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5 Every Week: Apartment art, cemetery art and NOW fest

Here are five great things you should do in SoCal this week from the makers of the 5 Every Day app. Get this as a new podcast in iTunes.  If you want five hand-picked things to do in Los Angeles every day, download the free 5 Every Day from the App Store.

Art: Hot in Here at Sunday Los Angeles

Sunday is a gallery in an apartment, the live-work space of a couple CalArts grads, in Virgil Village. Not exactly big-time Art World stuff. But hey, from Chinatown to Highland Park, all the most interesting galleries on the Eastside have this homespun quality. Sunday is no exception. It’s part living-room, part punk club, part clubhouse. The Sunday kids mostly put on shows and stage performances by their extended crew of friends. Thursday they open “Hot in Here,” a huge group show of all emerging female artists. The list of artists is long, but we saw some familiar names in there: let’s see, the post-Internet provocateur Molly Soda and the brutal verité photographer Vivian Fu. And lest we forget, snacks by teenage wunderkind Clara Cakes.

City: Forest Lawn Museum

The Forest Lawn museum is the weirdest. For one, it’s an art museum in a cemetery in Glendale. And their chief attraction is the "world's largest religious painting," a 195-foot panoramic depiction of the crucifixion. It’s got its own custom-built auditorium, and the hourly presentation is all religious showmanship and dramatic lighting. It’s seriously one of Los Angeles' best free bizarro attractions. The rest of the museum is also worth the morbid trip. On display right now is "Revolutions 2," an exhibition of rock n' roll art. Revolutions 1 must have been a hit? Again: this is an art museum showing rock and roll art at a cemetery. It’s a kinda sacrilegious mix of stuff—highlights include proggy Roger Dean paintings of alien landscapes and the original pen-and-ink rendering of the Rolling Stones tongue logo.

Food: Aroma Restaurant

You're probably going to notice a theme with our restaurant recommendations. So many of the places we love are strip mall discoveries with... how do we say this? Little or no external charisma. Aroma Restaurant in Silver Lake is the ultimate in this vein. It took us almost a year to even notice it. This kind of thing keeps the good secrets secret! And Aroma is a great secret: a perfectly uncool Italian place where everything is shaved with truffles and the bread is always fresh out of the oven. While people are waiting two hours for noodles at Silver Lake Ramen right next door, you’ll be seated at a white tablecloth, being recited the specials menu in a performance so insanely long that you'll wonder why they don't just write it down. Perfect for a romantic carb-shovel.

Music: Lydia Lunch at Teragram Ballroom

Lydia Lunch was just a kid when she founded Teenage Jesus And the Jerks, a nightmare of a band in late-70s New York. Maybe you haven’t heard of them, but believe us, they’re really important. For all the romance built up around that moment in time, downtown New York in the '70s was a dangerous garbage dump, and the fact that anyone survived — let alone a 16-year girl — is kind of a miracle. And young Lydia didn’t just survive. She came out a legend, and has spent the last 30 years following her tough muse through music, poetry, movies and books. On Friday, she’s playing a sort of retrospective show at the new Teregram Ballroom downtown. It’s a survey of her entire musical career, accompanied by what’s billed as “an all-star cast of sonic brutarians”. The whole bill’s gothy and great, with Wax Idols and Egrets on Ergot opening, and John Dwyer of THEE OH SEES is DJing.

Wildcard: NOW Fest at RedCat

The REDCAT is CalArt’s experimental theater space. It’s hidden at the base of the Music Center downtown. They program high-end, left-field performance from around the world. This week they kick off the New Original Works — or N.O.W. — fest. Things threaten to get truly, weirdly out of hand: three weekends of new works and precarious works-in-progress from all kinds of Angeleno art makers. This is the festival that keeps weird, live performance relevant, dangerous and alive. To begin, it’s two different dance pieces — one by choreographers Nguyễn Nguyên and Maria Gillespie, and the other by choreographer Sheetal Gandhi — plus some kind of theatrical music performance by Jherek Bischoff, Steven Reker, and our own Zac Pennington.

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