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Date Event Description Time / Location
7/31

Conjunto Chappottín y sus Estrellas Skirball

Featuring members of the Chappottín family, the salsa and Latin jazz outfit from Havana has been playing its fiery rhythms since the 1940s. Although it’s one of the most famous son bands in Cuba, this is its first trip to L.A. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Skirball Cultural Center
8/18/3

Hair

Sex, drugs, and rock and roll meet in the 1967 musical that became a counterculture classic. Experience psychedelic visions at a production directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman. More information.

INFO Various times, Hollywood Bowl
8/18/2

Arcade Fire

Anchored by the husband-and-wife team of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the Canadian rock troupe doles out spectacle along with rafter-shaking sounds. The band’s latest album, Reflektor, took a turn toward the dancey side with the help of James Murphy, front man for the defunct LCD Soundsystem. More information.

INFO 7:30 p.m., The Forum
8/1

Alice in Wonderland

Go beyond the looking glass at a mash-up of belly dancing, tribal movements, and hip-hop grooves. Choreographer Jillina Carlano presents a mélange of dance pieces loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s trippy tale. More information.

 

INFO 7 p.m., Ford Amphitheatre
8/1

The Triplets of Belleville

When a Tour de France champ is kidnapped by the Mafia, his grandmother hatches a rescue plan with the help of her overweight pup and a trio of ’30s-style singers. The screening of the Oscar-nominated animated film (2003) is accompanied by an orchestra led by Benoît Charest, who composed the score. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., California Plaza
8/211/3

Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War

To commemorate the start of World War I in 1914, the centennial exhibition illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers and politicians but by civilians on the home fronts of combatant nations. More information.

INFO Various times, Huntington Library
8/29/21

Broadway Bound

Before George Costanza made his mark on pop culture, Jason Alexander was a theater actor starring in the original production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound. Nearly 30 years later, he’s getting in touch with his roots, directing a new production of Simon’s autobiographical play. More information.

INFO Various times, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
8/28/27

LA Galaxy Home Games

Still mourning the World Cup’s end? Wipe away those tears, put on your jersey, and root for your home team against the Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, and more. More information.

INFO Various times, StubHub Center
8/28/3

KCRW's 2nd Annual Radio Race

KCRW's Independent Producer Project presents radio's answer to Top Chef and Project Runway. In this quick competition, contestants will have 24 hours to write, record, and edit a non-fiction radio story based on a given theme. Prizes include a $1,000 contract for your piece to air on KCRW's UnFictional podcast. Registration is $10 per team and closes on August 1More information

INFO 10 a.m. - 10 a.m., Online
8/2

Casablanca

Humphrey Bogart’s cool demeanor belies a heart of gold when he encounters an old flame in the war-torn city of Casablanca. See one of the most celebrated movies of all time in an outdoor setting. More information

INFO 7:00 p.m., Hollywood Forever Cemetery
8/2

Muse 'til Midnight featuring Tycho and The Silver Lake Chorus

Join art lovers at a late-night party with DJ sets by Tycho and Christopher Willits, as well as a performance by the Silver Lake Chorus. More information

INFO 8:00 p.m., LACMA
8/2

Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project

Get ready for some fancy footwork. Performer-choreographer Sarah Reich showcases talent of all ages accompanied by live music. On the program are Melinda Sullivan, Lee Howard, Gregg Russell’s Tap Sounds Underground, Steve Zee’s LA Ironworks, and the Colburn School Tap Ensemble. The event is free for children 12 and younger. More information.

INFO 10 a.m., Ford Amphitheatre
8/28/3

Hard Summer 2014

Finally an excuse to buy that “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” shirt you’ve been eyeing. Dance away the weekend with Axwell, Tiësto, Disclosure, and more top EDM hit makers. More information.

INFO 12 p.m., Whittier Narrows Recreation Area
8/2

L.A. Summer Market Place

In partnership with local artisans, the home and garden destination hosts an afternoon of music, shopping, and gourmet eats. Don’t forget your canvas tote bags; you’ll want to pick up some environmentally friendly home décor, jewelery, and fashions. More information

INFO 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Rolling Greens
8/2

Wynonna Judd & Nikki Lane

Country music is getting some love this summer as KCRW continues its tribute to twang in conjunction with the Annenberg exhibition Country: Portraits of an American Sound. This free concert features an icon and a newcomer as Wynona Judd is paired with Nikki Lane. DJ Gary Calamar keeps things going between sets. More information.

INFO 3 p.m., Annenberg Space for Photography
8/2

Summahfest!

Comedian and rapper Howard Kremer, aka Dragon Boy Suede, hosts the venue’s 5th annual Summahfest, featuring water-gun fights, hula hoops, live music, food, and booze, followed by a comedy show. Did we mention it’s free? More information.

INFO 6 p.m., NerdMelt
8/2

Eat, See, Hear: Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks's 1974 comedy stars Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, and Madeline Kahn in a parody of classic westerns. It comes with live music by Kera & the Lesbians and snacks from some of L.A.’s favorite food trucks. More information.

INFO 7 p.m., Autry National Center
8/2

Rock the Queen

Sail the seas with Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana—sort of. Experience a night of tribute bands, pub food, and drinks with tickets starting at $15. The ship also offers overnight packages for the family-friendly event. More information.

INFO 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., Queen Mary
8/28/3

Jay Z and Beyoncé

After wrapping up their solo world tours, the King and Queen of Pop Culture (sorry, Kimye) unite for a Super Bowl-size extravaganza. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Rose Bowl Stadium
8/2

People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement

Featuring Les Nubians, Dwight Trible, Dexter Story, and other guests, this all-star ensemble revisits and celebrates the uplifting songs that inspired a nation. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., California Plaza
8/311/30

Marsden Hartley: The German Paintings 1913-1915

Influenced by his two years in Berlin, the works of American modernist painter Marsden Hartley reference World War I, Native American motifs, and military symbols. With 25 of these pieces coming to L.A., this marks the artist’s first Southern California exhibition in more than 30 years.  More information.

INFO Various times, LACMA
8/3

Esotouric: South L.A. Road Trip

This eye-opening bus tour begins in downtown and continues through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs, and Downey to give you a unique look at L.A. landmarks and architecture. Experience Rancho San Antonio, one of the oldest adobe structures in L.A. County; the Clarke Estate, a concrete masterpiece built in 1920; and Harvey’s Broiler, a cultural hub in the ’50s and ’60s. More information.

INFO 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., The Daily Dose
8/38/17

homeLA

Once home to Pabst Blue Ribbon, the Lincoln Heights complex now houses more than 300 artists. For the site-specific event, dancers perform in a private studio in the century-old buildings. More information.

INFO 6 p.m., The Brewery
8/5

Pulp: The Film

Director Florian Habicht teams up with Jarvis Cocker, the highly charismatic frontman of Pulp, to produce a concert film about the British band’s 2012 farewell show and a “family album” of "Common People." More information

INFO 8:00 p.m., Theatre at the Ace Hotel
8/58/9

Shark Week 2014

Scavenger hunts and a petting session with baby sharks are but two of the activities at this year’s celebration of marine predators. Don’t overlook the skin, teeth, and egg case specimens in the Exploration Center. More information.

INFO 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
8/5

Devin Kenny: in the Ground/On the Cloud

To explore and complicate ideas on contemporary culture, Devin Kenny turns to music, video, spoken word, and audience participation. Experience his avant-garde use of mediums as part of the museum’s Made in L.A. exhibition. More information.

INFO 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Hammer Museum
8/6

Herbie Hancock

The jazz maestro shows off his skills with a few orchestral arrangements to back up his amazing compositions. Up-and-coming jazz singer Gregory Porter opens the show and also performs with Hancock. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Hollywood Bowl
8/78/10

Next Fest

Sample the Sundance Film Festival at a series of movie premieres, musical performances, and conversations with big thinkers from the creative world. More information.

INFO Various times, Various locations
8/78/8

Eminem and Rihanna: The Monster Tour

While the agro-poet of 8 Mile Road and the pop princess of Barbados may seem to be a pairing of opposites, their collaboration on the 2010 track “Love the Way You Lie” (he rapped the verses, she sang the chorus) proved harmonious. They kick off their tour in Pasadena. More information.

INFO 7:30 p.m., Rose Bowl Stadium
8/78/8

Haim

After conquering the music festival circuit, the Haim sisters are heading home. Watch them perform their breakout hits “Forever” and “The Wire” when they pass through town. More information.

INFO 7 p.m., The Wiltern
8/7

LuckyRice L.A. Feast

Sang Yoon (Father’s Office, Lukshon) spotlights the city’s best Asian cuisine at a tasting bonanza that features more than 20 restaurants. Local chefs like Connie Tran (BEP Vietnamese Kitchen) and Perry Cheung (Phorage) dish out snacks, while four mixologists step behind the bar. More information.

INFO 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., Create Nightclub
8/7

The Haden Triplets

The Haden Triplets (Tanya, Rachel, and Petra) are the daughters of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden (who passed away last month). All three have done their own musical thing, but now they're doing it together. In February they released a self-titled album of Americana gems, produced by L.A.’s own slide guitar hero, Ry Cooder.
 More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Skirball Cultural Center
8/78/21

JazzPOP at the Hammer Museum

Now in its ninth year, JazzPOP brings mostly West Coast performers to the Hammer courtyard for free Thursday evening concerts that range from electronic to funky to improvisational. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Hammer Museum
8/88/14

The Dog + Dog Day Afternoon

The guy whose botched bank holdup was the basis for the Al Pacino drama Dog Day Afternoon is the subject of a documentary. Head to the theater on opening night for a double feature of the doc and its fictional counterpart. More information.

INFO 7:30 p.m., Cinefamily
8/8

Spoon

It’s been four years since the Austin indie rockers dropped Transference, their great seventh album. Led by the whiskey-voiced Britt Daniel, the outfit is on tour and playing cuts from their new release, They Want My Soul. More information.

INFO 7 p.m., Hollywood Forever Cemetery
8/8

Los Dos Marks

KCRW’s free “Summer Nights” concert series thrives with the experimental sounds of electronic music gurus DJ Nu-Mark and Mark De Clive-Lowe. More information.

INFO 8 p.m. – 10 p.m., California Plaza
8/98/10

The Spirit of 45

Step back in time to August 1945 and experience the action of World War II, complete with reenactors, old-school automobiles, special tours, and live entertainment. More information.

INFO Various times, Queen Mary
8/9

Eat, See. Hear: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

L.A.’s popular outdoor cinema series features the psychedelic British spy who must adjust to life in the ’90s after being frozen for 30 years. It’s time to swing, baby. More information.

INFO 5:30 p.m., Paul Revere Middle School
8/9

Forever Flamenco

The Fountain Theatre presents an evening of flamenco dance, music, and song, celebrating the 49-year career of legendary flamenco dancer, teacher, and choreographer Roberto Amaral. Among the featured artists: Pamela Lourant, Timo Nunez, Mizuho Sato, Antonio Triana, Yaelisa, Ryan Zermeño, Fanny Ara, Antonio de Jerez, Jason McGuire “El Rubio,” Adam del Monte, Jesus Montoya, Manuel Guiterrez, and Joey Heredia. More information.

INFO 8:30 p.m., Ford Amphitheatre
8/9

Khmer Arts Academy

The Long Beach-based Khmer Arts Academy presents stories of nature and human behavior through classical Cambodian dance. The art form originated in that nation’s royal courts. Expect elaborate costumes, ceremonial music, and stylized gestures. The event is free for children 12 and younger. More information.

INFO 10 a.m., Ford Amphitheatre
8/9

Chinatown Summer Nights

With Chinese New Year parties a distant memory, this gathering unleashes another blowout of music and food in the shadow of downtown. Dance to jams spun by KCRW DJs Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez, nosh on Asian snacks, and peruse the artisanal wares of the craft and vintage market Downtown Flea. More information.

INFO 5 p.m. – 12 a.m., Central and West Plazas
8/9

L.A. Derby Dolls Baby Doll Brawl

Skirted skaters slam, bash, and crash around the banked track of the Roller Derby team’s Historic Filipinotown headquarters, which may close later this year. Until then, watch new recruits hit the rink—and one another. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., The Doll Factory
8/98/10

Unique LA Summer Market

Buy as much as you can carry from more than 350 sellers at the country’s largest made-in-America shopping event. When the shopping gets tough, take a photo booth break or decompress with some arts and crafts. Your $10 entry ticket also gets you free snacks and drinks. More information.

INFO 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., The Penthouse at California Market Center
8/10

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

Traditional Mexican folk dance and music fill the stage, with dancers performing in colorful costumes. This is a spirited and soulful production for young and old alike. More information.

INFO 7 p.m., Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside
8/10

Paul McCartney

While we all love Ringo, Macca is the most famous surviving Beatle. Still able to command a stage, the septuagenarian stops in Elysian Park for the first time since the Fab Four played here in 1966. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Dodger Stadium
8/11

Sara Bareilles: Little Black Dress Tour

Five-time Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles belts out her hit singles, including “King of Anything,” “Brave,” and “Love Song.” More information.

INFO 7:30 p.m., Greek Theatre
8/13

Get on Up: A James Brown Celebration

He was a man of many names—Mr. Dynamite, Minister of New New Super Heavy Funk—but he had one mission: to rev up the dance floor. SoCal soulster Aloe Blacc, Béninise vocalist Angélique Kidjo, and Motown original Bettye LaVette pay tribute to Soul Brother Number One. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Hollywood Bowl
8/14

Foxygen

As long as Sam France isn’t melting down, Foxygen (basically a duo formed by France and Jonathan Rado right here in Agoura Hills) continues to offer a refreshingly modern take on retro, semipsychedelic rock. More information.

INFO 9 p.m., The Fonda Theatre
8/158/17

Music + Dance: L.A. II

When Russian pianist and composer Nikolai Rubinstein died in 1881, his friend Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky dedicated Piano Trio in A Minor to him. American Contemporary Ballet presents the piece, followed by a reception to meet the dancers. More information.

INFO Various times, ACB Dance-Space
8/158/17

Echo Park Rising 2014

Hipsters and wanna-bes congregate at this free music, art, and food festival, featuring up-and-coming bands Allah-Las, Goldlink, De Lux, and more. More information.

INFO Various times, Various venues
8/15

Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R

Yes, he’s Willie’s son and has a voice a lot like dad’s, but he has a sound and a following all his own. The younger Nelson and his band, P.O.T.R (Promise of the Real), have polished their high-energy rock performances by touring like crazy. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., The Troubadour
8/158/16

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks

The Bowl tradition includes a fireworks show timed to the marching band and orchestra’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Hollywood Bowl
8/16

Movies from Dusk Till Dawn IV: Fantasy

If you can look past the eeriness of staying overnight in a cemetery, head to Hollywood Forever’s fourth annual all-night celebration. Pack your blankets and pillows for a fantasy film marathon, beginning with The Neverending Story. More Information

INFO 7 p.m. - Sunrise, Hollywood Forever Cemetery
8/168/24

Meatball Head: An Art Gallery Celebrating Over 20 Years of Sailor Moon

Curated by Nico Colaleo, the exhibition pays tribute to two decades of the beloved Japanese cartoon Sailor Moon. Created by more than 85 talented artists, these pieces represent love and justice—just like Sailor Moon herself would want. More information.

INFO Various times, Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics
8/16

Eat, See, Hear: Purple Rain

In his film debut Prince plays “The Kid”, the troubled front man for the Minneapolis band the Revolution. To escape his difficult home life, he spends his days and nights at the First Avenue Club, where he meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, who changes his life forever. More information.

INFO 5:30 p.m., Autry National Center
8/16

Versa-Style Dance Company

Take a virtual world tour of street dance, with a program featuring hip-hop social dances like popping, locking, breaking, and house, along with salsa, West African dance, and merengue. The event is free for children 12 and younger. More information.

INFO 10 a.m., Ford Amphitheatre
8/16

Miner/Eagle Rock Gospel Singers

The free Grand Performances concerts downtown continue to turn listeners on to local gems. Tonight it’s Miner, an acoustic act formed in Silver Lake by husband and wife Justin and Kate Miner. The band, which includes a cousin, a brother, and some friends, is joined by the six-member Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., California Plaza
8/168/17

Los Angeles International Tea Festival

From an English cuppa to Indian chai, tea is the drink that connects the world. At this homage you can sip elixirs from around the globe and learn about cultural ceremonies associated with the leafy stuff. More information.

INFO 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Japanese American National Museum
8/178/23

Burbank Comedy Festival

Adam Carolla, Wendy Liebman, Jeff Garlin, and 200 emerging comedians take the stage. Don’t come just for the laughs; check out industry showcases, comedy classes, networking opportunities, and after-parties. More information.

INFO Various times, Downtown Burbank
8/17

DAFRA Drum: Summer Concerts on the Green

Celebrate the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa with the music of DAFRA Drum, a West African drum and dance ensemble. More information.

INFO 3:30 p.m., Fowler Museum's UCLA Art Council Amphitheater
8/17

Long Beach Triathlon

Promising to be one of the most scenic races on the Pacific Coast, the adventure begins with a half-mile swim inside the break wall. The 11-mile scenic bike course travels along Shoreline Drive, Queensway Bridge, and past the Queen Mary and finishes with a fast run course adjacent to Shoreline Village and the Marina. More information.

INFO 7 a.m., Queen Mary
8/17

Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe

A little dirt don’t hurt. Youngsters get down and gritty as they construct adobe bricks, sculpt clay, and learn a bit about archaeology. More information.

INFO 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Rancho Los Cerritos
8/18

Reckless Kelly

Led by the Braun brothers Willy and Cody, Austin’s Reckless Kelly got its start touring with dad and his western swing band. For 17 years the group has put out authentic but polished honky-tonk, gaining fans and the respect from a multitude of Texas troubadours, including Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, and Steve Earle. It’s all in the family as younger brothers Mickey and Gary, dubbed Mickey and the Motorcars, open the show. More information.

INFO 9 p.m., El Rey Theatre
8/208/24

Tall Ships Festival L.A.

When an 85-foot-tall rubber ducky sailed into a Taiwanese harbor last year, its tail feathers exploded. We hope there won’t be any such quack-tastrophes when the yellow guy joins San Pedro’s procession of big boats. More information.

INFO Various times, Port of Los Angeles
8/20

Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On

Gaye’s 1971 album about the civil rights struggle continues to influence. Backed by the L.A. Phil, John Legend—along with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings—covers the LP at this tribute. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Hollywood Bowl
8/209/14

Trying

This autobiographical production by playwright Joanna McClelland Glass depicts her relationship with a former U.S. attorney general, 81-year-old Francis Biddle, when she was 25. A story of camaraderie between two very different people, Trying is a testament to the lifelong influence strangers can have on one another. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., International City Theater
8/21

Neon Cruise of Downtown L.A.

Soak up the city lights during an open-top bus tour led by urban anthropologist J. Eric Lynxwiler. More information.

INFO 6:30 p.m., The Autry
8/21

The Naked and Famous

The popular New Zealand alternative band the Naked and Famous comes to the Echoplex for a sold-out show. More information.

INFO 8:30 p.m., Echoplex
8/218/22

Doug Stanhope

Not afraid to rile up his audience, Doug Stanhope has proved to be a comic with few boundaries. His vocal vulgarity and fierce intellect should be on full display. More information.

INFO 9 p.m., The Comedy Store
8/228/28

To Be Takei

Once he was Sulu on Star Trek. Today Takei is known for his LGBTQ advocacy and stellar social media presence. This documentary follows his life from growing up in Japanese internment camps to steering the Enterprise through the galaxy. More information.

INFO Various times, Cinefamily
8/22

Dance Downtown

The free summertime series takes us back to the 20th century with “90s Night.” Prepare to move and groove to live music or a DJ’s spins and try a few beginner dance lessons. More information.

INFO 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Music Center Plaza
8/22

Lila Downs

For years the Grammy award-winning songstress has reinvented traditional Mexican tunes with international sounds. Now she debuts Raíz, her musical collaboration with Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori and Argentinian folk icon Soledad. Special guest Kinky opens the show. More information.

INFO 7:30 p.m., Greek Theatre
8/228/30

Operalia

The prestigious voice competition created by Plácido Domingo aims to discover the next generation of international operatic superstars. More information.

INFO 7:30 p.m., Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
8/22

6th Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival

The festival showcases a range of hip-hop dance styles, spoken word, graffiti art, live DJs, and multimedia and film presentations. Watch for top local hip-hop groups, such as Versa-Style Next Generation, as well as dancers Harry Weston, Emiko Sugiyama, and Boogie Frantick. More information.

INFO 8:30 p.m., Ford Amphitheatre
8/228/24

The Beatles’ 50th at the Bowl

Fifty years after the Beatles’ iconic performance at the Hollywood Bowl, the venue has invited Dave Stewart of Eurythmics to re-create the classics that made history. Expect some pretty special guests. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Hollywood Bowl
8/22

Built to Spill

After opening sets by the Warm Hair and Slam Dunk, ’90s indie rockers Built to Spill brings their guitar hooks to the Roxy. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., The Roxy
8/22

Insomniac Presents Dash Berlin

Led by DJ and front man Jeffrey Sutorious, the Dutch trance project recently appeared at EDC Las Vegas and will perform in Hollywood as part of Insomniac’s concert series. More information.

INFO 9 p.m., Palladium
8/23

Glenn Kaino and Corey Lynn Calter with Stella and Sadie

Part of the Family Dynamic Workshop series, LACMA invites celebrated conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and designer Corey Lynn Calter along with their two daughters, Sadie and Stella, to discuss how creativity fuels their world. More information

INFO 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., LACMA
8/23

PopUp Dinner LA

This nighttime pop-up picnic draws in thousands of people wearing white and bringing their own cuisine and beverages to a location that's revealed to revelers only two hours before the actual event. More information

INFO 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Los Angeles
8/23

Eat, See, Hear: The Princess Bride

Watch this beloved spoof of fairytales—featuring swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and a kindly grandfather—on the grassy lawns of La Cienega Park. As you wish. More information.

INFO 5:30 p.m., La Cienega Park
8/238/24

FYF Fest

Embrace your inner indie with the coolest lineup west of Indio, featuring the Strokes, Phoenix, Haim, and Interpol. More information.

INFO 2 p.m. – 12 a.m., L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park
8/24

Charles Phoenix: “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

Discover the charm of Old Chinatown, Olvera Street, Broadway Arcade, and many other sites with the city's premier retronaut, Charles Phoenix. More information

INFO 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Union Station
8/2411/30

African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

This is the first major exhibition exploring the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy and its intersection with traditional and contemporary African arts. More information.

INFO Various times, LACMA
8/243/22

Variations: Abstract Painting Today

Celebrating the language of abstract painting, the exhibition showcases works by 29 artists, including Markus Amm, Dianna Molzan, and Christopher Wool. More information.

INFO Various times, LACMA
8/24

Tour da Arts, Vol. 6

Join a pack of cyclists for the sixth edition of this ride across Santa Monica. Along the way bikers can brake for dance performances and art installations. More information.

INFO 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Santa Monica Museum of Art
8/24

Under the Influence of Music Tour

The last stop in Wiz Khalifa’s “Under the Influence of Music” tour features the rapper joined by Young Jeezy, Tyga, and Ty Dolla $ign, among others. The tour coincides with the August 19 release of Khalifa’s album, Blacc Hollywood. More information.

INFO 6 p.m., Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/25

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

SNL-funnyman-turned-late-night-honcho Seth Meyers hosts the annual awards show, where TV stars pay tribute to themselves. More information.

INFO 5 p.m., Nokia Theatre
8/278/28

Jack Johnson, Michael Kiwanuka

Jack Johnson, the groovy Hawaiian surfer turned folkie and environmentalist, tours to support his latest album, From Here to Now to You. Expect two beautiful voices in a smooth night at the Greek. More information.

INFO 7 p.m., Greek Theatre
8/289/1

Art Deco Festival 2014

Tired of this generation? Slip back in time to the 1920s and ’30s as you immerse yourself in the art, cocktails, and dancing of the era. This year’s festivities feature an extra day of vintage entertainment for you to get lost in, complete with a Gatsby Daze Lawn Party and a Sunday Tea Dance. More information.

INFO Various times, Queen Mary
8/28

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Dub is reggae’s spaced-out cousin, and Perry is the master of its sound. At the summerlong Twilight Concert Series, he takes his far-out frequencies to the beach. More information.

INFO 7 p.m., Santa Monica Pier
8/29

Everything Is Festival

Binge on a megadose of lunacy from the folks who established Everything Is Terrible, an online collection of so-bad-they’re-good videos: insane infomercials, after-school specials, self-made flicks, and the crème de la crème of cat clips. More information.

INFO TBD, Cinefamily
8/298/31

The Taste

Los Angeles Times culinary writers, including Jonathan Gold, host conversations with notable chefs, cocktailers, and oenophiles. Scores of restaurants also whip up bites to make foodies swoon. More information.

INFO Various times, Paramount Pictures Studios
8/299/28

Los Angeles County Fair

Chow down on footlong corn dogs, ride the Tilt-A-Whirl, and stroke lop-eared rabbits. For the 92nd edition of the SoCal institution, Esmeralda’s Traveling Circus returns, while the new “Luminasia” display of Chinese-style lanterns lights up the night. More information.

INFO Various times, Fairplex in Pomona
8/29

Quetzal

The son jarocho music of Veracruz, Mexico, was brought to pop prominence by Ritchie Valens. Local guitarist Quetzal Flores and his Grammy-winning group infuse the genre with rock and fiery rhythms. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Levitt Pavilion
8/298/30

John Williams: Maestro of the Movies

This is one of our favorite traditions at the Bowl. There’s nothing like hearing some of the most recognizable movie scores performed by the L.A. Phil and led by master composer John Williams. This year he welcomes special guest Seth MacFarlane for a tribute to Warner Bros. movies as well as renditions of his beloved hits from Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark. More information.

INFO 8 p.m., Hollywood Bowl
8/308/31

Budweiser Made in America Festival

Organized by Jay Z and headlined by Imagine Dragons and John Mayer, the roster features more than 30 performers. Hometown hero Kendrick Lamar and ’90s stalwarts Cypress Hill rep for rap; Weezer and Colombian crooner Juanes supply the infectious anthems. More information.

INFO 12 p.m., Grand Park
9/209/21

Sunset Strip Music Festival

The annual street fest features Jane’s Addiction (celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Nothing’s Shocking”), Australian electro duo Empire of the Sun, and neo-soul singer Mayer Hawthorne. More information.

INFO Various times, Sunset Boulevard & San Vicente
 
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