Calendar June 21-27
SUN | JUN 22
A little summer piano is never a bad idea, and with favorable reviews from both the Boston Globe and the Washington Post, the former featured soloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is unlikely to disappoint as he plays a bit of Bach, Debussy and a West Coast premiere of Augusta Read Thomas. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship in piano at Tanglewood. Sun. 6 p.m. Free. LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. TUE | JUN 24
Subtitled “A Heroic Symphony in Two Parts,” director Andrzej Munk’s film is a dark comedy about two victims of war. The first is a drunkard forced to serve in the Home Army of the Warsaw Uprising, and the second follows a lieutenant in a prisoner of war camp for Polish soldiers, his attempt to escape inspiring hope and unrest for the other POWs. Written by Jerzy Stefan Stawinski, the film won the International Federation of Film Critics Award at the Mar del Plata Film Festival in 1959. Tue. 1 p.m. $4 (general), $2 (members). Bing Theater, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6010. ” target=”_blank”>skirball.org.
WED | JUN 25
The actress (“Angel”) and L.A.-based writer has a new book of comedic essays. “I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People” explores indulging one’s inner crazy. Totally candid and appropriately shameless, Mollen shares stories of stalking therapists, poorly planned bachelorette parties and strange hypothetical husband scenarios. Don’t worry if you relate a little too much — at least you’ll be laughing! Wed. 7 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 525-0270. ” target=”_blank”>ncjwla.org.
FRI | JUN 27
In the world of new, fresh-faced artistic renovators, Schrag is not one to be missed. Already established as an autobiographical cartoonist and writer for shows such as “The L Word” and “How to Make It in America,” the California native has a debut novel that is insightfully funny and hugely relevant. “Adam” tells the story of a young man caught up in frank and progressive New York City, where gay marriage demonstrations and transgender rights leave plenty of room for an awkward teenager to learn about love, lies and the stuff in between. Fri. 7:30 p.m. Free. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 660-1175. ” target=”_blank”>grandperformances.org.