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20 Awesome Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.

MONDAY, AUG. 14

JOSH LEHRER: MY SHOT - PORTRAITS FROM HAMILTON (Photography)
Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Hollywood opens the exhibition, Josh Lehrer: My Shot: Portraits from Hamilton, from Monday through Saturday. The opening takes place from 6-9 pm on Monday night. The exhibition coincides with the Los Angeles premiere of Hamilton: An American Musical, opening this week at the Pantages Theatre. For My Shot, Lehrer captured portraits of the original Hamilton cast using antique cameras and lenses, then “produced silver gelatin prints to bring a richness and timeless beauty to the images.”

THREE CITIES: TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT (Lecture)
On Monday at 7:30 p.m., LACMA presents Three Cities: Transformations in the Urban Environment at LACMA. Moderated by Michael Govan, LACMA CEO, the evening features a conversation with architect Frank Gehry; William Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts; and Thomas Krens, Director Emeritus, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. The guests will discuss their “various and overlapping roles in the transformation of three cities—North Adams, MA; Bilbao, Spain; and Los Angeles—by creating cultural centers in former industrial sites, rejuvenating polluted rivers, and rebuilding the urban landscape for the larger edification and enjoyment of both local residents and international visitors.” Free, but tickets required. Standby only.

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SONGS IN THE KEY OF FUNNY (Music + comedy)
The Burbank Comedy Festival runs through Saturday with a number of shows, including Songs in the Key of Funny on Monday at 9 p.m. at Flappers Main Room in Burbank. Listen to funny songs and the stories behind them from performers Lara Ibrahim Morgan Jay, Bryan Kellen, Kindred Throats, Jackie Loeb, Nick Wuthrich, The Show, Robert Schultz, Angelo di Nallo, Daniel Eachus, Hannah Leskosky, Dave & Kent, Drew Dunn, Paul Green, Scout Durwood, The Lampshades and host Shaun Fisher. Tickets: $20.

THE IT EXPERIENCE: NEIBOLT HOUSE HOLLYWOOD (Scares)
In honor of the September opening for New Line Cinema's horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama) and based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, comes The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood. The scare-house experience, located near Hollywood & Vine, is free and open the public from Monday to Sept. 10 from 1 to 11 p.m. Reserve a time slot now online to be guided by “Georgie” through the 5,000 feet of chills. We also have a preview of it here.

MERMAID COMEDY HOUR (Comedy)
The Mermaid Comedy Hour is a monthly all female stand-up show that takes place on Monday at 10 p.m. at The Improv - Lab. The lineup includes: Dulce Sloan, Jackie Fabulous, Sofiya Alexandra, Vivian Martinez, Kat Radley, Jenny Chalikian, Kelly McInerney and a few surprise drop ins. Produced and hosted by Valerie Tosi. Tickets: $5 at the door or online.

TUESDAY, AUG. 15

BAY LEDGES (Music)
Bay Ledges, the glitchy-pop group led by siblings Zach and Georgina Hurd, play the Bootleg Theater’s Bar Stage on Tuesday night. The band celebrates the release of its EP Fountain Tropical, out on Aug. 18, with a party at the Bootleg. Birthday opens the show. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $8. Ages 21+.

JOHN EARLY AND FRIENDS (Comedy + music)
The Satellite presents comedian John Early with Heather Jewett, Gabe Liedman, Kera and the Lesbians, Aida Rodriguez, Michelle Buteau and house band BUCK. Advanced tickets are sold out, but a limited number of tickets may be available at the door. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $8. Ages 21+.

SNOWY BING BONGS (Film + dance)
Daniels—Swiss Army Man co-directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert—reunite to executive produce another weird and esoteric film, Snowy Bing Bongs. It has its LA premiere on Wednesday at Cinefamily at 7:30 p.m. From Cinefamily: “As with most projects involving — you kind of have to watch it. Originally performed as a stage play by the dance-comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team, the 40-minute film [is] ‘part psychotropic performance art spectacle, part absurdist sketch show’...” Special guests are: directors Alex Huston Fischer and Rachel Wolther, a DJ set by Nina Tarr, a live set by Reggie Watts and a live performance by Cocoon Central. Tickets - $14/free for members.

SAMPLENHOLD (Music)
SAMPLEnHOLD, the 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 this month’s guests ELOS - Team Supreme, [[[personablack]]], FIFTHS and MariGo.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16

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TASTE OF DOWNTOWN CULVER CITY (Food + drink)
The monthly Taste of Downtown Culver City presents the city’s Centennial Grand Finale on Wednesday from 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown's Culver City restaurants and drink purveyors will be on hand during this ticketed, outdoor tasting event. Participants include: Akasha, AR Cucina, City Tavern, Novecento Pasta & Grill, Rush Street and The Culver Hotel. Tickets: $20 (in advance), $25 (at the door); children ages 3-11 are $12 (in advance), $15 (at the door).

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 Will Crespo and Shoshana Kuttner, 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.

EPISODES (TV panel + screening)
The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills presents a premiere screening and panel that celebrates the end of Showtime’s Episodes, starring Matt LeBlanc. The program, which starts at 7 pm, features the first two episodes of the final season, followed by a panel conversation and audience Q&A with the cast and creative team, including actors LeBlanc, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Mircea Monroe, and creators and executive producers David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. Jarett Wieselman, Senior Entertainment Editor, BuzzFeed News moderates the evening. Tickets: $20-$30.

DRAG QUEEN BINGO (Fun + games)
There's a "Celebrity Edition" of Drag Queen Bingo at Hamburger Mary's in WeHo on Wednesday at 9 p.m. to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Katie Leclerc ("Switched at Birth") and Brett Davern ("Awkward") host the night that features 10 rounds of bingo, an auction and raffle with prizes. Suggested Donation: $20

THURSDAY, AUG. 17

GARAGE BREWING CO. + HORSE THIEF (Tap takeover)
The Temecula-based Garage Brewing Co takes over five taps at Horse Thief BBQ in Grand Central Market on Thursday as part of Horse Thief’s summer tap takeover series. From 5 p.m. to close.

NPR’S ASK ME ANOTHER (Film + music)
NPR’s show Ask Me Another returns to The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday and Friday with special “all-celebrity contestant” shows. Ophira Eisenberg asks trivia questions, puzzles and brainteasers at special guests, who battle it out for bragging rights and a Rubik’s cube. One-man house band Jonathan Coulton sets the audio atmosphere. Thursday’s VIPs include Missi Pyle, Paul Scheer and Michaela Watkins as well as a performance by Aimee Mann and Jonathan Coulton. Friday’s VIPs will include: Linda Cardellini, Jeff Garlin, Lance Reddick and Paul Rust. 7:30 to 10 p.m., doors at 6:30 pm. Tickets: $27.50-$37.50.

SIZZLING SUMMER NIGHTS (Music + Dance)
The Sizzling Summer Nights series at the Autry wraps up its 2017 summer season on Thursday night from 5:30-9 pm. Dance under the stars with Guicho y La Tribu, one of LA’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands. The outdoor party includes free lessons with award-winning salsa instructor Orlando Delgado, access to museum galleries, a children’s dance floor and more. Tickets: free for Autry Members, $12 nonmembers, $8 students and seniors, $6 children (ages 3-12). Reservations recommended.

SILVER LAKE CHORUS (Music)
The Silver Lake Chorus plays The American Legion in Highland Park on Thursday night. They’ll be playing favorites and testing out new material for their forthcoming sophomore album. Cassandra Violet opens the show at 8 pm, followed by The Silver Lake Chorus. Suggested donation: $10.

THE HERBERT BAIL ORCHESTRA + BRENDA CAREY & THE AWE (Music)
Thursday marks the final concert (Aug 17) of The Bloc x Sofar Sounds’ summer concert series, featuring L.A.-based bands, The Herbert Bail Orchestra and Brenda Carsey & the Awe, and the San Diego alt-pop-rock quartet, MRKTS. The free concert runs from 6-8:30 p.m. on The Bloc on Flower Street in DTLA. There’s free beer for those 21+ and food, specialty cocktails, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome.

ECLIPSECORE (Animation)
ECLIPSECORE is a screening series featuring videos and animations created by more than 20 artists made in response to the upcoming total solar eclipse. The screening takes place on Thursday from 7 p.m. to midnight at NAVEL in DTLA. Artists include: Andrew Benson, Aaron Whitney Bjork, Brandon Blommaert, Peter Burr, Carl Burton, Steph Davidson, Zack Dougherty, Scott Gelber, The Great Nordic Sword Fights + Cabbibo, Victoria Keddie, Light Hits, Eric Mast, Jillian Mayer, Rosa Menkman, Shana Moulton, Stefan Nadelman, Kate Parsons, Nicolas Sassoon, Yoshi Sodeoka, Eva Papamargariti, Sabrina Ratté, Alan Warburton and others. Free with RSVP.

ECHO PARK RISING (Music)
Echo Park Rising, the free music and entertainment festival, returns to Echo Park (both indoor and outdoor venues) from Thursday to Aug. 20. Headlining performers include electronic trio Hundred Waters, Miles Mosley and jazz collective, the West Coast Get Down; other performances by Surf Curse, Laetitia Sadlier, Meatbodies, Johnny Fritz and Holy Child. Check out the entire lineup and schedule for more details.

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