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17 Fabulous Events Happening In Southern California This Week

The Video Vortex at the Alamo Drafthouse includes 40,000 options for you to peruse. (Courtesy Alamo Dratfhouse )
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Alamo Drafthouse begins its Tales from the Video Store series. Restaurant pop-ups include Moscow's White Rabbit and Oakland's KronnerBurger. Colson Whitehead talks about his new book. The Hammer previews the upcoming Supreme Court term. And Knott's Scary Farm opens for the Halloween season.

LA Press Freedom Week
Various locations
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Los Angeles Times present a series of panel discussions and presentations that spotlight the First Amendment and issues that threaten press freedom. Events include Press Freedom and Elections (Sept. 16) and Press Freedom and Diversity: Whose Voice Gets Included? (Sept. 18). Another panel, Cross-Border Legal Threats to Press Freedom, Unsealed: A New State of Transparency in Police Conduct, takes place on Sept. 19 at the Crawford Family Forum at KPCC + LAist, moderated by SCPR's executive editor, Megan Garvey.

MONDAY, SEPT. 16; 7:30 p.m.
Femmes The Rules
Skiptown Playhouse -- 665 N. Heliotrope Dr., East Hollywood
Mary Jane French and Sarah Mowrey created a night that flips the status quo in comedy. Male comics are paired with female (or non-binary) comedians. During the men's sets, their female counterpart can interrupt him with commentary, riffs and woman-splaining. When the women do their sets, the men must sit and watch quietly. This installment's featured pairs are Atsuko Okatsuka and Johnny Pemberton; Christine Medrano and Jared Goldstein; and Teresa Lee and Eli Olsberg.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 17; 12 - 8 p.m.
KronnerBurger Pop Up
Alcove -- 1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Feliz
Last year, beloved Oakland burger joint KronnerBurger closed after a fire but its burger master, Chris Konner, flies down for a special event on the Alcove's patio. The menu includes the KronnerBurger (rare and salty) for $15, a CheesePerson (medium rare and cheesed) for $10 and the EarthBurger (plant-based) for $10. Naturally, fries will also be available ($7). Deep Eddy Vodka cocktail specials will also be available in the bar and restaurant.

White Rabbit Pop-Up
Vespertine -- 3599 Hayden Ave., Culver City
The fine-dining hotspot where art meets food hosts one of the world's top restaurants for two nights. Vladimir Mukhin, chef of the Moscow-based restaurant White Rabbit cooks in the U.S. for the first time, collaborating with Vespertine's chef, Jordan Kahn. The two will create an extravagant tasting menu with optional beverage pairings. There's currently a waitlist for the experience.
COST: $375 per person + add-ons; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, SEPT. 17; 8 p.m.
Desperate Living
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema -- 700 W. 7th St., Ste. U240, downtown L.A.
The theater begins its programming partnership with Vidiots, kicking off the Tales from the Video Store series. Curated by local filmmakers, you'll see deep cuts and forgotten gems discovered at local video stores. Screening first is John Waters' Desperate Living (1977) in 35mm, selected by Karyn Kusama (director of Destroyer). Before the screening, there'll be a short discussion with Kusama. Stick around post-screening for drinks at the Video Vortex. The event is 18+.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 17; 7 p.m.
Colson Whitehead
Garrison Theater at Scripps College -- 241 E. 10th St., Claremont
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer discusses his newest book, The Nickel Boys. The story follows two boys sentenced to a horrific reform school in Florida during the Jim Crow Era. (Even more horrific: The school was based on a real place.) Kima Jones, founder of Jack Jones Literary Arts, joins Whitehead for the conversation. Each ticket includes a copy of The Nickel Boys.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 17; 7:30 p.m.
Mary J. Blige and Nas
The Hollywood Bowl -- 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The two music legends end their co-headlining Royalty Tour at the Bowl. Note: This is lease event and not one presented by the L.A. Phil, so different rules apply (e.g., no outside alcohol).
COST Tickets start at $36; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18; 9 p.m.
The Hotel Café Second Stage -- 1623 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
The queer comedy duo Schmab, inspired by comics like Bridget Everett and Tenacious D, presents a night of comedy music. Accompanying Adam Ceschin and Carolyn Jania on this musical adventure are pianist Aaron Wilson, drummer Ryan Knudsen and bassist Donovan Hernandez. This show is 21+.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 18; 7 p.m.
Off the Screen: Tyrus
Sierra Madre Playhouse -- 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre
To complement its current production of The Joy Luck Club, the Playhouse presents documentaries that illuminate the Chinese American experience. Curator Rich Procter opens the series with Tyrus (2013) from writer-director Pamela Tom. The documentary examines the life and career of Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong (1910-2016), who overcame a life of poverty and racism to become a Hollywood legend. His artistry can be seen in classics like Bambi, The Sands of Iwo Jima, Rebel Without a Cause and The Wild Bunch. Documentary filmmaker Patrick Shen moderates a discussion and Q&A with Tom.
COST: $10 per film or $25 for the series; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 19; 7:30 p.m.
Emily Nussbaum
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre -- 4814 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
The New Yorker's Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic, Emily Nussbaum, discusses her new book, I Like To Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution. The collection of essays on the new golden age of television examines how it has transformed culture, for better or worse. Nussbaum talks with Maria Semple (author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette). This is a ticketed event presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.
COST: $25 - $42; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19; 7 p.m.
Itzhak Perlman
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) -- 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
The internationally renowned violinist makes a rare appearance, opening the 2019-2020 season at CSUN. Perlman's concert launches the L.A. County-wide collaboration Violins of Hope, which celebrates a collection of more than 60 stringed instruments rescued from destruction in the Holocaust. Perlman's program includes works by Beethoven and Dvorak, and he'll be accompanied by Rohan De Silva on piano.
COST: $64 - $250; MORE INFO

Knott's Scary Farm
Knott's Berry Farm -- 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park
The largest immersive Halloween experience in Southern California includes haunted houses, mazes, themed shows, scare zones -- including a new, eerie abandoned wax museum -- and more than 1,000 creatures prepared to jump out of the fog and scare you nearly to death.
COST: Tickets start at $43; MORE INFO

WinePas is a new food and wine crawl in Old Town Pasadena. (Courtesy of WinePas)
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 19; 6 - 10 p.m.
Various locations in Old Town Pasadena
Take part in a new fall food and wine crawl that showcases the neighborhood's restaurants, wine bars and local businesses. A host leads participants on a tour with gourmet bites, wine tastings and shop discounts. Participating restaurants and retailers include Bone Kettle, Maestro, Fishwives, The Pan, Whimsy Pasadena, Sugarfina and the Gold Bug. This is a 21+ event.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19; 7:30 p.m.
Supreme Court Preview
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
SCOTUS's new term begins on Monday, Oct. 7 and promises to be an interesting one, overlapping with a presidential election year. The court is expected to review the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as well as cases on gun control, workplace protections for LGBTQ employees and possibly abortion and voting rights. a bunch of legal eagles will preview potential cases and discuss what to expect.

The Brick Bar
Boomtown Brewery -- 700 Jackson St., downtown L.A.
This adult playground transports patrons back to their childhoods with 1 million blocks, including sculptures made from building blocks and blocks for people to create their own works. DJs spin tunes while guests get their 'gram on. Reservations required for each 90-minute session during the pop-up's run. This event is 21+.
COST: $20 admission; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, SEPT. 19; 8 p.m.
Barely Making It L.A.
Skiptown Playhouse -- 665 N. Heliotrope Dr., East Hollywood
The weekly standup show features a lineup that includes Cameron Esposito, Andrea Rosen, Paige Weldon, Nick Alexander, Raul Santos and Madison Davis. Bonus: the venue offers $3 beers and $5 wine for those 21+.

DAILY; 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Lunch Service
Formosa Cafe -- 7156 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
The restored WeHo restaurant and bar, recently revived by the 1933 Group, started offering daily lunch service last week. Created by executive chef David Kuo, the menu features kung pao green beans, Sichuan eggplant, Hainan chicken and the braised pork belly. Dim sum plates, noodles and rice dishes also pepper the menu, as well as couple new sweet treats (fried sesame balls; taro ice cream).

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