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20 Of Our Favorite Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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


The LA Film Festival continues this week with several screenings including the special advanced screening of Annabelle: Creation at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday night at 8 pm. What could go wrong with bunch of orphans, a nun, a dollmaker and his wife and a possessed doll, right? Tickets: $16.

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The Television Academy Foundation and Netflix present The Power of TV: A Conversation with Norman Lear and One Day at a Time on Monday at 7 pm. The public event celebrates the 20-year history of of the Foundation’s Archive of American Television aka The Interviews: An Oral History of Television. The night includes a discussion with creator Norman Lear and the cast of Netflix's One Day at a Time, who trace the pro-social themes in Lear’s work. Joining Lear are co-creators and executive producers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, and stars Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz and Stephen Tobolowsky. Tickets: $15.

The award-winning Australian comedy group, Aunty Donna, is currently on their first North American Theatre tour. They perform their alternative sketch comedy for L.A.—in a show aptly titled, Aunty Donna: New Show—on Monday and Tuesday. At Largo at the Coronet. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $30.


LIZ VICE (Music)
Liz Vice plays an early set at 7 pm on Tuesday at The Hotel Cafe. The Portland, Ore.,-based performer sings a blend of gospel and ‘60s soul.

LA Beer Week continues with anEast Side Flight Challenge at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood from 6-10 pm. The competition features four beers each from Arts District Brewing Co., Eagle Rock and Mumford. Drinkers get to sample flights from the three breweries and decide the winner.

CEPHALOPOD WEEK (Science talk + puppets)
Atlas Obscura partners with Science Friday to celebrate Cephalopod Week (squid, octopus, nautilus, etc.) for talks, short films and underwater puppets at Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Co-presented by The Cinefamily, the event also features a Q&A with Science Friday’s Senior Radio Producer and an octopus-wrangling aquarist from the Aquarium of the Pacific. 7-9 pm. Tickets: $25.

THE MO SHOW (Comedy + variety)
The Mo Show is a monthly variety show at the Virgil that features stand-up comedy, music and interviews hosted by Mo Welch. This month’s Mo Show is free and takes place on Tuesday night at 8 pm. The lineup includes Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sam Richardson (Veep), musician Jenny Owen-Youngs and others. Doors at 7:30 pm.


The Arts Must Go On is a group exhibition that opens at Laura Korman Gallery at Bergamot Station on Wednesday and runs until Aug. 16. The show benefits the Frostig Collection, a series of works created by well-known artists to help children with learning disabilities, Asperger’s and high-functioning autism. The exhibition also marks the final show for the gallery in this space.NAOMI KLEIN: NO IS NOT ENOUGH (Book talk)
On Wednesday at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books and the Wilshire Ebell Theatre team up to present author, activist journalist Naomi Klein at the Ebell. She’ll discuss her latest book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need (Haymarket Books), with actor-producer Brit Marling (The OA). Tickets: $10 or $25 which includes a pre-signed copy of No Is Not Enough.

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To celebrate summer, Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks presents a Summer Sour Festival on Wednesday night, focusing on 12 varieties of locally sourced sour beer. The tap list features Phantom Carriage’s Barrel Aged Broadacres with Boysenberry; Eagle Rock’s Yearling, Almanac’s Nectarine Cobbler and others. Special bites include: Not Your Mama's PB&J (Cashew Butter, Grilled Figs, Fontina Cheese) and Pork Belly Tacos (with a Stonefruit Salsa, Habanero-White Peach Hot Sauce.

Good Looks, a stand-up comedy show held every first and third Wednesdays at UCB Franklin, features a stellar lineup this week on Wednesday at 8 pm. Hosted by Ian Karmel and Andrew Michaan, Good Looks includes Moshe Kasher, Brent Weinbach, Aisling Bea, Ron Lynch and David Venhuizen. Tickets: $7. All ages.

Downtown Culver City’s has its 6th annual Spiked Lemonade Tasting on Wednesday night from 5-9 pm. The night is part of the city’s Third Wednesdays series, so look for the balloons in the downtown area to find participating businesses. Check in at any one to pick up your “Third Wednesday Passport”—then get it stamped each time you sample a ‘spiked lemonade. Decide who has the best version in town. Virgin options available.


Twilight Concert Series opens its 2017 season with a concert featuring headliner Khalid with Bibi Bourelly on the Santa Monica Pier. 7 pm. Free.

!!! (CHK CHK CHK) (Music)
The dance-punk band !!! (Chk Chk Chk) plays the Echoplex on Thursday night. The band’s currently touring in support of the release, Shake The Shudder. Honus Honus and Sego open the night. Tickets: $15.50 advance, $22 day of show. 8:30 pm. Ages 18+.

CHICAS TACOS (Anniversary party)
Chicas Tacos celebrates its one-year anniversary on Thursday with a big backlot fiesta in DTLA from 5-9 pm. The taqueria holds a Baja Market LA and features cuisine from Baja Mexico’s Valle De Guadalupe. Chef Eduardo Ruiz teams with Chef Omar Valenzuela (Encuentro Guadalupe) for a menu of special garden tacos as well as pours from wineries/breweries, book signing from author Bill Esparza, custom Tacocidal Tendencies shirts and live music. Tickets: $15 or $20 at the door.

FIGHT CLUB W/ LIVE SCORE (Screening + live score)
There’s a screening of David Fincher’s Fight Club on Thursday night at 8 pm at the Wiltern. The film’s accompanied by a live musical score performed by multi-instrumentalist Angel Roche, Eric Klerks on guitar and bass, Damon Ramirez on the synths and film composer Zoë Poledouris-Roche (of Conan The Barbarian, Bully). Doors at 7 pm. Ages 18+ and full bar available with ID. Tickets: $30 (GA Floor and GA Mezzanine); $40 for Loge and VIP $50.

Red Bull Sound Select presents a night of electronic music with emerging artists Montell2099 and Hex Cougar, who perform at the Belasco Theater on Thursday night. Special guests are on the bill, too, in a night of music curated by Brownies & Lemonade. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $3 with RSVP.

The GLAS Animation Festival from Berkeley holds a special screening event on Thursday at 7:30 pm at the Downtown Independent. The organizers present a retrospective of the work of Swiss animation legend Georges Schwizgebel. From the GLAS Festival: “His structural animations are composed like complex musical scores with a dizzying Escher-like recursivity. A Schwizgebel film will spin around you and sneak up on you, as your grip on its form gets increasingly shaken. He is truly an unparalleled voice in animation history and his films bring the use of the frame and the cycle to an entirely new conceptual level.” Tickets: $12.

The comedy website now has an IRL counterpart in a stand-up show at the Nerdmelt Showroom on Thursday at 9 pm. Hosted by Alex Schmidt of Cracked, the lineup includes Nicole Byer, Karen Kilgariff, Caitlin Gill, Liam McEneaney and Josh Sargent. Tickets are $10.

Silver Lake Picture Show’s free screening series opens its sixth season this week with Cool Runnings on Thursday at the Sunset Triangle Plaza. The screening is free and open to the public and starts at sundown. DJ starts playing music at 7 pm so get there early and bring a blanket and a picnic.

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