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Calendar 2015 Events: The HOTTEST TICKET FOR YOUR Entertainment

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By Matt Larson

There’s always time for timeless music with California Philharmonic, now playing Saturday evenings at Santa Anita Race Track and Sunday afternoons at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Maestro Victor Vener and his baton don’t skip a beat as you re-experience the sounds of epic films like Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Psycho like never before with Lights, Camera, Action!, Aug. 8 and Aug. 9. Then vacation ‘round the world and back during Postcards From Abroad, Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, featuring Gershwin’s 2nd Rhapsody, plus music from The Hobbit, Harry Potter and Out Of Africa.

As it has every summer since 2004, The Old Pasadena Film Festival has a treasure trove of classic movies for you to see and enjoy. This free movie series will be ending on August 1st with a screening of Barbarella, the 1968 cult camp classic, starring Jane Fonda.

Adam Carolla and Tom Green headline the 2nd annual Burbank Comedy Festival at Flappers Comedy Club, along with 200 carefully selected up-and-coming comedians from around the world. From August 16-22 this extravaganza offers over 50 special events including classes, after parties, live podcasts and much more. After these emerging comedians make it big, you can say you saw them way back when.

Positive vibes at the Hollywood Bowl are booming all summer long with a variety of entertaining options. See iconic performances by Sheryl Crow, Heart, then relax with some Smooth Summer Jazz including Dave Koz, Erykah Badu and other artists. On August 18th don’t miss A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen as the soundtrack is performed for you live.

The NoHo Arts District is a thriving theatrical community with more than 20 live performance venues in a one-square-mile radius. They recently celebrated their annual Valley Theatre Awards and have plenty of shows happening all summer long. Click on their theatre page.

Hurry and you can still catch the tail end of the run for The Phantom of the Opera, closing on August 2nd at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. You’ll still have plenty of time to plan for September 19th to see Grammy winner Lila Downs, who has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. She will perform songs from her latest album Balas y Chocolate (Bullets and Chocolate).

You have until August 16th to see the return of the Tony Award-nominated A Night With Janis Joplin to The Pasadena Playhouse. Those who have seen the show claim the late Queen of Psychedelic Soul is “resurrected” on stage. Up next at the Playhouse is Real Women Have Curves from September 8 - October 4, playwright Josefina López’s celebration of real bodies, life in Southern California, and the incredible bond when women work together.

It’s not so often that the venue is also the star, but The Greek Theatre, hidden amidst the trees of Griffith Park, was Russell Brand’s ultimate destination in the film Get Him To The Greek. This summer you can see the best of the best here including Of Monsters and Men, Jackson Browne, Alabama Shakes, even “Weird Al” Yankovic. Also, Lindsey Stirling is revolutionizing the music world as a dancing dubstep violinist. She’ll perform her smash hit “Crystalize.” A classically trained violinist, she has developed “a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation.” Stirling’s The Music Box Tour comes to The Greek on August 17. On August 29 you can join blues rock musician Joe Bonamassa on his Three Kings Tour, paying tribute to Albert, B.B. and Freddie (King), which is his first-ever U.S. amphitheater tour. You can also plan to see Hunger Games star Lenny Kravitz on September 11. With a new event almost every day this summer, find your excuse to visit The Greek.

UnCabaret. It’s more than comedy it’s, well, UnCabaret! Host/producer/creatrix Beth Lapides has welcomed comedic icons ranging from Jon Stewart to Sarah Silverman to Margaret Cho, for over 20 years. They come to UnCabaret to change things up in a more intimate and personal comedy experience. The “alternative” idea here is to be funny without an “act” utilizing a story-based, conversational tone rather than the standard “set-up—punch!” style of comedy. Their current home is the showroom in vegan restaurant Au Lac in DTLA, where you’ll have food options galore. Attend a new show at UnCabaret every Sunday this summer. Find a list of upcoming shows on their homepage.

Free, weekly dance parties are being hosted by The Music Center all summer long “because the world needs more spontaneous dancing” they say. We agree. Dance Downtown offers beginner dance lessons every other Friday with a live band or DJ and an open dance floor! Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic or order from the special bar menu at Pinot Grill. Learn to dance 70s, 80s and 90s plus disco on August 14, and the Samba on August 28. Alternating on the unmentioned Fridays you’re invited to Bring Your Own Dance Moves! They’ll have nonstop music on the Plaza featuring LA’s top DJs.

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the film, the Ahmanson Theatre presents The Sound Of Music, September 20-October 31, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien.

Curious what to do on Labor Day? It’s September 7, in case you’re wondering. It does fall on a Monday, so best to celebrate the weekend before. Conveniently, there’s a food and wine festival called The Taste, a.k.a. “Labor Day Block Party”, held at the Paramount Pictures Studios Backlot. This 3-day festival (Aug. 29-Aug. 31) features some of LA’s best chefs catering to guests at special events, sold separately throughout each day.

Tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS—Cabinet of Curiosities (beginning December 10) are still available. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. With a spectacular steampunk theme throughout, prepare to see it – and disbelieve it.

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