19 Of The Best Events Happening In Southern California This Week

U.S. figure skating champion Tonya Harding (right) listens to her coach Diane Rawlinson during a practice session on January 18, 1994 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit should read Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

The summer heat isn't stopping us from great outdoor activities including Sylvan Esso at the Greek, Dudamel taking on Bernstein at the Bowl and a screening of "I, Tonya" atop the Bloc. If dark clubs are more your thing, check out a variety show at the Virgil and a script reading-drinking game mashup at El Cid. There's plenty more.

KPCC In Person's community-driven series "Unheard L.A." returns this week. (Photo by Louis Felix/KPCC)

MONDAY, JULY 9; 6 - 8 p.m.
Unheard LA Salon
East L.A. Library — 4837 E. 3rd St., East L.A.
KPCC In Person's live, community-driven storytelling series gives Angelenos the stage so that they can share their experiences of life in SoCal through stories, spoken word, music, poetry and maybe a little magic. This week, KPCC highlights some of its favorite stories from its first two seasons, bringing back Mike Sonksen, Cheryl Farrell and Ash Nichols. At the event, you'll learn about the submission and editing process. Come for the stories, stay for the snacks.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JULY 9; 10:30 p.m.
Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody
UCBT Sunset — 5419 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
Relive Tom Riddle's early days at Hogwarts before, you know, turning into The Dark Lord Voldemort a.k.a. "He Who Must Not Be Named." "Only a select few know that Tom Riddle was in a rock band with a giant squid, that he had a Hufflepuff girlfriend and that he learned how to kiss from a snake." The show features the adventures of Riddle and his bff/snake, Nagini, as well as a few murders mixed in with teen hormones.
COST: $7; MORE INFO

MONDAY, JULY 9; 8:30 p.m.
Johanna Samuels
Bootleg Theater — 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
The singer-songwriter continues her July residency, sharing the bill with other emerging artists: Sofia Wolfson, Lisa Sonoda and Lia. Ages 21+.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO



TUESDAY, JULY 10; 8 p.m.

Sylvan Esso
Greek Theatre — 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
The electronic pop duo, known for songs "Hey Mami" and "Coffee," kicks off its summer tour, performing under the stars. Opening act is Amber Coffman, former vocalist and guitarist for Dirty Projectors.
COST: $29.50 - $45.50 (plus fees); MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 10, THURSDAY, JULY 12; 7:30 p.m.
Blindspotting / Eighth Grade
WGA Theater — 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Film Independent presents two new indies. Blindspotting, a comedy written and starring lifelong friends Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, examines friendship, race and class in rapidly gentrifying Oakland. The event includes a conversation with Diggs and Casal. On Thursday, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade screening includes a discussion with the writer-director.
COST: FREE for Film Independent members; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 10; 8 p.m.
Bernstein 100 Celebration with Dudamel
Hollywood Bowl — 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Sutton Foster, best known for her work on TV Land's series, "Younger," also has an extensive Broadway resume. She makes her Bowl debut with the L.A. Phil and joins singer Brian Stokes Mitchell in a program that includes Bernstein's "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs," "Three Dance Episodes from On the Town," "Three Meditations from Mass" and "West Side Story Symphonic Dances."
COST: Tickets start at $1; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11; 8:30 p.m.
Scripts Gone Wild
El Cid — 4212 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
Part drinking game and part comedy reading night, featured guests are asked to read a famous screenplay — this month, it's "Nightmare on Elm Street" — and drink every time they flub a line, get distracted or forget their place. The audience is welcome to play along (but Uber/Lyft or bring a DD).
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11; 7 p.m.
An Evening with Seymour Stein
West Hollywood Library's Council Chambers — 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood
Stein, the co-founder and chairman of Sire Records had a knack for predicting music trends and the next big acts, signing such icons as the Ramones, the Talking Heads and Madonna. He'll chat with musician Henry Rollins about his memoir, "Siren Song: My Life in Music." Tickets include a copy of the book.
COST: $29; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11; 8 p.m.
Victory Lap
The Virgil — 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
The unhinged variety show, hosted by Seth Owen and Stuart Jenkins, returns to its old stomping ground for one night, featuring the comic talents of Dana Gould, Naomi Ekperigin, JETZO and Whitney Rice. There's also a little music, beatboxing and magic by Warp Drive, Joshua Silverstein and Mystiki Magic, respectively.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 8 p.m.
Outfest Los Angeles: "Studio 54"
Orpheum Theatre — 842 S Broadway, downtown L.A.
The LGBTQ Film Festival opens with a gala screening of Matt Tyrnauer's documentary about a club in a sketchy NYC neighborhood that became the center of the disco universe. Tyrnauer mixes vintage interviews with new footage from doormen, bartenders and paparazzi who knew thethe secrets of the club and its hedonistic patrons. The festival runs through July 22 in several venues throughout L.A.
COST: Tickets start at $60 for the gala screening; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 6:30 p.m
"I, Tonya" with Tonya Harding
The Bloc — 750 W. 7th St., downtown L.A.
Another summer night, another movie on a rooftop in L.A., right? But this one sounds pretty awesome. In addition to the live Q&A with Harding, the night begins with a performance by L.A.-band Ray Little, led by Lauren Little, former front woman of Queen Caveat. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The event is 21+.
COST: $20 - $35; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12 - SUNDAY, JULY 15
For the Record: Tarantino
The Sorting Room at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts — 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The rock'n'soul concert pays tribute to the music used in Quentin Tarantino's movies. The show is led by a "quintet of superheroines inspired by the powerful women of Tarantino's dysfunctional family tree." Evan Rachel Wood, Reeve Carney, Ty Taylor and Carrie Manolakos, take on Tarantino-inspired characters. The eight shows are in-demand and all have wait lists.
COST: $55 - $65; MORE INFO

5 Art Gallery celebrates Bastille Day early with a showing of French street and graffiti artists. (Photo courtesy of 5 Art Gallery)

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 6 - 9 p.m
Bastille Day Kickoff Reception
5 Art Gallery — 8250 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Vive la France! This new-ish gallery celebrates Bastille Day and French street art with a group show that includes works by BABS, Christophe Catelain, L'Atlas, Pro176, Tanc, MonkeyBird, DON, Xare and Zenoy.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 7:30 - 10:30 p.m
Summer Nights
Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
If you haven't seen the "Made in L.A. 2018" exhibition, go this week. KCRW and the museum team up for their Summer Nights series featuring three free nights of concerts and DJ sets. Live music, food trucks and cash bar (for those 21+) begin at 7:30 p.m., and the galleries remain open until 10 p.m. The series launches with Still Woozy, Neil Frances and KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole. The event is all ages.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 7:30 p.m
"Superman" the Movie: 40th Anniversary Screening
Alex Theatre — 216 North Brand Blvd., Glendale
It's been four decades since producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind teamed up with director Richard Donner to craft arguably the best Man of Steel movie and hero in Christopher Reeve. Presented by the nonprofit Alex Film Society, the night begins with a screening of "Fast and Furry-ous," a 1940 cartoon that introduced audiences to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, as well as a Q&A with actor Jack O'Halloran (Non) and producer Ilya Salkind. Proceeds from the evening and raffle tickets go to the society, which works to preserve classic movies and present them on the big screen.
COST: $12 - $17; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 6 - 9 p.m
Marina del Rey Summer Concerts
Burton Chace Park — 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey
Bring a blanket, a low chair and a picnic as Frank Fetta conducts the Marina del Rey Symphony forfor "Symphonic Thursdays" in July and August. The series kicks off with "Opera by the Shore" featuring emerging opera stars. Later in the schedule, Katharine McPhee (aka the future Mrs. David Foster) shows up.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

L.A. Theatre Works presents the world premiere of 'I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom.' Pictured: 'Lucy' creator Jess Oppenheimer on set with Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. (Photo courtesy of Gregg Oppenheimer)

THURSDAY, JULY 12 - SUNDAY, JULY 15
I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom
James Bridges Theater at UCLA — 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Westwood
Written by Gregg Oppenheimer, son of "I Love Lucy" creator-producer and head writer Jess Oppenheimer, the play focuses on the behind-the-scenes stories about one of America's favorite TV comedies. With a cast led by Sarah Drew (formerly of "Grey's Anatomy") as Lucille Ball and Oscar Nuñez ("The Office") as Desi Arnaz, the five performances will be recorded in front of a live audience for future broadcast.
COST: $15 - $65; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 6 - 8 p.m.
LA Original Pop-Up Shop Launch Party
MOCA Grand Avenue — 250 South Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
LA Original hosts a pop-up at the museum, showcasing L.A. brands The Hundreds, Cha Cha Covers, Clare V., EVERYBODY.WORLD, P.F. Candle Co. and Pocket Square Clothing. The launch party features treats by Coolhaus, drinks, music and a few surprises. LA Original, a pilot program of the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles and the Office of Economic Development, supports the Downtown Women's Center's "Made by DWC" program.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, JULY 12; 5:30 - 9 p.m.
The Echo Park Project at Sizzling Summer Nights
The Autry Museum — 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
The Echo Park Project brings its Latin big band tunes to the Autry. Admission includes free dance lessons and late-night access to museum galleries. Tacos, margaritas and other refreshments are available for purchase. The series runs through Aug. 16.
COST: $6 - $14; MORE INFO


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