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20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in Los Angeles this week. Don’t forget to check out our August 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: The Bristol, U.K.-based five-piece band Coasts play The Roxy on Monday night. The band Cardiknox opens. Doors at 7 pm. The show is all ages. Tickets: $15.

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EATS: Monday is National S’Mores Day and neighborhood joint Rascal is offering a tasty treat on its menu to celebrate. Pastry Chef Danielle Keene has created FJ’s S’More In A Jar dessert with layers of house-made graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows ($9). Also on Mondays at Rascal, it’s Happy Hour is available all night long with $6 dishes from Executive Chef Andy Lee and a selection of cocktails, wines and beer (also just $6 each). The restaurant is open from 5-10 pm.

FILM: The Arclight and Slamdance continues the Slamdance Cinema Club. The film series selects new independent films from the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival to screen at ArcLight Hollywood followed by a filmmaker Q&A. The next screening is 20 Years Of Madness on Monday at 8 pm. Directed by Jeremy Royce, the documentary follows the founder of a mid-90s Public Access TV show in Detroit who brings the cast back together to face their Gen X hopes and dreams. Tickets: $13.50-$14.50.

DISCUSSION: On Monday night, The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State L.A., along with UCLA, Cal State Dominguez Hills and PBS SoCal, screen the documentary Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race.Bradley was the first African American mayor of a major American city without a black majority. His time in office “transformed the national dialogue on race, and encouraged election of minority candidates nationwide, including our nation’s first black president.” A panel discussion follows with Lorraine Bradley, eldest daughter of Tom Bradley, Congresswoman Judy Chu, California 27th District; María Elena Durazo, National Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights and Diversity, UNITE HERE!; Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County, Second District; and former supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, former supervisor and moderator Warren Olney of “Which Way L.A.?” on KCRW. The event takes place at Cal State L.A.’s Luckman Theatre from 7-9:45 pm. Free, but registration required.


WRITING TALK: The Writers Guild Foundation’s holds a Master Class with Meredith Stiehm, creator of The Bridge and Cold Case and executive producer of Homeland, on Tuesday at 7:30 pm at WGA (West). In a conversation with moderator Pam Veasey (CSI:Cyber), Stiehm will talk about her writing style and career that traverses writers' rooms of Beverly Hills, 90210, NYPD Blue and ER. Parking in in the lot off Blackburn Avenue. Tickets: $20-$75.

MUSIC: Hot Chip released its sixth album Why Make Sense? in May and on Tuesday night the band plays the Greek Theater. We hear there might be special guests. Com Truise open. Tickets: $30-$45. 7:30 pm.

FILM: The New Beverly holds a Christopher Lee Tribute throughout the month of August beginning on Tuesday night. Screening at 7:30 pm is the 1973 film Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride (aka The Satanic Rites of Dracula), Lee’s seventh and final portrayal of the vampire. It’s followed at 9:30 pm by the sci-fi flick Scream and Scream Again (1970)—the first film to star Vincent Price, Christopher Lee AND Peter Cushing. Tickets: $8.

L.A. HISTORY: The exhibition History Keepers: Storied Objects from Los Angeles Collection is currently on view at the Pico House in El Pueblo. The California Historical Society and L.A as Subject brought together objects from nearly 30 institutions and private collectors from throughout L.A. Each object has a story that helps illuminates the city’s history. The exhibition is open Tuesday-Sunday, from 11 am to 4 pm through Aug. 31.


BOOK TALK: J. Ryan Stradal wraps up his book tour for his debut novel Kitchens of the Great Midwest at Vroman’s on Wednesday night at 6:30 pm. Stradal, a contributor to The Rumpus, Los Angeles Review of Books and McSweeney’s, the novel follows food prodigy Eva Thorvald through her difficult childhood. It’s a tale of food and family and how both shape our lives. Vroman’s holds a potluck to complement the book’s theme, and if you want to bring something, call 626-449-5320 to let them know the dish.

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GARDEN LOUNGE: Descanso Gardens presents a Lakeside Lounge from 5 to 8 pm this Wednesday and on Aug. 19, in the gardens’ new Oak Woodland. Do retro camp crafts while sipping on Golden Road craft brews and eats by Patina available for purchase while listening to tunes spun on vintage vinyl. While you’re there, take a walk of the lakeside Oak Woodland, the newest addition to Descanso. The Gardens stay open late night until 8 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the summer. Admission: $9 for adults; $6 for seniors and students with a school I.D.; $4 for children 5 to 12, and free for age 4 and younger.

TACOS + COMEDY: Leche Lounge’s TacoHut Comedy Festruns Wednesday through Friday at Malo. In addition to tacos and standup comedy, they say extra activities include: drink specials, photos ops, strippers (as performing comics), mud wrestling, lawn darts, wet poncho contest, pin the tail on the chupacabra and a tattoo booth. There’s no food and drink minimum. Ages 18+. Tickets: 10 online / $15 door. Pre-event festivities are at 7 pm, and the show is at 8 pm each night.

PODCAST TAPING: holds a live taping of The Cracked Podcast at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater on Sunset Boulevard at 7 pm on Wednesday night. Cohosts Jack O’Brien and Michael Swaim are joined by columnists Soren Bowie and Daniel O’Brien to dissect pop culture and its tropes. Tickets: $5.


MUSIC: Alabama Shakes play a sold-out show at the Greek Theatre on Thursday night in support of its second album, Sound & Color. Opening for the band is singer-songwriter Blake Mills. The show is technically sold out, but contact your go-to ticket purveyor—listening to Brittany Howard’s voice alone is worth admission. Tickets: $35-$60. 7:30 pm.

FILM FESTIVAL: Hollyshorts Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing film works that are 30 minutes or shorter. Screenings/events take place at the TCL Chinese Theatres from Aug. 13-22. HollyShorts opening night takes place Thursday with a screening of several shorts and a new clip from Philip Roth’s The Green Inferno. The party then moves to OHM nightclub at Hollywood and Highland. Opening night tickets: $75 ($40 for party only). Individual screening programs: $15. Prices vary for day festival passes, day passes and special events.

FILM: Grand Park screens the documentary License to Operate on Thursday night. Created by Omelet, the film follows former LA gang leaders as they work alongside the LAPD to rebuild communities they once helped destroy. The film is being introduced by Sharon Stone and Councilman Joe Buscaino. The screening is free. Food trucks and entertainment begin at 6:30 pm. Free.

COMEDY: Caroline Sweet’s solo show, Waiting for Affleck,about her “serious” love for Ben Affleck, debuted earlier this summer at the Hollywood Fringe Fest. It returns for two more shows on Thursday and Saturday at 8 pm this week at Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre (Larchmont / Melrose). She sings, dances and does the math taking the audience on a journey of (maybe) fate between the two.

MUSIC: ​The Skirball Center’s free Sunset Concert Series continues on Thursday at 8 pm featuring Garifuna singer-songwriter Aurelio. “Equal parts joyous, seductive, beautiful, and bittersweet, Aurelio's music weaves together West African and Caribbean polyrhythms with lyrics that reflect his cultural pride.” KPFK's Betto Arcos opens up the night at 7 pm with a DJ set. All Skirball exhibitions (except Noah's Ark) are free and open until 10 pm during the concerts, including Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, The Singing Posters: Poetry Sound Collage Sculpture Book: Allen Ginsberg's Howl by Allen Ruppersberg, and Rock & Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip. Bring food, but not outside alcoholic beverages available. Parking: $10 per car (cash only) or take Metro Rapid 734.

MUSIC + DANCE: The Autry’s Sizzling Summer Nights series concludes on Thursday from 6-9 pm with Afro-Cuban music by Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca. The evenings include free dance lessons, food, drinks and spirits available for purchase, 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: On Thursday at 7:30 pm, the documentary Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four (2015) screens at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. In 1994, Corman tried to make a film about the Marvel superheroes, and through interviews with cast and crew, Doomed “provides an inside look into the secrets, stories and legal shenanigans that have kept the Four’s first big screen adventure on the shelf.” There’s a discussion to follow the screening with actors Joseph Culp, Alex Hyde-White, Rebecca Staab, Carl Ciarfalio, special effects makeup artist John Vulich and executive producer Mark Sikes. Tickets: $11.

BINGO: The Americana at Brand presents Bingo Under the Stars on The Green this Thursday and next from 7-9 pm. Hosted by Bingo Boy, the party is filled with fun, laughs and prizes. Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner from Katsuya or Trattoria Amici. Beer and cocktails available for purchase on The Green. (cash bar). Check in is at 6 pm. Tickets must be bought in advance; they will not be sold at the door.

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