Margaret Cho & Friends
Trailblazing comedian and actress Margaret Cho headlines one of L.A.’s most hallowed comedy stages for an evening of unforgettable stand-up and stories as she seems, at this point, to have lived several fantastical lives throughout her career. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard; 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21
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Jaz Coleman Spoken Word
Philosophy, music, occult science, and audience suggestion all come together through the free-form spoken-word poetry of Coleman, frontman of ’90s industrial outfit Killing Joke. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Boulevard; 8–11 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22
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A 10-day immersive festival of talks, film, art, performance, and community workshops manifesting hope, pathways to meaning, physical well-being, and other topics committed to internal change and normalizing conversations around mental health. Today’s events include innovating new models of mental health on the county level. All events are free; through Monday, May 27. 1262 Palmetto Street
Thursday, May 23
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The Authentic Italian Table in L.A. takes on regional specialties, with a good dose of California seasonality. This L.A. Food Bowl event brings together some of the city’s most celebrated Italian chefs for culinary demonstrations, pasta rolling, and plenty of food sampling. Held poolside at Mr. C, it’s almost like a mini vacation to Italy itself. Tickets ($95) include bottomless beverages, craft beers, and specialty wines. Mr. C Beverly Hills, 1224 Beverwil Drive; 7–10 p.m.
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Jony J is arguably the biggest rapper in China, where he sells out stadiums. See him in a much more intimate setting here. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Boulevard; 8 p.m.After Hours + Gloria
Two native New Yorkers present their wildly different takes on adventures in their city in this two-parter. After Hours, an oft-forgotten Scorsese gem, is a black comedy that spins the struggle of getting home from a night out into a surreal nightmare of love, crime, and rotten luck. John Cassavetes’s crime thriller Gloria follows a ferocious Gena Rowlands as she protects a neighbor’s boy from the mob. After Hours actress Rosanna Arquette will take part in a Q&A after that movie, and Gloria’s Julie Carmen will introduce hers. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard; 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 24
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The two artists behind this band choose to remain faceless and nameless, making music so good—beat-driven, sinewy R&B with a languid groove quality—that it speaks for itself. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard; 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 25
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Schitt’s Creek: Up Close & Personal
Leading up to its sixth and final season, Schitt's Creek's cast and creators appear live to dish and reminisce about this despicable family who is getting their comeuppance, as well as hold an audience Q&A. Another show is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard; 6 p.m.Be a Good Little Widow
This heartbreaking comedy by Peabody Award–winning writer Bekah Brunstetter focuses on a new widow who learns the many rules she is to now to follow through her mother, an experienced widow herself. Runs through Sunday, June 9. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, 2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard; 8 p.m.Paige Stark
Stark—best known as the singer-drummer of Tashaki Miyaki—is a welcome addition to the vast pool of dreamy, wistful singer-songwriters, with her own take that's pretty and plainly weary, a quality that adds that refreshing edge. Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Boulevard; 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 26
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The final production of the 2018–19 season at the Kirk Douglas Theatre is the world-premiere work of Tony Award–nominated playwright Lucas Hnath. It tells the true story of his mother, a hospice chaplain, who turns a mentally ill ex-convict's life around only to be kidnapped and held for five months by the very man she tried to help. Tonight is opening night; runs through Sunday, June 23. Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver CityThe 2nd Annual Corgi Nationals
If you’re cuckoo for corgis, you absolutely do not want to miss this event. Watch these indisputably cute pups zip around the Santa Anita racetrack and compete in finals for prizes. Plus: carnival rides, bites, and corgi-themed vendors throughout. Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia; 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
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RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 11 Tour
Drag Race is more than a reality competition show; it's a cultural phenomenon that brought the magic, verve, color, and hilarity of drag to mainstream TV audiences. But if this headline grabbed you, you already know that, honey! Watch as Season 11's queens sashay across the stage for a one-night spectacle, hosted by Michelle Visage, to see who has the most charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway; 7 p.m.