Thursday, March 13, 2014

Events for March 13-19, 2014


Kristen Bell returns as Veronica Mars (Warner Bros.)


PaleyFest @ Dolby Theatre (Hollywood)
Calling all TV maniacs, this is your chance to see some of your favorite stars live on stage during the annual TV fan festival. Taking place through March 28, there are events with at least one show you love. There's tonight's "Veronica Mars" reunion, in addition to a lineup that includes a farewell to "How I Met Your Mother, a "Lost" 10th anniversary reunion and panels with cast members from "Orange Is the New Black," "Mad Men," "The Vampire Diaries," "Veep," "American Horror Story: Coven" and several other beloved shows happening throughout the schedule.



ArtNight Pasadena (Citywide)
Sixteen of Pasadena's cultural institutions invite you in for a free evening of art, music and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight. Take a look at the Art Center's Ray Eames exhibit, be mesmerized by the dance company at Lineage Performing Arts Center or stroll through the Norton Simon permanent collection. Then, grab a bite from some of Los Angeles best food trucks (Kogi, Heirloom LA and Border Grill, among others) who are donating 10 percent of the evening's sales to a future ArtNight event. Free shuttles are running from venue to venue all night long, so just grab the first parking spot you see and hop on one.


VaVoom – A Rock 'N' Roll Circus @ El Rey Theater (Miracle Mile)
If you're a fan of Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart and never miss a Lucha VaVoom event, then this show is for you. Promising a night of mayhem, music and thrills, this rock 'n' roll circus features performances by characters from the famed Mexican wrestling and burlesque troupe, all presided over by Stewart "The Ringmaster." He and his band are set to provide musical goodness, and I expect the evening will turn out to be much like Stewart's latest music video for the first single from his Lucky Numbers album, "Every Single Night."


In Theaters This Week
Bad Words is Jason Bateman's feature-length directorial debut. He also stars in the film as a 40-year-old who enters a regional spelling bee; Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Oscar, Ernest & Celestine features the voices of Forest Whitacker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman and Jeffrey Wright; Elijah Wood and John Cusack in Grand Piano; Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper unleash their Need for Speed; Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club; Speaking of "Veronica Mars," the Kickstarter-funded big screen reunion hits theaters today. Also in theaters: The Art of the Steal; Dark House; Patrick: Evil Awakens; The Right Kind of Wrong; Shirin in Love; U Want Me 2 Kill Him?; Le Week-end

Frida Kahlo (Lola Álvarez Bravo ©Frida Kahlo Museum)


Fridamania Women's Day Festival @ Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) (Long Beach)
Organized in support of the Frida Kahlo: Her Photos exhibit on view through June 8, the museum celebrates the contributions of women to art, movement and music all day today. With free museum admission, you can browse the exhibition of over 200 images from the artist's personal collection and take part in the many activities they are offering, from folkloric dance and Cumbia music to a Frida look-alike contest and the digital display of pieces from other women artists.


Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Actor's Actor @ Aero Theatre (Santa Monica)
American Cinematheque pays tribute to the amazing actor with this series of some of his best films. Tonight is a double feature that begins with Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights, in which Hoffman played a boom mic operator for porn films alongside the likes of Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore and William H. Macy. The evening wraps up with 1998's Happiness from director Todd Solondz with Hoffman, Lara Flynn Boyle, Dylan Baker, Cynthia Stevenson and Jane Adams. Other films in this series that runs through March 27 include Punch-Drunk Love, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Magnolia, Synecdoche, New York, Capote and The Savages.



Arthur Hoyle @ Book Soup (West Hollywood)
One of my favorite places in all of California is the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, and  Miller's years spent in the Central Coast area are the focus of Arthur Hoyle's new book, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur. Hoyle recounts the events of the literary great's life, quoting from Miller's correspondence during the years from 1944 to 1961 when Miller wrote The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy, married and divorced twice, raised two children and painted watercolors. Discuss the book with the author at 4 p.m., then have Hoyle sign your copy of the wonderful new biography at Book Soup.


There are so many drink specials and events at bars and pubs throughout the city. Head to your favorite one, have a pint for me and be safe!

Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant (Cesar Arredondo)


Jacob Hashimoto's Gas Giant @ MOCA Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
Walking through this exhibit is a tranquil way to recover from last night's shenanigans. Thousands of paper sheets are used to transform the space into an entirely different environment at the hands of the New York artist. Hashimoto uses traditional Japanese kite-making techniques and painting to create the three-dimensional structures of this third and final edition of Gas Giant – its first L.A. presentation and the artist's first solo museum exhibition in California. Each installation is breathtaking and must be seen in person to be truly appreciated, so make sure to head over the Pacific Design Center before Gas Giant is over on June 8.



Bleachers @ Troubadour (West Hollywood)

This is a new project from fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who was also frontman of Steel Train. While he is set to release a debut album from Bleachers later this year, the debut single "I Wanna Get Better" should be enough to get you to this show. From the opening bars, it's incredibly hard not to jump up and start dancing to the song. I'm sure you'll be listening to it over and over on the way to the Troubadour so you can sing along to every word.

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