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This week's top events
Monty Python's Spamalot
Monty Python sort of makes a return to the Hollywood Bowl stage with three performances of the Tony Award-winning musical Spamalot. Warwick Davis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Craig Robinson, Christian Slater and Eric Idle himself round out the specially assembled cast.
Special Olympics World Games
While LA throws its hat into the ring for that other olympiad, it's already cemented its place as the host city for 2015's Special Olympics World Games. The weeklong competition, the largest sports and humanitarian event of its kind, is easily the biggest gathering in LA since the '84 Olympics. Over 7,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities will compete in 25 sports at venues everywhere from Long Beach to Encino. The opening ceremony takes place at the Coliseum on July 25.
If the word Hallyu means anything to you, then pencil this annual K-pop convention into your calendar this summer. For three days, the LA Convention Center hosts panels, workshops, signings and more, as well as Staples Center concerts on Saturday and Sunday stocked with Korean celebs and superstars.
New Original Works Festival
See what’s cutting edge in the city’s vibrant performing arts scene at REDCAT’s yearly summer festival, where it turns its theater into a creative artistic laboratory for Los Angeles artists, à la CalArts. Each of the three weekends boasts unique, daring and distinctive performances of new original works for the stage— from dance, theater and music to multimedia performance art. If you want to catch all three programs, a festival pass is available for just $40.
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Concerts in LA
Kick off August summer concerts right with catchy folk-style tunes from Milky Chance live at Shrine Expo Hall. Somewhere in between soft coffeehouse tracks and high tempo pop rock, this German-based duo has found their niche. Clap along to global hits like “Stolen Dance,” and “Flashed Junk Mind,” as well as newer drop singles like “Nevermind.”
The last time you had a philosophical car ride in which you pondered life, love, and relationships, you probably had Wilco playing in the background—and if you haven’t endured this out of body experience, you should. Cozy up to this indie rock band at the Greek Theatre; an ideal setting for Wilco’s older track, “California stars” (perhaps, chant for a throwback) and other feel-good songs. This six-man group of Chicagoans promises a show with the best hits from every album, so be sure to snag tickets before it sells out.
DJ Windows 98
If DJ Windows 98 doesn't sound familiar, the man behind the pseudonym probably will—it's Arcade Fire vocalist Win Butler, taking to the tables to produce retro, '90s-ish computer tunes inspired by a simpler time when computers were for pretending to be a 16-year-old girl in chatrooms and playing Oregon Trail and nothing more. It's a somewhat head-scratching side project for the indie rocker, but worth catching, especially at this cozy Constellation Room show.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Super buzzy New Zealand-via-Portland trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra makes colorful, ’60s-style psychedelic rock with song names like “Ffunny Ffrends” and “How Can You Luv Me.” The band stops by The Roxy for a sold-out show in support of its celebrated new effort, Multi-Love.
CineInsomnia: Cowboy Bebop
Wrap up the month of July with a futuristic adventure through space from directors Shinichirô Watanabe's and Hiroyuki Okiura’s 2001 hit Cowboy Bebop. This Japan-based animated TV show turned movie promises an action-filled cocktail of cowboys, space travel, terrorists, and bounty hunters. Catch the adventure packed crime film at the Nuart Theatre for an epic midnight screening on July 31.
Fried Chicken Night At The Churchill
Crispy fried chicken, cheddar jalapeño biscuits and a cold beer—need we say more? It seems Angelenos will be sporting elastic waistlines (and a large appetite) come every Thursday night at West Hollywood’s The Churchill until the end of the year. Virginia native chef Michael Bryant is whipping up all the classics, like slow cooked green beans with bacon and savory mashed potatoes. Now that’s southern hospitality at its finest. Order a plate for one or share chicken with Allagash Curieux beer starting at 4pm until it runs out!
Tanabata Celebration at Hinoki & the Bird
If you’re in need of a place to celebrate the Tanabata Star Festival—a Japanese holiday commemorating the annual meeting of the stars Altair and Vega—look no further than Hinoki & the Bird. Every Tuesday–Friday night throughout July, the restaurant will host an intimate reservation-only dinner for 10 people. The colorful five-course meals are unpredictable, since the ingredients depend on what chefs Brandon Kida and Kei-Ichi Kurobe find at the market on any given day. To complete the Tanabata celebration, every guest will get a card to write down a wish and hang on a wall of bamboo. Make a reservation by calling 310-552-1200.
Tannins & Tans
Upstairs, the Ace's rooftop bar, is pretty sweet on its own: great views, a solid DJ, a pool to lounge around while looking fabulous. To up the ante, the hotel is starting Tannis & Tans: wine-focused evenings that introduce bargoers to some of LA's best indie wines. The next few events feature Hoxie (Jul 29), Oeno (Aug 12) and Field Recordings (Aug 26), all for around $5-$10 per pour. Check out the Ace's calendar for more info.
Cur-ATE Dinner Series
Fine arts and culinary creations come together again for the Cur-ATE summer and fall 2015 season. This popular dinner series, led by ArtBites founder Maite Gomez-Rejón, explores the historical and societal role of food through art—and we're not talking Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. The intimate gallery tours are followed by a three-course meal inspired by the evening's theme; Ray's & Stark Bar's chef Viet Pham heads the kitchen.
Opening Night Musical
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Summahfest with Howard Kremer
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Abbot Kinney Marketplace
Kicking off the first-ever Saturday marketplace in Abbot Kinney, weekend beachgoers, locals, and out-of-towners can mosey through a little slice of artisanal heaven weekly until the end of August.
Dive Into SwimSpot At The Glendale Galleria
Dripping in modern chic swimwear, athletic garb, and beachy accessories, this Orange County based boutique is branching out to Glendale’s Galleria for an exclusive seasonal pop-up.
Sweet Rose Creamery Hosts Monthly Pop-Up at Tortoise General Store
Pair your Sunday afternoon shopping fare with a frosty summertime scoop from LA’s beloved Sweet Rose Creamery—a sugary pick-me-up that’s dishing out seasonal favorites and Japanese-inspired flavors from now to Sept 27 every fourth Sunday.
Rose Bowl Flea Market
This flea market around the exterior of the Rose Bowl is staggeringly colossal—but what else would you expect from a 90,000-seat stadium?