Prepare your stretchy pants to work overtime this week, because there is no shortage of fun foodie events. Biannual favorite dineL.A. is back, as is Delicious Little Tokyo, and one of L.A.’s most iconic, aviation-themed restaurants. Evenings of comedy, jazz legends, music fests, and film screenings round out a week full of good times.

Monday, July 17

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Summer dineL.A. Is Back!
Hundreds Of Restaurants

Los Angeles’ biannual food event, dineL.A., is back for the summer, offering 15 days of value-driven menus that celebrate the city’s culinary diversity. Through July 28, over 380 L.A. restaurants are inviting Angelenos on a “Summer Road Trip” through various neighborhoods, many embracing the return of dineL.A.’s partnership with the California Avocado Commission. Avocado-centric masterpieces are on many menus, like The Bellwether’s amazingly reimagined fattoush salad, Gracias Madre’s avocado mousse, and Cafe Gratitude’s creamy avocado key lime pie. It’s also the perfect time to try a restaurant newer to the scene like uber hip Sweet Chick, or Santa Monica’s new 1212. Visit our Guide To dineL.A.’s Best Eats for more great spots to visit!

Tuesday, July 18

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Aparna & Friends: A Night of Subjective Comedy
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

Aparna Nacherla has been lighting up the screen lately with roles on shows like “Crashing,” “Master of None,” “Love,” and “Inside Amy Schumer.” Tonight she is joined by special guests Marlena Rodriguez, Erin Lennox, and Naomi Ekperigin for a night of lady-led laughs. It’s the Hammer’s first female-only comedy extravaganza, and is part of the museum’s Bureau of Feminism series, bringing a feminist perspective to a range of activities. The event is free, but feel free to set your own “two drink minimum” at the cash bar.

Wednesday, July 19

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Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl: Ella and Dizzy: 100 Years, 1,000 Memories
Hollywood Bowl
2301 Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 850-2000

Jazz at the Bowl kicks off tonight with a show honoring jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. Classics from Fitzgerald’s songbook years will be performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, accompanied by vocal stars Andra Day, Lizz Wright, Jane Monheit, and Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr. A Dizzy 100th Celebration All-Star Big Band will perform in the first half, and the event will be hosted by award-winning actress CCH Pounder. Arrive early to enjoy a complimentary tasting at the Wednesday Winemaker Series which starts tonight in the Plaza Marketplace (5:00-7:00pm).

Thursday, July 20

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Attend The Re-Opening Of The Proud Bird Restaurant
The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 670-3093

Historic aviation-themed restaurant The Proud Bird is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a grand re-opening. The LAX adjacent restaurant has been completely revamped into a food hall with interactive aviation exhibits and a renovated events center. Families and foodies alike will love the new Food Bazaar design with six different culinary kitchens that embody the melting pot vibe of L.A. The Proud Bird is open weekdays for lunch and dinner, and for an All-You-Can-Eat Brunch during the weekend.

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New Exhibit Opening: “Defying Gravity: Humans and Other Objects in Mid-Air”
Corey Helford Gallery
571 S. Anderson St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(310) 287-2340

This weekend Downtown L.A.’s Corey Helford Gallery opened a new show called “Defying Gravity: Humans and Other Objects in Mid-Air” that explores both humans and objects in flight, float, and free-fall. Fifteen of the New Contemporary movement’s top artists give their interpretation of the theme of being unbound and free from earthly restraints. The works are on view through August 12.

Friday, July 21

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Go To FYF Fest
FYF Fest
Exposition Park
700 Exposition Park Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Expanded this year into a three-day event, FYF Fest returns for a long weekend packed with musical performances at Exposition Park. Tonight, Bjork kicks off the main stage performances, followed by Missy Elliott, in her only scheduled show of the year. The weekend’s other headliners include Frank Ocean and Nine Inch Nails, and undercard acts Iggy Pop, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. Ticket options range from single day to VIP passes, and are going quick. Visit our Guide To The 2017 FYF Fest for more information!

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Attend The O.C. Fair!
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 708-1500

One of Orange County’s most beloved summer traditions, the O.C. Fair, is back this summer with more excitement than ever before. Filled with live concerts, delicious fair foods and carnival rides galore, this nearly month-long event is perfect for date night, family outings or a day out with friends. Over the last century, the fair has continued to grow, now welcoming millions of visitors every year. Today is one of the introduction days for the Fair, so make sure to head on down and enjoy incredible food, carnival rides and more. Visit our O.C. Fair Guide for more information.

Saturday, July 22

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WP24’s Summer Supper and a Show Presents: Grease
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
900 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8824

Because we just can’t get enough rooftop screenings in our lives, The Ritz-Carlton has begun a series of film screenings atop the hotel’s swanky rooftop. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is joining the launch of “Summer Supper and a Show” by offering a special two-course pre-set menu before the show, followed by reserved seats for the viewing. Elevated concession boxes packed with Wolfgang Puck’s favorite cinema snacks are available as part of the package, as well as a la carte without the pre-show dinner. Tonight’s screening is the summertime classic Grease, and the rooftop bar will be open for drinks.

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Other Outdoor Film Screenings
Throughout the summer and into fall, there are other great outdoor film screenings perfect for a night out with your friends or a loved one. Visit our Cinespia and Eat See Hear for full schedules, info on great eats and more!

Sunday, July 23

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Delicious Little Tokyo
Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA 90012

After a wildly successful first year, Go Little Tokyo’s three day food and cultural event is back for its second year of introducing Little Tokyo’s diverse cuisine to the masses. Culinary demos, food tours, workshops, and special activities at participating Little Tokyo shops and restaurants are all in store for the Friday-Sunday event. Sunday’s activities include a sushi felting workshop, a class teaching how to make rice ball characters, ukulele lessons, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and much more. Admission is free, with various fees applying to demos and workshops.

Article by Kellie Fell.