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20 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

The first part of the exhibition, 'Birthday, Mr. Hockney' opens at the Getty this week. (Images: Left: Pearblossom Hwy., 11 - 18th April 1986, #2, April 11-18, 1986, David Hockney (British, born 1937). Chromogenic prints mounted on paper honeycomb panel. 181.6 × 271.8 cm (71 1/2 × 107 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles © 1986 David Hockney Right: Self Portrait with Red Braces, 2003. David Hockney (British, born 1937). Watercolor on paper. 24 x 18 1/8 in. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt © David Hockney)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


The Mermaid Comedy Hour returns to the Hollywood Improv (Lab) on Monday night at 8 pm featuring the great female-fronted lineup: Laurie Kilmartin, Emily Heller, Megan Gailey, The Puterbaugh Sisters, Kristal Oats, Lisa Chanoux, Claire Downs and a surprise drop-in or two. The show is produced and hosted by Valerie Tosi. Tickets: $5. Ages 18+.

Up-and-coming talent Goody Grace plays The Roxy on Monday night. We don’t know much about the Canadian musician, but we like a tune or two of his. Lovelytheband opens. Tickets: $15. All ages.

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The Getty Museum presents, Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney. The first of the two-part exhibition opens on Tuesday at the Getty Center on occasion of the artist’s 80th birthday. The exhibition also features rarely seen self-portraits (which open this week) and photographs (which open on July 18). Both exhibitions close on Nov. 26. One of the Polaroid composites and photo collages that will be on view will be the masterpiece Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2, which was last shown in 2008.

ELLA VOS (Music)
Homegrown indie-pop musician Ella Vos performs at The Echoplex on Tuesday night. Check out her latest song, “You Don’t Know About Me,” which challenges the current political and social issues surrounding women's reproductive rights. Opening the night are: GROVES, Exes. Tickets: $9.50 in advance, $13 day of show. 8:30 pm. All ages.

LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) presents Frame Rate: 3 Artists, 3 Evenings, a series of artists talks this week, beginning on Tuesday at 7 pm with Olga Koumoundouros. Each night at Blue Roof Studios in DTLA, the artists present videos for conversation. Following Koumoundouros on Tuesday is Jeff Beall on Wednesday and Alexandra Grant on Thursday. RSVPs required.

SCMABARET (Comedy + music))
Comedy duo Schmabaret! brings the off-beat cabaret to Bar Lubitsch on Tuesday at 8 pm. Adam Ceschin and Carolyn Jania bring a whole new show with all new music. Jenna Brister serves as emcee and Aaron Wilson works the keys. Cover: $10 (cash only).


Kids in the Hall’s Scott Thompson brings back his lounge lizard character Buddy Cole on Wednesday at 8 pm at UCB Franklin. In Après le Déluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues, Thompson presents an evening of humorous monologues from the period the show went off the air in 1995 to the present day.

TALES FROM TINSELTOWN (Storytelling show)
The storytelling show Tales from Tinseltown, hosted by Megan Hayes (Hunger Games, Sleepy Hollow) and Oscar Sagastume (Multiple Moth Winner, Buzzfeed), returns to Three Clubs on Wednesday at 8 pm. The lineup tells Hollywood's dirty secrets and a few of their own. Because of the sensitive nature of the stories (in this town, anyway), there is no recording of the stories. Scheduled performers are: Vicki Kirschenbaum, Jill Remez, Sovereign Syre, James Logan and Diana Varco.

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Ron Gallo and White Reaperbring their garage sounds to The Troubadour on Tuesday night. Naked Giants open the night. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $15.

LEZ SING BATTLE! (Karaoke competition)
Lez Sing Battle! is a lesbian anthem karaoke competition with prizes, celebrity judges, hosted bar and surprises. The night serves as a fundraiser for the Los Angeles LGBTCenter's services for LBTQ women and girls. Performers scheduled to appear include Orange Is the New Black producer-writer Lauren Morelli, actor-comic Julie Goldman, writer-actor Guinevere Turner and musician Kathryrn Lounsbery. The show begins at 7:30 pm on Wednesday at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Tickets: $10.


The Raymond's 1886 bar teams up with Woodford Reserve for a pairing dinner this week. (Image: acuna-hansen)

HYPER-PAIRING (Bourbon dinner)
The Raymond 1886 teams up with Woodford Reserve for a “hyper-pairing” dinner on Wednesday night. (“Hyper” because they’re totally psyched about this event, and frankly, so are we.) The evening includes a presentation of the Woodford Reserve Portfolio, 1886 crafted Woodford Reserve Cocktails and three courses from The Raymond’s Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan. The dinner runs from 7-9 pm and costs $90 per person (plus tax and gratuity). For more information or to buy tickets, please call The Raymond 1886 626.441.3136.

BACKBEAT LA (Performance)
The collective BackBeat LAholds a travelling monthly showcase for musicians and artists to present their current and passion driven projects, particularly the LA beat and jazz scenes. They are currently in residency at The Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown and the next event is on Wednesday at 9 pm. THURSDAY, JUNE 29

Chef and author Seamus Mullen hosts his first LA pop-up dinner at Wanderlust Hollywood on Thursday at 7 pm. His appearance is part of the Find Your True Fork dinner series, which showcases healthy, sustainable and ethical food choices. The menu includes grilled lamb loins, asparagus with jamon and egg, endive stuffed with goat cheese and strawberries and wine, beer and specialty cocktails. Tickets: $80.

Nest at WP24 holds a Fair Food Dessert Pop Up on Thursday night. In addition to great views, check out the Funnel Cake station pairing the fried dough with a selection of farmers market stone fruits and berries, including house made peach preserve and cherry compote. Guests can pair each cake with a choice of coconut chocolate chip, miso-caramel, and classic vanilla ice cream. The funnel cakes are $10. WP24 also has additional summer desserts and summer cocktails available, too.

The Twilight Concert Series continues its 2017 season with a concert at the Santa Monica Pier featuring electronic duo LeMaitre from Oslo and with Coast Modern opening. 7 pm. Free.

SIR SLY (Music)
The L.A. trio Sir Sly kicks off its North American tour on Thursday night at the El Rey Theatre. The band will release its second album later this year on Interscope Records. Papa opens the night. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $19.99.

The creators of Tonya Harding The Musical present the new musical-comedy, Earhart: More Than A F---ing Mystery (A Musical Flight), about the life of Amelia Earhart. It premieres at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theater (UCB) Sunset on Thursday at 5:30 pm. “Despite being named one of American History's most curious unsolved mysteries, she was much more than that and this show sets out to prove once and for all, that Amelia Earhart is more than a f---ing mystery.” Tickets: $5.

PUBLIC BIKES: MECHANIC SERIES (Bike repair workshop)
PUBLIC Bikes Santa Monica and Boulevard Brewing Co. team up for the PUBLIC Bikes Summer Mechanic Series Workshop each month this summer. The next installment is on Thursday from 6-7:30 pm with a focus on basic bike maintenance and derailleur and brake adjustments. Don’t bring your own bike—there will be a demo bike for training. Cost: $10. Must be 21+ for the beer.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) is a live projection mapping exhibition, curated by the all-women arts collective Y_NIS, that happens at the Alex Theatre’s Open Show on Thursday night at 8 pm. In addition to the visuals, the event also features music by Stones Throw artists Mndsgn and Sudan Archives. Arts Market vendors will be selling their wares and craft beer selections will be available by local taproom Brewyard Beer Co. Tickets: $15.

The Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) presents the work of artists from the fifth Culture Lab, a program of SIJCC that fosters creative collaboration between L.A. artists of different disciplines, faiths and cultural backgrounds. Working under the fitting theme of “truth,” artists Brendan Eder, Andrea Hodos, Betsy Medvedovsky and Alexx Shilling will debut a mixed-media art installation and performance piece. The opening takes place on Thursday at The Box @ SIJCC (1110 Bates Ave. Los Angeles) at 7 pm. Admission is free, (though donations are encouraged) and everyone is welcome. The closing night event takes place on Friday at 7 pm.

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