A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: July 22–28

Photo courtesy of Outfest

Monday, July 22

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Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival
The landmark LGBTQ film festival is under way in L.A. this month, dropping feature and short film screenings at almost a dozen theaters across town, plus parties, panels, and more. Among tonight’s offerings is Celebration, a biopic of legendary French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, which was pulled from screenings as soon as it was made and has rarely been seen since. Laemmle Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills; see website for other showtimes

Tuesday, July 23

Apollo 11: The Immersive Live Show
There are a lot of great events going on to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing this summer, but none quite like this. This immersive play combines fact, fiction, actors, giant video projections, and a whole lot of magic to bring you inside the wonder and danger of the Apollo 11 mission like never before, all from the massive Lunar Dome parked outside the Rose Bowl. Through September 1; see website for showtimes. Rose Bowl Parking Lot K, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena

Wednesday, July 24

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“Dilexi Gallery: Disparate Ontologies”
Featuring monumental and critically noted works, the Landing presents one of six exhibitions in a multivenue retrospective restaging works championed by the pioneering Dilexi Gallery (1958–1969). This show is perhaps the most extensive, featuring artwork by John Altoon, Jeremy Anderson, Joel Barletta, Billy Al Bengston, John Chamberlain, William Dubin, Paul Feeley, Llyn Foulkes, Sidney Geist, Joe Goode, Sidney Gordin, Rodger Jacobsen, Norman Kanter, Leslie Kerr, Harry Kramer, Frank Lobdell, Alan Lynch, Philip Makanna, Robert Morris, Ed Moses, Ron Nagle, Irving Petlin, Raymond Rocklin, Hassel Smith, Sam Tchakalian, Horst Trave, H. C. Westermann, and Neil Williams. Through August 10. The Landing, 5118 West Jefferson Boulevard

Thursday, July 25

Beyond the Hedges Presents John Early & Kate Berlant
Early and Berlant are postmodern comedic forces to be reckoned with on their own. Together, they’re an irresistible duo who is as subversive as they are joyful and playful. They have collaborated on short films, on The Tonight Show, and several times live, and they always keep their audiences delightfully guessing and wonderfully surprised. This special intimate evening will be no different. It’s a benefit for the Tom of Finland Foundation, which promotes and preserves erotic art. Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Terrace

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Breaking the Frame
In light of Carolee Schneemann’s passing this past March, the Museum of Contemporary Art presents a screening of the definitive documentary on the innovative artist, a film that mirrors Schneemann’s own avant-garde work by embracing an experimental aesthetic itself. Director Marielle Nitoslawska will be present for a discussion. MOCA Grand, 250 South Grand Avenue

Friday, July 26

Good Enough
Inspirational speaker and life coach Ted McGrath plays 15 characters from his true-life story in this one-man show, tracking from the depths of addiction through the metamorphosis that set him free. Opens tonight; through August 25. Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Boulevard

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Long Beach Crawfish Fest
This is one of the largest crawfish festivals this side of the Mississippi, a weekend filled with buckets of steaming hot crawdads with the requisite potatoes and corn on the cob, set around the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach. But just like in Louisiana, there’s so much more, including vendors selling gumbo and jambalaya, beignets, Hurricanes, second line dance-offs, and Cajun karaoke. Tickets range from $20 general admission to wander the grounds and hit the food court to $75 for VIP seating and a three-pound crawfish feast. Through July 28. Rainbow Lagoon Park, 400-403 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach

Saturday, July 27

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing
Huntington Beach’s annual weeklong extreme sports extravaganza is so much more than just a top-notch surfing competition—there are also extensive skateboarding and BMX events, plus shopping, dining, and plenty of other activities to get the whole family immersed in the surf/skate/BMX culture. A great way to catch some free fun in the sun. Through August 4. Huntington Beach Pier, Main Street and Pacific Coast HighwayHuntington Beach

Skybar Day Club featuring Viceroy
There is quite possibly no DJ currently active whose music more sublimely fits a party in the sun than Viceroy. He’s the kind of guy you specifically wait to see at a pool party. And now your wait is over. Skybar at Mondrian, 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

Sunday, July 28

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Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasburg L.A.
For about two months, a section of outdoor food bonanza Smorgasburg is dedicated completely to chilly treats to keep you cool this summer. Expect anything from the gourmand to the downright bizarre at Ice Cream Alley through September 1. The Row, 777 South Alameda Street