21 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week
Amy Schumer performs with Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and Judd Apatow on Sunday
Shunt McGuppin is a boozing bastard of a country singer who looks and sounds like a cross between Hank Williams Jr. and Toby Keith, and sings hilariously offensive songs mostly about women. McGuppin is the alter ego of Jeremy Carter, a member of comedy podcast/troupe Superego, with Paul F. Tompkins, Matt Gourley and Mark McConville. He appeared on The Journeymen's 2013 comedy album Mount Us More, which featured the should-have-been classics "Another Gal's Black Eye," "Old, Fat, Slow and Christian" and "Around the World (in Eighty Lays)."Tonight, with Gourley, Kirsten Vangsness and Whose Line Is It Anyway's Jeff Davis, McGuppin debuts his new EP, Bad Honky, which includes "Yesterday's Porn," "Poor Stupid Fat Girl" and other gems you won't hear on CMT. Prepare to drop your panties, ladies. Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Fri., June 19, 7 p.m.; $8. nerdmeltla.com. —Siran Babayan
The Egyptian gets alliterative in its appreciation of genre fare with its Dungeons, Dragons and Demons: '80s Fantasy Favorites series, tonight presenting a double feature of Return to Oz and The Company of Wolves. Title notwithstanding, Walter Murch's foray into L. Frank Baum's eccentric fictional universe is a huge departure from the original film in nearly every aspect. Other than treating Dorothy's experiences in Oz as a result of mental illness, however, it's also viewed as a more faithful representation of the books. Company of Wolves, the first film from The Crying Game director Neil Jordan, likens the anxiety that comes with sexual awakening to the horrors of lycanthropy. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.; Fri., June 19, 7:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
Judy Garland stars in For Me and My Gal at Old Town Music Hall. Directed by Busby Berkeley, one of the premier musical director-choreographers of his day, the romantic drama finds Garland and co-star Gene Kelly (in his first screen role) as vaudeville performers with plans to marry. That their love affair happens to take place on the eve of World War I should give some indication of how smoothly that goes. For Me and My Gal doesn't feature any of the lavish song-and-dance numbers Berkeley remains best known for; here the action takes place on a more intimate scale than some of his better-remembered works. Old Town Music Hall, 140 Richmond St., El Segundo; Fri., June 19, 8:15 p.m.; Sat., June 6, 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.; $10. (310) 322-2592, oldtownmusichall.org.
Artwork by the Broken Fingaz Crew: See Saturday.
Courtesy of the artist and Howard Griffin Gallery
You won't have to ditch class to follow the adventures of Ferris Bueller's Day Off when Street Food Cinema brings the John Hughes classic to Eagle Rock Rec Center Field. Grab some grub from one of the food trucks stationed at the event — like the nachos/french fries mash-ups from the Lobos Truck or booze-y bakes from Drunken Cake Pops — before you take in the film for the 100th time. The iconic comedy's 30-year anniversary was June 5, and chances are you've memorized everything from Ben Stein's classroom snoozefest to the "Twist and Shout" choreography. Maybe you've even identified every band poster on Ferris' bedroom walls. It's time you see this slice of fictional '80s teen life again — and you can bring your dog with you. Local band Strangers You Know opens the night. Eagle Rock Rec Center Field, 1100 Eagle Vista Drive, Eagle Rock; Sat., June 20, doors 5:30 p.m., band 6:30 p.m., movie 8:30 p.m.; $15-$20, children $6-$11, under 5 free. (323) 254-5068, streetfoodcinema.com. —Liz Ohanesian
There's no place like home, but Hollywood Forever Cemetery will do if you feel like seeing the original Wizard of Oz in addition to its controversial sequel this weekend. Those who've never experienced the classic fantasia on the big screen would do well to treat themselves to its vibrant colors and immersive world, which are best seen on as large a canvas as possible. Yellow brick roads don't usually lead to cemeteries, but that's just part of the magic of living in Los Angeles. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., June 20, 8:30 p.m.; $14. (323) 221-3343, cinespia.org. —Michael Nordine
L.A. Beer Week is back for year seven, helping you make sense of Southern California's ever-expanding craft beer industry with nine days of events. The kickoff festival on Saturday features more than 75 breweries, among them locals Angel City, Beachwood, Eagle Rock and Ladyface; out-of-town favorites like Ommegang and Speakeasy; and newcomers such as 101 Cider House, which makes a kombucha-like hard cider in Westlake Village. Enjoy your brew with live music, a lobster roll or a grilled cheese sandwich, and be sure to check out the panels. Morning after, hit the Hangover Brunch at Far Bar and then sail into the work week with tastings hosted by various breweries throughout the city. Kickoff festival, Exposition Park, 700 Exposition Park Drive; Sat., June 20, noon-5 p.m.; $45 ($20 designated driver). labeerweek.com. Events continue through Sun., June 28, at various locations. —Sascha Bos
Israel's oldest graffiti collective, the Broken Fingaz Crew, joins forces with one of downtown L.A.'s newest galleries, London-based Howard Griffin, to present "Journey Galactiko" — a multimedia escapade that is every bit as tripped-out as it sounds. For its first U.S. show, the crew is partnering with Ghostown and DJ The Gaslamp Killer to put its wildest foot forward. Formed in 2001 in Haifa, the Broken Fingaz Crew (Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga) has always been straight-up fearless in its willingness to confront authority and oppression. Often using explicit images of sex and violence, but rendered in a unique style merging Asian illustration and American comic books, they were not favorites of their homeland's conservative government — but the art world took notice. The crew is constructing a sculptural installation in the form of a temple inspired by their recent trip to India and the rough re-entry into the capitalistic West, as the centerpiece of a narration of their journey to L.A. Howard Griffin Gallery, 410 S. Spring St., downtown; Sat., June 20, 7-10:30 p.m.; free. Continues by appointment through July 25. (213) 478-1202, howardgriffingallery.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
In honor of Del Close, the actor, legendary improv coach and founder of ImprovOlympic, Upright Citizens Brigade in New York stages the 17th annual Del Close Marathon, a multivenue weekend of nonstop improv by performers from around the world, as well as a host of celebs, including Amy Poehler, Nick Kroll, Ellie Kemper, Bobby Moynihan, Horatio Sanz and Jason Mantzoukas. For Angelenos who'll be stuck on this coast but still want a taste of next week's extravaganza, our very own UCB and host Jake Regal offer a Del Close Marathon Preview Show with performances by house teams the Holdup Fan Fic, Ten Tennessee Williams, Definitely Not Cops, Beverly Hills Celebrity Soul Cycle and Rococo's Blank Check. UCB Sunset, 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., June 20, 10:30 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702, sunset.ucbtheatre.com. —Siran Babayan
Celebrate Father's Day at Cinefamily with The Kid, a Charlie Chaplin classic you've either been meaning to see for who knows how many years or now have an excuse to revisit. If you know the screen legend by reputation rather than direct experience, it may come as a pleasant, tear-inducing surprise to learn that his films are often extraordinarily moving in addition to how funny they are. There was and is a humanity to the Tramp's antics that we've rarely seen since, not that others haven't tried. Note: Children under 18 get in for half-price. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Sun., June 21, 2 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —Michael Nordine
Looking for something to do this Sunday that you and dad will like? How about an evening enjoying locally made craft beer, food trucks (think hot dogs, tacos and BBQ), and live music at Angel City's sprawling Public House? The free Father's Day Food Truck & Music Fest features the Public House's usual lineup of craft beers for purchase, plus five food trucks and, starting at 2 p.m., four live bands. With its large parking lot and muraled brick walls in the middle of downtown, Angel City Brewery has the barbecue vibe that a mid-June Sunday calls for — but with much better beer than your backyard parties. Angel City Brewery & Public House, 216 S. Alameda St., downtown; Sun., June 21, noon-8 p.m.; free admission. (213) 622-1261, angelcitybrewery.com. —Sascha Bos
REDCAT's quarterly series Studio returns with seven new works spanning dance, music, theater and multimedia. Choreographer Rosanna Gamson unveils Restless, a series of dance-theater duets that is something of a sequel to Still, which was a high point at last year's NOW Festival. Like the always welcome dinner guest who brings insightful new perspective to any conversation, Gamson is consistently one of L.A.'s most provocatively thoughtful choreographers. Other dance includes Jocelyn Reyes' In-Self, drawing on Plato to probe borderlands between shadows and reality; and CEM, from the Moving Art Collective, which takes its inspiration from author Gabriel García Márquez. REDCAT, 631 W. Second St., downtown; Sun.-Mon., June 21-22, 8:30 p.m.; $15 & $12. (213) 237-2800, redcat.org. —Ann Haskins
If you don't get enough of Amy Schumer on TV or in her upcoming movie, Trainwreck, opening next month, the reigning funny girl is on a seven-city Trainwreck Comedy Tour for charity with her fellow stand-up comics Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Mike Birbiglia, Vanessa Bayer and director Judd Apatow. While Apatow has been returning to his stand-up roots lately, hosting his semi-regular An Evening With Apatow & Friends at Largo, Schumer is making her big-screen debut essentially playing a version of her boozing, bed-hopping characters on her Comedy Central sketch series, Inside Amy Schumer. Tour proceeds go to a different charity in each city. Tonight's show benefits the Rape Foundation's Stuart House, a program of the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown; Sun., June 21, 8 p.m.; $45-$100. (213) 388-1400, ticketmaster.com. —Siran Babayan
Courtroom dramas by Billy Wilder and Otto Preminger are called to the stand by the New Beverly: Witness for the Prosecution and Anatomy of a Murder, both on 35mm. Men accused of murder go to great lengths to clear their names in both films. Made just two years apart, the two films landed a total of 13 Oscar nominations (six for Witness, seven for Anatomy) but went home empty-handed. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax; Mon., June 22, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 938-4038, thenewbev.com. —Michael Nordine
Hawaii's successful mural festival expands to California with POW! WOW! Long Beach, a weeklong celebration of street art. Watch Aaron De La Cruz, Cryptik, Fafi, Hueman, James Jean, Jeff McMillan, Jeff Soto, Low Bros, MADSTEEZ, PUSH, Tristan Eaton, Benjie Escobar and Bumblebee as they paint walls and create installations all over town. In addition to live painting all week, POW! POW! hosts a series of events, including Jeff Staple's talks with Fafi on Wednesday and Nychos on Thursday, a mixtape party with DJ Neil Armstrong Monday and the POW! WOW! School of Music student performance at downtown Long Beach's Summer & Music: 720° Pine festival on Saturday. Various Long Beach locations; Mon.-Sun., June 22-28; free. powwowlongbeach.com. —Sascha Bos
Artist Rachel Mason’s The Lives of Hamilton Fish is a film and a live performance. The artist sings onstage as a fantastic costume drama set in the 1930s plays out on a screen behind her. The idea for the film grew out of a coincidence: A serial killer named Hamilton Fish and a statesman with the same name both died on the same day in 1936. On that day, articles about the two deaths appeared together on the front page of a Hudson Valley, New York, paper. In Mason’s retelling, she inhabits the psyches of both men and lets the facts of their lives blur together and veer toward fantasy: There are dances in gazebos, strangely painted faces, songs about fish out of water and meditations on self-doubt. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., June 23, 7:30 p.m. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Catherine Wagley
The Hope of Floating Has Carried Us This Far is the acclaimed new book of words and images by Quintan Ana Wikswo, an artist and writer who has never limited herself to only one medium and certainly not to two dimensions. Although the foundation of the book is her sparkling prose, the accompanying visual art is just as integral to the story, itself a meditation on the discomfort of "painfully restrictive Newtonian physics" and the quest to escape the torments of human desire by finding solace in a parallel universe. In that spirit, her book tour is more than a series of readings and signings — though there will be that, too. Rather, she conceived a multimedia event that includes short video works, live performed narrations, original musical scores and an exhibition of photographs from the book — which is available for purchase through co-presenter Skylight Books. Monk Space, 4414 W. Second St., Koreatown; Tue., June 23, 8 p.m. (doors 7 p.m.); free, book is $19.95. (213) 925-8562, quintanwikswo.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot
Considered by many to be the definitive Steve Martin film, and undisputably the one that made him a movie star, The Jerk screens at ArcLight Hollywood at 7:30. The gray-haired luminary of comedy co-wrote the script, about the adopted son of a black family venturing to St. Louis on his lonesome in an ill-advised attempt to strike out on his own. Martin just received a Lifetime Achievement Award from AFI, so now's as good a time as any to remind yourself where his cinematic career took off. Note: This showing is 21+. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood; Tue., June 23, 7:30 p.m.; $14. (323) 464-1478, arclightcinemas.com. —Michael Nordine
Caltech graduate and self-described "science humorist" Dave Zobel signs his new book, The Science of TV's The Big Bang Theory: Explanations Even Penny Would Understand. Fans of the CBS sitcom about a group of Caltech physicists and engineers and their non-brainiac friend probably would fall on the Penny side, having never pondered the questions: What is Occam's razor? What is the difference between centrifugal and centripetal force? And why is 73 the perfect number? The author breaks down some of the series' scientific lingo and concepts, dedicating chapters to physics, math, gravity, light, computers and robotics. Maybe now you can find out why Mentos explode in Diet Coke. Vroman's, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; Tue., June 23, 7 p.m.; free, book is $17.95. (626) 449-5320, vromansbookstore.com. —Siran Babayan
With the Manifest Destiny Billboard Project, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division has really been living up to the itinerant promise of its name. Beginning in October 2013, it produced an ambitious series of artist-designed billboards along Interstate 10 heading toward the Pacific from the East Coast, tracing the route of westward expansion and encompassing dreams of California and realities of America through the lens of urban cultural and socioeconomic history. This weekend, they finally make it home. To celebrate the project's culmination, four days of programming including performances, perfumery, video screenings, readings, receptions, artist-led walking and driving tours, a panel talk at the Santa Monica Pier carousel and, of course, the unveiling of the final billboards. Various locations; Wed.-Sun., June 24-28, various times; free. (646) 620-8289, nomadicdivision.org. —Shana Nys Dambrot
With California facing another drought year, and state officials handing down mandates to curb water use by roughly 25 percent, water conservation is once again a pressing issue. For homeowners feeling the squeeze, Writers Bloc hosts the free workshop Dripped Dry: Use Less Water and Still Be OK to discuss cost-effective tips to save water. Experts include Bill McDonnell, water efficiency manager at the Metropolitan Water District, former Beverly Hills mayor Charles Aronberg, landscaping consultant Pamela Berstler and a representative from Pioneer Hardware. Temple Emanuel School Auditorium, 8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills; Wed., June 24, 7:30 p.m.; free. email@example.com, writersblocpresents.com. —Siran Babayan
The Aero Theatre's ongoing celebration of its 75th birthday continues in jail-breaking fashion with The Great Escape, which made a star of Steve McQueen in 1963. His performance is a timeless reminder that not even — nay, especially not — a Nazi prison camp can contain a red-blooded American's natural desire to roam free and unhindered. Elmer Bernstein's rousing score adds punch, as do co-stars James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Richard Attenborough. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Thu., June 25, 7:30 p.m.; $11, free for American Cinematheque members. (323) 466-3456, americancinematheque0x200Bcalendar.com. —Michael Nordine
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