From Persian pop to North African blues, Khruangbin’s sound travels (fitting considering the band’s name is Thai for “airplane”). Bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer, and drummer Donald Johnson play Highland Park’s the Lodge Room March 22-24; if you want to get a taste of what to expect from their intercontinental set, check out five bands who’ve influenced their jams.
The Ready Player One Challenge
Daily through April 1
If you’re a fan of Ernest Cline’s book Ready Player One (which you should be because it’s amazing), you’re probably champing at the bit to see Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation when it hits theaters March 29. Get in on the action early by heading to the corner of Hollywood and Vine, where Experiential Supply Co. has dreamt up a maze that lets you dive into the book’s virtual reality world, called the Oasis. Audio/visual installations, old-school gaming stations, and interactive displays will make you feel like a real-life Wade Watts.
Bach in the Subways
A New York-based organization that orchestrates pop-up Bach concerts in subways (duh) and elsewhere marks the composer’s 333rd birthday with five days of performances all over L.A. Don’t miss the ten-hour marathon at Union Station on March 24.
Say Bye to Meltdown Comics
Through May 30
Just yesterday it was announced that Meltdown Comics and the Nerdmelt showroom are closing up shop. The store has dealt in comic books, paraphernalia, and ephemera for 25 years, and its in-house theater was the birthplace of Chris Hardwick‘s Nerdist empire and the standup showcase The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail. Pay your respects before the end of the month before the owner, Gaston, turns its neon sign off for good—everything inside is 50 percent off.
If anyone’s had enough of this “women aren’t funny” business, it’s Nell Scovell. The former writer for Late Night with David Letterman (and cowriter of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In) sits down with Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels—her former Wilton North Report colleagues—at the Skirball to discuss her new memoir, Just the Funny Parts.
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