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14 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

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LAist gets a lot of press releases, and we go through most of them to curate a list of our favorite events happening in L.A. Here are 14 events you should know about this week. Read on for all the details.


FILM + MUSIC: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's Batman (you know...the one with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson), the American Cinematheque folks are screening the film at the Egyptian Theater at 7:30 p.m. The screening is followed by a talk with film score composer Danny Elfman, but Prince won't be on hand to perform "Batdance." Tickets $15.

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ART: With Burning Man right around the corner, the Daily Dose is hosting a live drawing event featuring a 'Burner Girl' model, starting at 7 p.m. Aryiel Hartman will strike various poses for at this Arts District coffeehouse. While technically free, a $5 donation is encouraged, as well as the purchase of some of the Dose's tasty food and beverages.

COMEDY: Fringe is a late-night comedy hosted by local comic JC Coccoli. Starting at 10 p.m. tonight and at the 1739 Public House. This week's lineup features Austrailia's Joel Creasy (Just for Laughs), Brent Sullivan (The Pete Holmes Show), Annie Lederman (@midnight, Chelsea Lately) and others. Plus, there's free beer and pizza. Free, but donations encouraged.


ART: As the Kickstarter for the film Temple Of Art closes, La Luz de Jesus Gallery is hosting a party and a night of art starting at 6 p.m. Temple Of Art is a documentary directed by Allan Amato exploring the lives of over 50 different artists. Executive producers include some interesting names: Jon Schnepp (Metalocapyse), musician Amanda Palmer and graphic novelist Neil Gaiman. Artists from the film will be showing work, and filmmakers will be on hand to answer questions. You'll also be able to see a preview of the film.

MUSIC: El Vez, the 'Mexican Elvis' will be playing the Trepany House along with The Memphis Mariachis starting at 8 p.m. El Vez performs covers, but he's not just an impersonator. He also plays his original work. He'll be accompanied by his lovely stage dancers, The Elvettes. Of course. Tickets $15.

MUSIC: Skybar's last Tuesday a.k.a Tunesday of the summer is this week featuring Australian electronic act Panama, who will play a stripped down version of their indie dance tracks followed by DJ Ziska. The poolside concert is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 7 p.m. You can RSVP via


FILM: The Aero Theatre and the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles present one of the strangest and most critically acclaimed films from last year, The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears, a Belgian mystery about the horrors of the unseen and unknown. David Lynch and giallo (Italian mystery/horror) fans will especially be entranced by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's puzzlebox of a film. A Belgian beer reception will follow the screening, which starts at 7:30. Tickets $11.

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MUSIC: John Legend will be joined by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and the L.A. Philharmonic to perform Marvin Gaye's iconic 1971 album What's Going On in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl at 8 p.m. Legend and Jones will be opening the event with duets that Gaye famously sang with Tammi Terrell. Tickets from $1 to $152.

ART: The Hammer Museum hosts the world premiere of Harry Dodge's The Time-Eaters, a video piece following a "freshly-minted" human as they orient themselves into our reality and "earthly matters, both fleshly and phantasmagorical." The video will be preceded by Dodge's short The Fudgesicle and the screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dodge and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. Starts at 7:30 and is free to the public.

FESTIVAL: Tall Ships Festival L.A. kicks off Wednesday at noon. Head on over to the Port of Los Angeles to see the World's Largest Rubber Duck and the many beautiful ships sailing in. Food trucks will be on hand to sate you while you gaze. Ticket prices vary depending on whether you want to look or ride. Tickets range from $7-$85.


FILM: Cinefamily opens its five-night run of surrealist master Luis Buñuel's first two films, Un Chien Andalou and L’Age d’Or, with an opening night party. The digital restoration of Un Chien Andalou, whose eyeball-slicing scene remains immortal, being screened features an score that includes Wagner's "Liebestod"—just as Buñuel had in the film's very first screening in 1929. L'Age d'Or screens on 35mm, as God intended for films to be seen: on film. Get your surrealism on at 7:30. Tickets $12.

MUSIC: As part of the ongoing Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier, English rock/pop band The Zombies will be performing. Formed in 1962, they are best remembered for such harmonious hits as "She's Not There" and "Time Of The Season". Mystic Braves will be opening, with the free show starting at 7 p.m. Pro-tip: parking can be tricky, so look out for parking at the lots at 4th St. and Colorado Ave.

COMEDY: Part 2: The Sequel Show features comedians pitching their ideas for sequels. Hosted by Tony Sam and Julia Prescott, this ongoing show at the Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown a perfect weeknight activity for pop culture geeks. This week's lineup includes Brendon Walsh, Ryan Stout, Matt Ingebretson and Emily Maya Mills with musical guest Henry Phillips. Tickets $8 in advance/$10 at the door.

MUSIC: Sylvan Essoa, a quirky electro-pop outfit from North Carolina, will be at the Troubadour with Dana Buoy opening. Sylvan Esso's self-titled debut album is one of the year's most buzzed-about and one that landed in the Top 40 of Billboard's Top 200 list. Advanced tickets are $13 and day-of-show tickets are $15. Doors open at 8 p.m.

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