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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.


New Order plays the Hollywood Bowl on Monday night with special guest Goldfrapp at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32. This is a lease event, so you can’t bring booze into the Bowl, but must buy it inside instead.

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THE​ ​MO​ ​SHOW​ (Variety)
The MO Showreturns on Tuesday at 8 p.m. to The Virgil. Hosted by comic Mo Welch, the monthly variety show features stand-ups, performers and interviews conducted by Welch. Guests this month: Langston Kerman (Insecure), Carly Usdin (author of Hi-Fi Fight Club), Beth Stelling (Netflix/Comedy Central) and musical guest Erin and MeLissa. The show is free, but RSVP needed.

VIVA L’ITALIA (Wine-tasting + dinner)
On Tuesday from 7-10 p.m., Officine Brera hosts Viva L'Italia, a two-part dinner for $150. The night opens with a wine tasting of Italian wines led by sommelier Francine Diamond-Ferdinandi, followed by a rustic North Italian wine-paired dinner from Chef Angelo Auriana. Items include shrimp carpaccio with passion fruit burrata, braised beef guanciale. Reservations required.

MY DIARY (Storytelling)
Lindsay Ames’ My Diary show returns to UCB Sunset on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. Hosted by Ames, she brings together comedians, actors, artists, athletes and others who’ll explore their old diaries through standup, storytelling, sketch, videos and more. This week’s lineup: Jon Gabrus, David Wright, Ahmed Bharoocha, Lee Newton and Jimmy Fowlie. Tickets: $7.


(Photo: Installation view of Depart Foundation's 'Sea Sick in Paradise' showing Barry McGee, Untitled, 2017, photo by Jeff McLane, courtesy Depart Foundation, the artist, and Ratio 3, San Francisco.)
Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Finnegan (Barbarian Days) is in conversation with artist Barry McGee, in the discussion Endless Waves, Barbarian Days: Surfing, Writing & Art on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Moderated by Jon Christensen, professor at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies at UCLA, the event takes place at the DEPART Foundation in Malibu Village.

The Corner Collective Art Pop Up @UCB Inner Sanctum takes place on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset. The art / comedy pop-up event benefits My Friend’s Place, and showcases photography, art and design pieces created by artists from the homeless youth organization, with 80 percent of all proceeds going directly to the young artists. Teams from UCB perform short sets throughout the evening. Free.

On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, the Tuesday Night Project presents the next installment of the Tuesday Night Cafe—one of the longest running free art series in DTLA—at the Aratani Courtyard/Union Center for the Arts. The series is dedicated to highlighting the work of visual and performing artists from the LA and Asian American community, and tonight’s show is hosted by the hilarious Kristina Wong. The lineup’s not too shabby either, featuring Grenny and Jace, Jenny Yang, Alison De La Cruz, Whisper Rooms and D'Lo.

MHD (Music)
22-year-old Mohamed Sylla—better known as MHD—a half Guinean and half Senegalese rapper from Paris, plays The Fonda Theatre on Tuesday night. MHD’s credited with creating Afrotrap, a music genre that mixes African instrumentation and trap beats. His 2016 self-titled debut went to #2 on the French charts and has since gone double platinum. Doors at 8 p.m. Tickets from $28.

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POETAS POTION (Spoken word)
Poetas Potion: a night of poesía y palabra takes place on Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Beta Main in DTLA. The evening features local poets brought together by Alma Rosa, founder of Frijolera Press; music by the Vinyl Frontier Crew, a collective of womyn and gender nonconforming DJs spinning cumbia and funk. The night celebrates L.A.’s Chicana community and complements the museum’s current exhibition, Star Montana: I Dream of Los Angeles. Free admission, no RSVP required.

Cute Puppy is a live comedy show that takes place on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. at the Hollywood Improv (in the Lab). On the bill: Selene Luna, Deven Green, Movses Shakarian, Nadya Ginsburg and Sarah Hyland. Tickets: $10.

Zola Jesus plays The Regent on Wednesday night in support of her sixth studio album, Okovi (the Slovak word for “shackles”). Cold Showers opens the night. Tickets: $15.50 in advance, $23 day of show. Ages 18+. 8 p.m.


The U.K.’s Glass Animals headlines the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday night. Kacy Hill and Amber Mark open the night. The show is all ages. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets: $18.50-$60.50.

SMART, FUNNY & BLACK (Comedy + fundraiser)
Comedian/actress Amanda Seales (HBO’s Insecure) presents and hosts a special edition of her monthly game show, Smart, Funny & Black, on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Nerdmelt. The show celebrates black culture and history and this week’s edition doubles as a fundraiser and/or in-kind donation event for hurricane victims. Guests are Grammy-winning recording artists Estelle and Melanie Fiona. Tickets: $12.

The 9th annual DTLA Film Festival, returns on Thursday to L.A. Live, running through Sept. 30. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Movies. Not Walls,” the festival hosts the first Enemy Nations Film Series, which includes films from the countries labeled by presidential tweets and immigration initiatives as enemies of the state. Opening the festival on Thursday night is A Thousand Junkies, which marks the feature film directorial debut from Tommy Swerdlow (Cool Runnings, Little Giants, and Snow Dogs). The festival screens more than 100 films, including 30 features, all of them making their Los Angeles premieres. Tickets: $15-$25. Passes available.

YOUBLOOM LA (Music Fest + Conference)
YouBloom LA is a music festival and conference taking over venues in Northeast LA and Pasadena from Thursday through Saturday. The conference features music industry networking, panels, master classes and a keynote from music manager Andy Gould. The nightly showcases feature more than 90 artists/bands in six venues; La Cuevita, Highland Park Bowl, The Hi Hat, Griffin’s of Kinsale, Old Towne Pub and Offbeat Bar. The Summit is an all-age event. Other than Griffins of Kinsale, all gig venues are 21+. Tickets to the Summit are $75-$150. Nightly shows are either free or $5.

While the full Comedy Comedy Festival takes a break this year, organizers are putting on two shows this week. On Thursday, there’s a Storytelling Show at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20+ fees. On Saturday, there's a Disoriented AF Storytelling Show at The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, but it's already sold out.

(Film + music)

The musicianBørns takes over the Rooftop Cinema Club (Montalban) screening series to present one of his all-time favorite films, The Big Lebowski on Thursday at 8 p.m. He’ll also debut two of his own pieces, which he directed: “The Search for the Lost Sounds” and the music video for his newest single, “Faded Heart.” Tickets: $19-$29.

PCMA 1234 (Art + performance)
PMCA 1234: Free Third Thursday Evening (& Then Some) returns to the Pasadena Museum of California Art this week from 5-8 p.m. The night features free admission, extended hours and the program: Latino Los Angeles Reading with writers from Red Hen Press. Free.

Bob’s Burgers presents Beef Relief, a special benefit for the International Rescue Committee, with all proceeds going to famine relief in Yemen and refugee resettlement in L.A. on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Largo. Hosted by Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher), the night features other performers from the FOX series, including Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher), Andy Kindler (Mort), Will Forte (Mr. Grant), Ron Funches (Horseplay), Zach Galifianakis (Felix/Chet) and Laura Silverman (Andy), along with a special appearance from Jon Lovett (Pod Save America). Tickets: $100-$500.

Horse Thief BBQ and Beer Garden on the patio of Downtown L.A.’s Grand Central Market, continues its Tap Takeover series on Thursday from 5-10 p.m., featuring guests taps from Glendale’s Brewyard Beer Co.

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