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21 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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Here are 21 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.

MONDAY, AUG. 17

FILM: Doug Pray’s Scratch (2001), a full-length documentary about the history of hip-hop DJs and turntable and culture, screens at Cinefamily on Monday night at 7:30 pm. The free screening also includes a panel discussion moderated by Shepard Fairey with the film’s director Pray and DJ Z-Trip!). Tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis with RSVP.

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COMEDY: The Goddamn Comedy Jam takes over The Lyric Theatre on Monday night. Almost every comic wants to be a rock star, and GDCJ lets guests perform a fav cover song in front of a live audience. Hosted by: Josh Adam Meyers w/ Elemenopy, this week’s guests include Harland Williams, Eddie Ifft, Lachlan and Matteo Lane. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12.


AUDIO-VISUAL ART: Prism Pipe, the monthly visual music series, takes place at pehrspace in Echo Park on Monday night. The program, Astral Physics, is a “showcase of cyberdelic digital-analog video synth patterns” with a live score by [PHYSICS]. Visuals by The Current Sea collective and Angela Wilson. Doors are at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $5. All ages. Bring a yoga mat for the full, immersive experience.TUESDAY, AUG. 18

MUSIC: After touring with the Wombats, the U.K.-based indie rock quartet Life in Film returns to L.A. and headlines a show at the Bootleg bar on Tuesday night. Midnight Faces and Moons of Mars open. 8:30 pm. Tickets: $12. The show is 21+.

WHISKY: Tom Bergin’s hosts a Tullamore DEW Cocktail Competition on Tuesday from 5-7:30 pm. For the competition, 10 selected bartenders L.A. compete for a chance to win a visit to the new Tullamore Distillery in Ireland. Guests are welcome to watch as each bartender has eight minutes to make an original cocktail with Tullamore, tell an entertaining bar story and do a toast. The contestants are judged on their ability to bring out the best flavor of Tullamore in their libation as well as storytelling skills. Bergin’s also features a specialty Tullamore drink menu at special prices including the Dublin Kumfort ($7); an exclusive flight ($25); Tullamore ice cream ($5); and an adult Root Beer Float ($9).

VARIETY: The Victory Lap comedy and variety show returns to the Virgil at 8 pm on Tuesday. Hosted by Seth W. Owen and Stuart Jenkins, “the show with the wheel” has a lineup that includes special guests Annie Lederman, Ian Abramson, Anna Seregina, Levi Macdougal and Anthony Jeselnick and features comedy, music, magic and “feats of strength.” There’s no cover, and the Virgil has great drink specials. Free.

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LECTURE: The Hammer Museum presents the lecture Behind the Groove: From Soul Power & the Black Arts Movement to Post Hip-hop Aesthetics on Tuesday at 7:30 pm. In the lecture/discussion, Critic Ernest Hardy and writer Tisa Bryant explore the evolution of Black representation in popular culture, from class, gender, and sexuality, to the way “vocabularies of speech and the body shifted as the soul music soundtrack gave way to hip-hop’s beats and grooves.” Free.

FILM + MUSIC: The LA Phil presents A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey on Tuesday night at 8 pm at the Hollywood Bowl. Stanley Kubrick's classic science fiction film 2001 is screened while the soundtrack—which includes Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra," the "Blue Danube Waltz" and music by György Liget. Tickets: $1- $144.

COMEDY: Hyde Sunset Kitchen has launched a new comedy series Raw Material that happens every other Tuesday night. Guests this week are Natasha Leggero, Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher. There’s also an option for a three-course dinner by Executive Chef Chris Crary. Tickets: $20 standing room entrance fee that includes one beverage. The prix fixe menu available for $30 additional. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm.

COMEDY: The Blind Barber Secret Show, which is usually invite-only, comes out of the shadows to the Hollywood Improv on Tuesday night at 8 pm. Produced by comedians Nicholas Anthony, Grant Lyon, Andy Peters and Dave Waite. This will feature surprise comedians, jazz musicians and some bowties. Tickets: $10.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19

MUSIC: R&B singer-songwriter Jill Scott headlines a show at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday night, with Lecrae and B.J. The Chicago Kid opening. Show at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $40.50-$96.

MESCAL FLIGHT: The Latin-inspired North Hollywood restaurant Bow & Truss hosts An Evening of Mezcal on Wednesday night. For one night only, guests have the opportunity to experience a flight of “single village” premium Del Maguey Mezcal for $19, led by a brand ambassador. The types sampled are: Minero, San Luis del Rio Azul, Santo Domingo Albarradas and Chichicapa, each named for the village in which they were created.

BOOK SIGNING: Felicia Day “queen of the geeks” is at Skylight Books on Wednesday at 7:30 pm to do a Q&A and sign her memoir You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). The book covers her upbringing to her stardom on the Internet and now Hollywood. Because Skylight expects a large crowd, there will be a signing line with tickets. In order to get a ticket, you must copy of the event book here at Skylight.

AFGHAN FOOD & CULTURE: The Hammer Museum presents the program Conflict Kitchen and Afghan Culture on Wednesday at 7:30 pm in the museum’s courtyard. The multisensory event is crated by Dawn Weleski, co-director of Conflict Kitchen, a Pittsburgh restaurant that serves food from countries with which the U.S. is in conflict. Free.

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COMEDY: Now in its second year, The Burbank Comedy Festival, hosted by Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant, features 50 events including underground showcases, classes, workshops, industry panels, after parties and live festival podcasts. On Wednesday, two shows pique our interest. At 8 pm, Mary Lynn Rajskub leads a cast of 14 female comedians in the Ladies of Laughter program. At 10 pm, the festival presents Fruit Cocktail Showcase. Hosted by Kristin Key, the show features 18 up-and-coming LGBT comedians. Hosted by Kristin Key. Tickets: $20. The festival runs through Aug. 22.

MUSIC: The duo Sales is the collaboration between Lauren Morgan (guitar/vocals) and Jordan Shih (guitar/programming). They bring their electro-pop-folk to the Echo on Wednesday night. Also on the bill are Babes and Hi Ho Silver Oh. Tickets: $12-14. The show is all ages. 8 pm.

THURSDAY, AUG. 20

MUSIC: The Twilight Concert Series continues at the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday from 7-10 pm with a free evening of music with Ariel Pink and the Mynabyrds. KCRW’s Dan Wilcox spins tunes between live sets. Free.

CEVICHE: The Ceviche Project and DeLeón Tequila take over the Skybar at Mondrian on Thursday night for a five-course seafood pop-up dinner with handcrafted cocktail pairings by DeLeón Tequila. Expect citrus-marinated seafood dishes as well as tiraditos, oysters on the half-shell and crudo preparations. Tickets: $125. If you can’t make it this week, future dates include Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. Tickets: $125.

FOOD FAIR: The Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance hosts the Rising Tohoku Food Fair from Thursday through Sunday. The fest celebrates the cuisine and culture of the Tohoku region in Northeast Japan, which was hard hit by the 2011 earthquake. In addition to food presentations, there will be a variety of performances and crafts, including origami creation and writing wishes on tanzaku paper.

ART: The Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles holds the opening reception for the latest exhibition Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles on Thursday from 7 to 10 pm. The show marks the first for the museum’s new location in the Arts District. Featuring the work of several L.A.-based architecture and design practices, the exhibition challenges them to create new residential options, responding to the changing population, economy and environment. Tickets: Free for A+D Members, $5 for students and $20 for the general public.

MUSIC: Mrs. Fish, the new venue located in the historic Pershing Square Building has been featuring some great music lately. On Thursday, BalconyTV presents Mansions on the Moon (11 pm), Corsica Arts Club (9:30 pm) and Morgan Karr (12:30 am). No cover. Ages 21+.

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