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Sunday, August 16

Monday, August 17

Butterfly girl at Butterfly Pavilion

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA


The Butterfly Pavilion is open at the Natural History Museum for the summer.


More than 53 different butterfly and moth species and an array of plants take up residence every summer for the much-anticipated seasonal exhibit, the Butterfly Pavilion. Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life, and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.

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John D. Williams discusses and signs Word Nerd: Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground

Vroman's Bookstore

695 E. Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91101


eginning his career on a lark as a freelance contributor to SCRABBLE News, John D. Williams fell down a rabbit hole inhabited by gamers, geeks, and the grammar police. For twenty-five years, as the executive director of the National SCRABBLE Association, Williams served as the official spokesperson for the game, and as the middleman between legions of fanatical word-game fans and the official brand. Now Word Nerd takes readers inside the byzantine, dog-eat-dog world of top tournament players, creating a piquant (seven-letter word, 68 points!) work that is part pop-cultural history, part anthropological study. Indeed, what Christopher Guest did for the world of dog shows in his film Best in Show, Williams does for the world of competitive word games in this funny and perfectly observed memoir.

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The Echo

1822 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026


Fakers are a very loud band. Three electric guitars, distorted bass, and a drummer named Ben will do that. They do not believe in acoustic guitars. They do not even believe that acoustic guitars ever existed. 


All five members of the band (two long hairs, two reasonably groomed-hairs, and a Ben) sing Fakers songs. Sometimes together. But other times, separately. 


All five singers share what some call "personality voices." This is a just a watered down way of saying that Fakers aren't for everyone. But I assure you they are. 


Should being a Faker cease to be fun, the band promises you that it will break up. Because being in a band is fun. And should always be. 

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Tuesday, August 18