Things to Do in L.A. This Week: September 9-15

Jay Som at The Echoplex, a screening of ‘Princess Bride,’ Brian Wilson live, free music in WeHo and more.


‘Ask a Mortician’ Live with Caitlin Doughty

Monday, September 9, 2019 / 8-10 p.m. / The Regent Theater
Photo by Mara Zehler

There is no question too bizarre or taboo when it comes to undertaker and best-selling author Caitlin Doughty’s popular video series and podcast “Ask a Mortician.” Drawing on science, history and ritual practices from around the world, Doughty employs humor and compassion in her mission to give death a makeover. Her third book on the subject, “Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs: Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death,” comes out this month. Tonight, ask her anything you want to know.

Tickets: $35; $45 for two tickets and a book / More Information

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents ‘The Princess Bride’

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 / 8-10 p.m. / LEVEL DOWNTOWN

Summertime is all about outdoor movie screenings, and as you make the rounds don’t forget the Rooftop Cinema Club’s offerings dispersed between LEVEL’s rooftop in downtown and Neuhouse in Hollywood. This series distinguishes itself with lounge chairs, headphones for everyone and bottomless popcorn (for a few extra bucks). Sounds like a fun way to watch Wesley fight his way through the mythical kingdom of Florin to rescue Princess Buttercup in the 1987 romantic fantasy “The Princess Bride.”

Tickets: $17-$24 / Doors open at 6:30 p.m. / More Information

Los Wembler’s De Iquitos “Visión del Ayahuasca” Tour

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 / 8-11 p.m. / Zebulon

Pioneers of chicha music, Los Wembler’s formed in 1968 in the Peruvian Amazon city of Iquitos and created songs that came to define a new genre of music that bridged tropical dance music and psychedelic rock. Songs like “Sonido Amazonico” and “Danza del Petrolero” were pretty much unknown to global audiences until 2007, when Brooklyn label Barbès released a formidable, ear-opening compilation titled “The Roots of Chicha.” This is a rare opportunity to catch Los Wembler’s live as they tour behind a new album, “Visión del Ayahuasca.”

Tickets: $15-$20 / More Information

Brian Wilson and The Zombies: Something Great from ’68 Tour

Thursday, September 12, 2019 / 7:30-11 p.m. / The Greek Theatre

Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson and The Zombies match up on one bill to perform some of the most legendary music to come out of the 1960s and ’70s. It’s almost too good to be true. Wilson brings on former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin to play songs from “Friends,” and “Surf’s Up” while promising “all the hits.”

English rockers The Zombies fuse the founding members, minus Paul Atkinson who passed away in 2004, with newer band members, forming some kind of super-Zombies to perform 1968’s “Odessey and Oracle” in its entirety among other goodies.

Tickets: $50-$165 / More Information

Jay Som in Concert

Friday, September 13, 2019 / 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. / The Echoplex

Melina Mae Duterte just released a new Jay Som album titled “Anak Ko” via Polyvinyl, following 2017’s very well received “Everybody Works.” After touring the latter, she quit drinking, became a vegan and moved from the Bay Area to L.A., where she completed “Anak Ko,” a collection of intimate ’90s-inflected dream-pop exploring nostalgia and vulnerability. Affectionately, Boy Scouts and FIME round out tonight’s lineup of lo-fi indie pop meets electronica.

Tickets: $17-$22 / More Information

Open Arts & Music Festival

Saturday, September 14, 2019 / 3-10 p.m. / Alex Theatre

Now in its third year, this free all-ages festival in downtown Glendale brings attendees a full day of live music, art, workshops and a delicious beer garden to wash down all the fun while the little ones are entertained with a climbing wall and other activities in the Kid Zone. This year’s lineup brings together Nick Waterhouse, Kilo Kish, Jen Awad, Gavlyn, Sister Mantos and Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca.

Tickets: Free / More Information

Summer Sounds WeHo Presents Jimetta Rose

Sunday, September 15, 2019 / 5-6:30 p.m. / Kings Road Park

This ongoing series of free concerts bring the soulful talents of Jimetta Rose to West Hollywood. The L.A. native draws on jazz, R&B and hip-hop to create a sound that penetrates the spiritual realm. Since her 2010 debut, “The Barber’s Daughter,” the singer has been a staple in local scenes intersecting jazz and beats. Her most recent album, “The Light Bearer,” came out three years ago and was produced by Leimert Park legend Georgia Anne Muldrow. Lately, she’s been playing with a choir of powerful women. Hopefully, that will find its way onto an album soon.

Attendance is free / More Information

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