A Night Out

What to Do in L.A. This Week: July 8–14

Photo by Andrew Lang/Courtesy of Music Center

Monday, July 8

Ian Sweet
Ruthless excavations of the self are often best set to saccharine dream pop. It’s in the tension between soft sounds and the gnarly vivisection of her own depression and failed relationships that Ian Sweet frontwoman Jilian Medford finds the tender spot—emotionally complicated music that both soothes and rips. The band is in residency with like-minded artists on Mondays through the month of July. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Boulevard

Tuesday, July 9

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Billie Eilish
One lovely, ethereal SoundCloud single by then 14-year-old Eilish launched her career. Now she’s a bona fide superstar, despite still not being old enough to vote. To her credit, she’s taken over the world without being bulldozed into a generic pop style; her hits have become refined while retaining her offbeat edge—only fitting for a young woman whose real, true-life, not-at-all-a-joke middle name is Pirate. She performs tonight and tomorrow. Shrine Expo Hall, 665 West Jefferson Boulevard

Wednesday, July 10

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An Evening of Tiki
Hollywood best-kept-secret front-runner the Spare Room already elevates a lowbrow drinking cliché to something swanky with its gorgeous vintage bowling lanes, and every summer it works the same classy magic with the tiki aesthetic, bringing in guest mixologists from around the country for their unique spin on island-themed concoctions. It’s only one night a month for the rest of the summer; tonight features cocktails by Brooklyn’s swanky Maison Premiere. The Spare Room, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard

Olympus Film Festival
If Mount Olympus had a film festival, it would look like this. Six short films that each represents the spirit of a Greek god, plus other, more typical categories like best documentary (for the mere mortals). Some filmmakers will be present for a Q&A. Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood

Thursday, July 11

The Cure: Anniversary 1978–2018
If you, like all but the 65,000-odd people actually in attendance, missed the Cure’s landmark 40th anniversary concert last year, you can catch the concert film at theaters all over town on July 11, 12, and 14 only. And like any proper goth in hot weather, you should definitely wear all black. Various locations and showtimes; see website for details

Friday, July 12

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DineLA Summer Session
Back for its annual summer session, DineLA’s 15-day extravaganza features lunch and dinner deals, exclusive dishes, and new menus at more than 400 restaurants throughout the greater Los Angeles area. It’s the best time to try new eateries—Tartine Bianco, Alameda Supper Club, and Atrium to name a few—revisit places you haven’t been to in a while, or pack in two or three in a week without breaking the bank. Through July 26. Various locations throughout Los Angeles; see website for details

Nancy F***ing Reagan
Winner of the 2018 Christopher Hewitt award, this dramedy is set during an aging gay teacher’s Palm Springs birthday getaway, where the death of the former first lady brings back painful memories of the AIDS epidemic, wherein she looked the other way while a generation suffered. Tonight is opening night; runs through August 4. Secret Rose Theatre, 11246 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood

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(Return of) Faded
Faded, a great weekly stand-up show, continues the long-standing L.A. comedy tradition of doing shows in the back of nontraditional venues (this one being an art supplies store). It had to take a brief hiatus, but hosts David Gborie, Sean Jordan, Zak Toscani, and Mike Mulloy are back in full effect this Friday with a secret lineup (trust me, it’s great) of L.A’.s finest. Doors open at 7:45 p.m., show is 8 p.m. Blue Rooster Art Supplies, 4661 Hollywood Boulevard

Saturday, July 13

Chinatown Summer Nights
This food, beer, art, music, and cultural event in Chinatown’s Central Plaza is one of the hottest spots to be every summer. Food and drink options range from specialties at local restaurants to food-truck fare, eating contests, and a beer garden for local suds. The evening lineup has something for everyone, from cooking demos to KCRW DJs, open art galleries, live music, and more. You can always saunter over to one of the great eateries in the area, including Howlin’ Ray’s, Philippe the Original, Oriel, or the Little Jewel of New Orleans. Pro tip: Take the Gold Line and avoid parking woes. Central Plaza, 934 North Broadway

Adès & McGregor: A Dance Collaboration
Famed choreographer Wayne McGregor teams with Grawemeyer Award–winning composer and conductor Thomas Adès to bring this balletic fusion of music and movement to the stage. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue

Sunday, July 14

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The legendary pioneering alternative comedy show UnCabaret is still a magical, mystical, hysterical, and endearing evening of stories, stand-up, and songs, led by the one-and-only Beth Lapides. This month, it has, per usual, a beautiful lineup of Moon Zappa, Byron Bowers, Moses Storm, Debra DiGiovanni, and Terra Naomi. Rockwell Table & Stage, 1714 North Vermont Avenue