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19 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 19 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


MOVIES: The Mondrian continues its Monday Night Dive In Theater at 8 pm each Monday throughout the summer. The films are screened over the swimming pool, and this week’s flick is The Princess Bride. (Ah, mawrage!) The Mondrian offers a nighttime menu along with $5 gourmet popcorn from Rocking Popcorn. Flavors include: Spicy Buffalo, Kettle Corn, Truffle and Morphine and Chocolate. Guests are encouraged to bring their swimsuits or blankets, but no outside food or beverages. The event is 21+.

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MUSIC:The Crash Kings end their June music residency at The Satellite on Monday, joined by Fakers (members of The Henry Clay People, Piebald, Summer Darling, Vanaprasta), The Palms and The Shelters. The show is free and is expected to hit capacity, so get there early. Doors at 8:30 pm. 21+ show.

BOOK TALK: Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, discusses her new novel Killing Monica and her career at Live Talks LA on Monday night at 8 pm. The event is being held at William Turner Gallery in Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Tickets: $20-$45.

MUSIC: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats bring their soul/blues/R&B sounds to The Echo on Monday at 8 pm in support of Tennis System’s Monday residency and the Townhouse in Venice on Tuesday (7:30 pm). The band's playing in advance of its self-titled debut on Stax Records on Aug. 21. The Echo show is free with RSVP and the Townhouse gig is $5.


BOOK LECTURE: Beach=Culture series at the Annenberg Community Beach House presents author Cory Buckner on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. He discusses and signs Crestwood Hills: The Chronicle of a Modern Utopia. “The fascinating story of Crestwood Hills displays defining photographs of many of the houses that have survived and artfully demonstrates how idealism and modernist design merged at mid-century to create American architectural landmarks in Los Angeles.” This event is free, but registration is requested.

MUSIC: The Wine & Jazz Summer Concert Series begins Tuesday at Hollywood & Highland, running every Tuesday from June 30-July 28. Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars kick things off in the Central Courtyard from 7-9 pm. The music is free, but for $10 get two glasses of wine and an appetizer box from Wolfgang Puck Catering. All proceeds will directly benefit Project Angel Food (

COMEDY: The Bitch Seatis a live talk show on stage at Nerdmelt on Tuesday night at 9 pm. Lyssa Mandel invites guests to present poignant/painful stories from their adolescence on stage (poetry, drawings, songs, sketches, videos...Wicca boxes...). A funny Q&A follows that mixes Judy Blume and Dr. Phil. Tuesday night’s special guests are Emily Heller, Barbara Gray, Megan Rosati, Rachel Bloom and others. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

EROTIC POETRY + PERFORMANCE: Mènage Á Trois is an evening of erotic tales, poetry and an interactive live stage performance. “From an Aphrodisiac Waitress selling Chocolate Covered Strawberries to Lessons on Touching your Partner Soft or Rough to Sensuous Poetry is intertwined to educate our culture on the stigmata of sex.” The premiere show on Tuesday at Theatre Theater includes a Q&A with the writers, director and actors, a cocktail reception, a no-host bar and free gifts. Performers include: Tuesday Conner, Yawo Watts, Denise Lyles-Cook, Empress De Veaux, Orpheus Black & Indigo Black, Conney Williams and more. 7 pm. Tickets: $20.

COMEDY: Good Looks is a free monthly comedy show that takes place every last Tuesday at play in DTLA’s Arts District. Hosted and produced by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan, standup performers this month are Ali Wong, Ron Lynch, Casey Jane Ellison, Moses Storm, Nate Craig, Danny Solomon and Jay Weingarten. Doors at 7:30 pm. Show at 8 pm. Cash bar available. Free.

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COMEDY: Warp Zone is a free standup comedy show at The Virgil on the last Tuesday of each month. Hosted by comics TK Kelly and Keith Carey, Tuesday’s roster includes Julian McCullough, Laurie Kilmartin, Billy Bonnell and others. No cover or drink minimum. 9:30 pm. Free.

FILM + MUSIC: The Hollywood Bowl celebrates the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future by screening the film in its entirety with the orchestral score played live by the LA Phil. The evening begins with special appearances and introductions on stage by producer and co-writer Bob Gale, composer Alan Silvestri and members the film's cast, including: Christopher Lloyd (Emmet "Doc" Brown), Lea Thompson (Lorraine Baines), Donald Fullilove (Goldie Wilson) and Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker); as well as composer Alan Silvestri. Deloreans and Flux Capacitors are optional. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $13-$195.

MUSICAL COMEDY: Space: The Musical Frontier chronicles the adventures of the U.N.E.S.S. Entrepreneur as they sing their way into their enemies' galaxies and hearts. Written by Katie Smith and Jessica Spaw with music by Zach Reino, the show makes its debut on Tuesday at 8:30 pm on the Upright Citizens Brigade’s Sunset Stage. Tickets: $5. (Additional performances on July 27 at 10:30 pm and Aug. 17 at 10:30pm.


MUSIC: Lady Low plays a free show at Harvard & Stone on Wednesday at 9 pm in support of their newest record, Rainy Day.

MUSIC: The L.A. duo HONEYHONEY performs at the El Rey on Wednesday to support their brand new album, 3, released on June 9. Also on the bill are Zero Dezire and Wheeler Walker Jr. Show at 9 pm. Tickets: $17-$20.


MUSIC + DANCE: Sizzling Summer Nights returns to the Autry each Thursday, between July 2 and Aug. 13. From 6-9 pm weekly, visitors can enjoy L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands. The evenings include free dance lessons with award-winning salsa instructor Enio Cordoba, food, drinks and spirits, access to museum galleries, a separate children's dance floor and more. The taco and drink bar opens at 6 pm and the music begins at 6:30 pm. The museum remains open until 8 pm. Tickets are free for Autry Members, $10 for nonmembers, $6 students and seniors (60+) and $4 for children ages 3-12. This week’s performer is Yari Moré.

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MUSIC: On Thursday night at 8 pm, The Echo presents the lineup Elvis Depressedly, Mitski, Eskimeaux and Kitty. The event is all ages. Tickets: $12-$14.

PHOTO: Regen Projects (West Hollywood) presents the group exhibition Lovely Dark, featuring the work of 2015 Yale Photography Graduates, curated by Jack Pierson. The opening reception and book launch is on Thursday from 6-8 pm with a performance by Sarah Meyohas at 7:15 pm. The works remain on view through Aug. 1.

MOONRISE READING: The Bowtie Project, a collaboration between Clockshop and California State Parks, presents a Reading by Moonrise With David Kipen on Thursday at 7:45pm (moonrise at 8:40 pm). The founder of the nonprofit lending library and bookshop Libros Schmibros will read slightly spooky stories around a campfire as the full moon rises over the LA River at the Bowtie Project (2800 Casitas Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039). RSVP for the event.

ANIME: Anime Expo (AX), the largest anime and manga convention in North America is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, from July 2-5. Dedicated to Japanese culture, the expo features vendors, workshops, panels, a masquerade, anime music video contest, concerts and a fashion show. Anime Expo also features late-night programming such as dancing, video screenings, tabletop and electronic gaming, and open-mic karaoke. One of the bigger names playing the Expo at the Microsoft (formerly Nokia) Theater is the Wagakki Band, known for melding together the ancient poetry form of Shigin, as well as traditional Japanese musical instrumentation called Wagakki, with modern rock instruments. (Concert tickets start at $50.). Tickets and passes for the AX run between $39-$80.

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