A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: March 18–24

Two excellent dance parties, readings, art, a paella pop-up, and the largest annual vegan fair in the city! Here are our 13 picks for a great week of culture.

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Whether you’re in the mood for newly minted or heavy-hitting legends of the screen, page, stage, or gallery, we’ve got some stellar picks for a great week of culture.

Monday, March 18

Big Terrific
Jenny Slate, Max Silvestri, and Gabe Liedman—creator of Marcel the Shell, star of Netflix’s Comedy Lineup, writer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and PEN15, respectively—come together again for an evening of stand-up and stories. Now’s your chance to see them return to host Big Terrific, the comedy show they started in 2018 before getting their big breaks. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard; 8 p.m.

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Hitchcock/Truffaut + Saboteur
The 1962 marathon interview-slash-film philosophy session between French New Wave pioneer François Truffaut and thriller cinema grandmaster Alfred Hitchcock is the stuff of cinephile legend. Kent Jones’s 2015 doc Hitchcock/Truffaut, which examines the legacy of that meeting and the book that resulted from it, will show at the Aero Theatre, followed by a discussion with Jones and a screening of the underrated Hitchcock film Saboteur. 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica; 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19

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Radical Acts: A Party for Choice
Many of L.A.’s best and brightest in comedy, music, dance, magic, and “random acts of art” come together at the ultrahip Zebulon to support the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project (WRRAP). The evening includes stand-up from Jenny Yang (Busy Tonight) and Katrina Davis, musical comedy from Eliza Skinner (head writer for Drop the Mic), a short film from Rebekka Johnson and Kimmy Gatewood (Netflix’s GLOW), live speed art, and a “fiercely noncompetitive dance party” hosted by Pony Sweat. 2478 North Fletcher Drive, 7:30–11:59 p.m.

In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers in Film & TV
Women in Entertainment invites screenwriter, director, and producer Diane English to its latest In Her Words series to talk about her experience in the entertainment industry and how her hit ’80s and ’90s comedy, Murphy Brown, forever changed how independent women were represented on television. In addition to the Q&A, the program will also incorporate screenings of selected episodes. ArcLight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard; 7:30–10:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

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An Evening With Andrew Rannells
He’s rocked the stage (Book of Mormon, Falsettos) and the screen (Girls, The Romanoffs), now actor Andrew Rannells takes us on his journey of how he made his dreams a reality in his book, Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood. Join the singer, actor, and new author at this talk and book-signing event, where he’ll discuss his past experiences of jealousy, drive, and making the move from Nebraska to New York City. West Hollywood Library-Council Chambers, 625 North  San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood; 7–9 p.m.

Thursday, March 21

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American Native
Native American is a convenient designation that in reality refers to hundreds of distinct peoples, a complexity that documentary American Native explores in its story of the Ramapough Lenape Indians and their struggle to be recognized as their own tribe. The film’s director, Steven Oritt, joins this screening for a discussion. Venice Arts, 13445 Beach Avenue, Marina del Rey; 6:30–8:30 p.m.

I Still Dream About California: A Film Series Organized by Annie Leibovitz
In conjunction with its exhibition showcasing the early work of Leibovitz, Hauser & Wirth presents this lineup of three essential California films from the same era (1970–1983), all handpicked by the photographer herself. Like her portraits, the three thrillers—The Conversation, The Long Goodbye, and Chinatown—simultaneously portray California both as it truly is and the stylish way it wants to be remembered. Through Saturday, March 23; Hauser & Wirth, 901-909 East 3rd Street

Friday, March 22

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Club Something
This singular dance and music experience from choreographers Amy O’Neal and Ani Taj will feature dancers from the Rhythm Assembly and the Dance Cartel, creating an “electric 360-degree” experience to a soundtrack performed live by Reggie Watts and John Tejada. Come ready to move. The Sweat Spot, 3327 Sunset Boulevard; 8 p.m.

Breathe Watch Listen Touch: The Work and Music of Yoko Ono
As impossible a task as it is to encapsulate the impact of cultural iconoclast Ono in one night, this event is going to give it a good try. The diverse lineup of performers, which includes artists and musicians from Shirley Mansion to St. Vincent, will re-create Ono’s work for a unique concert celebration. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue; 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 23

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Vegan Street Fair
The fifth annual Vegan Street Fair is a free, all-ages extravaganza celebrating cuisine across the globe, all in the space of several blocks. Plant-based bakeries, pop-ups, restaurants, carts, and trucks from around the country will offer $4-or-less snack-size portions—giving you more room to try as much as you can! Or if you prefer to just go for it, there are entrée sizes, too. Come early, because it gets packed. Last year more than 30,000 people attended. Through Sunday, March 24; Chandler Boulevard (between Tujunga and Vineland Avenues), North Hollywood; 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

Art & Politics: Soul of a Nation Symposium
Spend a day immersed in artist talks and poetry readings at the event kicking off the “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983” exhibition at the Broad. Topics include black power and politics, plus a special appearance by award-winning director and filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Aratani Theatre, 244 San Pedro Street; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 24

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Iron & Wine With Orchestra
Sam Beam, the singer-songwriter known as Iron & Wine, celebrates the 15th anniversary of his critically acclaimed album, Our Endless Numbered Days, with a one-night-only concert alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue; 7:30 p.m.

Otoño Pop-Up
Highland Park’s contemporary Spanish eatery pops up at Tabula Rasa, hopefully bringing its dreamy spins on paella (wild mushrooms, sunchoke, green tea broth) and tapas (savory potato churros, locally sourced chorizo cantimpalo) to taste alongside the bar’s excellent list of natural-leaning wines. 5125 Hollywood Boulevard; 7:30–10:30 p.m.