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20 Of The Coolest Events In Los Angeles This Week

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


The thriller Super Dark Times has its L.A. premiere on Monday at 7 p.m. at the DTLA Film Festival at Regal L.A. Live. It’s a look at teen life before Columbine and how a traumatic incident comes between two best friends. A Q&A follows the screening with director Kevin Phillips and actors Owen Campbell and Charlie Tahan. Tickets: $15.

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CREATE JUSTICE (Pop-up Exhibition & Reception)
On Monday from 6-9 p.m., the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena presents Create Justice: A Pop-Up Exhibition & Reception. The event serves as the kick-off event for Create Justice: A National Discussion on Arts and Youth Justice. The one-night only art exhibition “illuminates ongoing conversations surrounding youth justice reform, arts engagement, and cultural equity.” Works by artists including Ernesto Yerena and Yosi Sergant, as well as art made by youth in detention facilities from across the country. Free.

It’s Hello Kitty night at the Dodgers on Monday. The special event ticket package includes a ticket to the game against the Padres and a Hello Kitty & Dodgers tote bag. 7:10 p.m. start. Tickets start at $27.


The Philadelphia-born, LA-based Mondo Cozmo headlines the El Rey on Tuesday, playing in support of his critically acclaimed debut album Plastic Soul. The duo Flagship opens the night. Doors 7:30 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $18-$20.

The Ladies Room is an all-female stand up comedy show that takes place on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Three Clubs Bar in Hollywood. Headliner is Rachel Scanlon (Hot and Hungry). Tickets: $5 at the door.

Esters Wine Shop & Bar debuts its monthly Guest Chef Burger Series this week. Starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Love & Salt’s Michael Fiorelli serves up “The Downlow Burger,” which features two Black Angus beef patties, with Fontina cheese, caramelized onions, house pickles and tomato aioli. Burgers: $19 and are served up until the kitchen runs out. Wine Director Kathryn Coker picks a special wine or beer to pair with the burger.

92 JOKES (Comedy)
The Alex Theatre in Glendale continues its 92nd birthday celebration with a night of comedy on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. The night features 92 comedians doing their single best one-liner in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Most Comedians on a Single Show (102). Tickets are $19.25 in advance or $25.19 at the door. Glendale Arts receives $5 for every advance ticket purchased.

The Tongue and Groove reading, music and variety night takes over the Hotel Cafe on Tuesday night. There’s a special open mic portion from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Bring something to read (story, poetry, a personal essay or a perform a song) by 6:15 p.m. Whatever you do, keep it to 3 minutes or shorter. $5. At 7:30 p.m., the featured lineup presents short fiction, personal essays, poetry, spoken word + music with Kevin P. Gilday, Eddie Pepitone, Rick Lupert, Lianne Stokes and songs by Drennon Davis. $7.

It’s the final Lobster Tuesday of the summer at Jar this week. The pre-fixe dinner includes a lobster salad, a pan-roasted lobster and a strawberry sundae for $65. Tax, tip and valet are not included.

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The Kills' Alison Mosshart has a gallery show at Maxfield in Hollywood. (Poster: Courtesy of the gallery)
The Kills’ Alison Mosshart has a gallery show at Maxfield Gallery in Hollywood, opening on Wednesday and running through Oct. 4. Mosshart studied fine art at the University of Florida, Gainesville, but dropped out to move to London to start The Kills. The show features 39 of Mosshart’s paintings. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

T-BOZ UNPLUGGED (Music benefit)
Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, lead singer of TLC, holds her 4th Annual T-Boz Unplugged Concertin support of Sickle Cell Disease on Wednesday at 6 pm at Avalon. Performing with T-Boz are Faith Evans, Frankie J, Kamaiyah and Dominae with DJ Angie Vee. General admission tickets start at $35, with other upgrades/add-ons available.

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. Performers are: Melinda Hill, Gil Darnell, David Crabb, Sarah Isaacson and Dan Shapiro. No recording devices allowed to protect everyone's careers. Tickets: $5.


Australian group Middle Kids headlines the Teragram Ballroom on Thursday night. The band released its self-titled EP earlier this year and made its TV debut on Conan. King Shelter opens. Doors at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets: $16-$18.

TASTE OF PASADENA (Food + drink)
Taste of Pasadena takes over the Rose Bowl on Thursday from 6-9 p.m. No more than 500 tickets will be sold to the event being held at the Court of Champions in front of the Rose Bowl with dozens of participating restaurants giving out samples of their wares. Pasadena's Favorite Cocktail 2017 will also be crowned at the event. Advanced tickets are $30 per person, $50 at the door.

SO YOU DO COMEDY…? (Comedy + talk)
Chris Witaske’s monthly talk show So You Do Comedy…? returns to UCB Sunset on Thursday night at 8:30 p.m., with Witaske interviewing David Cross about his career and start in the biz. Tickets: $7.

AllSwell x Cabin Paper take over Gjelina on Thursday night from 7-9 p.m. for Drawing Night: Pen to Paper + Pizza. Laura Rubin of AllSwell and Kristen Shaw of Cabin Paper lead attendees through accessible drawing activities to help develop/jumpstart creative practices. No background in art necessary. The $65 fee includes a new AllSwell notebook, pencil and tools for a daily sketching practice as well as pizza, salad and wine. Space is limited.

SHE’S ALL FAT (Podcast party)
She's All Fat is a new, weekly half-hour podcast all about body positivity, radical self love and good vibes, hosted by writers April K. Quioh and Sophie Carter-Kahn. The pod is a “fun, entertaining, body posi space entirely devoted to fat and marginalized stories.” To launch the new show, the duo are hosting a party on Thursday from 7-10 p.m. at Junior High in Hollywood, featuring live comedy from exclusively female/femme-identified, LGBTQIA and POC comedians as well as a photobooth, snacks, drinks and a late 90's/early 2000s playlist. Free.

Sideline is a show that makes stand up a sport. Taking place on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. at UCB Sunset’s Inner Sanctum, comics perform their set simultaneously with two sideline commentators, who keep the audience informed of how they think the comic’s doing. The free show at 8:30 p.m., and features Fahim Anwar, Jake Nordwind, Daniel Rugg Web, Peggy Sinnott and others.

Civilized, The Second City and the historic Montalbán Theatre present the comedy event Always Legal To Laugh on Thursday and Friday (8-10 p.m.). The shows feature material from The Second City archives, original sketches about modern cannabis culture and improv. The cast includes: Frank Caeti, Edgar Blackmon, Jaime Moyer, Holly Laurent, Tawny Newsome and Eddie Mujica. Tickets start at $25.

Allan Rayman brings his neo-folk-R&B sound to the Ford Amphitheatre on Thursday night. He performs music from his upcoming release, a "grunge" concept EP. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30.

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