We’ve got rolling skills (sushi and doobies, together at last), comedy, cats, kinetic art, and more. Check out our favorite picks for L.A. this week!
Monday, February 18
Phones just aren’t big enough to do cat antics justice, so head to any of the five L.A.-area theaters showing CatVideoFest 2019 to see the best of silly cat videos on the big screen instead. A portion of the proceeds goes to local animal charities.
The raw, pessimistic, and keenly observant Maron is doing a short residency at Dynasty Typewriter this week and is not to be missed. He processes his own psychology and issues with society onstage, making for an intimate, cathartic, and uproarious occasion. Through February 25. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard
The Rake of His Heart
Award-winning playwright Diane Baia Hale brings this story of a gay British spy forced to choose between the love of his country and the love of his life to the Blank Theater’s intimate Living Room series of readings. The Blank’s 2nd Stage Theatre, 6500 Santa Monica Boulevard
Tuesday, February 19
Modern Israeli Cuisine at the Skirball Center
Sharpen your Israeli food skills with chef Lior Hillel of Bacari W. 3rd, who hosts a class and demo on lamb kebabs with beet tahini. Facilitated by food culture and history specialist Lara Rabinovitch. Skirball Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Thursday, February 21
Christiane Jatahy: What If They Went to Moscow?
In what Brazilian director Jatahy describes as a “mirror game between theater and cinema,” her take on Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters merges live performance and filmmaking to explore the dynamics of one’s perspective. In this version, she imagines the siblings as modern-day characters hosting a house party in Brazil. Seen by two audiences at once, they trade places after a break to understand the other’s view, and new meaning and context emerges. Through February 24;
Redcat, 631 West 2nd Street
Friday, February 22
“Kenton Parker: The New Landscapes”
This is the last weekend to see these scenic paintings, which compare the brutality, desolation, and beauty of earth scorched by recent California wildfires to lunar and Martian landscapes. River, 1086 West Edgware Road
If you like to wait to see classics on the big screen, you won’t have to hold off long for Pulp Fiction. The Quentin Tarantino–owned New Beverly screens his decade-defining masterpiece of crime poetry in 35mm every Friday at midnight. Think of it as a more contemporary version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. New Beverly, 7165 Beverly Boulevard
Saturday, February 23
Jon Spencer & the Hitmakers
Spencer cut his teeth in the mid-’90s fronting legendary garage rock band Pussy Galore before coming into his own with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion (most recently of Baby Driver soundtrack fame). These days he’s onto the next thing with the Hitmakers, a fluid convergence of all his best work, with nods to Boss Hog, Blues Explosion, and, of course, Pussy Galore, whose songs he includes in this tour’s nightly set. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Boulevard
Sushi & Doobie Rolling Workshop
Sushi and joints: two rolling skills everyone should master at some point in their life. At this High Dining event, you’ll learn both with a backdrop of live music and DJs. Tickets include passed appetizers, Japanese tea, informative (and clearly fun) hands-on rolling demonstrations, talks about doobies and sushi, the fruits of your labor, and dessert. The gift bags are worth the trip alone—sushi pipes, rolling supplies, origami, grinders, and more included. Tickets are $200 per person. The night starts at 4:20, natch.
Culver City; address released upon ticket purchase
Sunday, February 24
Kinetic Games and Assemblage
For today and the next five Sundays, your kids can sign up to cowork with professional artist Brandon Barr to create a masterpiece. Using found objects, cardboard, paint, and a lot of inspiration, the team will design assemblage sculpture and an interactive maze.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Tig Has Friends
Tig Notaro is famously known for her late-night set on her mother dying of cancer, which brought in a whole new generation of dark comedy. Her dry wit and realness win the audience over every time. Tonight, various people from Notaro’s life come on her show to perform stand-up or be interviewed. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard