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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, AUG. 21

ECLIPSE SPECIALS (Food + drinks)
There are a number of establishments in L.A. that are offering drink/food specials to celebrate the eclipse. One is The Morrison Pub in Atwater Village (near Griffith Park). They’re opening at 11 a.m., offering 50 percent off all their craft beers and all their 40 draft beers on tap at $4 until 7p.m. With their daily happy hour happening 3-7pm as well. Do yourself a favor and try their Morrison Filet burger with a beef patty blend, seared filet mignon, creamy port salut cheese, and marrow butter. Trust us.

Feastly presents a special dinner with Mommy Choi (Roy Choi’s mother) on Monday from 7-9 p.m. to celebrate her new line of “Mommy Sauces.” She’s cooking up Korean comfort food that she fed to her son growing up, such as Swai Jeon (Fish Pancake) with zucchini; Korean Galbi with kimchi Caesar salad; Spicy Chicken Skewers with Korean glass noodles and more. In addition, diners will have the chance to pick up their choice from the line of sauces which includes Spicy Bulgogi, Kimchi and “Magic” Sauce for $5 (retail price: $12.95). Tickets: $45. Address provided to ticket holders. BYOB.

Musician Dan Croll reopens his "Dial Dan" line from Monday through Friday this week. Fans will be able to reach Croll by calling, texting and/or leaving voicemails at 424-261-2636. The idea came from Croll’s own experiences when he began posting on social about anxiety and depression. The last edition of “Dial Dan” took 246 calls, ranging from a minute to nearly an hour. To hear Croll and his music in person, you have to wait until Sept. 23 when he plays the Teragram Ballroom in DTLA.

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BISHOP BRIGGS (Music talk)
The Grammy Museum presents Spotlight: Bishop Briggs for an intimate evening of conversation and music on Monday at 8 p.m. She discusses her rising career and debuts a brand-new song. The evening will be hosted by GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. The event is sold out, but where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?


The Cooties, the musical comedy trio of Ethan Edenburg, Eric Jackowitz and Jacob Jeffries, plays the Satellite on Tuesday night at 9 pm. The show mixes music, songwriting and comedy and features special guests Kate Berlant, Steven Castillo and Josh Adam Meyers. Tickets: $8. Ages 21+.

Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick hosts the special tribute event Extraordinary: Stan Lee on Tuesday at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The event pays homage to the iconic comic creator, bringing together stars of the comic book, film and TV worlds that Lee has helped create. Expected presenters are Tom Bergeron, Lou Ferrigno, Todd McFarlane, Michael Rooker, Andy Signore and many others. 6 pm. Tickets: $95 for general admission to $350.00 for VIP seats and a meet-and-greet.

DOLORES (Film + talk)
There’s a special free screening on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. of the documentary Dolores, which tells the story of Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the first farm workers union with Cesar Chavez. Her story is often overshadowed, but Peter Bratt’s film brings her out into the spotlight. Huerta remains committed to the cause to this day, even at age 87. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Huerta and Bratt and a post-reception on the patio. Tickets: Free with RSVP.

On Tuesday, The Wiltern screens the cult classic film, This Is Spinal Tap, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. In addition to the film, there will be a photo booth, food trucks and a full bar available. Tickets start at $15. There’s a VIP Backstage Rockin’ Tour for $50 $30 that also includes a private backstage tour, champagne toast and more.

PEN Center USA presents Wet Hot Arab-American Summer, a reading by Arab-American writers on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at CIELO Galleries in DTLA. Part of #90x90LA—90 literary and cultural events in 90 days—and in partnership with The Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), the event is hosted by Randa Jarrar. Featured readers include Laila Lalami, Stephanie Abraham, Conner Habib and Jennifer Jajeh.

Bumpers presents Sicker Sadder World live at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sicker Sadder World is a Daria rewatch podcast that “relives the nostalgia and messiness of high school, while exploring themes from the show that still resonate today.” Hosted by writers Brittany Ashley and Laura Zak, they’ll screen a selected episode and then invite guests, including writer and activist Gaby Dunn, to discuss. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis so make sure to get there early for the best seats. All ages. Free with RSVP.

The Playground is a new stand-up show hosted by Nina Daniels (IFC’s Maron) and Brianne Trosie (Funny or Die). This month, the show presents “Viral!” featuring Frankie Quinones, Moses Storm, Kurt Braunohler, Quinta B, Caroline Goldfarb and Charla Lauriston. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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KARMA TEQUILA (Drinks + music)
D’Vine Lounge Bar in DTLA presents Karma Tequila - Salsa Night on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Enjoy a free lineup of Karma Tequila tastings paired with complimentary small bites, followed by a free salsa class led by Jose Valencia from 8-9 p.m. DJ Charlie Antillon spins tunes throughout the night. Space is limited.

THE WENDY PROJECT (Graphic novel)
Writer Melissa Jane Osborne is at Book Soup on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. to talk about her new graphic novel, The Wendy Project, based on a web comic and comic book series. She’ll be in conversation with actress Christine Woods, about the book, which focuses on 16-year-old Wendy Davies. When she crashes her car and kills her youngest brother, the once-rational girl tells everyone that her brother is alive and in the custody of a mysterious flying boy. “Wendy negotiates fantasy and reality as students and adults around her resemble characters from Neverland. Given a sketchbook by her therapist, Wendy starts to draw.” What’s true and what’s not is part of Wendy’s journey of discovery.

Two jazz greats—Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington—play the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The Oscar®- and multiple Grammy®-winning pianist Hancock performs his latest works (with his next release set for release in 2018). L.A. native Kamasi Washington plays new music from his upcoming EP, Harmony of Difference, which will be released on Sept. 29. Washington performs with his band, a 24-piece orchestra and 15-voice choir. Tickets start at $15.


Red Bull Sound Select: Los Angeles returns to The Echo on Thursday night. The curated lineup includes LPX and rising artists Monogem and TÜLPA & BLANKTS. The show is 18+ and tickets are $3 for those who RSVP online before Aug. 24. Tickets: $10 at the door without an RSVP, with all proceeds going back to support the opening bands.

QUEEN MARY BARREL SERIES 2017 (Dinner + drinks)
Queen Mary Barrel Series features a five-course dinner paired with premium liquors. On Thursday at 6 p.m., the series features Herradura Tequila with five different tastings. The night culminates with an indulgent dessert and a premium cigar. Tickets: $130+.

AFROLICIOUS (Music + dance)
Afrolicious performs a free show on Thursday at 10 p.m. at Resident DTLA. Afrolicious began as a weekly party that mixed funk, disco and house with Caribbean, Latin and Afro rhythms. It’s morphed into a live act and DJ. Expect Myron (Stones Throw) and percussionist Aponte to perform along with other special guests. Free with RSVP. Ages 21+.

ROCK NIGHT OUT (Music + networking)
Rock Night Out connects rock music industry professionals and fans while providing a fresh innovative platform to “showcase brands, unconventional venues and upcoming local artists.” The next event is on Thursday at El Cid featuring the alternative rock tunes of grandson as well as a pop up vinyl shop from Cosmic Vinyl and artist Kii Arens selling some of his beautiful prints. Live muralist, too. Tickets: $8 advance, $10 day of show. 9 p.m.

Writers Ernest Hardy and Tisa Bryant are in conversation at the Hammer Museum on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Trouble in Mind... But I Won’t Be Blue Always is an exploration of black representation of “depression and distress, remedies and healing, and the resilience of joy in black life and culture” through film, television, music, social media and news. Free.

SO YOU DO COMEDY…? (Comedy + talk)
Chris Witaske’s monthly talk show So You Do Comedy…? returns to UCB Sunset on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m., with Witaske interviewing veteran comic Andy Dick about his start in the biz. Tickets: $7.

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