Monday, September 2, 2019 / 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. / Bootleg Theater
Drummer turned multi-instrumentalist Tad Ha — formerly of Wild Betsy — describes the T. Soomian sound as “groovy, late ’70s dad pop porno music.” This L.A. native’s debut full-length album, “Love Relief,” is named after the relief that comes when you find love. It officially comes out on Sept. 27, but his band will be celebrating every Monday in September headlining a free residency at the Bootleg. Tonight, he’s joined by singer-songwriter Matthew Francis and indie-pop band Mini Trees.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 / 7-10:30 p.m. / Scum and Villainy Cantina
When Kevin Smith created the “Fatman on Batman” podcast and video series, it was completely dedicated to all things Batman. It has since been renamed “Fatman Beyond” and episodes now encompass the vast universe of superheroes. Smith and co-host Marc Bernardin found the perfect venue to host a live version of their podcast in Hollywood’s Scum & Villainy Cantina, a sci-fi themed “geek bar” where “Star Trek” is a popular conversation topic among patrons. If you take He-Man and Spider-Man and Infinity War seriously, join the guys for a hilarious deep-dive into comic book icons among like-minded geeks.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 / 6–8:30 p.m. / The Los Angeles Theatre Center
Hybrid storyteller Marcos Nájera moderates this conversation exploring language as a storytelling device with local Latinx writers working in theater, film and TV. The focus is on how the creative process for bilingual stories adapts to the stage and screen in different ways, and what it takes to maintain an independent voice in the industry without compromising one’s culture. The panel features writers Rafael Agustín, Evelina Fernández, Marta Fernandez and Christopher Oscar Peña. Basically, the people who are moving and shaking the industry and doing their part to drive it towards inclusivity.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 / 8-10:30 p.m. / Ahmanson Theatre
John Leguizamo’s “Latin History for Morons” started out as a search for a Latin hero that his son could write about for a history project. He came to realize that these heroes had been written out of textbooks and whitewashed out of popular knowledge. He had to do something about that. Directed by Tony Taccone, Leguizamo’s one-man play traces the misunderstood, misremembered and marginalized history of Latinos in America from the Aztecs and Incas to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars all the way to modern-day heroes like Pitbull. Yes, the rapper.
Friday, September 6, 2019 / 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. / The Teragram Ballroom
Ty Segall’s 10-week residency might have been his excuse to stay home for the summer, but he’s delivered a continuous dose of greatness that will leave a void upon completion come Sept. 27. The residency’s other purpose would be promoting his newest album, “First Taste,” which Segall and his Freedom Band — comprised of Mikal Cronin, Charles Moothart, Emmet Kelley, Ben Boye and Shannon Lay — play in full every Friday paired with another gem plucked from the psychedelic garage rocker’s discography. Tonight, it’s 2016’s ode to cheap thrills — “Emotional Mugger.”
Saturday, September 7, 2019 / 7:30-10 p.m. / Descanso Gardens
Christopher Rountree, director of the Wild Up music ensemble, teamed up with Girlschool collective’s Anna Bulbrook to curate SILENCE, a multi-genre concert series featuring new music straddling the line between experimental and classical. Spread over three nights in September, each iteration of SILENCE explores a different theme. Tonight it’s “Ritual,” with music by Zola Jesus; Low Leaf; and Miya Folick plus spoken word by Saul Williams and a performance by Archie Carey, Jonah Levy, Odeya Nini and Brian Walsh of Jonas Baes’ improvisational composition “Patangis Buwaya.”
Sunday, September 8, 2019 / 9:30-11 p.m. / The Wiltern
No subject is off-limits to comedian Ali Wong. While she’s been active on the stand-up scene for at least a decade, she became a household name thanks to the 2015 TV series “Fresh Off the Boat.” She really hit her stride through her Netflix special, “Baby Cobra,” which she recorded while seven months pregnant and over-the-top hormonal. Her most recent film, “Always Be My Maybe,” is an Asian American version of “When Harry Met Sally.” The demand for her is so high, she added several more performances to her ten-day residency at The Wiltern, all of which are expected to sell out.