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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. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead. And don’t forget to check out the June Guide or the Best Night Out in Los Angeles for other ideas.


COMEDY: The 3rd Annual Nerdist Stand Up Cluster is at NerdMelt/Meltdown Comics, hosted by Chris Hardwick. The Nerdist Podcast will be recorded live with featured guests James Adomian, Kyle Clark, Cameron Esposito, Al Jackson, Megan Neuringer, Sara Schaefer, Dave Thomason and Baron Vaughn. Doors open at 9 pm. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

DRINKS: Boulevard Brewery, the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest (Kansas City, Missouri) releases a few beers for the first time in SoCal with the help of ACME Hospitality Group. ACME's Beelman's Pub, Sixth St. Tavern, Spring St. Bar and King Eddy Saloon will feature beer dinners, beer cocktails, games and other special events from June 8-11.

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MUSIC: If you want to know what else the pop group Sheppard has in its arsenal besides “Geronimo,” then check them out live at the Roxy on Monday. Dig the Kid opens. Doors at 8 pm. All Ages. $15.

BAR FOOD: Little Beast in Eagle Rock only has four seats and beginning on Monday, those seats will be among the most coveted in L.A. Chef Sean Lowenthal is offering Five Bucks at the Bar specials. Monday through Friday, Lowenthal chooses one regularly priced menu item, now offered at the bar for only $5. The four seats will be offered on a first come, first served basis (reservations will no longer be accepted for bar seating). The $5 menu items will rotate nightly, and will be announced that afternoon on the restaurant’s social media sites.

SOCIAL MEDIA WEEK: Social Media Week returns to L.A. this week (through June 12) to Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. The conference offers a slew of workshops, panel discussions, interviews, info sessions and a chance to network (party) with some of the best and brightest communications / social media minds working today. Executives and talent from 180LA, 72andSunny, Big Spaceship, Cannabis Consulting Group, Cyber Dust, Enplug, Forbes, Full Bottle, indiegogo, Indiewire, M&C Saatchi, Synthesio, Machinima, Mashable, MiTu, Tumblr, Twitter, Viacom and many more. Passes: $199-$359.


FILM: Although the Los Angeles Film Festival doesn’t technically open until Wednesday, there’s a special pre-festival program on Tuesday: Inside Out + Animation Masterclass with Pete Docter. The evening features a screening of Inside Out (due in theaters June 19) which focuses on the journey inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl and the emotions that live in her head. He’s also discuss his creative process behind his films. Screening at 7:30 pm on Tuesday at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live Premiere House. Tickets: $20 for Film Independent Members / $25 for general public.

LIT: ALOUD at the Central Library moves to the Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center on Tuesday at 7:30 pm for An Evening with Judy Blume. The beloved author will in conversation with Alex Cohen, co-host of KPCC's Take Two. This event focuses on the publication of In the Unlikely Event, her newest adult novel in almost 20 years. Tickets: $17.50-$25.

BEER: Tuesdays at Tony’s Darts Away features beers from LA’s own Smog City Brewing on Tuesday (natch) from 6-10 pm. Tony’s DA serves up Sabre Toothed Squirrel, Hoptonic, Grape Ape, Coffee Porter and more.


FILM: The Last Remaining Seats—the film series screens classic films in historic theaters—begins this week with a screening of Psycho on Wednesday at 8 pm at the Million Dollar Theatre (1918). Want to see the work that inspired the Bates Motel series? Well watch Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic thriller on the big screen. For the opening night of the series, props from the movie will be on display at the theatre, courtesy of NBCUniversal Archives & Collections. Tickets: $20 general public (no limit); $16 Conservancy members (limit 4).

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COMEDY: The Super Secret Comedy Show at the Lyric Theater features the comedy of Iliza Shlesinger, Jerrod Carmichael, Drew Lynch and a big special guest. Show 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10-$20.

PARTY: On Wednesday, the Hollywood Fringe Festivalholds its Opening Night Party at Fringe Central (6510 Santa Monica Blvd.). Tickets: $5. Buy your ticket in advance to skip the line - all presales include a complimentary button. Ages 18+. Cheap drinks by Bryan’s Bar and the Grilled Cheese Truck will be parked outside.

MUSIC: The Cerny Brothers play a free album release show on Wednesday night at 9 pm at Harvard and Stone. The Americana-tinged rock sounds of the band can be heard on their latest album Sleeping Giant released on May 12 via Krian Music Group.

FILM: There’s a special screening of the action sports doc, The Search for Freedom, on Wednesday at 7 pm at the Regent Theater. It’s followed by a Q&A with writer/director Jon Long and some of the film’s subjects, including skier Logan Laplante and surfer Megan Roh. In the film, Long interviews dozens of pioneers, legends, icons and champions of adventure sports talking to them about “living in the moment.”

ARTS + FASHION: The arts organization RAW: Los Angeles takes over Exchange LA on June 10 from 8 pm to midnight for a night of fashion, art, dance and music. The night features more than 40 artists showcasing visual art, photography, musical performance, performing arts, hair and makeup and fashion. The musical performances of Natalie Emmons, Surprise Me and Tree of Lyfe start the entertainment for the night and things wrap up with a runway show. The show is 21+. Cocktail attire is requested.


STORY: The storytelling show Don't Tell My Mothercelebrates tales that mom should never hear at Busby's East on Thursday at 8 p.m. Featuring Pride-themed stories by Moon Zappa and Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz, Grace and Frankie star Baron Vaughn and feature film executive Nikki Levy. Bar, food menu and party begins at 7 pm and the storytelling begins at 8 pm. Live music by Abby And The Myth through the night. Tickets: $16-$20.

LIT: On Thursday at 7 pm at Book Soup, Jon Fine reads from and signs his new book signs Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear). Fine was most notably guitarist for the semi-legendary underground band Bitch Magnet. The book’s been getting positive reviews about the origins of the indie-rock subculture and its struggles with becoming mainstream.

MUSIC: Ingrid Michaelson headlines the Greek Theatre on Thursday night with support from Greg Holden and Jukebox the Ghost. She’s touring in support of her latest album Lights Out, which has spawned the singles "Time Machine," "Girls Chase Boys" and "Afterlife." 7:30 pm. Tickets: $35.80-$58.50.

COMEDY: The Best Friends Show is at NerdMelt at 7 pm on Thursday. The show invites comedians to tell a shared story with their best friend because “having more than one perspective on a single story creates a storytelling experience in which miscommunications are resolved, exaggerations are subdued, and hidden details are exposed.” Stories by Eliza Skinner and Janine Brito, Matt Ingebretson and Bridger Winegar, Anna Seregina and Alexis Hoerres, James Davis and Sydney Castillo and more. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

COMEDY: On Thursday at 7 pm, Funny or Die's Make 'em LAFF Showcase is at the Los Angeles Film Festival’s Lounge. This showcase of stand-up performances and comedy videos features comedians such as Kristen Schaal, Jermaine Fowler, Solomon Georgio, Ali Wong and host Chris Garcia, with additional performers. An after party for attendees will directly follow the showcase.The event is 21+. Tickets: $16.

FILM: The Egyptian Theater continues its series The Atomo-Vision of Joe Dante on Thursday with an advance screening of Dante's film Burying the Ex at 7:30 pm. The zom-com movie features Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario, who'll do a Q&A with Dante following the screening. Tickets: $11.

Related: June Events Guide: 20 of Our Favorite Events in L.A.
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