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Your Ultimate Guide To August: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles

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We found a number of notable happenings in August, so we're ready to help you plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.

Aug. 2

The Section Quartet Performs Radiohead’s OK Computer at Largo at the Coronet on Aug. 2. The Quartet performs the album in its entirety to celebrate the 20th anniversary of OKC’s release. Special guests: Matt Nathanson and Richard Edwards (of Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s). Doors at 7 pm, show at 8:30 pm. Tickets: $30.

Aug. 4

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BREW AT THE ZOO (Beer + animals)
Brew at the Zoo returns to the L.A. Zoo and Botanical Gardens from 7-11 pm on Friday, Aug. 4. Dozens of breweries are participating in the event (among them: 101 Cider House, 21st Amendment Brewery, Latitude 33 Brewing Co., Left Coast Brewing Co.). The night includes 5-oz beer samples, pub grub for purchase and live music. Guests with VIP Lounge tickets ($125 per person, available online only) can dine from 6 to 8:30 pm at Reggie's Bistro VIP buffet and from 6 to 10:30 at Thai Pavilion's VIP buffet. VIP bars with exclusive specialty cocktails and beers are open at both locations from 6 to 11 pm. General admission tickets: $65 or $75 at the door (if available).

Aug. 5-6

HARD SUMMER (Music fest)
The Hard Summer Music Festival takes place on Aug. 5-6 at the Speedway in Fontana, featuring both electronic and hip-hop artists. Headliners for this year's 10-year anniversary concert include DJ Snake and Justice (DJ set) on Saturday with Ty Dolla $ign, Malaa, A-Trak, Mobb Deep; and Snoop Dogg performing Doggystyle, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Migos and more on Sunday. Tickets start at $109 (per day). Passes start at $199.

Aug. 5-12

Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects opens Worst of the Worst: Antihero and Beyond, an art retrospective of works by Todd Francis on Aug. 5. Francis is a renowned artist from the skate world (designing the iconic Antihero logo and collaborating with Nike, Vans, and many others). The show opens to the public at 8 pm and runs through Aug. 12.

Aug. 5-6

On Aug. 5 and 6, the Paley Center presents TV Noir: Let There Be Dark, screening 12 TV shows that embody classic noir films or are greatly influenced by them—for free. TV and noir fans should drop by to catch shows on the big screen, including Naked City, Moonlighting, Twin Peaks, Kraft Mystery Theatre: Night Cry, Dragnet, The X Files and more. Screenings: 12:15 to 5 pm.

Aug. 5-6

SCARELA (Horror)
ScareLA—a summer Halloween convention—celebrates its fifth year with VR, artists and horror exhibitions from Warner Brothers, Universal Studios Hollywood, Haunted Hayride and more. Taking place in the West Hall of the LA Convention Center, activities include a haunted Scarywood, a zombie LARP and more. Doors open at 11 am. General admission: $30-$50; nighttime party passes are extra.

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Aug. 6

There’s a great lineup at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday night with the veteran folk-pop Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, rockers Spoon and Kristin Kontrol, the new solo project from the Dum Dum Girls’ leader. 7 pm.

Aug. 8-9

The comedy duo Tim and Eric (Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim) make a stop on Aug. 8-9 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel as part of their their Tim & Eric 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour. Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! is 10 years old and Tim and Eric celebrate the Awesome Show as well as their other ventures. Tickets start at $47.50. Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm.

Aug. 8-9

Lady Gaga brings her Joanne World Tourto The Forum in Inglewood on Aug. 8-9. Tickets are scarce as in both nights are technically sold out. 7:30 pm. Tickets: $59-$506.

Aug. 10-13

NEXTFEST (Film + music)
Sundance Next Fest is an offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT section and brings a weekend of film, music, conversation and comedy to the Theatre at Ace Hotel. The mini-fest opens on Aug. 10 with a 25th Anniversary screening of Reservoir Dogs. Director Quentin Tarantino receives a Vanguard Leadership Award at the event. Other films will be screened (including Lemon, Gente-fied, Gook, Bitch, Dina, Golden Exits and L.A. Times) throughout the weekend, with three paired with live performances by Sleigh Bells, Lizzo and Electric Guest. The fest closes out with director Dee Rees’ Mudbound. Tickets: $10-$35.

Aug. 10-19

The 13th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival (an Oscar®-qualifying festival) runs Aug. 10-19 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Roosevelt Hotel, Harmony Gold Theater and other venues in Hollywood. There are 400 shorts from all over the world competing for the Best Short Film Prize and Grand Jury Prize, Best Director among other categories. There’s a special opening night screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket on Aug. 10, followed by a Q&A with star Matthew Modine (who directed a short in this year’s festival). All-access badge: $600. Tickets for panels and screenings: $20 each. Day passes are also available.

Aug. 11-Dec. 30


'Hamilton' finally opens in L.A. this month. (Photo: Joan Marcus)

HAMILTON (Musical)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must have heard that Hamilton finally makes its way to Los Angeles this month. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about Alexander Hamilton, one of the country’s founding fathers—an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The music combines hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway. As you can imagine, tickets ($85-$750) are scarce.

Aug. 11

The Avett Brothers headline the Greek Theatre on Aug. 11 with Dr. John and the Nite Trippers playing in support. Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 8 pm. Tickets: $49.50 - $59.50.

Aug. 12

Cinespia presents its 7th Annual Movies All Night Slumber Party on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. On the triple bill: The Big Lebowski (sold out), but a limited number of tickets are still available for the midnight double feature of Half Baked and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Entry to the party starts at 11:30 pm and the movies start at midnight. A photo booth will be open and DJ Nobody (Low End Theory) spins tunes, too. Tickets: $20. Parking extra. Bring a blanket, pillows, low chairs and a picnic.

Aug. 12-13

BrunchCon—the convention for people who love to brunch—returns to the Magic Box at the Reef for the second year this month, this time expanding to two days on Aug. 12-13. With more than 50 vendors to choose from, guests can sip and munch while shopping for brunch-related merchandise and other activities. This year’s Brunchcon features an open mimosa bar and an open Bloody Mary Bar. There are two sessions: 9:30 am-12 pm and 12:30-3 pm each day. VIP sessions enter a half-hour early. Tickets: $65-$90.

Aug. 13-19

The fourth annual Burbank Comedy Festival runs Aug. 13-19 at Flappers Comedy Club, L.A. Connection Comedy Theater and Hilton Garden Inn Burbank Downtown. Performers include: Jimmy Dore, Joey Diaz, Kevin Pollak, Carol Leifer, Christopher Titus, Hal Sparks, Kel Mitchell, David Zucker, Jimmy Pardo and many others. In addition, the fest includes podcast tapings and panel discussions, too. Festival passes: VIP $350 (access to all events); $250 (excludes special events). Individual show prices vary with two-item minimum per person.

Aug. 17-20

The sixth annual Echo Park Rising—the free, all ages festival—takes places at various venues throughout Echo Park from Aug. 17-20. The 2017 lineup includes: Surf Curse, The Buttertones, Dungen, CRX (featuring Nick Valensi from The Strokes), Moon Honey, Alice Bag, Meatbodies, Boogaloo Assassins, Ethio Cali Ensemble and more. There will be dance parties in other areas of Echo Park, too. While the fest is free, there are VIP tickets ($20-$35) that include shade seating, beer and mezcal tastings. The outdoor main stage at the intersection of Liberty and Reservoir will turn into a street fest with viewing areas, craft beer gardens, vendors and food trucks.

Aug. 19-20

HOT SAUCE EXPO (Spice fest)
The 3rd Annual California Hot Sauce Expo takes over the City National Grove of Anaheim on Aug. 19-20 from 10 am to 6 pm each day. The weekend event features more than 40 artisanal craft hot sauce makers from around the world. In addition to sauces, there will be food vendors, craft beers and specialty cocktails. Eating competitions will pepper the weekend, too, including The Guinness Book of World Records Reaper Pepper Eating Contest, The Booze & Infuse Cocktail Competition, The Spicy Pizza of Doom, The Slaytanic Burrito and the Chihuahua Beauty Pageant. General admission: $10; Craft Brew Package - $40; Ultimate Fiery VIP Package - $75.

Aug. 19-27

NISEI WEEK (Festival)
Nisei Week is Little Tokyo’s largest annual festival that celebrates Japanese culture, arts, food and entertainment. Highlights of the festival include: a Grand Parade at 4 pm on Aug. 20; an all-day Nisei Week Car Show and the Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship at 2 pm on Aug. 26; and more. Free.

Aug. 22

Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick hosts the special tribute event Extraordinary: Stan Lee on Aug. 22 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. The event pays homage to the iconic comic creator, bringing together stars of the comic book, film and TV worlds that Lee has helped create. Expected presenters are Tom Bergeron, Lou Ferrigno, Todd McFarlane, Michael Rooker, Andy Signore and many others. 6 pm. Tickets: $95 for general admission to $350.00 for VIP seats and a meet-and-greet.

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