A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: August 5–11

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Monday, August 5

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Byte of Science Presents: Why the Brain Won’t Change Its Mind
In an age of entrenched beliefs, opinion echo chambers, and fake news, cognitive neuroscientist Jonas Kaplan’s talk about the tangible, neurological reasons the brain resists changing its mind is illuminating and essential. 7:30 p.m. Wurstküche Venice, 625 Lincoln Boulevard

Tuesday, August 6

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“Some Trees”
A group exhibition organized by Christian Malycha, inspired by poet John Ashbery, featuring photographs, paintings, works on paper, and sculptures that explore the symbolism of trees. Through August 31. Nino Mier Gallery, 1107 Greenacre Avenue

Wednesday, August 7

Babette’s Feast + Greg Proops Film Club Podcast
A feast for your eyes if not your tongue, this sentimental film about a cook livening up a straitlaced Danish community through the wonder of food (and wine!) is sure to leave you drooling. The night will begin with a recording of Greg Proops’s film club podcast before the movie. 7:30 p.m. Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue

Thursday, August 8

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Stand Up for America! A Night of Comedy and Music With Dana Gould as Dr. Zaius
Swing Left, an organization dedicated to aiding Democrats winning elections around the country, is raising money in this jam-packed comedy and music benefit, which includes the likes of such A-listers as Jane Lynch and Laurie Metcalf. On top of that, the one-and-only Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil, his own amazing stand-up) will be hosting the entire evening as the famous Planet of the Apes character Dr. Zaius. This very likely will be one of those once-in-a lifetime events. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Satellite, 1717 Silver Lake Boulevard

Friday, August 9

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Amy Poehler Presents Natalie Palamides: NATE
Natalie Palamides has gained accolades around the globe for her boundary-pushing, character-based solo performances. This latest solo show, NATE, brings Palamides and her audience to a new comedy frontier as she satirizes masculinity to the most extreme degree by taking on being a man. Also, this particular evening will be taped for a comedy special to be presented by Poehler. Two shows this evening. Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street

Saturday, August 10

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Fat Beats 25th Anniversary
From rare vinyl shop to record label to champion of up-and-coming MCs, Fat Beats has been an integral part of hip-hop culture for 25 years now. Celebrate the company’s milestone birthday with a killer set flush with stalwarts of the L.A. underground hip-hop scene like Dilated Peoples, Cut Chemist, and more. 7 p.m. The Regent, 448 South Main Street

Taco + Beer Festival
It’s not like anyone’s getting tired of tacos in this town. This fest features a slew of food trucks from all over Southern California, some whipping up tacos especially for the event. Craft beers will be in great abundance, and there’s lucha libre wrestling every 30 minutes. If that’s not enough, check out the original art and boutique vendors in between bites and sips. The event is 21 and over only. Tickets start at $45. 3–6 p.m. L.A. Center Studios, 450 South Bixel Street

Sunday, August 11

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She’s History!
In honor of Women’s Equality Day, the Lounge Theatre presents Amy Simon’s creative production, combining theater, multimedia, and audience interaction to tell the stories of influential women throughout history. Subjects include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard

Preserving the Soul of L.A.
Those passionate about preserving L.A.’s architectural landmarks in the face of ever-insatiable development will find like-minded allies at this salon. The centerpiece is a conversation/Q&A with preservation activist Steven Luftman, while the rest of the event will see Lummis House tours, a mixer hour, and appearances from other preservationists. 2:30–6:30 p.m. Lummis House, 200 East Avenue 43