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19 Fabulous Events in Southern California This Week

The House of Red Velvet returns to Bar Lubitsch. (Courtesy of House of Red Velvet)
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Watch lovey dovey flicks at the inaugural Rom Com Fest. Catch two new concert series under the stars. Soak in the work of local artists at the L.A. Design Festival. Use your powers of deduction at a theatrical whodunit. Head to KPPC In Person events that focus on education and health care.

MONDAY, JUNE 17; 7:30 - 9 p.m.
The Art of Getting Creative In Education - a conversation about funding and resources
Crawford Family Forum at KPCC -- 474 S Raymond Ave., Pasadena
KPCC's arts education reporter Carla Javier hosts a discussion on how to bring the arts to underserved students. The panel will touch on the state budget's allocations for education and the arts council and how schools and teachers have gotten creative in the classroom. If you can't make it in person, the event will be livestreamed on

MONDAY, JUNE 17; 11 p.m.
The Cookout: Juneteenth Edition
UCB Franklin -- 5919 Franklin Ave., Franklin Village
The Upright Citizens Brigade's all-black improv teams, including Arcade Currency and Obama's Other Daughter, come out to celebrate Juneteenth, holiday that commemorates the emancipation of slaves in the U.S.

MONDAY, JUNE 17; 8 p.m.
Ed Levine in conversation with Nancy Silverton & Kenji López-Alt
Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre at New Roads School -- 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica
Ed Levine, the founder of the Serious Eats website and the host of Special Sauce podcast, talks about his new memoir, Serious Eater: A Food Lover's Perilous Quest for Pizza and Redemption. He chats with Mozza's Nancy Silverton and writer Kenji López-Alt. The VIP ticket allows entry to an author reception before the talk, a copy of Serious Eater and selected recipes from the book.
COST: $20 - $95; MORE INFO

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TUESDAY, JUNE 18; 8 p.m.
Nick Murphy
The Wiltern -- 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
The Austrialian producer and musician formerly known as Chet Faker just released his latest album, Run Fast Sleep. It's his first full-length release since his 2014 debut, Built On Glass.
COST: Tickets start at $22; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 18; 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Twilight Hike in the Canyons
Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park -- Silverado Canyon
Go on a 3.5-mile hike as the sun descends over the red rocks in Baker Canyon. The elevation and pace will be easy. Bring water, wear close-toed shoes and layers since the canyons can be cold at night.
COST: FREE with registration; MORE INFO

Director Jay K. Raja's period drama 'The Bumbry Encounter' screens at the Palm Springs International ShortFest. (Courtesy of The Bumbry Encounter)

Palm Springs International ShortFest
Camelot Theatres at Palm Springs Cultural Center -- 2300 E. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs
The largest short film event in North America celebrates its 25th anniversary, screening more than 300 films in themed, 90-minute programs. Watch films like The Big Break, starring Paul Lieberstein, Mandy Moore and Justin Bartha; and Curated starring Danny Pudi and directed by Gillian Jacobs, both of Community; and Milkshake starring Anna Camp.
COST: Screenings start at $13; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19; 7 p.m.
Universal Health Care: Exploring The Path Ahead
Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum -- 100 N. Central Ave., downtown L.A.
KPCC's three-part series, SoCal Solutions, comes to a close with a focus on health care. We asked our KPCC and LAist audience: "What would it take to create a universal access health system in terms of money, time and a sufficient number of health care providers?" KPCC health care reporter Michelle Faust Raghavan hosts a panel of policy experts and activists who will discuss possibilities like Medicare for all and a single-payer system. The conversation continues at a post-discussion reception.

Mysterious Circumstances
Geffen Playhouse -- 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood
The New Yorker article "Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic" is based on the true story of Richard Lancelyn Green, a Sherlock Holmes- and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- scholar and expert who was found dead in his London flat. The article inspired the whodunit play by Michael Mitnick, which features Alan Tudyk.
COST: $30- $120; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19; 6 - 10 p.m.
Valley Relics x Vintage L.A.
Valley Relics Museum -- 7900 Balboa Blvd. Hangar C3 & C4, Van Nuys
Meet Tommy Gelinas, curator of the museum, and Alison Martino, founder of the online Vintage L.A. community. Listen to a DJ spin classic tunes while touring the museum or play vintage arcade games. Food and drinks will be available.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19; 10 p.m.
The House of Red Velvet
Bar Lubitsch -- 7702 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
The dark performance art show features elements of theater, butoh and ballet, conjuring evocative and surreal experiences reminiscent of David Lynch, Salvador Dalí and Stanley Kubrick. VIP ticket includes an immersive pre-show that starts at 8:30 p.m. The event is 21+.
COST: Tickets start at $40; MORE INFO

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THURSDAY, JUNE 20; 8 p.m.
Jim Acosta in conversation with Larry Wilmore
The Writers Guild Theatre -- 135 S Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
CNN's chief White House correspondent discusses his new book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America. Emmy winner Larry Wilmore will interview the writer-producer-comic.
COST: Tickets start at $20; MORE INFO

Rom Com Fest
Downtown Independent Theater -- 251 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
The festival screens classic romantic comedies and new ones in a competition format, pairing the programs with special guests, activities or food and booze. Actress Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) chats about Drew Barrymore's Never Been Kissed and there's a pajama party with CBD gummies for How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Other events include a Mortified comedy show, a live read of the winner of the festival's screenplay competition and a taping of WhoHaha's Dirty Girl podcast.
COST: Individual tickets run $12 - $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 20; 6 p.m.
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico / Los Van Van de Cuba
La Plaza de Cultura y Artes -- 501 N. Main St., downtown L.A.
The salsa legends perform together for the first time in the U.S. as part of El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico's 57th anniversary tour and Los Van Van's 50th anniversary. The show is 21+.

COST: Tickets start at $59.99; MORE INFO

The Detroit duo JR JR plays the Lodge Room in Highland Park in support of its latest album. ("NYC" / "Day In, Day Out" Cover Art)

THURSDAY, JUNE 20; 8 p.m.
The Lodge Room -- 104 N. Ave. 56, Highland Park
The Detroit duo fka Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. performs in support of its just released its double LP, Invocations / Conversations.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20; 6 - 9 p.m.
Concerts on the Bloc
The Bloc -- 700 Flower St., downtown L.A.
The monthly summer music series begins this week with DJ Novena and live performances by Hamish Anderson and Jasper Bones. Enjoy live music under the stars while noshing on food from Bloc vendors including The Urban Oven, DISTRICT and Hatch. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. The event is 21+.
COST: Tickets start at $5; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 20; 8 p.m.
Let's Save the Future!
Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Comedians Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Peretti, Tim Heidecker, Paul Scheer, Langston Kerman, Joe Mande, Khiry Johnson and Nick Thorburn team up for a night that benefits the educational nonprofit Action Civics CA. The nonpartisan organization empowers youth to promote a just and equitable society.
COST: $40 - $100; MORE INFO

The citywide LA Design Festival celebrates design in all forms. (Artwork by Leta Sobierajski)

LA Design Festival
ROW DTLA -- 777 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A. and other venues
The citywide series of events and installations showcases L.A.'s design talent and brings people together to discuss design issues. Check out panels, workshops and talks including Biking in LA x Bridging the Gap; Creative Spaces at Poketo Project Space; Designing the End to Homelessness x Lex Roman and Pabst Blue Ribbon x Juxtapoz presents Art, Inspiration and Accessibility.
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 20; 5 - 8 p.m.
Hard Day's Night
Craig Regional Park -- 3300 State College Blvd., Fullerton
The 2019 OC Parks Summer Concert Series returns with 10 outdoor concerts on Thursday evenings. They happen through Aug. 29 at various parks. Hard Day's Night, a Beatles cover band, headlines the week with opener Greasy Spoons. Concertgoers 21+ can purchase beer and wine at the beer tent. Parking is free after 4 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 20; 10 - 11 a.m.
Coffee Cuppings
The Manufactory LA -- 757 Alameda St., Suite 160, downtown L.A.
Every first and third Thursdays of the month, Coffee Manufactory holds public cuppings of their coffees at The Market Bar. The staff walks aficionados through some of the current offerings as well as educational and industry tips. No reservations required.

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