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15 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 15 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. Check out other options in our July Guide, too.


Viceland, Cinefamily, Supertight and Animation Breakdown present a sneak peak and premiere of Viceland’s Party Legends at 10:30 pm on Tuesday night at Cinefamily. The series tells the best party tales from notable and notorious personalities. Filmmaker Lance Bangs “envisions” each one with help from emerging artists and animators, and features talent Margaret Cho, Eric Andre, Dennis Rodman, Alia Shawkat, Fred Armisen and Bobcat Goldthwait. Party Legends airs for six episodes and premieres on Thursday at 10:30 pm on Viceland. Free with RSVP. Cinefamily members get priority entry. First-come first-served.

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MINIONS (Outdoor movie)
The Americana at Brand presents its outdoor Movies on The Green series on Tuesdays in July, from 6-10 pm. They’re screening Minions this week, and tickets are $15 per person and include admission and food. Reserve VIP advanced seating for $20 per person, which includes admission, food, a Sprinkles cupcake and premiere seating. Bring blankets for seating on the grass, and no chairs allowed. Movie begins at sundown. Doors at 6 pm. Get there early to claim your space.

Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday returns to both the Echo and Echoplex on Tuesday, bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90s to today. Organizers are promising lots of surprises, including an a cappella group called The Treble and God Are Raging Inside Me, who'll be singing some audience favs. Doors at 9 pm. The first 100 people get in free (along with a special pin). $10 cover after.

Patagonia Provisions presents the Santa Monica premiere of Unbroken Ground, a new film by Chris Malloy that explores four ways agriculture is trying to help solve environmental problems, changing people’s relationship to land and the oceans. There’s a Q&A session following the screening with Malloy. Beer and Patagonia Provisions’ organic food sourced by growers featured in the film (and created by chef Robin Goldstein) will be served. Doors at 7 pm, film at 7:30 pm. Free.

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 launches the fundraising campaign to keep the night free for everyone. Hosted by performance artist Kristina Wong, DJ Won supplies the beats. Performers include Leo Xia, Voltronne Soul, Hatefas Yop and Doctors & Engineers. There are three open mic slots—signups and lottery at 7 pm.

The Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series continues on Tuesday at Hollywood & Highland’s Central Courtyard from 7-9 pm. Performing this week is the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. The music is free, but for only $10 get two glasses of wine and an appetizer box from Wolfgang Puck Catering. All proceeds will directly benefit Project Angel Food (


There are only a few tickets available to the LA Phil’s concert Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ on July 6. Audiences watch the film in hi-def on a giant screen while listening to John Williams’ score performed live. Tickets: $10-$70. 8 pm.

The New Zealand-based singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Ladyhawke brings her synth-pop the Roxy on Wednesday night. She’s touring in support of her third LP Wild Things. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Pillar Point opens. The show is all ages. Tickets: $15.

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HAUNTED (Comedy + storytelling)
Haunted! is a stand up and storytelling show focused on ghost stories and all things esoteric that takes place on Thursday at 8 pm at The Lyric Hyperion (in Silver Lake). Performers include: Judith Shelton, Kate Willett, Sharon Houston, Erin Lampart and Ed Galvez. Tickets: $5.

OUTFEST (Film festival)
Outfest Los Angeles, an LGBT-focused film festival, runs from Thursday to July 17 in several venues in L.A., screening 73 features and 89 short films. It opens on Thursday at 8 pm with the gala screening of Clea DuVall’s relationship comedy The Intervention—starring Natasha Lyonne, Alia Shawkat, Melanie Lynskey, Cobie Smulders, Jason Ritter and Ben Schwartz—at the Orpheum Theatre in DTLA. Tickets: $60-$175 include admission to the after-party.

Sizzling Summer Nights returns to the Autry Museum this week, running weekly on Thursdays (July 7 to Aug. 18) from 6-9 pm. The series brings L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands to the Autry for dancing under the stars. Take lessons with salsa instructor Enio Cordoba or browse the museum galleries while you’re there. This week’s performer: Conjunto Afro Son. Admission: $12, $8 for students and seniors, $6 for kids 3 to 12 years of age. Reservations recommended.

CHINAKA HODGE (Spoken word + reading)
Poet, playwright, spoken word artist / rapper and educator Chinaka Hodge just had her debut book Dated Emcees published. On Thursday at 7 pm at Eso Won Books, she’ll perform poems from the book and do a signing, and on Friday at 7:30 pm, she perform with special guests at 826LA in Echo Park performing with special guests.

Now in its fifth season, the Silver Lake Picture Show screens free walk-in movies in the Sunset Triangle Plaza this summer from 7-11 pm. In honor of the series’ fifth anniversary, the films screened this year are also celebrating anniversaries as well. This week on Thursday, they’re screening Idiocracy (dir. Mike Judge, 2006). Bring your own chairs and picnics, they’ll provide the movies and popcorn.

DUSK (Dance + meditation + yoga)
The Daybreaker early morning yoga and dance series presents its first evening event, Dusk, on Thursday from 6-9 pm at Hornblower Cruises and Events in Marina Del Rey. The Sunset cruise event features healthy activities, including yoga, DJs, dancing, performance artists, live music, healthy snacks and beverages. Tickets: $35-$45.

EST/LA opens a new One-Act Festival in Atwater Village on Thursday at 8 pm (Program A) featuring 14 top playwrights and 39 actors. There are three short works programs (A, B and C) that run in rep on 8 pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 5 and 8 pm on Saturdays, 3 and 6 pm on Sundays through July 31. Tickets: $25-$30, $50 for a festival pass.

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