Monday, January 27, 2020 / 7:30–10 p.m. / TCL Chinese Theatre
At 91 years old, Nancy Olson is the last surviving core cast member of Billy Wilder’s 1950 noir, “Sunset Boulevard.” A Hollywood ingenue at 20 years old, Olson played Betty, an aspiring screenwriter and the love interest of Joe — played by William Holden — much to the displeasure of Norma — portrayed by the film’s star Gloria Swanson. To commemorate the film’s 70th anniversary, Olson will participate in a Q&A moderated by entertainment writer and classic Hollywood specialist Susan King.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 / 8–11 p.m. / Monk Space
Collectively known as the Ray-Kallay Duo, pianists Vicki Ray and Aron Kallay get their kicks by redefining what a 21st-century piano duo can be, performing with two acoustic grands, two keyboards or both, live electronics and alternate tuning systems. For tonight’s program, they’re performing specially commissioned works by Jason Barabba, Nina Shekhar, Mathew Rosenblum and Sean Friar suited to their focus on microtonal music, that is the tones between the tones … between the tones.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 / 8–11 p.m. / Lodge Room
The “For the Record” tour is as much a retrospective as it is an experiment for Shakey Graves’ Alejandro Rose-Garcia. Performing stripped-down, acoustic sets and unique arrangements, the Texas gentleman is spending several nights in select venues to see what comes from settling into each space’s feel and sound as he explores new material and revisits familiar goodies from the past decade.
Thursday, January 30, 2020 / 8–10 p.m. / Royce Hall
Piper Kerman’s life-changing 15-month sentence behind bars inspired the 2010 bestselling memoir turned Emmy-winning Netflix series, “Orange Is the New Black.” Since then, she’s become a dedicated advocate for criminal justice reform. Tonight, she discusses the challenges and injustices endured by incarcerated women with lauded novelist Rachel Kushner whose 2018 book, “The Mars Room,” centers around a heart-wrenching story about life in a California women’s prison.
Garage rock legends Los Dug Dug’s were the first Mexican band to cover The Beatles and the first in their country to sing all their songs, both covers and originals, in English. The band more or less broke up once their psychedelic full-length album “Lost in My World” came out in 1971, but quickly revived as a trio and changed direction again, singing in Spanish on 1972’s “Smog” and adopting a clean-cut look. Their legacy left an indelible mark on the early days of Mexican rock. Local space-shredding rock band Hoover III open the show.
The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble spends a month immersed in its 4th annual Dance at the Odyssey festival, with a different ensemble presenting work every weekend. This weekend, it’s L.A. Contemporary Dance Company presenting “PREMIERE: 15,” featuring four world premieres by choreographers Roya Carreras, Alice Klock, Roderick George and WHYTEBERG, with works exploring themes of motherhood; identity; growth cycles in nature; and colorful vintage video game worlds.
Sunday, February 2, 2020 / 8–11 p.m. / Bootleg Theater
“Sweet and salty” defines the sound of dream pop trio Tashaki Miyaki, whose wistful moments can get swept up in a flurry of shoegaze noise when you least expect it. Formed by drummer/vocalist Paige Stark and guitarist Luke Paquin in 2011, rumor has it they’ve been in the studio crafting a follow-up to 2017’s ethereal full-length debut, “The Dream.” Perhaps the audience will be treated to some sneak peeks.