18 Of The Best Things To Do This Week In Southern California

The art exhibition Beyond the Streets has been extended through Aug. 26 with an accompanying Summer Streets event series. (Image: Lee Quiñones)

Get ready to shake yer booty: Learn fraternity and sorority style stepping at the Ford; catch a free show with Ranky Tanky at the Skirball or handjive as "Grease" plays on the Wiltern's big screen. For more cerebral offerings: author Allie Rowbottom talks about Jell-O and her family's history, Wayne Kramer of MC5 discusses his memoir and the OC-Centric New Play Festival kicks off in Orange. The Manhattan Beach Open (volleyball) begins a four-day tournament and Echo Park Rising returns.

MONDAY, AUG. 13; 7 p.m.
JAM Session: Stepping
Ford Theatres — 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
Members of the California Step Association teach participants how to turn their bodies into instruments through foot stomping, hand clapping and chants. After a demo, instructors will break down the moves to create a group performance. This dance form has its roots in African culture, made popular by historically black fraternities and sororities. All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate. Be sure to wear sneakers or boots for this workshop.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, AUG. 13; 8 p.m.
Heat Comedy
Iron Triangle Brewery, 1581 Industrial St., downtown L.A.
Todd Masterson hosts a new comedy show the second Monday of every month. August's comics include Marlena Rodriguez, Kelly McInerney, Heather Turman and Jon Schabl. The comedy should be as hot as the temperature outside — but the venue is air conditioned.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

MONDAY, AUG. 13; 4 - 6 p.m.
Together with Tacos on Pico
Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions — 11705 West Pico Blvd., Sawtelle
To celebrate the life of the late Jonathan Gold, Trejo's Tacos will give away free tacos to the first 200 attendees in front of the "Pico...where I learned to eat" mural. Guests are encouraged to donate to the GoFundMe campaign, created by friends of the Gold-Ochoa family to assist them with immediate expenses.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, AUG. 14; 9 p.m.
John Early and Special Guests
The Satellite — 1717 Silverlake Blvd., Silver Lake
The full lineup for Early's show hasn't been announced but go anyway. Seeing the comedian in a small venue for an even smaller price will be worth it. The show is 21+.
COST: $8; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, AUG. 14; 7 p.m.
'Jell-o Girls: A Family History'
Book Soup — 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Allie Rowbottom discusses and signs her new book, a family memoircombined with a product history. In 1899, Rowbottom's great-great-great-uncle bought the patent to Jell-O from its inventor for $450. While the deal would prove lucrative, the family was also "haunted by suicides, cancer, alcoholism, and mysterious ailments." Rowbottom's mother, who died of cancer, passed her research onto her daughter, hoping someone would write the story that she could not.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, AUG. 14; 9:30 p.m.
The Get Brown
UCB Franklin — 5919 Franklin Ave., Franklin Village
This is the last show of a successful run for UCBT's 's first all-South Asian comedy team — six comedians of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi heritage. The sketches explore South Asian themes, including Bollywood, Indian weddings, matchmakers, Islamophobia and family. Also on the program is the musical sketch show "Heather Woodward Is UnCastable."
COST: $7; MORE INFO

Could this be the droid you're looking for? The CanguRo Ride-Roid makes its U.S. debut at a transportation-mobility discussion at the Petersen Museum. (Image: Courtesy of Japan House LA)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15; 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Reimagining Mobility for Los Angeles
Petersen Automotive Museum — 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
In advance of the official opening of its inaugural exhibition "Prototyping in Tokyo," Japan House LA teams with the Petersen Museum to discuss mobility as a key to city living. University of Tokyo Professor Shunji Yamanaka and UCLA Studio Professor Greg Lynn share their visions for L.A. with Seleta Reynolds, the head of L.A.'s Department of Transportation. They'll talk modes of transport from scooters to self-driving cars to robots. The event also features the U.S. premiere of the "ride-roid" CanguRo and presents Gita, a "Star Wars"- esque cargo droid that carries your stuff around.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15; 7 p.m.
Panic! At the Disco
Staples Center — 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown L.A.
All you sinners stand up and sing Hallelujah because this foursome from Vegas is in the middle of its first headlining tour. The band is supporting their new album, "Pray For The Wicked." Hayley Kiyoko andNew Jersey electropop outfit Arizona open the show.
COST: $30.75 - $80.75; MORE INFO

The little neighborhood festival Echo Park Rising, with music, performances and deals at local businesses, returns. (Image: Courtesy of Echo Park Rising via Facebook)

THURSDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 19
Echo Park Rising
various locations in Echo Park
The l'il festival that could is now in its eighth year, keeping its focus on music, art, performances and small, neighborhood businesses. Performers include TT, featuring Theresa from Warpaint, James Supercave, Aidan James, Shannon Shaw, Kolars, Bob Baker Marionettes, Local Hero (Andy Clockwise) and Busted Storytellers. Many businesses — from Blank City Records to Mohawk Bend and Memento Mori — are offering discounts and sales throughout the festival.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16; 8 p.m.
Ranky Tanky
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
The Sunset Concert series continues with the South Carolina quintet bringing the sounds and traditions of Gullah culture to audiences. The Gullah people can trace their roots to West Africa and the Transatlantic slave trade. Ajay Ravi of dublab begins the night with a DJ set starting at 6:30 p.m. The art galleries remain open until 10 p.m.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16; 7 p.m.
Shine
Santa Monica Playhouse — 1211 4th St., Santa Monica
The long-running Westside show features writers, performers and musical artists sharing stories with the theme of "The Power of Music." Listen to tales from Jake Cassman, Rich Johnson, Molly Meng, Ksusha Miretski (aka HibiscusChild), Misty Rosas and Terrie Silverman.
COST: $12; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16; 8 p.m.
'Grease'
The Wiltern — 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown
Get ready to bust out your hand jive moves and celebrate the beloved musical's 40th anniversary. Professional dancers accompany the film and we're pretty sure audience members also sing along. A dance party in the lobby follows the screening.
COST: $15 - $20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16; 7 p.m.
'Beyond the Streets': 'Wild Style' Screening
Beyond the Streets — 1667 N. Main St., Chinatown
The epic exhibition of works by more than 100 street and graffiti artists has been extended through Aug. 26. For its final weeks, BTS runs a number of free events and special weekend programming, including a screening of the 1983 hip hop film produced by Charlie Ahearn. A Q&A with Ahearn follows the film. Follow @beyondthestreetsart on Instagram for promo codes to the screening.
COST: $25 for exhibition; FREE screening tickets with promo code; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16; 6:30 p.m.
MOCA Music
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA — 152 North Central Ave., Little Tokyo
The museum collaborates with Spaceland to feature new and emerging artists in this music series. HOODBOI, the performance moniker of L.A.-based producer-DJ-graphic designer Roger Schami, and Promnite (Paul "PJ" Sledge) headline. Food trucks and a cash bar will be on site.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 26
OC-Centric New Play Festival
Moulton Hall Studio Theatre, Chapman University — 300 E. Palm Ave., Orange
The theater festival champions new works by Orange County playwrights. This year's offerings include the feature-length play "Allegory of the Cave," written by Darren Andrew Nash and directed by Angela Cruz. It follows a young woman involuntarily admitted to a psychiatric facility after a psychotic break. Three one-acts are also on tap: "A Girl Smiles in the Arctic," "Joey & Mare" and "The Mulberry Bush."
COST: $23; MORE INFO

Wayne Kramer, pictured at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, talks about his new memoir at Book Soup this week. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

THURSDAY, AUG. 16; 7 p.m.
'The Hard Stuff'
Book Soup — 8818 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Wayne Kramer, original guitarist and songwriter for MC5, discusses his memoir, which recounts his life as an artist and addict. Novelist and screenwriter Jerry Stahl, who knows a thing or two about battling personal demons, will interview Kramer.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16; 8 p.m.
Justin Willman
Dynasty Typewriter at The Hayworth — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
The magician and comic celebrates the release of his new Netflix series, "Magic For Humans." The night includes a live performance, screening and post-screening reception.
COST: $15 - 20; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 16 - SUNDAY, AUG. 19
Manhattan Beach Open
Manhattan Beach Pier — 2 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
The tournament known as the Super Bowl of beach volleyball features pros competing on nine courts over four days. Teams are vying to receive a ticket to the AVP Hawaii Invitational.
COST: FREE general admission; VIP packages available; MORE INFO

What are you doing this week? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.


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