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18 Fabulous Things To Do This Week in Southern California

Lucha VaVOOM returns with a summer spectacular this week. (Ryan Hartford)
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Lucha VaVOOM returns. Lionel Richie, Elvis Costello and Blondie headline concerts. Melrose Rooftop Theatre and Costa Mesa host outdoor film screenings. The Hammer throws a John Singleton tribute and the Montalban hosts the Hollyshorts Film Festival. Plus, it's National Oyster Day, so slurp down some shellfish.

A trippy, tie-dye-themed room at the Weedmaps Museum Of Weed preview event on August 01, 2019. (John Sciulli/Getty Images for Weedmaps)

Museum of Weed
720 N Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood
No cannabis will be sold or permitted on the site of this pop-up marijuana museum, sponsored by Weedmaps. But you will get to pose against Instagrammable backdrops including a tie-dye room decorated with protest signs. The "museum" also features an exhibition about the War on Drugs, launched in the 1980s. And, of course, there's a gift shop.

The Barnegat Oyster Collective serves oysters during the New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 14, 2018. (Kris Connor/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
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MONDAY, AUG. 5; 4 - 10 p.m.
National Oyster Day
Connie and Ted's -- 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
Celebrate the mollusk at Michael Cimarusti's New England-inspired seafood restaurant. At Ted's Oyster Hour, guests can enjoy $1 freshly-shucked oysters, offered all day. They'll be served with fresh horseradish and mignonette. Plenty of other spots around town will also be offering shellfish special so keep your eyes open.
COST $1 per oyster; MORE INFO

MONDAY, AUG. 5; 7 p.m.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters / Blondie
Greek Theatre -- 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
The two veteran acts co-headline a 13-city summer tour. It may be hard to believe, but Costello and Blondie shared spots near the top of the U.K. Singles Chart 40 years ago when Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" and Elvis Costello & The Attractions' "Oliver's Army" were in the company of tunes by the Bee Gees, Gloria Gaynor and ABBA.
COST: $29.50 - $175; MORE INFO

MONDAY, AUG. 5; 7:30 p.m.
The Choreography of Comedy: The Art of Eccentric Dance
Samuel Goldwyn Theater -- 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
The Academy presents a screening and discussion on the art of eccentric dance, with its unconventional moves developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The night features interviews and dance clips, including rare Nicholas Brothers home movies that will be introduced by Tony Nicholas, son of Fayard Nicholas. A panel discussion follows with actor, author and director Simon Callow; former animator and dance historian Betsy Baytos; choreographer and interdisciplinary artist d. Sabela grimes; choreographer and hip-hop historian E. Moncell Durden; stage director and choreographer Regis Truchy; B-boy dancer and choreographer Ivan "Flipz" Velez; and animator Eric Goldberg. The event is sold out, but there will be a stand-by line at the west doors (near Almont Drive). Stand-by numbers will be given out around 5:30 p.m.
COST: $3 - $6; MORE INFO

Melrose Rooftop Theater, atop E.P. & L.P., boasts some of the best views of the Hollywood Hills. (Courtesy of Melrose Rooftop Theater)

MONDAY, AUG. 5 - THURSDAY, AUG. 8; 8:30 p.m.
Melrose Rooftop Theatre
E.P. & L.P. -- 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood
MRT's third season continues with screenings this week of The Wedding Singer (Monday), Crazy Rich Asians (Tuesday), A Quiet Place (Wednesday) and Pulp Fiction (Thursday). The restaurant's rooftop provides spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills. An upscale menu, cinematic cocktails and all the usual concessions (popcorn, candy and ice cream) are available.
COST: $27.50 - $65; MORE INFO

MONDAY, AUG. 5; 8 p.m.
Movie Mondays: Hook
Segerstrom Center for the Arts -- 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
Enjoy a family-friendly screening of Steven Spielberg's 1991 film in which Captain Hook kidnaps Peter Pan's children. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams and Julia Roberts. Bring a blanket and a picnic or grab a bite to eat at George's Café or from food trucks on site. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Docents offer free mini-tours of Segerstrom Center's performance halls from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m.

MONDAY, AUG 5; 8 p.m.
Lionel Richie
Hollywood Bowl -- 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
If you want to fiesta forever, or at least until the Bowl's curfew, head to the veteran performer's show. He's currently in the midst of his Hello tour, playing hits and lesser known songs from his catalog. This is a lease event, so different rules apply (i.e. no outside alcohol).
COST: $25 - $30; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, AUG. 6; 8 p.m.
Fictional Roast: Pixar
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
The creators of Netflix's Historical Roasts turn their sites on the fictional stars of Pixar. Watch characters like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Mike & Sully, Dory, Mr. Incredible and Remy poke fun at each other. Hosted by Eddie Furth and Ryan Pigg, the night features comics Matt Mccarthy, Andy Erikson, Jessica Michelle Singleton, Atsuko Okatsuka and Frank Castillo. This show is 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

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TUESDAY, AUG. 6; 7 p.m.
Surf Curse's Summer Movie Screenings
Bootleg Theater -- 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
In advance of the L.A.-based duo's forthcoming album, Heaven Surrounds You, Surf Curse (Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck) has been screening films that inspired the record. One of their new singles is "Midnight Cowboy" to give a hint of what they might screen. This all-ages show is on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP does not guarantee entry. The night also includes a preview of the band's next single and music video.

TUESDAY, AUG. 6; 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating John Singleton (1968-2019)
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The director, who passed away earlier this year, is honored through this retrospective of his films. The series explores Singleton's focus on the lives and realities of black Americans. Each evvenr includes a discussion with writer Ernest Hardy. The screenings begin this week with Boyz 'n the Hood (1991), followed by Poetic Justice (Aug. 13), Rosewood (Aug. 20) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (Aug. 27).

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7; 6:30 - 8 p.m.
What Does It Mean to 'Eat Like A Local'?
Segovia Hall at The Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
What does "like a local" even mean? Especially in a city as diverse as L.A. The latest installment of Eater Talks welcomes Eater's travel editor, Lesley Suter, who moderates a panel that includes Mei Lin (Top Chef season 12 winner and chef at Nightshade), Bill Esparza (Mexican culinary expert and co-founder of gastro-tour company Club Tengo Hambre) and Lucas Peterson (L.A. Times food columnist). They'll discuss gastronomic tourism in 2019 and the trend of seeking "authentic" experiences. Ticket price includes one (local) drink ticket.

Ballet Beyond Borders
Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center -- 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach
Loyola Marymount University -- 1 LMU Dr., Westchester
The Rocky Mountain Ballet Theater brings its multicultural dance challenge and festival to L.A. The cultural exchange program furthers diplomatic exchange "to further human understanding and spark vital communication." The BBB dance challenge will be held primarily at the Redondo Beach with the master classes, special events and film screenings taking place at LMU. The grand finale gala in Redondo Beach takes place on Saturday at 6 p.m.
COST: Gala tickets start at $25, fees vary for BBB competitors; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 8; 8 p.m.
Lucha VaVOOM: Hot in the City
The Mayan Theater -- 1038 S Hill St., downtown L.A.
The action-packed show that mixes Mexican masked wrestling, burlesque and comedy returns with a summer spectacular. In the spotlight will be current LVV champ, luchadora Dama Fina, who defends her title in the annual "Battle of the Belt" match. In between wrestling, fans are entertained by "sizzling sirens of strip-tacular proportion" as well as comedic commentary by the Sklar Brothers, hosting alongside Blaine Capatch.
COST: $40 - $55; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 8; 7 - 9 p.m.
ReflectSpace Gallery: Against Our Will Panel
Downtown Central Library -- 222 East Harvard St., Glendale
The gallery's current exhibition, 1 in 3: Sexual Violence Pandemic, examines global violence with international artists from South Korea and the U.S. At this complementary event, scholar and author Vivien Fryd presents her new book, Against Our Will, and discusses feminism in art with artist Leslie Labowitz Starus.

Milkshake (trailer) from Josie Azzam on Vimeo.

HollyShorts Film Festival (HSFF)
TCL Chinese Theatres 6 -- 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
HSFF, an annual Academy Awards-qualifying film festival, celebrates its 15th year by screening approximately 400 short films (chosen from 6,000 submissions). View works from both established and emerging filmmakers. Some notable names include Brittany Snow's Milkshake starring Anna Camp; Lena Headey, who directs The Trap, starring her Game of Thrones co-star Michelle Fairley;. Janina Gavankar and Russo Schelling's Stucco; and Dane Cook and Monib Abhat's dramedy American Typecast.
COST: $65 (opening night) - $600 all access badges; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 8; 8 p.m.
Alex Cline's Limitless Light Ensemble: Remembering Joseph Jarman
Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The museum's JazzPOP series presents West Coast jazz and improvisational artists. This week, L.A. drummer Alex Cline assembles a nonet to honor the late Jarman, a woodwind player, composer, poet, Buddhist priest and member of the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago. Cline is best known for his collaborations with Vinny Golia, Julius Hemphill and his brother, guitarist Nels Cline (of Wilco).

THURSDAY, AUG. 8; 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Sizzling Summer Nights
Autry Museum of the American West -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
The weekly music, dance and tacos series continues for a few more Thursdays this summer. The taco and adult beverage bars open at 5:30 p.m. with the music beginning at 6:30 p.m. If you're unsure about your two left feet, there's a free dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. The Colombian Latin Soul ensemble provides the danceable tunes this week. Reservations recommended.
COST: Tickets $6 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 8; 8:30 p.m.
Friendzone Underground Comedy Show
The Parlour (at the Federal Bar) -- 102 Pine Ave., Long Beach
The comedy duo Berenice Ashikian and Garrett Ulrich host comedians from the LBC, OC and L.A. on the intimate speakeasy stage. The lineup includes Cameron Peloso, Emily Razi, Marty Wurst, Veronica Kwiatkowski, KJ Robinson, Dalia Malek and Shapel Lacy.
COST: $7 - $10; MORE INFO

How are you spending your week? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.

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