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16 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Week

Fried chicken at the L.A. Times Food Bowl. (Dylan + Jeni for Pikunico)
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The Fabulous Ladies of Fitness pay tribute to Prince. The Flux screening series returns. Fried chicken and Japanese whisky are on the menu at the L.A. Times Food Bowl. Native American playwrights presents new works. And in the OC, an Australian acrobatic troupe bends their bodies while bending your minds.

TUESDAY, MAY 28; 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Females Who Fry Chicken
Pacifique -- 631 North La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
Chefs Danielle Sobel (Pacifique), Kuniko Yagi (Pikunico), Nyesha Arrington and Kat Turner (Highly Likely) put their spin on fried poultry, from Sobel's mushroom-marinated karaage to Arrington's Korean-fried chicken with smoked peach and collard green salsa. The dishes will be paired with Kikori whiskey cocktails and Ramona wine spritzers. This event is part of the L.A. Times Food Bowl.

TUESDAY, MAY 28; 7:30 p.m.
The Rise of Nonprofit Journalism
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
Journalism -- and the way news organizations are funded -- is changing. Moderated by Shaniqua McClendon, political director for Crooked Media, this discussion includes Megan Garvey, managing editor of Southern California Public Radio/KPCC; Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; and Emily Ramshaw, editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune.

Watch John C. Reilly on stage at the Pasadena Playhouse in 'Gather: Surprising Stories & Other Mischief.' (Courtesy of Pasadena Playhouse)
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Gather: Surprising Stories & Other Mischief
Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse -- 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena
Actor John C. Reilly has created a night of story theater with Patrick Murphy, who directs. An ensemble cast performs tales of traditional folklore, such as The Bremen Town Musicians, and contemporary pieces like War Game.

TUESDAY, MAY 28; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Ultimate Japanese Whisky Pairing
Mrs. Fish -- 448 S. Hill St., downtown L.A.
Here's another delicious Food Bowl event: Chefs Yoshi Matsumoto and Alex Reznik prepare a 10-course omakase dinner paired with five rare Japanese Suntory whiskies. Take in the restaurant's ambiance, which includes Japanese art and a 5,500-gallon saltwater fish tank suspended from the ceiling. After 7 p.m., all patrons must be 21+.

TUESDAY, MAY 28; 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday Night Dance
Segerstrom Center for the Arts -- 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
Learn Bollywood dance with Adaa Bollywood Dance Academy's Apra Bhandari, known for her fun, upbeat choreography. This all-ages event takes place outdoors in the plaza.

Through MONDAY, JAN. 20, 2020
Frozen in Time: Images of Antarctica
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County -- 900 Exhibition Blvd., Exposition Park
The exhibition showcases the work of artist Diane Tuft through 13 large-scale abstract photographs of Antarctica taken in 2012. While on the continent on a National Science Foundation grant, to photograph the depletion of the ozone layer, Tuft focused on the history of climate change recorded within its icy landscape. The exhibition is included with museum admission.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29; 10 p.m.
The Roast of Your 15 Year Old Self
Lyric Hyperion -- 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
Alise Morales hosts a mortifying night as performers poke fun at their 15-year-old selves through photos, diary entries, LiveJournal posts and the occasional angst-filled musical ditty. The stories will help you feel better about your own teen foibles.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29; 7:15 - 10 p.m.
5th Annual Connor Penhall Memorial Cup & Speedway Season Opener
Industry Hills Expo Center -- 16200 Temple Ave., City of Industry
Watch speedway racing, where riders ride 500cc motorcycles with no brakes. The season openers features more than 50 riders taking to the track, competing for a $13,000 grand prize and the $2,000 custom painted helmet trophy. The event pays tribute to Connor Penhall, an avid racer who was killed by a drunk driver while working construction on the 10.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29; 7 - 10 p.m.
Purple Reign: The Minneapolis Sound
The Friend Bar -- 2611 Hyperion Ave., Los Feliz
The dance party, with optional ironic cardio dance routines, begins with its Signature Slo Jamz Hour. Then, the Fabulous Ladies of Fitness and guest BSTARR spin Prince's hits as well as music from collaborators and protégées like Sheila E, Morris Day and The Time, Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, Chaka Khan and Rick James. Wear purple, paisley or frills.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 29; 7:30 p.m.
Cook Blub: The Only Good Book Club
Blue Rooster Art Supplies -- 4661 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz
This is a new comedy show that doubles as a no-pressure book club. The chosen books aren't challenging and you don't really have to read them. This month's selection is Chris Kattan's Baby Don't Hurt Me: Stories and Scars from Saturday Night Live. Watch presentations and listen to conversations from Carl Tart, Jamie Loftus, Brendan Scannell, Cait Raft, Brad Evans and Hayley Hepworth. Hosted by Drew Spears.

Festival of New Plays
Wells Fargo Theater, Autry Museum of the American West -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Native Voices at the Autry, America's leading Native American theatre company, presents staged readings of new and in-progress plays by Native writers, followed by talkbacks with the audience. Readings include Quantum by Tara Moses (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.; Flowers of Hawaii by Lee Cataluna (Native Hawaiian) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Missing Peace by Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet and Hawaiian) and Kyle Puccia (Seneca) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
COST: FREE, reservations recommended; MORE INFO

My Grandfather's Memory Book from Colin Levy on Vimeo.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30; 7:30 p.m.
Flux, Spring 2019
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The series celebrates the creative community through screenings of short films and music videos. For this edition, watch the L.A. premieres of filmmaker Daniel Askill's Universal Machine, featuring music by Philip Glass, and Will Kindrick's Storm; Tierra Whack's Unemployed directed by Cat Solen; Colin Levy's animated documentary My Grandfather's Memory Book; and Black Eyes Peas' Get Ready from filmmaker noMSG. Several filmmakers will be in attendance. A courtyard after-party follows with special guest DJ noMSG.

Circa, an Australian-based contemporary circus company, will perform in Santa Ana. (Andy Phillipson)

THURSDAY, MAY 30 - FRIDAY, MAY 31; 8 p.m.
What Will Have Been
The Yost Theater -- 307 N. Spurgeon St., Santa Ana
Santa Ana Sites, a program of community engagement through the arts, presents the U.S. premiere of work from Circa, an Australian-based contemporary circus company. Watch three acrobats in "a sublime display of interlocking bodies, awe-inspiring movement, and pure physical beauty." The performers are accompanied by a live violinist and a soundtrack that fuses Bach and electronica.
COST: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MAY 30; 8 - 10 p.m.
It's not me, it's definitely you!
Tangier at Hotel Figueroa -- 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The comedy show features an all-female lineup with Zainab Johnson (HBO's All Def Comedy) headlining. Guests can sip on cocktails while enjoying a night of female-fronted laughs. The show is 21+ and there's a two-drink minimum.
COST: $12 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MAY 30 at 7:30 p.m. and SUNDAY, JUNE 2 at 2 p.m.
Der Zwerg / "The Dwarf"
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Numi Opera, a company dedicated to performing and showcasing lesser-known works, presents its inaugural production of Alexander Von Zemlinsky's work, which is based on a story by Oscar Wilde. The dark fairy tale explores themes of "innocence, the meaning of true love and beauty, discrimination, social rejection and crushing loss."
COST: $35 - $75; MORE INFO

Luckyrice returns to L.A., taking over Grand Central Market. (Quy Tran Photography/Jesse Hsu)

THURSDAY, MAY 30; 7 - 10 p.m.
Luckyrice: Night Market of the Future
Grand Central Market -- 317 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The multisensory experience blurs Asia's culinary boundaries of. Tastings include Rice Box's RBX taro shrimp rice roll; Park's BBQ Galbirrito (galbi + burrito); and My Little Dumpling's cheeseburger dumpling with lychee ketchup. GCM vendors are offering dishes like fried mango sticky rice or sticky rice fish tacos from Sticky Rice and passion fruit custard ice cream with turmeric-toasted rice from McConnell's. The night also features a curated collection of wines, beers and signature cocktails.

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