14 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

Here are 14 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. Check out other options in our just released August Guide, too.

MONDAY, AUGUST 1

PLEASE KILL ME: 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK TOUR (Reading)
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk marks its 20th anniversary, and Grove Press issues a special edition with new material. To celebrate the milestone, authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, are doing a reading/presentation at 6:30 pm on Monday, Upstairs at the Ace Hotel. Free.

MAIDEN LA (Art + events)
MAIDEN LA—a play on the Hammer Museum’s Made in LA biennial—is a series of “happenings” that take place this month throughout L.A. County. Created and organized by artists Molly Schulman and Salomeh Grace, Maiden LA hopes to connect other artists and the public through web-based projects, open studios, exhibitions, installations and more. Check out the robust calendar of events for more information.

TUESDAY, JULY 26

EMO NIGHT (Music)
Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday returns to both the Echo and Echoplex on Tuesday, bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90s to today. Organizers are promising lots of surprises, including a live performance by a band they’re keeping hush hush. Doors at 9 pm. The first 100 people get in free (along with a special pin). $10 cover after.

BAD BUSINESS (Comedy)
Bad Business—a show about “Money. Power. Blazers.”—is at UCB Franklin at 9:30 pm on Tuesday night. Jessica Haymond and Ele Woods crafted and perform the story about two ambitious career women in 1985 who climb the corporate ladder without letting shoulder pads or friendship get in the way. Tickets: $5.

WRITERS ON WRITING: STEVEN KNIGHT (Talk)
The Writers Guild Foundation presents Writers on Writing with Steven Knight on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at WGAW Headquarters. The director and screenwriter (Locke, Dirty Pretty Things) is also creator and showrunner of Peaky Blinders and the BBC/FX series Taboo starring Tom Hardy. Admission: $15-20.

TELEVISION COSTUME DESIGN (Art)
The 10th Art of Television Costume Design exhibition opens at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) Museum in DTLA on Tuesday with more than 100 costumes from 23 TV shows—including eight shows nominated for an Emmy® nominated for outstanding Costume Design. The exhibition is free to the public and runs from Aug. 2-Oct. 15. FIDM Museum hours are 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3

GOOD LOOKS (Comedy)
Good Looks is a monthly comedy show that takes place every first Wednesday at UCB Franklin. Hosted and produced by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan, standup performers this month are Pete Holmes, Jamie Lee, Asif Ali, Zach Broussard and M.K. Paulson. Show at 8 pm. Tickets: $5.

VIMEO: SHARE THE SCREEN (Film)
On Wednesday at 7 pm at the Downtown Independent, Vimeo presents Share the Screen, a special screening that focuses on music videos directed by local female filmmakers and that have been Staff Picked by Vimeo’s curation team. There’s a Q&A with filmmakers, led by Vimeo’s head of production, Andrea Allen. Special guests include: Emily Kai Bock, Eva Michon, Mimi Cave, Hannah Hurney and Sarah Park. A reception follows the screening/Q&A. Free with RSVP. Seating is first come, first served.

THE EXPLORERS CLUB (Music)
The Explorers Club, a pop band with Beach Boys-esque harmonies, play two shows this week to promote the new CD Together. The band plays The Hotel Cafe on Wednesday at 10 pm; and The High Hat in Highland Park at 8 pm with GospelbeacH and MAPACHE opening.

MARGARITA FESTIVAL (Drinks + music)
Rock & Roll Margarita Festival 2016 returns to Lucky Strike in Hollywood on Wednesday night to celebrate the best best margaritas in Hollywood. Fifteen of the best mixologists in town will be serving complimentary samples of their signature margaritas with guests voting for their favorites. The event also features a craft beer garden with several breweries serving up beer samples. Live music from Roman and RIchie Sambora (of Bon Jovi). 21+ event. VIP Gets three hours of margaritas and beer from 7-10 pm. GA gets 2 hours from 8-10 pm. Tickets: $30-$40.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 4

BEVERLY HILLS 90210 (Live read)
The Blaze with Lizzie and Kat is a weekly podcast that examines an episode of the original Beverly Hills 90210 series. On Thursday, the podcast presents a live staged reading of the "Donna Martin Graduates!" episode as a fundraiser to benefit the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. Readers include 90210 alumni Gabrielle Carteris, Denise Dowse, Chuck Rosin; Stephen Kramer Glickman (Big Time Rush) and writer and comedian Sara Benincasa. The live read takes place at 8 pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills. Tickets for the all ages show: $18.

BINGO UNDER THE STARS (Food + games)
The Americana at Brand brings back its popular gaming night—Bingo Under the Stars on The Green—on Thursday (and Aug. 11 and 18). Check-in starts at 6 pm and bingo runs from 7-9 pm. Hosted by Bingo Boy and Deven Green, tickets are $15 per person, and includes a dinner from Katsuya, Trattoria Amici or Frida Mexican Cuisine. Beer and cocktails are available for purchase on The Green, cash bar. Tickets are available online; they are not available at the door.


Toro Y Moi: Live From Trona from Primary Colors on Vimeo.

TORO Y MOI: LIVE FROM TRONA (Film + Music)
Vimeo and Sundance Next Fest presents the concert film Toro Y Moi: Live from Trona on Thursday at 7 pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Chaz Bundick (Toro Y Moi) creates a new sonic experience featuring live arrangements filmed in the middle of the Mojave desert. Q & A and afterparty with Toro y Moi DJ set follows the screening. Tickets: $20.

PHANTOM LIMB (Art)
Shulamit Nazarian gallery opens the group exhibition Phantom Limb, which features five artists whose works fall between the abstract and figurative. From the gallery: “The artists explore constructions of personal narrative, specific moments of cultural upheaval, the complexity of human psychology, and the physicality of the body itself.” The show includes the works of Scott Anderson, Wendell Gladstone, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Maja Ruznic and May Wilson. The opening reception is on Thursday from 6-8 pm, and the works will be on view through Sept. 9.

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