As L.A.'s center of musical gravity shifts east to Coachella for the next two weekends, night life in the city will finally get some breathing room. No lines at the bar, cabs when you need them, an entire population of trustafarian party people otherwise occupied — why, it's a veritable Eden of going out close to home.
Take advantage of the reprieve by hitting up some of these local events. Some are deliberate ripostes to Coachella, others just happen to fall on the calendar this week. But all will feel as refreshing as a cold beer in a 110-degree desert field.
Tribute to Coachella at the Satellite, Tuesday
The artists at this installment of the Silver Lake club's monthly tribute series (a round-robin covers night that in the past has laid alms to Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath and more) will tackle the tunes of artists such as Nick Cave, Blur, New Order, Local Natives and other acts playing at this year's Coachella fest. Get the same songs at none of the price (it's free admission) or commute, courtesy of a varied bill of locals. http://www.thesatellitela.com.
Zero Film Festival, Wednesday
This anti-Cannes highlights micro-micro-budgeted indie shorts. Ranging from mumblecore-relationship vignettes to apocalyptic disaster flicks, the festival is a rare chance for the smallest movies to get big screenings. The fest kicks off Wednesday at Space 1520 in Hollywood, but the party moves to the Standard Hotel downtown for DJ sets by Tim Sweeney (of DFA Records) and members of the post-punk quartet Warpaint.