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17 Fun Things To Do In Southern California This Week

Idina Menzel stars in the Geffen Playhouse production of 'Skintight.' (Yann Rabanier)
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Explore The Other Art Fair. Listen to Middle Eastern beats on the Santa Monica Pier. Watch a crosswords and comedy show. Celebrate the songs of Britney Spears. Eat at a Golden Road brewer's supper. Participate in Grand Performances' presentations of Native American musicians.

Gil Cates Theater at Geffen Playhouse -- 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood
Written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin, the play has its West Coast premiere this week. Tony Award winner Idina Menzel plays a woman who loses a husband to a much younger woman. She retreats to her father's Manhattan townhouse for solace but finds his 20-year-old boyfriend instead. Previews begin on Tuesday, with opening night on Sept. 12.
COST $30 - $145; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3; 8 p.m.
The Crossword Show
Dynasty Typewriter, 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Zach Sherwin hosts three panelists -- Rachel Bloom, Baron Vaughn and Rhea Butcher -- who solve a crossword puzzle live on stage, with everything displayed onscreen so the crowd can follow the action. But of course, there's a twist: The clues happen to be rhyming hip-hop lyrics. Plus, there's music, trivia and audience quizzes through the night.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3; 8 p.m.
Afro Zaik
Zebulon -- 2478 Fletcher Dr., Elysian Valley
Dance to Congolese soukous with the seven-piece band Afro Zaik (which means African + mosaic). Formed by percussionist, choreographer, producer and DJ AmazuluNanga (Zapmama), the band also includes several Congolese musicians now based in L.A. -- Kamale, SheLA, Mermans, Loguylo, ELo, 8kilos and -Z. This show is 21+.

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'The Lot' short film screening and comedy show takes place at The Virgil this week. (Courtesy of Okay Fine)

TUESDAY, SEPT. 3; 8 p.m.
The Lot: Screening + Stand Up
The Virgil -- 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
Watch a short film, written by Steven Feinartz and David Gborie
 and directed Feinartz, that follows the misadventures of a loveable cart wrangler at a decaying grocery store. The night begins with a comedy show featuring the cast.

Musician Angelo Moore of Fishbone performs onstage at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4; 7 p.m.
More Fun in the New World - Doe, DeSavia, Gehman & Friends
The Last Bookstore -- 453 S. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The raucous panel discussion focuses on John Doe's and Tom DeSavia's latest book More Fun in the New World: The Unmaking and Legacy of LA Punk. It picks up where their first book, Under the Big Black Sun, left off, covering the L.A. scene from 1982 to 1987. The discussion will be moderated by Yahoo Entertainment music editor Lyndsey Parker. The panel includes Angelo Moore of Fishbone and Keith Morris of Circle Jerks.
COST: Pre-buy the book for $28; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4; 8 p.m.
Bob's Burgers Presents Beef Relief
Largo at the Coronet -- 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
Actors from the animated show band together to raise money for Film2Future (F2F), a nonprofit creative and technical filmmaking program for low-income L.A. youth. Created by writer and executive producer Wendy Molyneux, the night is hosted by Kristen Schaal with performers Kurt Braunohler, Dan Mintz, Pete Holmes, Will Forte, Andy Kindler, Nicole Byer and Doug Benson.
COST: $40 - $100; MORE INFO

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4; 7 - 10 p.m.
Twilight on the Pier
Santa Monica Pier -- 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
The music series continues with Middle East beats by the beach. A-Wa, an Israeli band fronted by three sisters, headlines. Disco Shine and Los Angeles Arabs Orchestra are also on the bill.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 4; 7 - 10 p.m.
A Brewer's Supper Series
Golden Road Brewery (Orange County) -- 2210 E. Orangewood Ave., Anaheim
Brewmaster Victor Novak and Chef Henry Tran prepare a four-course, beer-paired dinner for guests.
COST: $75 (includes tax and tip); MORE INFO

Rockwell Sings: Britney!
Rockwell Table & Stage -- 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
Hit us, baby, one more time. Performers from various Rockwell shows are backed by a live band as they sing the the songs of the pop queen. There's a two-item (food, drink) minimum for this show.

Abernethy's on the Music Center Plaza opens this week with Chef Shirley Chung leading the kitchen this quarter. (Tim Porter-Street)
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Abernethy's Grand Opening
Abernethy's -- 220 N. Hope St., downtown L.A.
The Music Center's Plaza redesign includes a new full-service restaurant. Abernethy's offers a changing menu each quarter as it hosts a roster of emerging chefs for extended pop-ups. The inaugural menu features the creations of Shirley Chung, a Top Chef alum.

Voices Making Waves
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock -- 2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
Brasil Brasil Cultural Center -- 12453 Washington Blvd., Culver City
Charles Drew University -- 1731 E. 120th St., Willowbrook
Grand Performances teams with local organizations to host three Native American East Coast musicians Layla Locklear (Tuscarora/Oglala Sioux), Charly Lowry (Lumbee/Tuscarora) and Bear Fox (Akwesasne/Mohawk Nation). The series of concerts are combined with community-based and artist-focused activities and conversations. The performances begin on Thursday in Eagle Rock before moving to Culver City and Willowbrook, respectively.

2018 Long Beach QFilm Festival
Art Theatre Long Beach -- 2025 E. 4th St., Long Beach
Long Beach's longest running film festival returns with a new slate of narrative features, documentaries and shorts that reflect the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. The festival's opening night party begins at 6 p.m., followed by a screening of the documentary Nelly Queen: The Life and Times of José Sarria, the first openly gay man to run for public office in the U.S. Net proceeds from the festival benefit the LGBTQ Center Long Beach.
COST: Individual tickets run $11 - $13, passes: $50 - $130; MORE INFO

The Other Art Fair LA
Barker Hangar -- 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
Saatchi Art's artist fair showcases the work of 140 emerging artists and allows visitors to meet, discover and buy work directly from the creators. Special features and installations include the Connor Brothers' This is England, a series of portraits that celebrate young inspirational people; One Small Step, an exhibition of 12 artists, in line with the 12 people who have walked on the moon since 1969; a workshop with the Institute of Art & Olfaction; and a Friday evening party hosted by the Chulita Vinyl Club.
COST: $15 - $60; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 5; 8 p.m.
Walter Mosley in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen
Museum of Tolerance's Peltz Theater -- 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson
Live Talks L.A. presents a conversation between two great authors. Nguyen, whose novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, interviews Mosley, best known for his creation of Easy Rawlins' mysteries. They'll chat about Mosley's latest book, Elements of Fiction, a study of the mechanics of writing.
COST: $20 - $45; MORE INFO

The French Had a Name for It 5: Exploring French Film Noir, 1946-1969
Aero Theatre -- 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
The American Cinematheque's French noir series returns for its fifth installment, digging deeper into film vaults for forgotten classics and lesser-known works. This year's festival opens with the double feature of Henri-Georges Clouzot's police procedural Quai Des Orfèvres, along with Costa-Gavras' debut, The Sleeping Car Murders. All films are in French with English subtitles unless stated otherwise. Series curated by Gwen Deglise. Don Malcolm will introduce each program.
COST: $12 per program; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5; 8 p.m.
A History of Venice: A Night of Storytelling
Beyond Baroque -- 681 Venice Blvd., Venice
The month-long exhibition, A History of Venice, opens this week accompanied by a series of events. On Thursday, hear stories and presentations by locals and historians on the Oakwood community and the city's founding era (featuring Abbot Kinney himself!). The lobby and mezzanine exhibition, the Mike Kelley Gallery and a patio installation will be open for viewing from 7 to 8 p.m.
COST: $6 - $10, free for Beyond Baroque members; MORE INFO

'The Casagrandes' is one of the featured shows at the PaleyFest Fall TV Previews. (Courtesy of Nickelodeon)

PaleyFest Fall TV Previews
Paley Center for Media -- 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
Fall TV season is just around the corner, with traditional networks and streaming companies releasing a number of new shows. The 10-day festival celebrates the most anticipated new shows with screenings as well as discussions with the series cast and creatives. Shows include: Perfect Harmony (NBC) with Bradley Whitford and Anna Camp; Mad About You (Spectrum Originals) with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt; Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu) with The RZA; The Casagrandes (Nickelodeon) with Izabella Alvarez; and Disenchantment (Netflix) with Matt Groening.
COST: $20 for individual tickets; MORE INFO

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