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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 Los Angeles this week. Don’t forget to check out our September Guide, Outdoor Film Guide and Free Concert Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


TV: The Paley Center for Media continues its 2015 PaleyFest Fall TV Previews festival on Monday at 7 pm with a spotlight on The CW’s new show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. There’s a screening and panel discussion with Rachel Bloom and Aline Brosh McKenna and additional guests to be announced. Screenings of Containment and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (special teaser) follow. Reception begins at 6 pm. On Tuesday, FOX is in the spotlight with screenings and panels of Scream Queens, The Grinder and Grandfathered. The fest ends on Wednesday night with a CSI Farewell Salute, which includes a screening and panel with William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson, Jorja Fox and others. General admission tickets start at $20.

MUSIC: Lauryn Hill’s solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains one of our desert island discs. And tonight, Ms. Hill returns to L.A. for a one-night only show at the Greek Theatre. Daniel Bambaata Marley opens the night. 7 pm. Tickets: $45-$125.

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VARIETY: The Victory Lap comedy and variety show returns to the Virgil at 8 pm on Tuesday. Hosted by Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins, this week’s lineup features guests ​Nancy Friedrich, Hampton Yount, Heather Lawless, Joe DeRosa and others performing comedy, music, magic and “feats of strength.” Music by house band Warp Drive. There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great drink specials. Free.

OPERA PARTY: The LA Opera holds a Newcomer Kick-Off Party on Tuesday from 6-8 pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Singers will perform selections from the 30th Anniversary Season, and attendees can get tours and behind-the-scenes looks at costumes and makeup, props and special effects. While the event is free, tickets must be reserved. Special opera newcomer ticket packages will be on sale at the box office, starting at just $49. The tickets to the upcoming operas include a special pre-show lecture tailored for those new to opera and an intermission reception.

BEER PARTY: Allagash Brewing Co. teams with Congregation Ale House in Pasadena to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special ‘Fluxus’ brew event on Tuesday starting at 5 pm. Allagash is donating $1 for every 8 oz. glass of Fluxus served to the Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena with Congregation Ale House matching the total donation raised during the event. The Fluxus beer changes yearly, and this year, it’s a Strong Golden Ale “brewed with a simple malt bill of Pilsner malt and - for the first time ever at Allagash - a large portion of maple syrup added to the kettle. The beer features aromas of strawberry, pineapple and lime, while the finish is balanced with a dry malty character.” Allagash owner Rob Tod will be on hand in Pasadena for a Q+A, too.

FOODSTAGRAMMING: Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails welcomes blogger, photographer and food enthusiast Andrew Oxen (@oxenham) who’ll lead guests in a Foodstagramming 101 workshop on Tuesday at 7 pm. He’ll talk about photo/lighting tips, composition hacks and positioning suggestions. The $60 ticket includes a prix-fixe menu curated by Executive Chef Chris Crary and a hand-crafted cocktail. OTIS REDDING: The Record Parlour in Hollywood celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic album, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. Guests will be treated to a listening party for the classic album, and KCRW's Jeremy Sole and Jason Joseph (DJ Three) spin the best in soul vinyl all night long. Open bar and appetizers will be served from 7-10:00 pm. Limited quantities of the LP will be available for sale. RSVPs needed. For a chance to get on the guest list, please email

FILM: On Tuesday at 8 pm, Cinefamily screens the gritty Safdie brothers’ filmHeaven Knows What about a young junkie (Arielle Holmes) in New York City and her manipulative lover Ilya. The film is based on her upcoming memoir Mad Love in New York City. Director Josh Safdie and Holmes will do a Q&A, plus Ariel Pink (who created original music for the film) does a short, live set. Tickets: $18.


FILM: Mini Cinema screens short films on the big screen, and the last screening of the season is on Wednesday at 8 pm at Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live. The program features: “La Loteria,” “Life is Beautiful,” “Betuchini” and “Flat Chested.” The screening is free, or $7 for the VIP experience (front of line and reserved seating).

MIXOLOGY: Southern California’s leading mixologists participate in the Third Annual All Star Mixology Competition, which benefits Covenant House California, on Wednesday night at 7 pm the Mondrian’s Skybar. Hosted by Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark (Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets), the night features judges and talent include Jeremy Sisto, Heather McDonald, Mimi Gianopulos, Brandi Glanville and Courtney Sixx. General admission tickets: $80 (presale).

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COMEDY: Girl on Gurl is a brand-new, all-original sketch revue that takes over the Second City in Hollywood on Wednesday at 9 pm. The LGBTQ show offers a “unique perspective on the modern-day queer lifestyle through comedy, sketch and song.” Written and performed by Julian Clark, Erin Coleman, Lisa Cordileone, Brant Cox, Jamison Scala and Patricia Villetto. Understudy and Nick Scott Guyer. Directed by Rani O’Brien with musical direction by Tara Trudel. Tickets: $10. (Other performance nights are Sept. 23 and Sept. 30).

COMEDY: TheSuper Serious Show (SSS) returns to L.A. after performing at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh. SSS takes over The Virgil starting at 7 pm with happy hour, music and drinks. The show starts at 8 pm featuring sketch, music and videos from guests that include Brooks Wheelan, Jerrod Carmichael, Nikki Glaser, Josh Gondelman,Iliza Shlesinger and The Spanglers. Scott Gairdner previews Moonbeam City on Comedy Central, too. Tickets: $7 in advance/ $10 at the door (cash only). 21+.

FILM: Cinefamily continues the series, La Collectionneuse—the woman who collects—on Wednesday at 7:30 pm. It’s a monthly salon for lovers of French film and culture. Co-presented by the French Film & TV Office, the series screens Lucile Hadžihalilović’s 2004 mystery drama Innocence. Inspired by a novella by Frank Wedekind and starring Marion Cotillard, Cinefamily describes the film as a “hyper-minimal gothic fever dream [that] sinks through levels of surreality.” It follows the students at a secluded boarding school where new students arrive in coffins. Tickets: $12.

LIT CINE: Lit Cine is Lit Crawl L.A.’s film screening series that celebrates the intersection of film and L.A. literature. Vintage films are accompanied by discussions, readings and conversations on cinema’s impact on LA’s literary community and life. The Vanishing American, a 1955 film about settlers stealing Native American territory, is based on a Zane Grey novel. It screens on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm at the Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse and is followed by a panel discussion of Native American images and the current impact of drought and fracking on Native land rights and Native writers. The panel is moderated by Larry Smith, host of KPFK’s American Indian Airwaves, and features writers James Fenelon (Lakota/Dakota) and Melanie Jeffrey (Digueno). Tickets: $11-$28 (VIP tickets include coffee with panelists at Vroman’s next door

FASHION + TECH: Melange Live 2015 is a two-day forum/conference that showcases the convergence of fashion and technology. It’s being held at the New Mart in DTLA. There will be brand leaders and technologists from companies such as Zappos, AgilOne, TOMS, Eileen Fisher, BCBG Max Azria Group, Halston and Avant Link. They’re involved with new business concepts such as Omni-Commerce, Content Marketing, Conscious Commerce, Affiliate Marketing, Mobile Payments, Social Commerce, 3D Printing, Augmented Reality and Wearable Technologies. Conference fees: $199 for single day, $299 for both days.


KARAOKE: Human Resources celebrates the music—and the underlying themes—from the music of the girl groups from the 1950s and 60s on Thursday at 8 pm. Local bands and artists perform songs from the era, including L.A. Witch, Katy Goodman (La Sera/Vivian Girls), Tashaki Miyaki, Nedelle Torrisi, Vicky & The Vengents, Bloody Death Skull, White Dove, Irene Diaz, Alex Lilly, Veronica Bianqui and The Rosalyns. DJ sets by Lee Set, Taylor Rowley and Mukta Mohan. A dance party ends the night. Get there early because we have a feeling this event is going to be packed. Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

ART: Pacific Design Center’s fall art season launch and opening reception happens on Thursday from 5-9:30 pm. PDC’s national arts program, designLAb, debuts a series of 13 cutting-edge exhibitions and three new sculptural installations. Featured exhibitions include Kevin Cheng’s interactive The Distance Between Stars at 4 A.M.; Andrew Myers' “screw art” solo show; and Hot & Tasty: New Work by Allen Tombello. Sculpture installations by Nobuo Sekine, Matt Johnson and Antonio Pio Saracino grace the Blue Lobby. SONGS FOR A CURE: Teen Cancer America and Lights Camera Cure present Songs for a Cure, a benefit concert by local bands and musicians who perform songs by The Who on Thursday at 7:30 pm at Bardot Hollywood. Scheduled performers include the School of Rock All-Star Band (West LA & Fairfax), Steven Roth and Lou Pine. The event will be hosted by actor/musician Devon Werkheiser. Proceeds benefit the Daltrey-Townshend Teen and Young Adult Cancer Program (DTTYA) at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. Tickets: $15 in advance, $25 at the door.

MUSIC: The Oakland-based party band The California Honeydrops mix R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues and New Orleans second-line for infectious feel-good music. They’re currently touring in support of its latest release A River's Invitation and make a stop at headlining The Troubadour on Thursday night. Soul Scratch Band and Mr Mustard (DJ) open the night at 8 pm. Tickets: $16-$18.

LIT: On Thursday from 7:30-9 pm, Rare Bird Books and The Last Bookstore hold the eventUnder the Influence: 20 Years of Permanent Midnight with readings by Joe Clifford, Ryan Leone and Jerry Stahl himself. The evening celebrates the release of the 20th anniversary edition of Stahl’s memoir, Permanent Midnight, which has had an impact on literature as well as the recovery community.

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