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What You’re Doing This Week: July 8

July 8, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: Kidspace)

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(credit: Kidspace)

The long weekend is over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun. Here’s a round-up to some great events in the Southland this week. Try your comedy skills in front of a live audience, watch a movie screening or participant in a triathlon – LA style.

July 8

(credit: Last Bookstore)

(credit: Last Bookstore)

Speakeasy: Open Mic Mondays

The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA
lastbookstorela.com

The Last Bookstore is holding a weekly open mic series. Take this opportunity to share your material in front of an audience. Sign-ups start at 7:45 p.m. Bring your funny. Music, comedy and poetry welcomed. Basically – anything goes.

July 9

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(credit: Mongrel Media)

KCET Cinema Series

Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
www.kcet.org

KCET will be screening “Still Mine,” a touching Canadian film on an elderly couple and their struggle to coup with the wife’s early stages of Alzheimer’s. The husband defies the local authorities and commences to build a dream cottage for his ailing wife on their large property. Academy-award nominated actress Genevieve Bujold will be on hand afterward for a Q&A session.

July 10

(credit: Honor Fraser)

(credit: Honor Fraser)

Alexis Smith: Slice of Life

Honor Fraser
2622 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Stop by at the Honor Fraser exhibitions for a Slice of Life. It’s is a focused exploration of Alexis Smith’s work as portraiture. The exhibition includes five decades of iconic collage work, among them several recently completed pieces, and the landmark multimedia installation “Past Lives,” a poignant 1989 collaboration with writer Amy Gerstler.

July 11

(credit: Annenberg Space For Photography)

(credit: Annenberg Space For Photography)

Iris Nights

Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars
Century City, CA 90067
(213) 403-3000
www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org

Presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Helmut Newton: White Women, Sleepless Nights and Big Nudes,” this Thursday evening talk will featured Tony Duran. Duran is a celebrity and fashion photographer whose portfolio includes Natalie Portman, Beyoncé, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Tom Cruise, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck and Jamie Foxx. He has shot for a plethora of magazines including GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Glamour. Admission is free.

July 12

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(credit: Kidspace)

Galvin Physics Forest Anniversary

Kidspace Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144

Kidspace Museum will celebrate the one year anniversary of the grand opening of the Galvin Physics Forest. The three-day celebration will include live performances from children’s performer, Riff Rockit, and will highlight different aspects of physics with themed activities and demonstrations.

July 13

(credit: Half The Sky Movement)

(credit: Half The Sky Movement)

LA Lifts Up Half The Sky

www.crowdrise.com

It’s an LA-style charity triathlon from 7:30 am to noon that will include a spin class at AURA, 10K run led by Tanja Djelevic and a hot yoga class at MOKSHA Yoga LA. Proceeds raised will benefit Somaly Mam, an anti-sex trafficking organization and one of Half The Sky Movement’s featured partners. Those who donate $50 or more will automatically be entered in the giveaway raffle for a chance to win prizes that include a full Lorna Jane outfit ($150 value) and spin classes ($54 value per gift card) at Aura.

(credit: Galerie Michael)

(credit: Galerie Michael)

Painting With Alexandre Renoir

Galerie Michael
224 N. Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 273-3377
galeriemichael.com

The great-grandson of renowned artist Pierre-Augusta Renoir, Alexandre Renoir, will teach children the fundamentals of painting, along with some of his own techniques. Classes will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for an hour. Proceeds from the event will support the Children of War Foundation.

July 14

(credit: Getty Center)

(credit: Getty Center)

Marie-Antoinette in America: Her Royal Treasures in the New World

Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-6810

In this richly illustrated presentation, author Ronald Freyberger describes numerous extraordinary works of furniture and decorative art, now in 14 different museums in the United States, which originally adorned Marie Antoinette’s apartments at Versailles, Fontainebleau, the Tuileries, and elsewhere.

Clarissa Wei is a freelance writer who specializes in food and Asian culture. Tweet at her @dearclarissa or find her on her website, clarissawei.com.

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