18 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This Week

Fishing with Dynamite and MB Post team up for a Lobstah Roll Takeover. (Courtesy of Simms Restaurants)

The Roots revisit one of their early albums at the Hollywood Bowl. Fishing with Dynamite holds its 2nd annual Lobstah Roll takeover. Thirsty Classics combines cocktails and a screening of Chinatown. Take part in the Taste of Baldwin Park bike ride. Check out a screening of a documentary on homelessness — and then take part in a discussion on how to address the issue, right here at home.

The IT Experience Chapter Two is a 'funhouse' on Hollywood and Vine. (Courtesy of The IT Experience)

Through SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
The Derry Canal Days Festival and Funhouse
At Hollywood Blvd. and Vine St., Hollywood
This "funhouse" might be more terrifying than fun. The pop-up is a 40-minute experience that includes more than 10 immersive, interactive spaces based on the upcoming film IT: Chapter Two, coming out on Sept. 6. The sequel to the 2017 film picks up the action 27 years after the kids from Derry survived Pennywise's murderous ways. Reserved times are booked, but there's always a walk-up line for those without reservations.

MONDAY, AUG. 26; 7:30 p.m.
The Drop: Local Natives
The Grammy Museum — 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The L.A.-based band — Taylor Rice (vocals, guitar), Kelcey Ayer (vocals, keys), Ryan Hahn (vocals, guitar), Matt Frazier (drums) and Nik Ewing (vocals, bass, keys) — discuss their most recent album Violet Street, followed by a performance.

Guest chef Joseph Geiskopf participates in a collaboration dinner at Atrium in Los Feliz. (Courtesy of Joseph Geiskopf)

TUESDAY, AUG. 27; 6:30 - 10 p.m.
Collaboration Dinner
Atrium — 1816-A N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Chef Joseph Geiskopf, an alum of Noma and Destroyer joins Atrium's executive chef-partner Hunter Pritchett for a special dinner in which the chefs will work in tandem to craft a multicourse tasting experience. The eight-course menu includes mushroom tisane, masa cavatelli, caramelized sturgeon and Harry's berries. Reservations can be made online at OpenTable or by calling 323-607-6944.

TUESDAY, AUG. 27; 8:30 p.m.
Hollywood Shorts
Ford Theatres — 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
The Ford teams with HBO for this monthly screening program that showcases American and international short filmmaking and animation. Attendees can grab free popcorn or other options at the Ford Terrace Café, before watching the films under the stars. Get to the Ford early (at 7 p.m.) for happy hour with the filmmakers, and stay after the screening for a Q&A and conversation. Free parking.

TUESDAY, AUG. 27; 7 p.m.
Best Hikes in the San Gabriels
REI — 1900 W. Empire Ave., Burbank
Casey Schreiner, founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Hiker, highlights some of the best trails in the San Gabriel mountains in a brand new presentation based on his new guidebook, Day Hiking Los Angeles. This session currently has a waitlist, but there are other sessions on Sept. 17 in Arcadia, Sept. 18 in Rancho Cucamonga and Oct. 8 in Tustin.

WEDNESDAY, AUG 28; 8 p.m.
The Roots
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The Philly-based hip-hop crew (and house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) celebrates the 20th anniversary of its 1999 album, Things Fall Apart, by performing the record in its entirety. The 17-piece Christian McBride Big Band opens the night.
COST: Tickets: $1 - $165; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28; 6 - 9 p.m.
The Advocates
West Hollywood City Council Chambers — 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
The documentary follows three individuals who are working to find solutions to the current homelessness crisis in L.A. The conversation about homelessness continues after the film with a panel discussion that includes Celina Alvarez (executive director, Housing Works); Rémi Kessler (director of the film), Rudy Salinas (chief program officer at The Center at Blessed Sacrament); and Robert Morrison (program director, Housing Works).

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28; 1 p.m.
Urban Bush Women: Hair Party (Getting it Done!)
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The renowned dance company Urban Bush Women holds an informal gathering and performs excerpts of their dance-theater work Hair & Other Stories. The program is meant to inspire dialogue and critical thinking around the topic of hair and closely held beliefs about society, race, gender and individual beauty. After the program, participants are invited to check out the exhibition Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite. Urban Bush Women perform the entire work at the Ford Theatres on Friday, Aug. 30.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28; 7 - 10 p.m.
Twilight on the Pier: Helado Negro
Santa Monica Pier — 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Roberto Carlos Lange, better known as Helado Negro, headlines the popular outdoor music series, perfoming his blend of experimental pop. San Cha and Banda Las Angelinas open the show.

THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 7:30 -11 p.m.
Night Dive
Aquarium of the Pacific — 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
This 18+ after-hours party allows guests to check out the aquarium's galleries after closing time. Listen to live performances by local bands or DJs spinning tunes in the galleries. Cocktails (for those 21+) and drinks, as well as food truck fare will be available for purchase.

THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 7 - 10 p.m.
Thirsty Classics: Chinatown
Alcove | Big Bar — 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
The screening and cocktail series wraps its summer season with the classic L.A. film starring Jack Nicholson as a private detective and Faye Dunaway as a damsel in distress. Tickets include the screening, popcorn, a flight of three cocktails featuring Hendrick's Gin and Monkey Shoulder Scotch, and an early spirits tasting led by Big Bar manager Cari Han. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase.

THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 8:30 p.m.
Improvised: The Sixth Sense
UCB Sunset — 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of M. Night Shyamalan's 1999 film, watch four teams of UCB performers improvise and remaster the movie. Each group will perform an act of the film, and then the next group will take over. There's no telling where the improvisation will lead — since some of the performers have never seen the film.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 5:45 - 8:15 p.m.
Taste of Baldwin Park Ride
Metro Goldline - Irwindale Station — 16017 Avenida Padilla, Irwindale
ActiveSGV organizes a night of food and fun centered around biking. The family-and beginner-friendly ride that stops at local eateries with free food samples and special raffle prizes. The night begins with an optional four-mile feeder ride from the Irwindale Station to Baldwin Park that begins at 6:15 p.m. The Baldwin Park portion of the ride begins at 7:15 p.m. (Check in at the ActiveSGV booth at Maine Ave. and Ramona Blvd.)

THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 8 p.m.
Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Buy the ticket, take the ride to a screening of Terry Gilliam's 1998 twisted adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "savage journey to the heart of the American dream."

Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The film festival and memorabilia show returns to Hollywood over Labor Day weekend, presenting old and unusual short and feature films that are rarely given public screenings. The opening night includes a welcome reception at 5 p.m. at the Egyptian's courtyard, followed by a screening of Bare Knees (1928), 61 min., with live accompaniment by the Famous Players Orchestra. Cinecon does not sell tickets to individual films, but they do offer full-day passes for each of the five days of the festival.
COST: $50 - $60 for day passes, $249 for full festival pass, and $15 admission to memorabilia room; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 8 p.m.
Lisa Loeb
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb (best-known for the '90s anthem Stay (I Missed You) plays an intimate show of new songs, fan favs, covers and surprises.
COST: $20 - $45; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
FwD Lobstah Roll Takeover
Manhattan Beach Post — 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach
Fishing with Dynamite takes over chef and co-owner David LeFevre's other restaurant for its second lobster roll feast. The menu includes in-house chips with malt vinegar and French onion dip, blue crab and corn hushpuppies, heirloom tomato and Santa Rosa peach market salad, "mac salad" with celery, pickled ginger and wasabi, lobstah roll and strawberry shortcake. Reservations via OpenTable or by calling (310) 545-5405.
COST: $65 per person, including tax and gratuity; MORE INFO

The Mullin Wine Bar and Go Get Em Tiger open on The Music Center's plaza this week. (Photo: Courtesy of The Music Center)

THURSDAY, AUG. 29; 4 - 7 p.m.
Go Get Em Tiger and The Mullin Wine Bar Block Party
The Music Center —135 N Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The Music Center's plaza has undergone a 20-month, $41 million renovation. There are free, public festivities all Labor Day weekend long, including the grand openings of the newest beverage purveyors. Thursday's party includes music provided by DJ Element, coffee, cocktails, beer, wine (for those 21+), food, games and giveaways.

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