A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: August 13–18

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Tuesday, August 13

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“Jasmine Little: Retrograde”
This is your last week to view the Colorado artist’s new cylindrical ceramics, containing figurative iconography inspired by Flemish paintings, medieval illuminated manuscripts, Greek black- and red-figure pottery, and Japanese woodblock prints. The exhibition is at once mystical, ancient, and wholly of its own world. Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th Street

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Never Not Funny: The Jimmy Pardo Podcast
Pardo’s Never Not Funny is one of the most venerable comedy podcasts around and has been since 2006. The comic and his longtime cohost-producer, Matt Belknap, will be doing this very special live edition of the show at one of Studio City’s favorite Italian restaurants, Vitello’s. Feinstein’s at Vitello’s, 4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City

Wednesday, August 14

“Black Fire Sessions”
To coincide with its “Soul of a Nation” exhibition showcasing art from the Black Power movement of the 1960s to the 1980s, the Broad is hosting a bold musical evening of jazz, classical, and rap musicians from that flashpoint in black activism all the way up to today’s boundary-pushing innovators. While you jet between the two stages throughout the museum, make sure to wander through the exhibition gallery itself, where floral artist Maurice Harris will take over. The Broad, 221 South Grand Avenue

Thursday, August 15

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Echo Park Rising
Echo Park shows off its enviable wealth of eats, shopping, and homegrown music with a neighborhood-wide celebration of all things local, with events running through the weekend ranging from business specials to dozens and dozens of bands playing spots like the Echo, Echoplex, and special outdoor stages. Through August 18. Various locations throughout Echo Park

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Comfort Women: A New Musical
Once nominated for best off-Broadway production by Broadway World, this challenging musical focuses on the stories of women forced into sex slavery for the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II and the emotional strength they relied upon to persevere. Opening tonight; runs through August 25. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street

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America in Space
There’s no better way to commemorate this summer’s 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing—and America’s journey to the stars in general—than with this inspiring night of space-themed movie clips set to music from the L.A. Philharmonic. The event wouldn’t be complete without a few picks from Holst’s The Planets, of course, with selections from such space movies as The MartianThe Right StuffHidden Figures, and more rounding out the evening’s soundtrack. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Ave

Friday, August 16

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Labyrinth Masquerade
For two nights in August, a whimsical realm of faeries and goblins spills over into our world for a fete of the fantastic. Add more enchantment to your evening when you book a preshow VIP in the Royal Pavilions or teatime in the Tea Room. Themed costumes or formalwear with mask required. Millennium Biltmore, 506 South Grand Avenue

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Love Struck
Odalys Nanin writes, directs, and stars in this modern romantic comedy, which follows two lesbian women of Latin heritage, one from Cuba and one from America, through their whirlwind romance as they navigate the difficulties of their distinct backgrounds. Zephyr Theatre, 7456 Melrose Avenue

Saturday, August 17

Cinespia 9th Annual Movies All Night
Round up your pals, throw on some pj’s, and try not to wake up your parents, because Cinespia is back at it with another three-movie “slumber party” of cult-classic teen flicks. The night starts with Never Been Kissed, followed by slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer bringing the fright at midnight, and closes out with Jawbreaker in the wee hours for the true night owls. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

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Dynasty Tonight Presents Cameron Esposito
There are so many LGBTQ+ comedians that should be on your radar. One who deserves to be at the top of the list is Los Angeles local Esposito. Her charming honesty and vulnerability have seen her through multiple stand-up specials, an award-winning live show, a podcast, and more. On this particular night, you’ll be able to catch her headlining, an increasing rarity in town. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard

Sunday, August 18

The Gardens of Babylon
Dance floor architect Lee Burridge fronts a spiritual day of dance and community at special location El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the historic area where Los Angeles was founded. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 125 Paseo de la Plaza