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20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 21 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Don’t forget to check out our July Guide, Outdoor Film Guide and Free Concert Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


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SCOTCH: Monday is National Scotch Day and we heard that Brentwood steakhouse Baltaire and Irish pub Tom Bergin’s plan to celebrate the day in style. At Baltaire, beverage director David Vaughn offers two specialty scotch flights that consist of three, 1 oz. pours that will only be available on National Scotch Day from 11 am to 11 pm. The first offering ($40) explores three different flavor profiles of Scotch (Glenmorangie 12 Nectar d’Or 12-yr. from the Highland region, Springbank Green 12 from Cambletown and the Bruichladdich Octomore), and the second offering explores three different age statements of Macallan ($75). Tom Bergin’s offers an Irish-inspired cocktail called the Cooper Union ($8) with Redbreast Pure Pot Still Irish whiskey, St. Germain, Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch and orange bitters. The Cooper Union will only be available for the Monday holiday from 5 pm. to 2 am.

FILM: Monday is the last chance to see Swedish filmmaker Roy Andersson’s absurdist film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence at Cinefamily. The film concludes his film trilogy (Songs from the Second Floor and You, the Living). Last screening on Monday at 10:30 pm. Tickets: $12.

POP-UP FILM: Monday and Tuesday are your last chances to check out the Steve McQueen and Kanye West film collaboration: All Day/I Feel Like That.McQueen's practice has sat at the intersection of art and film with his works included in museum collections around the world and his films, including 12 Years a Slave (2013), earning popular and critical acclaim. Pop star West is always trying something to challenge his listeners and audiences. In the LACMA pop-up, McQueen has teamed with West for a 9-minute short film for West’s songs “All Day/I Feel Like That” shot in one take at a dockyard outside of London. The installation is included in the GA ticket ($15) and will be screened at BCAM between 11 am-5 pm on both days. If you just want the Cliff’s Notes version, then check out this USA Today breakdown.


DOCUMENTARY FILM: ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood’s 2015 Summer Documentary Series concludes its run of four festival-favorite films that were either directed or co-directed by women on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm. Curator Marjan Safinia, filmmaker and President of the International Documentary Association, has selected Amy Berg’s Prophet’s Prey to end the series. It’s the L.A. premiere of the film, which focuses on the controversial Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and its leader Warren Jeffs There’s a post-screening Q&A with the director, followed by a reception in the ArcLight Upper Bar. Tickets: $14.

COMEDY: The web series Broken People, starring and created by Taylor Orci (Bitchy Resting Face) and Jared Nigro (Groundlings Sunday Company), made its debut on last week, and the cast and producers are holding a viewing party and Q&A at Nerdmelt on Tuesday at 7 pm. The show also stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) and Anna Akana. Live performances by Julia Holter and R&B performer Aloha. Tickets: $5, $7 at the door (cash only).

COMEDY: Jesus Was Ashy is a comedic, intropective examination of identity and relationships within Black culture and American society. The revamped sketch show (This is Not a Tan!) focuses on the multifaceted relationships between regular Black citizens often excluded from staged comedy. “ From the continent to the Caribbean to California, come journey with us as we show you several silly slices of Black life.” The show is on Tuesday at 9:30 pm at the UCB Franklin theatre. Tickets: $5.

MUSIC: The music of the Virginia-based, sibling seven-piece band, The Hunts, reminds us of the Family Crest and Lumineers, so if you’re to the genre, then check the band out on Tuesday at the Mint. Early sets by Panic is Perfect and Jon Klaasen. 8 pm. 16+. Tickets: $12-$19.

MUSIC: The alt-country band Escondido headlines The Echo on Tuesday night. Also on the bill are: Vug Arakas and LA LENGUAS. 8 pm. Tickets: $8-10. The show is 18+.


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WHISKY PAIRING: So instead of pairing whisky with food, Golden Road takes it to the next level and is doing a beer and whisky pairing night at Far Bar in DTLA on Wednesday from 7-10 pm. Several of GRB team members will attend, including brewmaster Jesse Houck, who’ll be able to talk about pairings like Mom and Dad are Drinking again: Golden Road Brewing's Wolf Mother (triple IPA) with Dad's Hat Rye or Golden Road Brewing's Citra Bend (brand new hoppy wheat) with Four Roses Single Barrel. The combinations will be priced per pairing.

READINGS:The LA-based literary journal, The Rattling Wall teams up with PEN Center USA and Narrow Books for a reading and release party for The Rattling Wall, Issue 5 on Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 pm at Hotel Figueroa in DTLA. The evening will feature readings by journal contributors Katie Bain, Rita Williams, Shanna Mahin, Amelia Gray, Derrick Brown with Will Alexander, Ashaki M. Jackson, and Douglas Kearney reading Wanda Coleman. RSVP on Facebook.

FILM: There’s a free preview screening of Kahlil Gibran’sThe Prophet at LACMA on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. The animated feature was written and directed by Roger Allers and stars Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek-Pinault, John Krasinski, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina, John Rhys-Davies and Quvenzhané Wallis. There’s a Q&A with director Allers and producer Salma Hayek-Pinault after the screening. The Prophet is in theaters on Aug. 7. Standby only.

DRINKING STORIES AND MUSIC: Helix Collective presents The Cocktail Stories on Wednesday at 8 pm at MiMoDa Studio (entrance through Paper or Plastik Cafe on Pico Boulevard). Screenwriters Matt Popham, Guy Busick, Ray Donlon, Curtis Billings and poet Joseph Robert Mills tell stories of their wildest and strangest nights of drinking or their favorite cocktails. Helix Collective's resident composer, Phil Popham, sets everything to music, “weaving in and out of thestories, setting up the punch lines and amping up the emotion of each tale.” Free.

MUSIC: Sofar Sounds brings secret gigs four to five times a month to spaces around L.A. The next local session is on Wednesday at 8:30 pm somewhere in DTLA. To see upcoming gig dates and apply for entry to the shows, sign up at the Sofar Sounds website. Recent performances include Swimlessons, The Steelwells, The Lonely Wild and many more.


FOOD FEST: The sixth annual Luckyrice LA Feast, hosted by Chef Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) and presented by Bombay Sapphire EAST Gin, takes over Create Nightclub in Hollywood on Thursday night, serving up Asian-influenced foods and cocktails from 7-10 pm. Confirmed food/drink participants include: Ayara Thai, Butchers & Barbers, Harvard & Stone, Little Sister, The District, Open Blue, Dudley Market, Twenty Eight, Fluff Ice, Starry Kitchen, Katsuya, Seoul Sausage, Komodo, Bling Bling Dumpling, Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill, BEP Vietnamese Kitchen, Hamasaku, Phorage, Blue Ribbon, Badmaash, Asian Box and Parks BBQ. Tickets: $88-$150 (VIP, which means you can get in at 7 pm).

TV PANEL: UnREAL, Lifetime’s satirical drama—a scripted show about an unscripted series—focuses on the BTS shenanigans of a reality dating competition. Members of the series’ cast and creative team are at the Paley Center on Thursday at 7 pm for a panel conversation and a preview screening of its Season 1 finale. Moderated by BuzzFeed’s Jarett Wieselman, guests include Shiri Appleby, “Rachel Goldberg”; Constance Zimmer, “Quinn King”; Craig Bierko, “Chet Wilton”; Freddie Stroma, “Adam Cromwell”; Josh Kelly, “Jeremy Caner” and Marti Noxon, Co-Creator & Executive Producer; Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, Co-Creator & Supervising Producer. Tickets remain for the adjacent closed-circuit viewing room at the Paley Center ($7). If you can’t make it to Beverly Hills, the PaleyLive event will stream on Yahoo.

JAZZ: The InterContinental Los Angeles Century City launches its inaugural Summer Jazz & Stuff Music Festival to celebrate summer. Guests can relax at the hotel’s outdoor garden from 6-10 pm for live music, food and specialty cocktails. Playing on Thursday are Crystal Starr & The Bowties. No cover charge. If you can’t make it this week, they’re throwing another jazz event on Aug. 27.

SHORT FILM: Visual Communications (VC), an Asian American film and media organization, presentsVC #TBT, a screening of 10 short films from the 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, on Thursday at 7 pm at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Little Tokyo. The evening also features an exhibition of images form VC’s archives. There will be a post-screening reception in the Aratani Courtyard of the Union Center for the Arts. Tickets: $10-$15.

HORROR: The American Cinematheque begins its series Night of the Living ‘80s: A New Wave of Horror on Thursday (through Aug. 19) with a double feature of Re-Animator (1985) and From Beyond (1986). There’s a discussion between films with director Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna. Tickets: $11.

MUSIC: Red Bull Sound Select: Los Angeles series continues on Thursday at 8 pm with music at the Echoplex featuring headliner Baths and rising local artists Wrestlers and OOFJ. The series helps highlight local bands and connect them directly to the public. The show is 21+ and tickets are $3 for those who RSVP by 6 pm on the day of the show (up to capacity), and $12 at the door without an RSVP, with all proceeds going back to support the opening local band.

MUSIC: The W Los Angeles - West Beverly Hills presents Rendition, the hotel's monthly live music series, featuring a performance on Thursday night by Sebastian Mikael. Rendition takes place the last Thursday of each month in the Living Room Bar, where guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and live tunes from 8-10 pm.

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Eds. note: We removed Westwood Village's 'Independence Day' screening from our article as it will no longer be taking place this week.