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19 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.


ART: The A&D Museum is still running "Shelter: Rethinking How We Live In Los Angeles" at their brand new downtown location in the Arts District. From the museum's release: "But Los Angeles has become — both by necessity and demand—a very different place in recent years, shifting its emphasis from single-family homes and the private realm to a culture of density and inclusivity. At the same time it faces new challenges, like population saturation, stratospheric costs, crushing congestion, and unprecedented environmental crises, which can no longer be met by existing residential typologies. Shelter encourages six Los Angeles design practices to meet these challenges, proposing creative new housing models for a changing Los Angeles. The teams include Bureau Spectacular, LA Más, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, MAD Architects, PAR, and wHY." Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for students, seniors and those with a valid TAP card; and free for kids under 12 and A+D members.

Comedy: The Virgil in East Hollywood hosts Hot Tub, a weekly comedy show on Mondays hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal. This week's lineup of comics includes Ricky Carmona, Sean Conroy, Jen Kirkman, Jimmy Pardo and Candice Thompson, but you never know when the occasional special guest might drop by. Doors are at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 online here and $8 at the door (cash only). You can cash in on The Virgil's happy hour, too: $8 craft cocktails, $6 wells, $5 draft beer and $6 wine from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

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STORIES: It's the Moth GrandSLAM Championship on Monday at the Echoplex in Echo Park. These 10 storytellers have all won events in the past and will be competing with no notes, no props and no visual aids. It's up to them to use only their storytelling skills and a mic to win. Tickets are $25, and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors are at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8 p.m.

FOOD: If you love strolling around Larchmont Village on the weekends in search of great cuisine and coffee, check out the 23rd Annual Taste of Larchmont tonight. There will be over 20 participating venues including popular coffee shop Go Get 'Em Tiger, Pinches Tacos and Le Petit Greek. Entertainment also includes live music, a silent auction and a raffle. Tickets are $40 and can be found here. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Hope-Net, which works to end hunger and homelessness.


Writer and comedian Eliot Glazer will perform on Tuesday at the Echo, as well as special guests Reggie Watts, Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear), Kate Berlant and the Dance Cartel. The show, "Haunting Renditions Live" features Glazer taking pop hits and turning them into beautiful ballads. Doors at at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance here, and $12 the day of the show.

YOGA: Feel like getting up extra early? Daybreaker LA is kicking Tuesday off with a a break of dawn party at Wanderlust’s new Hollywood space. Yoga begins at 5:30 a.m., then it turns into a dance party at 6:30 a.m. There will be coffee, smoothies, juice and breakfast items included, plus live music and performances. Tickets are $20 for just the dance party and $30 to also include yoga.

FOOD: Border Grill has been hosting a competition for the last several weeks, pitting Latin street food from various cultures against each other. The contenders this week are Peru and Argentina. Whoever wins this round will compete for the "Battle of the Nations" on September 1. You can attend by buying a $25 ticket that gets you all the food you want, or you can purchase single items for $5 and drinks for $7. The menu includes Peruvian Ceviche, Passion Fruit Cheesecake, Pisco Sour Jello Shots and Aji de Gallina (chicken, creamy ahi amarillo sauce, steamed white rice) and more from Peru. Argentina's offerings include Empanadas de Quiejo, a chicken pate, flan and a cocktail made with Fernet and Coke. The event runs 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

FILM: If Tuesday seems like a good day to take off and chill, LACMA is screening 1976's Freaky Friday, a classic film about a mom and daughter who are forced to literally live in each other's shoes for a day. Catch a film, see some art and maybe grab a drink from Ray's and Stark, and you've got yourself a great day off. Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the box office.

MOVIES: The New Bev is hosting a double feature on Tuesday evening featuring two Australian exploitation films. First up is 1974's Stone. Directed by Sandy Harbutt, this biker film is about an undercover police officer—that's Stone-who must find out who is murdering members of biker gang the Gravedigggers. Next is 1987's Dark Age directed by Arch Nicholson. This film is about a killer crocodile. It was never released in theaters, but Quentin Tarantino loves it, so it makes sense that it's playing at New Bev. Tickets are $8 and the first film starts at 7:30 p.m.

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FILM: The gorgeous Theatre at the Ace Hotel is hosting a screening of Misery Loves Comedy, a documentary in which over 50 actors and comedians talk about their lives and how they make people laugh. The film features the likes of Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer and Jimmy Fallon. After the film, special guests Jason Alexander, Wayne Lederman, Samm Levine and Burton Richie will speak, then there will be a DJ set from Hostile Tapeover. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.

KARAOKE: If you think you're pretty good at karaoke, consider joining Los Angeles' karaoke league. They're having their pre-season mixer at Joxer's Daly in Culver City from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., where you can sing your heart out and vet potential teammates. Once the league is in season, you and your team competes weekly for 10 weeks, with the last two weeks being the semifinal and final competitions. Winners receive prizes from sponsors and praise, but their pre-season mixers are lots of competition-free fun. You can see more info, or register to join a team this season here.

MUSIC: The Cactus Lounge at the Standard in Hollywood has been hosting a weekly music series: Desert Nights. Curated by KCRW DJ Valida, these intimate music events are meant to remind the guest of "an impromptu jam in a musician's living room." This week, they've got Tim Gray & Rachel Dean Music, Drew Victor and Cassandra Violet. The music starts at 7:30 p.m.

THEATRE: 'SickySicky GnarGnar Fest' at Second City is the tale of two teenagers who fall in love. However, one loves pop punk and the other loves hardcore. Set in 2004, this musical comedy has been described as "Grease meets the Vans Warped Tour and Ozzfest." The show starts at $8 p.m. and tickets are $10.


MUSIC: Novalima will close out Skirball's summer concert series this Thursday. Seating is limited as Novalima is a dance band, described as a fusion of "Afro-Peruvian rhythms with reggae, dub, salsa, hip-hop, Afrobeat, electronica, and Cuban son." The concert is free and begins at 8 p.m. More details can be found here.

MUSIC: Jefferson Starship and Purple Mountain Majesties will play a free concert on the Santa Monica Pier as part of the Twilight Summer Concert Series. The concert is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with prepaid parking available starting at $5. RSVP and get more info here.

MOVIES: Alfredo's on the Beach in Long Beach has been hosting free 'Moonlight Movies on the Beach' all summer. You can buy drinks, popcorn and snacks, plus the parking is free. This week's film is Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and it starts at 8 p.m. More info is available here.

MUSIC: You can catch The Waifs, a three-piece Australian folk rock band, for free at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park this Thursday. The music begins at 8 p.m., but there will be kids' activities and food from Peaches Smokehouse and Coolhaus available starting at 6:30 p.m. Find more details here.

RECORDS: Record Store Night is debuting at High Fidelity in Los Feliz on Thursday. Luis Blanco, who runs the record label New Los Angeles, is partnering with DJ House Shoes and his label, Street Corner Music, and music gear company Novation for a full night of live music and vinyl. Each event will feature a new release, special guests and the opportunity to try out Novation products for yourself. This week, they'll be featuring Chicago-artist Jeremiah Jae who has a new, limited-edition cassette, plus a performance from Oliver the 2nd. Early guests may score free pizza, beer and giveaways. The event kicks off at 8 p.m. and goes until midnight.

FOOD & WINE: The L.A. Food & Wine Festival is kicking off this week!. The 'Ultimate Bites of L.A.' event will take place right in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in the street (Grand Avenue will be closed between 1st and 3rd streets). It's hosted by Chef Curtis Stone and features a DJ set by ?uestlove. Guests can sample food from award winning chefs and taste a variety of wines from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are $165. There are also numerous other events around town all weekend long, including special lunches and cooking demos with chefs.