Boasting an impressive line-up of comedians, Hollywood Improv will host the charity show “Gimme Shelter: A Benefit for L.A. Animals.” The event will raise money for the Friends of Shelter Animals (FSA), a nonprofit group that assists LA County animal shelters.
The show, starting at 7:30 p.m., will be hosted by Allan Havey, a veteran comedian who has made multiple appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” hosted and produced the show “Night After Night with Allan Havey” and has been involved with TV shows such as “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Office” and many more.
He will be joined by Dom Irrera, Andy Kindler and Jerrod Carmichael, each of whom has made a name for themselves in the world of comedy, either on stage or TV.
“Q.E.D. II: Inchoate Affinities: The Open-Wall Architecture of Language and Gender” will include performances dealing with affinity, influence and provocation and will feature “Les Figues Press” author Kim Rosenfeld, writer Vanessa Place and poet/visual artist Yedda Morrison. The performance will be followed by a town-hall style discussion moderated by writer and critic Andrea Quaid.
The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m.
Les Figues Press seeks to create aesthetic conversations between writers/artists and readers, especially those interested in innovative, experimental and avant-garde work.
Q.E.D. II builds on the 2012 Q.E.D. series on queer art and literature.
The performance and discussion will take place at the MAK Center Schindler House, 835 N. Kings Road at Waring Avenue. General admission is $7 per person (at door) or free for Friends of the MAK Center and members of Les Figues Press.
Actor Tom Sizemore will discuss and sign his new book about how he escaped his meth addiction.
Sizemore was a popular actor during the 1990s, known for his supporting roles in “Saving Private Ryan,” Black Hawk Down,” “Heat,” “True Romance” and “Natural Born Killers.” Many directors and actors courted him for their films.
However, toward the end of the 90s he experienced a series of events that landed him first in prison, and then in an abandoned cabin. Sizemore spent years taking drugs and living in squalor. He also attempted suicide.
His biography is about how he pulled himself out the hole.
The event starts at 7 p.m.
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, a San Francisco-based alternative folk rock band, plays the Troubadour at 8 p.m. The band was formed in 2003 by lead singer Thao Nguyen, who recently signed with Ribbon Music and released her new album “We the Common.”
The first single off the record is “Holy Roller.”
Also playing at the show will be Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, which plays a mix of old and contemporary jazz blues.
The show is for all ages and costs $15.
WeHo will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday at 9 a.m. with a tree planting along the 8600-8700 block of Holloway Drive.
For those interested, meet at Saint Victor’s Catholic Church (8634 Holloway Drive at Hancock Ave.).
“What a Pair!” is a benefit concert for Cedars-Sinai’s breast cancer research and education programs at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. The concert is a Broadway-style production consisting of celebrity duets, with a silent auction and reception to follow.
The concert will be at the Broad Stage at Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center (1310 11th St., Santa Monica). Tickets will be distributed on the day of the performance, beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a silent auction at 6 p.m., the concert at 7 p.m. and reception at 8:30 p.m.
Dress is “cocktail attire.”
For more information, visit http://giving.cedars-sinai.edu/what-a-pair/.