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Things to Do in L.A. This Week: November 11-17

“The Right Stuff” on the big screen, Itasca presents “Spring,” MOCA keeps vinyl alive, an Adult Swim extravaganza and more.


‘The Right Stuff’ Screening with Director Philip Kaufman

Monday, November 11, 2019 / 7–10 p.m. / American Legion Post 43

American Cinematheque honors Veterans Day with a screening of Philip Kaufman’s 1983 film “The Right Stuff,” with Kaufman himself in attendance for a conversation moderated by historian Alan K. Rode. Adapted from Tom Wolfe’s best-selling novel, “The Right Stuff” chronicles the first 15 years of America’s space program, in particular, the story of the Mercury 7, the test-pilots who were selected for the first attempt at manned spaceflight by the United States. The screening arrives on the heels of the 72nd anniversary of Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier in the iconic orange “Glamorous Glennis” Bell X-1.

Tickets: $15-$35 / More Information

Richard Thompson in Concert

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 / 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. / The Teragram Ballroom

From his start in the British folk-rock band Fairport Convention in the late 1960s, Richard Thompson has kept up a music career spanning over 50 years. He recently released his 19th solo album, “13 Rivers,” which he wrote in his California home. With songwriting that’s earned him comparisons to Bob Dylan and guitar skills that draw parallels to Jimi Hendrix, Thompson is undoubtedly a master musician and storyteller.

Now 70 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down and takes the stage solo tonight to share music spanning his esteemed career. Folk singer Eliza Gilkyson opens the show.

Tickets: $35 / More Information

Itasca ‘Spring’ Record Release Show

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 / 8–11 p.m. / Zebulon
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L.A.-based folk musician Kayla Cohen has released a new album called “Spring” through her “musical identity” of Itasca. The album is out now via Paradise of Bachelors and features contributions from James Elkington and Chris Cohen, along with members of Bitchin’ Bajas, Gun Outfit and Sun Araw.

Cohen wrote the album while on a two-month stay at a century-old adobe house in rural New Mexico. Hushed and meditative, “Spring” ruminates on place, solitude and nature, and it’s anchored by acoustic strumming with occasional touches of strings and piano. Cohen is joined by Sun Araw and DJ Olgaa to celebrate this collection of dreamy, lonely, loveliness.

Tickets: $12 / More Information

Film Maudit 2.0

Thursday, November 14, 2019 / 8:30–11:59 p.m. / Highways Performance Space & Gallery

Inspired by legendary artist Jean Cocteau’s 1949 Festival Du Film Maudit, which celebrated “accursed” films, the inaugural edition of Film Maudit 2.0 highlights outré narrative, documentary and experimental films that are deliberately extreme, confrontational and unusual in style or subject matter and essentially aim to mess with viewers’ minds and sensibilities. Spread over four days, the festival consists of six feature films and 40 shorts from around the world, most making their L.A. debuts.

Tickets: $10-$40 / More Information

Adult Swim Festival

Friday, November 15, 2019 / 4–11:59 p.m. / Banc of California Stadium

This two-day, four-stage extravaganza returns for a weekend of music, comedy and wacky interactive games as only Adult Swim can provide. Friday’s highlights include Dethklok, the fictional band brought to life from the show “Metalocalypse,” Flying Lotus alter-ego Captain Murphy, “Girl Blunt” producer Leikeli47, Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble, noise rock band HEALTH, an Anime Rave conjured by Crunchyroll and more. In addition to several “Rick and Morty”-inspired games and activities, attendees can also enjoy a Mechanical Hot Dog Ride and a trip aboard the Meatwad Dome to catch 360 degrees of Adult Swim premieres and favorites.

Tickets: $49-$499 / More Information

Record Label Market and Music Fair

Saturday, November 16, 2019 / 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. / The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

After three years in New York City, this indie record label fair makes its West Coast debut at MOCA, bringing together some of the best and most exciting movers and shakers keeping vinyl alive and thriving. The record fair portion of the day includes live performances by William Basinski, Anna Wise and Joel Jerome, plus DJ sets from label reps.

After the sun goes down, Big Crown Records, purveyors of throwback-inspired sounds, will take over with a showcase headlined by the ever-soulful legend Lee Fields, plus Finnish singer/songwriter Bobby Oroza, local stoner soul/jazz band Brainstory and folk/soul trio Holy Hive.

Tickets: $15 – $75 / More Information

‘All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign’ Book Release Party

Sunday, November 17, 2019 / 6–9 p.m. / Soap Plant Wacko

A native Angeleno and progenitor of the L.A. punk scene, Iris Berry went on to create more than three decades worth of prose and poetry, including the books “Two Blocks East of Vine,” “The Daughters of Bastards” and “The Underground Guide to Los Angeles.” And she’s one of the founding members of Punk Hostage Press. Tonight, Berry reads from her latest book, “All That Shines Under the Hollywood Sign,” alongside fellow punks-turned-writers, including Keith Morris from OFF! and The Circle Jerks, T.S.O.L.’s Jack Grisham, Dead Kennedys’ drummer D.H. Peligro and Annette Zilinskas of The Bangles.

Attendance is free / More Information

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