11 Things to Do in L.A. this Weekend: Movies, Music, and Mortification

A bunch of intriguing musical acts and a few great flicks round out our weekend picks.

A bunch of intriguing musical acts and a few great flicks round out our weekend picks. And for a few movie picks of the sort you won’t find at the multiplex, click here.

SEE: Valley Girl
This Romeo and Juliet prom-com perfectly captures the slang-riddled radness of SoCal life in the ’80s, as seen through director Martha Coolidge’s slyly satirical lens. The movie features Nicolas Cage as a “punk object of desire” in case you needed more convincing. More information (November 15; Cinefamily) 

EAT: Sunday Brunch
Sample champagnes from Silverlake Wine, eat food prepared by Heirloom LA, and sip coffee from Bru on the lawn of the Frank Lloyd right-designed Hollyhock House. More information (November 16; Barnsdall Art Park)

HEAR: Wesley Stace
The singer-songwriter, scribe, and public radio host formerly known as John Wesley Harding typically curates a variety show of epic proportions called the Cabinet of Wonders. But for this stripped-down performance, the charming polymath will play songs from his recently released album, Self-Titled. More information (November 15; McCabe’s Guitar Shop)

SEE: Mortified Nation
“Share the shame” is the motto of Mortified Nation, a comedic documentary about a stage show where people share their most embarrassing moments in life with an audience of strangers. The premiere will be held at an actual middle school to properly set the stage for a night of awkwardness, shame, and character building defeats. More information (November 16; Lincoln Middle School)

HEAR: Chelsea Wolfe
Local rocker Chelsea Wolfe’s dark, cinematic tunes take center stage after English musician Anna Calvi sets the tone with her jangling guitar work and moody pop. More information (November 16; Royce Hall) 

HEAR: A$AP Ferg with A$AP Mob
Darold Ferguson Jr., better known as A$AP Ferg, headlines this bill, which features other members of the influential New York hip-hop collective A$AP Mob. More information (November 16; Los Angeles Mission) 

SEE: ¡Ser!
The play follows the travails of a queer Latina trying to find herself somewhere between her two hometowns: Buenos Aires and Los Angeles. More information (November 15 – December 8; West Hollywood Design District Showrooms)

SEE: Eastbound & Down: A Conversation with Jody Hill
As the HBO series Eastbound & Down comes to a close, see the series finale (before it airs on the West Coast) followed by the pilot and a conversation with the show’s creator, Jody Hill. More information (Through January 26; Bing Theatre, LACMA)

HEAR: Milk Carton Kids
Fans of the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel will love the acoustic guitar playing and gorgeous harmonies of this witty duo from Eagle Rock. Their third album, The Ash & Clay, came out earlier this year. More information (November 16; Largo at the Coronet)

HEAR: An Evening with David Sedaris
The writer, humorist, and This American Life contributor is in town to read essays from his newest book, Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, and the rest of his charmingly off-kilter oeuvre. More information (November 15; Pasadena Civic Auditorium)

HEAR: Wire
36 years after their first album came out, English art punk rockers have a new one. Granted, Change Becomes Us is mostly a collection of unpublished works from 1979-1980, but it’s good. More information (November 17; Echoplex)