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21 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 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.


CLASSIC FILM: The Nuart in West L.A. and the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena continue their run of the newly restored 1949 film noir classic The Third Man (in 4K). Directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene, the film stars Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles and features an unforgettable zither score by Anton Karas. If you haven't seen the film already, please do. It's a classic in every sense of the word.

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PERFORMANCE: The Music Center presents Moves After Dark, a new site-specific dance series on July 13, 14, 20 and 21, at 8:30 pm. The contemporary dance performance uses and plays off the architecture and space on the typically “dark” nights of the Music Center (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.

COMEDY: The Goddamn Comedy Jam takes over The Lyric Theatre on Monday. Almost every comic wants to be a rock star, and GDCJ lets guests Bill Burr, Bryan Callen, Sklar Brothers and others do a comedy set then perform a fav cover song in front of a live audience. Hosted by: Josh Adam Meyers w/ Elemenopy. Doors at 8 pm, show at 9 pm. Tickets: $12.

MUSIC: Dillon Hodges aka firekid plays the Hotel Café for an early set on Monday night at 7 pm. The Nashville via Muscle Shoals, Alabama, musician is a guitar prodigy and his music mixes country, bluegrass and pop/rock. Tickets: $10. 21+


EATING + ART: LACMA presents Cur-ATE: Exploring Los Angeles on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Guests first take a tour of the special exhibition Drawing in L.A.: The 1960s and 70s with Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites. The evening ends with a visit to Ray’s & Stark Bar’s for a family style meal by Chef Viet Pham, which “pays homage to and is inspired by L.A. neighborhoods.” Tickets: $90 LACMA Members and $100 general public.

MUSIC: The music pr company Danger Village presents a music showcase of its bands at Dirty Laundry on Tuesday featuring live performances from Hoodlem, Miya Folick and AIR BAG ONE. In between sets, DV acts Breakfast and Gunakadeit serve as guest DJs. Doors at 9:30 pm, and entrance is on a first come, first-served.

FOOD TALK: ALOUD at the Central Library presents the panel discussion To Live and Eat in L.A.: Food Justice in the Age of the Foodie on Tuesday at 7:15 pm. The event, held in conjunction with the Library Foundation’s current exhibition, uses vintage menus as a guide for conversation about the “struggles and triumphs of contemporary food activism” with urban gardener Ron Finley, the Healthy School Food Coalition’s Elizabeth Medrano and Community Services Unlimited Inc.’s Neelam Sharma. The event will be moderated by exhibition curator Josh Kun, author and professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication.

COMEDY: On Tuesday, Stand-Up on the Spot presents an improvised standup show at The Comedy Store’s Belly Room. The audience gets to choose what the comedians talk about for the set. On the bill are Dom Irerra, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Byron Bowers, Duncan Trussell, Debra DiGiovanni and others. Doors at 8 pm, show at 8:15 pm. Admission: $5 and two-drink minimum.

COMEDY: The improv troupe Accidental Ruin (Crystal Angel, Kendra Ryan and Susanna Leonard) is at the Comedy Central Stage on Tuesday at 8 pm. The variety show features character monologues, videos, sketches and improv. Tickets are free. RSVP via Facebook or reserve at 323-960-5517.

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ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE:The Hammer and the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explore issues on the current and future state of water in The Next Wave series. On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, a Ocean Plastic examines the effect of plastic debris on ocean wildlife, coastal economies, fisheries and human health and California’s current legislative initiatives—and accompanying controversies—to reduce the sources of this pollution. The program features Marcus Eriksen of 5 Gyres, Rachel Doughty of Greenfire Law and Sarah Sikich of Heal the Bay. The talk is moderated by Mark Gold, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Free.


SHORT FILM: Mini Cinema, which screens acclaimed short films for the public, celebrates its three-year anniversary on Wednesday at 8 pm at the Regal Cinema LA LIVE in DTLA. The films on the program are “Sugar Plum Fairy” directed by Marco Renda; “The Box” directed by Jorge Carvajal; “Thank You Card” by Shahine Ezel; “Consolation Prize” by Todd Kipp; and “Drink” directed by Emily Wilson.Tickets are free, but VIP admission tickets (which guarantee reserved seating) are $7.

PUNK PHOTOS: The Darkroom on Melrose presents a photographic retrospective of Edward Colver's LA Punk 1980-83 from July 15-Sept. 15. Curated by Rex Weiner and The Darkroom’s General Manager Jim Kalin, the photos include pics of bands and performers like Black Flag, Henry Rollins, Darby Crash, Gun Club, Social Distortion, Circle Jerks, 45 Grave and Jello Biafra. The bar will also feature specialty themed cocktails such as the Mosh Pit and Germicide (the anti-penicillin) with special pricing from 8-10 pm at the opening on Wednesday night. Also at the opening party, Debonair Barber + Shave Parlor owners Justin and Preki are giving free punk haircuts.

COMEDY: Comedy Central presents Not Safe For Work at the Westside Comedy Theater on Wednesday at 8 pm. The free show is hosted by Andrew Santino and features Dan Cummins, Felipe Esparza, Jaime Lee, Roy Wood Jr. and Wil Anderon telling true stories about themselves. Seats available on a first-come, first-served basis. 8 pm. 21+.

CULVER CITY MIXER: Downtown Culver City holds a “Backyard Bash” every third Wednesday of the month from 5-9 pm with $2 craft beer tastings at participating establishments and free bites along the way. Parking is free in municipal structures for up to two hours or valet parking is available at three convenient Downtown locations.

COMEDY: On Wednesday night, CleftClips productions presents the fifth year Anniversary Show for the Super Serious Show at Smashbox Studios. The show combines standup, sketch and music comedy and videos. Performers include: Julian McCullough, Marcella Arguello, Rory Scovel, Sam Simmons, Sklar Brothers, Karen Kilgariff and Drennon Davis. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $10, $15 at the door. There’s a pre-party with music, drinks, sweets and a food truck.

DANCE: Ouija Entertainment & L'Affaire Musicale present Sweden's King of Remix, Oliver Nelson for his first U.S. appearance on Wednesday night at Sound Nightclub. Other performances by Hayden James, Oliver Nelson, Dallas Cotton, Dino Soccio, Mister Blaqk and January Black and Maikol. Doors at 9 pm. 21+.


MUSIC: The L.A. based duo Dead Rock West hold a record release party at Hotel Café on Thursday night. They’re releasing It’s Everly Time—a new Everly Brothers tribute album, out on July 17. Set time: 8:45 pm. Tickets: $10.

MUSIC: On Thursday, San Francisco’s Chappo headlines The Satellite with support from the Vancouver-based indie synth five-piece, Yukon Blonde, and Brooklyn’s Fort Lean. Show at 9 pm. Tickets: $12. 21+

VARIETY: Arden Myrin and Dana Gould are the Tinkle Twins, and they bring their night of comedy, music, variety and more to Nerdmelt on Thursday night at 9 pm. Performing are Eddie Pepitone, Kyle Dunnigan, Andy Kindler and others. Music from the night’s house band The Lampshades, which is Kate Flannery of The Office and Scot Robinson from Anchorman. Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

MUSIC: The Hammer Museum continues its Summer of Soul series this week with electro-R&B singer Sam Sparro and the classic soul outfit The Rebirth on Thursday night. 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: The Twilight Concert Series continues at the Santa Monica Pier continues on Thursday from 7-10 pm with a free evening of music by Real Estate and Hippo Campus. The nearby Shore Hotel also kicks off a dessert pop-up during the concert series this week with treats for sale to concertgoers and passersby from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. The first pop-up vendor is Salt & Straw ice cream.

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