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18 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Week

The Beatles' trippy animated film turns 50, and it screens at the Wiltern this week.
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The dog days of summer are here, which roughly translates to "get out of the house and have some fun." We have plenty of options -- with and without air conditioning.

Alfresco events include the Decemberists at the Greek, X Ambassadors at the Grove and a JazzPop series at the Hammer. Indoor picks include a panel discussion with former fashion models, a sneak preview of Searching with John Cho, a 50th-anniversary screening of Yellow Submarine, and a panel discussion on the rise and fall of Bikram yoga's founder.

LA Shorts Fest
Laemmle NoHo 7 -- 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
There's still time to catch films 45 minutes and under from around the globe at this long-running festival. Remaining programs include Animation and Comedy blocks on Monday; British shorts and Romance on Tuesday; Documentary shorts on Wednesday; and Parts Unknown and Southeast Asia blocks on Thursday.
COST: $15; $25 for awards ceremony program; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JULY 30; 7 - 9 p.m.
Meet, Eat, & Greet w/ Dee Snider
Grill 'Em All -- 19 E. Main St., Alhambra
The Twisted Sister frontman celebrates the release of his latest solo album, For the Love of Metal, with a meetup at the renowned SGV burger joint. There's a special menu being created for the event that includes Dee Burgs, wings, and bread pudding.

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TUESDAY, JULY 31; 8:30 p.m.
Hollywood for Ugly People: A Political Panel Show
UCB Sunset -- 5419 Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Host Kenny Stevenson takes the audiences through the insane and frustrating world of politics, with comics Kevin Camia, Jak Knight, Tawny Newsome, and Julianne Simitz giving their takes on politics, news, and current events.

TUESDAY, JULY 31; 7:30 p.m.
The Decemberists
Greek Theatre -- 2700 North Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
Listen to lead vocalist and songwriter Colin Meloy emote under the stars as the Portland-based, indie-chamber-pop band makes a stop in L.A. in support of its newish album, I'll Be Your Girl.
COST: $29.50 - $49.50; MORE INFO

Animal Collective
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway., downtown L.A.
The experimental pop quartet wraps its Sung Tongs World Tour with two nights in L.A. The tour takes its name from the band's critically acclaimed fourth studio album, released in 2004, and the shows feature the album played in its entirety. All ages.
COST: $33.50-$45; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 31; 8 p.m.
Shoot 'Em Up - Part 1
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
This three-part show follows true stories told live on stage as they evolve into scripts and then films. The storytelling session (Part 1) features six performers -- Monte LaMonte, Janet Varney, Roz Browne, Meg Cheng, Vivian Gil, and Paul Davis -- recounting a true story in 5 to 7 minutes. Six screenwriters attending are randomly assigned one of the stories, and they have a month to create a script, which will be read onstage in Part 2. The scripts are given to filmmakers at random, and they have a month to shoot the script. The third installment of the series features a screening of all the shorts.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

Dent May headlines an all ages show at the Highland Park Ebell. (Photo by Carson Culver)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1; 8 p.m.
Dent May
Highland Park Ebell -- 131 South Avenue 57, Highland Park
The Mississippi born, L.A.-based Dent May brings his tour and hard-to-pin style of pop music back home, as his last release, Across the Multiverse, was crafted and recorded in HP. Shannon Lay and Confusing Mix of Nations play sets to open the all-ages show.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1; 7 p.m.
Icons Speak: Models on Fashion Photography
The Getty Center -- 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
To complement the museum's current exhibition, "Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911 -2011," veteran models Beverly Johnson, Cheryl Tiegs, and Patricia Velasquez discuss their contributions to memorable photographic images and the fashion industry. They'll be joined by moderator Booth Moore, style and fashion news director for the Hollywood Reporter.
COST: FREE (but advanced tickets / RSVP required); MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1; 7:30 - 9 p.m.
X Ambassadors
The Grove -- 189 The Grove Dr., Fairfax
The band behind the songs "Renegades" and "Unsteady" plays under the stars by the fountain. Might want to get there early to claim a spot.

It's Pints for the Peninsula Thursdays at Smog City. Raise funds while raising a glass. (Photo courtesy of Smog City via Facebook)
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THURSDAY, AUG. 2; 3 - 10 p.m.
Pints for the Peninsula
Smog City Brewery -- 1901 del Amo Blvd., Torrance
Time to get tipsy for a good cause every Thursday in August (with a designated driver/rideshare home, naturally). Enjoy local hand-crafted brews with 10 percent of your tab going to the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy. The funds will protect wildlife habitats and help develop youth education programs. (21+)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Surfboards on Parade 2018
Kimpton Shorebreak Hotel -- 500 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach
Preview art on more than 20 surfboards before the works travel to various locations throughout Surf City. Mingle with the artists, board shapers, and surfing legends at the opening party. Ticket prices include tapas and drinks. The band Cali Conscious plays live.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1; 8 - 10 p.m.
Idiots Comedy
The Clubhouse -- 1607 N. Vermont Ave., East Hollywood
This night of standup features a fantastic lineup with Ian Karmel, JC Coccoli, Allen Strickland Williams, Marlena Rodriguez, Brodie Reed, Steve Hernandez, Nicole Byer, and the show's namesakes David Venhuizen, Dan Gill, and Colin McCormick. The show is 21+, and the beer is free.
COST: FREE (but donations appreciated); MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 2; 1 - 4 p.m.
Ice Cream Sandwich Day
11135 Magnolia Blvd., Suite 170, North Hollywood
9000 Reseda Blvd., Northridge

The ice cream sandwich shop celebrates in a big way, selling mini-versions of their desserts for one penny. The event commemorates the invention of the ice cream sandwich in 1900, when it was sold for a penny from a street cart.

THURSDAY, AUG. 2; 7:30 p.m.
Bing Theater, LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum screens the psychological thriller about a father's (John Cho) search for his missing 16-year-old daughter. As he follows his daughter's footsteps into the digital world, the action unfolds on several computer and phone screens. Written by Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, directed by Chaganty, the film examines themes of grief, isolation, and our dependence on online networks. It includes a post-screening discussion with Cho, Chaganty, and Ohanian, moderated by L.A. Film Critics Association President Claudia Puig.

THURSDAY, AUG. 2; 8 p.m.
JazzPOP: No Bounds
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The museum's annual jazz festival series kicks off with Motoko Honda's Simple Excesses. Honda -- a pianist, composer, and improviser -- blends jazz, chamber music, and electronic with beats from around the world.

THURSDAY, AUG. 2; 7 p.m.
Yellow Submarine: 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
The Beatles' magical and trippy animated film screens at the historic art deco theater. Sing along to classics like "Eleanor Rigby," "When I'm Sixty-Four," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," and "All You Need Is Love." The night includes a few photo opps, music by vinyl spinner DJ Numberwonderful, and a full bar and food. Cosplay is encouraged.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 2; 5 - 9 p.m.
BOLD -- Beverly Hills Open Later Days Launch
Various locations in and around Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills
The 90210 isn't exactly known for its late-night offerings, so the city is enticing both locals and tourists with special events, entertainment, shopping, and dining specials (activated with a same-day shopping receipt from a local retailer) every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night until the wee hour of 8 p.m.! It runs through Aug. 25. The launch party, however, goes overtime to 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, AUG. 2; 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
30 for 30: Bikram
Wanderlust Hollywood -- 1357 N Highland Ave., Hollywood
The ESPN podcast presents a panel discussion focused on its examination of Bikram yoga, moderated by podcast host Jody Avirgan, with reporter Julia Lowrie Henderson and special guests. For those not familiar with the story: Bikram Choudhury launched a hot yoga empire in Hollywood in the 1970s. "But the healing powers of his yoga revolution allowed him to hide increasingly dark behavior, culminating in accusations of sexual assault by several followers in 2013." Food and drinks are included in the ticket price.

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