5 Artistic Things to Do in L.A. This Week for $20 or Less

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Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM
click to enlarge Moby's series of photographs featured in "Moby: Innocents" was inspired by how life can be spent in a state of public isolation. - RECEIVING BY MOBY
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  • Moby's series of photographs featured in "Moby: Innocents" was inspired by how life can be spent in a state of public isolation.
This week, we're bringing you a variety of choices - and one of our picks is sure to be up your artistic alley. L.A. is a treasure trove of talent waiting to be discovered, and this week's events showcase dance, music, film and photography.

Now, if artistic beauty doesn't intrigue you, the beauty of "free" should satisfy: The Night Cap event we're featuring this week will have giveaways, and "Moby: Innocents" is completely free of charge!

1. Visit a Comedy Show in a Hat Shop
Night Cap is that rare intersection of comedy and fashion that isn't so much two great tastes coming together, à la peanut butter and jelly, as it is "You got your LSD on my bacon!/You got your bacon on my LSD!" This strange night of warm sensations is presented by host Jake Kroeger, of local comedy town criers The Comedy Bureau, and international haberdashers Goorin Bros., of the official Heisenberg hat design seen on Breaking Bad, as well as numerous other examples of superior hatmaking. Tonight's laugh leaders include Sean Patton and Baron Vaughn of Conan, quadruple Moth Grandslammer Margot Leitman, man-on-the-street reporter Andy Peters of the Wandertown podcast, plus the enigmatic, magnetic allure of "and more." There'll be hat giveaways as well - so that automatically makes this a better venue than all the random places hosting comedy nights nowadays. Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, 7627 Melrose Ave., Fairfax; Fri., Feb. 21, doors 8:30 p.m., show 9 p.m.; $5. (323) 951-0393, nightout.com/events/nightcap​comedy/tickets. - David Cotner

2. Check Out Sky City at a Jazz Club
This month's installment of Creative Underground L.A.'s winter residency at the Blue Whale features Dorian Wood and the Daniel Rosenboom Septet performing the two-act, operatic cacophony Sky City. An original composition for dozens of musicians, undertaken in the cross-disciplinary spirit that makes the underground so special, Sky City may be jazz-based, but don't call it jazz music. Librettist and vocalist Wood, who is racing back to L.A. from a 15-country European tour to make this date, and Rosenboom, founder of Orenda Records and a popular feature of progressive museum concerts, are both masters of a particular avant-garde ugly/gorgeous aesthetic that brings to the same table music, art and spoken-word lovers. Expect poetic flourishes, impassioned, atonal torch song, flights of minor-chord exuberance, occasional cognitive and aural dissonance, and even now and then a foot-tapping backbeat at this inimitable, genre-bending performance-art concert experience, which truly lives up to the promise of the creative underground's name. Blue Whale, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St., dwntwn.; Sun., Feb. 23, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show; $15. (213) 620-0908, creativeundergroundla.com. - Shana Nys Dambrot

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