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20 Awesome Events In Los Angeles This Week

Art on Scene presents an exhibition of works by Slaw titled, 'When Women Had Big Hair." (Image via Art on Scene Facebook.)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


Crane’s Comedy is a standup show that takes place the second Monday of the month at Crane's Bar in DTLA. The July edition takes place on Monday night with a lineup that features The Sklar Brothers, Dana Gould, Eliza Skinner, Stephen Agyei, Matt McClowry and possibly other comics, too.

BLACK NILE (Jazz + pizza)
Delicious Pizza, the renowned West Adams pizzeria, celebrates summer with a series of free events featuring music and film screenings in its new outdoor garden aka “The Yard.” Monday is jazz night, and Black Nile performs beginning at 7:30 pm.

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Comedian and writer Sara Schaefer (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Problematic with Moshe Kasher) begins her three-week Monday night residency at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe on Monday night at 8 pm. She might bring a few guests along, too. Tickets: $5. Other shows in the residency on July 17 and 24.

USC's OUTSIDE THE BOX OFFICE (Screenings + talks)
USC's Outside the Box Office screening series continues on Monday at 7 pm with a special screening of the upcoming Netflix film To the Bone. Based on the real-life experiences of writer-director Marti Noxon, the film follows a young 20something’s (Lily Collins) struggle with anorexia. A Q&A with Noxon and Collins follows the screening. The event takes place at The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex.


The Summer Jazz Nights series returns to Hollywood & Highland this Tuesday and every Tuesday through Aug. 8 from 7-9 pm. For a $14 donation to Project Angel food, guests can get VIP seating, bites and wine from Wolfgang Puck Catering and beer by Stone Brewing while listening to great music. This week’s musical guest: Naughty Professor.

EMO NITE (Sad AF Music)
The monthly Emo Nite returns to the Echo and Echoplex on Tuesday night at 8:30 pm, bringing together people through a shared love of emo music from the ‘90s to today. Playing upstairs at The Echo are Lovelytheband, Late Night Revival, Batwings Catwings and GROVES. The first 100 people in line get in for free, $10 after that. Ages 21+.

ART BATTLE LA (Live art)
Art Battle returns on Tuesday at 7 pm to the Boomtown Brewery in DTLA for a night of live competitive painting—showcasing the works of local artists who paint under time and pressure. Twelve artists compete in timed rounds of live painting, the audience votes for winners and then all works are auctioned. The competition is a qualifier for the Los Angeles Championships. Competitors this week include: Amanda Harris (previous AB winner), Art Barbie, Bamboo, Bishop, Chris Aubrey, Frida Davidsson, Michael Alatorre, Michelle Guerrerro, Recluse, Maria Barrerra-Rojas, Terry Wayne and one artist chosen on the night of the event from applicants in the audience. Tickets: $15, $20 day of show.

SAMPLEnHOLD is a new monthly music event for “Beatmakers, Acoustic Loopers, Finger Drummers, Controller-ists, Modular Synth Artists, Circuit Benders...and all electronic weirdos” that takes place the second Tuesday of the month at Resident in DTLA from 8-11 pm. Resident artists Amp Live, Josh Spoon and Portrait XO are joined by guests sidebrain, Matilda Eyre and Rokem. Free.

There's a special under the hood event at the Mullin in Oxnard on Tuesday with the museum's Citroëns collection. (Image: Mullin Automotive Museum)
CITROËN (Auto exhibition)
The privately owned Mullin Automotive Museum presents its “under-the-hood” series, giving guests the rare opportunity to see the engines of the 46 Citroëns on display at the museum. The event—held on Tuesday from 10 am to 2 pm—is open to the public with advanced ticket purchase. Call the museum 805-385-5400 for tickets (which are $40 each for nonmembers).

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BILL NYE (Science talk)
Bill Nye the Science Guy is at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. He’ll be interviewed on stage by the L.A. Times’ Patt Morrison to discuss nerd living and thinking as well as his new book, Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem. Tickets: $25-$100.

Follow That! is at NerdMelt Showroom and pits LA’s best comics against the saddest/emotionally charged videos on the web on Tuesday at 9 pm. The comics and the audience watch the most emotional videos on the web and then the comedians get eight minutes to bring the audience to tears (of laughter). Lineup includes: Adam Ray, Jay Larson, Laura House, Joe Sib and Jolene Lunzer. Tickets: $8, $10 at door.

DAYBREAKER LA (Yoga + dancing)
On Wednesday, Daybreaker, an early morning yoga and dance party, teams up with Planned Parenthood for a fundraiser at The Argyle to benefit the health nonprofit. The morning yoga session is from 5:30- 6:15 am followed by dance party and breakfast treats from 6:30-8:30 am. Tickets: $20-$35.

CAN’T STOP, WON’T STOP! (Art party)
On Wednesday from 7-9 pm, The California African American Museum celebrates the opening of its new summer exhibitions, Gary Simmons: Fade to Black; Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films; Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture and Intersections: Caribbean and Brazilian Art from the Permanent Collection. All are invited to the party Can't Stop, Won't Stop!, which features DJ sets by DJ Francesca and DJ CEEBROWN. Food selections will be available via a number of food trucks on site. Free, with RSVP online or by calling 213-744-2024.


“You want fame...well, fame costs and right here’s where you start paying...” If those lines ring a bell, then you need to be at The Troubadour on Thursday night for a reunion and 35th anniversary concert by the cast of the musical NBC TV series Fame. Scheduled to appear/perform are stars Debbie Allen (Lydia Grant), Jesse Borrego (Jesse Velazquez), Lee Curreri (Bruno Martelli), Cynthia Gibb (Holly Laird), Erica Gimpel (Coco Hernandez), Billy Hufsey (Christopher Donlon), Carlo Imperato (Danny Amatullo), Valerie Landsburg (Doris Schwartz) and P.R. Paul (Montgomery MacNeil). The concert benefits The Actors Fund. Tickets: $55-$250.

HIGH SPIRITS (Wine + comedy)
The Wiltern holds the event High Spirits: Wine Tasting & Comedy on Thursday at 8:30 pm. Guests indulge in wine tastings and learn about wine from comedian and sommelier Patrick Ney, and also listen to some of L.A.’s best comics perform their standup. The comedy lineup features Laurie Kilmartin, Kyle Kinane and Ahmed Bharoocha. Ages 21+. Tickets: $35-$90.

KCRW’s and the Hammer Museum’s free concert series Rebel Rebel continues this week at the Hammer Courtyard on Thursday night at 7:30 pm. For the next few weeks Rebel Rebel features an eclectic line-up of groundbreaking, female-fronted bands and KCRW DJs. This week’s lineup is: Niia + SPELLES + Jasmine Solano + KCRW DJ Anne Litt. Free. Event parking is available at 11020 Kinross Ave (UCLA Parking Lot 36) for a $5 flat rate.

WHEN WOMEN HAD BIG HAIR (Gallery opening)
Art on Scene in West Hollywood presents the art show When Women Had Big Hair, featuring the work of SLAW (Michigan artist Slaw Stanislawski) on Thursday night. The artist reception runs from 6-9 pm. RSVP:

The World Series of Beach Volleyball (WSOBV)—the largest Beach Volleyball Event in the U.S.—is being held from Thursday to Sunday in Long Beach. The series features favorites Kerri Walsh Jennings, Sara Hughes, April Ross And Phil Dalhausser and also debuts a "Cup" format that ensures a U.S. / International matchup in the finals. As part of the festivities, Kaskade launches his first Sun Soaked outdoor beach party on Saturday. WSOBV general admission tickets are free on Thursday and Friday and $10 on the weekend.

PREACHER (Screening + Q&A)
On Thursday at 7:30 pm, Film Independent at LACMA presents a preview screening of Preacher’s Ep. 205 “Dallas.” The AMC TV show about a small town preacher with a criminal past on the hunt for God is based on the comic book series of the same name. There’s a following Q&A that includes a conversation with writers/executive producers Sam Catlin, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Free with RSVP.

COPLAND + BEETHOVEN (Classical music)
On Thursday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the LA Phil and conductor Gustavo Dudamel perform Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and “Lincoln Portrait” along with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The orchestra is joined by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Grant Gershon, artistic director, and another familiar name: Vin Scully, who serves as narrator for "Lincoln Portrait." Tickets: $1-$154.

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