Thursday, July 12, 2012

Events for July 12-18




Art Walk in Downtown
Every second Thursday of the month, this free, self-guided art walk takes place on Spring and Main (between 2nd and 9th). Grab a quick bite, walk through the many galleries then settle in at Bar 107 to visit with friends and down some drinks.

Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf


Sea Wolf @ Constellation Room (Santa Ana)
Led by Alex Brown Church, Sea Wolf gives a sneak peek of new songs from their highly anticipated third album, Old World Romance (available Sept. 11), tonight in Orange County and tomorrow at Skirball Cultural Center. Church tells OC Weekly that these SoCal shows a transition from "classic Sea Wolf" to "new Sea Wolf," so longtime fans are sure to hear some of their favorites as well.

That Noise @ The Troubadour (West Hollywood)
You might have heard these electro rockers' unique cover of Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire" on KROQ, and the tracks on their latest EP, Love Remains, are just as infectious. The Troubadour is guaranteed to be full of gyrating bodies as soon as That Noise hits the stage. They also perform July 20 at Amplify.



OC Fair @ OC Fair & Event Center (Costa Mesa)
This annual event was a highlight of every summer of my childhood, and the past few years it's only gotten bigger with the addition of the concert series at Pacific Amphitheatre. The shows are kicked off by the one-and-only Willie Nelson (His cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist" in Chipotle's sustainable farming ad totally makes me cry.), and also include evenings with All-American Rejects, Duran Duran and "Weird Al" Yankovic. Through Aug. 12.


In Theaters This Week
Joining the original voice cast from the previous three films are "Game of Thrones"' Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez and Aziz Ansari in Ice Age: Continental Drift; Red Lights with Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy; Michael Winterbottom directs Freida Pinto in Trishna, based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles; Tammy Blanchard and Mira Sorvino are sisters in Union Square; Also in theaters: Easy Money


Bon App├ętit Grub Crawl in Downtown
From 6 p.m.-10 p.m., get a taste of four Downtown culinary treasures. First stop is Cole's for some bath tub gin and a French Dip. Then, sample snacks, sandwiches, donut holes and cocktails from the purveyors at Umamicatessen. Next are margaritas and tamales at Las Perlas. And finally, watch a mixologist demo the creation of an Old Fashioned, grab a glass for yourself and enjoy live music at Seven Grand. West Hollywood's festivities on Saturday are sold-out, but you can still buy tickets for tonight in Downtown ($80) and Sunday afternoon in Culver City ($90: Father's Office, Sotto, Picca, Lukshon).

My Best Fiend


My Best Fiend @ The Satellite (Silver Lake)
Straight off their first European tour, Brooklyn's My Best Fiend kick off their first trek up and down the West Coast at the Satellite. Their dreamy songs from debut album, In Ghostlike Fading, are the perfect soundtrack for dreamy mid-summer nights.

X @ Hollywood Park (Inglewood)
Thoroughbred horse racing at night, followed by a set from X? I'm in! Racing starts at 7:05 p.m. with $10 admission prior to 8:30 p.m ($20 after). X takes the stage on the North Park lawn at 10:30 p.m.



WeHo Citywide Yard Sale
Part of WeHoGrnWknd 2012, West Hollywood is turning into a citywide estate sale to help reduce waste and keep valuable resources out of landfills. Click here for a list of yard sale locations.


The Lost Boys @ Street Food Cinema (Exposition Park)
"Death by stereo." Celebrating its 25th anniversary, The Lost Boys is one of the more memorable films from my pre-teen years. Starring Jason Patric, the two Coreys (Feldman and Haim), Jami Gertz and Kiefer Sutherland, the movie had everything: hot punk boys, teen angst and vampires. Enjoy a set from a local band, food from trucks like the LudoTruck and the film on the lawn next to the Coliseum.


All You Can Eat Fried Chicken @ A-Frame (Culver City)
I love fried chicken, and so does Chef Roy Choi. Starting today, his mess hall-style eatery offers AYCE fried chicken every Saturday and Sunday from noon-3 p.m. For just $18, you can eat as many crispy thighs and legs as you want, along with sweet potato salad and zucchini-cabbage coleslaw. Bottomless glasses of Hite can also be had for $10.


Grease Sing-A-Long @ Hollywood Bowl
Unleash your inner T-Bird or Pink Lady at the Hollywood Bowl's new tradition celebrating the beloved musical. Hosted by Didi Conn ("Frenchy"), there's a '50s dance party and costume competition before the film is projected on the Bowl's giant screen, complete with subtitles so you can sing along with all the songs. Pfft, as if you didn't already know all the words.



Miguel and Jhene Aiko @ Key Club (West Hollywood)
MySpace hosts a free secret show from Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter Miguel, who's been blowing up the charts with songs from his All I Want Is You album, and former B2K background vocalist Jhene Aiko.



dineLA Restaurant Week
dineLA introduces its first-ever summer line-up. Enjoy 12 full days of two-course lunches from $15-$25 and three-course or small plate dinners for $25, $25 or $45 at some of Los Angeles' best restaurants. Some participants this year are Mo-Chica and FarmShop, but you can click here for the complete list.

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