A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: August 26-September 1

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Monday, August 26

Rory Scovel
Few comedians today are operating at Rory Scovel’s level. A meticulous craftsman with his material, he’s also a masterfully playful free spirit willing to chase wherever the laughs might take him. His appearances on Conan are some of the most talked-about in late night history, and all of his performances, like these two (the other’s on September 3), are must see events. The Virgil, 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard

Drive-In Theater: Sonja Gerdes + Safe
This funky drive-in experience for the arthouse crowd opens with a performance from German artist Sonja Gerdes, who will apply her idea that oxygen connects all things, living and otherwise, to the very cars gathered there for the night. Next up is the ’90s gem Safe, an enigmatic Todd Haynes thriller starring Julianne Moore. Free event, but limited car spots require an RSVP. Tin Flats, 1989 Blake Avenue

Tuesday, August 27

2 Fast 2 Furious
Why are you watching this NOS-and-testosterone-fueled street racing sequel at the beacon of culture that is the Hammer Museum? Because the flick was directed by the celebrated John Singleton, on whom the Hammer is screening a retrospective film series following his passing earlier this year. Never mind the movie’s silly story; stick around for the car stunts and the joyously excessive early ’00s attitude. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard

Wednesday, August 28

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Ryley Walker
This multi-instrumentalist works within a broad folk palate and takes a rough, fuzzed out approach to his music, incorporating flutes and throatily emotional vocals. He also recently made an album of all Dave Matthews Band covers, if that helps you understand his wild musical choices. Zebulon, 2478 Fletcher Drive

Thursday, August 29

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Burna Boy
Nigerian singer Burna Boy is one of West Africa’s most buzzy stars. He blends R&B, hip hop, Jamaican dancehall, UK rap, and Nigerian music, a sound he calls “Afro-fusion” and uses not just to entertain, but to bring light to political issues in Nigeria. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard

LA AIR: Arshia Haq
Artist and Middle East dance party Discostan founder Arshia Haq refutes cultural, ethnic, and gender norms through performance- and medium-spanning art. Her showcase as Echo Park Film Center’s artist-in-residence will be one to watch. (Note: next Discostan is August 31 at Civic Center Studios.) Echo Park Film Center, 1200 North Alvarado Street

Friday, August 30

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Los Angeles Times The Taste
This three-day food event presented by the L.A. Times over Labor Day weekend returns to Paramount Studios with the Food section’s new personalities and writers joining local chefs for cooking demos and panels, plus a walk-around tasting on the studio backlot. Any night is a good night, so it’s tough to choose. Tickets start at $115, but VIP early-entry is the way to go. Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot, 783 N. Van Ness St

Saturday, August 31

Botany at the Bar Book Talk
Author Rachel Meyer isn’t just a mixologist, she’s a bona fide biologist and ecologist who’s used her scientific expertise to whip up a book on plant-based drinks (both alcoholic and teetotalist). Meet Meyer and book co-contributors Jim Merson (Hot Dog Sodas) and Christian Schaal (Zebulon) for a presentation that will let you try some botanical beverage-making yourself. Los Angeles Public Library Edendale Branch, 2011 Sunset Boulevard

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Everything’s Great
The comedic forces of Demi Adejuyigbe, one of the Internet’s favorite comedians; Nick Kocher, one half of celebrated comedy duo BriTANick; and Addie Weyrich, a NYC comedy gem recently relocated to LA, combine for one hell of a comedy variety show. Every month this trio takes over Dynasty Typewriter for songs, bits, bits on bits, stand-up, storytelling, games, and a nice, neat row of amazing special guests. This month will feature rapper Open Mike Eagle, Paul W. Downs (Broad City), and local favorite Blair Socci. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard

Sunday, September 1

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Tacotopia
Ride the mechanical taco, dive into the guacamole pit, swing on a lime wedge, spin in a tostada bowl, all on the Third Street Promenade. You’ll eat tacos—Santa Monica’s own Azule Taqueria supplies the goods—and leave with a bottle of Cholula hot sauce. There’s a good chance the craving for more tacos will strike, and thankfully there are plenty around the pop-up, including Blue Plate, Mercado, and Tocaya. Tickets are $20-$30, and it runs through tomorrow only before it moves on to Phoenix. 1254 Third Street, Santa Monica

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A NonHuman Horizon
Last day of a group exhibition curated by Andrew McNeely that contemplates larger questions about the entanglement of the natural world and beliefs in human dignity. LACE, 6522 Hollywood Boulevard