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23 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Looking for something to do? Look no further than these 21 events happening this weekend. And don’t forget to check out our July Guide, Outdoor Film Screenings and Summer Concert lists for more suggestions.

FRIDAY, JULY 17

ART: Gallery 1988 (West) holds an opening reception on Friday from 7-10 pm for Both Sides, an art show celebrating heroes and villains featuring works by Dan Mumford, Jeff Boyes and others. This show will be on display through Aug. 8.

ART + PERFORMANCE: For the second year, MOCA brings back Step and Repeat, a program of live performance to The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The weekend event includes music, performance art, poetry and comedy from Friday to Sunday. This year features new performances by Kristina Wong, Geo Wyeth, James Fauntleroy and Juliana Huxtable-among other artists at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Tickets: $12 or $30 for the weekend pass.

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NIGHT MARKET: MPK Night Market returns to Barnes Park in Monterey Park on Friday (5:30-10:30 pm) and Saturday (2:30-10:30 pm). The market features food, art, live entertainment, community organizations, a beer and wine garden, and carnival games. There are more than 100 booths for vendors, artists and entertainers, too, to the event that’s estimated to attract more than 15,000 people. Free admission.

MUSIC: On Friday night at 8 pm, the Skirball Cultural Center presents the sixth edition of Into the Night featuring the synth-pop sounds of the band Tamaryn as they play to a live liquid light show by the Joshua Light Show. Mystic Braves open the night and DJ Justin Gage spins throughout the evening. In addition to music, guests can participate in art making, interactive poetry a photo booth or indulge in cocktails and view the exhibitions Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book, and Rock & Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip. Tickets: $20.

MUSIC: Flood Magazine presents the latest installment of Current: Upstairs at the Ace Hotel DTLA on Friday from 8:30 pm to 1:30 am. The rooftop dance party / summer series at the Ace Hotel this week features DJ sets by LA’s own Chain Gang of 1974 and Yasi. Entry is first come, first served, and strictly 21+. RSVP because space is limited.

DANCE: The Music Center presents Dance Downtown: Bollywood on Friday night from 7-11 pm. The evening features beginner dance lessons, music, food and drinks for purchase, and an open dance floor. Free entry.

BOOKS: On Friday at 7:30 pm, Skylight Books hosts author Josh Kun who presents his latest book To Live and Dine in LA, drawn from the extensive Menu Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. Kun will talk about the history of restaurants and dining out in L.A. with chef Roy Choi (Kogi, Chego!, POT, LA Son), who wrote the book's foreword.

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FILM Q&A: Join Felt star/co-writer Amy Everson and director/co-writer Jason Banker for a Q&A after the 9:55 screening at the Laemmle Royal Theater. Everson draws from her own personal trauma in this indie psychological thriller that "doesn't just point a finger at rape culture; [but] takes a full on swing at it." Tickets: $12, $9 for seniors/children.

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SATURDAY, JULY 18

COMEDY: The Wheel Show returns to NerdMelt at Meltdown Comics on Saturday night at 7 pm with comedian Kyle Kinane and singer/songwriter Mikal Cronin. Hosted by Joe Kwaczala, The Wheel Show features, sketches, games and special guests determined by the spin of a wheel! Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

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BAD FILM: Right after The Wheel Show, Horrible Movie Night takes over the NerdMelt showroom on Saturday at 9 pm. Organizers screen the worst films ever made, and the audience is invited to roast the movie as it plays. The best one-liners will win prizes. Hosts John Mathot and Susan Wright are joined by special guest co-host Cassandra Peterson, aka Elvira, Mistress of the Dark to present the 1991 no-so-classic film Futurekick. The evening includes free popcorn and cheap snacks. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 21+.

ART: On Saturday night, Giant Robot hosts reception from 6:30-10 pm for DEEEPSPACE! a show that features original, new work by legendary merchandiser Paul Frank along with APAK, Aaron Brown, Joey Chou, Theo Ellsworth-Thought Cloud Factory, Flat Bonnie, Cam Floyd, Paul Frank, The Harpoon, Patrick Hruby Illustration, Mari Inukai, Brian Luong, Kevin Luong, Cassia Lupo, Kwanchai Moriya, Naoshi, Jesse Tise, Christy Saguanpong and others. The opening is being held concurrently with a solo show reception for The Study of Life as Things:Edwin Ushiro at GR2 Gallery.

MUSIC + ART: On Saturday night in Koreatown, Pretty Nice presents Blended, an event that incorporates art, music and mixology at Lock and Key. Come work on a communal art piece while music plays in the background. No tickets will be sold at the door, so get them in advance. Tickets: $10.

MOVIES: Clueless was released 20! years ago—In July 1995—and to commemorate the anniversary, Street Food Cinema hosts a screening of the movie on Saturday night at Syd Kronenthal Park in Culver City preceded by a Q&A session with Jen Chaney, author of AS IF! The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and Crew, Clueless costume designer Mona May and guests. Doors 5:30, Q&A 7:30, screening at 8 pm. Tickets: $12-$17.

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DOG FEST: On Saturday from noon-5 pm, DogVacay hosts its first ever “DogVacay Fit Fest” at the La Brea Tar Pits. The free, day-long event wants to get pet owners and pets moving to get healthy. The day combines activity and education, e.g., dog yoga, treats, music and food trucks.

ART: Daniel Rolnik Gallery in Santa Monica holds an opening reception for Pacific & Northwest on Saturday from 7-11 pm. The two-person art show features works by Bwana Spoons and Tripper Dungan from Portland, OR. The colorful works incorporate West Coast themes, skateboards and dinosaurs. Free parking in the public lots on 2nd street at Santa Monica Boulevard.

SUNDAY, JULY 19

PARTY:: Dirty and Thirty throws a #SundayFunday party with summer games, BBQ, drinks and fun on the rooftop of the Palihouse Hotel in WeHo on Sunday from 3-8 pm. Tickets are free. RSVP to RSVP@dirtyandthirty.com.

DRAWING: Eagle Rock’s Center for the Arts presents a live drawing workshop on Sunday from 3-5 pm set to a world beat set to modern tropical dance/cumbia/punta/merengue provided by Buyepongo. Led by artist and teacher Thom Dower, the musicians of Buyepongo will also act as live models. The center will take care of drawing supplies, comfy chairs. Bring your imagination and sense of fun. Admission: $15 advance tickets, $20 day of event.

FOOD + DRINKS: Whole Foods joins with the Wiltern on Sunday for LA, Grow, an afternoon of cocktails, local gardens and healthy food exploration. There’s a cocktail hour at 4:30 pm that features a pop-up garden, nonprofit vendors and local beer and bites by Roy Choi's Whole Foods, Café Gratitude, The Pot (Koreatown), Gjelina (Venice), REBBL and more. It’s followed by a seasonal, farm-to-table dinner catered by Jennie Cook's Catering at 5:30 pm, featuring veggies grown by RootDown LA, a South LA based nonprofit whose goal is to “empower high school students to build stronger communities by cooking and growing healthy food, right where they live.” KCSN's DJ Adam Ferrick spins local tunes. Proceeds to benefit RootDown LA. Tickets: $65-$95. Beer and bites cocktail hour tickets: $20.

VEGAN: On Sunday at 3 pm, The Springs in DTLA holds its second Wine & Vegan Food/Cheese Tasting. This month, The Springs’ sommeliers have chosen a six-wine flight of Rieslings and Rosés that are perfect for summer, and are pairing them with house-made vegan cheeses. Tickets: $20.

ICE CREAM: Los Angeles’ artisanal ice cream shop Sweet Rose Creamery (Mid-City location on Beverly) holds an Infusion Pop-Up with Eat Your Drink’s Mixologist Matthew Biancaniello on Sunday in honor of National Ice Cream Day. Biancaniello and Sweet Rose Creamery’s Executive Chef/Co-Owner Shiho Yoshikawa have created new “booze-inspired” flavors under the theme of Oceans vs. Plastic as part of A Sustainable Kitchen’s summer series of crEATe: Food/Art/Community events that celebrate sustainability. Expect flavors made with Kombu (sea kelp) with nigori sake and Dashi sherbet with Katsuobushi and kombu dashi infused with whisky.

SODA TASTING: Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park throws its annual soda tasting party on Sunday from 5-8 pm with beverages, music and more. The theme of this year’s event is “International Sodas” and guests can sample offerings from France, England, Italy and other locales. The tasting is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition that is working to reopen Los Angeles’ first museum as well as the Casa de Adobe to display portions of the museum’s collections. Tickets: $12 ticket ($5 for children ages 5-11) and $15 on the day of event. Advanced tickets are on sale at Galco’s (cash or check only).

GALA: The American Cancer Society’s California Spirit 30 gala brings together renowned chefs from L.A.’s best restaurants, California vintners, and the city’s top mixologists for fundraising evening on the Sony Picture Studios lot. Originated in 1985 by Wolfgang Puck, Barbara Lazaroff and Sherry Lansing, California Spirit has raised more than $15 million for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving cancer research, early detection and prevention education and free patient service programs. Tickets to California Spirit 30 are $350 per person or $3,500 for a table of 10.

COMEDY: Comedian Melinda Hill, producer of the Tiger Lily comedy show (currently at UCB), brings The Melinda Hill Comedy Spesh to the Lyric Hyperion in Silver Lake on Sundays at 7:30 pm. She brings an experimental hour of jokes, stories, characters and even dance numbers with the help of a guest comedian or music act or two. Tickets: $5.

Related: LAist’s July Guide

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