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20 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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The Moth Grandslam is on Monday night in DTLA where you can hear stories like the one above.

Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.


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It's time once again for the LA Moth GrandSLAM at The Regent on Monday night at 8 pm. Ten past StorySLAM winners take on the theme “growing pains.” Hosted by Brian Finkelstein, witg music by Alexander Burke and Ramage Jacobs, storytellers include: Alisha Brophy, Rachel Duboff, Katya Duft, Jen Curcio, Kate Romero, Nick Ross, Josh Silberman, Samuel Spitale, Moses Storm and Matt Struski. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $25. 18+ event.

The Ponte’s Bar Director Ryan Wainwright and his bar team will donate all tips from the bar on Monday night to TIP (Tequila Interchange Project). The project supports the preservation of sustainable, traditional and quality practices in the tequila and mezcal industry through TIP’s Bat Friendly Project. Wainwright serves up special drinks crafted for the evening that feature Tequila Ocho, Siembra Azul and Siembra Valles.


On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, there’s a 65th anniversary screening of Sudden Fear (1952). The noir film is one of Joan Crawford’s most memorable performances as she stars as a successful playwright who falls in love with an actor she rejected for a lead role in her latest play. There are scary twists and turns ahead for the both of them. Tickets: $15.

KILLER UNICORNS (Storytelling + comedy)
The standup/storytelling show Killer Unicorns takes place on Tuesday at 8 pm (and on the last Tuesday of every month) at the Open Space Theatre on Fairfax. This week, the show includes: Laurie Kilmartin, Ryan Conner, Dulce Sloan, Jake Nordwind & Jon Rudnitsky, Dulcé Sloan, Camrin Farmer, Jessica Keenan and LeeAnn Tooker. Tickets: $7 at the door.

PUB QUIZ TUESDAYS (Drinks + trivia)
The Cat and Fiddle Restaurant & Pub, which catered to British expats, industry folks and neighbors in Hollywood for 35 years, re-opened (in a different location) and has now reinstituted its Pub Quiz Tuesdays. There is no buy-in to play, but there is a $75 prize for the night’s winners. Everyone who plays gets a voucher for $2 off any Ketel One Moscow Mule or pint of Guinness.

The Improv Hollywood presents a special ​Hour of Power Hour on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The show has a great lineup featuring a rare 30-minute set from Dave Ross (Drunk History), as well as sets from Baron Vaughn, Eddie Pepitone, Jamie Flam and Aparna Nancherla. In addition, the evening’s hosted by Lee Keeler, co-creator of Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp. Tickets: $10 (with the promo code DPROMPOWER).


Crafted Kitchen holds a Craft Beer + Food Pairing Workshop on Tuesday. (Image: Courtesy of Crafted Kitchen and Indie Beer Co.)
Crafted Kitchen presents a Craft Beer + Food Pairing Workshop led by local Arts District brewery, Indie Brewing Company on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. Brewery co-founder Connor Forbes talks about their brewing process, how to pick out the beer flavors and translate them into basic food pairings. Chef Michelle prepares a tasting menu where each dish complements each beer. Tickets: $20, includes beer and food.

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SCHMABARET (Comedy + music)
Schmabaret! an offbeat cabaret starring Adam Ceschin and Carolyn Jania returns to Bar Lubitsch on Tuesday at 8 pm. They’re joined by Jenna Brister, who hosts, and Aaron Wilson on the keyboards. The variety show started at iO West in 2015 and has expanded to include original comedy songs that cross all genres of music. Admission: $10.

KCET’s Cinema Series returns to the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica every Tuesday at 7 p.m. featuring films prior to their L.A. theatrical release. Hosted by film expert Pete Hammond, each screening is followed by a Q&A with the film's talent and filmmakers. This week, the series presents Rebel in the Rye with writer-directory Danny Strong. The film is based on the book J.D. Salinger: A Life.

The experimental four-piece dream pop band Starover Blue headlines the Silverlake Lounge on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Also on the bill are Bird Concerns and Chatrooms. Tickets: $7 in advance, $10 day of show. Ages 21+.


The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills hosts its first Tomatina Festival from Wednesday through Sept. 5. Chef de Cuisine Holly Jivin serves up a seasonal 12-course tomato-centric tasting menu in honor of the annual Spanish event La Tomatina. The tomato tossing fest of Buñol, Spain, has taken place on the last Wednesday of August since 1945. Tickets: $72 a person.

MONDO COZMO (Talk + music)
The Grammy Museum puts Mondo Cozmo in the spotlight on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. The alt-rock rising artist will be in conversation with Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum Scott Goldman about his debut album Plastic Soul. The discussion’s followed by a live performance. Tickets: $15.

TALES FROM TINSELTOWN (Storytelling show)
The storytelling show Tales from Tinseltown, hosted by Megan Hayes and Oscar Sagastume, returns to Three Clubs on Wednesday at 8 pm. The lineup shares Hollywood's dirty secrets and a few of their own. Storytellers are: Dave Sirus, Ruby Cooper, Linda Baily Walsh, Eric Reed and Shauna McGarry. No recording devices allowed to protect everyone's careers. Tickets: $5.

The Jazz at the Bowl Series continues on Wednesday at 8 pm with a great lineup. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue headlines with support from St. Paul & the Broken Bones and Lake Street Dive. Tickets start at $9.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Downtown Central Library in Glendale welcomes actor Bryan Cranston who’ll be in conversation with KPCC’s John Horn as they discuss Cranston’s memoir, A Life in Parts. The book traces Cranston’s journey from a chaotic childhood to Hollywood stardom. The Library closes at 5:30 p.m. and reopens at 6 p.m. Cranston will only sign books after the discussion; no memorabilia, posed photos or flash photography.


CINECON 53 (Film fest)
The 53rd annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival and memorabilia show takes over Hollywood over Labor Day weekend (Thursday through Sept. 4). Cinecon showcases old and unusual short and feature films that are rarely given public screenings. Screenings take place the Egyptian Theatre with the memorabilia show at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. The opening night includes a welcome reception at 5 p.m. at the Egyptian’s courtyard, followed by an intro, music and chat with Norman Lloyd and a screening of Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) with live accompaniment by the Famous Players Orchestra. Cinecon does not sell tickets to individual films, but they do offer full-day passes ($40-$50) at the door for the five days of the festival. Full festival passes are $200. Memorabilia Room entrance is $10.

There’s a treat for commuters and visitors to Union Station on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. as Metro Art collaborates with the LA Opera to present an exclusive preview of Georges Bizet’s classic opera Carmen. The free performance takes place at the station's Historic Ticketing Hall as it’s transformed into the south of Spain. The LA Opera’s production of Carmen opens Sept. 9 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Mr. Musichead Gallery in Hollywood presents an exhibition of works by veteran photographer Chris Cuffaro. Greatest Hits: Martini Ranch is open to the public from Thursday through Sept. 7. The exhibit features BTS photographs of the 30th anniversary of director James Cameron’s all-star music video “Reach,” which starred late actor Bill Paxton and Andrew Todd from progressive new wave band Martini Ranch.

Follow That! is at NerdMelt Showroom and pits LA’s best comics against the saddest/emotionally charged videos on the web on Thursday at 9 pm. The comics and the audience watch the most emotional videos on the web and then the comedians get eight minutes to bring the audience to tears (of laughter). Lineup includes: Mike Lawrence, Sofiya Alexandra, Taylor Tomlinson, Matt Kirshen, Andre Hyland and Brodie Reed. Tickets: $8, $10 at door.

Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven co-host their 13th annual Campoutmusic festival, running Thursday to Saturday at Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace in the High Desert. In addition to performances by Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker, there are sets by Jonathan Segel, Black Marshmallows, Jake Houston and the Royal Flush and others. Single-day tickets start at $25.

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