A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: May 6–12

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Monday, May 6

Pasadena Restaurant Week
It’s easy to take a spin through the scene during Pasadena Restaurant Week, when special prix fixe menus are offered at some of the city’s most popular restaurants. Maybe it’s revisiting an old standby like Celestino Ristorante, spending the day at the Langham Huntington Hotel, or discovering a new favorite bone broth at Bone Kettle. Today’s the kickoff; there’s lots to choose from throughout the week. See website for participating restaurants.

Tuesday, May 7

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Amuse Bouche
The finest in comedy and culinary delights meet at this exclusive event at Melody, a hip and beautiful Silver Lake restaurant. Tapas, Reggie Watts, specialty pizza from Hail Mary, Beth Stelling, natural wines, and Max Silvestri all mix it up, thanks to some of L.A.’s best comedy producers at Cleft Clips and comedy-food podcast Yelling About Pâté. Melody, 751 North Virgil Avenue

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Sam Gellaitry
Scottish electronic wunderkind Gellaitry lives in a world where stuttering, off-kilter bass lines mesh with graceful synths; choppy vocal samples coexist with gentle piano; and hip hop, ambient, and bass music influences vie for dominance. It’s all gorgeous, riveting, and absolutely unique. Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Boulevard

Wednesday, May 8

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“Dani Tull: Slow Burners”
Tull’s wax paintings are layered with various sources of the material from birthday, votive, memorial, religious, and ritual candles, creating a texture infused with sentimentality and symbolism. The works will be shown alongside new lantern sculptures made from stained glass created within the historic Los Angeles Judson Studio. Through June 8; The Pit II, 918 Ruberta Avenue, Glendale

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Food Bowl Night Market
Get a taste of Los Angeles in one fell swoop at the Food Bowl Night Market in downtown Grand Park. Tonight’s the first of this five-day event, featuring amazing collaborations from the city’s top restaurants, plus culinary superstars from around the world: chefs from Bavel, Kismet, and Ciya in Istanbul; Shibumi and Spago; Scratch Bar and Ari Taymor; Fiona and Cicatriz from Mexico City; Chengdu Taste; the Bazaar and Otono; and Timothy Hollingsworth and Edras Ochoa. Tickets are $75 and include all food and drink. Admission is free all other nights of the market; food and drink cost extra. Grand Park, 200 North Grand Avenue

Thursday, May 9

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The Dreamery
Two nights of glittering, bacchanalian fun, courtesy of thematic food, drink, and dancing extravaganza Disco Dining Club. The Dreamery centers around candy shop revelry, mixed with musical performances, dance numbers, and colorful dinnertime spectacles…oh, and cannabis. A lot of cannabis. Everything imbibable is infused with it, in fact, and there’s more to smoke or vape after that. The guest count is only 40 for both nights; dress your absolute most wild and fabulous best. Location revealed after ticket purchase.

Simbiosis Carnal + Wherever You Are
First up in this program of recent European films is the short Simbiosis Carnal, a vibrant, hand-painted look at the grand span of life’s reproduction and human sexuality, with a feminist viewpoint. It is followed by the Italian drama Wherever You Are, about a washed-up, hard-drinking musician looking for redemption—and the movie’s lead (Alessandro Gazale) and director (Bonifacio Angius) will be present for a Q&A. Egyptian Theatre, 6172 Hollywood Boulevard

Friday, May 10

All Is True With Kenneth Branagh Q&A
A great living champion of William Shakespeare on the big screen now turns his attention to the only possible logical conclusion: playing the Bard himself. Branagh brings the compassion and nuance you’d expect to the role of his hero, and will be present after the film for a Q&A. 7:20 p.m.; the Landmark, 10850 West Pico Boulevard

Saturday, May 11

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Day of Black Docs
This triptych of documentaries explores black contributions and icons in the fields of music (Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes), film (Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror), and sports (Ali’s Comeback: The Untold Story), along with Q&As with the directors. AFI Mark Goodson Theater, 2021 North Western Avenue

Celebrate: Play
Ditch the restrictions of adulthood at the annual A+D Museum gala, in celebration of childlike wonder and connecting with pure imagination. A+D Museum, 900 East 4th Street

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“June Edmonds: Allegiances and Convictions”
Edmonds’s body of work in this solo show explores the American flag as a symbol of ideals, promises, and identities proposing inclusivity—a series of mixed-media paintings that came to her in a dream. Artist reception is tonight, 6–8 p.m.; showing through June 15. Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, 2685 South La Cienega Boulevard

Sunday, May 12

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Echo Park Craft Fair
This is the chicest version of a craft fair you’ll ever see, as much a low-key fashion parade as it is a display of the best makers and artisans in Los Angeles. This biannual Eastside gathering features ceramics, jewelry, kitchen and home goods, beauty, clothing, wellness, treats, and crafts, and is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this year. Runs all weekend long; today’s the last day. Parking is hectic, as it’s in a residential neighborhood, so consider taking a ride service. Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Avenue

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Arturo Sandoval
Cuban phenom Sandoval is known for lively Latin jazz and the incredibly high notes he summons forth from his trumpet, but expect him to mix things up with swing, classical, and bebop music, with turns on the piano and timbales. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Boulevard