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Arts and Entertainment

20 Awesome Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

Chaya's Summer Festival Continues in DTLA all month long. (Photo: Courtesy of Chaya)
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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


Chaya in Downtown Los Angeles continues its Summer Festival, which will run on Mondays through Fridays (4 p.m. to close) through Aug. 31. Hang out in the lantern-covered Japanese Beer Garden on Chaya’s patio while sipping a Sapporo, sparkling sake or summer cocktails. Executive Chef Joji Inoue grills up Chicken, Tsukune and Shisito & Mushroom Yakitori Skewers (which are just $2.50 each) as well as Tako Tacos with grilled octopus, Asian slaw and wasabi Miso for $4; Fried Noodles made with pork belly, cabbage and pickled ginger for $6; Grilled Squid with a chili-miso dipping sauce for $12; grilled Corn on the Cob with a sweet soy glaze for $4; Sweet Crepes: Matcha and Azuki Beans, Nutella and Strawberry Or the Banana Crème for just $7 each. Amusements include air hockey, shuffleboard, foosball and more than 25 classic video games.

LOBSTER & ROSÉ (Food + wine)
Chef Joachim Splichal's Domaine de Cala winery, located in Provence, France, recently debuted its first two vintages of Rosé. To celebrate the releases, Patina Group restaurants Ray’s & Stark Bar, Kendall’s Brasserie and Café Pinot are serving Lobster & Rosé specials all month long.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents a program on Monday that focuses on women who were at the forefront of film animation. An Invisible History: Trailblazing Women of Animation takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by author/historian Mindy Johnson, panelists include Gretchen Albrecht (Robin Hood); Jane Baer (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?); Lorna Cook (The Lion King); Eleanor Dahlen (Sleeping Beauty); Jun Falkenstein (Despicable Me); Virginia Fleener, animator at Disney Studios during WWII; Carole Holliday (Prince of Egypt); Patty Peraza (Beauty and the Beast), the first credited female effects animator at Disney Features; and Tina Price (Fantasia 2000), the first female "Head of Computer Animation" at Walt Disney. Tickets: $3-$5.

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Delicious Pizza, the renowned West Adams pizzeria, features jazz on Monday nights in its outdoor garden aka “The Yard.” The Fernando Pullman Community Arts JazzBand performs at 7:30 p.m. The nonprofit Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center provides quality arts instruction to underserved students in South Los Angeles.



'Tim and Eric Awesome Show' celebrates its 10th anniversary at The Theatre at Ace Hotel this week. (Image: Tim & Eric via Facebook)
The comedy duo Tim and Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) make a stop at the Theatre at Ace Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of their their Tim & Eric 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is 10 years old and Tim and Eric will celebrate the Awesome Show as well as their other ventures. Tickets start at $47.50. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm.

Danger Village & B3Sci present the indie foursome Sure Sure and Coastal Clouds (the music project of Roberto Rodriguez), on Tuesday at Dirty Laundry. The show starts at 10 pm. Free.

OKJA (Double feature film)
Bong Joon Ho’s film Okja returns to the New Beverly this week for a series of double features. The 35mm print was made exclusively for the New Bev, and on Tuesday, the story of a little girl who tries to save the giant creature she raised is paired with Razorback. The 1984 Australian horror, directed by Russell Mulcahy, focuses on a boar that searches for human flesh. Razorback screens first at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8 for the double feature.


Four bffs make up The Wild Horses improv team: Stephanie Allynne (Amazon's One Mississippi), Mary Holland (Starz's Blunt Talk), Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World) and Erin Whitehead (HBO's Animals). For their show, The Perspective, which takes place on Wednesday at 8:30 pm at Largo, they interview a celebrity guest and then perform an improv set. This week’s guest: Nick Kroll. Tickets: $30.

THE MOTH (Storytelling)
The Moth storytelling show takes over Busby’s East on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. With the theme Deadlines, storytellers are asked to prepare a five-minute story about timelines and cutoffs. No reading from notes and no stand-up routines. Doors at 6:30 pm, stories at 7:30 pm. General admission is $10. Ages 21+.

RADIO PICTURE SHOW (Words + music)
Radio Picture Show is the monthly storytelling show at The Virgil, in which participants tell their stories inspired by a particular song or image. Hosted by Shauna McGarry and Lauren Cook, with DJ Marion Hodges (KCRW) spinning the tunes, the next show is on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tickets: $6 online or $8 at the door.

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NEXTFEST (Film + music)
Sundance Next Fest is an offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT section and brings a weekend of film, music, conversation and comedy to the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The mini-fest opens on Thursday with a 25th Anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs. Director Quentin Tarantino receives a Vanguard Leadership Award at the event. Other films will be screened (including Lemon, Gente-fied, Gook, Bitch, Dina, Golden Exits and L.A. Times) throughout the weekend, with three paired with live performances by Sleigh Bells, Lizzo and Electric Guest. The fest closes out with director Dee Rees’ Mudbound. Tickets: $10-$35.

Singer-songwriter Ethan Gruska (half of The Belle Brigade) continues his weekly August residency at the Hotel Café on Thursday at 8 p.m. Gruska test drives songs from his debut solo album, Slowmotionary. Tickets: $10+ fees. Ages 21+.

The Skirball's Sunset Concerts continues on Thursday with L.A. debut of Delgres, a trio named after the 19th century leader of a slave rebellion against Napoleon Bonaparte. Delgres’ “bluesy Caribbean roots music evokes the long-lost, drifting souls of New Orleans.” DJ set by dublab’s Rani de Leon opens the night at 6:30 pm. The concert is free and open the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Santa Monica’s free Twilight Concert series continues on Thursday night from 7-10 pm at the Santa Monica Pier. Latin music is on the bill this week with Mon Laferte and Buscabulla.

MANAMANA is a stand-up comedy show that takes place on Thursday at Nerdmelt at 9 pm. The lineup features: Nikki Glaser (Trainwreck), Joe Mande (ABC’s Modern Family), Andrew Santino (Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here), Stephanie Simbari (MTV’s Ladylike), Byron Bowers (Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show), Jade Catta-Preta (MTV’s Girl Code) and Ramy Youssef (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert). Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

ALT-J (Music)
alt-J performs at the Shrine Auditoriumon Thursday night in support of the band’s third album Relaxer. Bishop Briggs and SOHN open the show.

On Thursday from 7:30-9:30 pm, there’s a private tour and concert backstage at The Wiltern, for 75 people only, presented in partnership with Airbnb. Check out the hidden spaces at The Wiltern and learn about its history. Then listen to the sounds of the musical collective Flight of Voices. Tickets: $23.

ALL-VIVALDI (Classical music)
On Thursday, the LA Phil performs an “All Vivaldi” concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Nicholas McGegan conducts the orchestra and is joined by special guests and the Pacific Chorale. The concert program includes Violin Concerto in G major, Op. 4, No. 3; Stabat Mater; Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 4, No. 4; and Gloria. 8 pm.

PlaceSetting is a pop-up dinner event that takes place at a private location. The next installment is on Thursday at 7:30 pm. The six-course menu and the accompanying cocktails and performances are influenced by the era and history of the particular residence. The dinner will be served outside and on grass so please dress appropriately. Uber/Lyft if you can. The address will be sent when the tickets are purchased. Bring cash for tips.

Divorce: The Hip-Hop Musicalcomes to El Cid theater beginning on Thursday night and running weekly on Thursdays. The hip-hop musical comedy features 12 original songs, 10 actors, and one beatboxer, with Divorce running just under an hour. The show is written and directed by Conor Hanney, a former creative executive at DreamWorks Animation and a “two-time divorce victim.” Tickets: $20.

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