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19 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Holiday week be damned, there are a number of great events happening in L.A. over the next few days. Here are 19 of them for you to choose from. Read on for all the details.


EVERYTHING IS:The Everything Is Festival closes out Labor Day Weekend with a great double-feature grand finale beginning at 6:30 pm. Up first is Schrab & Harmon’s Found Crap in which Rob Schrab (co-creator of The Sarah Silverman Program, Channel 101) and Dan Harmon (creator of Community and “Harmontown”) screens craptastic finds for your enjoyment. It’s followed by the L.A. premiere of The Search for Weng Weng. The documentary on the Filipino low-budget action film star Ernesto de la Cruz (aka Weng Weng), listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the “shortest adult actor in a leading role” at 2’9”, led a fascinating life. He was a karaoke partner to Imelda Marcos and starred in James Bond spoofs. Australian director Andrew Leavold has “amassed the definitive portrait of this cup-sized dynamo.” Tickets: $12.

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BEER: Angel City Brewery doesn’t want summer to end, so naturally, they’re throwing an Endless Summer party on Labor Day Monday from noon-10 pm. They’re hosting indoor lawn games and beach-ball volleyball and the The Surfer Taco truck will be onsite to sell their provisions. The night ends with a screening of Point Break for the weekly “Movies on the Mezz.” The event is free, the beer is not.

CLAMBAKE: Whiskey Red’s in Marina holds its first Labor Day Clambake & Cookout on Monday from 1-8 pm, featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet, drink specials, live music, DJ and more. Tickets: $10 for general admission to the party and $45 for the buffet, which includes bottomless clams, mussels, crab legs, shrimp, sausages, potatoes, corn on the cob and other items, as well as one complimentary alcoholic beverage and whiskey tastings. A portion of proceeds from the clambake will benefit Heal the Bay’s efforts to keep our beaches clean.

MUSIC: The film, God Help The Girl,was written and directed by Stuart Murdoch (lead singer of Belle and Sebastian). Murdoch’s in L.A. this week to promote the film and does a signing at Origami Vinyl on Monday at 3 pm. TUESDAY, SEPT. 2

STORYTELLING: The Moth's Westside edition at Zanzibarin Santa Monica tonight has storytellers spinning tales on the theme of "do over." Anyone can toss their hat into the ring for a chance to be selected. All you have to do is prep a 5-minute story about takes, re-takes and starting again. Doors and storytelling signups at 7 p.m. and tales begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door, $16 in advance (guaranteed admission). Hosted by Jeff Hiller. The venue is 21+.

MUSIC: The synth-rock sounds of Bear in Heaven are at the Echoplex on Tuesday night. Joining them on the bill are Young Magic and Miles Cooper Seaton (Akron/Family). 8:30 pm. Tickets: $14-$16. The show is 18+.

VARIETY: The Tuesday Night Project presents the latest edition of the Tuesday Night Cafe—one of the longest running free art series in DTLA—at 7:30 pm at the Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts in Little Tokyo. The series is dedicated to highlighting the work of visual and performing artists from the LA and Asian American community and this week’s show celebrates the LGBTQ community and artists. Hosted by Erin O'Brien with DJ Waxstyles spinning the tunes. Performers are: Shruti Purkayastha, Cynthia Wang, Rich Yap, Almas Haider, Jenny San Angel and an open mic night. Free.


FILM: There’s a special screening on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at the ArcLight Hollywood with the stars of the Canadian TV mockumentary series Trailer Park Boys. The trio’s in town for the U.S. premiere of Swearnet: The Movie, which is not for audience members sensitive to cursing. The $69+ fee ticket price includes the screening, a meet and greet with the boys, admission to the after-party at Velvet Margarita, one complimentary house margarita, hors d'oeuvres and a full buffet and coffee bar.

FILM FESTIVAL: The Burbank International Film Festival runs from Sept. 3-7, opening on Wednesday with the short film "Bombshell," offering a “controversial take on [Marilyn] Monroe's last days alive,” and ending with the documentary Elvis: That's the Way It Is. Other opening night films include Miles to Go, The Last Session and Recoil. There’s an opening night reception at Gordon Biersch. Tickets: $15-$40.

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LECTURE: Zócalo and The Getty present the discussion Is the Digital Age Killing Public Space? Stanford University’s Robert McGinn, technology forecaster Alex Soonjung-Kim Pang, Mia Lehrer + Associates founding principal Mia Lehrer and moderator John King, urban design & architecture critic of The San Francisco Chronicle, talk about how technology effects design and and public spaces. 7 pm at The Getty Center. Free, but parking is $10 per car or motorcycle after 5 pm. A hosted wine and beer reception follows program. RSVP for the event.

MUSIC: The Academy Celebrates The Black Movie Soundtrack is at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday at 8 pm. The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special guests provide the music to classic movie clips, from Super Fly to Purple Rain, shown on the Bowl’s big screen. Hosted by actor-comedian Craig Robinson, performers include En Vogue, Lalah Hathaway, Anthony Hamilton, Bilal, Prince cover-band Princess (featuring SNL alum Maya Rudolph and singer-songwriter Gretchen Lieberum) and Public Enemy. Tickets: $2.10-$156.10.

LIT TALK: The literary series, The Writers' Room with Reza Aslan, continues at DBA in WeHo on Wednesday night. Featuring a conversation between writer-scholar Aslan (author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth) and writers Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J Edgar) and Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), the evening also includes a live house band, cocktails on hand and audience interaction. Show at 8 pm. Tickets: $30. 21+.


MUSIC: The Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier continues on Thursday at 7 pm featuring OK Go and the Allah-Las. The concert is free. Organizers’ tip: Park on the lots on 4th Street/Colorado to help avoid traffic on the way out.

DRINKS: On Thursday, the Terrazza beach lounge at Hotel Casa del Mar in SaMo presents the new weekly Spirited Thursdays series. Terrazza will feature a rotating roster of beverage professionals, showcasing a new boutique wine, beer or spirit each week. For every specialty drink ordered, guests receive a complimentary small plate to pair from Executive Chef Jason Bowlin. 6-9 pm.

STORIES: Don’t Tell My Mother! returns on Thursday at 8 pm at its new location, Busby’s East. The “Back to School” show features tales that mom shouldn’t hear from Growing Pains mom-turned-TV director Joanna Kerns, comics Jen Kober and Jon Huck, and DTMM founder Nikki Levy. Live music by Abby & The Myth. The party begins at 7 pm with food, music, drinks and class pictures. $15.

COMEDY: Comedian Langan Kingsley brings her comedy show Langan Dice Kingsley: The Dicewoman to L.A. for one-night only on Thursday at 9:30 pm. Kingsley was inspired by Andrew Dice Clay's 1989 HBO special, and her show explores topics of parenthood, love, alcohol, celebrity and the beauty of Anthropologie. Also on the program is the sketch comedy team Squeeze (with former LAist writer Farley Elliott) performing a cop-centric show. Tickets: $5.

STORYTELLING: The live storytelling event Eat Your Words,hosted by Greg Walloch, is at The Standard, Hollywood’s Cactus Lounge from 8-10 pm on Thursday. The evening features stories that are inspired by a food theme, as told by storytellers and comedians and foodies. Storytellers include Adam Gould, Hank Jenkins, Brian Finkelstein, Beth Stelling and Bryan Petroff (co-owner of Big Gay Ice Cream, co-author of Big Gay Ice Cream Book. Free, but RSVP needed.

MUSIC: Austin natives Mother Falcon return to L.A., playing their orchestral rock at the Echoplex on Thursday night. The 18-piece band is joined on the bill by Afternoons. The event is 18+. Tickets: $10-$12.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Hollywood’s Know Where Bar presents the group photo show Almost Neighbors. The artists include 12 L.A.-based photographers who “initially met each other through sharing their work online, and who are now coming together to meet and exhibit their work in the physical world.” Featured work by Daniel Allen, George Byrne, Lark Foord, Michelle Groskopf, Jenny Kim, Lydo Elise Le, Joey Mejia, Jake Michaels, Jason Powell, TJ Tambellini, Sasha Tivetsky and Sinziana Velicescu. The opening reception is from 8-11 pm on Thursday, and the show remains on view through Sept. 6.

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