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20 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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MONDAY, MAY 8

BREAKFAST BY SALT’S CURE (Food)
Breakfast is the latest restaurant concept from Salt’s Cure, and it opens in WeHo serving breakfast all day. Breakfast opens from 10 am to 2 pm on Monday and follows with regular hours from 8 am to 3 pm next week. The simple menu features items like the Salt’s Cure favorite, Oatmeal Griddle Cakes.

MAGIC MONDAY (Magic + Variety)
Magic Monday is at the Santa Monica Playhouse every Monday night through August, featuring a rotating cast of master magicians and variety acts. The show is hosted by Albie Selznick, a lifetime member of the Magic Castle. The stage show starts at 8 pm, with a courtyard pre-show featuring close-up magic at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $40 (various discounts and season passes available on website).

LA SANTA CECILIA (Music)
La Santa Cecilia performs a special acoustic set and a signing of its latest (vinyl-only) release Amar y Vivir at Amoeba Hollywood on Monday at 5:30 pm. Free, all ages.

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SOMETHING GAY (Comedy)
There’s a benefit show, Something Gay, at Upright Citizen's Brigade - Sunset on Monday night at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 and proceeds will go to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Hosted by Alison Wong and Oscar Montoya, the lineup includes Nicole Byer, Thomas Dale, James Adomian and Quick and Funny Musicals.

TUESDAY, MAY 9

SPEECHLESS (TV talk)
On Tuesday night at 7 pm, The Paley Center for Media welcomes the cast and creatives of Speechless—a new hit family comedy from ABC, ABC Studios, and Twentieth Century Fox Television. Speechless has also been praised for its groundbreaking storytelling of a family dealing with cerebral palsy. Expected to attend include actors Minnie Driver, John Ross Bowie, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, Kyla Kenedy and Cedric Yarbrough as well as Creator/Executive Producer Scott Silveri, and executive producers Melvin Mar and Jake Kasdan. Tickets: $25.

JOHN EARLY (Comedy)
On Tuesday at 9 pm, The Satellite presents comedian John Early with guests Chase Bernstein, Bruce Bundy, Naomi Ekperigin, Isaac Oliver, Vicky with a V, Reggie Watts and the house band BUCK. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. $8. Tickets are sold-out online, but there may be a limited number available at the door.

ROXANE GAY AND RANDA JARRAR (Lit talk)
PEN Center USA presents an Author Evening Series event with Roxane Gay and Randa Jarrar at Hollywood Forever on Tuesday night. Gay, author of Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and the forthcoming Hunger, educator and contributing opinion writer at The New York Times, will be in conversation with Jarrar, author of Him, Me, Muhammad Ali and A Map of Home. 8 pm. Tickets: $15-$20. Reception to follow.

STARRING EUROPE: NEW FILMS FROM THE EU (Film)
American Cinematheque presents the fourth annual EU Film Festival, which features festival award-winning shorts and features from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain. The festival begins with a screening of Mellow Mudon Tuesday, and features a reception in the courtyard starting at 6 pm. Discussion after the feature with Mellow Mud director Renārs Vimba after the screening. General admission tickets: $12.

RADNOR & LEE (Music)
Indie-folk duo Radnor & Lee(aka Josh Radnor from How I Met Your Mother and singer-songwriter Ben Lee) plays the Hotel Cafe Tuesday night. The duo explores faith and spirituality in its music. 9 pm. Tickets: $14.50. Ages 21+.

ART BATTLE (Live art)
Art Battle returns to L.A. on Tuesday for a night of live competitive painting—showcasing the works of local artists who paint under time and pressure. The competition features two, 20-minute rounds and one final round with artists vying for the top spot as Art Battle LA champion. 7 pm at the Boomtown Brewery in the Arts District. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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CRACKED.COM LIVE (Comedy)
The monthly Cracked.com live stand up show returns to the Nerdmelt Showroom on Tuesday at 9 pm. Cracked.com’s writers team up with L.A. comedians for a hilarious night of jokes and laughs onstage. Hosted by Cracked.com writer Alex Schmidt, the show features Fahim Anwar; Laurie Kilmartin; Billy Wayne Davis and others. Tickets $10.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10

5TH ANNUAL MAY MIX OFF BARTENDER COMPETITION (Drinks)
On Wednesday from 7-9 pm, the 5th Annual May Mix Off bartender competition kicks off at The Mixing Room at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and continues weekly on Wednesday through May 24. The free event series allows the public to sample cocktails prepared by LA’s best bartenders as they compete for the winning title and a grand prize trip to Tales of the Cocktail.

LUNCH WITH EDAN LEPUCKI (Book talk + food)
Vroman's Bookstore ’s presents its latest Literaries Who Lunch event on Wednesday at La Grande Orange Café in Pasadena with author Edan Lepucki. The lunch celebrates the release of her latest book Woman No. 17. Cost is $42 + tax, which includes lunch and one hardcover copy of Lepucki’s latest book. To sign up for the luncheon, stop by the Vroman’s Will Call department or call 626-449-5320.

L.A. TIMES NIGHT MARKET (FOOD)
As part of its month-long Food Bowl, the L.A. Times presents its first Night Market at Grand Park from Wednesday through Sunday. The street market features more than 50 vendors and bars over four city blocks. The event is free, but guests can buy tickets to The Super Market, which gives access to curated food vendors, additional seating areas and food booths, bars, lounges and entertainment.

BEATRIZ AT DINNER (Film)
There’s a free sneak peek of Miguel Arteta’s film Beatriz at Dinner on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Cinefamily. Written by Mike White, the dramatic comedy of manners focuses on a dinner party that goes awry after a holistic medicine practitioner attends a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. Arteta and several cast members Amy Landecker, John Early, Jay Duplass and David Warshofsky will be at the theater for a Q&A after the film. Tickets are free with RSVP. Guests must pre-register, but seats are not guaranteed.

THURSDAY, MAY 11

KIMBERLÉ CRENSHAW AND EVE ENSLER (Discussion)
The Hammer Museum’s Bureau of Feminism Initiative presents the program, Intersectional Activism in the Age of Trump: Kimberlé Crenshaw and Eve Ensler, on Thursday at 7:30 pm. Playwright-activist Ensler joins noted legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw to “lead a revolutionary conversation and offer strategies for surviving the current political climate as antiracist feminists.” The program is free, and will also be live streamed.

WOW - WOMEN OF WRESTLING (Wrestling)
WOW - Women Of Wrestling returns on Thursday at 7 pm to the Belasco Theater in Downtown L.A. The night of women’s wrestling features championship contests, including a new lineup of Superheroes. Tickets: $15-$45.

Underwire Comedy (Stand up)
Underwire Comedy, an all-female comedy show, returns to The Comedy Store on Thursday at 8 pm to support female comics while also raising funds for the American Civil Liberties Union. Performers include: Erin Foley, Julie Goldman, Jodi Miller, Jackie Tohn, Krystal Oates, Jackie Kashian, Megan Gailey, Jackie Fabulous and Bernadette Pauley. Tickets: $20, plus a two-drink minimum.

BRING THE NOISE: GULLIVER’S TRAVELS + INC. NO WORLD (Film + music)
The next installment of Film Independent at LACMA’s Bring the Noise series takes place on Thursday night at 7:30 pm at the museum’s Bing Theater. In Bring the Noise, films are given a new twist with new live scores performed by musicians. This week, the series screens the 1939 animated film Gulliver’s Travels, with a live performance by Inc. No World. Tickets: $20-$25.

THE ART OF ILLUSION: SUCCESS STRATEGIES FROM A PROFESSIONAL MAGICIAN (Lecture + book talk)
On Thursday at 6:30 pm, General Assembly Los Angeles in DTLA presents the program/lecture: The Art of Illusion: Success Strategies From a Professional Magician. Professional magician/illusionist David Kwong, author of the book Spellbound, shares seven fundamental rules underlying all illusions that people can implement in their own lives, applicable to the areas of business, communication, creativity and others. Free.

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