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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, JULY 17

BRAINFEEDER FILM FEST (Film)
Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label have taken over Cinefamily this week for a program slate of trippy horror shorts and features, including Flying Lotus’ (aka Steve’s) horror-comedy Kuso. On Monday night, Flying Lotus presents the Japanese cult double feature: Happiness of the Katakuris (2001) and Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989). Flying Lotus introduces both films at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $14.

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24 HOUR MUSICALS: LOS ANGELES (Music + theater)
24 Hour Musicals: Los Angelestakes place on Monday at 8 pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. The intense theater endeavor features more than 100 artists from Broadway, film, television and music who come together to write, compose, rehearse and perform four original musicals within a 24 hour time span. Talent scheduled to participate in Monday’s event are: Jessie Eisenberg, Wayne Brady, Michelle Visage, Garrett Clayton, Janina Gavankar, Alicia Witt, Vella Lovell, Shoshana Bean, Alex Newell, Deborah Ann Woll and Amanda Seales. Tickets: $175-$500 with proceeds supporting the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund.

TUESDAY, JULY 18

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ROE Caviar partners with several L.A.-based restaurants to celebrate National Caviar Day. (Image: Courtesy of Otium)
ROE CAVIAR (Food)
ROE Caviar partners with six L.A. restaurants for National Caviar Day on Tuesday. Diners can enjoy ROE’s single-origin American white sturgeon caviar in special menu items at Son of a Gun, Bouchon Bistro, Beauty & Essex, Love and Salt, Otium and KALI. A couple items include: Otium’s Buckwheat Blini, Smoked Salmon, Hen Egg and ROE Caviar Creme Fraiche and Beauty & Essex’s ROE Caviar Avocado Toast. The items will be available until July 23 or until supplies last.

ARPANA & FRIENDS (Comedy)
The Hammer Museum and Bitch Media present Aparna & Friends: A Night of Subjective Comedy on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The women-only lineup includes comedian and organizer Arpana Nacherla with Marlena Rodriguez, Erin Lennox and Naomi Ekperigin. Cash bar. Free admission.

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101 ASIAN DISHES YOU NEED TO COOK BEFORE YOU DIE (Food + book talk )
Chef Sherry Yard and her The Tuck Room Tavern in Westwood hold a cocktail party and booksigning for Chef Jet Tila and his new cookbook, 101 Asian Dishes You Need to Cook Before You Die, on Tuesday from 6-8 pm. The event doubles as a fundraiser for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Los Angeles. Guests will nosh on Tila’s dishes while sipping Champagne, Chang Beer or a signature cocktail created by Yard. All attendees will also go home with a signed copy of the cookbook. Tickets are $95 per person and $75 from each ticket goes toward C-CAP.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. HOCKNEY (Art)
The Getty Museum opens the second of its two-part art exhibition, Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney, on Tuesday. The show is being held in celebration of the artist’s 80th birthday and features rarely seen self-portraits and photographs. 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. Both exhibitions close on Nov. 26.

ALGIERS (Music)
The Atlanta-New York-London-based quartet Algiers, led by Franklin Fisher, is currently on tour for its sophomore album, The Underside of Power. Algiers’ sound mixes post-punk and gospel with socio-political themes for a powerful brew. The band headlines the Echoplex on Tuesday night at 8:30 pm with Sextile and Moon Diagrams opening. Tickets: $11.50 advance / $15 day of show. Ages 18+.

THE ‘hoMO’ SHOW (Comedy)
The Mo Show is a monthly variety show, hosted by Mo Welch, and features stand-up comedians, performers and interviews conducted by Welch. On Tuesday at The Virgil at 8 pm, the “hoMO” Show features all queer performers including Jasika Nicole (Underground, Scandal, Fringe), Sam Jay (Comedy Central), author Gaby Dunn, Candy Lawrence (Seeso, JFL) and H Alan Scott (No, You Shut Up!, Younger). Free with RSVP.

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JOSHUA RADIN + RACHAEL YAMAGATA (Music)
The SiriusXM Coffee House Live Tour with Joshua Radin, Rachael Yamagata and Brandon Jenner stops at The Belasco Theater on Tuesday night. 7 pm. All ages.

FICTIONAL ROAST: THE MANY FACES OF SCHWARZENEGGER (Comedy)
On Tuesday at 9 pm, Fictional Roast: The Many Faces of Schwarzenegger takes over the NerdMelt Showroom. The show roasts some of Schwarzenegger’s memorable characters, including The Terminator, Mr. Freeze, Conan, The Kindergarten Cop and others. Featured comics inlude: Andy Erikson, Earl Skakel, Matt McCarthy, Brad Gage, Tony Sam, Ever Mainard and Lindsay Adams, Lauren Farmer and Jay Washington. Tickets: $8 in advance / $10 at the door.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

CLUB DRAMARAMA (Dance)
Club Dramarama is a dance night on Wednesday night at the Girl at the White Horse (on Western) that specializes in goth, dark wave, post and new beat dance. 10 pm to 2 am. Dress to impress. No cover with RSVP (though RSVP does not guarantee entry, so get there early). Ages 21+.

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STRANGER THINGS COMPOSERS (Music + Talk)
On Wednesday at 8 pm, The Grammy Museum in DTLA welcomes Netflix’s Stranger Things composers (and now Emmy nominees) Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon who’ll discuss their careers as well as the creative process for writing music for the hit series. Tickets: $15.

GIN BLOSSOMS / LETTERS TO CLEO (‘90s music)
The Grove’s Summer Concert Series puts a quarter in the wayback machine on Wednesday and transports us back to the ‘90s for a free concert by the pop-rock bands the Gin Blossoms and Letters to Cleo. 7:30 pm. All ages.

THE LADIES ROOM (Comedy)
The Ladies Room is a comedy show that features up-and-coming and well-established female comics. The next installment is on Wednesday at 8 pm at Three Clubs in Hollywood with hosts Jen O'Donnell and Jessie Stegner and headliner Bobbie Oliver, known for her feminist comedy studio. Tickets: $5 at the door.

THURSDAY, JULY 20

PLANETARIUM (Music)
On Thursday at 7 pm, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister perform their collaborative album, Planetarium, at Hollywood Forever’s Fairbanks Lawn. Angelo de Augustine opens the night. Tickets: $49.50.

BRING THE NOISE: WEIRD SCIENCE (Film + Music)
On Thursday at 7:30 pm, Film Indepdendent at LACMA presents the latest film in its Bring the Noise: Weird Science. While the 1985 film screens, Ulises Lozano, Carlos Chairez and Gil Cerezo of Kinky perform new live music. Tickets: $20-$30.

ZOLA JESUS (Music)
Spaceland presents singer-songwriter and producer Zola Jesus (aka Nicole Hummel), who headlines a night of music at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Thursday at 6:30 pm. Also performing are Lawrence Rothman, Smerz and DJ Michael Stock. Free. All ages.

CONCERTS ON THE BLOC (Music)
Concerts on The Bloc is a free summer concert series in DTLA curated by Sofar Sounds LA. The next concert takes place on Thursday from 6-8:30 pm with R&B and soul singer Chris Scholar, electronic pop by Flavia and indie rock from Braeves. Free beer and wine, cocktails and food will be available for purchase.

REBEL REBEL (Music)
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: ELOHIM with Suzi Analogue and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges. Free. Event parking is available at 11020 Kinross Ave (UCLA Parking Lot 36) for a $5 flat rate. Happy hour and DJs start at 6 pm.

VENICE ART CRAWL (Art)
The next Venice Art Crawl takes place on Thursday from 6-10 pm in Venice. Start at the information booths located at Canal Club, Surfside and Abbot Kinney Memorial Library and pick up a map with a list of participating galleries, shops, businesses and performances.

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