Essential Events: Dreary skies no match for local excitement


June gloom seems to have come early this week, with a slight chance of showers Monday, Thursday and Friday. But don’t let that ruin your fun! This week is full of fun in and around Los Angeles, and dreary weather is no excuse for missing out.

Monday – BMI Acoustic Lounge

This free monthly showcase features performances by four up-and-coming BMI songwriters. The evening’s performances will feature musicians Dalton Day, Nick Isham, Oriana Setz, and Brother James. If you’re interested in the cutting edge of Los Angeles’ music scene, make sure to attend.

Tuesday – League of Comedy All-Star Show

The San Fernando Valley’s finest local comedians will come together on May 7 for the League of Comedy’s monthly showcase. Featuring indie music guests, $5 margaritas and plenty of laughs, this comedy show will be held at On The Thirty, in Sherman Oaks. Tickets are $10 at the online advance sale and $15 at the door.

Wednesday – South East European Film Festival Los Angeles

Now in its 14th consecutive year, SEEfest will split its time between the West Hollywood Library, Beverly Hills’ Writers Guild Theater and Laemmle Music Hall, and the Echo Park Film Center. The festival began last Wednesday, and May 8 will be your final chance to experience this film scene until next year.

Thursday – Mamma Mia!

The beloved musical returns to Los Angeles, thanks to this diverse production by East West Players, held at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts from May 9 to June 9. Thursday’s performance through Sunday’s will be preview shows, but you can catch the production at 8 p.m. shows from Friday to Saturday or at 2 p.m. on Sundays thereafter.

Friday – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival!OpenDocument

If you’re a fan of the Asian and Pacific Islander film scene, or just looking to support Asian representation, make sure to drop by the 35th annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, ending this Friday. Considered the largest film festival in Southern California, the film festival is hosted in Little Tokyo, with plenty of authentic Japanese culture and cuisine to take in.

Saturday – Les Miz and Friends! A Puppet Parody

Whether you love Broadway classic “Les Misérables” or hate it, this irreverent tribute is the place to be Saturday night. Called a “loving tribute and brutal deconstruction” of the French musical, the production is not for children, and stars foul-mouthed puppets. It has already been called up to snuff with the best from Second City or Monty Python.

Sunday – Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Spring Concert

Led by Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz on Mother’s Day, the Los Angeles Children’s Choir “I Raise My Voice” concert will feature performances of “Spanish Ave Maria,” composed by Bay Area artist and social activist Henry Mollicone, and an arrangement of Harold Arlen’s beloved Over the Rainbow, set to lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and famously sung by Judy Garland in the film The Wizard of Oz.


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