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19 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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LAist gets a lot of press releases, and we go through most of them to curate a list of our favorite events happening in L.A. Here are 19 events you should know about this week. Read on for all the details.


MUSIC: School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live are: Oscar Key Sung, Vulkano, All The Colours and Zak Waters with DJ sets by MASHA and Dualist Inquiry. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

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MUSIC: The Grammy Museum presents The Drop: Dirty Headson Monday at 8 pm. The roots-rock-reggae band is about to unveil its new sound and release its latest album Sound of Change . The band will be interviewed by guest host, music journalist Steve Hochman. Dirty Heads perform after the program. Tickets: $15.

ART: LAXART presents The Problem with Appetite, an art installation/performance by Bryan Zanisnik that celebrates the July 4th holiday, examining themes such as appetite, patriotism and consumption on Monday from 6-8 pm. His performances usually include absurdist or dark humor and “most recently they are in the style of the tableau vivant, a theatrical arrangement of non-moving actors….” Free, but RSVP needed:

MUSIC: Hi Ho Silver Oh start a July Monday night residency at The Bootleg. They play on Monday with Rainman, Cassorla and Fellow Bohemian. They just released a new single, “What I Am Doing.” Doors at 8 pm. Free.


MUSIC: Peter Matthew Bauer, founding member of The Walkmen and The Recoys plays The Satellite on Tuesday night. He’s promoting his debut solo album Liberation! and joining him on the bill are Crystal Skulls and Skyler Skjelset. Doors at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $10.

MUSIC: The indie-folk band, the Herbert Bail Orchestra, takes the stage at The Echo on Tuesday. The band’s take on “Americana, chamber folk and folk rock music” is packed with emotional highs and lows. Also on the bill: Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Christian Lee Hutson and Cassandra Violet. The show is 18+ Tickets: $7.

FILM: Landmark Theatres Anniversary Classics Series screens classic movies with filmmakers and/or actors in person. On Tuesday at 7 pm, the Landmark presents On Her Majesty's Secret Service, celebrating its 45th anniversary. Special guest is actor George Lazenby, who played James Bond in the film. He’ll be in conversation with film critic Stephen Farber. Tickets: $13.


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TV: The Paley Center presents the programManhattan: Premiere Screening, Panel, and Reception on Wednesday with a 6 pm reception, followed by a 7 pm program. WGN America's second original series, Manhattan, is a one-hour drama about the race to build the world's first atomic bomb. Scheduled to appear at the Paley Center are members of the cast and creative team: Creator/Executive Director Sam Shaw, Director/Executive Producer Thomas Schlamme and actors John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan. Tickets: $7-$10.

MUSIC :Aaron Embry, a touring pianist with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, plays The Echo with Phoebe Bridgers and Jack Gibson (of TENLONS FORT) on Wednesday at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8-$10.

MUSIC: The Grove opens its 2014 Summer Stage Series with live performances Wednesday by Magic Man and Big Data. The free performances take place in The Park at The Grove and start at 7:30 pm. **We had inadvertently published this earlier under Tuesday. The event is Wednesday, July 9.

SPOKEN WORD: Word Play: A Night of Poetry at Sonos Studio takes place on Wednesday at 7 pm. The salon-style event features “an evening of music and technology inspired poetry” with slam poets Dante Basco, Brutha gimel, Poetri Smith, Shihan Van Clief and guest host Mahogany Browne of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. In between poetry sets, a DJ spins tracks. The event kicks off the inkSLAM poetry tournament taking place on July 10-12 at Greenway Court Theatre.

DRINKS SEMINAR: MUJI celebrates the recent opening of its Santa Monica location by hosting the program MUJI’s Back Stoop: A Summertime Drinks Seminar from 6-7 pm on Wednesday night. The mini-seminar focuses on mixing (non-alcoholic) summertime drinks and the new glassware only available at our two southern California stores. Tickets: $5Free.

COMEDY: Rich Talarico (Key and Peele writer), Jacob Womack and Wayland McQueen present The Escapades, a show for Comedy Central, at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood on Wednesday at 8 pm. The show focuses on three guys who are stuck in high school “facing the prospect of growing up.” Free, but RSVP at 323.960.5519.

FILM: The 2014 Downtown Film Festival opens on Wednesday with the screening of the feature film The Algerian, directed by Giovanni Zelko. The international political thriller follows an L.A. college student who’s part of a Muslim sleeper cell from Algeria out to destroy America. “The film races across the globe from Algeria to New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, culminating in a surprise ending that will have audiences buzzing.” Screens on at 8 pm at the Downtown Independent. Opening night screening ticket: $25. Festival pass: $150.


MUSIC: On Thursday at 6 pm, Amoeba welcomes a live set from L.A.’s own Quetzal, a band melds cumbia, salsa, folk & alternative rock, bossa nova, R&B and Mexican Son. The band celebrates its 20-year anniversary with a new album, Quetzanimale. Free.

FILM: On Thursday at 7 pm, Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents an evening of collaborative video and performance work by Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. McCarthy attends in person to discuss his work with Kelley, including their collaborative project, Sod & Sodie Sock Comp O.S.O. Tickets: $12, $7 students; free for Filmforum and MOCA members.

MUSIC + DANCE: Sizzling Summer Nights returns to the Autry with Colombian Latin Soul playing its kickoff event on Thursday night. The museum brings some of L.A.’s best Latin fusion and salsa bands for dancing and instruction. The taco and drink bar open at 6 pm; the music starts at 6:30 pm; and the museum’s galleries and store remain open until 8 pm. Admission: $6-$10.

LIT DEATH MATCH: Literary Death Match (LDM) takes over Largo for a good cause (with proceeds benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). The show features four writers reading from their own work (seven minutes or less), judged by three all-star judges. Only two writers will move onto the LDM finale. Judges tonight include poet and actress Amber Tamblyn and Jody Hill, creator of Eastbound & Down. Thursday’s readers are Aimee Bender, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jarett Kobek, and Jay Martel, executive producer of Key & Peele. The show begins at 8:30 pm; doors at 7 pm. Join everyone for after-drinks after at Mixology 101 at the Grove. Cost: $30.

MUSIC + DANCE: KCRW and the Hammer team up for four free summer shows beginning on Thursday at the Hammer Museum with live performances and DJ sets. Made in L.A. Musicbegins with a happy hour at 6:30 pm and the music at 7:30 with De Lux (Live), The Do-Over Mystery Guest DJs and KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer. Free.

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