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13 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 13 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And don’t forget to check out the June Guide or the Best Night Out in Los Angeles for other ideas.


MOVIES: The Mondrian continues its Monday Night Dive In Theater beginning at 8 pm each Monday throughout the summer. The films are screened over the swimming pool, and Innerspace is this week’s flick. The Mondrian offers a nighttime menu along with $5 gourmet popcorn from Rocking Popcorn. Flavors include: Spicy Buffalo, Kettle Corn, Truffle and Morphine and Chocolate.

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BURGERS: Now in its fifth year, The Oinkster’s annual Burger Weekreturns to the Eagle Rock (and the Hollywood location for the first time) with seven new creations, each served for one-day only. Monday’s burger is The Klogger: Two Nebraska Angus Beef Patties with House Made Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Bourbon Bacon Jam, Bacon’d Burger Dressing and Onion on a Seedless Bun. Served with a side of Pork Rind Dust. Inspired by The Simpsons.

BOOKS: Mindwebs is a specialty bookstore located within Meltdown Comics and Collectibles, and it opens on June 1 to the public. Hang out join the team for a drink and check out the collection of rare books and magazine collectibles. 7 pm.

MUSIC: Tennis System begins its Monday June residency at the Echo. Joining them on the bill this week are The Primals, Sunset Sons and Bonfire Beach. 8:30 pm. Free. RSVP for priority entrance when at capacity. 8:30 pm. Ages 21+.


LIT: The Moth's Westside edition takes over Zanzibar in Santa Monica Tuesday with storytellers spinning tales on the theme of "save." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about adrenaline, thrills, chills and racing around. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 p.m. and tales begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). Hosted by Carlos Kotkin. The venue is 21+.

VARIETY: On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, the Tuesday Night Project presents the next installment of the Tuesday Night Cafe—one of the longest running free art series in DTLA—at the Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts. The series is dedicated to highlighting the work of visual and performing artists from the LA and Asian American community, and tonight’s show focuses on the API LGBTQ community. Hosted by Alison De La Cruz and beats by DJ Akikoluv, the show features the lineup of Karl Kevin, Alina Bee, Tintin V, Mari Naomi, Bitter Party and an Open Mic.


FILM: To celebrate Milan Records and Nicolas Winding Refn’s new release of the full soundtrack (on vinyl) to Refn’s classic film Bronson, Cinefamily presents a screening of the film and record-signing, with Nicolas Winding Refn in person. “Bronson is based on the true story of Britain’s most violent and expensive prisoner, the ultra- violent career criminal Charles Bronson. An unnervingly bizarre and disturbing performance by Tom Hardy fills every minute of the film.” The soundtrack features music by Wagner, Puccini and the Pet Shop Boys and more. Refn signs records on the patio after the screening. Tickets: $12. 7:30 pm.

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MUSIC: The duo Dead Rock West perform at the Hotel Cafe on Wednesday. Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen sing tunes from their Everly Brothers tribute album (out July 17). 9 pm. Tickets: $12.50. 21+.

MUSIC: To promote the release of his forthcoming album Carrie & Lowell,Sufjan Stevens is currently on tour and plays the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Wednesday at Thursday at 8 pm. “Thematically the 11 songs address life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love. The album is named for Stevens’ mother and stepfather and is a return to Stevens’ folk roots.” Tickets: $45-$59.


MUSIC: Patrick Watson plays The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Cemetery on June 4 to support his new album Love Songs for Robots. Villagers opens. 7:30 pm. Tickets are sold out, so seek out your alternative ticket source.

BOXING: Former boxer and Golden Boy Promotions’ founder Oscar De La Hoya is doing a meet and greet before the Thursday’s LA Fight Club at the Belasco Theater in DTLA. From 6 to 7 pm, fans with tickets to the event have the opportunity to get a picture with The Golden Boy and sign memorabilia. The evening’s main event features Puerto Rico’s Jayson “Star” Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs) against Mexico’s Daniel “Huracan” Ramirez (11-1, 5 KOs). The first bout begins at 5:30 pm. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes broadcast will air live at 7 pm. Prices start at $20.

WATER 101: Descanso Gardens presents a Water 101 tasting seminar on Thursday at 6 pm with Martin Riese, the nation's first water sommelier. Enjoy small bites and various waters. Seating is limited. $45 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations required at Other water-tasting dates are July 8 and Aug. 26.

MUSIC: Jenny O. plays The Lyric Theater on Thursday night at 8 pm with support from Babes and Pearl Charles. Tickets: $12-$15.

Related: June Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.

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