20 Of The Coolest Events In Los Angeles This Week
Here are 20 of our favorite events happening in L.A. this week.
MONDAY, JULY 24
KINDRED: A GRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION (Book talk)
On Monday at 7:30 pm, The Huntington presents a talk on Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, a book by Damian Duffy and illustrator John Jennings based on the science fiction novel Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. The adaptation presents a “fresh form to Butler’s powerful tale of slavery, time travel, and the inexorable pull of the past.” Duffy and Jennings discuss Butler’s work and her influence on their own. The current exhibition Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories will be open to lecture attendees before to the program and a signing follows. Free; advanced reservations required.
SO YOU DO COMEDY... (Comedy)
Chris Witaske’s monthly interview show So You Do Comedy...? returns to UCB Sunset on Monday at 8:30 pm. Witaske sits down with well comedians and asks them about their start in the business. July's special guest is Tim Meadows (SNL). Tickets: $7.
TUESDAY, JULY 25
SUMMER JAZZ NIGHTS (Music + wine)
The Summer Jazz Nights series returns to Hollywood & Highland this Tuesday and every Tuesday through Aug. 8 from 7-9 pm. For a $14 donation to Project Angel food, guests can get VIP seating, bites and wine from Wolfgang Puck Catering and beer by Stone Brewing while listening to great music. This week’s musical guest: Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra.
CRAFTED KITCHEN: INSTA FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY (Workshop + food)
Crafted Kitchen, a commercial test kitchen/incubator, presents an Insta Food Photography Workshop on Tuesday at 6 pm. The hands-on learning and dining event focuses on food photography and food styling from Jessica Rieke from J. Lee Photos. Chef Michelle creates edible subjects to style, photograph and then eat. Food and drinks will be provided, but participants must must bring their own phones, camera, props, plates, cutlery or anything else that’ll make your food Insta ready. Tickets: $12.
KILLER UNICORNS (Comedy)
The standup/storytelling show Killer Unicorns takes place on Tuesday at 8 pm (and on the last Tuesday of every month) at the Open Space Theatre on Fairfax. Organizers Wyatt Gray, Kim Kalish and Julia Pels strive for parity of gender on every lineup, and this week, they’ll feature: Barbara Gray (Lady to Lady Podcast), Raneir Pollard (NBC Diversity Featured Talent), Sofiya Alexandra (This is Not Happening on Comedy Central), Tamer Kattan (2015 World Series of Comedy Winner), Mary Patterson Broome (SK Sketchfest), John McKay (Funny or Die), Margot Leitman (the Moth) and Zach Bornstein (Writer on SNL). Tickets: $7 at the door.
OTIUM’S BAR COLLECTIVE (Drinks)
Otium’s Bar Collective presents a cocktail event that takes place on Tuesday at 7 pm featuring guest bartender Aaron Polsky of Harvard & Stone. With the theme, “Aftermath” the cocktails make use of sustainable ingredients that usually would be discarded. The night is meant to bring attention to food waste and sustainability in collaboration with waste-free distillery Bombay Sapphire. The $10 fee includes light bites and delicious, hand crafted cocktails.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
OLIVER STONE IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT SCHEER (Politics)
KPFK presents filmmaker Oliver Stone in conversation with journalist Robert Scheer on Wednesday at 7 pm at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in K-town. They’ll discuss Stone’s new Showtime series and book The Putin Interviews. Tickets: $20 each. (VIP $120 and includes a pre-show reception and new book.)
WHISKEY WEDNESDAYS (Drinks)
Downtown LA's miro kicks off a monthly series—Whiskey Wednesdays—at its Whiskey Lounge this week. Guests enjoy tastings of Russell's Reserve serving tastings, a cocktail and whiskey lesson and small bites for $15 per person. The series features new distilleries on the last Wednesday of every month.
LOUISIANA SEAFOOD BOIL (Food)
Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks holds its seasonal Louisiana Seafood Boil on Wednesday beginning at 4:30 pm. Curated by Chef/Owner Aaron Robins and Executive Chef Erica Abell, the boil offers family-style platters of slaw, corn, potatoes and sausage with Louisiana Crawfish, Venus Clams, PEI Black Mussels, Alaskan King Crab Legs, 4oz. Maine Lobster Tails and more. Reservations strongly recommended.
TALES FROM TINSELTOWN (Storytelling show)
The storytelling show Tales from Tinseltown, hosted by Megan Hayes and Oscar Sagastume, returns to Three Clubs on Wednesday at 8 pm. The lineup shares Hollywood's dirty secrets and a few of their own. Performers are: Brandon Burkhart, Julia Pels, Alex Stein, Austin Aronson and Nelson Ascencio. No recording devices allowed to protect everyone's careers. Tickets: $5.
MESSHALL KITCHEN: REDEMPTION RYE DINNER (Food + drinks)
MessHall Kitchen in Los Feliz holds a Redemption Rye dinner on Wednesday at 7 pm. Bar director Austin Mendez has been barrel aging rye for months and preparing a custom drink for each course. The four-course dinner menu by chef Charbel Adaimy is inspired by a classic Indiana dish, the birthplace of Redemption Rye. Tickets: $59. Ages 21+, naturally.
WARBLY JETS (Music)
Warbly Jets and King Shelter play The Roxy on Wednesday night. Pinky Pinky opens the night. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm. All ages. Tickets: $12-$15.
THURSDAY, JULY 27
MIAMI HORROR + CLEOPOLD (Music)
The Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier continues its 2017 season with a concert featuring the dance tunes of Miami Horror, with Cleopold opening the night. 7 pm. Free. Come early because happy hour starts at 6 pm.
SIZZLING SUMMER NIGHTS (Music + Dance)
The Sizzling Summer Nights series returns to the Autry on Thursday night from 5:30-9 pm. Dance under the stars with L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands at the Autry. The outdoor parties include free lessons with award-winning salsa instructor Orlando Delgado, access to museum galleries, a children’s dance floor and more. Colombian Latin Soul plays this week. Tickets: free for Autry Members, $12 nonmembers, $8 students and seniors, $6 children (ages 3-12). Reservations recommended.
SUNSET CONCERTS AT THE SKIRBALL (Music)
The Skirball's Sunset Concerts returns for its 21st season on Thursday with Sean Watkins & friends paying homage to Paul Simon. The series coincides with the Skirball’s current exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, on view through Sept. 3. Concerts start at 8 pm and are free and open the public, but RSVPs are requested.
LABYRINTH (Quote-along film)
The Alamo Drafthouse presents a Quote-Along Labyrinth on Thursday at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Directed by Jim Henson, the fantasy film features Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie, as well as Jim Henson’s puppets. Doors at 7 pm. Tickets: $35 for general admission; $50 for reserved seating, prop bag and pint glass. Costumes are encouraged.
Tinashe headlines a free show at the Belasco Theater in DTLA on Thursday, kicking off the Ford Front Row concert series. BJ The Chicago Kid opens. Get there early because the concert is subject to capacity. Doors at 7 pm. Ages 21+. RSVP needed.
THE HISTORY OF THE MIDNIGHT MOVIE (Film series)
Cinefamily’s latest series, The History of the Midnight Movie, kicks off this week with an off-site screening of Pink Floyd: The Wall (1983). The film screens poolside on Wednesday at8:30 pm at The Standard Hollywood. Free.
SHOOT ‘EM UP (Storytellng)
Monte LaMonte and Gary Buchler produce a new three-part story series that begins on Thursday at 8 pm at Open Space Café Theater. Shoot Em Up: The evolution of story. showcases the work of storytellers, screenwriters and filmmakers as they create an emerging film over the course of three months together. The Storytelling session on Thursday features six storytellers who tell a 5-7 minute story live on stage. Six screenwriters attending are randomly assigned the name of one of the storytellers whose story they will use to create a screenplay. The script read is scheduled for Aug. 24, and the films will be screened on Sept. 28 at El Cid. Tickets: $10.
AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER (Film + Q&A)
On Thursday at 6 pm, the ArcLight screens An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, the follow-up film to An Inconvenient Truth. A Q&A follows with former Vice President Al Gore and producer Richard Berg. From the ArcLight: “A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.” Adult admission: $17.75.