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20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles

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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 andFree 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.


FILM: Arcade Fire’s first feature film, The Reflektor Tapes, has its U.S. premiere on Monday on at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the film is a look into the making of Arcade Fire’s album Reflektor. The night includes the screening and a Q&A with Win Butler and Régine Chassagne from the band. The night ends with a dance party in the Theatre lobby. Tickets: $25.

COMEDY: Midollo's is a new comedy show that debuts on Monday at the Arts District restaurant, Osso. Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm, with comedy from Greg Behrendt, Dan St. Germain, Zach Sherwin, Chaunte Wayans, Karen Rontowski, Jose Sarduy, Jessica Wellington, Aisling Bea and your hosts Jenny Zigrino & Jen Seaman also featuring music by Danny Hechter. Free.

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FILM: The Arclight and the Slamdance Film Festival continue their Slamdance Cinema Club screenings on Monday night with another selection from the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. The documentary American Hardcore screens at 8 pm. Directed by Paul Rahman, the film traces the early 1980s hardcore punk rock scene gave birth to much of the rock music and culture that followed. A Q&A follows the screening. Tickets: $14.50.

MUSIC:School Nightwelcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live this week: My Brothers & I, The Arkells, Natalia Lafourcade and a special guest set at 11:30 pm. Early DJ set by Chris Douridas and Tribalive spins in between live sets. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.


OKTOBERFEST: Tuesdays at Tony's (Darts Away) celebrates Oktoberfest from 6-10 pm with Bratwursts (vegan and nonvegan), Beer cheese soup (nonvegan), Pretzels (vegan). Beers featured are Hangar 24, Sierra Nevada and Karl Strauss Oktoberfests and Ballast Point’s Dead Ringer.


FILM: There’s a free screening series of four Korean films with double features on Wednesday and Friday at Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills. The screenings celebrate the induction of four Korean film artists into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences: Bong Joon-ho and IM Kwon-taek and actors Song Kang-ho and Choi Min-sik. Revivre (Cremation) by Im Kwon-taek screens at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, followed by The Face Reader at 10 pm by Han Jae-rim and starring Song Kang-ho. On Friday at 5 pm, Nameless Gangster Rules of the Time by Yung Jong-bin screens, followed by Snowpiercer by Bong Joon-ho and starring Song Kang-ho. The tickets are free, but RSVP required.

SONIC ART: Sonos Studio opens a cool exhibition, Sonic Garden, on Wednesday with a reception from 7-10 pm.Sound and environmental installation artist Mileece “transforms a living ecology into a symphonic soundscape using the Sonos Smart System.” In other words, she adds sensors to plants to harness their bio-electrical signals. Guests are invited to play plants in the exhibition. Mileece performs at the Wednesday opening, too.

PARTY: DoLA celebrates the launch of itsDoStuff App with a party at the Regent Theater on Wednesday night. Music by ARAABMUZIK and Groundislava with other surprises in store. The event is free with RSVP on the DoLE site or in the app. 8 pm. 21+.

MUSIC: The Satellite presents a night of music with Mimicking Birds, Loch Lomond and Opus Vitae (EP release show) on Wednesday night. Doors at 8:30 pm and the show is at 9 pm. 21+. Ages: 21+. $10

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FILM: The 2015 Hollywood Film Festival presents a slate of “socially relevant films anchored in causes and calls-to-action” beginning on Wednesday night and running through the weekend at the Arclight Hollywood. The festival screens 20 narrative features, 27 documentaries and 38 shorts, Social Impact TV and Social Impact Streaming projects that incorporate social Vine and social YouTube content.

MUSIC: Gary Clark Jr. celebrates the release of his new album, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim with alive set at Amoeba, Hollywoodat 6 pm on Wednesday. Buy a copy of the album at Amoeba to receive guaranteed admission and a limited-edition "Live at Amoeba" poster made for this event . The show is free and open to the public, but only the first 500 buyers of the album will receive priority / guaranteed admission and the poster.

FILM: Kaleidoscope VR Film Festival is a new traveling festival that screens more than 20 virtual reality films. It stops in L.A. on Wednesday from 6:30 to 11 pm at LA River Studios. The event features talks and demos from top VR filmmakers and industry members. Audiences can experience the full lineup of films on Gear VR equipment supplied by Samsung, as well as Oculus VR headsets. Tickets: $20, $99 VIP.

FILM: Team One and Saatchi & Saatchi presents a New Directors' Showcase screening at 6:30 pm at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, Downtown LA. Previously only seen in Cannes, London and New York, guests view a film that highlights select New Directors’ Showcase alumni, who include Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Dawn Shadforth, Jake Scott, Daniel Wolfe and Ivan Zacharias. The night also features the 2015 finalists’ reel. Tickets: $20-$30.


POP-UP MAGAZINE: The California Sunday Magazine brings its Pop-Up Magazine event back to L.A. for a night at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Sept. 24 at 7:30 pm. The evening launches the magazine’s national tour, too, and features a program that includes true stories, film, photography, art, radio and music live on stage. The lineup includes: Matt Black, Magnum Photographer; Laurel Braitman, writer and author of Animal Madness; Tracy Clayton and Heben Niatu, hosts of the Buzzfeed Podcast Another Round, Alex Cohen of KPCC; Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, directors of The Lego Movie and and an upcoming Star Wars film; Emily V. Gordon, writer and producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail; Christopher Hawthorne, L.A. Times Architecture Critic, David Kwong, magician and NYT crossword puzzle creator and several others. Tickets are $25-$40+ fees.

SUNSET + DINE: The Fourth Annual Sunset & Dine food fest takes place at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures on Thursday from 6-10 pm. The event features more than a dozen Hollywood restaurants—including Beso, Cleo, Fabiolus Cucina, Los Balcones and more—and a live concert by The Lions. The $25 ticket is all-inclusive. Proceeds benefit The Center at Blessed Sacrament.

FOOD + DRINK: Tastemade, the food and travel video network, debuts a food & travel event series Gallivant! on Thursday at Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica. The evening celebrates L.A.’s culinary scene with dishes from Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son Of A Gun, Jon & Vinny’s), Nancy Silverton (Mozza Family Of Restaurants), Ari Taymor (alma), Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish, BS Taqueria), David Lefevre (MB Post, Arthur J Steakhouse, Fishing With Dynamite) and many more. The chefs will share food, drinks and stories of their adventures around L.A. and beyond, encouraging others to gallivant on their own. The $40 ticket is all-inclusive.

MUSIC: Red Bull Sound Select series continues on Wednesday at 8 pm with music at the EchoDel Monte Speakeasy featuring headliner Cut Chemist and rising artist Basecamp. The showcase takes place on Thursday at Del Monte Speakeasy, curated by KCRW. The series helps highlight local bands and connect them directly to the public. The show is 21+ and tickets are $3 for those who RSVP by 6 pm on the day of the show (up to capacity), and $12 at the door without an RSVP, with all proceeds going back to support the opening local band. Entry is not guaranteed. Events are first come first served based on the venue's capacity. Get there early for a better chance to get in.

ART: The Silver Lake gift dispensary Dustmuffin presents “Sincerely... Impolite” a two-person exhibit featuring recent works, including photos, paintings, prints, by longtime friends and California natives Eli Coccetti and Marshall P. The opening reception is on Thursday from 6-10 pm and the show will be on view through Oct. 15. FOOD/DRINK: Taste of Pasadena & the SIP-tember cocktail challengegrand finale returns to the Rose Bowl on Thursday from 6-9 pm. Attendees can vote for their favorite "Sip-tember" cocktail while sampling the goods from some of Pasadena’s best caterers and restaurants including Ix-tapa Cantina, The Tap Room at the Langham Pasadena, Bistro 45, Bar 1886 at The Raymond and so many more. Tickets: $30 in advance, $50 at the door. Everything is included in the admission price. Only 500 tickets will be sold.

PARTY: The National YoungArts Foundation holds the second annual YoungArts Awareness Day on Thursday to encourage emerging artists to pursue their dreams of becoming professional artists. To celebrate, there’s a with a free public event at Madame Siam on Thursday, featuring performances by YoungArts alumni, including India Carney (The Voice, season 8), singer/songwriter Fiona Grey Schenkelberg and choreographers/dancers Nicole Ishimaru, Jay Jackson and Michelle May. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. FREE and open to the public with RSVP at

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