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Arts and Entertainment

21 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

The exhibit of surfboard designer Jeff Ho's art at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice runs through Aug. 2. (Image: Courtesy of the artist and gallery.)
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Here are 21 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Don’t forget to check out our July Guide, Outdoor Film Guide and Free Concert Guide for other ideas, too. We’ll be back on Thursday with our Weekend Planner column to help you plan—what else?— the weekend ahead.


MUSIC: It’s a School Night welcomes live music and DJ sets from both up-and-coming and seasoned artists every Monday night at Bardot in Hollywood. Playing live this week are: Andra Day, Grace, Caverns with DJ sets by NVDES and Chris Douridas. Free with RSVP for those 21+; $10 for 18+ with RSVP. Doors at 8 pm.

DANCE: The Music Center continues Moves After Dark, a new site-specific dance series on Monday and Tuesday at 8:30 pm. The contemporary dance performance uses and plays off the architecture and space on the typically “dark” nights (nights when the theaters are usually not in use). Performances are by four of LA’s up-and-coming dance companies: Ana María Alvarez (artistic director of CONTRA-TIEMPO), Ate9, Lula Washington Dance Theatre and BODYTRAFFIC. The works are approximately 15-20 minutes long with the total performance running about two hours. Audience members will walk and stand at times during performances (so wear comfortable shoes). Tickets: $25 and includes a voucher for a beverage.

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MUSIC: On Tuesday night, The Satellite presents A Tribute to SQUEEZE featuring performances by Taylor Locke, Maxim Ludwig, Misty Boyce, Michael Blue, Eugene Edwards, Derek "Knuckles" Brown, Jerry Borge, Jag Sun and more special guests. Doors: 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm. This event is 21+.

LIT DEATH MATCH: Literary Death Match is at the Hammer Museum on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm for night that pits four writers against each other. The writers are judged on their work of 7 minutes or fewer. Judges for this week’s event are Jerry Stahl (literary merit); John Cryer (performance) and Mary Elizabeth Ellis, (intangibles) who will be presiding over works by Amelia Gray (author of Gutshot, Museum of the Weird); Jillian Lauren (author of Some Girls, Pretty), Liana Maeby, debut author of South on Highland and journalist Sarah Tomlinson, debut memoirist of Good Girl. Tickets: Free. One ticket per person; first come, first served—so arrive early.

BOOK TALK: Nate Corddry's lit and reading series Reading Aloudcomes to Skylight Books on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm to record a LIVE book club podcast episode. Buy Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk (at a 15% discount) and join Corddry and his panelists Aya Cash, Paul Scheer, Julieanne Smolinksi and Jerry Stahl for a discussion of the book.

COMEDY: On Tuesday night at 9 pm, Out on the Lanai: A Golden Girls Podcast LIVE! tapes at NerdMelt. For the podcast, comedians H. Alan Scott and Kerri Doherty invite a guest to join them in dissecting and nerding out over an episode of The Golden Girls. Tuesday’s show includes guest Eliot Glazer (Broad City), cheesecake and a few special surprises. The show will cover the season two episode "Forgive Me, Father," though watching it ahead of time is totally optional. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

DOCUMENTARY: The International Documentary Association launches its IDA Conversation Series on Tuesday night at 7 pm at the Linwood Dunn Theater. Interviewer Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies will be in conversation with Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, the directing and producing team behind this year's The Hunting Ground and the Academy Award-nominated The Invisible War. An audience Q&A follows the disucssion. Tickets: $15.

DANCE: DancerPalooza, the “Coachella” for the dance world, brings professional choreographers, master teachers, professional dancers, dance students of all ages and dance fans to the Long Beach Convention Center from Tuesday through July 26, at the Long Beach Convention Center. There are workshops, intensive classes and performances throughout the six-day festival. Tickets/passes: $65-$850.


ART: The Los Angeles County Store in Silver Lake hosts the opening reception for Valerie Suter's solo show, Authors and Images, on Wednesday at 7 pm. The series of paintings are inspired by old photos of authors including Joan Didion, Wallace Stegner, Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Wise Brown, John Steinbeck, Daphne du Maurier, Margaret Mitchell, etc. Treats to be provided by Deaf Man's Sauce and cocktails by Buzzed Honeys.

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READINGS: PEN Center USA’s Emerging Voices is a literary fellowship that provides new writers, who lack access, with the tools to launch a professional writing career. The 2015 Emerging Voices Fellows are Oktavi Allison, Kenneth D. Capers, Michelle Meyers, Erik Rodgers and Nancy Lynée Woo read from their works at the Hammer Museum on Wednesday at 7:30 pm to celebrate the culmination of their fellowship. A reception follows.

MUSIC: Hello, 1990s! The Grove continues its 2015 Summer Concert Series on Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 pm with afree show by the Spin Doctors with Lisa Loeb.

ART: C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice recently opened No Pozer, a solo show by Venice artist and legendary surfboard shaper Jeff Ho. The exhibition features a series of original paintings on canvas, created with the style that Ho embellishes his surfboards and skate-decks with, including Ho’s graphic lettering and symbols. The show remains on view through Aug. 2. The gallery is open Wednesdays through Sundays.

FILM: There’s a free sneak preview of Mark Duplass' and Patrick Brice's horror/thriller movie Creep on Wednesday at Cinefamily at 7:30 pm. Duplass, Brice and Jason Blum participate in a Q&A after the film’s L.A. premiere. The screening is free, but attendees must pre-register. Registration does not guarantee attendance.


MUSIC: The Twilight Concert Series continues at the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday from 7-10 pm with a free evening of classic Latin music with Cubanismo! and Chicano Batman. The night is hosted by KCRW’s Anne Litt.

SCOTCH + MOVIES: There’s a Scotch Tasting at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena from 6-8 pm on Thursday, led by the pros at Everson Royce retail store (next door to the Armory). The tasting precedes the Old Pasadena Film Festival’s free screening of Cannes-winning, whisky-themed film The Angel’s Share at 8 pm. Tickets for the tasting are $40 ($45 @ the door, 21+ only). Proceeds support the Armory. The film screening is free.

MUSIC: Juliette & The Licks has reunited to play a show at the El Rey Theatre on Thursday night. The band, led by frontwoman Juliette Lewis, preps for its extensive European tour later this year, and are currently working on their next album which is slated for release in the Spring of 2016. Doors at 8 pm, and supporting acts The Zibbs go on at 8:30 pm, Sweethead at 9:30 pm and Juliette & The Licks at 10 pm. Tickets: $17.

MUSIC: The Hammer Museum continues its Summer of Soul series this week with the boogie, funk stylings of Dam-Funk and singer-songwriter Martin Luther on Thursday night at 6:30 pm. KCRW's Anthony Valadezand Raul Campos also perform DJ sets. Dance under the stars and enjoy a happy hour with cash bar and DJ sets (beginning at 6:30 pm) and live music at 7:30 pm. Park under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 pm (cash only). Free admission.

MUSIC + DANCE: Sizzling Summer Nights continues at the Autry on Thursday from 6-9 pm. Visitors can enjoy live salsa music by Costa Rican artist Chino Espinoza. The evening includes free dance lessons with award-winning salsa instructor Enio Cordoba, food, drinks and spirits, access to museum galleries, a separate children's dance floor and more. The taco and drink bar opens at 6 pm and the music begins at 6:30 pm. The museum remains open until 8 pm. Tickets are free for Autry Members, $10 for nonmembers, $6 students and seniors (60+) and $4 for children ages 3-12.

FILM FESTIVAL: The Southern California Creative & Innovative Film Festival takes over Raleigh Studios from Thursday to Sunday featuring nearly 100 local and international short films in an 11-block screening program. Tickets: $75 VIP pass (entry to all screenings, complimentary drinks + meal); $25 Opening Night VIP PASS (entry to one screening, comped Drinks + Meal); $12 general admission.

MUSIC: There’s a free music series starting on Thursday at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, in DTLA to celebrate the 85th birthday of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. The concerts will be held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6-8 pm, running through September. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs. Playing on Thursday is Brasil Brazil, who bring its Samba sounds, tinged with jazz and Latin and African drumming. Gates at 5 pm. Free.

EATS: Ceviche Project Pops Up at The Mondrian on Thursday at 8 pm. Guests can enjoy a five-course seafood meal with handcrafted cocktail pairings that showcase project founder founder Octavio Olivas' creations with ceviche, citrus-marinated seafood dishes, as well as tiraditos, oysters on the half-shell and crudo preparations. Tickets: $125 per person.

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