19 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Week
Scoops Ahoy from Stranger Things is open for business... in Burbank. The Academy screens Cooley High. The Good Burger pop-up opens. Chefs Ludo Lefebvre and Gilles Epié get extra fancy. A dinner salon at Manuela focuses on Sojourner Truth and space exploration. The Section Quartet takes on Radiohead's The Bends.
Through SUNDAY, JULY 14
Scoops Ahoy Pop-up Shop
Baskin-Robbins — 1201 S Victory Blvd., Burbank
Guests to the ice cream shop will be transported back to 1985, giving fans of Stranger Things a taste of Hawkins, Indiana. Check out the nautical décor and uniforms as well as the USS butterscotch sundae (a three-scoop sundae from the show, topped with waffle sails).
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
MONDAY, JULY 8; 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater — 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Academy presents a tribute to director Michael Schultz by screening his 1975 film, Cooley High, a contrast to the Blaxploitation films of the 1960s and '70s. The movie, which starred Glynn Turman, Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs, Garrett Morris and Cynthia Davis, focused on the coming-of-age stories of a group of black teens. The night is hosted by Robert Townsend and includes special guests Schultz, Jacobs, Morris, Larry Karaszewski and Jackie Taylor.
COST: $3 - $5; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JULY 9; 8 p.m.
Book Soup at the Skirball presents Linda Holmes
The Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Linda Holmes, the host of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, discusses her debut novel Evvie Drake Starts Over. The book focuses on an unlikely relationship between a young woman who lost her husband and a baseball player who has lost his game. She discusses her new work with fellow NPR correspondent Sam Sanders (host of It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders).
COST: $28 (includes a copy of the book); MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JULY 9; 7:30 p.m.
Lost & Found at the Movies: Your Brain on Movies
Mark Taper Auditorium at Central Library — 630 West 5th St., downtown L.A.
ALOUD at the Central Library presents a conversation between cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Heather Berlin and Sundance Film Festival programmer John Nein. They'll discuss movies, human behavior, interpreting cinema and creativity.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JULY 9 - TUESDAY, AUG. 6; 7 p.m.
Subaru Summer Jazz Nights
Hollywood & Highland — 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Live jazz returns to Center Court for the series' 16th season. The summer lineup includes the horn-driven beats of Huntertones, the 12-piece Boogaloo Assassins and Bria Skonberg. For a $14 donation, guests get a cheese and fruit plate by Wolfgang Puck Catering and two drink tickets for wine or beer (21+).
COST: FREE - $14; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JULY 9 - SUNDAY, NOV. 10
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story
J. Paul Getty Museum — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
The museum presents an exhibition of photos by late artist Gordon Parks (1912-2006), exploring one of the artist's most important photo essays. The first African-American photographer on staff at Life magazine, his subjects ranged from fashion to social injustice. The magazine sent him to Brazil in 1961 to document poverty in Rio de Janeiro for a special series on Latin America, and Parks focused his lens on a 12-year-old boy named Flávio da Silva who lived in a Rio favela.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JULY 9; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wienerschnitzel's 58th Anniversary
The fast food chain celebrates its anniversary with a deal. Get their original chili dog or a mustard dog for only 58-cents. There's a limit to 10 hot dogs per person.
COST: varies; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JULY 9 - SUNDAY, AUG. 11
The Play That Goes Wrong
Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre — 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The national tour of the Tony Award-winning madcap Broadway comedy, written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, and directed by Mark Bell, tells the story of a theater troupe trying to put on a murder mystery. Everything that can go wrong, does.
COST: $30 - $135; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, JULY 9; 7 p.m.
Salon Dinner in the Garden
Manuela — 907 E. 3rd St,, downtown L.A.
Learn about Sojourner Truth, the former slave, abolitionist and women's rights activist, in a discussion with UCLA's Dr. Brenda Stevenson and Dr. Nia Imara, astrophysicist from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The scholars will use the 1997 Sojourner Mars Rover Mission as a touchpoint, comparing and contrasting subjects while drawing in the Mars Rover installation by artist David Hammons currently on view at Hauser & Wirth. Tickets include a beverage and a family style meal by Chef Kris Tominaga .
COST: $60; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 - MONDAY, SEPT. 30; 12 - 10 p.m.
Summer of Ludo & Gilles
Montage Beverly Hills — 225 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills
Chefs Ludo Lefebvre and Gilles Epié team with the hotel for a three-month pop-up, transporting diners to the French Riviera. Dishes might include fish soup provençal, niçoise salad and ratatouille. Opening simultaneously with the pop-up will be Ludo Bird, featuring Ludo's signature fried chicken sandwiches and "The Original" Buttermilk Provencal.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 onward
Good Burger Pop-Up Restaurant
Good Burger — 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., #185, West Hollywood
The team behind the Saved by the Bell-themed Saved by the Max diner returns with a pop-up burger joint based on the Nickelodeon show and movie. Orderrrrr the Good Burgers, Good Shakes and Good Chunks while you shop for merch, play games and pose for photo opps. The kitchen will be run by chef Alvin Cailan of Eggslut. Prepaid reservations for 90-minute sessions are required. (The experience includes an entree, a side and a commemorative gift.)
COST: $30; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Bantu Boyz Comedy Show
Flappers Comedy Club And Restaurant Burbank — 102 E. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank
Bileko Wissa and Julien Tshikuna host several up-and-coming comedians: Keenan Baker, Annick Adele, Francis Cronin, JD Rankin, Tom Daley, Saad Alessa, Malcolm Hatchett and Angelina Spicer.
COST: $10, plus two-drink minimum; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10; 8:30 p.m.
The Section Quartet Performs Radiohead's The Bends
Largo at the Coronet — 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
The quartet, which specializes in playing rock/pop covers, performs Radiohead's classic album in its entirety for the first time in six years. They will be joined by special guests Jack Grisham (T.S.O.L.), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) and Sam Phillips.
COST: $30; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JULY 11 - THURSDAY, JULY 25; 7:30 - 10 p.m.
Summer Concerts 2019
Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The museum's concert series returns every Thursday this month with live performances and KCRW DJs in the museum's courtyard. There will also be food trucks and a cash bar (21+). The galleries are open until 8 p.m. so get there early for happy hour from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and some art viewing. This week's lineup: Pavo Pavo and DJs Anne Litt and Dan Wilcox.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JULY 11 - THURSDAY, SEPT. 5; 5 p.m. - close
The Mixing Room Patio at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live — 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Every Thursday this summer, listen to a DJ spin island music as you sip on drinks from an inventive cocktail menu (for those 21+). The 'Akala mixes spiced rum and agave while the Coconut Coast involves coconut cream, gold rum and amaretto. Nosh on items like the Hawaiian fruit salad with dragon fruit, kiwi, pineapple, mango, and passionfruit; crab cake sliders; and Kalua Pork, a smoked pork shoulder with fresh pineapple salsa.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JULY 11; 7 p.m.
Oaxacan Heritage Mezcal Dinner
Madre! Oaxacan Restaurant and Mezcaleria — 1261 Cabrillo Ave., #100, Torrance
Ulises Torrentera (In Situ, Oaxaca City) leads a tasting of Farolito, his new line of mezcals. Tickets to the tasting event include two cocktails, mezcal samples and a coursed Oaxacan dinner. Live salsa music by the band Oviedomulens from 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
COST: $85; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JULY 11; 8:15 p.m.
Club Bahia — 1130 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park
Just a few weeks before the premiere of his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, director Quentin Tarantino's films are re-imagined as a cabaret show. Expect lounge singers, actors and burlesque dancers that celebrate the femmes fatales of his oeuvre.
COST: $25 - $300; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JULY 11; 8 p.m.
Wilshire Ebell Theatre — 4401 W. 8th St., Mid-Wilshire
The nonfiction thriller podcast, which spawned an Amazon spin-off show, brings a live event to L.A. Aaron Mahnke leads the audience through a new dark tale that won't be found on the podcast while Chad Lawson provides musical accompaniment.
COST: $40 - $50; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, JULY 11; 7:30 p.m.
Skylight Books — 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
The latest issue of the quarterly mag delivers new work from Michelle Tea, Jose Antonio Vargas, T. C. Boyle, Dantiel W. Moniz, Genevieve Hudson, Jincy Willett and emerging Nigerian writers. Expected to read at the launch event are Vargas, Moniz and Emerson Whitney.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO