18 Fabulous Events Happening In Southern California This Week

The Wallis Studio Ensemble presents 'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy,' a stage adaption of Douglas Adams' beloved book. (Jo Rodriguez)

The L.A. Greek Film Festival opens, Bob Baker's marionettes take up residence at Oxy, Golden Road throws a Pride Prom and John Early hosts a screening of Paul Bartel's final masterpiece. You can also check out Nat Geo flicks, go to a music festival curated by Troye Sivan and Charli XCX or reminisce about the 1980s L.A. punk scene.

MONDAY, JUNE 3 - SUNDAY, JUNE 9
Los Angeles Greek Film Festival
UCLA's James Bridges Theater — 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Westwood
Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The festival showcases new films from Greece and Cyprus, as well as works by international filmmakers of Greek descent. The festival opens with The Right Pocket of the Robe by first-time feature film director Yiannis Lapatas, which follows a lonely monk who questions his life after losing his only companion, his dog. A Q&A follows with actor Thodoris Antoniadis.
COST: General admission tickets run $15 - $70; MORE INFO

Through MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2020
Linda Vallejo: Brown Belongings
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes — 501 N. Main St., downtown L.A.
This exhibition features works from the L.A.-based Chicana artist whose career spans more than 40 years. View her newest works alongside selections from several recent series including Make 'Em All Mexican, The Brown Dot Project, Datos Sagrados, The Brown Oscars, Memories of Mexico and Cultural Enigma.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JUNE 3; 7 p.m. (doors)
Andrew Bird
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
The multi-instrumentalist and songwriter plays in support of his latest album, My Finest Work Yet. Madison Cunningham opens.
COST: Tickets start at $40.50; MORE INFO

Through SUNDAY, JUNE 30
Four-course Anniversary Tasting Menu
Providence — 5955 Melrose Ave., Hollywood
To celebrate its 14th anniversary, Michael Cimarusti's high-end eatery offers a special tasting menu. Book your reservations now because spots fill up quickly. The price excludes tax, beverages and gratuity.
COST: $105 per person; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 4; 7:30 p.m.
The Moth StorySlam
Senator Jones — 2020 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
As the Westside StorySlam moves to a new location, storytellers take on the theme "chemistry." They'll tell five-minute tales about complex reactions, sparks, sizzles and fizzles in the lab called life. Lauren Weedman hosts.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

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TUESDAY, JUNE 4; 4 - 5 p.m.
Bob's Petite Theater Residency
Oxy Arts on York — 4757 York Blvd., Highland Park
Occidental College's new community venue welcomes Bob Baker's puppet theater for the summer while the marionettes prepare for their new permanent home in Highland Park. The residency features 10 free puppet shows followed by workshops on Tuesdays. Seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 4; 7:30 p.m.
What Can the Ancient World Teach Us about Feminism?
The Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater at the Getty Villa — 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades
Women throughout history have found ways to advance and protect their rights even during the most oppressive eras. Co-presented with Zócalo Public Square, the event examines how women resisted misogyny and defended themselves against discrimination in ancient societies. Panelists include: University of Miami archaeologist and editor of Ancient Maya Women Traci Ardren; UC Santa Barbara classicist and scholar of ancient Greek literature Helen Morales; and Cal State L.A. historian China Ping Yao. Moderated by Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW's Press Play.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 4; 8 p.m.
Shelf Life
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Watch the never-released final feature film from late director Paul Bartel (Eating Raoul). The dark comedy is based on a theater production about three siblings who are taken into their parents' bomb shelter when JFK is assassinated in 1963 — and never come out. Fast-forward 30 years and the now-adults have created their own world, from memories, imagination and TV snippets. Comedian John Early hosts and moderates the evening with guests/co-stars/co-writers of the film, O-Lan Jones, Andrea Stein and Jim Turner.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY JUNE 6; 8:30 p.m.
Grease: Sing-along
Level — 4th floor, 888 South Olive St., downtown L.A.
Get ready to hand-jive: Rooftop Cinema Club screens the 1978 musical about the kids at Rydell High, with a cast led by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Ages 18+. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. so you have time to grab your headphones, find seats and enjoy cocktails, food, games and the view.
COST: Tickets start at $17; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5; 7 p.m.
Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years Of Bauhaus
Art Theatre Long Beach — 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach
The documentary looks inside the philosophy of the 1919 Bauhaus architecture school, which was noted for its utopian design and belief in creating a peaceful society that everyone could be a part of.
COST: $9 - $12; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 - SUNDAY, JUNE 9
The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Lovelace Studio Theater) — 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Douglas Adams' absurdist satire takes place after Earth is completely destroyed to make way for an intergalactic bypass. The last human, Martha Dent (a switch from the original character Arthur Dent), and her sidekick, Ford Prefect, search the galaxy for the meaning of life. Directed by Madeleine Dahm, the stage production integrates puppetry, stylized movement, miniature sets and live music. Audience members are encouraged to come dressed in their best sci-fi costumes and take photos at a selfie spot. Use the hashtag #ZaphodsCloset for a chance to win two tickets to a performance of your choice in The Wallis' 2019/2020 season.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

Broken Social Scene plays three nights at the Fonda Theatre in support of the band's latest EPs. (Courtesy of Arts & Crafts)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 - FRIDAY, JUNE 7; 9 p.m.
Broken Social Scene
Fonda Theatre — 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The Toronto-based collective performs in support of its two recently released EPs, Let's Try The After, Vol 1 and 2. Sasami, Hand Habits and Superet open on respective nights.
COST: $39; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 6; 5 - 9 p.m.
OC Palate: A beer and food event
Heritage Museum of Orange County — 3101 West Harvard St., Santa Ana
The OC Brewers Guild presents a night of curated beer and small-plate food pairings. Meet the brewers and sample from more than two dozen breweries including Left Coast Brewing, Lost Winds Brewing, Bruery Terreux and Tustin Brew Co. The ticket price includes all beers and bites.
COST: $100; MORE INFO

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5; 8 p.m. - midnight
Dance Yourself Queen: Pride Prom

Chloe's at Golden Road Brewing — 5410 W San Fernando Rd., Atwater Village
To kick off Pride Month, dress in your most creative prom gear and step into a glitter-filled room with a DJ and drag performances throughout the evening. Golden Road is also brewing a pub-only Pride beer called Slay All Day, available at its L.A. and Orange County locations during June or until supplies last.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5; 8 p.m.
More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of L.A. Punk
Largo LA — 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
John Doe, the founding member of punk band X, and music executive Tom DeSavia have teamed up for a sequel to their first book, Under the Big Black Sun. The new book delivers a personal account of the L.A. punk scene from 1982 to 1987 with 50 rare photos. Contributors include artist Shepard Fairey, filmmaker Allison Anders, actor Tim Robbins and pro-skater Tony Hawk. Hawk, Charlotte Caffey (GoGos guitarist) and journalist Pleasant Gehman will join Doe and DeSavia at the Largo reading and Q&A.
COST: $30+ fees; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 6; doors 7 p.m.
Go West Fest
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Pop performers Troye Sivan and Charli XCX co-curate, host and headline the festival, which was inspired by a 1979 Village People song about finding a utopia free of homophobia. Performers include Allie X, Chika, Quay Dash, Dorian Electra, Gia Gunn, Carlie Hanson, Leland and Pussy Riot. A portion of the proceeds will benefit GLAAD.
COST: General admission tickets start at $55; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 - SUNDAY, JUNE 9
National Geographic: Eyes on the Planet
Aero Theatre — 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The American Cinematheque teams with the Nat Geo channel for free screenings of episodes from two of its most popular series. Thursday's program features the limited series, Hostile Planet, and a discussion with director Sophie Morgan, executive producer Guillermo Navarro and director of photography David Reichert. Friday, there's a screening of The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (with Freeman in attendance). On Sunday, the channel presents the documentary Free Solo with subject Alex Honnold and co-director Jimmy Chin in person. The series ends with the film Baraka in 70mm (paid event).
COST: FREE - $15 ; MORE INFO

TOMS in Venice presents a solo show ME:WE with works by Claire Salvo. (Image: Courtesy of Claire Salvo / TOMS)

THURSDAY, JUNE 6 - SUNDAY, JUNE 9
ME:WE
TOMS — 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
The shoe boutique presents an art show with nine portraits of survivors of sexual assault by artist Claire Salvo. Each work is accompanied by the survivor's story, in their own words. Salvo also hosts a painting workshop on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. RSVP to storeevents@toms.com.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO


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