Things to Do This Week: ‘Beautiful’
"Beautiful," the musical celebrating singer-songwriter Carole King's early career, sings at the Pantages.
"Beautiful: The Carole King Story": It's not too late for "It's Too Late," and all of the timeless tunes created by the iconic singer-songwriter. The Broadway hit is on tour, with a stop at the Hollywood Pantages through the end of September, and to say that it is as packed as a double album with ditties you know is to state the obvious. For Ms. King and her husband and partner Gerry Goffin were behind oodles of radio hits, back in the day. Live singing, sparkly costumes, emotive anecdotes, and the sounds of the '60s/'70s shine, through Sunday, Sept. 30.
Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The music-awesome, DJ-cool, food-truck-ful, joy-laden after-hours part at the California African American Museum returns, with opportunities to see so much fantastic art. On view? "Royal Flush" from Nina Chanel Abney, Robert Pruitt's "Devotion," and several other shows. The cost to enter the celebration is free, oh yeah, and the 7 to 9 p.m. run time means it is the perfect post-work window to grab a yummy bite, hobnob with other art lovers, and soak in some amazing exhibits. The date? Be at CAAM on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
Sunset & Dine: Taking the chance to nosh among some of Tinseltown's most excellent eateries? All while knowing you're helping an organization dedicated to ending "isolation and homelessness in Hollywood"? It's a very good thing, indeed. And the goodness will rise at the corner of Sunset and Gower on Thursday, Sept. 27 at this annual Hollywood-loving fundraiser. A ticket to snack among the many restaurants is forty bucks, and the places set to show? The list is lengthy, oh yes. Look for Loteria Grill, Soul Hollywood, and several more.
What to do, where to go and what to see
LA Film Festival: Slipping over to a cinema to take in a fresh director, a new writer, or an unforgettable turn by an up-and-coming actor? Or directors, writers, and actors who've been working for awhile but continue to create fascinating fare? Find your way to this acclaimed fest, which is keeping the projectors warm through Friday, Sept. 28. There are several venues around town, from ArcLight Hollywood to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, so best check where the film you want to see is playing, pronto.
Costume Designers Competition: So you totally dig Metropolitan Fashion Week, and its design-centric spirit. Cool. And you say you're looking for a free event to check out some of the most whimsical and creative outfits? Make for the Plaza at the Original Farmers Market on Thursday, Sept. 27 for this treat for the eyes. The theme of the 2018 outfits on the runway will be King Tut, enhanced by the mega replica of the King Tut guardian statue that is still on view at the landmark public market, but not for long. Get there soon to see this photo-ready colossus, and several creative ensembles, too.