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17 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 17 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. We’ll be back later this week with our June Guide, too.


The Jacaranda Music series presents a concert that celebrates director/showrunner John Ridley and his ABC show American Crime on Monday at 7 pm at the Kirk Douglas Theater. The event features the world premiere of American Crime Suite for chamber orchestra by Mark Isham with music that inspires Ridley and Isham, including Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich, Fratres and Darf Ich by Arvo Pärt, as well as November by Max Richter. There’s no admission charge, but online RSVP and a ticket are required.

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Through June 26, Tres by José Andrés offers Adventurous Alice's Afternoon Tea everyday from 3-5 pm. Inspired by the recent Disney release of Alice Through The Looking Glass, the tea features specialty sweets like the Candy Cap Mushroom Macaron and The Red Queen's Bon Bons by pastry chef Kriss Harvey. Afternoon tea; $35 (tea + a glass of Cava is $45; tea + a glass of Veuve Cliquot is $55).

NOAH HAWLEY (Book talk)
Noah Hawley, the Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo, has written and released a new book Before the Fall, a thriller about a plane crash and the survivors’ aftermath. Hawley will read from and discuss the book at Skylight on Monday at 7:30 with Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk (who was a Fargo season one castmember). Because Skylight is expecting a large crowd, they’re giving out tickets for the signing line—and you must have

Social Media Week returns to L.A. and Broad Stage in Santa Monica as its home base beginning today and running through Friday. The conference offers a slew of workshops, panel discussions, interviews, info sessions and a chance to network with some of the best and brightest communications / social media minds working today. Passes are $789.

Now in its sixth year, The Oinkster’s annual Burger Week returns to the Eagle Rock and Hollywood locations starting on Monday with burger creations that honor “[our] brethren fast food shacks from all over the southland.” Highland Park Brewery created a new Single Hop Simcoe IPA just for Burger Week 6. And of course, those eaters who partake in each of the one-day-only burgers will earn a Supertramp-inspired shirt. Monday’s “burger” offering is the Oinki-Dog: 1/4lb all beef hot dog, house smoked pastrami, Oinkster chili and shredded jack and cheddar wrapped in a grilled burrito tortilla.


Cool Beans live comedy show is at Vitello’s E Spot Lounge in Studio City on Tuesday night at 8 pm. On the bill are: Tone Bell, Julian McCullough, Owen Smith, Samuel J Comroe, Taylor Tomlinson, Corey Craig and a surprise guest. Each show there are prizes, fun and a jelly bean giveaway. Tickets: $10.

The monthly Emo Night: Taking Back Tuesday returns to the Echoplex bringing together people who share a love of emo music from the 90’s to today. (Think Brand New, New Found Glory to American Football and Death Cab For Cutie). This week, Taking Back Tuesday hosts performances from Partybaby, Teenage Wrist, WASI and Two O'Clock Orange. Surprise guest DJs spin inside. Doors at 9 pm. $10 cover.

Now in its 7th year, The New Media Film Festival takes over The Landmark in West LA from Tuesday through Thursday. The festival focuses on new technologies and formats for media from around the world and features 127 works from 37 countries. The kick off party is on Tuesday from 5-7 pm. Tickets are $35 for the party or it comes with a VIP festival badge $149. Individual program tickets: $25.


The Paley Center opens The Artistry of Outlander on Wednesday. The exhibition take visitors into the world(s) of the popular STARZ and Sony Pictures Television series Outlander, which stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan. Fans of the TV show can take a view costumes designed by Emmy-winning costume designer Terry Dresbach and take a peek into 18th century Parisian society to view set pieces from Outlander production designer Jon Gary Steele. The exhibition also features life-size episodic photography and BTS video segments. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The Paley Center is open Wednesdays to Sundays from noon to 5 pm.

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SOFAR LA (Music)
Sofar LA hosts indie bands and artists at secret locations around the city. The shows have become so popular that they’re doing 16 shows this month. (Past acts have included The Colourist, Mystic Braves, Hunter Hunted and Eagle Rock Gospel Singers.) Sofar LA's next shows are on Wednesday (Hollywood) and Thursday in (El Segundo). Both shows are at 8:30 pm. There are opportunities to buy tickets for guaranteed entry or to apply for free ones. You’ll be notified by email of the address. But you won’t know who’ll perform until you get there.

LISA HANAWALT (Graphic novel)
LA-based cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt (producer and series designer on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman) has a new book Hot Dog Taste Test that examines the pompous foodie culture and our sometimes weird relationships with food. Hanawalt will present excerpts and discuss her book at Skylight Books on Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

Radio Picture Show is a storytelling show at The Virgil, in which participants base their tales on a particular song or image and then incorporate it into the performance. Hosted by Shauna McGarry and Lauren Cook, the next show is on Wednesday at 8:30 pm and features guests Jake Weisman, Laura Kightlinger, Moses Storm and Jeanie Bergen.Tickets: $6 online or $8 at the door.

THE MOWGLI’s (Music)
L.A.’s own The Mowgli’s—who are working on its third album, due out this fall—are playing The Troubadour on Wednesday night. The band brings its mix of rock, pop and its Laurel Canyon folk sound to the stage, with the Pom Poms and The Greeting Committee opening the night. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $20-$22.

MiniBar Hollywoodturns 1 on Wednesday and to celebrate, the bar is serving up $6 margaritas, $10 hibiki shots and $1 Mexicali Beers (first 99 cans). Doors at 5 pm with DJ Johnny Knight spinning at 9 p.m. Free valet parking with validation.


On Thursday at 7:30 pm The Standard, Hollywood joins forces with New Filmmakers Los Angeles and The Wrap to present Short Shorts, a series of five short films, directed by Nicholas Bouier, David Martin-Porras, Nick Toti, Armen Antranikian and Joshua Tate. The screenings will be followed by discussions with directors, cast and crew. Hosted by Alonso Durande, the evening’s theme is Perception and True Identity. Free.

The 6th Los Angeles Design Festival (LADF)—a citywide celebration of LA’s design community and talent—begins Thursday and runs through June 26 with more than 50 events, including curated programs, tours, parties, community events and more. The events focus on various disciplines: architecture, industrial design, graphic design, fashion, interior design, landscape design and urban design. The LADF opening night party, co-hosted with Parachute Market, takes place on Thursday at 836 Traction Ave. from 8-11 pm. Tickets: $35-$60. Ages 21+.

Chefs Michael Hung (Viviane) and Alvin Cailan (Unit 120) are teaming up for a Filipino Backyard BBQ event on Thursday from 7-10 pm to benefit the No Kid Hungry Campaign. The chefs take over the mezzanine level of Chinatown’s Far East Plaza and throw a party inspired by their childhood summers. “Guests will experience an all-you-can-eat menu of Filipino-inspired dishes, beer, wine and cocktails from Faith & Flower’s Lead Bartender Darwin Pornel, with DJs spinning everything from classic hip hop to modern disco.” The menu includes adobo, garlic fried rice, grilled pork tocino, leche flan and many more treats. Tickets: $50 and $75 (VIP, hour early entry). 100% of the proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry’s goal to end childhood hunger in America.

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