Tuesday, May 14
In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers in Film & TV: Tanya Saracho
Saracho has emerged from the theater scene to become one of the leading Chicana voices in television writing, finally ascending to showrunner status with her excellent Vida on Starz. This event will screen episodes from that show alongside a discussion with Saracho. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard
Early (Search Party, Netflix’s Characters) has elevated himself into a performer that you should absolutely catch whenever he’s onstage. His wit, verve, and sense of play are enthralling to watch. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard
Wednesday, May 15
Until the recent ascendance of Greta Van Fleet, Wolfmother were the best Led Zeppelin sound-alikes on the block. However, they’re not just retread: The hard-rocking group evokes the bluesy guitar licks and wailing vocals of yore but add their own dashes of prog rock, metal, and more. The Roxy Theatre, 9009 Sunset Boulevard; 8 p.m.
Sandro Sample Sale
Kick up your wardrobe with a discounted patterned piece or two from super-fun French label Sandro, which injects Parisian chic with saturated color. 260LA, 301 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; Tuesday, May 14, 10 a.m.–Sunday, May 19, 5 p.m.
Thursday, May 16
Written by Theresa Rebeck, the most Broadway-produced female playwright of our time, this comedy is about a banker who returns home with a stolen cache of $27 million, and his family must figure out what to do with him. Tonight is opening night; the show runs through Sunday, June 9. Little Fish Theatre, 777 South Centre Street, San Pedro
A Bad Year for Tomatoes
This charming and offbeat comedy is about a famous actress hiding in a sleepy New England town who pretends she has a psychopathic shut-in sister living with her to keep her nosy neighbors away. The lie grows and grows to outrageous results. Tonight is opening night; the show runs through Sunday, June 16. Theatre 40 at Reuben Cordova Theatre, Beverly Hills High, 241 South Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills
Friday, May 17
Liz Larner: “As Below, So Above”
Larner’s new series of sculptures plays with reality and illusion, drawing comparisons between the fragility of the female body and that of nature’s systems, and how the human touch can permanently alter both. Opening reception is tonight, 6–8 p.m.; the exhibition is on view through June. Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Boulevard
Saturday, May 18
The California Winemasters
Now in its 30th year, the California Winemasters is one of the biggest charity events of the season. Set in the magic of the Warner Bros. back lot, food from top chefs around Los Angeles and the Central Coast comes paired with vino from top Santa Barbara and Paso Robles wineries. Tickets are $400, but also partially tax deductible, since the whole shebang is helping to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Warner Bros. Studio, Gate 7, 6561 Forest Lawn Drive, Burbank; 6 p.m.
Maryanne Amacher: Adjacencies (1965)
Amacher, a large-scale composer and pioneering experimentalist in sound spatialization, presents a score featuring two percussionists and electronics, the output of which is received through multiple speakers surrounding the audience. REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street; 8:30 p.m.
Kuitca, one of Latin America’s leading contemporary artists, presents paintings referencing the layers of geometry and way-finding in geographical maps and architectural plans. Opening reception is today, 3–7 p.m.; the exhibition is on view through August. Hauser & Wirth, 901 East 3rd Street
Goodfellas with Irwin Winkler + Husbands
Martin Scorsese’s landmark contribution to gangster cinema needs no introduction, so how about a post-movie Q&A with legendary producer and longtime Scorsese collaborator Irwin Winkler instead? Second on the night is Husbands, also an exploration of the follies of oft-toxic machismo, albeit in John Cassavetes’s much looser directorial style. Actress Jenny Runacre will be present to introduce that film. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood; 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 19
Total Forking Shirt Show
Much of the cast of NBC’s The Good Place is gathering for a very special improv comedy show. Bonus: They’re also raising money for the Detroit Creativity Project, which helps Detroit youth foster creativity via improv. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway; 7:30 p.m.
A Tutta Pizza: L.A.’s Pizza Fest
If you haven’t noticed, pizza has taken over Los Angeles. This all-out pizza fest features AYCE slices of every style imaginable, from Neapolitan to Chicago to the perfect foldable New York triangle, created by stars like Pizzeria Mozza, Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, Eataly, La Morra, and more. There will be music and lots to drink—and since it’s at the Hollywood Palladium, plenty of room to dance it off. Tickets start at $30 per person and go up to $125 for access to a culinary workshop with a celebrity chef, early entry, a gift bag, and more. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 West Sunset Boulevard; 12–8 p.m.
The Damned: Don’t You Wish That We Were Dead + Q&A
The anarchic energy of trailblazing (and criminally underappreciated) punk rockers the Damned was admirably captured in this 2015 documentary, which spices up the usual music-doc formula with the group’s insane antics. Pinch—the band’s drummer of late—and director Wes Orshoski will join for a Q&A. The Regent Theater, 448 South Main Street; 8 p.m.