Losanjealous Benevolent Society Events: May 18-24
The Losanjealous Benevolent Society gathers a weekly list of strange happenings and fun events in LA–the more ridiculous, the better. Visit our events calendar for the full list. And if you’re organizing or know of an event you think belongs on the list, send us info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exhibition of drawings by contemporary artists inspired by historical political cartoons, modern illustration and the recent scandals in American business. Through Sun 6/10.
Cinespia: The Player @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
A biting and hilarious black comedy about a movie executive who falls under suspicion of murder, The Player is one of Altman’s masterpieces. Please join us for this special tribute to one of the greatest directors of all times. DJ John Trip spins before and after the show.
Karin Weiner: So Many Daunting New Complexities @ sixspace
The debut solo exhibition in Los Angeles by Karin Weiner, So Many Daunting New Complexities, featuring a large-scale tornado installation made of craft/fiber materials and a new series of collages. Through Sat 6/16.
Mike Stilkey: Horse Stories @ BLK/MRKT
A collection of new paintings and book sculptures by Los Angeles artist Mike Stilkey, in his first solo exhibition at the gallery. (Rumor has is that he will be painting a site-specific mural of tumbling horses as well…) He will be in attendance at the opening reception before he is rushed off to Rice Gallery in Houston the next day to create a major site-specific work for their Summer Window series. Through Sat 6/16.
Live Sphinx @ Hammer Museum
Murray Hill, the incomparable Mr. Showbiz, hosts a night of a thousand laughs with comedians Michelle Biloon (Comedy Central), Jessi Klein (VH1), Al Madrigal (The Ortegas), and Patton Oswalt (Comedians of Comedy). This special event features a pre-show happy hour in the Museum’s courtyard, with cash bar open at 6:30pm.
Comedy Death-Ray @ UCB Theatre
A unique mix of stand-up comedy, characters & sketch that brought a sense of fun back to Los Angeles’ alternative comedy scene. w/Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt.
Thrift Store Movies III @ Hammer Museum
For the third year, the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Department of Art welcome LA Weekly art critic Doug Harvey and other archivists of found media, presenting a selection of films, videos, and slides rescued from the obscurity of thrift stores, swap meets, and dumpsters. This year’s guest curators include media art dynamic duo Animal Charm along with Geoff Haas, Joe Pickett, and Nick Prueher, curators of Brooklyn’s Found Footage Festival.
Eric Hoffman and Bob Odenkirk Present Comedy by the Numbers
Being funny is hard work: just ask Gary Rudoren and Eric Hoffman. Like many people, they once believed that comedy was simply a matter of coming up with “zingers” and “jokes.” But after countless hours of painstaking research, they’ve discovered that true creativity is derived from simple formulas and the memorization of data. Their groundbreaking new book makes the secrets of comedy accessible to all, not only to the naturally funny, but to those who lack the ability or talent to be funny. Special hints, tips, comedy history, hilariously funny comedy facts, and inside secrets from Bob Odenkirk and other seriously funny people provide additional aid and amusement.
Found Footage Festival
This one-of-a-kind event compiles more than an hour’s worth of footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found. Through Sat 5/26.