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19 Awesome Events In Southern California This Week

Japan House's new multimedia exhibition Bakeru examines nature, the supernatural and Japanese festivals and folklore. (Fuminari Yoshitsugu)
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Gaby Moreno kicks off the Skirball's Sunset Concert Series. The Mueller Report gets a read-a-thon. Benjamin Millepied choreographs Romeo and Juliet. Steve Martin, Martin Short, Rachel Bloom and Joel Kim Booster throw plenty of laughs our way. And Outfest L.A. begins its run.

MONDAY, JULY 15; 7:30 - 10 p.m.
Shaloha Ukulele Night
The Standard Hollywood -- 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Join U-Space Ukuleles, L.A.'s premier (and only?) ukulele shop and education space, for their monthly jam night. All levels are welcome to play pop tunes and standards. Hosted by Croft Alley at the hotel, players get 20% off items at the restaurant.

Allison Raskin (left) and Gaby Dunn read from their latest YA novel at Barnes & Noble at the Grove. (Robyn Van Swank)

MONDAY, JULY 15; 7 p.m.
Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Barnes & Noble at The Grove -- 189 The Grove Dr., Ste. K 30, Fairfax
New York Times best-selling authors and comedy partners Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin hold a book signing and reading of Please Send Help, the sequel to their YA best-seller I Hate Everyone But You. The travails of bffs Ava and Gen continue in the real world, post-high school. Wristbands will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to people who buy the book from the store.

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TUESDAY, JULY 16; 8 p.m.
Romeo and Juliet
Hollywood Bowl -- 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Watch Benjamin Millepied's original choreography for selections from Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet. The experimental production is a mix of music, dance, pre-recorded film and live video from offstage spaces. Gustavo Dudamel conducts the L.A. Phil. The program also includes Dvořák's Cello Concerto.
COST: Tickets start at $1; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 16; 8 p.m.
Steve Martin & Martin Short
The Greek Theatre -- 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
The comedic legends are on the Now You See Them, Soon You Won't tour, so expect solo and joint bits as well as musical sketches. Martin's band, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jeff Babko are on the bill so the show will likely have a bluegrass soundtrack. But don't expect a banjo version of "King Tut"... Then again, you never know.
COST: $39.50 - $225; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 16; 8 p.m.
Hi I'm Rachel and This is My Show
Largo at the Coronet -- 366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
In her post-Crazy Ex-Girlfriend life, Rachel Bloom takes to the stage at the intimate theater for "60-90 minutes of whatever she wants to do!"

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17; 7:30 p.m.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Egyptian Theatre -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The Greg Proops Film Club screens the 1971 classic film starring Gene Wilder as a mysterious, whimsical candyman Willy Wonka. The musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl's book follows five lucky Golden Tickets winners and their parents inside the chocolate factory. The evening starts with a live recording of the Greg Proops Film Club podcast. The screening begins at 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Ultimate Cheese & Charcuterie Backyard Party
Five Crowns & SideDoor's Greenhouse, Patio and Garden -- 3801 East Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar
The July event is the culmination of SideDoor's monthly Cheese Takeovers, highlighting the creameries featured in events from earlier this year. This week, Side Door teams with The Bruery to pair beer and cheese.

BAKERU: Transforming Spirits
Japan House -- 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
A new exhibition explores supernatural folk traditions from the northern region of Tohoku, Japan. WOW, a Japanese design studio, has created large-scale interactive projections with motion capture technology in which visitors transform into characters by wearing special masks and participating in several festival scenes. The exhibition is suitable for all ages.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17; 7:30 p.m.
Brandi Carlile
Pacific Amphitheatre -- 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa
The singer, songwriter and musician is riding a career high after the release of her Grammy Award-winning album, By The Way, I Forgive You (2018). L.A.'s David Rosales opens. Admission to the OC Fair is included with ticket purchase.
COST: Standard tickets start at $50; MORE INFO

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17; 7 p.m.
The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Live!
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The graphic novel, based on Griffin and Justin McElroy's D&D podcast of the same name, comes alive on stage. Listen to a conversation about the novel along with a live reading of an excerpt from the new comic featuring special guests playing fave characters. Tickets include a copy of The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17; 7 p.m. doors
Dirty Projectors & Deerhunter
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
The two indie-experimental rock outfits are in the middle of a co-headlining tour. The band's current lineup, led by mainstay David Longstreth, released Lamp Lit Prose in 2018. Deerhunter is touring in support of its newest album, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? Note: The show has moved from the Palladium to The Wiltern.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17; 7 - 10 p.m.
DTLA Dinner Club
The El Dorado Penthouse -- 416 S. Spring St., Loft 1209, downtown L.A.
This multicourse, community-building rooftop dinner for 30 features dishes crafted by chefs Thomas Aono and Jitaek from Silverlake Ramen. Each course will be paired with a Pali wine. The event, which is open to people who live or work in DTLA, currently has a waitlist.

THURSDAY, JULY 18; 8 p.m.
2019 Sunset Concerts
Skirball Cultural Center -- 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The 23rd annual season opens with "Spanglish folk soul" singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno playing under the stars in the courtyard. Although her set begins at 8 p.m., get there early to check out the galleries and listen to a DJ set by Mamabear of dublab at 6:30 pm.

THURSDAY, JULY 18; 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Community Picnic
Annenberg Community Beach House -- 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica
Pack a picnic dinner and head over to the Beach House with friends and family for a night of fun and games including craftmaking and an epic tug-o-war. The picnic also features the July edition of storytime with Santa Monica's mayor Gleam Davis, "Let's Read with Gleam!"

THURSDAY, JULY 18; 7:30 p.m.
Joel Kim Booster: A Very Sick Boy
UCB Franklin -- 5919 Franklin Ave., Franklin Village
The L.A.-based comic, known for his Comedy Central special Model Minority, performs a new hour of material. He'll take the many ailments of his mind, body and spirit, and spin them into comedy gold. Standby only.

FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

THURSDAY, JULY 18; 9 a.m. - midnight
Mueller Report Read-A-Thon
Fountain Theatre -- 5060 Fountain Ave., East Hollywood
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election" will be read aloud in its entirety by 90 readers. They include L.A. City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell; actors Jeff Perry, Richard Schiff, Rob Nagle, Frances Fisher, Harry Groener and Jenny O'Hara; nd playwright Justin Tanner. If you can't make this week's performance, the Odyssey Theatre holds its own Read-A-Thon on July 22-23, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on both days.

Outfest LA opens with Rachel Mason's Circus of Books documentary on Thursday. (Photo: Courtesy of Outfest LA)

Various locations in Los Angeles
The preeminent LGBTQ+ film fest returns for its 37th edition, opening with Rachel Mason's documentary about L.A.'s iconic gay bookstore Circus of Books, at the Orpheum Theatre. It closes at the Theatre at Ace Hotel with Before You Know It, a family comedy from director and co-writer Hannah Pearl Utt who also costars with Judith Light, Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin. In between, the festival features 28 world premieres including features, short films and special events.
COST: Regular screenings start at $16; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 18; 6 - 8 p.m.
Crafting + Craft Beer
Orange County Museum of Art at South Coast Plaza Village -- 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana
Crack open a beer from Green Cheek Beer Company and create art projects inspired by the museum's current exhibitions Hiromi Takizawa: Open Air and Victoria Fu and Matt Rich: Monster A. Musician. Burger Records cofounder Sean Bohrman spins tunes throughout the night. This event is 21+.

THURSDAY, JULY 18; 5:30 - 10 p.m.
The Parent Trap
Oviatt Library Lawn at CSUN -- 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge
The college's Summer Movie Fest continues with a screening of the 1998 film starring Lindsay Lohan as twins trying to get their divorced parents back together. Bring a picnic and a blanket or short chairs. Dogs are welcome, too, but must be leashed.

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