Monday, February 24, 2020 / 7–10 p.m. / The Virgil
Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal have been hosting this weekly comedy show for 15 years! That means next year it will be able to drive itself to parties and have a boyfriend. In the meantime, they’re throwing themselves a birthday party with Reggie Watts, Kyle Kinane, Jonah Ray, Christina Catherine Martinez, Kumail Nanjiani, Jackie Kashian and Natalie Palamides.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 / 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. / Bootleg Theater
Somber soul-pop singer Moses Sumney is halfway through his residency at the Bootleg Theater in support of his new double-album “græ,” coming out on Jagjaguar Records. The Bootleg is actually the first venue he played at the start of his career six years ago. In addition to Sumney’s weekly performance, the Bootleg is open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday for folks to pop in and experience an installation in which “græ” plays in immersive 3D audio via Amazon Music HD on an Echo Studio.
Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied’s “I fall, I flow, I melt” nears the end of its 10-day run at the L.A. Dance Project’s newly renovated DTLA performance space. Presented in-the-round, the choreography was inspired by Millepied’s deep dive into Bach’s most infamous compositions. Incorporating movements from his previous work, “Bach Studies (Part 1),” and additional music from David Lang, the ensemble consists of 12 dancers moving to live music by violinist Ettienne Gara of L.A.’s Delirium Musicum.
Thursday, February 27, 2020 / 6:30–9:30 p.m. / The Wiltern
To honor the 35th anniversary of “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” a classic albeit deranged story of a rebel and his bike, Pee-wee mastermind and expert chuckler Paul Reubens has taken his comedic treasure on a cross-country road trip. At each stop, he hosts a screening of the movie, shares some behind-the-scenes stories and answers questions from the audience.
Friday, February 28, 2020 / 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. / The Paramount
Jungle Fire, L.A.’s very own 10-piece “tropi-funk” band, is hosting a record release party for their most recent self-titled album at Boyle Heights’ most historic ballroom turned music venue. “Jungle Fire,” the band’s third studio album, combines elements of Afro-Cuban and West African soul and funk with ’70s American breakbeat-centric funk to deliver lively, tight instrumental jams that could soundtrack an action scene as well as burn up a dance floor. Brainstory opens the show.
Saturday, February 29, 2020 / noon to 10 p.m. / Egyptian Theatre
A day of mostly free screenings at the Egyptian Theatre offers us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the creative filmmaking that transpired during the Weimar Republic of Germany between 1919 and 1933. Highlights include the 1919 melodrama “Different from the Others,” widely considered to be the first gay film in cinema history; a block of films focused on “Experimentation/Abstraction;” and “Pandora’s Box,” a silent film about a dancer-turned-hooker who is irresistible to men, starring an unforgettable Louise Brooks.
Sunday, March 1, 2020 / 9 p.m. to midnight / Gold-Diggers
The Memories describe themselves as “music for relaxation and romance.” And they very much embody that concept if your idea of romance is eating pizza off the belly of a man who goes by the nickname “Free Weed.” Real name Ricky Gage, The Memories leader is full of charisma; and the songs are laidback casual punk ditties about love, drugs and finding purpose, sometimes while on drugs and in love at the same. The lineup includes Joel Jerome’s Babies On Acid, The Squids and DJ Colleen Green.