What to Do in L.A. This Week: April 22–28

Friday, April 19, 2019
Monday, April 22
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Chelsea Peretti & Friends Chelsea Peretti (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Netflix special One of the Greats) is making a return to stand-up comedy, which she always imbues with a sharp, playful wit. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard Tuesday, April 23   ¡Las Sandinistas! While Nicaragua’s Sandinistas waged war against their authoritarian government, the revolution’s female contingent fought battles on two fronts: the revolution alongside their compatriots, and the struggles with sexism in their own ranks. See this documentary bringing light to these unsung revolutionaries, followed by a discussion with the director and others. Feminist Majority Foundation, 433 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills Wednesday, April 24 “George Condo: What’s the Point?” This exhibition showcases new works by Condo, in which the artist reflects on the intentionality of his process: Every detail—from color to texture to form—has a point. Also reflecting on larger global issues of fact and fiction, the mania and disorder of his canvases resonates with the global uncertainty of today. Through June 1; Sprüth Magers, 5900 Wilshire Boulevard
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Confidence Man Cheeky subversion starts in this band’s name and extends to every fiber of their aesthetic—from their quasi-parody songs poking fun at self-serious, cool types, to their bubblegum pop–gone–dark-side look, to their album name: Confident Music for Confident People. It’s all served up via irresistibly danceable slices of indie pop bliss. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Boulevard Thursday, April 25 “Barbara T. Smith: The 21st Century Odyssey” The Box presents a comprehensive collection of audiovisual materials, videos, vintage equipment, and documentation from performances and travels of Los Angeles–based artist Smith. The biggest highlight: a two-year long performance that references Homer’s Odysseus. The Box, 805 Traction Avenue
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Chris Cohen Singer-songwriter Cohen (a former member of Deerhoof) supports his third solo album, Chris Cohen. Sounding right at home as a native Angeleno, Cohen brings a bit of funk into his lush, ’70s Laurel Canyon songwriter sensibility. Lodge Room, 104 North Avenue 56, 2nd Floor Friday, April 26 Exit, Pursued by a Bear America’s most produced living playwright, Lauren Gunderson, brings us the story of a wife who ties her abusive husband to a chair and plays out scenes from their marriage in front of him to convince him to change, all under threat of being eaten by a bear. Outrageous and comic—there’s nothing quite like this. Tonight is opening night; runs through May 25. Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 East Anaheim Street, Long Beach Saturday, April 27 GondoLOLS Gondolas have been around for centuries, and now they’re getting  jazzed up a bit. Comedian Kurt Braunohler and poet Derrick Brown offer up an evening of weird and wonderful comedy and lovely poetry in the gondolas of Long Beach, combining the night sky, the ocean, and jokes in a way that has probably never happened before. Gondola Getaway, 5437 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach Kids Obstacle Challenge 2019 A great way to build self-confidence, bravery, perseverance, and bonds with friends and family, this adventure and obstacle course race series challenges kids ages 5–16 with creative activities at all difficulty levels. Note: Mud is definitely involved, so plan your ride home accordingly. Prado Regional Park, 16700 Euclid Avenue, Chino
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Willy’s Lil Virgin Queen In this tongue-in-cheek laugh-riot, a modern woman finds surprising success when she takes her romantic cues from the works of Shakespeare. The one-woman show won the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producer’s Award. Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth Street, Santa Monica Sunday, April 28 Taste of the Eastside This annual spring event highlights the best eats and drinks from Eastside neighborhoods Los Feliz, Highland Park, Echo Park, Atwater Village, and Silver Lake. Participants include restaurants Joy, Barbrix, All’Acqua, Momed, and Little Dom’s; ice cream purveyors Jeni’s Splendid and Pazzo Gelato; and breweries Mohawk Bend, Eagle Rock Brewery, and more. Tickets are $50 for unlimited food tastes; $85 for food plus drink tickets, early entry, and a gift bag; and $15 for kids ages 2–12 (under 2 are free). Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 570 West Avenue 26
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KCRW’s Good Food Pie Contest Whether you fancy yourself a good pie baker or pie eater, the annual Good Food Pie Contest is your mecca. Submit a pie in one of the myriad categories, including apple, all other fruits, cooked custard, nut, savory, and others, and let the panel of chefs and food writers judge the best. Nonbakers can show up for sampling pie and other treats, music, an artisan marketplace, and more sweet old-fashioned fun. Bakers pay a nominal entry fee, but it’s free for everyone else. UCLA Royce Quad, 10745 Dickson Court