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Your Ultimate Guide To September: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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Fall's just around the corner, but the happenings aren't slowing down at all. We found a number of notable events in Septembee to help plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.

Sept. 5-28

ART: La Luz de Jesus Gallery holds opening receptions for two shows on Sept. 5 from 8-11 pm. The Coaster Show (an Annual L.A. Beer Week Tie-In Show), featuring art on drink coasters. Hundreds of tiny works will be on view and on sale for $250 and under. The second show is On the Fringe of the Mundane, a solo exhibition by Harold Fox. Both exhibitions will be on view through Sept. 28.

Sept. 6

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PROHIBITION BALL: The Culver Hotel celebrates its 90th anniversary by throwing a Prohibition Ball on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the hotel from 8 pm to 1 am. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails, passed bites, play blackjack and other games and enjoy burlesque entertainment and more. Tickets: $90 and 1920s attire is a must.

Sept. 6-15

TV PREVIEWS: 2014 PaleyFest: Fall TV Previews with early screenings and panel discussions with some of the fall’s most anticipated premieres run Sept. 6-15 at the center in Beverly Hills. Things kick off with the CW shows on Sept. 6 with screenings of Jane the Virgin and The Flash, followed by a panel with cast and creatives of both shows. Check the lineup for other network panels and screenings. Tickets: $20-$80.

Sept. 6-18

ART: Painter and muralist Gronk has his first solo exhibition, Ruins, at the Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica from Sept. 6-Oct 18. There’s an artist’s talk on Sept. 13 at 4:30 pm, followed by the opening reception from 5-7 pm.

Sept. 7

CICLAVIA EXPLORES: CicLAvia continues its series of extension events between big bike rides on Sept. 7 with the program CicLAvia Explores Broadway. From 1-6 pm, participants can take advantage of open houses of the Bradbury Building, Million Dollar Theatre and walking tours of the area led by CicLAvia director Aaron Paley. Grand Central Market partners with Metro to offer discounts to TAP card holders, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID holders, too. (Provide an email at the info desk and get a $2 token for any food and non-alcoholic drink vendor in the Market.) The evening ends with a benefit screening of Mulholland Drive at the Million Dollar Theatre. Tickets for the screening: $10.

Sept. 10-21

THEATER FEST: Live Arts Exchange (LAX) is dedicated to showcasing emerging Los Angeles theater artists and performances. The festival, which is being held at the Bootleg Theater, incorporates works of contemporary theater and dance, film/video, animation and surprises. The opening party on Sept. 11 at 8 pm features more than 40 performers, artists and musicians. Tickets for the opening event: $20.

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Sept. 12-14

FILM FEST: LA EigaFest 2014 is a festival that showcases the best of contemporary Japanese cinema and includes premieres, galas, screenings, panels, a street fair and a short-film competition. Held at the Egyptian Theatre, the festival opens with Lupin the Third and closes with the Japanese blockbuster Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno. In between, there’s a Godzilla double-feature, pairing the 1954 version with the 2014 film. Tickets: $5-$35.

Sept. 12-14

GREEN FESTIVAL: The Green Festival comes to the LA Convention Center, featuring 200 local exhibitors showing and selling all things green and sustainable. In addition to the vendors, there’s also a yoga pavilion, beer & wine garden, pet adoptions and technology to test out. Tickets and pass: $10-$30.

Sept. 13, 20, 27 and Oct. 4

ART PERFORMANCE: Step and Repeat is a new performance series at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The museum returns to live arts programming, putting an emphasis on a multidisciplinary program of performance art, music, comedy and poetry. The Saturday events run from 6-11 pm with doors at 5:30 pm. General admission: $20.

Sept. 14

TASTE OF VENICE: For one afternoon only 3-7:30 pm, P.S. ARTS presents A Taste of Venice, an event in which Venice’s chefs create for a good cause. The event consists of three courses: The Opening Celebration, the Tasting Tour, and the Post Reception. Guests are divided into groups of 25 led by a local “Tastemaker.” The Opening Celebration features food, cocktails, silent auction and entertainment. The tasting tour includes samples from Abbot Kinney restaurants. The Post reception features coffee, treats and drinks. Tickets: $125 with sale proceeds supporting P.S. ARTS’ arts education programs.

Sept. 16

TASTE OF PASADENA: If you’d rather taste Pasadena then Venice, A Taste of Old Pasadena is being held on Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 5:30-9 pm. For $30, visit any of the participating restaurants (maps will be provided) during a self-guided tasting tour.

Sept. 19-Oct. 5

AxS FEST: The Pasadena Arts Council presents the AxS Festival—exploring the nexus of art and science—at various venues throughout the city. The theme is Curiosity and just two of the highlights are The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House: Open House and 10,000 Peacock Feathers in Foaming Acid by Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand | Lucky Dragons. Some festival events are free, others are ticketed. Check the website for the entire lineup.

Sept. 20

TARFEST: Tarfest—the arts and culture festival along the Miracle Mile—celebrates its 12th year this year. The free, all ages festival runs from 1-8 pm and features performances in the La Brea Tar Pits by headliners Hunter Hunted, The Moth & The Flame, DNTWN, Tapioca & The Flea and The Dead Ships. Local artists Greg “Craola” Simkins, Nicola Verlato and DevNGosha will be live painting. Food trucks confirmed include The Grilled Cheese Truck, Baby’s Badass Burgers and Sky’s Gourmet Tacos. Lagunitas Biergarten and the Little Bar Wine Bar are providing the libations.

Sept. 20-28

BEER WEEK: Now in its sixth year, LA Beer Week takes over the city later this month. The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild’s opening event on Sept. 20 is being held in Chinatown this year, focusing on local products and brewers. Enjoy unlimited samplings of more than three dozen craft beers. Food will be available for purchase from local vendors and food trucks. Tickets: $45-$390.

Sept. 20-Feb. 2, 2015

ART: MOCA Grand Avenue presentsAndy Warhol: Shadows from Sept. 20-Feb. 2, 2015. The exhibition showcases Warhol’s 102-part series of silkscreened canvases from 1978-79. “Installed edge to edge, the series of abstract panels—once referred to by Warhol as "disco décor"—create a haunting, environmental ensemble.”

Sept. 21-April 26, 2015

GERMAN CINEMA/ART: LACMA in collaboration with La Cinémathèque Française, presents Haunted Screens: German Cinema in the 1920s. The exhibition explores the height of German Expressionist film history through a 250 objects, including film clips, photographs, posters, ephemera and cameras.

Sept. 26-27

MUSIC FEST: Newport Folk’s Way Over Yonder Festivalreturns to the Santa Monica Pier for two days of music on two stages. Headliners include Local Natives, Lucinda Williams, Jackson Browne and Jamestown Revival. Day passes: $37.50-$85 (depending on the day). Passes: $80-$140.

Sept. 26-28

PODCAST FEST: Now in its third year, the Los Angeles Podcast Festival returns with three days of live comedy podcast recordings, panels and parties culminating a Saturday night stand-up show. Confirmed podcasts and talent include WTF with Marc Maron, Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler, Never Not Funny with Jimmy Pardo, RISK! with Kevin Allison, The X-Files Files with Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Raydio with Jonah Ray, Walking the Room with Dave Anthony and Greg Behrendt, improv4humans with Matt Besser, The Todd Glass Show, The Dana Gould Hour and The JV Club with Janet Varney. All events take place at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills. Tickets: $29-$59 (depending on the day) and passes start at $99.

Sept. 26-28

ITALIAN FEST: The Feast of San Gennaro —a celebration of Italian food and culture in Hollywood—gives you an excuse to eat as much gluten and carbs as you wish. Play bocce and bingo, listen to music, and pig out on Italian fare. Things kick off on Friday night with the Prima Notte celebration beginning at 5 pm. Adult general admission: $5.

Sept. 27

CHOCOLATE: The 8th Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon takes over the Pasadena Convention Center. Chocolate fans can taste and experience artisan and gourmet chocolate from such purveyors as Marco Paolo Chocolates, Valenza Chocolatier, Mignon Chocolate Boutique, David Bacco Chocolatier and more. Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 at the door.

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