A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: September 3–8

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Tuesday, September 3

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The Hard Times Live
The satirical punk-rock news website known as The Hard Times has gained such a cult following that it has started to put on live shows, which feature an evening of comedy from its favorite writers and performers. This particular night showcases Kyle Kinane, Amy Miller, Dave Ross, and Allison Mick, all of whom are a near-perfect intersection of punk rock and comedy. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard

Wednesday, September 4

Twilight on the Pier Featuring Bombino, Disco Shrine, and Los Angeles Arabs Orchestra
It’s practically impossible to pick just one favorite outdoor music spot in the city, and KCRW doesn’t even try. The Summer Nights series, a favorite for families and partygoers alike, drops in at a handful of great L.A. locations throughout the summer, the biggest of them all the Santa Monica Pier. Tonight’s free concert features internationally acclaimed Tuareg guitarist Bombino, the spiritual utopia of Disco Shrine, and a community-based ensemble of classical Arab musicians. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica

Thursday, September 5

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Latin History for Morons
After being the talk of Broadway and enjoying a sold-out run at the Public Theater, multitalented John Leguizamo brings his raw energy to Los Angeles in this one-man show about the lack of Latinos in his son’s American history books. Opening tonight; through October 20. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 North Grand Avenue

Real Geisha, Real Stories
This special night will demystify the (largely Hollywood influenced) perception of the Japanese geisha while promoting a newfound admiration of the real women behind the performances. Things kick off with a talk from geisha expert Peter MacIntosh and a show from three authentic Kyoto geishas, followed by a screening of MacIntosh’s 2009 documentary, Real Geisha Real Women. Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica

Friday, September 6

White Magic + Diva and the Pearly Gates + Night Tongue
The otherworldly musings of folk experimenter White Magic (aka Mira Billotte) wash over you like a soulful wave, opening up corners of the genre introspective and ethereal. She’ll be joined by Diva and the Pearly Gates, a new project from Diva Dompé, and the moody textures of dark-wave duo Night Tongue. Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive

Saturday, September 7

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Seeing Sinbad live is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, as a good deal of his performances are riffed/improvised. Whether you’ve never seen him do stand-up or you go out of your way to do so, it’s something ephemeral and special that you just have to see for yourself. If you’re just now learning that he did stand-up because you’ve only seen him in movies, you definitely need to get tickets. Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

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Judy Chicago
Deeply influential feminist artist Chicago—known for her large installations exploring birth, the female body, and female relationships—examines the role of women in history and culture. This exhibition features a remarkable body of work she created in California from 1965 to 1972, largely unseen over the past 50 years until now. Opening tonight, 6–8 p.m.; exhibition through November 2. Jeffrey Deitch, 925 North Orange Drive

Sean Penn in Conversation With Nick Offerman
In promotion of his new novel, Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn, actor-filmmaker-activist Penn will sit down with the one-and-only Offerman to hold a conversation that will undoubtedly be something special. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard

Sunday, September 8

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Ali Wong: The Milk & Money Tour
Wong is one of stand-up comedy’s brightest stars these days. Her two Netflix specials, Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, have shot her to such fame that seeing her, even in L.A., is a hard thing to come by. Thankfully, she’s lined up eight shows (and counting) at the Wiltern in Koreatown. With most performances through October 6 sold out, tonight’s at 9:30 is your best chance to catch her. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard