The best of what to do in and around Los Angeles this week
This week in L.A. is your only chance to catch the raucous and unforgettable Pretty Things Peepshow. You can also see Nina Daniels perform her hilarious one-woman prop comedy show, as well as be one of the first to try Michael Voltaggio's new sandwich joint and to see self-taught artist Willard Hill's inaugural exhibit of artwork formed from household objects.
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February 25 | Comedy & music
The Prop Comic
Prop comedy has been going strong since the vaudeville era. For those that have been enjoying their comedy prop-less, the simple definition is a comedian harnessing the power of an object (ANY object) during his or her act. There is nothing seemingly funny about a cello, but you haven’t met comedian and actor extraordinaire Nina Daniels. Daniels was forced to endure weekly cello lessons by her mother, so she and the cello have become quite intimate. Daniels’ one-woman show is pure hilarity.
8 p.m. | Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 960-5519 | Free, RSVP required | website
February 26 | Variety show
Pretty Things Peepshow at The Bob Barker Marionette Theater
I know what you’re thinking: Bob Barker Marionette Theater is the kind of place you go on field trips to as a kid. But this show is decidedly not kid-friendly. It’s a modern take on old-school circus acts like sword swallowing, knife throwing, burlesque, and puppets, the likes of which you never saw as a child. We’re talking raunchy but awesomely unforgettable. Pretty Things Peepshow is traveling the world, and this is your only chance to catch them in L.A.
7 p.m. | Bob Barker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St., Los Angeles | (323) 462-6411 | $15 | website
February 26 | Restaurant opening
Michael Voltaggio is quintessential California cool. He elevated the sandwich game at ink.sack, but he takes it to an entirely new level with Sack Sandwiches. The ingredients and flavor profiles are rich and complex, and the quality is key. Sack Sandwiches represents a break from ink.sack and a focus on sandwiches without any frame of reference. Diners can also expect Straus Creamery milkshakes and nitro cold brew Stumptown on tap.
8915 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood | (424) 777-0113 | website
February 27–28 | Escape the city
San Diego is a relatively short jaunt from Los Angeles and is a perfect city for Angelenos to enjoy a chill vibe and thriving food scene. Cool off at Waterfront Park, 12 acres of interactive fountains, picnic spots, and gardens all overlooking the bay. Then, prepare to be wowed at Juniper and Ivy, which boasts the exquisite cuisine of Top Chef All Stars winner, Richard Blais. The restaurant describes itself as "refined American food with left coast edge.” Whatever that means, we dig and highly recommend the wild boar ragu and the kale Caeser with duck leg confit.
February 27–April 2 | Art
Willard Hill at The Good Luck Gallery
Good Luck Gallery, located deep in the heart of Chinatown, is the only gallery in Los Angeles focused exclusively on showcasing self-taught artists. Willard Hill is one such artist hailing from Manchester, Tennessee. Hill found his calling late in life, after recovering from a hernia operation. That’s when he began gathering household items like toothpicks, masking tape, coat hangers, cotton balls, and even hairs from his wife’s wigs and creating intricate sculptures. It’s been twenty years since Hill assembled his first miniature figure, and it’s time the world finally sees what all of the fuss is about. This is Hill’s first solo show and Good Luck Gallery is the perfect venue.
Wed–Sun, 12–6 p.m. | The Good Luck Gallery, 945 Chung King Rd., Los Angeles | (213) 625-0935) | Free | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.