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Best Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles And SoCal: July 18 - 21

Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders
In 2015, American League All-Star Albert Pujols — then an Anaheim Angel — bats during the Home Run Derby at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Listen to advice from The World’s Worst Assistant. Learn and enjoy the music inspired by Whittier Boulevard. Catch Thundercat at The Broad. Learn about the photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop.

Monday, July 18; 5 p.m.

Home Run Derby
Dodger Stadium 
1000 Vin Scully Way, Chavez Ravine
Watch baseball sluggers try to earn the Home Run Derby crown on Monday before the 92nd MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday at Dodgers Stadium.
COST: Tickets start at $275; MORE INFO

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Tuesday, July 19; 7 p.m.

Summer Cinema in the Park
The Park at The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Fairfax
As part of The Grove's year-long 20th anniversary celebration, the property holds an outdoor movie experience featuring Sweet Home Alabama from 2002 (the year The Grove opened). Tickets include popcorn and snacks. Meal options are also available for purchase.

Two rows of Black photographers pose for the camera. One shoots a camera back.
The Getty presents an exhibition of Black photographers from the Kamoinge Workshop, which formed in 1963 in New York.
(Courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) / © Anthony Barboza photographer)

Tuesday, July 19 - Sunday, Oct. 9

Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop
The Getty
1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
In 1963, a group of New York-based Black photographers formed the Kamoinge Workshop. The collective saw photography’s power as an art form, and Kamoinge members depicted Black life as they saw and experienced it, offering an alternative to the mainstream portrayal. The new exhibition at The Getty is the Kamoinge Workshop’s first significant retrospective presenting photographs from the collective during the 1960s and 1970s.

Wednesday, July 20: 7 p.m.

Sona Movsesian: The World’s Worst Assistant
The Regent Theatre 
448 S. Main St., Los Angeles
Sona Movesian, Conan O’Brien’s assistant and podcast co-host, reads from and discusses her new book The World's Worst Assistant, a mix of personal stories and practical office tips (like How to Nap at Work and How to Watch TV at Your Desk). Tickets to the all-ages show include a copy of the book.

Wednesday, July 20; 8 p.m.

S. Carey 
2478 Fletcher Dr., Atwater Village
Wisconsin native S. Carey has been playing drums and singing backup vocals for Bon Iver for the past decade. Now he steps out on his own, performing at Zebulon. Courtney Hartman also performs.

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Wednesday - Thursday, July 20 - 21; Sunday, July 24

MUSE/IQUE: Whittier Boulevard
The Huntington (July 20 - 21)
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino

The Skirball (July 24)
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The performing arts organization MUSE/IQUE salutes the music of Whittier Boulevard. The eclectic sounds were a mix of rock, soul and Latin beats, and the Whittier Boulevard concert features La Marisoul, José “Pepe” Carlos González, and Miguel “Oso” Ramirez of La Santa Cecilia; Martha Gonzalez, Chicana scholar and lead singer of Quetzal; Willie "Little Willie G" Garcia of the band Thee Midniters and Gaby Moreno.
COST: Starts at $75 (which includes a trial membership to MUSE/IQUE and admission to three consecutive events); MORE INFO

Wednesday, July 20; 6 p.m.

CivSalon: Talking Innovation and Safe Streets
Arts District, downtown L.A.
CicLAvia’s CivSalon brings together urban planners and thought leaders to discuss equitable and safe streets. The night includes a panel discussion, refreshments provided by Hello Stranger, and music by Sean Osborn of KPFK and Dublab. The address will be given after registration.

Gustavo Dudamel conducting an orchesatra in a white tuxedo jacket.
Gustavo Dudamel conducts the L.A. in the debut Bowl performance by the Paris Opera Ballet.
(Courtesy of the LA Phil)

Wednesday, July 20 - Thursday, July 21; 8 p.m.

Dudamel and Paris Opera Ballet
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Recently named the music director of the Paris Opera, Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Phil while his new colleagues — dancers from the Opera — perform classic ballet scenes on the Bowl stage.
COST: $1 - $152; MORE INFO 

Thursday, July 21; 8 p.m.

The Broad Museum
221 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. 
Grammy-winning, genre-bending musician Thundercat performs live at the museum in celebration of the current exhibition Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow supported by bedroom pop artist Ginger Root. The full museum will be open as part of admission. This event is 21+.

Thursday, July 21; 6:30 p.m.

Mamak Khadem
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The Skirball begins its 25th anniversary season of Sunset Concerts this week with a live performance by Iranian American singer and composer Mamak Khadem. Doors and galleries open at 6:30 p.m. with music spun by KCRW DJ SiLVA. Guests can also attend a pre-concert presentation from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m. with Khadem herself, Rumi scholar and author Omid Arabian and Iranian filmmaker Sam Javadi, who directed three music videos from Khadem’s new album, Remembrance. Reservations are closed. Limited walk-up tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, July 21; 8 p.m.

The First 50 Gigs: The Making of Appetite for Destruction 
The Bourbon Room
6356 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of Guns N’ Roses’ seminal album Appetite for Destruction, Marc Canter — GNR historian and the owner of Canter’s Deli — created the video podcast The First 50 Gigs: The Making of Appetite for Destruction. On July 21, on the actual anniversary, view an exhibition of Canter’s photography, videos and ephemera featured in the podcast and never-before-seen content.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

Thursday, July 21; 7 - 11 p.m.

Summer Nights Night Market 
Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles
8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood  
Spend a summer night shopping for sunglasses, hats, vintage kimonos, jewelry, bikinis and other accessories while sipping a cocktail poolside. Get your tarot cards read while a live DJ sets the mood. Bites by Chickies Hot Chicken. 21+.

Viewing Pick

Rap Sh!t
Rap Sh!t, a new comedy series about women rappers from Issa Rae (Insecure), drops its first two episodes on Thursday, July 21 on HBO Max at 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. The eight episodes follow two estranged high school friends, played by Aida Osman and KaMillion, who reteam to form a hip hop group. Rae executive produced the series and wrote the pilot. Episodes will be released weekly.

A inidvidual size vegan key lime pie
The plant-based Crossroads Kitchen introduced a few new summer items, including the key lime tart.
(Jakob N. Layman)

Dine and Drink Deals

Check out the 411 on restaurant, bar, and food happenings in SoCal this week:

  • Chef Tal Ronnen of the vegan eatery Crossroads Kitchen in the Beverly Grove neighborhood has introduced a few new summer items to the menu, including figs & feta with grilled sourdough, a handmade sweet corn anolini and a key lime tart (pictured) made with cinnamon shortbread and vanilla chantilly cream.
  • On Monday, July 18, Eszett in Silver Lake hosts Westside Winos for a live listening party of their Volume 7 of Grape Tapes playlist with a dinner menu from Chef Spencer and Chef Giuliana and biodynamic wines selected by Westside Winos
  • Hollywood’s Grandmaster Recorders’ Culinary Director Monty Koludrovic teams with Australian winemaker Mac Forbes for a Winemaker Dinner that puts the focus on wines of the Yarra Valley region. Held on July 19  at 6:30 p.m., the all-inclusive dinner ($165 per person) includes kin kuna crudo tartare and tagliata of Kerwee angus rib.
  • Though quietly operating for a few months, Mazza Modern Kitchen (12050 Ventura Blvd.) in Studio City has its official grand opening this week. The eatery features flavors from Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey and Uzbekistan. Treat yourself on dishes like Moroccan Tomato Matbucha, Uzbek Plov and Shakshuka 
  • Last week, Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis (Bestia and Bavel) opened Saffy’s Coffee & Tea in East Hollywood, offering teas, coffees, breads and pastries. The shop is located next door to their Middle Eastern eatery Saffy’s. (h/t Eater LA)