A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: April 15–21

Photo by Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Center Theatre Group

Monday, April 15

The Bridge on the River Kwai
David Lean epics are meant for the big screen, so whether this cinematic masterwork has eluded you thus far or you’re due for a repeat viewing, you’ll want to see it in full effect with this Technicolor print. New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Boulevard; 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16

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Photo by Joan Marcus/Courtesy of Center Theatre Group

Nominated for five Tony Awards in 2017, this much-loved Broadway musical follows a charming but neurotic gay man as he tries to forge a new family unit from the embers of his divorce. Through Sunday, May 19; Ahmanson Theatre, 135 North Grand Avenue

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In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers in Film & TV: Tracy Oliver
Next up in Women in Entertainment’s illuminating speaker series is Oliver, one of the most exciting young African-American voices in screenwriting today. Her Q&A will be joined by a screening of her new movie, Little, starring Issa Rae. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard; 7:30–10 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17

Charlotte Gainsbourg With Steady Holiday
Calling Gainsbourg a chanteuse feels almost too easy, but her voice is so breathy and melodramatic, her music so campy and intense, she’s basically meant to be heard in a hard-to-locate underground Paris lounge. There’s just no getting around the descriptor. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard; 9 p.m.

Thursday, April 18

You Are Us: A Benefit for Christchurch
New Zealanders come together to heal and raise money for victims following the tragic Christchurch shootings. Performances by notable artists like Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the Naked and Famous will be interspersed with speakers and cultural events, including a haka from a local Maori dance group. Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 West 8th Street; 8 p.m.

The Dana Gould Hour Live
The Simpsons writer, creator of IFC’s Stan Against Evil, and renowned stand-up comedian Gould has squeezed many of his best creative juices into his podcast, The Dana Gould Hour, for a few years now. Thankfully, there’s finally a live taping in Los Angeles to witness his comedic eloquence in full. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard; 8–9:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19

Photo courtesy of Lebowski Fest


Lebowski Fest Movie Party
Order a White Russian (or ten) and try not to pee on the rugs, because Lebowski Fest is back. Whether you’re a first-timer or know every line, it’s always a good time to rewatch the 1998 Coen brothers masterpiece of stoner noir, The Big Lebowski—but the fun doesn’t stop with the screening. There will also be music from Trainwreck (a project of Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass) and a show from the original Dude, Jeff Bridges, and his aptly named band, the Abiders. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard; 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 20

Amanda Seales
Amanda Seales—she of unabashed truths, witty insight into the black experience, and Insecure fame—brings her dynamic comedic stand-up to a major stage for her Smart, Funny, and Black Tour. The Novo by Microsoft, 800 West Olympic Boulevard; 8 p.m.

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Maya Rudolph has a Prince cover band with her bestie, Gretchen Lieberum, and it’s called Princess. Surely no further info is needed; they’re exceptionally entertaining. Teragram Ballroom, 1234 West 7th Street; 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 21

Easter Brunch at Descanso Gardens
Join the loveliest Easter brunch in Los Angeles, prepared with whimsical flair in a pavilion surrounded by roses, a harp performance, and caricature portraiture. Reservations are required. Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive; 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sikolo Brathwaite wearing a headpiece designed by Carolee Prince, AJASS, Harlem, 1968. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.

“Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite”
A gorgeous survey of photographs of the second Harlem Renaissance by photographer Brathwaite, which depicts key cultural moments and new ideals of pride in black men and women in the 1960s. Through Sunday, September 1; Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard