Monday, December 2, 2019 / 7:30–10:30 p.m. / Hammer Museum
The Hammer Museum presents MoMA Contenders, the Museum of Modern Art’s 10-film series of stand-out movies from the past year, kicking off with “Dolemite Is My Name.” Directed by Craig Brewer and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, this comedic film chronicles the production of charismatic filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore’s landmark blacksploitation classic, “Dolemite.” Looking smooth in costume designer Ruth E. Carter’s 1970s-inspired wardrobe, Eddie Murphy stars as Moore alongside Da’Vine Joy Randolph and Wesley Snipes. Murphy, Snipes, Carter and the film’s writers will participate in a discussion following the screening.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 / 8:30–11 p.m. / The Satellite
Winner of the prestigious Funny Women Awards in the U.K., stand-up comedian London Hughes recounts her adventures in “catching dick,” dating, and even kink — all with a raunchy but honest sense of humor. Be ready to talk about feet.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 / 8–11 p.m. / Largo at the Coronet
Childhood pals Lucy Fitzgerald, Kenyon Laing and Amanda Jacobson share a fondness for getting tipsy and talking true-crime. So much so that they launched the “Wine & Crime” podcast in 2017, where they chat about strange and confounding murders, rapes and serial killers. Interestingly, about 85% of their audience is women, but it’s not merely a case of morbid curiosity.
“Just hearing these stories is scary, but sort of the more you indulge in them, the less scary they feel, or the more you talk about it, maybe the more validating it is for victims,” Laing says. Pop open the Pinot.
Thursday, December 5, 2019 / 8 p.m. to midnight / Troubadour
On his new album, “Miami Memory,” NY-based Australian musician Alex Cameron explores “balancing sex with contemporary family values.” He says, “It’s my gift to my girlfriend, a symbol to hoist on the totem of love.” His main squeeze is actress Jemima Kirke of “Girls” fame, who graces many of his videos and photos.
In the past, he’s taken on ironic, misogynist personas in an exploration of toxic masculinity. This time around, his critical view of the way men’s behavior affects women shares space with songs delving into his new life circumstances, like being a stepdad, being in love and, gasp, being a role model.
Friday, December 6, 2019 / 8–11:30 p.m. / Palace Theatre
Angel Olsen’s singular voice keeps us hooked along for the journey through her emotional tumult. Her 2012 debut LP, “Half Way Home” was mostly acoustic and folky, followed by the full-band, more retro-rockin’ “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” two years later and the sorrowful, at times impressionist, pop of “My Woman” after that. Her latest, “All Mirrors,” dives deeper into pop with an orchestral twist, incorporating synths and a twelve-piece string orchestra. As always, she makes it hurt so good. Rodrigo Amarante opens with a solo set.
Saturday, December 7, 2019 / 9:30 p.m. to midnight / The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
Julie Doiron joins Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum on “Lost Wisdom Pt. 2,” their second collection of heartbreaking songs coming a decade after their first collaboration. “She has been my favorite singer since 1993, when I first heard her band Eric’s Trip and subsequently devoted my life to music and art,” Elverum says.
This moved him to start his own band, The Microphones, which he mostly retired in 2003. Then, he began operating as Mount Eerie. He’s put out two other albums in recent years about love and loss, 2017’s “A Crow Looked at Me” and 2018’s “Now Only.” His latest follows suit. Doiron will open the show with a solo set then join Elverum for some duet action.
Sunday, December 8, 2019 / 7:30–10:30 p.m. / Spielberg Theatre
Curated by Jaimie Baron, Greg Cohen and Lauren Berliner, this yearly showcase of contemporary short-form experimental film and video work focuses on taking existing footage and media conceived by others and manipulating them in creatively “inappropriate” ways. Filmmakers Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kate Lain, along with Cohen, will make appearances at the screening.