What to Do in L.A. This Week: June 4–9

Monday, June 3, 2019
Take Monday to plan your week, because the one ahead is packed with all kinds of summer fun.

Tuesday, June 4

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In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers in Film & TV: Krista Vernoff and Elisabeth Finch Who says an old titan of TV can’t remain relevant? Grey’s Anatomy, that soapy hospital procedural you probably discharged yourself from years ago, broke out one of the timeliest episodes of this network television season with “Silent All These Years,” a sometimes fraught exploration of consent, sexual assault, and recovery. The women who brought the story to life, episode scribe Finch and showrunner Vernoff, will join this event after the episode screens for a Q&A. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard; 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5

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Mad Hatter Gin & Tea Party Gin, gin, the magical drink, can make you grow, can make you shrink—at least that’s the idea at this Alice in Wonderland–themed pop-up tea party, where you’ll spend an hour and a half making gin-and-tea cocktails with the Mad Hatter and company. Book your very important date soon; dates have been selling out fast, and this is one of the only nights with tickets left. 1661 Ivar Avenue Rave of Thrones Featuring Kristian Nairn The best cure for your Game of Thrones withdrawal now that the fantasy epic has wrapped? Set aside bingeing all eight seasons straight—again—and head to this dance party fronted by Nairn, the show’s beloved Hodor. He was a musician long before he ever held doors as GOT’s gentle giant, and he spins his progressive house into admirably engaging club sets. Cosplay encouraged. 1720, 1720 East 16th Street; 9 p.m.–2 a.m.

Thursday, June 6

“World of Light” It’s not just light on display at this immersive intersection of art and technology. The exhibition’s various installations—from artists across the world, in mediums just as diverse—also explore darkness, movement, time, and more. Tonight is opening night; the show is on view through Sunday, August 4. 233 South Beaudry Avenue, 11th Floor
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Sebadoh Lou Barlow certainly didn’t invent sulky, shiny lo-fi, but he sure did perfect it with his project Sebadoh, and over a quarter century after their classic Bubble & Scrape was released, he is keeping it alive with a brand-new album and tour. The Roxy Theatre, 9009 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood; 9 p.m.

Friday, June 7

The Room With Tommy Wiseau If you’re any kind of movie fan, you already know about this leading candidate for the dubious honor of worst film ever, which only got more cult-popular after it received the Hollywood making-of treatment in the James Franco starring film The Disaster Artist. See the train wreck that’s had audiences rolling in the aisles since 2003, with its mysterious architect and star Wiseau joining the screening in person tonight and tomorrow. Landmark Regent, 1045 Broxton Avenue; 11:59 p.m. Splash House Feel like heading out of town for the weekend for a major party? Twice every summer, pool party mayhem takes over Palm Springs (well, more than usual) as Splash House presents a murderer’s row of electronic dance acts at hotel pools across town, plus a nighttime lineup at the lofty Air Museum. The highlights of 2019’s first edition include a DJ set from French electro-house rock stars Justice, turntabling master A-Trak, house sensation Shiba San, and much, much more. Check the website for location and details, all in Palm Springs. Through Sunday, June 9 & Friday, August 9–Sunday, August 11 Podcast: The Ride Live The world of podcasts, especially when it comes to the comedic variety, seems boundless. Case in point, Podcast: The Ride, in which three great, 30-something comedy writers (Mike Carlson, Jason Sheridan, and Scott Gairdner) finely dissect/argue, at length, the world of theme parks and their attractions. Though niche, they have built a loyal following, as more adults than you probably think still love going on rides. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard; 10–11:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 8

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DTLA Donut Fest If there is one thing that deserves its own festival, it’s the humble doughnut. Although most are tricked-out gourmet varieties these days, there is still a simple pleasure in a classic glazed or cake doughnut. Taste your way through the spectrum at Union Station, where places like Voodoo Doughnut, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, California Donuts, and DK’s bring some of their tastiest treats. Food trucks serving up savory offerings like tacos, breakfast burritos and boba, lots of coffee, cooking demos, and even yoga round out the fun. Entry tickets are $5–$7, and free for kids under 12. Make a day of it and take the metro, since all lines lead right to the station. Union Station, South Patio, 800 North Alameda Street; 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Puppet Up! Uncensored Jim Henson Company chairman Brian Henson presents an improvised, unfiltered evening with the best of the best of the Henson Company’s puppeteers. This is a rare chance to possibly join in some controlled chaos with puppets in their very own home at the famed Charlie Chaplin Studios. Also running tomorrow, Sunday, June 9 at 5 p.m.. Charlie Chaplin Studios, 1416 North La Brea Avenue; 6 & 9 p.m.
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Playboy Jazz Festival This two-day festival at the Hollywood Bowl is a lively celebration of the wonderful breadth and depth of jazz, from swing and Latin to modal and more. There are even a few jazz-adjacent legacy acts participating, such as Boz Scaggs, Kool & the Gang, and the Family Stone. Those turned off by the sponsor needn’t worry; aside from a logo onstage and the light-up bunny ears for sale, the branding is subtle (and includes no scantily clad women). As a full BYOB event, however, things do tend to get a little jolly as the night wears on. Through Sunday, June 9; Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue; 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 9

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L.A. Pride 2019 Parade Pride Week is just about the only thing Los Angeles takes seriously, and the parade is its final culmination, a glittering, rainbow explosion of fabulousness and political action. Last year attracted record numbers of more than 400,000 attendees; this year, with Meghan Trainor, Years & Years, and Ashanti topping the festival bill, might get even bigger. The parade runs 11 a.m.–2 p.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard. Definitely take a ride share, hop out as close as you can get without getting stuck in serious traffic, and join the revelry. Straw Men Sometimes the best debates are over the most insignificant of issues, with opponents who resort to childish, rude behavior. That’s exactly what Danny Palumbo, Lindsay Adams, and Sam Wiles hone in on with their live comedy debate show, Straw Men, and it truly is so much fun. This edition features L.A. favorite sketch comedy team Butt (Chris Stephens and Joe McAdam) versus Kyle Ayers and Jamie Loftus versus Mekki Leeper and Megan Gailey versus Clark Jones, with the brilliant Debra DiGiovanni as a guest judge. Try to keep up—it’s definitely going to devolve into something heatedly surreal. Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Café, 2106 Hyperion Avenue Russell Brand and David Lynch Iconoclast-comedian Brand and mysterious filmmaking legend Lynch will have a chat that will undoubtedly be nothing short of wild. The energy that Brand brings to his high-flying rants and the stoicism that is integral to Lynch’s persona should make for an unforgettable conversation. All attending will receive a copy of Brand’s new book, Mentors: How to Help and Be Helped. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard