Echo Park Rising
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Things to Do in L.A. This Week: August 12-18

Echo Park Rising, Lykke Li’s inaugural music fest Yola Día, a Francis Ford Coppola cameo, ‘Jurassic Park’ in concert and more.


Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

Monday, August 12, 2019 / 6-11 p.m. / The Dome Entertainment Centre

Lots of great movies get restored to 4K, but that wasn’t enough for Francis Ford Coppola when it came to revamping “Apocalypse Now.” Why stop at a new hi-res scan and revised sound mix when you can re-cut the whole thing? The 1979 release was in fact a trimmed version Coppola thought would appeal more to the masses. In 2001, 49 weird minutes were put back in. But Coppola wasn’t truly satisfied and decided to re-edit once again, removing 20 minutes for the 2019 version. Then, a team spent over 2,700 hours cleaning and restoring the film’s 300,173 frames, producing a crisp sheen on the “Final Cut.” This special red carpet screening is followed by a Q-and-A with Coppola and Laurence Fishburne.

Tickets: $22-$60 / More Information

JMSN Residency

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 / 8-11 p.m. / Club Tee Gee

Get up close and personal with Detroit-bred, L.A.-based, electro-R&B singer Christian Berishaj, aka JMSN, on night two of his intimate three-night residency at Atwater’s Club Tee Gee. Accompanied by a full band and a string quartet, the seductive hip-thrusting crooner will play songs from his six-album discography, in addition to some unreleased treats sure to get your knees wobbling. The performance will be recorded for a live album and video.

Tickets: $33 / More Information

‘Strange Cures’ Book Event: A Night of Music, Magic + Memoir

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 / 7-10 p.m. / La Luz De Jesus Gallery

Musician, actor and award-winning magician Rob Zabrecky shares some passages from his memoir, “Strange Cures,” a tale of self-discovery set against the backdrop of L.A. in the 1980s and early 1990s. From his FBI-impersonating uncle that took a shot at him while drunk to gigging around Silver Lake with his band Possum Dixon, Zabrecky describes the path and struggles that led him from the music scene to reinvention as a magician at Hollywood’s Magic Castle. L7’s Donita Sparks leads the discussion with Zabrecky, followed by live music and magic.

Attendance is free / More Information

Everything Is Terrible!

Thursday, August 15, 2019 / 8-11:45 p.m. / The Regent Theater

This found footage collective lives by the motto: “If everything is terrible, then nothing is.” When you look at life (and/or the internet) that way, then every bizarre, confounding experience and artifact can be appreciated in a positive light. In fact, the more absurd the better. In spreading this gospel, the collective and their puppets have traveled the world over the last 12 years, sharing thousands of ridiculous videos while amassing the largest collection of “Jerry Maguire” VHS tapes on the planet, and they want yours too. Bring it to the show.

Tickets: $20-$24 / More Information / Tickets

‘Jurassic Park’ in Concert

Friday, August 16, 2019 / 8-10:30 p.m. / Hollywood Bowl

John Williams is one of the most iconic American composers. His scores have elevated movies like “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” “E.T.,” “Indiana Jones,” “Home Alone,” “Harry Potter,” and, of course, “Jurassic Park.” This groundbreaking 1993 film holds up. It’s still great and it’s even better viewed on a big screen as the score comes to life before your very eyes – thanks to the L.A. Philharmonic and conductor David Newman.

Arrive early to chat dinosaurs with paleontology students from the Natural History Museum!

Tickets: $14-$167 / More Information

Echo Park Rising Festival

Saturday, August 17, 2019 / 6 am to 11:45 p.m. / Echo Park

This yearly summertime tradition sees local bands performing in every nook and cranny of Echo Park, including restaurants and bars like Taix, Sticky Rice, Little Joy and Trencher, and storefronts too, such as Spacedust and Sunday’s Best Vintage. The Echo and Echoplex have scheduled a full serving of music across all four days, and a big outdoor stage occupies Taix’s parking lot, but some of the best stuff to encounter takes place in the more unconventional venues. Just grab a friend and make a day of wandering Sunset Boulevard.

Attendance is free / The festival runs August 15-18 / More Information

Yola Día Festival

Sunday, August 18, 2019 / 3-11 p.m. / Los Angeles State Historic Park

Pop singer/songwriter Lykke Li’s inaugural festival, Yola Día, celebrates women with an all-female fronted lineup of supercharged performers, plus food and drinks by female chefs and mixologists from L.A. and Mexico. Not only that, but the great Dolores Huerta is also booked to give a speech. As for music, this day’s fun in the sun features Lykke Li, Cat Power, Courtney Love, SOPHIE, CupcakKe, Megan Thee Stallion, Kelsey Lu and Empress Of.

Yola Día gets its name from Yola Mezcal, a distillery in Oaxaca, Mexico, founded by Li, Gina Correll Aglietti and Yola Jimenez, and operated entirely by women. A portion of ticket sales goes to the Downtown Women’s Center.

Tickets: $68-$198 / More Information

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