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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.


DineLA starts on Monday and runs through July 31. The food and dining event entices eaters into sampling a diversity of cuisines with prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus from dozens of L.A.’s best restaurants, from 1 Pico @ Shutters on the Beach to Ziran.

WEST SIDE STORY (Archival screening)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents its latest screening series, Archival Revival - 25 Years of the Academy Film Archive. It opens on Monday at 7:30 pm with West Side Story (1961) in 70mm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. In person: actors George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn and Maria Jimenez Henley and producer Walter Mirisch. The series ends on Sept. 12. Tickets: $5.

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Disney-land is a late night standup comedy show with five of L.A.’s best up-and-coming comics at El Cid on Monday night. The show’s hosted by Charles Disney and features Jess Rowland, Kristal Adams, Megan Kuhlmann, Long You and Ethan Stanislawski. 10 pm. $5 cover, no drink minimum.


VICTORY LAP (Variety + Comedy)
The Victory Lap comedy/variety show returns to the Virgil with a new format: A favorite performer brings in their friends for a night of fun. On Tuesday at 8 pm, David Huntsberger (Not Safe with Nikki Glaser) is joined by Jon Dore (Not Safe with Nikki Glaser), Doug Mellard (My Favorite Murder Podcast) and others. The night’s hosted by Katie Crown & Davey Johnson. The show is free.

On Tuesday at 9 pm, NerdMelt Showroom presents a Historical Roast of Jackie Robinson—the man who broke down barriers in pro baseball. Comic will roasting the legend include Darien Sills-Evans, Michael D'Bey, Ever Mainard, Nate Craig, Anyi Malik, Chelse Greux, and hosts Eddie Furth and Ryan Pigg. Tickets: $8-10.


LUH (Music)
Red Bull Sound Select Presents is a monthly music series that pairs both established and local, up-and-coming acts. Headliner Luh and rising artists On An On and Oyster Kids play the Echo on Tuesday night. Luh—Ellery James Roberts (formerly of WU LYF) and his creative/romantic partner/visual artist Ebony Hoorn—released its debut Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing in May. The show is 21+ and tickets are $3 for those who RSVP by 6 pm on Tuesday (up to capacity), and $12 at the door without an RSVP. Proceeds help support the opening band. Tickets: $3 with RSVP or $10 without RSVP (no presale, tix at the door).

SUPER SERIOUS SHOW (Comedy + variety)
For the past six years, The Super Serious Show presents a mashup of standup, sketch comedy, videos and more. This week, there’s an anniversary show at the Virgil on Wednesday at 8 pm with Jimmy Pardo, Ian Abramson, Lisa Best, The Sklar Brothers, Monika Scott, Reggie Watts and a short film by Andy Landen. Tickets: $7.

Vinnie Caruana (frontman for punk bands like The Movielife and I am The Avalanche) plays Los Globos on Wednesday night in support of his first solo full length album, which showcases a folk-inspired punk vibe. Family Thief and Hideouts open the night. Tickets: $12-$15. 7 pm. This event is all ages.

The Hollywood Bowl presents the first Jazz at the Bowl concert of the season on Wednesday at 8 pm.Yes We Can Can is an evening that celebrates the musical legacy of the late, great Allen Toussaint. On the bill are New Orleans legends: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, The Allen Toussaint Band (with Toussaint’s son Clarence "Reginald" Toussaint on percussion), Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville and Galactic. Tickets: $1-$151.

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NYC's neo-soul, sibling duo Lawrence plays The Satellite on Wednesday night. Western Scene opens. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $12-$15.

ART 41 (Group art show)
Art 41 gallery opens its first group art show on Wednesday at 7 pm, featuring the work of three local artists: Mark Jacobs, Angela Whitworth and Gabriel Gault. The art space is located inside the newly renovated 41 Ocean Club in Santa Monica. Free, but RSVP to get on the guest list by Tuesday:

Rhône Valley Wines presents the event A Land of Wines and Festivalson Wednesday night at Wanderlust Hollywood from 7-10 pm. The walk-around wine tasting presents 20 selections of from the Rhône Valley in Southern France. Complementing the wine tasting is a performing arts festival with live music, performances and canapés, specifically designed to complement the selected wines. Sommeliers Matthew Kaner of Bar Covell and Augustine Wine Bar and Jonathan Cristaldi, wine educator leads guests through the wines, fêtes and history of this dynamic region. Tickets: $60.


FRUIT (Art show)
On Thursday from 7-10 pm, there’s an opening reception for the group art show Fruit at La-La Land Gallery. More than a dozen artists are featured, including Kii Arens (owner of the gallery), Shag, Oliver Hibert, Steve Ellis, Mark Kostabi, Anthony Ausgang, Martin Ontiveros, Janee Meadows, Chris Reccardi, Daniel Gibson, Dan Stiles, Christophe Gilland, David Medel, Aarah Aizman, Addie Hamilton, Mike Davis, Savanna Snow, Shoko Yanagisawa, Matthew Bone, Alyssa Burke and Nazish Chunara. There’ll be a DJ, fruit stand and drinks at the show.

Comics Unloaded is a benefit at the Westside Comedy Theater on Thursday night at 8. Comedians have banded together for this show to raise money to end gun violence. A partial list of participants include: Matt Knudsen (Key & Peele, Workaholics), Asif Ali (TBS's Wrecked, NBC's Mr. Robinson), Jamie Kaler (My Boys, Robot Chicken), Dana Powell (Bridesmaids, Modern Family), a special guest and many more. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Tickets: $35.

Santa Monica’s free Twilight Concert Series continues on Thursday night from 7-10 pm at the Santa Monica Pier. Hosted by KCRW DJ Marion Hodges, this week's featured bands are The Psychedelic Furs and Day Wave.

On Thursday, the music series Disappear Here: Music Made in L.A. continues at the Hammer Museum. There’s a set from Ceci Bastida who brings her blend of Latin, electronica, rock, hip-hop and social commentary. KCRW's Anthony Valadez opens the night with a DJ set. 6:30-10:30 pm. Free.

Fester is a film screening series specializing in plot-twisting, genre-bending movies that aren’t on Netflix, iTunes or anywhere else. The next installment is on Thursday at the California Institute of Abnormalarts in North Hollywood featuring Chris J. Miller's new low-budget horror film Mortuary Massacre with shorts by from Valerian Zamel and Darren Coyle. Doors at 8:15 pm, screening at 8:45 pm. Tickets: $10.

The Skirball launches its annual Sunset Concerts series on Thursday night with Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. The band brings its mix of folk, bluegrass, chamber pop, hip-hop, electronic music and funk. The Sunset Concerts are always free and begin at 8 pm, with DJs kicking things off at 7 pm. Parking at the Skirball is $10 per car (cash only).

The Minneapolis garage rockers Soul Asylum play the Whisky a GoGo on Thursday night in support of the band’s newly released album Change of Fortune. Also on the bill: Wild Roses and Talia.

NOW FESTIVAL (Music + performance)
REDCAT presents the 13th annual New Original Works (NOW) Festival, a three-week celebration L.A.’s vibrant performing art community. This year’s festival begins on Thursday and runs Thursday to Saturday at 8:30 pm over three weekends: July 21-23, July 28-30 and August 4-6 at 8:30 pm. Each weekend features three new works that encompass dance, theater and multimedia work. Program One features the works: Jeepneys, White Boy Scream Micaela, Miko Revdereza: Body Ship; Rebecca Bruno and Mak Kern: Forest and Emily Mast: The Cage is a Stage.

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