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FRI 8/24

— LOS ANGELES —

Fiesta La Ballona kicks off with carnival rides and a wine garden, Culver City’s Veteran’s Memorial Park. Free, 6 p.m. Through Aug. 26.

Jeremy Lewit directs family-friendly musical “Snoopy” to benefit Downtown Dog Rescue, McCadden Place Theater. $25, 8 p.m.

— NEW YORK —

Funnyman Tom Rhodes starts his two-day Comix run. $20, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Joe Swanberg’s “Kissing on the Mouth” unspools for IFC Film Center’s “The New Talkies: Generation DIY.” $11, 9:55 p.m.

The Squirrel Nut Zippers jump, jive and wail for HighLine Ballroom. $25 – $30, 9:00 p.m.

Minnie Driver performs her “Seastories,” Joe’s Pub. $15, 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.


SAT 8/25

— LOS ANGELES —

Project Angel Food honors Shirley MacLaine and Xorin Balbes’ charity work during its 14th annual Angel Awards, featuring an alfresco dinner and musical performance, Project Angel Food. $295-$25,000, 6 p.m.

A two-day workshop teaches “The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking” with guest speakers, including Paradigm Consulting prexy Peter Broderick, Raleigh Studios. $100-$275.  Through Aug. 26.

Brand New Heavies rolls into House of Blues Sunset Strip. $25, 12 p.m. Saxophonist George Harper entertains the Vibrato Grill Jazz. 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

— NEW YORK —

Two-day mini-festival La Casita brings urban poetry, music and storytelling to South Plaza on 62nd St. Free, 2:00 p.m.

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival plays Marcus Garvey Park. Free, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


SUN 8/26

— LOS ANGELES —

Emerging musicians rock Ford Amphitheater to benefit the Guitar Center Music Foundation during “An Evening of Independence.” $75, 7:30 p.m.

Special guest Mike Andrews performs in Inara George’s tribute to Bessie Smith, Theatricum Botanicum. $35-$25, 7:30pm.

Cellist Ruslan Biryukov and pianist Mary Au play Schubert and Davidoff, Bing Theater at LACMA. Free, 6 p.m.

Lucques chef Suzanne Goin cooks up a barbecue feast for the restaurant’s seventh annual Rib Round-Up. $40, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

— NEW YORK —

The 10th annual Black August Hip-Hop Project, featuring Mos Def, Talib Kweli and Dead Prez, plays the Nokia Theater. $30, 8:00 p.m.

Lizzie West and Baba Buffalo’s Tumbleweed Cabaret moseys across the Joe’s Pub stage. $12, 7:30 p.m.


MON 8/27

— LOS ANGELES —

The International Myeloma Foundation hosts a fundraising concert featuring Spinal Tap and the Folksmen, Avalon Hollywood. $50-$250, 8:00p.m.

— NEW YORK —

“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party” keeps Broadway actors off the streets by opening the mic at Birdland. $10 minimum, 10:00 p.m.

Hilary Duff rocks Radio City Music Hall. $40-$80, 8:00 p.m.


TUE 8/28

— LOS ANGELES —

Robby Benson discusses and signs “Who Stole the Funny?”, Book Soup. Free, 7:00 p.m.

Hollywood & Highland’s courtyard transforms into a hot spot with Alan Pasqua Jazz Collective performing and fine wine available for tasting. Free concert, $10 tasting, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

— NEW YORK —

Lo-Pro opens “An Evening with Aaron Lewis of Staind,” Nokia Theater. $35-$54, 8:00 p.m.

The Tom Harrell Quintet plays the Village Vanguard. $30, 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.


WED 8/29

— LOS ANGELES —

Lauren Bacall starrer “How to Marry a Millionaire” unspools for AFI’s “100 Years…100 Stars,” ArcLight Cinemas. $11, 8 p.m.

The Scott Henderson Trio jazzes up the Baked Potato. $15, 9:45 p.m.

Billy Wilder’s “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes” and “Witness for the Prosecution” unspool, UCLA’s Billy Wilder Theater. $9, 7:30 p.m.

— NEW YORK —

Richie Beirach’s 60th Birthday Celebration includes party guests Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Billy Hart, and Gregor Huebner, Birdland. $30, 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

The Met’s Elinor Richter discusses Caravaggio and Rembrandt, Gallery Talk Stanchion in the Great Hall. Free with $20 museum admission, 11:00 a.m.


THU 8/30

— LOS ANGELES —

La Conversation hosts The Sensory Experience where guests get to blind taste and learn the aromas of six different wines from around the world. $45, 6:45 p.m. – 9 p.m.

— NEW YORK —

Stuart Oderman accompanies when silent classic “Show People” screens, MoMa. $10, 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

John Farrow’s The Hitler Gang plays BAM with Village Voice critic Elliot Stein’s Cinemachat talkback following. $11, 6:50 p.m.

Sports Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel talks to audiences at Borders on 32nd and 2nd. Free, 6:30 p.m.

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