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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.


The PaleyFest: Fall TV Previews continues in Beverly Hills through Thursday this week, featuring screenings and panel discussions with some of the fall’s most anticipated show premieres. On Monday, Paley welcomes the cast and creatives behind the new CBS medical drama, Pure Genius, including Dermot Mulroney, Augustus Prew, Odette Annable, Reshma Shetty, Aaron Jennings, Ward Horton, Brenda Song, and executive producers Jason Katims and Michelle Lee. General admission tickets start at $20.

FRINGE (Comedy)
Fringe, an underground comedy show, is at the Public House on Vermont on Monday at 10 pm. Hosted by Kara Klenk, the lineup features Carmen Lynch (Letterman, Ferguson, Conan); Clare O'Kane (Viceland's Flophouse); Jason Carlos Sáenz (Live at Gotham, JFL New Faces) and Casey Ley (SF Weekly's Best Comic in SF, Moontower). Free pizza and beer to boot. Admission is free, but the do pass the bucket around for suggested donations of $7.

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Musician and artist Joseph Arthur plays The Troubadour on Monday night in support of his latest album, The Family. Doors at 8 pm and opener Reuben Hollebon takes to the stage at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $20.

Ventura Beer Week, which began on Sunday (Sept. 11) is a seven-day celebration of craft beer that ends next weekend with the 8th Annual California Beer Festival. On Monday, Rookees Sports Bar presents NorCal vs. SoCal Breweries; on Friday, there’s a Food & Beer Pairing Competition and the California Beer Festival is on Saturday, with many more events happening throughout the week.


The Minders bring its rock and orchestral pop sounds to the Satellite on Tuesday night. The band is on tour with Into the River, its first full-length release in nearly eight years. Vasas and Clifflight open the show. Doors at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $10-$12.

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA (Documentary)
On Tuesday, the International Documentary Association screens the documentary O.J.: Made in America. Parts 1-4 screen beginning at noon (with intermissions) and part 5 begins at 7:30 pm, all at The Landmark in West L.A. After the last screening, there will be a conversation with director/producer Ezra Edelman. The screenings are free, but RSVPs required.

The Cur-ATE dinner series at LACMA continues on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm with The Culinary Avant-Garde. Explore the museum after hours while learning about the evolution of modern art with tour guide Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites. After the art viewing, guests will enjoy a four-course meal created by Chef Fernando Darin who will will use food to “recreate some of the works of art viewed. Artists will include Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Rene Magritte.” Tickets: $90-$100. Wine and speciality cocktails available at additional cost.

The Petty Fest takes place on Tuesday (sold out) and Wednesday at The Fonda Theatre to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. The concert proceeds will benefit the Refuge Foundation of the Arts. Performers (with different lineups each day) include house band the Cabin Down Below Band; starring Norah Jones, Jakob Dylan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant, Dhani Harrison, Summer Moon ft. Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Cameron Avery of Tame Impala, Lissie, Danny Masterson, Stephen Perkins, Nikki Lane, Brett Dennen, The Pierces,Cory Chisel, Big Black Delta, Jonathan Tyler, The Shelters, Justin Warfield of She Wants Revenge,Eric Pulido of Midlake, Elvis Perkins, Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara, Adriel Denae, J-Council and surprise special guests. 8:30 pm. All ages. $27.50 - $57.50.

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts screens alumna Naoko Ogigami’s film Kamome Diner (Ruokala lokki) in honor of its 10th anniversary on Tuesday night at 7 at The Ray Stark Family Theatre. Written and directed by Ogigami and based on the novel by Yoko Mure, the film follows the adventures of a Japanese woman, who opens a Japanese eatery in Helsinki, and two friends who help her out. “The diner attracts only patrons with problems, all finding comfort in Sachie’s conversation and tasty cuisine.” Free admission, but RSVPs required.

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One Last Joke with Kyle Kinane: A Stand-Up Comedy Show is at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in Silver Lake on Tuesday at 8:30 pm. Hosted by Jake Cannon, the new show stars Kinane, Jay Light, John Parr, Greg Gonzales, Danielle Soto, Casey Moran and Michael Maryanoff. Tickets: $5.


Grouplove plays a free set at Amoeba in Hollywood at 6 pm on Wednesday to support the band’s new album Big Mess. Buy a copy of the album at Amoeba for guaranteed admission to the performance and a limited-edition "Grouplove - Live at Amoeba" poster. Lineups at 4 pm. Later that night at 9 pm, the band plays El Cid in Silver Lake. To get into the show, you need an access code from buying Big Mess online. Tickets: $20. Grouplove next plays L.A. on Oct. 7 at The Palladium.

The Hollywood Bowl presents Sing the Truth and a Tribute to Natalie Cole on Wednesday night at 8 pm. Five contemporary female vocalists celebrate the music of four icons - Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Eartha Kitt and Natalie Cole. Performances by Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Terri Lyne Carrington, Judith Hill & Ledisi, and special guest Freddy Cole. Tickets: $9-$101.

Snowden, Oliver Stone’s latest political thriller about Edward Snowden, stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scott Eastwood and Shailene Woodley. There’s an advance screening on Wednesday at 7:30 pm at Arclight Hollywood, followed by a Q&A live streamed from New York with Stone and Snowden from Moscow. Tickets: $16.25-$17.25.


Blues/soul singer The Reverend Shawn Amos performs at Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, Jazz on Thursday night with sets at 7:30 pm and 9 pm. He’s the son of Wally “Famous” Amos (of the chocolate chip cookie fame) and singer Shirl-ee May Ellis. The reverend—an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church—is a blues singer and harmonica player, now touring to promote his latest release, The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You. Tickets: $20.

GHETTO FILM SCHOOL (Film screening)
On Thursday night at 7:30 pm, Film Independent presents a free screening of new works from young filmmakers of Ghetto Film School Los Angeles at the Bing Theater at LACMA. The showcase features short films that are followed by student filmmaker Q&As. Ghetto Film School LA is the first and only high school dedicated to having filmmaking be a central part of its curriculum. Thursday’s screening is free; two ticket limit.

The Rooftop Cinema Club teams up with with the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a screening of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Thursday night at 8 pm. Actor, musician and Emmy-nominated composer Darren Criss performs atop the Montalban Theatre in Hollywood as part of the event. Criss launches the highly anticipated National Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, (stopping at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, Nov. 1-27). Tickets: $17+ fees.

The Silver Lake Picture Show wraps up its 2016 season this week with a free walk-in screening of Labyrinth in the Sunset Triangle Plaza from 7-11 pm. In honor of the late, great David Bowie, Silver Lake Picture show hosts a David Bowie costume competition with prizes for the best Bowie, live music by The Florida Mistakes and the official season-wrap party hosted by El Condor after the film. Bring your own chairs and picnics. All ages.

Comic Matt McKenna returns to Nerdmelt Showroom with Enter Spider: The Stand-up Show on Thursday at 7 pm. McKenna (a voice actor and writer on FOX’s American Dad for six seasons) hosts several comics who do bizarre, otherworldly stand-up comedy (and they’re all played by McKenna). Tickets are $8 in advance / $10 at the door.

The Art Deco Comedy Hour is a monthly comedy show that's held at the historic Art Deco Bar of the Hollywood American Legion. The show is at 9 pm on Thursday and costs just $5 for nonmembers to attend. The lineup features Kara Klenk; Matt Ingebretson; Ryan Cownie; Monique Madrid, Clare O'Kane, Jan Davidson and Ron Babcock. Ticket proceeds will go to Post 43 to benefit veteran affairs (as does everything ticketholders spend at the bar that night). Tours of the 1928 building, including the upstairs museum, projection room, cabaret room and auditorium are available after the show. Tickets: $5.

The Hammer Museum presents the art series In Real Life, 100 Days of Film and Performance from Sept. 13 to Jan. 25, 2017. The museum presents daytime performances and film screenings in the museum’s courtyard, annex and Billy Wilder Theater while the upstairs galleries are being renovated. The works are being classified into three categories: a curated film and video series; weekend performances and durational and immersive works; and courtyard rehearsals. Beginning on Tuesday and running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, the museum screens seven films from 2015 and 2016 from Artists’ Film International—a collaboration among 16 international museums. In 2017, the Hammer adds to the video selection, which already includes films by Brigid McCaffrey, The Institute for New Feeling, Eva Mattes and Franco Mattes, and others. Free.

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