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Entertainment in LA!


Music, stage and film are the triple threat that creates great entertainment. Here in Los Angeles we are treated to some amazing live music, Broadway and independent plays, comedy, magic and of course you can't beat the glamour of Hollywood!

Concert Tours


Music is a staple of our community and there are plenty of upcoming shows that will have you singing and swaying along to the tunes. These amazing concert tours include superstars like Janet Jackson, who is getting back in the game with a whirlwind concert tour after the birth of her son Eissa Al Mana. Upcoming arena tours include:

The Los Angeles Forum – www.thelosangelesforum.com

The iconic Eric Clapton is coming to the Forum on Aug. 31, Sept. 13, 15, 16, and 18. This rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter is a three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream.

For country stylings, check out Jason Aldean. He has released seven albums and 24 singles. Of his singles, 19 have reached number one on either the Hot Country Songs or Country Airplay charts. One favorite includes “Don't You Wanna Stay” which is a duet with Kelly Clarkson. Oct. 6.

Rock 'n' Roll legends the Scorpions are performing Oct. 7. The Scorpions are most prolific for their best-selling album “Crazy World” which included the song “Wind of Change.” The song is a symbolic anthem for the global and political climate within Eastern Europe in the late 1980s.

The Greek Theatre – www.greektheatrela.com

Two classic multi-Grammy Award winning groups: TOTO and Pat Benatar are teaming up this summer to entertain. Three co-headline appearances have been announced including a stop in Los Angeles on Aug. 27. Good times for all!

With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, Foreigner is known as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with sold-out tours and huge album sales, now over 75 million. They are coming to the Greek on Aug. 30. This concert is a double whammy – it also features rockers Cheap Trick!

Mary J. Blige is coming to Los Angeles Sept. 2 in her highly anticipated “Strength of a Woman Tour.” This concert is a follow up to Blige’s 13th studio album release which debuted at number one on Billboard’s R&B Album Chart.

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza – www.civicartsplaza.com

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Anka is coming Aug. 26! With songs like “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” “Having My Baby” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder” Paul Anka is a well-known icon and recording star.

Kansas is rocking out on their “Leftoverture 40th Anniversary Tour!” The band performs more than two hours of classic music with hit songs, deep cuts, and new material from their new album. Sept. 13.

The soulful vocal stylings of Russell Hitchcock and Graham Russell's simple yet stunning songs created a unique sound forever known as Air Supply. The duo has had a succession of worldwide hits including “Lost In Love,” “All Out of Love,” “Making Love Out of Nothing At All.” Sept. 24.

Hollywood Bowl – www.hollywoodbowl.com

It's time to croon along with some jazz. From the classic smooth sound of Dave Koz to the funky sounds of the Ohio Players and more, prepare yourself for a laid-back, groove-filled midsummer evening. Aug 20. Continuing to re-imagine jazz, the Oscar and Grammy-winning pianist Herbie Hancock will bring his newest creations to life with his awesome band. Aug 23.

It’s truly an impossible feat to beat Beethoven at the Bowl. For this evening, Frenchman Aimard dives into the glorious First Concerto followed by one of the most revolutionary and thrilling symphonies Beethoven ever penned. Aug 31.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Winwood will dig deep into his vintage '60s British rock classics, as well as his hits “When You See a Chance” and “Back in the High Life.” Sept. 13.

Walt Disney Concert Hall – www.laphil.com

Walt Disney Concert Hall is the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, presenting the best in classical music, contemporary music, world music and jazz. The 2017/18 season kicks off with LA Phil Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel working his magic from the podium, conducting an all-Mozart program. Sept. 26.

Your escapade into world music starts with international artists like Natalia Lafourcade, one of Mexico’s biggest contemporary music stars, accompanied by the Los Angeles Phil. This series also includes folk-rock of M. Ward, a performance by singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, and an evening of electro-tango music by Bajofondo. Oct. 12.

Staples Center – www.staplescenter.com

Latin music sensations are here! Don Omar is performing together with Yandel, Arcangel, De La Ghetto, Bad Bunny, Fat Joe, J Alvarez, Bryant Myers, Alexis and Fido, The Sonora Dinamita and more great artists! Aug. 26.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Daryl Hall & John Oates, are teaming up with international multi-platinum selling band, Tears For Fears for a co-headlining North American tour. Soul singer Allen Stone opens each show with an acoustic set. Sept 14, 15.

The Rose Bowl – www.rosebowlstadium.com

Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Green Day will close out their “Revolution Radio” summer North American tour, with special guests Catfish and the Bottlemen on Sept. 16. Fan of Coldplay? Their award-winning “A Head Full Of Dreams Tour” is coming to Los Angeles Oct. 6.

Cozy Venues


Sometimes seeing musical performances in smaller venues fits the bill just right. Los Angeles is home to many such intimate spaces. Here are a few local shows you should check out!

Dance to Madonna at “80s Mixtape Nite” featuring DJ Alex Transistor and DJ Ray D. Aug. 20. The Echo, 1822 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. www.spacelandpresents.com/events/the-echo

Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s rock, The Dead Daisies sound is soulful and strong – like bits of Aerosmith, Bad Company and Foreigner: heavy vocals, bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. Aug. 25. El Rey Theatre, 5515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles. www.theelrey.com

Kesha is returning with her first album since 2012, entitled “Rainbow.” The pop singer is coming to Los Angeles Nov. 1 at the Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles. www.hollypalla.com

R&B star August Alsina released his first album “Testimony” in 2014 debuting at number two on the Billboard 200. The album featured hit singles like “No Love,” featuring Nicki Minaj. Check him out Aug. 27 at the Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. www.wiltern.com

Southern California blues/hard rock band Great White first emerged on the rock scene in 1984 and since then has achieved worldwide fame, with sales of over six million records. They received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and earned a double platinum for the album “…Twice Shy.” The band performs Aug. 25 at The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. http://canyonclub.net

Don't miss a super-fun night of pop gone metal at the Viper Room with performances from Madonnica and MetelABBA! Madonnica is the world's first heavy metal/rock tribute to Madonna. MetelABBA is made up of ABBA lovers who decided to give the popular Swedish band's intricate music a metal twist. The twosome play Sept. 2 at the Viper Room, 8852 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. www.viperroom.com

Celebrity Premieres


See your favorite stars in person at these upcoming movie premieres!

“Thor: Ragnarok” starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jaimie Alexander, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, and Idris Elba will be premiering Oct. 11 at both the El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood and Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

Stephen King fan? Warner Bros. “It” starring Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, and Sophia Lilliset will be arriving Sept. 5 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

Disneyphiles unite! Walt Disney's “Coco” starring Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Gael Garcia Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, Jaime Camil, and Alanna Ubach will be premiering Nov. 9 at the El Capitan Theatre, 6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood.

For more star sightings check out the annual Emmy awards show – television's biggest night. TV's version of the Oscars have been awarding every summer since 1948 by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and over 600 million people will tune in to watch. Virtually every star of the small screen will be there. The host this year is nighttime favorite Stephen Colbert. The ceremony takes place Sept. 17, at the Microsoft Theatre at L.A. Live, across from the Staples Center. Get there early to check out the red carpet!

Comedy Shows


Who doesn't love a good joke? Here are some local comedy shows that are keeping us smiling.

Lisa Lampanelli is known as “Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean.” This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Celebrity Apprentice,” and many more. Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. Sept. 8. The Canyon Club, 28912 Roadside Dr., Agoura Hills. http://canyonclub.net

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood are taking to the stage at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Acclaimed by TV audiences for the popular TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Colin and Brad will improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation. Sept. 8. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. www.civicartsplaza.com

Comedian Jim Jefferies is one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, with a standup style that continues to surprise and entertain. Jefferies burst on to the scene after his popular debut HBO special “I Swear to God.” His additional comedy specials include “Contraband,” “Alcoholocaust,” and “Fully Functional.” Sep. 16. Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. www.civicartsplaza.com

Heather McDonald is one of the most in-demand and multi-faceted comedians today, juggling a career as a stand-up performer, actress, and writer. In 2016 she debuted her first Showtime special “I Don’t Mean To Brag,” which achieved record ratings and is currently streaming on Netflix. Oct. 14. Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. www.civicartsplaza.com

Nick Offerman returns with a collection of his sawdusty musings on survival in the wild, living with enthusiasm, and most importantly, the cultivation of body hair. Oct. 8. Royce Hall UCLA. www.roycehall.org

Improv Olympic West, the Los Angeles arm of the world-famous Improv Olympic in Chicago, presents the best improvisation west of the Windy City. There are shows every night and it's always something new, fresh...and funny! Improv Olympic West, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. http://ioimprov.com/west

Movies


There are some unique screenings that shed a new light on the silver screen.

John Williams: Maestro of the Movies continues a Hollywood Bowl tradition, where legendary composer John Williams conducts many of his greatest moments of movie music magic. David Newman kicks off the evening with more of the best in film music. A selection of clips will be featured on the big screen. Sept 1, 2, 3. Hollywood Bowl. www.hollywoodbowl.com

If you ever wanted to experience one of the greatest movie musicals of all time – starring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds – while a live orchestra performs all that unforgettable music, your time has come! Singin' in the Rain: A complete rendition of the film with orchestra accompaniment. Sept 7, Hollywood Bowl. www.hollywoodbowl.com

The historic Wiltern Theatre is pulling back the curtains and showing you what really happens on tour! Join them for an intimate screening of rock’n’roll cult classic: This Is Spinal Tap. As well, you can sign up for a private backstage viewing. Aug. 22. www.wiltern.com Dance Dancers create expression through music and movement. It's an amazing thing to witness.

New West Symphony is opening their season by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring acclaimed flamenco dancer Siudy Garrido performing the Spanish ballet, El Amor Brujo. Oct. 7, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. www.civicartsplaza.com

Move your body to the island beat! Combining soca, dance hall, punta, and African dance styles, Betty Rox will lead you on a cultural journey of the islands of Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados. Aug. 21. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. www.fordtheatres.org

Pushing dance boundaries, each performance features avant-garde works from three remarkable choreographers. Alejandro Cerrudo’s cutting-edge contemporary Second to Last duets and Pacopepepluto, a World Premiere from phenom Menghan Lou, and the groundbreaking masterwork The Four Temperaments by George Balanchine. Oct 7, Royce Hall UCLA. www.roycehall.org

“All the Tease None of the Sleaze” is a retro burlesque show always guaranteed to entertain even the most reserved in the audience. Neo-Burlesque is the revival of the traditional burlesque performance. The new form encompasses a wider range of performance styles. Aug. 26. Ventura Theater, 26 S Chestnut St, Ventura. www.venturatheater.net

Circus


Clowns, acrobats, fun and more! It's never been a better time to see circus-style performances.

Step right up and discover the surreal world of Cirque du Soleil: LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico, where Mexico lives along with the soundtrack of Latin American sound. Cirque du Soleil's big-top show features original music written for a live acoustic setting mixed with the electro-pop – a combination of the Spanish words luz (light) and lluvia (rain), two elements at the heart of the show. The show takes place at Grand Chapiteau at the OC Fair and Event Center starting on Feb. 22, but you can buy tickets now! www.cirquedusoleil.com

Ready for a circus of the adult style? Enter Harvelle's Long Beach and meet up with contortionists, aerialists and more. Music fills the air courtesy of a soulful funk band, drinks will flow and femme fatale dames dance in a twisted cabaret. Aug. 26, Sept. 30. Harvelle's Long Beach, 201 E Broadway, Long Beach. http://longbeach.harvelles.com

Theatre


Theatre is a great way to be entertained and expand your mind. There are plenty of shows all over Los Angeles.

Broadway at the W includes actors, dancers and producers from Tony-Award winning and fan-favorite shows including South Pacific, The Producers, The Book of Mormon, Motown the Musical and Les Misérables. This is the highest caliber of Los Angeles-based Broadway performers offering an intimate taste of Broadway. The show features a live band, rotating program and special celebrity guests. The Loft at W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. http://broadwayatthew.com

“Live from Laurel Canyon ~ Songs and Stories of American Folk Rock” is a 90-minute journey through a special time in American popular music celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” The show features music by the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Doors, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Neil Young, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, America, and the Eagles. Sept 23. Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. www.civicartsplaza.com

It’s time to get things started, to light the lights... the iconic and beloved Muppets will perform a sensational, inspirational live show you’ll never forget! Join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Great Gonzo and the rest of the zany Muppet gang, including Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, with legendary rock drummer Animal, for a once-in-a-lifetime show. All this, plus fireworks! Sept 8, 9, 10. Hollywood Bowl. www.hollywoodbowl.com

Magic Shows


Is it a trick? Or is it magic? You won't be sure at these fun-filled performances.

An evening of magic, comedy, and illusion is presented in Ivan Amodei's wildly entertaining stage performance. On any given night, Ivan can bring in death-defying boomerangs, calculators, the alphabet, cell phones, an iPad, Binaca, air freshener cans, and, even a confused woman. It will be an evening of intelligent, witty and magical illusion, all wrapped up into nonstop fun. Four Seasons Hotel, 2 Dole Dr., Westlake Village. www.ivanamodei.com

Amazement awaits you inside Black Rabbit Rose, a swanky venue boasting a theater for magic, plus a bar featuring craft cocktails. This retro-style cabaret show sets out to impress with an array of burlesque and specialty performers, while the world's finest close-up illusionists dazzle you with magical talent. Aug. 24. Black Rabbit Rose, 1719 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood. www.blackrabbitrose.com

He's not quite a magician. He's not quite a mindreader. He's not quite normal. He's Ben Benjamins, and he's got a new live show at Vertical Wine Bistro in Pasadena. This Magic Castle regular is ready to amaze you and your friends as you sip glasses of wine. Aug. 22. Vertical Wine Bistro, 70 North Raymond Ave., Pasadena. www.benbenjamins.com

Museums


Art is a creative expression that is a visual treat.

Visit LACMA, truly a multi-day destination. As you enter, Chris Burden's iconic entrance installation Urban Light will greet you. The Pavilion for Japanese Art is a perfect expression of Asian culture, and the Broad Contemporary Art Museum offers an amazing collection of modern art. www.lacma.org

The Getty Center is a hilltop oasis filled with stunning gardens, a fountain-filled courtyard, and six pavilions housing the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. www.getty.edu/visit/center/

The Natural History Museum offers a six-story glass entrance with a stunning, 63-foot-long fin whale skeleton. There are twelve new galleries and five exhibits that have opened since the museum's 2013 renovation. Other details include the Gem and Mineral hall, preserved dinosaur fossils, and the Nature Gardens. https://nhm.org

The Huntington Library is now one of the most beloved museum attractions. You can enjoy the art, the library, and the gorgeous outdoor spaces. www.huntington.org

The iconic Griffith Observatory has overlooked Los Angeles for more than 80 years and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope will open up the skies, and exhibits include the Hall of the Sky and Hall of the Eye, a pair of displays focusing on humans' relationship to the stars. And don't miss the Tesla coil and the seismograph machine. http://griffithobservatory.org

There is so much entertainment here in Los Angeles! Get out there and explore – or you may miss it!

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