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20 Of Our Favorite Events in Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week. Check out other options in our July Guide, too.


The Montreal-based musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer—better known as Little Scream—plays on Monday night at Resident in DTLA. Little Scream plays in support of her second album Cult Following, which was released in May. Also performing: Miya Folick, Alina Bea. 8 pm. Tickets: $7-$10.

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The Sound of Silenceis a completely non-verbal comedy show hosted and produced by Dhruv Uday Singh. From UCB: “Not a word is spoken on stage from start to finish: all you'll hear is the roar of your own laughter!”

WRITE CLUB (Write fight)
Write Club LA is an evening of head-to-head literary competition among a group of writers: three rounds of two writers facing off on the opposing sides of a topic. The audience gets to choose a winner, who competes for cash—going to a charity of their choosing. The topic on Monday is “SPF-451” with the following in competition: Kristina Wong (SINK) v Crickett Rumley (SWIM); Jeff Dorchen (SUN) v J. Keith van Straaten (SHADE); Dylan Brody (SURF) v Tanya White (TURF). The battles begin at 7:30 pm at the Bootleg Theater, hosted by Justin Welborn and Paula Killen. Tickets: $10-20 (pay what you can, for the winner’s charity).

There’s a free screening ofE.T. the Extra-Terrestrialon Monday night upstairs at The Ace Hotel at 8:30 pm. The hotel’s screening films all summer long on Mondays and creating a special series of cinematically paired cocktails to match.

The electro-pop duo TeamMate begins its July residency at the Satellite on Monday night. Joining the bill this week are Battle Tapes, Alec Benjamin, BeLL and DJ B Starr. Free. Doors at 8:30 pm. 21+.


Landmark Theatres presents a special Michael Cimino Tribute screening of his epic western Heaven’s Gate (1980) on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. The recently restored 2013 Director's Cut will be shown, introduced by F.X. Feeney (film critic and friend of Cimino) will appear in person to introduce the screening. Tickets: $15.

Poets/authors Eileen Myles (Chelsea Girls; I Must be Living Twice) and Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts) have been friends and mutual influences for 20 years. In “Why I Write,” they’ll discuss and read from their latest works—Myles’ collection of old and new poems and Nelson’s memoir The Argonauts. 7:15 pm at the Central Library. Free. Online reservations are closed. Standby-tickets may be available.

IMPROV DIARY SHOW (Storytelling + comedy)
M.i.'s Westside Comedy Theater presents the Improv Diary Show (a storytelling/comedy show in the vein of Mortified) on Tuesday at 9 pm. Three people read from their teen diaries and then a team of improvisers turns the entries into hilarious scenes. This week’s readers are Alessia Costantini, Katrina Lofgren, a special guest, with the improv cast: Kiki Aldonis, Shaun Boylan, Sean Casey, Elaine Chu, Jeff Feazell, Mary Gutfleisch, Molly Haigh and Jon Thompson. Tickets: $5. Doors at 8:45 pm.

LA-based journalist and author Margaret Wappler reads from and discusses her debut novel, Neon Green, at Skylight Books on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. We hear it’s an alternative history novel about life in suburban Chicago in 1994—with aliens. She’ll be in conversation with comedian Guy Branum at the event.

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On Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 pm, the L.A. Civics Initiative presents a workshop to solve barriers to civic engagement and civic literacy in L.A. It’s hosted by Antioch University in Culver City (with a wine and cheese reception). The event is free, but parking costs $7 and is payable by cash or check. Register online.

WAXY WEDNESDAY (Listening party)
Iam8bit gallery recently opened its second location inside Button Mash’s arcade bar, and the gallery hosts a monthly vinyl listening and signing event, Waxy Wednesday, with video game music composers. On Wednesday, Lifeformed (who composed the music for the Dustforce game) does a signing from 8 to 9 pm and a short performance from 9-10 pm.

VENUS AND THE MOON (Record release show)
Venus and the Moon (Frally Hynes and Rain Phoenix) perform at the Hotel Cafe on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Hotel Cafe to celebrate the release of the new album Brother, Son (out July 15). The LA-based band plays “Galactic Country” and will be joined by Chris Still and Ane Diaz. Advance tickets: $12. Ages 21+.

The Grove’s Summer Concert Series continues this week on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 pm with Phases and Atlas Genius. Free.

DOG DAY EVENING (Canine party)
The Downtown Center Business Improvement District and The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels present the Annual Dog Day Evening at The Cathedral in DTLA on Wednesday from 6-9 pm. Bring your dogs friends for a night of mingling, music, pet vendors, pet adoptions, giveaways and more. Pets must be on a leash and well-behaved. Food and drinks by Levy Restaurants will be available for purchase. Free with RSVP. $8 parking at the Cathedral.


American Cinematheque presents Local Shorts on Thursday night at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre. It’s the fifth annual screening of shorts in the comedy, drama, animation, documentary genres. A discussion with the filmmakers ends the evening. Tickets: $11.

Santa Monica’s free Twilight Concert Series continues on Thursday night from 7-10 pm at the Santa Monica Pier. Performing this week are Børns and Porches.

KM Fine Arts presents the exhibition Perception, the first L.A. solo show of New York- based hyperrealist sculptor Carole A. Feuerman. The show opens on Thursday with a reception from 7-9 pm and runs through Aug. 20. “Museum size, life-sized, and monumental works will be featured alongside a selection of her new diamond-dust silkscreens created for the exhibition. Feuerman's iconic hyper-realistic swimmers and divers will be included, paired with new bronze works from her dancer series.” The opening reception on Thursday features performances by dancers Mariusz Kujawski and Emma Fitzsimmons. Please RSVP to attend the opening reception.

PEANUT BUTTER WOLF (Music + anniversary party)
On Thursday at the Hammer Museum, LA-based Stones Throw Records also celebrates its 20th anniversary. There’s a set from record label founder/DJ Peanut Butter Wolf who’s t asked Mndsgn to perform tracks off of his debut album Yawn Zen. KCRW DJ Mathieu Schreyer also spins tunes at the beginning of the night. 6:30-10:30 pm. Free.

BASTILLE DAY (Food + drink)
Bouchon in Beverly Hills celebrates Bastille Day with French food, music, wine and more. Visit Bar Bouchon from 4-8 pm to sample foods on the outdoor grill with a special menu of small celebratory plates du jour.

IN THE RED RECORDS (Music + anniversary party)
The local indie label In The Red Records celebrates its 25th anniversary with a series of all ages shows at the Echo and Echoplex (Thursday to Saturday) featuring bands from the label’s history. Scheduled to perform are garage rocker The Gories, The Oblivians, the Hunches, Boss Hog, Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin, GØGGS (Ty Segall's new band playing its first show), Wand, Meatbodies, CFM, Zig-Zags, Lamps, The Side Eyes and many others. We hear the three-day passes are sold out, but single-day tickets start at $21.50.

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