18 Awesome Things To Do In Southern California This Week

Working for the weekend? Here's how you can spend your time this week, from comedy with The Bajillionaires to a salon night at Hauser & Wirth. Other options include a Kate Bush dance party, an evening with David Lynch and a Taste of Covina (not to be confused with its more famous neighbor to the west).

LIT PICK

AN EVENING WITH DAVID LYNCH

Screenshot from David Lynch's animated series, "Dumbland." VIA YOUTUBE

WHEN: Thursday, June 21; 7 p.m.
WHERE: The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
COST: $36 - $46; MORE INFO

Book Soup celebrates the release of the filmmaker and Renaissance man's memoir, "Room to Dream," with a screening of his original animated series "Dumbland" in its entirety. It's followed by conversation between Lynch and co-author Kristine McKenna.

DANCE PARTY PICK

BABY BUSHKA

WHEN: Thursday, June 21; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Moroccan Lounge — 901 E. 1st St., downtown L.A.
COST: $10-$12; MORE INFO

An eight-woman cover band puts on a live Kate Bush dance party, complete with four-part harmonies and choreography. (We can't wait to see what they do for "Running Up That Hill.") Revenge Wife opens.

HISTORY PICK

THE SHERMAN BROTHERS: A HOLLYWOOD SONGBOOK

Richard Sherman at "The Oscar Concert" in 2014. MATT PETIT / ©A.M.P.A.S.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater — 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
COST: $5; MORE INFO

The Academy celebrates Richard and Robert Sherman, the songwriting brothers responsible for dozens of film scores and classic tunes including the Oscar-winning score for "Mary Poppins." Hosted by John Stamos, the evening features film clips, performances and speakers including Leonard Maltin, Pete Docter, Dick Van Dyke, B.J. Novak and Lesley Ann Warren.

COMEDY PICK

THE BAJILLIONAIRES

Paul F. Tompkins of "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$." FACEBOOK

WHEN: Tuesday, June 9; 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: UCBT Franklin — 5919 Franklin Ave., Franklin Village
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The cast of the mockumentary TV series "Bajillion Dollar Propertie$" — Paul F. Tompkins, Drew Tarver, Dan Ahdoot, Ryan Gaul, Mandell Maughan and Tawny Newsome — reunites for a night of improv.

FOOD FESTIVAL PICK

TASTE OF COVINA

WHEN: Thursday, June 21; 6 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Heritage Plaza — 400 N. Citrus Ave., Covina
COST: $25; MORE INFO

The TV show "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" helped put West Covina on the map. This Chamber of Commerce event shines a spotlight on what neighboring Covina has to offer. You'll sample foods, wines and spirits from more than 25 different vendors and listen to live music.

MUSIC PICK

MOCA MUSIC

WHEN: Thursday, June 21; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA — 152 N. Central Ave., downtown L.A.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Celebrate the summer solstice with emerging music artists Theresa Wayman from Warpaint, Wives, Current Joys and Honey Power DJs. Snacks from food trucks and drinks will be available for purchase.

FLICK PICK

THE ICARUS LINE MUST DIE PREMIERE

Joe Cardamone in "The Icarus Line Must Die." FACEBOOK

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20; 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Regent Theater — 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
COST: $17.50; MORE INFO

The dramatic pseudo-documentary follows Icarus Line frontman Joe Cardamone as he navigates the music scene. After the screening, there will be live sets by Cardamone, Annie Hardy (Giant Drag), Melissa Brooks (the aquadolls) and special guest DJs Keith Morris and together PANGEA. The event is all ages.

PANEL PICK

WOMEN IN CRAFT BEER

A look at the craft beer industry from women's perspectives. ANGEL CITY

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 7 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Angel City — 216 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

This L.A. Beer Week event focuses on women's experiences in the beer industry. Moderated by Angel City's Zaneta Santana, panelists include Yvette De Luna (Arts District Brewery assistant brewer), Leticia Barajas (Dry River Brewing GM) and Amber Sawicki (Iron Triangle Brewing's assistant brewer).

RAP PICK

PAYDAY LA

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WHEN: Tuesday, June 19; 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Virgil — 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Virgil Village
COST: $5-$10; MORE INFO

If you're over the Carters' "Everything is Love," check out a new music series that showcases under-the-radar rap and hip-hop artists. Hosted by 92.3's Chuck Dizzle, performers are: Ghrimm, Kooley High, MaZhe, Shadows of Society, Myke Bogan, Keke Bubbles, Maez and Donovan.

SCIENCE PICK

OUT OF THE COLD: FOSSILS FROM ANTARCTICA LAND IN LOS ANGELES

Thrinaxodon skeleton at Halfmoon Bluff, Antarctica. DR. NATHAN SMITH, NHMLA

WHEN: Opens Wednesday, June 20
WHERE: Natural History Museum — 900 Exhibition Blvd., Exposition Park
COST: $7-$15; MORE INFO

After a recent Antarctic excavation, Dr. Nathan Smith and his team have brought home fossils entombed in rock for 250 million years. The small, temporary installation shows off the museum's newest specimens: reptile, amphibian and synapsid ( relatives of mammals) fossils, and serves as a precursor to the upcoming exhibition, "Antarctic Dinosaurs," opening April 2019.

TEEN PICK

TEEN NIGHT AT THE GETTY

Getty Unshuttered celebrates L.A.'s young artists. GETTY

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20; 7:30 - 10 p.m.
WHERE: Getty Center — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The Unshuttered program turns the museum's grounds into an immersive photography showcase to celebrate local teen artists from. The night includes food, music, projection-mapped animation and art. A live, interactive show begins at 8:30 p.m.

DRINKS PICK

SPIKED LEMONADE TASTING

The Culver Hotel's signature "Culver Lemonade." CULVER HOTEL

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20; 5 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Culver and Washington Blvds., Culver City
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Now in its seventh year, this shopping, strolling and sipping event lets folks pick up a "passport" from a participating business and indulge in a spiked summer beverages (nonalcoholic options are also available). As you visit designated stops to collect passport stamps and drinks, there's live music along the route and a raffle at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.

POP PICK

DAWES

Dawes plays a free show at Amoeba. DAWES

WHEN: Thursday, June 21; 6 p.m.
WHERE: Amoeba Music — 6400 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The L.A. band plays a free show to celebrate the release of their new album "Passwords." Buy the CD or vinyl version in-store and you'll get to meet Dawes and have them sign it after the show.

LATIN MUSIC PICK

ROJA Y NEGRO

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19; 8 p.m.
WHERE: Hollywood Forever — 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
COST: $25; MORE INFO

The French-Chilean musician and MC Ana Tijoux introduces L.A. to her latest project, which steps away from hip-hop and rhymes to explore a mellower sound. Her new music is dedicated to "love, heartbreak, and the classic Latin American songbook that influenced her youth."

ART PICK

HAMMER CONVERSATION: RUNNING IN CIRCLES

WHEN: Thursday, June 21; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd.,Westwood
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

For a durational art performance, "Made in L.A. 2018" artist EJ Hill ran laps around every school he attended in L.A. as a "reflection on the hardships that black, brown, and queer bodies endure as well as their resilience." The Biennial's co-curator, Erin Christovale, discusses Hill's art with Amanda Hunt from MOCA and artist Texas Isaiah, who collaborated on Hill's project. Don't forget to check out the biennial while at the museum.

SALON PICK

SALON SERIES IN THE GARDEN: DON MCCULLIN AND WARREN OLNEY

British Photographer Sir Don McCullin and Warren Olney are at Hauser & Wirth. HAUSER & WIRTH

WHEN: Tuesday, June 19; 7 p.m.
WHERE: Hauser & Wirth — 901 East 3rd Street., downtown L.A.
COST: $50; MORE INFO

The gallery holds an evening of discussion and dining. The main course is a conversation between British photographer McCullin and KCRW's Olney. They'll talk about the evolution of photography in journalism and McCullin's first U.S. exhibition, which opens Saturday at the gallery. Chef Kris Tominaga of Manuela serves up a family-style dinner for attendees.

FLICK PICK

FLIXATFIG: CAN'T HARDLY WAIT

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WHEN: Wednesday, June 20; 7 p.m.
WHERE: FIGat7th — 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The teen comedy starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry is 20 years old and screens inside the Taste Food Hall. Get there early (6 p.m.) for happy hour and listen to a DJ spin the tunes. No outside food or drinks are allowed.

SHOPPING PICK

TASCHEN SUMMER SALE

Taschen holds its summer sale this week. TASCHEN

WHEN: Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24
WHERE: Taschen Store Beverly Hills — 354 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The art book publisher's summer sale features discounts of up to 75% for display items and slightly damaged books from the catalogue. The sale happens both in-store and online.

Should we know about other events this week? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.


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