August Culture Calendar

Your To Do list for August

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 16: A member of the Johnny Polanco and Su Conjunto Amistgay recording group perform during the after party for the Eighth Annual Latino International Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre on July 16, 2004 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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AUGUST 1: Catch the lecture "Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, An Artistic Marriage" at the Museum of Latin American Art.
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AUGUST 2: Zach Galifianakis presents "Withnail & I" at The Cinefamily, a movie about Withnail and Marwood, two out-of-work actors in late '60s London who head out to the country for some R&R only to encounter more distress. Tickets and Information
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AUGUST 3: Koolhaus HouseLife, a free film screening at The Hammer Museum, examines the daily life of The House in Bordeaux, designed in 1998 by Rem Koolhaas / OMA. Screening Information
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AUGUST 4: Anna and David Strasberg discuss and sign The Lee Strasberg Notes, the original teachings of the acting trainer, at Book Soup. Don’t miss the book Johnny Depp calls “an indispensable companion." Tickets and Information
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AUGUST 5: The wacky new wave band the B-52s play at the Pacific Ampitheatre as part of the Orange County Fair, which runs July 16 - August 15 this year. Tickets
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AUGUST 6: See a cosmic light show set to Wagner’s “Light of the Valkyries” in the Planetarium at Griffith Observatory. This monument to public astronomy also offers telescopes for use during open hours. Venue Site
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AUGUST 7: Watch David Beckham most recent team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, play against his former team, Real Madrid, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Tickets
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AUGUST 8: Neil Patrick Harris directs Vanessa Hudgens and Wayne Brady in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical "Rent," a limited engagement playing August 6 through 8 at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets and Information
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AUGUST 9: Check out California indie band White Arrows performing free at Monday night residencies at Spaceland in Echo Park. Show Site
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AUGUST 10: At the Skirball Cultural Center, New York Times-bestselling author Gary Shteyngart reads from his latest novel, Super Sad True Love Story, about a Russian Jewish New Yorker who works for a life-extension venture, and Eunice Park, an online shopper and daughter of Korean immigrants. Tickets
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AUGUST 11: Lady Gaga stops at the Staples Center during her "Monster Ball" tour. Watch her try to change the world one sequin at a time. Tickets
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AUGUST 12: Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club play songs from their June 2010 release "Champ" at Los Angeles’ El Rey. Tickets
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AUGUST 13: Everyone’s favorite angry comedian Lewis Black performs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Tickets
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AUGUST 14: Billy Idol will debut a new powerhouse band at the Hollwood Palladium tonight. Tickets
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AUGUST 15: Cinefamily is screening the movie Chuck & Buck, followed by a Q&A with directors and actors Miguel Arteta and Mike White. Tickets
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AUGUST 16: LACMA Exhibition: Myths, Legends, and Cultural Renewal: Wagner's Sources. Today is your last chance to see this exhibition of German and Nordic folk art that inspired the operatic works of Richard Wagner. Exhibition Site
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AUGUST 17: America's Top 11 almost-Idols (and one full-fledged one) take the stage at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Tickets
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AUGUST 18: The Neville Brothers, the 70s New Orleans Soul group, performs at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets
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AUGUST 19: The legendary Bob Dylan is joined by John Mellencamp on his current tour. Newsweek just published its list of best albums of the decade, and Bob Dylan's "Love and Theft", released on 9/11/2001, is #2. Venue Tickets
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AUGUST 20: Rufus Wainwright and his sister Martha Wainwright will perform at the Greek Theatre. Rufus’ sixth album, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu, was released in March. Tickets
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AUGUST 21: For two days, the Sunset Junction Street Fair, an event held annually in the Sunset Junction neighborhood of Silver Lake, will offer three musical stages, a carnival midway and food booths. Venue Site
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AUGUST 22: Free and public, the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program’s annual Writers Faire features “mini-classes” and panels hosted by more than 60 professional writers who teach in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. UCLA Events Calendar
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AUGUST 23: 35th Anniversary Block Party at the Co-op in Santa Monica. Enjoy free fresh produce and organic food, music, dancing, giveaways, prizes, kid's zone. Co-op Site
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AUGUST 24: Cartoon Dump! at Steve Allen Theater plays voice-overs to animated cartoons from the 50's, 60's and 70's, often turning them into seriously disturbed characters. Tickets
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AUGUST 25: Director of the Bristol Farms Cooking School, Grace-Marie Johnston teaches "Lunch with Friends," a series of intimate two-hour demonstrations for beginning to advanced home cooks at Bristol Farms Market, South Pasadena. Class Schedule
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AUGUST 26: Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad play at the Autry National Center. Polanco has gained recognition for making contagious Latin dance music through nearly 35 years of professional musicianship. Show Site
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AUGUST 27: The African Marketplace and Cultural Faire opens this weekend at Rancho La Cienega Park to celebrate African history, dance, education, language, art, arts and crafts, music, film, theater, photography and literature. Tickets
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AUGUST 28: Tonight The Smashing Pumpkins headline the Third Annual Sunset Strip Music Festival in West Hollywood, which begins on the 26th with more than 50 bands performing in The Roxy Theatre, the Whisky A Go-Go, Viper Room and House of Blues. MySpace Site
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AUGUST 29: The Goo Goo Dolls play songs from their upcoming ninth studio album “Something for the Rest of Us” at the Greek Theatre. The album will be released on August 31, 2010. Show Site
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AUGUST 30: Mustache Mondays at La Cita presents a gay-friendly night of DJ sets by Dino Dinko, Fresh S and Josh Peace, drink specials, tarot card readers and "loads and loads of unprotected mustache action." Mustache Mondays Official Site
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AUGUST 31: Today is the final day of Pageant of the Masters, an art show in Laguna Beach in which real people dress up like characters in contemporary paintings and use all sorts of props to create living paintings. Tickets
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