Monday, January 13, 2020 / 8:30–10:30 p.m. / REDCAT
“The Rest I Make Up” is a documentary about the innovative Cuban American avant-garde playwright María Irene Fornés and her unexpected friendship with the film’s maker Michelle Memran. Created over 15 years, the film captures Fornés reflecting on her life’s work while also dealing with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. It also combines archival footage with commentary from the likes of Edward Albee, Ellen Stewart, Paula Vogel, John Guare, Oskar Eustis and Migdalia Cruz. Tonight’s event is part of Celebrando Fornés, a year-long event spanning the entire United States celebrating Fornes’ impact on theater.
A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring Memran, Highways Performance Space Executive Director Leo Garcia and Los Angeles Times critic Charles McNulty. It will be moderated by the Director of Duende CalArts Marissa Chibas.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 / 7:30 p.m. to midnight / Moroccan Lounge
Local label and music blog Casablanca Sunset presents a lineup of eclectic pop and disco headlined by funky dance floor devotee Luxxury, who just released a new album, “It’s Not Funny,” in November. This will be his first full-band show in two years. Support comes from wistful bedroom popper Alex Siegel, psychedelic lo-fi band Inspired & The Sleep and groovy future-indie duo Limón Limón.
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 / 8–11 p.m. / Teragram Ballroom
Welsh-Australian musician and self-proclaimed shit-stirrer Stella Donnelly mixes gutsy confrontation with sarcasm and a gentle delivery on her debut full-length album, “Beware of the Dogs,” which came out last year via Secretly Canadian. Donnelly caught our attention in 2017 with the song “Boys Will Be Boys,” which may have sounded like a lullaby but took a strong opposition toward victim-blaming in sexual assault. L.A.-based alt-rock band Sofia Bolt opens the show.
Thursday, January 16, 2020 / 7:30–9:30 p.m. / Skylight Books
“Born Slippy” is the first novel from Tom Lutz, the founder and editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Review of Books. This dark but humorous modern noir examines the relativity of evil in our capitalist society through a tale about a struggling carpenter who befriends a sociopathic young man, follows him to Asia, falls for his wife, then traverses a downward spiral of consequences.
Lutz will read selections from “Born Slippy” and converse with Steph Cha, author and noir editor at the L.A. Review of Books.
Friday, January 17, 2020 / 8–10:30 p.m. / The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
Texan alt-rockers …And You Know Us by the Trail of Dead celebrate their 25th year as a band with the release of their 10th full-length album, “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories,” out today via Dine Alone. Work on “X” began in 2018 after vocalist Conrad Keely returned to the States and reconvened with fellow founding member Jason Reece following five years living in Cambodia. “I feel like I’m writing pop music, it’s just not Top 20 pop,” Keely says. “It’s the pop music I wish was on the radio, the pop music I would’ve grown up with.”
Saturday, January 18, 2020 / 7:30–10:30 p.m. / The Hollywood Legion Theater
For this special screening at the newly restored Hollywood Legion Theater, the Chaplin Office granted permission to show Charlie Chaplin’s original 1925 cut of “The Gold Rush” with live improvised accompaniment by Retroformat Silent Films musical director Cliff Retallick. The film will be introduced by filmmaker Allison Anders, whose catalog includes “Gas Food Lodging,” “Mi Vida Loca” and “Grace of My Heart.”
The event kicks off a series of tributes by Retroformat Silent Films to the founders of United Artists, with upcoming screenings of films by Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith taking place at the historic Woman’s Club of Hollywood.
Sunday, January 19, 2020 / 4–7 p.m. / Harold M. Williams Auditorium
The Getty’s annual music series, Sounds of L.A., returns with a fresh batch of monthly concerts featuring artists who embrace global cultural influences. Kicking off the series is 3MA, the pan-African string trio of Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko, oud master Driss El Maloumi from Morocco, and valiha wielder Rajery from Madagascar. The band plays Saturday and Sunday.
Next month catch rapper Ruby Ibarra and then in March, Brazil’s Hamilton de Holanda.