The heat is on this week with a Latin food festival, the revival of a legendarily sassy queer punk act, a rare screening of a long-lost silent film featuring an all–Native American cast, and your last chance to see a robotic light show play out an immersive ancient Greek ritual. Plus, catch a revelatory spin on a familiar comedic shtick before it’s released on Netflix.
Monday, March 25
Mapping Feminist L.A.
The continuation of a monthlong recontextualization project that’s defining and mapping out intersectional feminist resources throughout Los Angeles. Besides creating crowdsourced physical and digital maps, part of this massive undertaking also includes strategizing how to influence future urban planning, as well as interacting on a more grassroots level to lift up communities and bring women to the forefront. Women’s Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Place; 7–10 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26
Ever Present Orchestra: Works by Alvin Lucier
Influenced by science and auditory perception, Lucier has been composing experimental works for decades, evolving his deceptively minimalist theories through uncommon instrumentation. In celebration of his 85th birthday, Ever Present Orchestra presents four of his major pieces, and Lucier himself will perform one solo. REDCAT Theater, 631 West 2nd Street; 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27
Historical Roast: Ted Bundy
Netflix’s foray into comedy roasts is coming soon with Historical Roasts, a live show started in and throughout Los Angeles. Famous (or more commonly, infamous) figures and events are given the comedic roast treatment, with comedians dressing in character. This edition will be taking down serial killer Bundy. The Comedy Store, 8433 Sunset Boulevard; 10:30 p.m.
A Noise Within presents this one-night-only event in which Keith Hamilton Cobb’s award-winning solo play is presented on the set of the company’s Othello. American Moor poetically considers the black experience in America through Cobb’s incredible energy and presence. A Noise Within Theatre, 3352 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena; 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 28
Winner of a 2017 Olivier Award and three 2018 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards (including best production), this bittersweet comedy poses deep questions about identity and love while still keeping the audience laughing. Through Sunday, April 7; Kirk Douglas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City
For seven minutes, find yourself immersed in a dramatic robotic light and shadow show interpreting an ancient Greek ritual based on the earth’s rotation from dawn to dusk. Today is the last day to see this cutting-edge installation. Row DTLA, 777 Alameda Street; 4–10 p.m.
Friday, March 29
¡Latin Food Fest!
Whether it’s Spanish paella, Argentine parrillada, Cuban sandwiches, Peruvian ceviche, or the regional specialties of Mexico, there are many reasons to celebrate Latin cuisine. This annual food fest does just that. Held at the L.A. State Historic Park (formerly known as the Cornfields), the two-day extravaganza includes a kickoff Chefs’ Night Out party on Friday and a much larger Grand Tasting event on Saturday, both with wine, spirits and beer booths, cooking and cocktail demos, music and DJs, and more. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 North Spring Street
They just don’t make epic costume dramas like this anymore. Luchino Visconti’s notoriously expensive saga about the downfall of a Sicilian noble bleeds opulence in every frame. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica; 7:30 p.m.
Missal is a force. The New Jersey native has a soulful voice that often borders on urgently emotional. She writes the kind of personal and intimate songs that one would expect from a frequent collaborator of singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten’s, but her ease with blending elements of soul, hip hop, and rock is what really sets her apart. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Boulevard; 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 30
Singer-songwriter McCombs isn’t exactly known for high-energy live shows—that’s because he’s busy mining the depths of the human experience, from sorrow to sweetness. His gentle, plainspoken songs have a penchant for great American wanderer-style storytelling and a taste for peppering little bits of post-punk into his impressive guitar playing. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard; 9 p.m.
The Daughter of the Dawn
In an awesome win for movie preservation, this ’20s silent feature, with a cast of all Native Americans, was rescued from the ranks of lost films when a private investigator unearthed a surviving copy in 2005. The screening is complemented by a live performance of an all-new score. The Autry: Wells Fargo Theater, 4700 Western Heritage Way; 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 31
Let’s Go, Atsuko!
Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka hosts a wacky comedy show in the style of a Japanese game show, a destiny fulfilled because her parents met on one. The guests are other comedians, asked to play random games that confuse everyone. For example, Okatsuka will play YouTube videos her grandmother sends her and ask the comedians what her grandmother is trying to say. Or she’ll project a photo from the comics’ Instagram accounts from years ago, and they have to explain why they posted it. A good time for all. Dynasty Typewriter, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard; 8–9:30 p.m.
An Afternoon Tasting With Tayson Pierce and Champagne Eric Philippe
If there’s one way to spend a day near the beach, it’s with wine and bubbles from Napa Valley and France. General admission tickets include tasting the entire portfolio of Tayson Pierce Wines, along with cheese and charcuterie for nibbling. VIP tickets get you extra truffle pizza and crudités, plus champagne from Eric Philippe. Gift bags will have raffle items, and there will be special prices on select wines so you can take something home for later. Wally’s, 214 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica; 2–4 p.m.
Scum 3-Year Anniversary With Hunx and His Punx
Scum is a monthly QTPOC dance party, and for this month’s three-year anniversary event, bubblegum punkers Hunx and His Punx are playing their first L.A. show in five years. Regent Theater, 448 South Main Street; 6 p.m.