A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: July 1–7

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Monday, July 1

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Slum Village
Detroit hip-hop collective Slum Village is so iconic and has released so many classic albums that it’s worth going out to see the group live even though there’s only one surviving member. Now a duo (rapper T3 and producer Young RJ), they cover two decades of material, keeping the Slum Village legacy alive. The Roxy, 9009 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

Dave Chappelle: The Process
The one-and-only Chappelle is working out new material again, and this a rare chance to be a member of a very intimate audience, which is part of his process. This evening, the comic will be taking the mic at the incredibly snazzy Peppermint Club in WeHo, which doesn’t usually host comedy, making this an even more special, one-of-a-kind night. Peppermint Club, 8713 Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood

Tuesday, July 2

Jena Friedman: Miscarriage of Justice
Friedman is one of the most daring and, at the same time, poised voices in comedy. Her sharp sociopolitical satire shies away from nothing. Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth, 2511 Wilshire Boulevard

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The Struts
The Struts is quite possibly the most accurate band name ever. The English quartet pours two parts Queen, one part tight leather pants, and three parts exaggerated British accent into 2010s-ized glam metal. The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard

Wednesday, July 3

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“Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World”
This exhibition spotlights the bygone phenomenon of bestiaries, those fascinating medieval picture books of the world’s creatures—some real, some imagined. Showcasing actual bestiaries along with other works of art, the critters here are given new life. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive

Thursday, July 4

Independence Day
You know exactly what to do today. Have a blast at one of our picks: Rose Bowl, great for kids, with activities galore starting at 2 p.m.; Pacific Palisades, with a skydiving performance and parade; or Marina Del Rey for fireworks over the marina channel.

Friday, July 5

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626 Night Market
The huge night market—it lays claim to being the largest Asian-themed market in the U.S.—takes place at the Santa Anita Park for several weekends throughout the summer. With more than 300 vendors, there’s food and more galore; i.e., an endless supply of noodles, things on sticks, and multicolored beverages, plus crafts, games, arts, and music. Game plan: Go with a squad to hit multiple food stalls at once; take cash; wear comfortable shoes; stay hydrated. It gets pretty hot in the SGV. Admission is $5 at the door, and free for children 3 and under; parking is free, too. Bonus. Santa Anita Park, 285 Huntington Drive, Arcadia

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Leon Bridges + Rhye
An alfresco evening of ultrasmooth grooves courtesy of two of the best young acts in R&B. Bridges is a real-deal soul crooner this side of Sam Cooke, and you don’t want to sleep on opener Rhye, the Mike Milosh-led group churning out some of the most sensual tunes in recent memory. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue

The Caucasian Chalk Circle
A two-time recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her direction, Stephanie Shroyer brings Bertolt Brecht’s 1944 masterpiece, about a peasant girl who rescues a noble baby, to life. Tonight is opening night; the show runs through August 26. Antaeus Theatre Company at Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center, 110 East Broadway, Glendale

Saturday, July 6

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“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip Hop”
Hip hop isn’t just music, it’s a movement, and photography has played an essential part in bringing the culture’s outsize personalities to life. This exhibition celebrates that, with a particular emphasis on contact sheets: the raw, unedited results of a photo shoot printed on a small sheet that gives you an unfiltered look into the photographer’s process. Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars

Sunday, July 7

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Wild Adventures: Behind the Scenes Tours
Everyone from young zoologist wannabes to curious adults will get a kick out these tours, which are more about the inside scoop on what it takes to run the Los Angeles Zoo than they are about up-close-and-personal animal encounters. Tour-goers can choose from a number of specific themes, including animal nutrition, building good habitats, and the role of evolving technology in zookeeping and conservation. Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive