On August 27, enjoy a FREE open house at the legendary Second City in Hollywood. This is a perfect opportunity to try your hand at improv, writing, or musical improv. This is the world’s premiere comedy theatre and largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy. Reservations are highly recommended but walk-ins are welcome. Call 323.464-8542 for more info. Some of the most legendary actors have called Second City their home namely John Belushi, Bill Murray, Andrea Martin, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Jane Lynch and many more.
Now through October 15, the very inspiring FIDM Museum and the Television Academy present the Art of Television Costume Design. This exhibit salutes the creative forces behind the costume designers for some of the biggest Emmy nominated shows on the air. Highlights include costumes from Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Roots, Empire, American Horror Story and more. The best part is this exhibit is free.
We’re so lucky to live in such a creative area! The Burbank Comedy Festival goes now until August 20 at Flappers Comedy Club & Restaurant. From workshops to industry panels to actual standup shows there is something there for all comedy lovers to enjoy! There will also be activities for the young comedians at designated children workshops and shows. Some big names in the comedy scene will also be hanging out around and performing such as Andy Dick, Jeff Garlin, Tom Greene, Kate Flannery and more! Tickets are on sale now with prices ranging from $10 individual events (and even a few free ones) to week-long and VIP passes from $150-$350.
We’ve all heard of the Sundance Film Festival. If you’ve never been, you can get a taste of it at Sundance NextFest in Los Angeles on August 12-14. It will take place at DTLA’s Ace Hotel. Sundance NEXT FEST is a summer festival celebrating film, music, and the renegade spirit of independent artists. This year, six bold new films fresh from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival make their Los Angeles premiere. Each is paired with either a special musical performance that embodies a shared artistic sensibility or a conversation with filmmakers and the luminaries that inspired them. For their fourth year, they’ve added a new outdoor venue to offer even more opportunity to celebrate the spirit of music and film in LA—grab a drink, mingle, soak up the summer sun, and feel the energy as we celebrate the next wave in American cinema.
Now through November 13, enjoy some of the best contemporary painters from London in this incredible exhibition at the Getty Center. Artists featured are Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, and R.B. Kitaj. Each artist is a rebel and trailblazer in their style by rejecting what contemporary art was supposed to be. This is an inspired, emotional, bold, and prolific collection of outstanding work. Plus, it’s at the beautiful Getty Center.
Thinking of taking some classes for self-knowledge or to improve your skills? Nearby Los Angles Valley College has a wide variety of classes and it’s only a short drive from NoHo Senior Arts Colony. Apply now! Whether you’re interest in Accounting, Computers, Media Arts, Photography or more, LAVC has it all. Check out their catalogue.
Over 400 of the world’s best short films will be showcased during the annual celebration, which has emerged as one of the leading discovery platforms for the next generation of storytellers in Los Angeles. HollyShorts takes place August 11-20 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and other locations throughout Hollywood. Among the official selections is Cuddle Party, a dark comedy Executive Produced by Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Jill Soloway, creator of Amazon’s hit series Transparent. Directed by Matthew Irving Epstein, Cuddle Party stars Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Michaela Watkins (Casual, Saturday Night Live), and Rob Huebel (Children’s Hospital, Despicable Me). Cuddle Party will screen in competition during the festival’s opening night celebration on August 11. This year’s HollyShorts official lineup features ground breaking shorts and world premieres.