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August Entertainment

Stage, Plays, Musicals, Film, Comedy Festivals and Events

LONG BEACH: Darren Carter, comedian - at Ships & Giggles Comedy Night August 14, 2017. Hosted by Rocco Stowe Showcasing Southern California Top Comedians Darren Carter, Courtney Black, Ashley Craib, Aiko Tanaka, Perry Kurtz, and Boogie B. Location: Queen Mary's Observation Bar & Art Deco Lounge, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802. Time: Happy Hour 5 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. TICKETS: As part of the daily Free After 6pm* access to the Queen Mary, the admission to Local Band Hangout and Ships & Giggles Comedy Night are now free when entering the ship after 6:00pm. *Certain block out dates due apply. PARKING: Complimentary self-parking with validation of $20 purchase in the Observation Bar. Valet is $15 after 6 p.m. (for up to 3 hours) with a purchase and validation of $20 in the Observation Bar. queenmary.com  

LOS ANGELES: Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd East
Hollywood, CA 90068
$35-75, fordtheatres.com
GRAMMY Award-winning Senegalese vocalist who has performed alongside Peter Gabriel and Paul Simon, performs songs off of his recent album, Africa Rekk!
Other events at the newly renovated theatre include:

  • JAM Sessions August 3, 2017, 7 p.m. Free Caribbean Dance  - Newhall
  • JAM Sessions San Fernando Free August 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Caribbean Dance
  • Artists Partnership Series August 4, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Brasil 70: Samba / Soul / Resistance
  • Big World Fun August 5, 2017, 10 a.m.  TAIKOPROJECT
  • Artists Partnership Series August 5, 2017, 8 p.m. 7th Annual Flypoet
  • IGNITE @ the FORD! August 6, 2017, 8 p.m. Youssou NDOUR
  • JAM Sessions Free August 7, 2017, 7 p.m. Bollywood Dance
  • JAM Sessions San Fernando Free August 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Celtic Dance
  • Lease Events August 11, 2017, 8 p.m. 89.9 KCRW Presents: James Vincent McMorrow
  • Big World Fun August 12, 2017, 10 a.m.  Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • Artists Partnership Series August 12, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Pacífico Dance Company
  • JAM Sessions Free August 14, 2017, 7 p.m. Line Dance Daymé Arocena
  • IGNITE @ the FORD! August 17, 2017, 8 p.m. Daymé Arocena at the Skirball
  • IGNITE @ the FORD! August 18, 2017, 8:30 p.m. The Music Center On Location: Aszure Barton's Awáa
  • JAM Sessions - Marina del Rey Free August 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Ukulele & Hula Dance
  • IGNITE @ the FORD! August 19, 2017, 8:30 p.m. The Music Center On Location: An Evening with Jacob Jonas The Company and Tim Hecker
  • JAM Sessions San Fernando Free August 20, 2017, 5 p.m. Salsa Dance
  • IGNITE @ the FORD! August 20, 2017, 8 p.m. The Music Center On Location: Northern Stars, An Evening with Rufus Wainwright
  • JAM Sessions Free August 21, 2017, 7 p.m. Caribbean Dance
  • IGNITE @ the FORD! August 25, 2017, 8:30 p.m. Síntesis & Dayren Santamaria
  • Artists Partnership Series August 26, 2017, 8 p.m. WordTheatre's In the Cosmos
  • JAM Sessions San Fernando Free August 27, 2017, 5 p.m. Mexican Folk Dance
  • Artists Partnership Series August 27, 2017, 8 p.m. Thelma Houston: My Motown, Memories & More
  • JAM Sessions Free August 28, 2017, 7 p.m. Salsa Dance

BAY AREA: The 4th Annual Desi Comedy Fest August 10-20, 2017. 
Tickets: desicomedyfestival.com
South Asian stand up comedy extravaganza features 40 South Asian comedians touring comedy clubs and theaters in 9 cities throughout Northern California: San Francisco, Berkeley, Mill Valley, Santa Clara, Union City, Alameda, Livermore, Santa Cruz, and Mountain View. The festival, the largest of its kind in the US,  features 40 South Asian comedians with diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.  Desi (pronounced "THEY-see")  countries include India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives. 


Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

500 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA
(650) 903-6000
mvcpa.com

  • Peninsula Youth Theatre Children's Theatre In the Park
    June 23 through August 11, 2017, Fridays at 6:30 p.m. August 4, 2017 The Humor Games | August 11, 2017 Sleeping Beauty
    ParkStage Free lawn seating
  • Lyric Theatre's The Chimes of Normandy August 5, 2017, 8 p.m. | August 6, 2017, 2 p.m.
    SecondStage $28
  • Lamplighters Musical Theatre's The Yoeman of the Guard August 12, 2017, 8 p.m. | August 13, 2017, 2 p.m.
    MainStage $50-55
  • Desi Comedy Fest August 16, 2017, 8 p.m.
    The 4th Annual Desi Comedy Fest 2017, the largest South Asian comedy festival in America, presents 40 comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani and Sri Lankan descent as well as performers from various minority groups and the LGBTQ community. The comedians are raw, hilarious and some of the best in the business. Comedians this year come from all over the USA, Canada, South Africa and India. This performance contains mature language. Ages 18+
    SecondStage $28-38
  • TheatreWorks Silicon Valley's Constellations August 23 - September 17, 2017
    MainStage
    $45-105, (650) 903-6000
    mvcpa.com
    By Nick Payne | Directed by Robert Kelley
    August 23, 24 & 25 previews at 8 pm
    Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
    Thursdays & Fridays at 8 pm
    Saturdays at 2 & 8 pm
    Sundays at 2 & 7 pm

HOLLYWOOD: Hamilton August 11 December 30, 2017
Hollywood Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Theatre Hotline: 323-468-1770
hollywoodpantages.com
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. HAMILTON's creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA. The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater. The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 GRAMMY nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album. For information on HAMILTON, visit HamiltonOnBroadway.com

Past Events

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE: Valhalla Art, Music & Theatre Festival June - August 2017
1 Valhalla Road (off Hwy 89)
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
valhallatahoe.com
(530) 541-4975

  • Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore August 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. Boathouse Theatre, $20-$35
  • Will's Kids - Featuring Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival's D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program August 4, 2017, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Valhalla Grand Lawn - FREE

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