Tuesday, June 25
A collection of historic lullabies from around the world, interpreted as immersive dance horror. Only five participants are invited at a time, as the songs of motherhood from the 1700s through today, from the freezing depths of Iceland to the poverty and famine of Japan, are twisted and broken. Reservations required in advance. PAM, 5810 ½ North Figueroa Street; 8:30–9:30 a.m
Wednesday, June 26
Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar
When all is said and done, Izzard might be the most accomplished comedian in the history of comedy. His last tour took him to dozens of countries and was performed in four languages. Called Wunderbar, his new show takes a wider (and surreal) look at life and love, and will undoubtedly be another astonishing, erudite, and silly offering from the artist. Through Saturday, June 29; Dolby Theatre, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard; 8 p.m.
Chef Zoë Komarin likes her culinary gatherings like how she prefers her food: messy, offbeat, and never quite the same thing twice. For Wednesday mornings this past May and throughout June, she’s been applying her unique style to the fluffy, versatile template that is pita bread, dishing out a different pita creation each week from a makeshift stand behind Collage Coffee in Highland Park. Expect a mashup of culinary traditions, plenty of hot sauce, and a good time with some strangers-turned-friends. Cash or Venmo only. Collage Coffee, 5106 York Boulevard; 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Thursday, June 27
“Betty Woodman: Shadows and Silhouettes” and “John Armleder: Sh/Ash/Lash/Splash”
Over the course of her 50-year career, late ceramist and painter Woodman created a wholly unique synthesis of modernist expression that took its cues from artistic practices around the world. Infused with life and curiosity, her body of work put her in a position as one of the most ambitious and singular American artists of her time. This exhibition features 12 pieces she made in the last decade of her life, daringly exploring the constant conversation between pictorial and sculptural versions of space as they seem to leap into life through vessel and human figurative form.
Swiss artist Armleder’s early association with the Fluxus movement was a launchpad for his constant excavation of what art can even be. Here, he exhibits paintings, wall-mounted mirror objects, and installation-based elements centered around ideas of authenticity and intentionality. In ode to abstract action painting, he presents splashes and puddles, some of which are completely removed from the artist’s hand, asking the question: Can art exist without participation? Opening reception for both exhibitions tonight, 6–8 p.m.; both run through Saturday, August 24; David Kordansky Gallery, 5130 West Edgewood Place
Given their 40-plus-year career, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Judas Priest have mellowed out. No such thing. Their 2018 LP, Firepower, is better than any band’s 18th studio album has a right to be, and the resulting world tour is as ferocious as ever, with Rob Halford prowling and yowling around the stage in a studded leather jacket like it’s still 1977. Microsoft Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court; 8 p.m.
Friday, June 28
Worst Idea of All Time
Somehow, Australia’s Guy Montgomery and Tim Batt have not gone entirely insane from watching the same critically panned movie every week for a year and talking about it in a podcast, The Worst Idea of All Time (a thing that they’ve been subjecting themselves to since 2014). Currently, they’ve been watching Sex and the City twice a week for six months, and you can catch them at their live taping to check in on their mental state. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard; 8–9:30 p.m.
Doillon doesn’t traffic in the same off-key breathless ecstasy set to music as her mother Jane Birkin does, opting instead for a singer-songwriter–on–steroids sound. She plays guitar and sings, but her songs are smattered with unexpected reggae syncopation, heavy piano, spunky synths—all mixed with her messy-banged, languid French-girl swagger. Lodge Room Highland Park, 104 North Avenue 56, 2nd Floor; 7 p.m.
Strfkr + De Lux
If Strfkr’s woozy electro-pop and iconoclastic attitude feel like a millennial reading of 1960s psychedelia, then De Lux does the same for the ’70s, filtering modern indie-pop vocals and glittering club sounds through disco music for a vibe both new and familiar. See them at this free, family-friendly outdoor show. Fig at 7th, 735 South Figueroa Street; 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 29
You might think that an entire musical comedy festival would be a tall order. However, in the rich, deep, diversity that is L.A. culture, there’s more than enough to fill a weekend celebrating the niche comedic discipline. Packchella has proven this year after year. This time around, offerings include excellent musical comedy trio the Cooties, one-man band Drennon Davis, a Bill Murray–themed burlesque show, and more. Friday, June 28–Sunday, June 30; The Pack Theater, 6470 Santa Monica Boulevard
L.A. Dance Shorts Film Festival
The medium of film is uniquely suited to portraying the wonder of the moving human form. The third annual L.A. Dance Shorts Film Festival showcases that perfect pairing, featuring more than a dozen dance shorts from around the world that capture the beauty of movement for the screen. The fest will also feature Q&As with many of the filmmakers. Mimoda Studio, 5774 West Pico Boulevard; 7–10 p.m.
The self-dubbed Comic-Con for cat people, with all things feline you can possibly imagine. Through Sunday, June 30; Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green Street, Pasadena
Stranger Things Carnival
The nearly two-year wait to get your Stranger Things fix will finally be over when the third season drops on July 4, but Angelenos can experience the show’s unique brand of spooky nostalgia and small-town charm early when Stranger Things takes over the Santa Monica Pier and turns it upside down. The all-ages fan service will be everywhere: themed games and eats, a curiosity house overrun by Demogorgons, performances by ’80s cover bands and the Hawkins High School cheerleaders, and a whole lot more. Step from 2019 Santa Monica into 1985 Hawkins, Indiana, for free anytime, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., today and tomorrow. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Sunday, June 30
Naughty With a Band
This funny one-woman show, which has had acclaimed runs in Australia, England, and the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, finally lands in Los Angeles for two nights only. Featuring a live band, the musical tracks actress and singer Pamela Shaw as she breaks from the traditions of her privileged New York upbringing in order to pursue her dreams. Also Monday, July 1; Greenway Court Theatre, 544 North Fairfax Avenue; 7:30 p.m.