Your Guide to The Most Exciting Things to Do This Week

Plus, a film festival for people with short attention spans
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There might be no braver way to embrace Monday than by jumping head-first into a heavy metal mosh pit. What, that’s not your thing? No worries. This week offers plenty of free concerts to choose from — including pop, punk, indie rock, and a silent disco — plus a healthy smattering of art, activism, and film events to carry you from now until Friday. Here’s your weekday itinerary:

Get Heavy Metal
Monday, Aug 15, 7 p.m.

The Black Communion, the Regent’s monthly metal residency, is picking up steam with a performance from Eliminate, a band featuring members of Dark Angel, Whiplash, Kreator and more. Expect to hear classics from Dark Angel’s LPs Darkness Descends and We Have Arrived, in addition to tunes from Hatched and BRaIN DEaD. Metalheads aged 21+ get in free before 10 p.m., and 18+ fans have a $5 cover.


Go Ahead, Be a Narcissist
Tuesday, Aug 16, 7:30 p.m.

DTLA arts incubator Monserrat hosts a showcase of curated theatre, dance, film, music, and visual art produced by local artists. All works are inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, from echoes to reflections. Cocktails will be available for purchase, and the entrance fee is $10.


Catch Disco Fever
Wednesday, Aug 17, 5 p.m.

Sip local craft beers, explore art installations, and dance the night away — quietly. This silent disco is the debut event from Playascape, a non-profit that aims to improve urban areas through community-driven art events. Entrance is free, and beer tastings are $3 each.


Know Your Rights
Thursday, Aug 18, 6:30 p.m.

Community educator and social justice organizer Mia Mingus is back for her second Transformative Justice 101 training session. The free event will address core concepts of transformative justice, followed by a dialogue on community-based responses to violence.


Rise to the Occasion
Friday, Aug 19, 4 p.m.

Indie rock band Chastity Belt, pop queen Colleen Green, and rockers Chicano Batman kick off this local music festival on Friday night. There’s over eight stages to check out — and best of all, every show is free.


Keep It Short and Sweet 
Ongoing, through Aug. 20 

The 12th annual Hollyshorts Film Festival showcases the year’s best indie shorts from around the world, from animation to documentaries. Plus, the youth film competition is always great for scouting Hollywood’s next generation of auteurs. The $80 day passes will get you into all screenings, panel, and parties.


Get Inside Guillermo’s Head
Ongoing, through Nov. 27

Guillermo del Toro’s innovative films have enchanted audiences for years, and his creative process is revealed in this new LACMA exhibition. Examine del Toro’s personal collection of inspirational items, from tiny marionettes to a giant Frankenstein head, and view movie mock-ups to see Pan’s Labyrinth with new eyes.

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