18 Fabulous Things To Do This Week In Southern California

Feel like staying out late on a school night? We found an Abba singalong, Janelle Monáe at the Greek, a late-night party at The Autry and a film about punk pioneers The Slits. The Paley Center takes on CNN's latest series and the start of TV's golden age, long before "peak TV" wasn't even a thing.


MONDAY, JUNE 25

Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits
8 p.m. @ The Regent — 448 S. Main St., downtown L.A.
The film documents one of the first all-female punk bands, The Slits, who were contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols and pioneered a punky reggae sound. The film explores the stories of the women in the band, from its founding in 1976 to its end in 2010, after the death of frontwoman Ari Up. The event also includes a Q&A with director Bill Badgley and musician Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Ex Stains) as well as live performances by Ex Stains and Rock n Roll Camp for Girls.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JUNE 25
Summertime Crab Boil
6 - 9 p.m. @ Red Herring — 1661 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock

Time to get messy while indulging in this all-you-can-eat family-style meal. Restaurant co-owners Alexis Martin Woodall and chef Dave Woodall pay homage to their Maryland roots with a Chesapeake Bay feast of crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, coleslaw, macaroni salad, cornbread and baked beans. Tickets include two drinks (beer and wine) with a cash bar available.
COST: $80; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Quiet Slang
7:30 p.m. @ The Moroccan Lounge — 901 E 1st St., downtown L.A.
James Alex, frontman for Philly-based punk band Beach Slang, brings his minimalist side-project to L.A. He strips down Beach Slang songs, offering audiences acoustic versions arranged for piano, cello and voice. Abi Reimold opens.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Flux, Summer 2018

7:30 p.m. @ The Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The screening series celebrates the creative community and showcases short films and music videos from artists around the world. The night also includes filmmaker presentations and performances. For this edition, guests are filmmakers American Millennial, Kara Durrett + Lowell A. Meyer, Tim Nackashi, Saigo no Shudan, Elliott Sellers, Najeeb Tarazi and Arnaud Uyttenhove. A courtyard after-party follows.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO


TUESDAY, JUNE 26

Mamma Mia! The Movie & ABBA Sing-along
6:30 p.m. @ Gilmore Lane between The Grove and the Farmer's Market — 189 The Grove Dr., Fairfax
It's still Pride Month, so celebrate by listening to ABBA tunes played by a tribute band. Then sing along while the 2008 movie starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. The screening starts at 8:15 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Open House
8:30 p.m. @ Largo at the Coronet — 366 N La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Grove
All we know about this show is that it features "3 Comedians. 1 Real Estate Agent. 5 Houses. Lots of Opinions." Still not sold? This will probably seal the deal: The comics are: John Mulaney, Dan Levy and Natasha Leggero.
COST: $30; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 26
Sister Act 3: Old Habits Die Hard
8:30 p.m. @ UCBT Sunset — 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
Written and directed by Hanna LoPatin and Ben Siemon, the latest edition of the "Quick & Funny Musicals" series follows non-nun Deloris Van Cartier as she returns to help the sisters save their convent from Katy Perry. The singer wants the building as a home for her cat but will divine intervention save the sisters? There's only one way to find out.
COST: $7; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Artists and their Books / Books and their Artists
The Getty Center — 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood

The exhibition focuses on the book as an art medium. Featuring more than 40 contemporary artists, the works include books that can be "unpacked, unfolded, unfurled, or disassembled." Contributors include Anne Auerbach, Andrea Bowers, Chris Burden, Dave Eggers, Olafur Eliasson, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Katherine Ng, Ed Ruscha, William Wegman and Wei Tian.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

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Explore The Autry at night for "Viva El Arte." DANIELLE KLEBANOW PHOTOGRAPHY


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Autry After Hours: Viva El Arte
6:30 - 9 p.m. @ Autry Museum of the American West — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Inspired by the museum's "La Raza" exhibition, this music series ends with a bang. The party features the bass crew Subsuelo, spoken word by L.A. poets Ángel Garcia and Suzanne Lummis, and art-making activities with Self Help Graphics' Barrio Mobile Art Studio. Tacos, beer, wine and cocktails are available for purchase. Reservations recommended.
COST: $5; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27
Flowers of Flowers
8 p.m. @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Stumptown Coffee's film tells the story of a journey to Antigua, Guatemala to visit renown coffee producer Luis Pedro Zelaya. On this trip, a diverse group — pro skateboarders Ray Barbee and Rick McCrank, artist Lori Damiano, Stumptown's Jim Kelso — learn about coffee and climate change. The night includes a panel with Zelaya and a musical performance by Ray Barbee.
COST: $15; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 28
Janelle Monae
7:30 p.m. @ Greek Theatre — 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
After beginning her acting career in 2016 with performances in two key films, "Hidden Figures" and "Moonlight," the multihyphenate artist returns to music. She's in the midst of a North American tour for her latest album, "Dirty Computer." To quote fellow musician Alicia Keys, "This girl is on fire...." St. Beauty opens the night.
COST: $25 - $99.50; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, JULY 29
Our Very Own Carlin McCullough
Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at the Geffen Playhouse — 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood

Amanda Peet's second play follows a child tennis prodigy, her single mother and her tennis coach through the highs and lows of the girl's career. The world premiere stars Mamie Gummer and Joe Tippett. Peet's first play, "The Commons of Pensacola," ran Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2013.
COST: $60 - $85; MORE INFO

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Keegan Palmer at the 2017 Dew Tour in Long Beach. GEORGE CROSLAND


THURSDAY, JUNE 28 - SUNDAY, JULY 1

Dew Tour
Long Beach Convention Center and Rainbow Park Lagoon — 300 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach

The summer skate competition features both pro and amateur competitors. Between the tricks, check out skateboarding brands and other vendors, food trucks, a beer garden (for those 21+) and a public skatepark. This year's art activations take place throughout the weekend with live art competitions, local artist furniture creations in the lounge and skateboard art.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 28
CNN'S The 2000s: A Look Back at the Dawn of TV'S New Golden Age
7 p.m. @ Paley Center for Media — 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
The seven-part docu-series takes viewers on a nostalgic trip through the aughts, highlighting the cultural and political events that shaped the era. Panelists include "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" creator Vince Gilligan, former HBO president Carolyn Strauss and "The Big Bang Theory" creator Chuck Lorre.
COST: $20 - $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 - SATURDAY, JUNE 30
2018 Comedysportz World Championship
El Portal Theatre — 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood

Comedy is performed as a sport at this championship, complete with teams, games, challenges and refereed improv scenes performed in four minutes or less. The audience helps choose the games and ultimately decides the winners. Each show features four teams vying for a spot in Saturday night's championship.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 28
David Sedaris
6 p.m. @ Vroman's Bookstore — 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
The author and humorist discusses and signs his latest book, "Calypso." The collection details his observations on "middle age and mortality" so you can bet on deep, dark, uncomfortable parts between the giggles. This is a ticketed event.
COST: $28; MORE INFO

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Guests enjoy the L.A. Zoo's Sustainable Wine+Dinner Series in 2017. JAMIE PHAM/GLAZA


THURSDAY, JUNE 28

Sustainable Wine + Dinner Series
6 - 9 p.m. @ The L.A. Zoo — 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park
The annual dinner series focuses on GLAZA's commitment to conservation. For this year's finale, Ancient Peaks Winery in Santa Margarita serves as the inspiration for a four-course, farm-to-table meal created by Brad Robertson, the zoo's executive chef. The menu includes goat cheese panna cotta, braised pork croquette and a peach tarte tatin.
COST: $140 - $150; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 - SATURDAY, JUNE 30 and FRIDAY, JULY 6 - SATURDAY, JULY 7
La Gazzetta
8 p.m. @ Highland Park Ebell Club — 131 S. Ave. 57, Highland Park
Meaning "the newspaper" in Italian, this Gioachino Rossini opera premiered in Naples in 1816 and ran for 21 performances. The Pacific Opera Production marks only the second staging in North America and will use a newly commissioned orchestral arrangement. The plot follows the consequences of a father's actions. He has placed an ad in the local paper looking for the best — or richest — suitor for his daughter. The opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

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