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18 Of The Coolest Events In Southern California This Week

Jim Henson is surrounded by some of his 'Fraggle Rock' friends. (Courtesy The Jim Henson Company / MoMI)
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Time to get your grub on, Los Angeles! It's the final week of dineL.A.'s summer run, and there's a special Louisiana seafood boil in Sherman Oaks. The Skirball celebrates the 35th anniversary of "Fraggle Rock" and opens its Summer Concert Series. Film and performance options abound with a one-woman, sci-fi feminist comedy, lovely luchadors and top notch storytellers.


Various locations throughout Los Angeles County
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COST: $15 - $95+; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JULY 23; 7 p.m.

JAM Session: Bollywood
Ford Theaters -- 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
Achinta S. McDaniel and dancers from Blue13 Dance Company lead the session that combines hip-hop, modern and traditional Indian dances. All ages and skill levels are welcome, so don't worry if you have two left feet. Get moving and have fun. RSVPs recommended.

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MONDAY, JULY 23; 8 p.m.

Movie Mondays: "Moonrise Kingdom"
Segerstrom Center for the Arts -- 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa
Bring the whole family to the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza for a night of picnicking, food trucks and movies under the stars. Wes Anderson's stylized 2012 film is set on a New England island where two kids fall in love and run away into the woods. The authorities try to find them before a big storm hits. The PG-13 film stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Murray.

TUESDAY, JULY 24; 9 p.m.
Jon Daly Kills It
The Satellite -- 1717 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake
The comic debuts songs from his news album with his new band and a new sax. He's bringing friends Brett Gelman, Kurt Braunohler, Nicole Byer, Slut Island and Colleen Green. Proceeds from the show will go toward a health fund for actor-comedian Angela Trimbur, who's fighting cancer.

TUESDAY, JULY 24; 5 - 9 p.m.
10th Annual Taste of Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market -- 6333 W. 3rd St., Fairfax
Here's a good way to sample the market's food and beverage options. The event includes nearly 50 bites as well as beer and wine samples (for those 21+). The ticket also includes free parking in the surface lots or The Grove parking structure.
COST: $40 - $45 for adult ticket; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 24; 8 p.m.

Happy Anniversary, Fraggle Rockers
Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
It's been 35 years since TV audiences were introduced to Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock," the musically inclined show that featured "fun-loving Fraggles, industrious Doozers, and enormous Gorgs." Legendary puppeteers Dave Goelz (Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt) and Karen Prell (Red Fraggle) take part in a discussion about the series with moderator John Tartaglia (Splash and Bubbles, Word Party). We hear a puppet or two might drop by....
COST: $9 - $12; MORE INFO

Lyric Hyperion Theatre -- 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
Can the clitoris save humanity? That's the question this one-woman, sci-fi feminist comedy asks its audience. Written and performed by comedian, filmmaker and sex columnist Ava Bogle, the play celebrates women's sexual agency by telling the story of five aliens preparing to leave earth before a nuclear war.

TUESDAY, JULY 24; 8 p.m.
The Moth GrandSLAM
Regent Theater -- 448 S Main St., downtown L.A.
Hoping to win the championship, ten past Moth winners tell new tales before a live audience on the theme of "identity crisis." The storytellers are Christopher Brune-Horan, Paul Davis, Adrian Eli, Bryan Kett, Lichelli Lazar-Lea, Cara Lopez-Lee, Lora Nakamura, Josh Silberman, Matt Struski and Stephen Tolkin. This event is ages 18+.


The Music Center presents 'Moves After Dark,' site-specific performances with three L.A.-based dance companies, including Strange & Elegant Dance. (Courtesy of Strange & Elegant Dance via Facebook)

TUESDAY, JULY 24 - WEDNESDAY, JULY 25; 8:30 p.m.
Moves After Dark
Walt Disney Concert Hall -- 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The Music Center's popular site-specific dance event returns with world premieres of choreography performed by three L.A.-based dance companies. For the program, audiences travel three different paths to where the dancers are performing around the concert hall. The program features: Strange & Elegant Dance company performing "Under/Current" at the Grand Avenue stairs; Clairobscur Dance taking on "Concert Walls" in the Carson Amphitheater and surrounding staircases; and Mixed eMotion Theatrix performing "Gatsby Redux" at the Blue Ribbon Garden. Each work is approximately 20 minutes long.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25; 5:30 p.m.
Louisiana Seafood Boil

Boneyard Bistro -- 13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

Louisiana crawfish, Venus clams, white shrimp, jumbo Louisiana gulf shrimp, PEI black mussels, Opilio snow crab clusters, Alaskan king crab legs and 4-ounce Maine lobster tails are served family style with slaw, corn, potatoes and sausage. Oysters are available by the dozen and half-dozen. Combo plates are also available. 


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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 - THURSDAY, JULY 26; 6 - 8 p.m.
Unheard LA Salon
Carson Library -- 151 E. Carson St., Carson
AC Bilbrew Library -- 150 E. El Segundo Blvd., Willowbrook

The KPCC In Person series gives residents a chance to share first-person accounts of life in Southern California. For the next installments, the series heads down the 110, with storytellers Glenn Fernandez, Hilary Hattenbach and Cara Lopez Lee sharing their tales from the first two seasons in Carson. They'll answer questions about the submission process and listen to stories that could be told at the upcoming show in Lawndale. Refreshments will be served. The following night, the salon welcomes Andre Echave, Johanna Middleton and Jonathon Rios to Willowbrook.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25; 8:30 p.m.
Thomas Dolby: An Evening of Music and Storytelling
Largo at the Coronet -- 366 N La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
The English musician and producer deconstructs a few of his songs from his three-decade career -- right down to the notes, beats and chords -- and reveals the stories behind them. He then layers the parts until he recreates the entire song.

The 2018 She L.A. Summer Theater Festival
The Zephyr Theatre -- 7456 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The founders of the She NYC Arts festival launch the L.A. edition, presenting full-length plays, musicals and adaptations by women. The featured productions are "arabesque no 1" by Cambria Denim, directed by Natalie Griffith Robichaux; "The Legend of Bonny Anne" by Chandler Patton, composed by Stephens James Schmidt and directed by Andrew Ceglio; "The Door to America" by Carol Weiss, directed by Wendy Rosoff; and "Starry" by Kelly D'Angelo and Matt Dahan, directed by Michelle Kallman.

THURSDAY, JULY 26; 7:30 p.m.

Cut Chemist with Buyepongo
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The KCRW Summer Nights music series at the museum closes out with an awesome bill. The veteran DJ/producer is joined by the world music makers, who specialize in highly infectious, danceable tunes. KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez spins between sets. The "Made in L.A" galleries are open until 10 p.m. Food trucks and cash bars are available through the night.

THURSDAY, JULY 26; 6:30 p.m.

Sunset Concerts
Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The 22nd season of the music series opens with L.A.-based artist-activist Goapele, who released an EP, "Dreamseeker," last year. She brings her take on R&B, soul, funk and hip-hop to the stage at 8 p.m. Get there early because DJ Mamabear of dublab spins tunes to open the night. Museum galleries will stay open late.

COST: FREE ($10 parking); MORE INFO

Lucha VaVOOM returns to the Mayan with its 'Summer Lovin'' show. (Photo by David Chi)

THURSDAY, JULY 26; 8 p.m. 

Lucha VaVOOM
The Mayan Theater -- 1038 S. Hill St., downtown L.A.
The burlesque, comedy and Mexican wrestling spectacle returns with its "Summer Lovin'" show. The night features "lucha libre, comedy, burlesque, tequila, tamales, minis, mariachi, Aztec dancers, aerialists, folkloricos, hula hoops, low riders" and the Battle for the Belt, a match where current champ Li'l Cholo wil ldefend his title. Ages 21+.

COST: $40 - $70; MORE INFO


"What Happened When"
Echo Theater Company, Atwater Village Theatre -- 3269 Casitas Ave., Atwater Village
Playwright Daniel Talbott's haunting ghost story takes place on a snowy night in a rural farmhouse. Three siblings (Randall Clute, Joey Stromberg and Libby Woodbridge) sit close together in the dark with a flashlight, with the audience gathered around to immerse themselves in the story. The play is recommended for mature audiences, ages 18+.


Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival
Let Live Theater -- 916 N. Formosa Ave., Fairfax
This festival lets filmmakers share their work in an inclusive and multicultural environment. Now in its fifth year, the fest features 40 films, guest speakers, panel discussions and Q&As. The opening night program screens eight global shorts from Latvia, Israel, Iran, Sweden, Germany and the U.S., followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. The night wraps with a party next door at The Other Space.

COST: $10 - $30; MORE INFO

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