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Calendar of Events in Los Angeles

Wednesday, August 20
May Contain Explicit Imagery
Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 7
Everything in the CB1 show curated by artist Tucker Neel is in questionable taste but tastefully made. Nancy Baker Cahill's hairy graphite drawings are smartly crafted, as are John Weston's psychedelically colored paintings of cartoonishly shaped, colorful genitalia. Kiki Seror's montages of stills from porn are hung on the wall Read more about this event
Tall Ships Festival L.A.
Wed., Aug. 20, 12-8 p.m., Thu., Aug. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri., Aug. 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., Aug. 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ahoy, mateys! Get thee to ye olde Port of Los Angeles for Tall Ships Festival L.A., a five-day boating festival that pays tribute to a time when ports such as ours welcomed not just shipping containers and the occasional cruise ship but also majestic vessels called "tall ships" — classic Read more about this event
John Legend
Wed., Aug. 20, 8 p.m.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Legend teams with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and American funk darlings Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to perform Marvin Gaye's highly political 1971 concept album, What's Going On, in its entirety. The timely masterpiece, for which Motown founder Berry Gordy initially expressed disdain, discussed structural inequality, corruption Read more about this event
Thursday, August 21
The Zombies
Thu., Aug. 21, 7 p.m.
Modern reunions of old bands from the 1960s can be a very mixed bag. For every group like Question Mark & the Mysterians, who occasionally perform with original members and sound just as powerful as they did in their heyday, there are dozens of other bands who sound embarrassingly creaky Read more about this event
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Thu., Aug. 21, Fri., Aug. 22, Sat., Aug. 23 and Sun., Aug. 24
Downtown L.A. and many venues and restaurants around town will host the fourth annual L.A. Food and Wine Festival, a massive event that features many local and national chefs. If you have the time and the cash for the marquee events, there are plenty: cooking demos by Iron Chef Morimoto Read more about this event
Sylvan Esso, Dana Buoy
Thu., Aug. 21, 8 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m.
Though they formed only in 2013, Raleigh-based outfit Sylvan Esso have rocketed into the psyche of indie-rock fans. But the group almost never happened. Amelia Meath, of Appalachian folk trio Mountain Man, and Nick Sanborn joined forces after Meath asked the producer also known as Made of Oak to remix Read more about this event
Fucked Up
Thu., Aug. 21, 9 p.m.
Fucked Up's newest album, Glass Boys, is a long way from the Wipers/Jawbreaker alien-core they've done before. Vocalist Damien Abraham still has that wrecked, Schwarzenbach-via-'82-Rollins roar of a voice — but now it's chopping through some quintessential Amerindie guitar rock à la Dinosaur Jr. or Hüsker Dü's Warehouse era instead. Read more about this event
Women Who Run With the Wolves
Thu., Aug. 21, 6-9 p.m.
The Women's Center for Creative Work is a cooperative enterprise that's hosting an afternoon doll-making workshop, Women Who Run With the Wolves, with crafting collective Necessary Habits. The event is inspired by the Russian fairy tale "Vasi­lisa the Beautiful" (also known as Vasilisa the Brave), which begins when a dying Read more about this event
Ed Rush & Optical, NoFace, Caelum, MC Dino
Thu., Aug. 21, 10 p.m.
Longtime drum 'n' bass powerhouses Ed Rush and Optical take a break from massive EDM festival stages to bring their crafted DJ set to a club setting. The British duo's seemingly endless string of summer gigs is ahead of the late-September release of their sixth full-length album, Automaton, out on Read more about this event
Friday, August 22
The Belle Brigade
Fri., Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m.
The fun-loving doesn't stop at just living life for siblings Barbara and Ethan Gruska. Their musical partnership as The Belle Brigade since 2008 has been a flourishing one, garnering critical acclaim for their self-titled debut in 2011 and their most recent release, Just Because. No strangers to creating music, the Read more about this event
6th Annual J.U.I.C.E. Hip Hop Festival
Fri., Aug. 22, 8:30 p.m.
Even as the latest Step Up movie returns street dance to the screen, this year's installment of the annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip-Hop Festival returns street dance to the stage. The inventive dance organization with the unwieldy name of Justice by Uniting in Creative Energy has the good sense to go by Read more about this event
Neckface: Drinking on the Job
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 13
Opening reception Aug. 22, 7-10 p.m. "Neckface: Drinking on the Job" is a show a year in the making — and it sounds like one hell of a year. Inspired by the tenaciously seedy bar culture of his new hometown of L.A., this tagger/painter/phenom immersed himself in alcoholism (and related Read more about this event
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Thu., Aug. 21, Fri., Aug. 22, Sat., Aug. 23 and Sun., Aug. 24
Downtown L.A. and many venues and restaurants around town will host the fourth annual L.A. Food and Wine Festival, a massive event that features many local and national chefs. If you have the time and the cash for the marquee events, there are plenty: cooking demos by Iron Chef Morimoto Read more about this event
Lila Downs
Fri., Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Although Lila Downs draws upon traditional Mexican folk-music styles and sings in such languages as Mayan, Zapotec, Nahuatl and Mixtec (as well as Spanish and occasionally English), her music is too restlessly diverse to be summarized as world music. On her 2011 album, Pecados y Milagros, the Oaxacan singer mixes Read more about this event
Slint
Fri., Aug. 22, 8 p.m.
Slint's sound has been variously described as math rock, hardcore and post-rock, as the Louisville, Kentucky, quartet lays down spiny, postpunk grooves under angular guitars that occasionally swell outward into stormy waves of distortion. The band just reissued an expanded version of their influential, Steve Albini–produced 1991 album, Spiderland, newly Read more about this event
Saturday, August 23
FYF Fest
Sat., Aug. 23, 2 p.m.
Entering its second decade, FYF Fest moves to a new indoor/outdoor location at the L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park. With more stages and more food options, the not-so-little-festival-that-could rivals Coachella at the local level. The indie-centric FYF is where newly reformed shoegaze pioneers Slowdive are making their dreamy SoCal Read more about this event
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Thu., Aug. 21, Fri., Aug. 22, Sat., Aug. 23 and Sun., Aug. 24
Downtown L.A. and many venues and restaurants around town will host the fourth annual L.A. Food and Wine Festival, a massive event that features many local and national chefs. If you have the time and the cash for the marquee events, there are plenty: cooking demos by Iron Chef Morimoto Read more about this event
Lake Street Dive
Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m.
Lake Street Dive come to town, transforming the elegant and venerable Wiltern into their own smoky roadhouse. The Boston band stirs up retro soul, with lead singer Rachael Price belting things out with R&B force and a jazzy grace. "I could have been a painter or president," Price declares on Read more about this event
There's Something About Mary / The Princess Bride / Clueless
Sat., Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
Outdoor movies are one of our favorite things about summer in L.A. The warm summer air, the food trucks, the lack of bugs — where else are conditions so perfect? But with August coming to a close, such opportunities are running out. Tonight, three of this summer's biggest venues will Read more about this event
Sunday, August 24
Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Thu., Aug. 21, Fri., Aug. 22, Sat., Aug. 23 and Sun., Aug. 24
Downtown L.A. and many venues and restaurants around town will host the fourth annual L.A. Food and Wine Festival, a massive event that features many local and national chefs. If you have the time and the cash for the marquee events, there are plenty: cooking demos by Iron Chef Morimoto Read more about this event
Yes
Sun., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.
The myriad personnel lineups representing Yes likely will never be deemed fully acceptable to the band's hordes of purist fans, who've seen the progressive-rock icons morph from a quirkily magnificent symphonic/art-rock ensemble to a more streamlined and pop-accessible unit. Yet time marches on, and even hardcore "progressive" nerds might check Read more about this event
The Olympic Freeway Murals: Celebrating 30 Years
Sun., Aug. 24, 1-4 p.m.
The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles has a lot to do these days, what with the explosion of public art, both official and "uncommissioned," and the global attention finally being paid to our city's rich history of large-scale outdoor works of art. Among the trove of such gems getting some Read more about this event
The 10th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute
Sun., Aug. 24, 5:30 p.m.
The punk-rock mortality rate has always seemed disproportionately high (Darby, Stiv, Tomato, Thunders, Black Randy, Lux, Biscuit, Strummer — what a rotten bummer) and the recent loss of Tommy Ramone, the final founding member of The Ramones, struck an achingly ominous chord. The Johnny Ramone Tribute 10th Anniversary at Hollywood Read more about this event
The Weirdos, Naked Aggression, Killroy, The Dips
Sun., Aug. 24, 6:30 p.m.
Like fellow genre pioneers The Ruts and The Slits, The Weirdos delighted in defying even what was socially mandated as constituting first-wave punk. Formed in 1976 and currently enjoying the latest in a string of sporadic reunions, these Angelenos shun the gritty, often confrontational imagery of their East Coast and Read more about this event
Pancake Breakfast 2014
Sun., Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
For office drones, brunch options can be sadly limited. After all, we can only gorge ourselves in a few select prelunch hours on the weekends — and since far too many people in this giant metropolis have the same limited availability, the best places in town tend to be jam-packed Read more about this event
Monday, August 25
California Dreamin': The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977
Through Nov. 30
Pop and folk stars in the late 1960s and early '70s may have played on the Sunset Strip but they jammed and lived in Laurel Canyon. Entire albums have been dedicated to L.A.'s musical Shangri-La, namely Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon. Harvey Kubernik's 2009 book, Canyon of Dreams: The Read more about this event
Lost & Found at the Movies: The Art of Adapting
Although it has been more than 30 years since he did it, Buck Henry has hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times (that's twice as many as Justin Timberlake). The versatile comedian co-wrote The Graduate, co-created Get Smart with Mel Brooks, and was nominated for an Oscar in 1979 for directing Read more about this event
Nine Inch Nails
Mon., Aug. 25, 7 p.m.
When Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden emerged in the 1980s, they were each going in strikingly different directions. Cleveland's Nine Inch Nails combined the awesome force of industrial music with dark metallic leanings, and came off as stirringly new and forward-thinking. Starting a couple years earlier in 1984, Soundgarden rose Read more about this event
Tuesday, August 26
Allan Holdsworth
Tue., Aug. 26, 9 p.m.
Englishman Allan Holdsworth is one of the most highly respected guitarists of the past several decades, cited by legions of fellow players, including Eddie Van Halen, as a major inspiration. Holdsworth first came to prominence in the New Tony Williams Lifetime band of the mid-1970s, and while Holdsworth has most Read more about this event
The Great Flood
Rare is it that you're able to witness an event in America's history that is at once surreal and hyper-real — but in tonight's screening of The Great Flood, with director Bill Morrison in conversation with Cinematic Arts professor Mary Sweeney, you'll transcend entropy and time to witness a uniquely Read more about this event
Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 20
Emmy season is the perfect time to focus our attention on the beautiful costumes that make our favorite shows come to life. After all, what would Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones or Mad Men be without the costume designers who make those far-off worlds believable? Once a year, the FIDM Read more about this event