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17 Fabulous Events Happening in Southern California This Week

Bars and restaurants across SoCal are celebrating National Tequila Day on July 24. (Jakob Layman for Veranda/Hotel Figueroa)
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The Original Farmers Market celebrates its 85th anniversary. Blitzen's, the Christmas bar, returns for a short pop-up. USC screens a double feature of Italian Giallo films. Team StarKid reunites. The Sun Ra Arkestra plays two nights at Zebulon. And finally, KPCC's In Person series hosts a night of stories curated by Mike "the PoeT" Sonksen.

MONDAY, JULY 22; 7:30 p.m.
Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt
Samuel Goldwyn Theater -- 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Just in time for Outfest, the Academy presents the restoration world premiere and 30th anniversary of Common Threads, documentary about the handmade monument to lives lost to AIDS and the activism spurred by the disease. Sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on view in the lobby for ticketholders before and after the screening. Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and producer Bill Couturié will appear in person at the event.

MONDAY, JULY 22; 8 p.m.
Comedy Night
The Write-Off Room -- 21791 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills
Located in the west San Fernando Valley, the 21+ room offers free live music on most nights but Mondays are reserved for comedy. There is a two-drink minimum for all shows. (ICYMI, here's a list of other free comedy shows in L.A.)

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MONDAY, JULY 22 - TUESDAY, JULY 23; 8 p.m.
The Sun Ra Arkestra
Zebulon -- 2478 Fletcher Dr., Atwater Village
Under the direction of longtime Arkestra member Marshall Allen, the band plays its intergalactic jazz and world beats for two nights.

MONDAY, JULY 22; 8 p.m.
Moth GrandSLAM
The Regent Theater -- 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
Brian Finkelstein hosts a night of storytelling featuring 10 past StorySLAM winners who take on the theme "Off the Rails." They'll tell tales of "veering off track: unexpected detours, willful disregard of the beaten path....or temper tantrums."

The Original Farmers Market celebrates its 85 years with a tasting event. (Courtesy of The Original Farmers Market)

TUESDAY, JULY 23; 5 - 9 p.m.
11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market -- 6333 W. Third St., Fairfax
The 85 year old farmers market is celebrating another year of delicious existence by hosting their 11th Annual Taste of Farmers Market where guests will have access to 50 tastings from their delectable eateries and merchants. Local firehouses 61 and 58 will make chili to support the First-In Fire Foundation. Adult tickets include more than 50 samples, two non-alcoholic drink tickets, free parking and beer and wine samples (for those 21+). There will also be much to do for children who join the event.
COST: $40 - $50 for adult tickets; MORE INFO


Blitzen's: Christmas in July
Here & Now -- 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., Ste. N, downtown L.A.
Christmas is now less than six months away, so the pop-up bar returns to get us into the holiday spirit with a snow machine, themed entertainment (such as drag queen bingo) and festive food and drinks. Step into the air-conditioning for cocktails that include Gin-gle All The Way, Mele Kalikimaka and XMAS at K-Mart

TUESDAY, JULY 23; 7:30 p.m.
An Evening With Common
The Grammy Museum -- 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The artist, actor, activist and bestselling author discusses the release of his latest memoir Let Love Have The Last Word with the museum's Scott Goldman. Common has won several Grammy Awards, an Emmy and an Oscar for the song "Glory," which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend. He's putting the final touches on a new album scheduled for release later this year. The conversation will be followed by a short set. (Common also performs at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Wednesday night.) In other separate programs at the Grammy Museum this week: Sha Na Na, Ben Platt and Big Wild.

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Select days through SUNDAY, SEPT. 29
UMPO: A League of Their Own
Rockwell Table & Stage -- 1714 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
"The Unauthorized Musical Parody of..." (UMPO) series takes on the 1992 baseball film starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty and Tom Hanks. The story focuses on two sisters who join the first female pro baseball team during WWII. Singers and performers honor the movie through music and laughs.
COST: $22-$59; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 23; 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Pineapple LA: Watch Your Mouth
As We Dwell -- 440 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The networking collaborative, founded by Ariel Pasternak and Atara Bernstein, brings womyn/women together around food. L.A. Times cooking editor Genevieve Ko moderates a conversation that includes Buzzfeed Tasty's Rie McClenny, chef Nyesha Arrington and video producer & food writer Taylor Henriquez. Food and drink will be provided by Pikunico, Kollo and Calidad.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24; 7:30 - 9 p.m.
Letters To Our City
The Crawford Family Forum -- 474 South Raymond Ave., Pasadena
KPCC's Unheard L.A. series partners with past storytellers to program their own curated nights. For this edition, educator, historian and L.A. tour guide Mike "the PoeT" Sonksen presents his brand-new show "Letters To Our City" with Lee Boek, Sara Borjas, Rocío Carlos, Natashia Deón, Daniel Hernandez, Armond Kinard, traci kato-kiriyama, Dante Mitchell, Monique Mitchell, Adrian Ramon, Luivette Resto, Terry Robinson and Esther Tseng. Come a little early to mix and mingle because the bar opens at 6:30 p.m. (for those 21+).

Agave hearts, known as "piñas" because they look like large pineapples, at a distillery in the municipality of Tequila, State of Jalisco, Mexico, on June 6, 2019. (ULISES RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)

National Tequila Day
Various locations
Salud! (If you're 21 and older) celebrate the alcoholic beverage made from blue agave. A number of bars and restaurants will offer specials and/or specialty drinks for the occasion. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood features its newest cocktail, Gold on the Ceiling, made with tequila, Maraschino liqueur, green chartreuse, lime and Thai basil. Also in WeHo, the West End Roof Top offers a 50% discount on all margaritas and some of their signature cocktails. La Veranda at the Hotel Figueroa in DTLA offers La Casa Margaritas for $5 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Del Frisco's Grille in Santa Monica offers a four-course pairing dinner with small-batch tequila producer Casa Dragones ($85).

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17; 6 p.m.
Italian Giallos Films
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex -- 900 W. 34th St., University Park
USC presents a series of Giallos, pulpy Itallian horror flicks from the '70s. This week's double feature begins with The Suspicious Death of a Minor (1975) from director Sergio Martino, followed by What Have You Done to Solange? (1972) directed by Massimo Dallamano. Both films are premieres of 4K restorations done by Arrow Film and will be screened from Blu-rays.

StarKid Homecoming
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Team StarKid, the musical theater company that got its start at the University of Michigan, stole the internet's affections with A Very Potter Musical parody in 2009. This reunion concert will feature OG cast members performing together for the first time in a decade, including Darren Criss, Joey Richter, Bonnie Socha (née Gruesen), Lauren Lopez, Joe Walker, Dylan Saunders and Jaime Lyn Beatty. There's one show on Thursday night at 8 p.m. and two shows, at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., on Friday.
COST: Tickets start at $50; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 25; 7 - 10 p.m.
Thirsty Classics: Some Like it Hot
Alcove | Big Bar -- 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
Enjoy a cocktail flight made with Maker's Mark bourbon while watching the Billy Wilder comedy starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. The (21+) tickets include a seat in the garden patio, three cocktails (a Whiskey Barrel Punch, a Manhattan and a Derby) and popcorn. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. Arrive early for a special bourbon tasting.

The OC Parks Summer Concert Series in Orange welcomes The English Beat. (Courtesy of OC Parks)

THURSDAY, JULY 25; 6 - 8 p.m.
The English Beat
Irvine Regional Park -- 1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange
The Beat goes on despite the loss of Ranking Roger earlier this year. DJ Sandok opens the event at 5 p.m., and guests are welcome to come early to enjoy the offerings of food trucks and beer garden (for those 21+). There's free parking after 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, JULY 25; 8:30 p.m.
That Reminds Me
Hotel Figueroa, Downstairs in the Tangier Room -- 939 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
The new live monthly storytelling show features "true stories about being human and other terrible things." The night's special guest star is Patty Schemel, the drummer for Hole, along with performers David Crabb, Nick Scown and Kathi Watson.

THURSDAY, JULY 25; 6 p.m.
Blind Wine Taste Off Summertime Series
The Bungalow Restaurant -- 2441 E. Coast Highway, Newport Beach
The restaurant holds a series of semi-blind wine tasting events. This week, it's an interactive Pinot Noir regional tasting of three different wines, each paired with pork-based bites. The monthly series continues with "Shellfish + Chard" on Aug. 22 and "Cows and Cab" on Sept. 19. Gratuity and tax are included in the ticket price.

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