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20 Of The Coolest Events Happening In Los Angeles This Week

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

MONDAY, SEPT. 11

TALLULA’S HAPPY HOUR (Food + drinks)
On Monday, Tallula’s Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica launches its new happy hour. Held Monday to Friday from 4-6 p.m. in the bar, lounge and patio only, the restaurant features specials like Nachos “Sencillo” for just $7, new dishes like “Rollo de Ojo” Steak Tostadas with jicama, red onion and mint for $10, and a variety of tacos for $4 each on housemade Masienda organic corn tortillas. The Tallula’s Margarita is available for $8/glass, beers for $4-6 and wines by the glass for $8-10.

IF YOU BUILD IT (Comedy)
If You Build It is a stand-up comedy showcase that takes place weekly on Monday night at 8:30 p.m. at UCB Sunset. Hosted by Kara Klenk, this week’s bill features: James Adomian, The Lucas Brothers, Chris Garcia, Kyle Ayers, Michelle Biloon and others. Tickets: $7.

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THE BUSINESS LA (Comedy)
The comedy show The Business LA has a great lineup this week with Kate Berlant, Mike Lawrence, Mike Hanford, James Fritz and Brandie Posey. The free show takes place at Little Joy in Echo Park on Monday night. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. and a taco truck is parked outside to sate your food needs.

CRANE’S COMEDY (Comedy)
On Monday night at 8 p.m. in an underground bunker of a former bank vault in DTLA, there’s another edition of Crane’s Comedy. The free stand-up show at Crane’s Bar features: Todd Glass, Brent Weinbach, Maggie Maye, Annie Lederman and DJ Dangler. Free.

PALEYFEST PREVIEWS (Panels + screenings)
PaleyFest Previews of upcoming fall TV shows continue this week with screenings and panel discussions at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. On Monday: NBC’s Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders; on Tuesday: CBS’s Me, Myself & I; on Wednesday: FOX’s The Orville and Ghosted; on Thursday: Netflix’s Big Mouth and Fuller House. Individual adult tickets start at $20. Several panels are sold out, but guests can still get in by buying a Fan Pass.

FRINGE (Comedy)
Fringe is a weekly comedy collective with shows hosted by Lisa Best and Dave Stone on Mondays at 10 p.m. at Public House in Los Feliz. Monday’s performers include Alex Falcone, Nate Craig, Steph Tolev and Django Gold. On Wednesday at 8 p.m., JC Coccoli hosts a Venice Fringe comedy night at In Heroes We Trust with Jackie Tohn, CJ Sullivan and Jeff Klinger. Free cover. Cheap drinks.

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HANK & FRIDA’S BURGER TIME (Food)
Feastly Arts District presents Hank & Frida’s Burger Time on Monday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The burger pop-up from Chef Jamie Lauren includes a 5-course menu that with pickles, deviled eggs and herbed fries with smoked garlic aioli before the main course. The Shades Of Blue Burger is made with a “secret” beer and pork blend and topped with maple-bacon-onion jam, gorgonzola dolce aioli, arugula and heirloom tomato. Complementing dinner is The Redcat, a cocktail crafted with bourbon, strawberries and sage, and ice cream sandwiches on just baked chocolate chunk cookies. Tickets: $40+ fees per guest. Address will be provided upon purchase.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12

MARSHALL CRENSHAW + LOS STRAIGHTJACKETS (Music)
The Echo presents co-headliners Marshall Crenshaw and Los Straitjackets on Tuesday at 8 p.m. RJ Bloke opens. Tickets: $17.50-$22. Ages 21+.

STAND-UP ON THE SPOT (Comedy)
Stand-Up on the Spot celebrates its seven-year anniversary show on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at The Comedy Store’s Belly Room. The lineup sounds great and includes: Moshe Kasher, Iliza Shlesinger, Brent Morin, Andrew Santino, Jay Larson and host Jeremiah Watkins. A few surprises may be in store, too. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door with two-drink minimum.

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BODEGA BITES (Food)
Bodega Bites, hosted by Tequila Cazadores and chef Aarón Sánchez, hosts its first Taco Tuesday pop-up at Tortilla Republic in WeHo on Tuesday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The night showcases recipes from Vallarta Supermarkets, home of the original carne asada. RSVP to BodegaBitesRSVP@d1a.com.

YO-YO MA (Classical music)
Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma plays Bach on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at the Hollywood Bowl. The solo recital features Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. Yo-Yo Ma will take the stage alone and will not be accompanied by the orchestra. Remaining tickets start at $22.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13

STRONG ISLAND (Documentary)
This fall, IDA's Documentary Screening Series screens the year's most acclaimed docs for free at The Landmark in West L.A. On Wednesday, director Yance Ford's Sundance-winning cinematic memoir, Strong Island screens at 7:30 p.m. In April 1992, a black 24-year-old teacher William Ford Jr., was killed by Mark Reilly, a white 19-year-old mechanic. “Although Ford was unarmed, he became the prime suspect in his own murder. STRONG ISLAND chronicles the arc of the Ford family; Barbara Dunmore, William Ford and their three children, and how their lives have been shaped by the enduring shadow of race in America.” There’s a post-film conversation with Ford, and a reception in The Wine Bar at The Landmark.

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CRAFT LOS ANGELES ANNIVERSARY (Dinner)
On Wednesday, Tom Colicchio and Craft Los Angeles celebrate the restaurant’s 10-year anniversary with a five-course, family-style dinner. Colicchio is calling up his chef friends to help, with the fixings, too. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with passed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of chef Alex Chang (The Exchange) and cocktails at the Craftbar lounge and patio. Dinner begins at 7 p.m., with courses prepared by Colicchio & Craft LA chef de cuisine Denis Crutchfield and pastry chef Shannon Swindle. Lending their talents to the evening include Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec, Petit Trois, etc.) and Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny's). Guests are welcome to stay for after-dinner drinks, too. This feast isn’t cheap—$265 per person—but sounds like it’ll be a meal to remember.

BRACK SHOP TAVERN (Drinks)
Brack Shop Tavern celebrates its one-year anniversary on Wednesday, offering food and drink specials all night. Starting at 3 p.m., they’re serving up $2 mole tacos and $5 shots of Don Julio tequila in addition to the bar’s 3-7 p.m. happy hour. At 10 p.m., there’s a three-round bartender competition with Brack Shop Tavern’s Alex Owens-Sorno and others from Far Bar, Seven Grand and Ace Rooftop.

CITY RISING (Film + discussion)
KCET and The California Endowment host a premiere screening and discussion of the new documentary City Rising, which examines gentrification in Boyle Heights, South LA, Long Beach, Santa Ana, Oakland and Oak Park. The event takes place at The California Endowment’s campus on Wednesday. A reception begins at 6 p.m. and the screening begins at 6:30 p.m. After the screening a discussion will be led by KCET's Val Zavala. Panelists include Robin Hughes (CEO of Abode Communities), Isela Gracian (President at East LA Community Corporation) and Tram Nguyen (Alameda County Public Health Department). The event is free, but an RSVP is required.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14

ROBERT STANDISH (Art)
On Thursday, KM Fine Arts gallery opens Anti-Sporadic, a solo show by Robert Standish. There’s an artist reception from 7-10 p.m. The exhibition remains on view through Oct. 28.

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA LAUNCH PARTY (Art party)
Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA—the art initiative that celebrates Latin and Latin American art in L.A.—launches in earnest this week. There’s a party at Grand Park on Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and features music, food, drink, activities, giveaways and a chance to plan an itinerary for one of the largest arts experiences in SoCal. Dance performances by Ori, “presenting an exploration of ancestral and modern folk music from Latin America, with an emphasis on Afro-Cuban and Brazilian dances.” The party includes a pop-up interactive installation, food trucks and a themed bar. Live music begins at 6 p.m. Free.

CAMP LO + THE URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT (Music)
The Bronx hip-hop duo Camp Lo headlines Los Globos on Thursday night. Opening the night is The Urban Renewal Project, a young big band that mixes mix of R&B, soul, jazz and hip-hop. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $15. Ages 18+.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA (Music)
Manchester Orchestra headlines The Novo on Thursday in support of the band’s new album A Black Mile To The Surface. Tigers Jaw, Foxing open the night. Tickets start at $24.99.

FRESH OUT! LA (Comedy)
Fresh Out! LA is a monthly stand up show co-hosted by Adam Conover and Emily Heller. The next show is Thursday at 9 p.m. with a lineup that includes: Jermaine Fowler, Caitlin Gill, Ahamed Weinberg and secret special guests. Tickets are $10.

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