry teamed for Available Light, which launched MOCA's Temporary Contemporary (now the permanent Geffen/MOCA). The superstar trio reunites with Childs reworking her choreography, Adams returning with his taped score and Gehry reimagining his set design in a venue created by Gehry since the last Available Light. Friday includes the three creatives in a rare postperformance panel discussion. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Fri., June 5-Sat., June 6, 8 p.m.; $94.50-$137.50. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com. —Ann Haskins

The current incarnation of Bond, James Bond, has won so much acclaim that many have forgotten there was life before Daniel Craig. Yet life there was, as Sean Connery's third go-round as 007 can readily attest. Not only the first in the series to win an Oscar, Goldfinger also made the flashy credits sequence and high-tech gadgetry a staple of the franchise. Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A.; Fri., June 5, 11:59 p.m.; $11. (310) 473-8530, landmarktheatres.com. —Michael Nordine

Muppets, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy 10th-Anniversary Program continues at Cinefamily with Muppet History 101. A sort of origin story for everyone's favorite puppets compiled by former head writer Jerry Juhl, it puts a spotlight on the commercials, local TV shows and other footage throughout the history of Kermit, Miss Piggy, et al. And at 10:30, there's a double feature of Tales From Muppetland and The Dark Crystal. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Fri., June 5, 7:30 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —Michael Nordine

You spent your teen years obsessing over The Evil Dead and still can't stop talking about how Joss Whedon saved a genre with Cabin in the Woods. You love it when on-screen camping trips go horribly wrong. Here's the chance to live out your horror-movie nightmares. The Great Horror Campout is an all-nighter based on the great outdoors subgenre of scary flicks. Campers can choose the intensity level of their experiences. You may want to set up camp in the Chicken Zone, where you can watch horror movies instead of pretending you're in one. Those who opt for the full experience will spend the night competing in the Hell Hunt series of games and challenges for the title of Hellmaster. Your stay will last only 12 hours, but organizers suggest bringing a flashlight, an old white T-shirt and other camping/horror-party necessities. Griffith Park Old Abandoned Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Griffith Park; Fri., June 5, 8 p.m.-8 a.m. (must arrive before 9 p.m.); $109-$159. (310) 993-8289, greathorrorcampout.com. —Liz Ohanesian

Citing Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht and George Lucas among its influences, Zombie Joe's Underground has made a name for itself in part by putting unusual spins on works you know. Tonight the theater opens its doors for its first Underground Fringe event. At the center of the Fringe programming, which lasts for much of June, is Othello. Continuing its run of Shakespearean tragedies (its production of Macbeth only recently closed), Zombie Joe's puts a glam spin on the English-lit staple in a production directed by one of the group's founding members, Josh T. Ryan. Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood; Fri., June 5, 8:30 p.m.; $15. (818) 202-4120, zombiejoes.com. —Liz Ohanesian

GoldfingerEXPAND
Goldfinger

sat 6/6

W.C. Fields was one of early Hollywood's most notable stars, and It's a Gift is considered by many to be his best film. A comedy about a grocer who absconds to California to buy an orange grove after receiving an inheritance, it placed 58th on the American Film Institute's "100 Years ... 100 Laughs" list and was added to the National Film Registry five years ago. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., June 5, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., June 6, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org. —Michael Nordine

Part indie home-goods design fair, part curated experience, every two years Parachute Market at One Santa Fe presents a conceptually themed shopping and lifestyle expo for avant-garde–leaning professional and amateur consumers, decorators and artisans who want to make or own something special. The 2015 edition is dubbed Ad Hoc: A Meditation on the Temporary, covering not only the sustainability conversation but also the effects of impermanent, pop-up design. One Santa Fe, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Arts District; Sat., June 6-Sun., June 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; $10. (855) 207-1872, parachutemarket.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Dressed to kill in a dapper suit, heeled boots and red nails, Eddie Izzard has been on his current global Force Majeure tour for a whopping two years, performing in English, French and German. Izzard once again puts his spin on his favorite topics — history and religion — jumping from ancient Greece and Rome and English kings to Buddhism and God sounding like Darth Vader. Fans will be eager to see how Izzard tailors his set to L.A., though they might not have him around much longer, as the stand-up comic and actor plans to abandon showbiz to run for mayor of London in 2020. How very Hollywood. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Hollywood; Sat., June 6, 8:30 p.m.; $29.50-$109. (800) 745-3000, hollywoodbowl.com. —Siran Babayan

sun 6/7

Erika Suderburg appears in person for the world premiere of her film Wunderkammern: The Private Life of Objects at Los Angeles Filmforum. Suderburg, a Filmforum favorite, turns her gaze to the oddities of yesteryear, examining a cabinet of curiosities from half a century ago. Suderburg pores over every minute detail (in alphabetical order, no less). The film is meant to change how viewers look at everyday objects and oddities alike. Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., June 7, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 466-3456, lafilmforum.org. —Michael Nordine

For the first time in Los Angeles, Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 screen back to back. The event is in celebration of the films' 75th and 15th anniversaries, respectively, and is also a fundraiser for the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation, which worked with the TCL Chinese Theatre as it was renovated and upgraded into an IMAX venue. Cinespia co-presents the double feature at the Chinese, and invites all viewers to recall their first exposure to psychedelic undertones in cartoons. TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; Sun., June 7, 7:30 p.m.; $35. (323) 461-3331, cinespia.org. —Michael Nordine

Whether you're a glutton for gluten or just really like the way toast smells, the inaugural Los Angeles Bread Festival is your place to be. A celebration of the local artisan-bread renaissance, it's a weekend of everything from "Feel the Churn" — aerobics mixed with hard-core butter making — to lessons in how to make your own sourdough bread, plus a sneak peek at JD McLelland's new documentary, The Grain Divide. There's also a panel discussion, Field to Table, at which you'll find out how the L.A. bread movement is really a thing and a lot of people are totally into it. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway; downtown; Sat.-Sun., June 6-7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; free. (213) 624-2378, grandcentralmarket.com. —David Cotner

Angel City Chorale brings together choir lovers and pop culture fanatics with Epic: Blockbuster Music From Video Games and Films. The long-running, L.A.-based vocal group is taking on a big, eclectic mix of music, and, with more than 150 members, the results should be interesting. The selection of video game music for this event includes both 20th- and 21st-century titles, from Tetris to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Film-music selections are suited for all age groups, with a mix ranging from kid favorite Frozen to grown-up classics 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blazing Saddles. Even the small screen will get some love at this event; Angel City Chorale will perform a medley of TV themes as well. Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Sat.-Sun., June 6-7, 7 p.m.; $22-$50, $75 VIP. (310) 943-9231, angelcitychorale.org. —Liz Ohanesian

L.A. Opera's Dog Days
L.A. Opera's Dog Days
Photo by James Matthew Daniel

mon 6/8

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When you go out to lunch, it's a wonderful thing because it just sort of ... appears! Knowing where the food in that lunch originally came from is just as wonderful, so all hail Richard Foss' history meal, Seven Gifts From Southern California Kitchens to the World. Culinary historian Foss will tell you, in between bites, how immigrants brought with them the formerly exotic food traditions the world now enjoys. His recent book Food in the Air and Space is a suitably relevant history of eating and travel, and the lunch you'll have is based expressly on today's dishy history. The Ebell Club, 743 S. Lucerne Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Mon., June 8, 11:30 a.m.; $35, $30 members. (323) 939-1128, ebelleventtickets.com/Local-Culinary-History-Lunch-Monday-June-8-2015-0317.htm. —David Cotner

With the exception of Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper is the only cast member of The Office to follow up with another TV hit. Co-created by Tina Fey, Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt revolves around the determinedly optimistic Schmidt, who's rescued from a doomsday cult and moves to New York. (If you ask us, the real star is Tituss Burgess, who plays Schimdt's sassy, struggling-actor roommate. And how funny was guest Jon Hamm as a Warren Jeffs–like cult leader?) For fans looking forward to season two, UCB hosts FYC @ UCB: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a panel discussion with Kemper, Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, Lauren Adams, Sol Miranda and co–executive producer Jack Burditt. UCB at Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Mon., June 8, 7 p.m.; $5 (sold out, standby line only). (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan

tue 6/9

It's always something, isn't it — people with absolutely no lives bothering you because of something as basic as how you wear your hair. University of Richmond English professor Bert Ashe discusses Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles, a memoir that details his simple wish to do something new with his 'do. This whim transforms into a larger meditation on what hair means in the culture in general and black identity in particular. Ultimately, Ashe's journalistic journey becomes less about hairstyle and more about the courage to do your own thing, even in the face of dumb questions, prejudices and outright hostility. Eso Won Books, 4327 Degnan Blvd., Leimert Park; Tue., June 9, 7 p.m.; free, book is $15. (323) 290-1048, esowonbookstore.com. —David Cotner

Even in these times of crushing pessimism, it's deeply encouraging to see that culture-jamming network The Yes Men is working to shake things up with its evolved anticonsumerist pranks and actions. Tonight you'll be able to see a sneak preview of the group's third documentary, The Yes Men Are Revolting. Often speaking truth to power (McDonald's, Dow Chemical, etc.) by using its own language of press releases and photo ops, the collective fools the mainstream media into looking closer at atrocities they would ordinarily just blow off. Afterward, there'll be a Q&A with Yes Men Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno and their co-director Laura Nix. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Tue., June 9, 7:30 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000, hammer.ucla.edu. —David Cotner

wed 6/10

Marvin Etzioni, a record producer and founding member of L.A. roots rock band Lone Justice, returns to host the latest in his listening and discussion series. The Record Theater: Beatles '65 in Mono invites visitors to listen without interruption to an original pressing of the Fab Four's fifth LP, released on Capitol Records in January 1964, and featuring the hit singles "I Feel Fine" and "She's a Woman." After the record ends, Etzioni conducts a Q&A with Dave Morrell, Beatles collector and author of Horse-Doggin': The Morrell Archives Volume One, and Brian Kehew, co-author of Recording the Beatles: The Studio Equipment and Techniques Used to Create Their Classic Albums. Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245, downtown; Wed., June 10, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (213) 765-6800, grammymuseum.org. —Siran Babayan

thu 6/11

L.A. Opera's season concludes with Dog Days by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek. Based on a short story by Judy Budnitz, the work aims to shock with a harrowing tale of a family fighting to survive in a postapocalyptic world. Mashing up opera, musical theater and avant-rock, Dog Days features soprano Lauren Worsham, with performance artist John Kelly in the role of Prince, a man who has chosen to live as a dog. Conductor Alan Pierson directs an intricate score performed by instrumental ensemble Newspeak. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., downtown; Thu., June 11-Sat., June 13 & Mon., June 15, 8 p.m.; Sun., June 14, 2 p.m.; $69. (213) 972-8001, laopera.org. —John Payne

The Golden Age of 3-D kicks off at the Aero with The Bubble, which writer-director Arch Oboler made in 1966 as much to show off technology as to tell a story. The film was the first made in Space-Vision, a widescreen 3-D process using a single strip of film. Michael Cole and Deborah Walley star as a married couple who land in a strange town after experiencing irregularities in their plane. They find themselves surrounded by dronelike people in this curiosity, which seems spun from the same dream logic as The Twilight Zone. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Thu., June 11, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine

Jon Fine discusses his new book, Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear), with fellow musician and screenwriter Clay Tarver. Fine reflects on the 30 years he spent playing guitar in a number of obscure indie-rock outfits, starting with late-'80s postpunk group Bitch Magnet, and what it was like reuniting with the band more than 20 years later in the digital age. Fine's memoir also features interviews with other members of the early alternative scene, including the guys from Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, Jesus Lizard and Urge Overkill. Fine is executive editor of Inc. magazine and a columnist for BusinessWeek. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Thu., June 11, 7 p.m.; free, book is $27.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan

While definitely not a sci-fi fest, Machine Dreams: A Symposium on Robots, Arts and Difference investigates our robot-obsessed society from the point of view of arts and culture. It offers literary readings and performances on Thursday, with lectures, performances and discussions all day Friday, featuring Neil Aitken, Takeo Rivera, Margaret Rhee and Chiwan Choi. Keynote speaker is Minsoo Kang, author of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination. UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood; Thu., June 11, 5-7 p.m.; Fri., June 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. (310) 825-2101, facebook.com/events/916379058413414. —Shana Nys Dambrot


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