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20 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. MONDAY, MAY 15

Slamdance Cinema Club brings independent films from the festival circuit to the ArcLight, and the Club features two screenings this week in Hollywood. On Monday at 8 pm, there’s a screening of You Never Had It (An Evening with Charles Bukowski), followed by a Q&A with Director Matteo Borgardt and Actor Silvia Bizio. On Tuesday at 8 pm, there’s a screening of After Adderall, a movie about James Franco making a movie about Stephen Elliott. Tickets: $15.75.

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Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and a couple of L.A.eateries are celebrating it (as we all should). Milk Jar Cookies offers a free chocolate chip cookie with purchase of any item until 8 pm. Cookie Good in Santa Monica gives free mini chocolate chip cookies to in-store customers.

BAMBI (Film)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds a special screening on Monday of the animated feature Bambi in honor of the film's 75th anniversary. The screening takes place at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and is hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin and also features a panel discussion with voice actors Donnie Dunagan (voice of young Bambi), Peter Behn (voice of young Thumper), animator Andreas Deja and production designer Paul Felix. The screening is sold out online, but there will be a stand-by line that begins at 5:30 pm.


LINDA SUE PRICE (Art exhibition)
Enlightened Systemsis a solo show featuring neon works by Linda Sue Price that opens at TAG Gallery's new location on the Miracle Mile. Price’s works are a reaction to the post-fact/alt-fact world. The show runs from May 16 to June 10, with the opening reception on May 20 from 5-8 pm and an artist talk on June 3 at 3 pm.FICTIONAL ROAST: BACK TO THE FUTURE (Comedy)
The Fictional Roast team has a bone to pick with the Back to the Future guys who dared to mess with the space-time continuum. The roast happens on Tuesday at 9 pm at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, with comedians Matt McCarthy, Scout Durwood, Willie Hunter, Darien Sills-Evans, Andrew Michaan, Caitlin Durante, Erik Barnes and Brad Gage picking on the beloved characters from the Back To The Future franchise. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

The L.A. Times’ Foodbowl continues with a pop-up Bites and Brews event at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill in DTLA. Bites and Brews serves as an anniversary event that highlights cooking techniques and favorites from the Golden State, including fish tacos, LA street dogs and more, paired with refreshing California craft beers. Tickets: $20.

The Grammy Museum’s Reel To Reel series presents a screening and program focused on the CNN Original Series, Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The eight-part series explores music tied to pivotal moments in history. The episode screened at the museum is “The Fall of the Berlin Wall.” Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Justin Jampol, founder and current executive director of The Wende Museum of the Cold War. The event is free with RSVP.

The Australian indie-electronic outfit Vancouver Sleep Clinic—headed by 21-year-old vocalist, songwriter and producer Tim Bettinson—launches its first US headlining tour on Tuesday at the Troubadour on May 16. The band’s touring in support of its debut album Revival, out now. I, Us & We opens. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $15. All ages.


Dangerbird Records’ MICRODOSE is a monthly single release and live performance event series that celebrates new music from L.A.'s Eastside and beyond. The next session takes place at the Hi Hat in Highland Park on Wednesday with performances by NO WIN, People Flavor and Rufrano. Free. 8 pm.

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JENI’S + QUIN CANDY (Book talk + conversation)
Splendid Ice Creams founder Jeni Britton Bauer and QUIN Candy founder Jami Curl have reimagined sweets in their own ways. They’ve teamed up recently to produce the Osmanthus & Blackberry Crackle Ice Cream, offered at all Jeni’s locations. To celebrate the collaboration, the two talk shop on Jeni’s Larchmont Back Patio on Wednesday from 6:30 pm with a Q&A and samples of their candy and ice cream creations. Curl’s cookbook, Candy is Magic: Real Ingredients, Modern Recipes, will be available for purchase and signing. Space is limited. The first 35 seated guests will receive a free QUIN Candy goodie bag.

IMPROV DIARY SHOW (Storytelling + comedy)
M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater presents the Improv Diary Show (storytelling/comedy along the same lines as Mortified) on Wednesday at 8 pm. Two artists read from their teen diaries and then a team of improvisers turns the entries into hilarious scenes. This week’s readers are Lindsay Ames (of My Diary Show) and Christian Corpora, with the improv cast: Kiki Aldonas, Carissa Diest, Jeff Feazell, Austin Green, Hannah Harper, Grace Harryman, Scott Hennelly, Jon Thompson and Ryan Timmreck. Tickets: $5. Doors at 7:45 pm.

JIM MAHFOOD (Comics + illustration)
Comic book illustrator Jim Mahfood, known for his work with Marvel's X-Men Generation X, Kevin Smith’s Clerks comics and Ziggy Marley’s Marijuana Man project, returns to his roots with a new release of his first series. Mahfood brings back his original self-published (and initially self-distributed) series called GRRL SCOUTS. GRRL SCOUTS: Magic Socks goes on sale on Wednesday, and the special release party and book signing takes place from 7-10 pm at A Shop Called Quest in DTLA.

Becoming Bond is a Hulu documentary/dramatization that premieres on May 20. The film traces George Lazenby's fascinating road to the role of James Bond—as he’d never acted before he took on the iconic role from Sean Connery. There’s a special screening of the film on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Cinefamily that also features a Q&A with director Josh Greenbaum, Josh Lawson and Lazenby himself. It’s followed by a screening of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The screening is free with RSVP (though registration does not guarantee a seat).


YO! PRIOR RAPS (Art exhibition)
YO! Prior Raps is art exhibition at the Cinematic Galleryin Hollywood & Highland that opens on Thursday, May 18 from 7:30-10 pm featuring work by Rob Prior. He’s painted a collection of rappers, from Run DMC, The Notorious B.I.G to 2Pac and more.

Horse Thief BBQ and Beer Garden continues its Tap Takeover series on Thursday. The San Diego-basedEppig Brewing takes over five taps at Horse Thief BBQ at Grand Central Market in DTLA, starting at 5 pm. Horse Thief will be serving up Eppig’s German-Style Lager Festbier; Hoppy Pils pilsner; the 10:45 To Denver IPA; the San Diego Ale Civility and their Glitz and Glam Berliner Weisse with Raspberry and Cherry.

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills presents the premiere screening and panel with the cast of the new ABC musical event special Dirty Dancing on Thursday at 6:30 pm. The event features a Q&A with Abigail Breslin, “Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman”; Bruce Greenwood, “Dr. Jake Houseman”; Nicole Scherzinger, “Penny”; Colt Prattes, “Johnny Castle” and Katey Sagal, “Vivian Pressman,” with other guests to be announced. The movie event, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original film, airs on May 24 on ABC. Tickets: $15-$25.

Boomtown Brewery presents its first beer dinner pairing event on Thursday night. The five-course pairing by Chef Alan Matheus features Ceviche Mixto, Wild Mushroom Toast, Pan Seared Scallops, Ale Braised Lamb Shank and Mascarpone Panna Cotta, along with several beer pairings, naturally. Tickets: $85. Beer reception begins at 7:30 pm, dinner at 8 pm.

The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) is a surreal fictional narrative podcast created by Julian Koster (The Music Tapes, Neutral Milk Hotel) and Night Vale Presents. The podcast crew takes to the Bootleg Theater stage on Thursday at 8:30 pm for an evening of music, stories, games, magic and more. Tickets: $18.

Anya Fernald, chef and founder of Belcampo Inc., teams up with Wanderlust Hollywood and Rodale’s Organic Life to present a pop-up dinner on Thursday night at Wanderlust. This is the first in a series of six dinners focused on ethical, mindful eating. Fernald prepares a sustainable five-course feast complete with wine pairings from Bonterra Vineyards, a tea bar, appetizers and specialty cocktails. 7 pm. Tickets: $80 each, $70 each for groups of four or more. Series purchase is also available.

PURE CYCLES: BIKE TO WORK (Breakfast + biking)
May is Bike to Work Month and to commemorate the biking lifestyle, LA-based bike brand Pure Cycles invites riders to stop by its HQ in Burbank on their way to work on Thursday (Bike to Work Day) for free breakfast. Sandoval Tacos will be serving up breakfast tacos from 8-11 am.

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