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THURSDAY, SEPT. 20
L.A. Beer Week
This celebration of beer culture actually lasts 11 days throughout L.A. and Orange Counties, culminating in the Fourth Annual L.A. Beer Week Festival Sept. 30 at Union Station in Downtown. From an ice cream social with beer floats at the Oaks Tavern in Sherman Oaks to a five-course sausage and beer pairing brunch at Wurstküche Downtown, there's something for every beer lover across the Southland.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21
|The Perks of Being a Wallflower (John Bramley)
In Theaters This Week
Jake Gyllenhaal in End of Watch; Just in time for football season, Head Games is a look at the concussion crisis; Jennifer Lawrence in House at the End of the Street; Based on the acclaimed novel, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller star in The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake in Trouble With the Curve. Also in theaters: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel; Dredd; How to Survive a Plague; You May Not Kiss the Bride
Problem @ Key Club (West Hollywood)
The Compton producer, engineer and MC just released his Welcome to Mollywood 2 mixtape on Aug. 30, featuring the single "Like Whaaat," currently in rotation on Power 106. With writing credits that include work with Snoop Dogg and E-40, it's only a matter of time before Problem breaks out to national acclaim.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22
TarFest @ La Brea Tar Pits Park (Miracle Mile)
The 10th annual free, music and art festival features live art exhibits, a Biergarten and Wine Bar, local gourmet food and musical performances by bands like Blondfire, Helena, Soft Swells and So Many Wizards. The festival coincides with a retrospective exhibition, curated by LACMA's Holly Harrison, which features art from 36 of the 225 artists from past TarFests, through Oct. 6 in the Variety Building.
The Exorcist @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)
I'm way too much of a scaredy cat to brave this one, so you'll have to go send off this season of Cinespia in my place. I can barely watch The Exorcist in the safe confines of my own living room, and I would totally annoy people around me with my jumps and screams, however, this is the perfect film to wrap up a great summer of films at the cemetery.
Epicenter @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Irvine)
Stone Temple Pilots, Bush, Deftones, Chevelle – I feel like we've been transported back to the '90s. But revisiting songs that bring back great memories is always fun, especially when it's with performances by bands such as these. Scars on Broadway, Hollywood Undead and Dead Sara round out the lineup, among others.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23
Live Talks LA: An Evening with Wyclef Jean @ Aero Theatre (Santa Monica)
Join American Cinematheque for a conversation with the musician, actor and producer, as he presents his memoir, Purpose: An Immigrant's Story, which documents his childhood in Haiti, journey to the states, coming up on the East Coast and eventual path to stardom. Wyclef Jean will also do an acoustic performance of some songs.
The International Chocolate Salon @ Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (Santa Monica)
I just re-read Chocolat, so the artisan, gourmet and premium chocolates and confections at this Luxury Chocolate Salon look incredibly tempting. The sixth annual event includes tastings, demos, chef and author talks with artists like Amano Arisan, Mignon Marti, Chuao and Kallari.
MONDAY, SEPT. 24
Rockie Fresh @ Key Club (West Hollywood)
The up-and-coming Chicago rap artist blends elements of alternative rock to create his own unique hip-hop style. He's collaborated with everyone from Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump to internet phenom Lil B, and is touring in support of his upcoming Electric Highway mixtape. After the show, Rockie Fresh hosts Electric After Parties, with a DJ set by Lunice. Also at the Glass House on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 25
|Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra (Shervin Lainez)
Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra @ The Fonda Theatre (Hollywood)
The musical performer, director, blogger and founder of the Dresden Dolls released an album, Theatre is Evil, earlier this month with her new band, the Grand Theft Orchestra. Palmer's first new studio album in four years is just as intimate and soul-baring as her previous work, and her live performances are mesmerizing.
Dragonette @ El Rey Theatre (Miracle Mile)
You'll recognize Dragonette's trademark electronic edginess and frontwoman Martina Sorbara's unique vocals from their collaboration with Martin Solveig on "Hello." The Canadian trio releases their third studio album, Bodyparts, today, featuring electrifying singles "Let It Go" and "Live In This City," and celebrates with a show at the El Rey.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26
The Features @ The Troubadour (West Hollywood)
While it's easy to affix a multitude of labels to the Nashville-based quartet's sound, it would be impossible to place them in a single genre category. Heading to the Troubadour in support of their Wilderness album from last year, the Features' dynamic live show is sure to energize the entire venue.