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17 Of The Best Events Happening in Southern California This Week

It's Negroni Week with bars and restaurants celebrating the Italian cocktail, including Accomplice Bar, which is serving up Negroni Mochi cocktails. (Courtesy of Accomplice Bar)
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Cheers! It's Negroni Week. It's also the end of Pride month, so celebrate by skating the night away or listening to a live recording of the Nancy podcast. Other options include treasures buried by Vesuvius, a new night market in Little Tokyo, Awkwafina's latest film and a chance to fill up on beer and donuts.

Negroni Week
Various locations throughout Southern California
Equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, the Negroni is a simple cocktail. But now it has a PR agent. And that means it has a weeklong celebration. To honor the Italian export, bars and restaurants all over SoCal are offering specials and riffing on the original recipe. Many participating venues are using the specials to double as charity fundraisers. Viviane at the Avalon in Beverly Hills donates $1 from every Negroni sold to No Kid Hungry. Accomplice Bar in Mar Vista donates to Water for People during the week and offers three different cocktails served with Negroni mochi. Birds & Bees in downtown L.A. offers six versions of the cocktail with $1 from every cocktail sold going directly to Mercy Corp. NoMad Los Angeles donates to the Trevor Project.
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JUNE 24; 8 p.m.
Aziz Ansari
Terrace Theater, Long Beach Performing Arts Center -- 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The embattled writer, director and comedian, best known for playing Tom Haverford on NBC's Parks and Recreation and creating the Netflix series Master of None, brings his Road to Nowhere Tour to Southern California for three shows. If you can't make it to Long Beach, Ansari has additional shows at Pasadena's Civic Auditorium on Tuesday and Oxnard Performing Arts Center on Wednesday.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

An new food-themed pop-up exhibit is now open in Torrance, ready for your 'Gram. (Courtesy of The Foodie Space)
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Through SUNDAY, JULY 14
The Foodie Space
Del Amo Fashion Center -- 3525 W. Carson St., Unit 173, Torrance
The new pop-up museum features more than a dozen Instagrammable interactive food-themed exhibits created by local artists. Take a dip in an oversized "caviar" pool or pose next to glitter fries. As a bonus, every admission gets you free entry to the OC Night Market this summer.
COST: $17 - $20; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 25; 8 - 10 p.m.
Nancy LIVE
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
To bookend Pride Month, hear podcasters and BFFs Kathy Tu and Tobin Low share stories and conversations about the LGBTQ experience at this KPCC In Person event. They'll chat with guests comedian Joel Kim Booster and astrologer Chani Nicholas, play games, crack jokes and maybe tell more stories about Kathy's mom. Adult beverages will be available (for those 21+). Some material may not be suitable for all ages.
COST: $20 - $25; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 25; 7 p.m.
North by Northwest - 60th Anniversary
Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Westlake Village -- 180 Promenade Way, Thousand Oaks
Cinépolis Pico Rivera -- 8540 Whittier Blvd., Pico Rivera
Cary Grant stars in this Alfred Hitchcock thriller as a NY ad exec who finds himself embroiled in murder and intrigue and criss-crosses the country to prove his innocence. The screening is part of Cinépolis Handpicked, a curated weekly alternative programming series that surveyed 38,000 movie-going guests to determine its 2019 lineup.

TUESDAY, JUNE 25; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Los Angeles Times Book Club: Susan Orlean
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre -- 4814 Hollywood Blvd., East Hollywood
Piggybacking on the success of its Festival of Books, the Los Angeles Times is starting a book club to keep the literary conversations going. At these community events, expect to hear from authors and chefs who'll talk about their latest works. At the kickoff event, Orlean discusses The Library Book with the paper's deputy managing editor, Julia Turner. (Best part about this book club is that you don't have to feel guilty for not reading the book ahead of time.)
COST: Individual tickets run $10 - $75; MORE INFO

WEDNEDAY, JUNE 26; 6:30 p.m.
Level 8 Drive-in
The Grove --189 The Grove Dr., Fairfax
Watch movies atop the shopping destination's parking structure at this new drive-in summer movie series. Happening the last Wednesday of the month from June to September, the series launches with a screening of Grease. Because The Grove is teaming with the Petersen Automotive Museum, guests can take photos with iconic cars from cinema, including Greased Lightning. The screening includes popcorn and soda.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26; 8 - 11 p.m.
Pride Skate Night
Moonlight Rollerway -- 5110 San Fernando Rd., Glendale
Close out Pride month by celebrating on wheels with Gay for Good, an LGBTQ+ volunteer nonprofit group that's open to all. Skate and roll bounce to great tunes throughout the night.
COST: $11, $5 skate rental; MORE INFO

"Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri" opens at the Getty Villa (and not the Center) in Pacific Palisades this week. (Luigi Spina, Courtesy of Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli)

Buried by Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri
Getty Villa -- 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades
The famous SoCal structure is modeled on an ancient villa at Herculaneum that was buried by Mount Vesuvius's eruption in AD 79. Since being unearthed in the 1750s, the Roman villa has yielded marble and mosaic floors, frescoed walls, bronze and marble statues and more than 1,000 scrolls. View rare artifacts from the ancient site, which is still being excavated.
COST: FREE, but timed-entry tickets are required; MORE INFO

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26; 8 p.m.
Pure & Weary's Playlist
Comedy Central Stage --6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
Second City Chicago transplants Katherine Biskupic and Leah Frires form the comedy duo Pure & Weary. They're sketching their way through a perfect playlist of their lives, recounting hookups, road trips and life moments that we bet are all pretty awkward -- and hilarious.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26; 7 p.m. (doors)
The Farewell
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Writer-director Lulu Wang's film is based on a lie. Awkwafina stars as Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi, who reluctantly returns to Changchun to learn that her Nai-Nai (grandma) has weeks to live. The whole family knows but Nai Nai doesn't, and they want to keep it that way. Wang will be honored at the screening with this year's Sundance Institute Vanguard Award. Stick around for the after-party.
COST: Tickets start at $40; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26; 7 - 9 p.m.
Beer and Donut Pairing
Brewheim Beer Makers -- 1931 E. Wright Circle, Anaheim
Sample eight rounds of Glee Donuts paired with eight Brewheim Beers. The combinations have been picked to emphasize the flavors of both items. The pairings begin at 7:10 p.m. sharp.

Leviosa 2019
Loews Hollywood Hotel -- 1755 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
This unofficial Harry Potter and YA lit fan convention features panels, academic presentations, creative workshops and crafting sessions as well as appearances from young adult authors such as Alison Cherry and Tobie Easton. As with any good HP fan gathering, there will be vendor exhibits, cosplay, wizarding dance lessons and a Yule Ball. Beware of Quidditch snitches flying around.
COST: $35 - $350; MORE INFO

Close up of a puppet featured in the documentary, 'Our Time Machine.' (Courtesy of Maleonn Studio)

THURSDAY, JUNE 27; 7 - 9 p.m.
Cinema Orange: Our Time Machine
OCMA / Orange County Museum of Art -- 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana
Influential Chinese artist Ma Liang collaborates with his father Ma Ke, an accomplished Peking Opera director, on an ambitious project in this documentary. They embark on this journey together after Ma is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, creating an autobiographical stage performance that includes life-size mechanical puppets that travel through time to revisit shared memories. This film is directed by S. Leo Chiang and Yang Sun.

THURSDAY, JUNE 27; 4 - 10 p.m.
Little Tokyo Nights
Aratani Theater Plaza -- 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown L.A.
A new weekly street food festival debuts in Little Tokyo. Take in Taiko performances, live music, cooking demos, craft purveyors and collectibles in addition to food, drink and dessert vendors and food trucks. Global dishes -- from Asian fusion to BBQ and paella -- will be available.

Game Changers LA Outdoor Screening Series
Ford Theatres -- 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation presents four nights of groundbreaking TV shows and films. Each event includes special guests and cast members for pre-screening conversations. Check out Boyz N The Hood (Thursday), Toy Story (Friday), Stranger Things 3 (Saturday) and Thelma & Louise (Sunday).
COST: $20 - $30; MORE INFO

Taschen Book Sale
Taschen -- 354 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills
Taschen at the Original Farmers Market -- 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
Got a lonely coffee table? The art and design publisher's semiannual sale offers up to 75% off select titles at store locations and online at

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