5 things to do in l.a. this week: from a mosh pit to a car-less utopia

Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in L.A. this week.

by Jane Helpern
Mar 16 2015, 3:55pm

Photography Stacy Kranitz, Courtesy Little Big Man Gallery

Stacy Kranitz: From The Study On Post-Pubescent Manhood
The first solo show of Kentucky born photographer Stacy Kranitz infiltrates a dystopian Southern Ohio skate community known as Skatopia. Stacy's intimate images of this unruly, youth-and-rebellion fueled subculture traverse the complex relationship between documentarian and subject.

On view at Little Big Man Gallery through Sat, March 21, 801 Mateo Street

Check Yo Ponytail with Trash Talk and Rat King
California hardcore punk band Trash Talk, fronted by enthralling long-haired vocalist Lee Spielman, will headline the Echoplex on Friday night supported by NYC hip hop group Rat King. In 2012, Trash Talk become the first non hip-hop act to sign to Tyler The Creator's Odd Future Records. Their raucous shows have been known to incite mass chaos, bloody mosh pits, and the occasional police riot.

Friday, March 21 at 11AM, Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd.

Inspired by the ciclovía events that started 40 years ago in Bogotá, Colombia as a response to car congestion and pollution, the inaugural US CicLAvia went down in October of 2010 to allow the Los Angeles biking community the chance to experience the city without its signature road rage inducing traffic. The first CicLAvia of 2015 will take place this weekend in the San Fernando Valley, aka "The Valley," aka the home of Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction and Magnolia, shutting down 5.5 miles of this iconic stretch to cars and opening it up to foot, pedal, and non-motorized wheel power.

Sunday, March 22 at 9AM - 4PM, The Valley

Kevin Sessums Discusses And Signs I Left It on the Mountain: A Memoir
Journalist Kevin Sessums had a glamorous career grilling the Hollywood elite for Interview and Vanity Fair. But on his 53rd birthday, the acclaimed writer woke up in an LA hotel room unsure of whether he could make it through his next interview. I Left It On The Mountain is a memoir about Sussum's recovery from a rapidly unraveling life, anonymous sex resulting in an HIV positive diagnosis, and seeking redemption at the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Tuesday, March 17 at 7PM, 8818 Sunset Blvd.

The Wrecking Crew
The Wrecking Crew is a documentary about the elite group of West Coast musicians who played on some of the most iconic tracks coming out of Los Angeles in the 1960s, including "By My Baby" by The Ronettes and "California Girls" by The Beach Boys. Providing backing tracks for the likes of The Byrds, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and many more, these hired guns have remained mostly anonymous until now. Produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, the film tells the story of the unsung musicians who created the unforgettable soundtrack of a generation.

Monday March 16 - Thursday, March 19, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd.


Text Jane Helpern

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