A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: July 29–August 4

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Monday, July 29

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Wing Fest 2019
There’s really only way to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day, and it’s with a bevvy of wings. This inaugural event brings together some of the best in L.A., including those from Pizzeria Mozza, the Greyhound, Button Mash, Banh Oui, Crossroads (vegan option), and more, including Mr. Chow in the VIP area and host Mel’s Drive-In. Even more special: The Anchor Bar, the originators of the Buffalo-style chicken wing, will be in the house. Tickets are $45. Mel’s Drive-in, 8585 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood

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Drive-In Theater: Anna Wittenberg
See some great automotive films from the comfort of your own car. First up is Wittenberg’s short video art Skid Plate, and then the night’s feature film, cult road movie Two Lane Blacktop, which was selected by Wittenberg. This event is free, though the limited car spots require a reservation. Tin Flats, 1989 Blake Avenue

Tuesday, July 30

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“Genevieve Gaignard: I’m Sorry I Never Told  You That You’re Beautiful”
An installation set up like a familiar living room, adorned with the artist’s signature wallpaper, porcelain figurines, and kitsch objects, presents a fusion of blackness and beauty enmeshed with (white) Americana. This body of work on the whole explores American logic, desire, and the fragile and precious construct of human solidarity. On view through August 17. Vielmetter Los Angeles, 1700 South Santa Fe Avenue #101

Wednesday, July 31

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Summer of Ludo & Gilles
If you couldn’t make it to the South of France this summer, you can at least eat like you did. This daily pop-up from French chefs Ludovic Lefebvre and Gilles Epié takes over the former Georgie restaurant at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. The menu features lighter favorites like grilled fish, Provençal soups, niçoise salad, steak tartare, a big crudités salad, escargot, house-made pastas, and a prix fixe three-course lunch menu. Lefebvre will also offer his Ludobird fried chicken sandwiches from a special lunch counter Monday–Friday. Reservations are helpful for the dining room. Montage, 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills

Thursday, August 1

Best Friends With Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata
The formula of comedic stars Byer (Nailed It!) and Zamata (Saturday Night Live) as friends just talking about friend stuff on their aptly named podcast, Best Friends, may be simple, but their chemistry is the kind that makes a friendship the best it can be. For this evening, you’ll get to see this magical relationship up close and live. Largo at the Coronet, 366 North La Cienega Boulevard

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“Samskara”
Your journey through “Samskara” won’t just take you through four domes of immersive multimedia art, it’ll take you on a life-encompassing journey of neon-splashed psychedelia. An adventure through the exhibition includes the trippy work of artist Android Jones, VR experiences from Microdose VR, immersive video projections, and more, all embodying the Indian philosophy around formation of memory, karmic impulse, subliminal impression, and expectation. Through August 31. Wisdome Immersive Art Park, 1147 Palmetto Street

Friday, August 2

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The Golden Girlz Live: Girl on Girl Action!
When it comes to camp, it doesn’t get much better than the queer reimagining of legendary sitcom The Golden Girls, known as The Golden Girlz. A couple times a year, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, Drew Droege, and Sam Pancake gift their fierce and wild reprise to rabid, packed audiences. Get your tickets quick for this latest run, because they inevitably will sell out. Tonight is opening night; showtimes through August 11. Cavern Club Celebrity Theater at Casita Del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Avenue

Saturday, August 3

Dreamboat
Let the motion of the ocean fuel your dance moves when you set sail for Dreamboat, an ocean-bound dance party—dance journey, really—departing from Marina Del Rey. The Eli Escobar–fronted music lineup is all upbeat house and disco to get the voyage rocking. Get tickets ahead of time. Board 5:30 p.m., sail 6–10 p.m. 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey

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BPMplus VR Mixer
Who says VR has to be solitary? BPM, the African Artists’ Association, and the In.flux Lab invite you to come together with fellow VR aficionados to explore the modern black experience through VR, via screenings of VR experiences Traveling While Black and Neurospeculative Afrofreminism. VR producer Amanda Shelby will also speak. Free for African Artists’ Association members, $15 for others, but all attendees must RSVP on Facebook or Eventbrite. American Film Institute, 2021 North Western Avenue

Sunday, August 4

Rapid Eye Movements + Siesta + Q&A
These early films from Mary Lambert—the short, Rapid Eye Movements, and her first feature, Siesta—are more experimental in mood and style than they are straightforward narrative. An all-star discussion panel accompanying the screening includes Lambert, stars Jodie Foster and Ellen Barkin, editor Glenn Morgan, and executive producer Julio Caro. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard

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Midsummer Scream
Christmas in July, now Halloween in August? For those who can’t wait until fallen leaves crunch underfoot to celebrate the spookiest of holidays, this weekend offers a ghoulish gathering of panels, vendors, haunted experiences, and more. There’s even a “mostly” scare-free zone for the kids—or the adults who like to get festive without getting too spooked. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 East Ocean Boulevard, Long Beach