[OUT AND ABOUT] August 2017

Carlos Almaraz’s 1984 painting Crash in Phthalo Green is featured as part of LACMA’s Playing With Fire: Paintings By Carlos Almaraz.

ART

Playing With Fire: Paintings By Carlos Almaraz In the 1970s and 1980s, Carlos Almaraz was one of Los Angeles’ most influential artists. He began his career with political works for the cause of farm workers and would go onto create vivid pastels inspired by California life. These colorful works were alternately dreamlike and nightmarish, with a recurring motif of cars speeding down highways while ablaze. This is the first major retrospective of the iconic Chicano artist who died of AIDS in 1989 at the age of 48. Free with museum admission. LACMA, Sun. August 6th through Tue. December 3rd. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Info: (323) 857-6010, lacma.org

BOOKS

Quar Brown Photographer Brown’s new book Skin Storiez is an engaging photo and interview book. Brown chatted with 26 celebrities about their body art and what inspired it and then photographed each interviewee’s tattoos. Brown will discuss and sign the book. Free. Barnes and Noble at the Grove, Tue. August 8th, 7 p.m. 189 The Grove Drive. Information: (323) 525-0270, barnesandnoble.com

FILM

E.T. the Extraterrestrial Stephen Spielberg’s sci-fi fairytale turns 35 this summer. E.T. is the classic tale of a space alien who is accidentally stranded in a California suburb and the ten-year-old boy who helps him “phone home.” This screening is presented as part of Street Food Cinema and will feature a musical performance from indie pop band Dutch Party before the screening. Tickets start at $6. Park Center, Griffith Park, Sat. August 5th, doors open at 5:30 p.m.; music begins at 6:30 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. 4670 Crystal Springs Dr. Info: streetfoodcinema.com

Secret Honor Cinefamily closes their “Impeach The President: Watergate on Film” series with Robert Altman’s 1984 gem Secret Honor. Legendary character actor Philip Baker Hall stars as disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon, taking belts from a bottle of whiskey and delivering a paranoid monologue into a tape recorder. Hall is the only actor in the whole 90-minute film and his performance is absolutely riveting. After the screening, Hall will sit in conversation with Sam Fragoso, the host of the Talk Easy podcast. Tickets are $14. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater, Tue. August 1st, 7:30 p.m. 611 N Fairfax Ave. Information: cinefamily.org

Cinespia 7th Annual Movies All Night Every year, Cinespia spends one full night in the graveyard with a themed slate of movies that go until roughly the break of dawn. This year’s “sleep over” is themed around stoner comedies. The night kicks off with the Coen Brothers’ drugged out noir classic The Big Lebowski then continues with a midnight screening of the 1998 Dave Chappelle vehicle Half Baked and closes with Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s infamous bad trip to Sin City, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas. The whole program is expected to end at 4:20 a.m. Tickets are $20. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat. August 12th, gates at 7:15 p.m., films start at 9 p.m. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd. Information: cinespia.org

MUSIC

Béla Fleck and the Flecktones take the Wiltern stage with jazz legend Chick Corea August 20th.

Chick Corea Elektric Band & Béla Fleck and The Flecktones For one night only the Wiltern is Wilshire Boulevard’s best jazz club, as two masters of the genre take the stage. Chick Corea helped invent jazz fusion as a member of Miles Davis’ band and has since gone on to become one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time. Since 1998, banjo player Béla Fleck and his band the Flecktones have created a truly original American sound by blending jazz and bluegrass. Tickets start at $35. The Wiltern, Sun. August 20th, 7 p.m. 3790 Wilshire Blvd. Information: wiltern.com

Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie Two fifths of Fleetwood Mac take the stage at the Greek. Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie is the first time these two members of the iconic band have recorded an album on their own (although they had a bit of help from the Mac’s rhythm section) and was intended as a way for McVie to stretch her creative muscle after a brief retirement from music. The duo will perform songs from the record as well as Fleetwood Mac hits. Greek Theatre, Wed. August 2nd, 7:30 p.m. 2700 N. Vermont Ave. Information: (323) 665-5857, lagreektheatre.com

BOOKS

Peter Moruzzi Moruzzi’s new book, Greetings from Los Angeles, is a unique L.A. travel guide. Moruzzi uses postcards, brochures, old photos, advertisements and other historical documents to trace the history of Los Angeles from dusty pueblo to entertainment capital of the world in the mid-20th century. The book visits such destinations as Disneyland, Marineland of the Pacific, Googie coffee shops and backyard oil wells. Moruzzi will discuss and sign the book. Free. La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Sat. August 19th, 7 p.m. 4633 Hollywood Blvd. Information: (323) 666-7667. laluzdejesus.com

THEATER

Honky Tonk Laundry In this new musical by Roger Bean a Nashville laundromat becomes the city’s hottest honky-tonk. When Wishy Washy Washateria owner Lana Mae Hopkins hires Katie Lane Murphy to help at the laundromat they find themselves mixing suds with good ol’ fashioned revenge against the men who’ve done ‘em wrong. The show features songs made famous by country legends like Reba McEntire, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Tickets start at $45. Hudson Theatre Fri. August 11th to Sun., September 17th. 6539 Santa Monica Blvd. Info: (323) 960-7780, hudsontheatre.com

FOOD AND DRINK

A Tex-Mex BBQ On The Ol’ Ebell Ranch It wouldn’t be summer without a good old country barbecue! The Ebell kitchen will prepare a rip roarin’ cookout with brisket, baby back ribs, mesquite-grilled chicken, a corn on the cob bar, plenty of fixin’s and of course an ice cream sundae bar. If you’re over 21 you can also enjoy adult beverages like margaritas and sangria. Ye haw! Tickets start at $35. The Ebell of Los Angeles, Fri. August 11th, 5:30 p.m. 743 S. Lucerne Blvd. Information: ebelleventtickets.com

COMEDY

Big Terrific In 2008, comedians Gabe Liedman, Jenny Slate, and Max Silvestri teamed up to create a new weekly comedy show called Big Terrific. Since then, Big Terrific has become a Brooklyn institution showcasing rising comedy talent. Now the comedy trio’s bringing the Big Terrific experience to the West Coast. Tickets: $30. Largo at the Coronet, Sat. August 26th, 8:30 p.m. 366 N. La Cienega Blvd. Information: largo-la.com

COMMUNITY

Baby’s Sleepy Story Time Parents, bring your tiny tots 2 years old and younger to the library for a 15 minute story and lullaby. Check out some board books and then take your little one home to slumber. Free. Wilshire Branch Library, Monday August 7th and Monday August 14th, 6 p.m. 149 N. Saint Andrews Pl. Information: (323) 957-4550, lapl.com

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