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17 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

This is a preview of Shepard Fairey's mural, 'Maya Angelou, Fall 1969.' (Image: Courtesy of Chester Higgins /
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A Maya Angelou mural festival takes over a high school campus. Michael Cimarusti holds an East Coast-style seafood Shindig. Cheryl Strayed talks about her writing. Metro offers free rides in honor of Bike to Work Day. There's beer and magic at Angel City and a family-friendly music festival in Joshua Tree.

Maya Angelou Mural Festival
Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School -- 300 E. 53rd St., South Park
More than two dozen artists and collectives -- Ni Santas, Raul Gonzalez, Victoria Cassinova, Enk One, Rob Hill, Brushwork, Shepard Fairey, Faith 47, Hugeart, Rabi of Cyrcle -- have been commissioned to paint a series of murals around the school's campus. Throughout the week, the school hosts an open symposium with programming by NASA JPL, LACMA, Artsy, Self Help Graphics, Eddie Huang and Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC. The festival culminates in a public reception on Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. with a conversation and performance by Miguel. A guided mural tour takes place each day of the festival at 4 p.m.

MONDAY, MAY 13; 6 - 9 p.m.
Beer and Magic
Angel City Brewery -- 216 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The brewery brings in illusionists Derek Hubb Irwin and Frank Foti to entertain while you make the beer disappear.

The Getty presents an exhibition of works from Medieval bestiaries including 'Liber Floridus,' 1460. (Image: Courtesy of Culture: French Object Credit: The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands)
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Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World
The Getty 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood
Discover artwork and illustrations in the medieval book of beasts from the real (lions) to the fictional (unicorns and griffins). The illuminated text served as a sort of encyclopedia of animals and had a broad influence on medieval art and culture.

TUESDAY, MAY 14; 7:30 p.m.
Michael Pollan
Aratani Theatre -- 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown L.A.
Bestselling author Michael Pollan discusses magic mushrooms, psychedelic experiences and his investigation into the "medical and scientific revolution" taking place around psychedelic drugs. He'll read from his book, How to Change Your Mind, and talk to scientist and UCSD professor Lera Boroditsky.
COST: $38 - $60; MORE INFO

MONDAY, MAY 13; 7:30 p.m.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Here's a sneak preview of the coming-of-age comedy about high school best friends and the bonds that last a lifetime. Starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, the film marks Olivia Wilde's feature directing debut.

TUESDAY, MAY 14; 7 p.m.
The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont
Book Soup -- 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Author Shawn Levy discusses and signs his book, which delves into the history of the Chateau -- an apartment house-turned-hotel -- and it's place in Hollywood lore. Some stories are true and others are rumor, so you'll learn which is which. The book recounts the wild parties, scandalous liaisons and so much more that happened within the walls of the hotel.

TUESDAY, MAY 14; 8 p.m.
Keep It Podcast Live
The Regent Theater -- 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
This Crooked Media podcast, hosted by Ira Madison III, covers pop culture and politics. Listen to Madison and guest Leslie Grossman riff on current events, movies, music and anything else topical.
COST: $27.50 - $35; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, MAY 14; 5 - 10 p.m.
LAT Food Bowl Shell-ebration
Connie and Ted's -- 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Chef-owner and James Beard winner Michael Cimarusti's New England-inspired seafood eatery holds a carnival-style party. The menu includes raw bar selections, fried oysters, clam and cheeseburger sliders, mini-lobster rolls, cinnamon roll ice cream sandwiches, cotton candy, games, prizes and, for those 21+, beer, wine and cocktails.
COST: $55 (no alcohol), $75 (includes three drinks); MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 - onward
New Hollywood Museum Exhibitions
The Hollywood Museum -- 1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The museum unveils new exhibitions that celebrate Batman's 80th anniversary, Catwoman and 1970s favorites the Bionic Woman and the Six Million Dollar Man. View lifelike characters as well as original props, memorabilia and costume replicas.
COST: $5 - $15; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Japanese Food Labs / History of Sushi
Japan House Salon, Level 5 -- 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The highly regarded chef Kouji Kimura is known for experiments in jukusei sushi (aged sushi) at Sushi Kimura, his two-Michelin-starred restaurant. At this L.A. Times Food Bowl event, attendees will taste a variety of sushi while learning about its history. The ticket price includes the sushi tasting, drinks and a Q&A with Kimura. This event is 18+.

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It's Bike to Work Day this Thursday. Free rides on Metro if you bring your bike or helmet. (Photo: Matthew Almon Roth / Flickr Creative Commons)

Bike to Work Day
Various locations
While the national edition of BTWD takes place on Friday, May 17, L.A. Metro and other local transportation agencies traditionally offer free rides the day before. Bring your bike or helmet to get a free ride on any Metro bus or rail line. Other agencies offering free rides include Antelope Valley Transit Authority, Beach Cities Transit, Culver City Bus, City of Gardena Bus, LADOT, Big Blue Bus and Metrolink (which is offering free rides to people who board with a bicycle all week).

THURSDAY, MAY 16; 6 - 9 p.m.
Bridging Communities Iftar
Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple -- 815 E. 1st St., downtown L.A.
Vigilant Love is a healing arts organization that works to ensure justice and safety in communities impacted by Islamophobia and violence. Break the Ramadan fast with a community of Muslim American, Japanese American, South Asian, Black, Arab, Latinx, East Asian, queer, trans and interfaith allies. The program includes performances as well as food by Handi Kebab House. Vegetarian and Halal meat options included.
COST: Tickets start at $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MAY 16; 5:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Taste of Anaheim 2019
Anaheim Gardenwalk -- 400 West Disney Way, Anaheim
The food and music festival returns for its 24th year as a way to promote the food and beverage industry and other local businesses. Participating restaurants include Karl Strauss, Old Crow Smokehouse, Tortilla Jo's, Naples Ristorante and Catal Restaurant.
COST: $40 - $45; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, MAY 16; 7:15 p.m.
Queen Mary's 2019 Summer Movie Series
The Queen Mary Seawalk (lawn adjacent to the ship) -- 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach
Watch movies with the Long Beach harbor and the regal ocean line in the background. The summer series returns with Mamma Mia! You can bring a picnic or buy food from one of the trucks (themed to the film) showing up that night. The movies run on select Thursdays through August.

THURSDAY, MAY 16; 7:30 p.m.
Cheryl Strayed
Garrison Theater at Scripps College -- 241 E. 10th St., Claremont
The author of the memoir Wild and the advice column collection Tiny Beautiful Things talks to fellow advice columnist Heather Havrilesky aka New York Magazine's "Ask Polly."

17th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival
Joshua Tree Lake Campground -- 2601 Sunfair Rd., Joshua Tree
Taking place each May and October, the family-friendly camping experience in the Mojave Desert puts the emphasis on music and adventure. Up-and-coming bands, DJs and musicians from around the globe throw down danceable sets, including soul, funk, folk, dubstep and world music. The weekend also features kids' activities, yoga, art and sustainability talks.
COST: Tickets / passes run $50 - $220; MORE INFO

Ravel's Magical Opera
Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall -- 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
Carl St. Clair conducts the Pacific Symphony in a concert that includes Ravel's one-act masterpiece, L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and the Magic Spells), in which a young boy encounters magical objects and animals. The piece is preceded by selections by Elgar and Ticheli in remembrance of former principal cellist Timothy Landauer.
COST: Tickets start at $25; MORE INFO

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