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

Showgirls: See Saturday
Showgirls: See Saturday

fri 6/26

In a quest to expand audiences and activate new kinds of public spaces for L.A. culture, Metro Arts presents a summer of free music, performance and art in downtown's Union Station. Miwa Matreyek's Myth and Infrastructure and This World Made Itself transform the soaring architecture of the historic ticketing hall with her unique live multimedia performance merging cinema and theater. Matreyek's own silhouette interacts in choreographed tandem with projections of elaborate, sumptuous, constantly changing animations and musical scores. The effect is both epic and intimate, telling ambitious and esoteric stories (for example, the entire history of the earth), but her dream-logic is easy to follow. Both works screen back-to-back twice tonight, at 8 and again at 9:30 p.m. Union Station, 800 S. Alameda Ave., downtown; Fri., June 26, 8 & 9:30 p.m.; free. (213) 922-6288, semihemisphere.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

Miko Revereza and D.S. Chun fuse their love of art and song with Analog Video Karaoke at Echo Park Film Center. This won't be your typical night at the karaoke bar; Revereza is a video artist who has made gorgeous music videos for the likes of Dntel and Tamaryn and teaches his art at the Film Center. With fellow filmmaker Chun on board, the venue's "microcinema" becomes an interactive video installation where guests can belt out tunes normally reserved for alone time in the shower. The artists use old-school equipment to freak out the video feeds while you sing the song of your choice. Other works by Revereza and Chun will play on surrounding walls. Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado Blvd., Echo Park; Fri., June 26, 8 p.m.; $5 (suggested donation). (213) 484-8846, echoparkfilmcenter.org. —Liz Ohanesian

Obsessing over The Beatles by yourself isn't cool. You know what's cool? Obsessing over The Beatles at a gorgeous movie theater in Westwood. Tonight at the Crest, noted Fab Four expert Scott Freiman hosts Deconstructing the Beatles: A Trip Through Strawberry Fields, a multimedia presentation on the recording sessions that produced "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane" and "A Day in the Life." Rarely seen audio and video from said sessions features prominently. The Crest, 1262 Westwood Blvd., Westwood; Fri.-Sat., June 26-27, 8 p.m.; $20. (310) 470-1508, crestwestwood.com. —Michael Nordine

Los Angeles Filmforum's summer program begins in unseasonably cold fashion with South at the Velaslavasay Panorama. The age of Arctic explorers has sadly passed, but the polar cinematic series Mush! To the Movies! (of which South is the fourth of six parts) has gone to the trouble of preserving it for us a full century later. Recently restored by the British Film Institute, the silent picture from 1919 charts the Endurance's trek across Antarctica from a few years earlier. South will be preceded by the Artists, Writers, Photographers, Scuba Divers, German Directors and Visiting Astronauts of NSF's Antarctica Program — An Illustrated Lecture by Charles Hood. Velaslavasay Panorama, 1122 W. 24th St., University Park; Fri., June 26, 7:30 p.m.; $10. (323) 466-3456, lafilmforum.org. —Michael Nordine

It can be hard for adults to get a hand in the touch tank when the Aquarium of the Pacific is overrun with kids on field trips. Enter Night Dive: Tonight the Aquarium stays open until 11 p.m. for the over-18 crowd. Featuring live music from Ashing Velvets, Time and Energy, Baast and The Dagons alongside DJ sets by Hawkeye, (dj)misterbill, Chris Ziegler and The All Mighty Nectar, you'll be dancing with the jellies all night long. Food from LuckDish, the Grilled Cheese Truck and more (plus a full bar) will keep you fueled while art from Luciano Paesani, Julie Hassett and Squeeze Art Collective add a little culture to your nature experience. Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach; Fri., Jun. 26, 7-11 p.m.; $14.95. (562) 590-3100, aquariumofpacific.org. —Sascha Bos

At Union Station, Miwa Matreyek will re-create her live multimedia performances: See Friday.
At Union Station, Miwa Matreyek will re-create her live multimedia performances: See Friday.
Photo by Scott Groller

sat 6/27

Eugenia Butler Sr. (1922-2000) was one of the most influential figures in L.A.'s art scene of the 1960s and '70s, a collector, gallerist and outright visionary. Her legacy was inherited by her daughter, artist/author/activist Eugenia P. Butler (1947-2008), and now is the province of Corazon del Sol, an accomplished visual artist, filmmaker, curator and accidental but enthusiastic family historian. Del Sol draws inspiration from the Eugenias' ideas and objects into her own practice, which resonates with the mission of the Box gallery, founded by Paul McCarthy's daughter Mara in a similar bid to keep the voices of that midcentury generation in the present and future. She and Del Sol have fashioned "Let Power Take a Female Form," artworks from the collections of both Eugenias, including artifacts from their homes, interwoven with Del Sol's work. The Box Gallery, 805 Traction Ave., downtown; Sat., June 27, 6-9 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues Wed.-Sat., noon-6 p.m., through Aug. 8. (213) 625-1747, theboxla.com. —Shana Nys Dambrot

L.A.'s oldest Mexican folkloric company, Danza Floricanto/USA, anchors three shows with five emerging contemporary dance troupes in Home Grown, a series from the Bootleg Theatre. On Friday, artistic director Gema Sandoval and her dancers are joined by No)one Art House, OdDancity and szalt. Danza Floricanto/USA joins the Assembly at Saturday's matinee, and then takes part in the Horton Awards Celebration, honoring achievements in local dance, in the evening. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., East Hollywood.; Fri., June 26, 7 p.m.; Sat., June 27, 1 & 7 p.m.; $20 in advance, $25 at door. (213) 289-3856, bootlegtheater.org. —Ann Haskins

Showgirls is regarded as one of the most infamous films maudit of the past several decades, but it's also seen by an increasingly vocal minority as an unheralded masterpiece. Should you be open to the possibility of joining that chorus, Cinespia offers the chance to see the box office bomb projected outdoors at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Paul Verhoeven's brash satire is a turnoff for many, but those who can get over the shock of Elizabeth Berkley's post–Saved by the Bell exploits may find themselves more won over than they'd expect by the story of a stripper trying to make it big in Vegas. The screening will be preceded and followed by the spinning stylings of DJ Daisy O'Dell. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; Sat., June 27, gates 7:15, movie 9 p.m.; $14. (323) 221-3343, cinespia.org. —Michael Nordine

Tim Curry recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Actors Fund of America, but he was a cult figure long before his craft became widely recognized. This is certainly the case for Times Square, which Cinefamily is playing at midnight in honor of its 35th anniversary. Like a time capsule preserving the weirder, more vibrant New York of yore, the teen drama tells of two female escapees from a mental ward who start a punk band, which Curry's DJ character is kind enough to feature on the radio. Featuring music by Gary Numan, Roxy Music, Patti Smith, The Ramones and Talking Heads, among others. Cinefamily/Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax; Sat., June 27, 11:59 p.m.; $12. (323) 655-2510, cinefamily.org. —Michael Nordine

sun 6/28

Infamous fly-in-the-creative-ointment Devendra Banhart has set up an art studio in downtown L.A., where he's been working on the visual equivalents of his beautifully quirky music. He's released a collection of drawings, paintings and mixed-media pieces entitled I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street, which presents sundry samplings of his art over the last decade, accompanied by his notes, photos and related material on his art and life, along with texts by Beck, art dealer Jeffrey Deitch and curator Diego Cortez. Banhart celebrates the book's publication with a book signing, performance and reception. LACMA, Art Catalogues, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Sun., June 28, 4-6 p.m.; free, book is $45. (323) 857-6010, lacma.org. —John Payne

Errol Fynn steals from the rich and gives to the poor in The Adventures of Robin Hood, screening at the Aero courtesy of the American Cinematheque, the Art Directors Guild Film Society and The Hollywood Reporter. Viewers of a certain age will be forgiven for having seen only the animated Disney version and/or Robin Hood: Men in Tights, but there's no time like a Sunday afternoon to fill a cinematic blind spot. If you need any more reason to attend, Olivia de Havilland — one of the best actresses of her or any other generation — stars opposite Flynn in one of eight occasions they shared the screen. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; Sun., June 28, 5:30 p.m.; $11. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com. —Michael Nordine

All good retrospectives must come to an end, and so it is with UCLA's William A. Wellman, Hollywood Rebel. After the better part of three months and nearly a dozen screenings, two Westerns — Track of the Cat and The Ox-Bow Incident, both adapted from novels by Walter Van Tilburg Clark — close out the series. William Wellman Jr., who helped curate the program as a selection of his father's favorites among his own filmography, will sign copies of the book he wrote about him. Petrine Mitchum also will be present to sign her book Hollywood Hoofbeats: The Fascinating Story of Horses in Movies and Television. Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; Sun., June 28, 7 p.m.; booksigning 6 p.m.; $10. (310) 206-8013, cinema.ucla.edu. —Michael Nordine

For six years, larynx-challenged character comic Neil Hamburger (Gregg Turkington)'s monthly variety show has deliberately put the "Wha?" in the phrase "howling with laughter." Tonight's lineup is no exception, as along with Australian stand-up Sam Simmons, performance artist Dynasty Handbag, author Ali Liebegott and multihyphenate impressionist James Adomian, Hamburger welcomes special guest and longtime pal Jack Black, whose new HBO series The Brink debuted a week ago. Mere happy coincidence or live promo push, the format of Black's set remains top-secret ... and the chances that he'll soon repeat it highly unlikely. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake; Sun., June 28, 8:30 p.m. (doors 8 p.m.); $8. (323) 661-4380, thesatellitela.com. —Julie Seabaugh

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mon 6/29

What Keeps the Homeless Off the Street? asks the latest Zócalo/UCLA salon. Moderated by L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez, the panel discussion seeks to find out why there are more than 35,000 homeless people in L.A. County, and if simply rehousing each one of them (as they do in Salt Lake City) is a viable solution. Experts gathered today include Marc Trotz, director of the county's Housing for Health; UCLA psychiatrist Kenneth Wells; Ocean Park Community Center's John Maceri; and Christine Margiotta, vice president of community impact at United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The Plaza on Olvera Street, El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 845 N. Alameda St., downtown; Mon., June 29, 7:30 p.m.; free. (424) 229-9487, zocalopublicsquare.org. —David Cotner

Alexandra Petri, The Washington Post columnist and daughter of former congressman Tom Petri, signs her new book, A Field Guide to Awkward Silences. She writes that she doesn't mind "looking like an idiot," and has amassed a memoir's worth of embarrassing encounters in her 20s, from attending a whistling convention and winning a pun contest (which we covered in L.A. Weekly last year) to auditioning for America's Next Top Model. Petri also has the distinction of having one of the worst Final Jeopardy! answers in history when, in a 2006 episode, she answered, "Who is that dude?" Book Soup, 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Mon., June 29, 7 p.m.; free, book is $25.95. (310) 659-3110, booksoup.com. —Siran Babayan

As part of Live Talks Los Angeles, Candace Bushnell discusses her new book, Killing Monica. Bushnell's eighth novel centers on a celebrated author who wants to reinvent her career by killing off her biggest fictional character, Monica, a sexy, single New Yorker. Of course, Bushnell is famous for having created another sexy, single New Yorker, Carrie Bradshaw. Her Sex and the City column and book introduced the world to Cosmos and Manolo Blahnik, and helped 30-something women cope with pre-app dating, love and friendships. William Turner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., E1, Santa Monica; Mon., June 29, 8 p.m.; $25-$45. (310) 453-0909, livetalksla.org. —Siran Babayan

A Back to the Future concert: See Tuesday
A Back to the Future concert: See Tuesday

tue 6/30

Great Scott! Thirty years ago, Marty McFly and Doc Brown went on a time-traveling adventure in Back to the Future. The film was Huey Lewis' finest work, but tonight, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conductor David Newman celebrate the blockbuster's memorable score by Alan Silvestri in Back to the Future — In Concert 30th Anniversary. Silvestri, producer and co-writer Bob Gale and actors Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Donald Fullilove and Claudia Wells will introduce the screening. Replicas of the iconic, '80s winged sports car DeLorean will be on display throughout the grounds, as well as Marty's 4x4 truck. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood; Tue., June 30, 8:30 p.m.; $13-$185. (800) 745-3000, hollywoodbowl.com. —Siran Babayan

Catch a midcentury skewering of Hollywood at 1 p.m., when Robert Aldrich's The Big Knife screens at LACMA. Jack Palance stars as Charles Castle, a famous actor looking for a way out of his seven-year studio contract, with Ida Lupino as the wife on the verge of walking out on him. Aldrich managed to bring this and Kiss Me Deadly to theaters in the span of 12 months, making 1955 a banner year for noir. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire; Tue., June 30, 1 p.m.; $5. (323) 857-6000, lacma.org. —Michael Nordine

wed 7/1

Today is Canada Day, the day the nation was officially born in 1867. Don't shrug. The Great White North gave comedy Saturday Night Live, SCTV and The Kids in the Hall. It's also another excuse to fire up the grill this week, or you can go to the Comedy Store's fourth annual Canada Comedy Show, the only Canada Day comedy event in town. Comedian Angelo Tsarouchas returns to host the lineup featuring maple-leaf friend and former Last Comic Standing judge Russell Peters and guest comics, who'll no doubt be roasting their native country's bad weather, strange accent and friendliness. The Comedy Store, 8433 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Wed., July 1, 8 p.m.; $20 online, $30 at the door. (323) 650-6268, hollywood.thecomedystore.com. —Siran Babayan

thu 7/2

She started out as a character associated with music production software, but Hatsune Miku became a virtual pop star after fans across the web remixed her voice and image. The company behind Miku, Crypton Future Media, joins forces with Alhambra's Gallery Nucleus to debut a new collection of art based on the globally popular character. "Hatsune Miku Dreams of Electric Sheep" is a group art show, featuring popular artist Camilla d'Errico among many others, as well as a fan event where guests can get their hands on new merch and a download card for a Miku EP. Gallery Nucleus, 210 E. Main St., Alhambra; Thu., July 2, 6:30 p.m.; free. Exhibition continues through July 19. (626) 458-7477, gallerynucleus.com. —Liz Ohanesian

The 24th annual Anime Expo has everything: a celebration of 20 years of Evangelion. An exhibition of every home video game console ever made. The premiere of Sailor Moon Crystal and the latest Dragon Ball film. Also, for some strange reason, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons will introduce Japanese pop star Momoiro Clover Z. With more than 300 exhibitors, concerts, screenings and showcases, it's an opportunity to hang out with people who love the art of anime as much as you do. L.A. Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown; Thu.-Sat., July 2-4, 9:45 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun., July 5, 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m.; $42.67 general for the day, $27.05 kids 6-12; $84.90 weekend. (800) 448-7775, anime-expo.org. —David Cotner

If you just can't wait until July 4 for fireworks, tonight is your night. First, it's the Port of Los Angeles' seventh annual Cars and Stripes Forever, with live music on multiple stages, classic cars, a beer garden and fireworks galore. At the Hollywood Bowl, Smokey Robinson and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform the hits of The Miracles and other songs of patriotism at the July 4 Fireworks Spectacular. Harbor Boulevard & the Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro; Thu., July 2; 5-10 p.m., fireworks 9:15 p.m.; free. (323) 732-7678, portoflosangeles.org. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 Highland Ave., Hollywood; Thu., July 2, 7:30 p.m.; $13-$256. (323) 850-2000, hollywoodbowl.com. —David Cotner

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