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The LA Taco Festival is This Saturday!!! (and other Tasty Tuesday News Bites)

August 22, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week we spotlight  cannabis cocktails in DTLA and delicious vegan happy hour in Beverly Hills. Also, you’ll find out about Bludso’s heading to the Proud Bird, and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.

Notable on this week’s events rundown: LA Taco Festival, Festival Del Marisco Y Michelada, LA Food & Wine and a Gyoza Eating Championship.

Your L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Cannabis Oil in Your Cocktail

DTLA’s Prank Bar is the first bar to incorporate cured terpenes into a selection of their cocktails. Terpenes are a type of legal cannabis derived oils that give you the aroma and taste of the cannabis plant but without the high. The drinks come highly stylized and are often paired with items on the food menu. Check some of them out during Prank’s untraditional happy hour from 2:40 to 7:02 p.m. Food Beast recently created a cool video about the drinks, see below.

Thank you so much @foodbeast for the incredible feature! Who is down to try our cocktails infused with cannabis?

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BOGO Magpies

Magpies new Tarzana location just launched a “Back to School BOGO Special” where you buy one soft serve and get another for equal or lesser value free. Simply mention “Back to School” to redeem the promotion.

It's Back to School time and you need some afterschool 🍦🍦🍦!

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Gratitude Beverly Hills Happy Hour

Enjoy happy hour at Gratitude Beverly Hills a spin off of vegan institution Cafe Gratitude Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. Items include a selection of wines, beer, and specialty cocktails with small bites such as Korean Collard Spring Rolls, a vegan Summer Cheese Plate Nacho Fries and Loaded Heirloom Potato Fries. Prices range from $5 – $10. View the full Happy Hour menu here.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ — A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA at Think Tank Gallery examines Los Angeles and all its stereotypes through art and insanely fun events. This Thursday the gallery will host “Comedy, Cake & Cannabis Night,” a night of stand up, edibles, elixirs and cake!

Visit The Wine House in West Los Angeles to meet wine authority DoctorWine (Daniele Cernilli). Regarded as an expert in Italian wine, Cernilli has tasted, evaluated and classified about 150,000 Italian wines. At this event he will be joined by a small group of highly regarded Italian wineries for Italian sips, passed appetizers from Upstairs2 restaurant and each guests will receive a sign copy of Cernilli’s book The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2017.  Wineries include Casanova di Neri from Tuscany/Montalcino, Querciabella from Tuscany/Chianti Classico, Velenosi from Marche, Bertani from Veneto/Amarone, Torre Rosazza from Friuli Venezia Giulia, Feudo Maccari from Sicily, Pio Cesare from Piedmont and Poliziano from Tuscany/Montepulciano. Tickets are $65 per person.

Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

The final Taste of Downtown at the Long Beach waterfront takes place on August 23 and 24 featuring favorites like The Pie Hole, Parkers’ Lighthouse, Rasselbock, La Strada, The Federal and many more.

The Tuck Room Tavern Westwood will host their Endless Summer Celebration a champagne dinner series with Award-Winning Piper Heidsieck Champagne. Guests will get to try artisan cocktails created by the house of Piper Heidsieck, Brut and Rose and the Piper Heidsieck Sublime Demi-Sec. As a supplement Piper RARE will also be offered. The cocktails will be paired with a four-course dinner from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Yard. Tickets cost $95 per person.

XOC Tequila Grill in Woodland Hills will host a four-course cocktail-pairing dinner featuring favorites like the Molcajete XOC and Camarones Al Ajilo. Each course will be paired with a signature cocktail made with Patron Blanco, Repo or XO. In addition, a tequila master will be on hand throughout the dinner to discuss the different pairings and tequila profiles. The dinner cost $75 per person.

International wine critic Daniele Cernilli, aka DoctorWine hits the road with a small group of wine makers and representatives from notable Italian luxury wineries for an intimate tour showcasing a selection of Cernilli’s favorite wines. On Wednesday, the tour will stop at Valentino Ristorante in Santa Monica for a dinner featuring wines from Querciabella from Tuscany/Chianti Classico, Pio Cesare from Piedmont, Velenosi Vini from Marche, Feudo Maccari from Sicily and more. Tickets cost $100 per person and includes a copy of Cernilli’s book The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2017.

Thursday August 24th, 2017

The 5th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival comes to Downtown L.A. and Santa Monica August 24 through 27 for a four-day epicurean event showcasing the best of what Los Angeles and beyond has to offer in food and drink culture. With a combined 100 celebrity chefs, 250 world-class wines, and a live performance by Wyclef this is sure to be a great party. Among the celebrated chefs participating: Alex Guarnascehlli, Nancy Silverton, Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Michelle Bernstein, Thomas Keller, Elizabeth Falkner, Ray Garcia, Michael Fiorelli, Neal Fraser and David Lefevre. BONUS: Our friends at Goldstar have discounts on all packages and tickets while supplies last!

Friday August 25th, 2017

Round Up, the ultimate country street party, is coming to L.A. LIVE this Friday. The free outdoor event will featuring a beer garden, $5 food and drink menus at participating L.A. LIVE eateries, mechanical bull riding, live musical performances, line dancing, country-themed vendors, rodeo ropers and more!

Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum in Downtown Los Angeles for garden-inspired cocktails, music and botanical tours with the NHM garden staff. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase bites from food trucks, the event is free to attend. FREE 

Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Father of the Bride on August 25 and 26. The experience begins with a two-course prix-fixe dinner at modern Chinese eatery WP24, then a move to the rooftop deck to take in a movie from a select reserve seat while savoring cinema snacks such as housemade potato chips, candied Marcona almonds, crispy breadsticks with prosciutto, and caramel corn. Tickets for this supper-and-a-show experience are $85. If you prefer to just watch the movie while enjoying the aforementioned Puck-created concessions, reserve a seat with snacks for just $25.

Saturday August 26th, 2017

The LA Taco Festival 2017 returns to Grand Park for a day of eating some of the tastiest tacos in town. This year’s participants include Kogi, Tacos La Estrella, Street Kitchen, Epic Tacos, Thai Mex Cocina, and The Shrimp & Taco Stop. Admission is free and guests can purchase tacos a la carte from 20 or so vendors.

The Proud Bird welcomes Bludso’s BBQ with a grand opening celebration this Saturday at the newly redesigned food hall. West siders will now have a chance to taste Compton’s best que. Festivities include a BBQ picnic where guests will get $2 off all BBQ items, and $5 off full racks of ribs, and a complimentary jar of Bludso’s special spice rub. There will also be two rib eating contests for those with an extra big appetite. Happening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Nisei Week Japanese Festival happeningAugust 19 through 27 is a unique cultural celebration in historic Little Tokyo and this Saturday they will host a Gyoza Eating Championship, come as a spectator or try your hand at eating the most gyoza’s more info here.

Sunday August 27th, 2017

The first annual Festival Del Marisco Y Michelada is premiering this Sunday. Taking place at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, the event will feature carnival rides, games, food vendors, dance bands, seafood and an award for the best michelada! Tickets are currently available online for $45 (general admission) and $75 (VIP and backstage access).

Winsome will host a family-style potluck dinner to raise awareness about food waste and to show what flavorful sustainability looks like. Chef Chad Colby of forthcoming Orto, Chef Miles Thompson of Michael’s and Winsome’s Bar Director Edwin Cruz will each create something delicious that produces almost zero waste. The night will also include a short compost workshop from LA Compost. The event cost $60 per person and will benefit L.A. Kitchen.

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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-21-17 to 8-25-17]

August 21, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, August 21 to Friday, August 25, features Night Dive at the Aquarium, a Stan Lee Tribute, the LA Food & Wine Fest, Round Up at L.A. LIVE, Friday Flights at the Getty and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Shoreline Park Long Beach

Shoreline Park in Long Beach. Photo by Ian D. Keating via flickr cc


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Monday August 21st, 2017

1. There’s a Griffith Observatory Solar Eclipse viewing event this Monday from 9 a.m. to noon don’t forget your protective eyewear! FREE

2. Alcove in Los Feliz host free movie screenings on the third Monday of each month now till October. Snag a table and order some themed out cocktails from Big Bar and bites from Alcove as you watch a movie on a 17ft screen, in the beautiful garden patio. This month they will screen Dazed and Confused.

3. Head to the Ford Theatres for a free summer JAM session featuring complimentary dance instruction. This Monday’s theme: Caribbean Dance! FREE

4. Every third Monday of the month head to Santa Monica to the gorgeous Victorian to see Basement Comedy. This month’s headliners: Bryan Callen and a “very special surprise guest.”.

5. The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is happening from August 19 through 27 with unique cultural celebrations in historic Little Tokyo that includes a Gyoza Eating Championship, cultural exhibits, demos, food and more.

6. The West Hollywood Dance Festival (WHDF) returns to West Hollywood’s Park Auditorium August 20 through 27 for a week-long celebration featuring performances, workshops for all levels, and open rehearsals.

7. North Hollywood theatre Zombie Joe’s Underground will take on Laguna Beach’s annual Pageant of the Masters by re-creating over 45 classic and contemporary art through live models. Pieces include Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso, Banksy as well as iconic advertising, war-time propaganda, and cultural images from present time.

8. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Raiders of the Lost Ark on Monday.

Tuesday August 22nd, 2017

9. Sicker Sadder World is a Daria rewatch podcast that analyzes episodes from the classic animated MTV show. This Tuesday fans will get a chance to watch a Daria episode with hosts Brittany Ashley and Laura Zak, along with other special guests. The best part? This event, at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, is free and open to the public. So put on your best ’90s attire and get ready for a night of cynicism and laughs. FREE

10. There’s a Stan Lee tribute hosted by Chris Hardwick at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills this Tuesday appropriately named: Extraordinary: Stan LeeTom Bergeron, and other surprise guests will join Lee and Hardwick to pay homage to the 94 year-old’s legacy throughout the decades. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series continues with a screening of The Sandlot at Granada Beach this Tuesday. FREE

12. FIDM Museum’s newest exhibit, The 11th Annual Art of Television Costume Design, opens to the public on Tuesday. This FREE show in Downtown Los Angeles features costumes nominated for the Emmy Award for Best Costumes, along with numerous other costumes from prominent TV shows of the past year. FREE

13. The Hammer Museum’s new series Shake It Off offers dance themed films all August. This week they will screen Dirty Dancing on Tuesday.

14. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Moana.

15. This Tuesday catch the latest edition of The Astonishing Show Show at El Cid.

16. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Moonlight on Tuesday.

Wednesday August 23rd, 2017

17. The Hammer Museum’s series Shake It Off offers dance-themed films all August. This week they will screen Bring It On on Wednesday.

18. The final Taste of Downtown at the Long Beach waterfront takes place on August 23 and 24 featuring favorites like The Pie Hole, Parkers’ Lighthouse, Rasselbock, La Strada, The Federal and many more.

19. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

20. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with No Country for Old Men on Wednesday.

Thursday August 24th, 2017

21. The 2017 season of the Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series, inspired by the Skirball’s current high-profile exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, is a showcase for up-and-coming talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. The series continues with David Buchbinder’s Odessa/Havana. FREE

22. The 5th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival comes to Downtown L.A. and Santa Monica August 24 through 27 for a four-day epicurean event showcasing the best of what Los Angeles and beyond has to offer in food and drink culture. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series continues with Space Jam. FREE

24. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum for ten performances throughout the summer with their signature production in a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This week Latin Jazz band Abrakadabra will perform. FREE

26. Free museum days: Japanese American National Museum (all day), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday August 25th, 2017

27. Friday Flights at the Getty is back this year with another round of live interdisciplinary artist performances. Experience epic art, live performances and scenic views at one of L.A.’s most popular museums. FREE

28. Round Up, the ultimate country street party, is coming to L.A. LIVE this Friday. The free outdoor event will feature a beer garden, $5 food and drink menus at participating L.A. LIVE eateries, mechanical bull riding, live musical performances, line dancing, country-themed vendors, rodeo ropers and more!

29. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum in Downtown Los Angeles for garden-inspired cocktails, music and botanical tours with the NHM garden staff. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase bites from food trucks, the event is free to attend. FREE 

30. Head to Westwood Village for a free screening of Moana. Tickets are not required and seating is first come, first serve. FREE

31. Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific is an 18-and-over event featuring DJ sets, a puppet show, food trucks, bars, henna tattoos and more.

32. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Friday they’ll takeover Union Station with  DJs Jason Bentley and Travis Holcombe. FREE

33. Cheer on the Dodgers as they go up against the Milwaukee Brewers. Spend an evening at the iconic Dodger Stadium and dine on the newly revamped menu as you watch the boys in blue. The night will end with a spectacular fire works show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

34. Head over to California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, for a public sample sale  to score fantastic bargains on current styles for women, men and kids. Happening on the last Friday of every month.

35. Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center is an all ages free movie screening by the water. This week they will screen Kubo and the Two Strings. FREE

36. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with DJ Nights at Grand Park. FREE

37. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

38. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

39. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

40. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Father of the Bride on August 25 and 26.


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50 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [8-18-17 to 8-20-17]

August 17, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (August 18 – August 20) includes Echo Park Rising, Muse ’til Midnight at LACMA, a Soapbox Race in Elysian Park, an Art Deco Festival, the Chocolate & Art Show, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Urban Lights at LACMA

Urban Lights. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Friday August 18th, 2017

1. The Long Beach BBQ Festival (August 18-20) is an annual weekend-long party featuring music, dancing, and a massive selection of top BBQ, including an All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. Echo Park Rising returns for its seventh year (August 17-20) with hundreds of up-and-coming bands to play at venues that include The Echo, The Echoplex, Stories Bookstore, Lost Knight, Little Joy and other more. FREE

3. Join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for an evening of music and fireworks at The Hollywood Bowl. During Tchaikovsky & Fireworks, the LA Phil along with conductor Bramwell Tovey will perform some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits including Eugene Onegin, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The night will conclude with the 1812 Overture and a dazzling fireworks extravaganza.

4. Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center is an all ages free movie screening by the water. This week they will screen Moana. FREE

5. Experience all things Korean during KCON 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There will be vendor booths, Korean food, performances, loads of celebrity appearances and more.

6. KCON Food Street by KTOWN Night Market (August 18, 19, and 20) is three days of Asian-inspired street food as part of KCON. Admission is free and 30+ vendors like Bibigo, Seoul Street, Rice Balls of Fire, Belly Bombz, Bling Bling Dumpling, Boba Bear, Hot Stars and more will be on hand for all your Asian cravings.

7. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

8. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with Dance Downtown: Argentine Tango at Grand Park. FREE

9. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

10. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

11. The Chocolate and Art Show heads to Los Angeles this Friday August and Saturday for an indulgent art show featuring LA’s best up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators showcasing their work. In addition, there will be live body painting, booth vendors, live music, face-painting, and of course lots of free chocolate.

12. The 4th Annual Burbank Comedy Festival runs August 13 – 19 and will feature Hal Sparks, Jeff Garlin, Carol Leifer, Kel Mitchell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joey Diaz, and many more.

13. 818Day returns with a celebration of the San Fernando Valley and all of its unique character. Top Valley DJs will be spinning Hip Hop to Acid House tunes and drinks are sure to be served.

14. Pershing Square continues their free summer movie screenings this Friday with CellFREE

15. The Music Center on Location comes to the Ford Theatres starting this Friday for three days of top-notch dance and musical performances. The lineup features Aszure Barton’s Awáa, Jacob Jonas The Company + Tim Hecker with Kara-Lis Coverdale, and Rufus Wainwright.

16. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Cameron Graves and Leon Ware Tributeo. FREE

17. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

18. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday day they’ll be performing Macbeth at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

Saturday August 19th, 2017

19. Muse ’til Midnight happening at LACMA units hundreds of art lovers for the ultimate late-night summer party! This year the event will celebrate Latin American and Latino art in Los Angeles with the new Chagall show and four other LACMA exhibits with separate music and party areas.

20. BuskerFest will rock out at Long Beach’s East Village Arts District, this free celebration brings musicians into the streets with performances by up and coming bands such as Milo Greene, WARGIRL, Joachim Cooder, and Bob Forrest and Mike Martt of Thelonious Monster. FREE

21. Family Day: Art for Good comes to The Hammer Museum in Westwood for a day of art, music, improv, performances and more. Guests can also create protest posters and sound makers for a peaceful procession through the museum! FREE

22. Marina Movie Nights returns to Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey for a free screening of The Jungle Book. FREE

23. The Nisei Week Japanese Festival is happening from August 19 through 27 with unique cultural celebrations in historic Little Tokyo that includes a Gyoza Eating Championship, cultural exhibits, demos, food and more.

24. The Queen Mary Presents the 13th Annual Art Deco Festival (August 19-20). Guests will get a chance to “cruise” back in time to the 1920’s while enjoying themed bars, a vintage bazaar, art deco lectures & swingin’ dance parties. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. Taste of Brews Long Beach hosted at the Shoreline Aquatic Park, is the premiere craft beer festival where you can drink unlimited beer and cider while enjoying the cool ocean breeze. The event also includes gourmet food trucks and will be attended by some of the most popular local breweries, such as Fireman’s Brew, Rock Bottom, Yorkshire Square and Barley Lodge.

26. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Saturday they’ll takeover the California African American Museum with KCRW DJs Aaron Byrd and Garth Trinidad. FREE

27. Opening Night for Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ — A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA at Think Tank Gallery will examine Los Angeles and all its stereotypes. Billed as “A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA,” Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ will feature a plethora of fun events, including a “Comedy, Cake & Cannabis Night,” a brunch event with Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n’ Waffles,  a ‘zine fest, Escape Rooms and much more.

28. The Wallace and Ilegal Mezcal will collaborate in a cocktail class at Bar & Garden. The free class is all about mezcal! Guests will  learn how to make their very own cocktails from 2 to 4 p.m.

29. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: Pitch Perfect – 5th Anniversary at Will Rogers State Historic Park Pacific
Palisades and Selena at Los Angeles State Historic Park. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

30. Unique LA returns to the Westside with their summer market taking place at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on August 19 and 20. Unique LA will offer wares from over 150 local and independent designers and makers.

31. Brouwerij West’s Popfuji summer concert series continues with its third concert of the summer with headliner The Secondmen and supporting bands Toys That Kill, Avi Buffalo and The Do-It’s. To make the day even sweeter, Popfuji III will also offer $5 Brouwerij West craft beers! And there will be food trucks on hand to satiate your hunger.

32. Spend the night enjoying a classic film beneath the stars during Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This weekend they will screen Some Like it Hot.

33. Los Angeles brand Project Social T is having a sample sale with items starting at $5. Keep in mind its cash only so stop by the atm before heading to the sale.

34. If you love spicy flavors head to Anaheim for the CA Hot Sauce Expo on August 19 and 20 to try some unique eating challenges such as the Spicy Taco Hell Challenge and the Spicy Pizza of Doom Challenge. Taking place at the City National Grove of Anaheim there will also be a Chihuahua beauty pageant, masked Mexican wrestling, and a cocktail competition where guests will have the chance to create a cocktail within 90 seconds.

35. Movies on the Green bring free screenings of popular films to the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills every Saturday in the summer. This weekend they will screen Beauty and the Beast (2017 live-action version). FREE

36. There is an opening reception for Brandi Milne’s ‘Once Upon a Quiet Kingdom’ at Corey Helford Gallery. Checkout pop surrealist artwork laden with confectionary colors, sweetly surreal images, and sugary temptations like pastries, lollipops and candy canes this show is sure to be a visual stunner. FREE

37. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Saturday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro . While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

38. To Live And Buy in LA, Super Summer Sample Sale happening at the ROW DTLA is a blowout sale for a good cause. Shop brands Garrett Leight, Buck Mason, Staud, Christy Dawn, Marais, Solid & Striped, Live the Process, Rosa Shop Vintage at a steep discount with a percentage of the sales going to local charity, A Walk on Water.

39. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a free show on Saturday at The Virgil where the bar will be fully stalked and a taco truck will be parked outside for your dining pleasure. FREE

40. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This week Elwood Moon will perform. FREE

41. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark at La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

42. The Vanishing Trading Post, an eclectic pop-up market, is coming to Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District for one day only with shopping, live music, food trucks, a vintage car cruise-in, live haircuts from the famous singing barber of Railcar Barber Shop and more!

43. KX Festival is a free summer two-day event promoting Korean culture through live entertainment, products, food and more taking place at the Levitt Pavillon. FREE

Sunday August 20th, 2017

44. The Red Bull Soapbox Race Los Angeles comes to Elysian Park this Sunday for an exciting day of unique racing. Experienced and amateur drivers will unite and race their homemade soapbox cars down the twists and turns of Angels Point Road for this annual global event. FREE

45. Girl Cult Festival is a full day of dancing, discussion and most importantly female empowerment. Presented by Galore, the all-female lineup of musicians, speakers and panelists will cover fashion, the business of beauty, and social influence. Performers include Chloe x Halle, Willow Smith, Dorothy and more. The speaker series will feature Tyra Banks, Kimora Lee Simmons and daughter Ming, Gigi Gorgeous and more. Happening at the Fonda Theatre.

46. Los Angeles Comic Book & Science Fiction Convention at The Reef. Hosted in DTLA, the convention will feature a marketplace with unique collectibles and comics, as well as special guests from the original Batman TV series.

47. The West Hollywood Dance Festival (WHDF) returns to West Hollywood’s Park Auditorium August 20 through 27 for a week-long celebration featuring performances, workshops for all levels, and open rehearsals.

48. North Hollywood theatre Zombie Joe’s Underground will take on Laguna Beach’s annual Pageant of the Masters by re-creating over 45 classic and contemporary art through live models. Pieces include Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Picasso, Banksy as well as iconic advertising, war-time propaganda, and cultural images from present time.

49. Smorgasburg LA’s 2nd annual BBQ Day, is happening this Sunday the popup will host joints like Bludso’s Bar & Que’s, Moo’s Craft Barbecue, Craft Republic, Ol’ Skool BBQ’s Memphis-style low country cuisine and Cheezus will be doing a grilled cheese collab with Horse Thief BBQ, and RBTA will be at the beer garden serving Thai style barbecue skewers.

50. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Peter & The Wolf – Edición LatinxFREE


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90-Second Pizza, Free Coffee & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

August 15, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week we spotlight pizza made in 90 seconds and tip you off on free coffee from Caffe Luxxe. Also, you’ll find out about the L.A. Food & Wine Festival, and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.

Notable on this week’s events rundown: Taste of Downtown Culver City, Long Beach BBQ Festival, Taste of Brews and a free cocktail class collab with The Wallace and Ilegal Mezcal.

Your L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

Pizza Made in 90 Seconds

There’s a new pizza joint opening up inside the Sherman Oaks Galleria claiming to make your pizza pie in 90 seconds flat. According to Eater LA, Pizza:90 is a new fast-casual restaurant who uses wood burning Italian ovens to make their pies. After doing some research on their website we found out they bake their pizzas at a scorching 900 degrees, now thats hot. Pizza:90 is set to opening on August 21.

LA Food & Wine is Right Around the Corner

The 5th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival comes to Downtown L.A. and Santa Monica August 24 through 27 for a four-day epicurean event showcasing the best of what Los Angeles and beyond has to offer in food and drink culture. With a combined 100 celebrity chefs, 250 world-class wines, and a live performance by Wyclef this is sure to be a great party. Among the celebrated chefs participating: Alex Guarnascehlli, Nancy Silverton, Tyler Florence, Curtis Stone, Michael Chiarello, Michelle Bernstein, Thomas Keller, Elizabeth Falkner, Ray Garcia, Michael Fiorelli, Neal Fraser and David Lefevre. BONUS: Our friends at Goldstar have discounts on all packages and tickets while supplies last!

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday August 15th, 2017

Modern American eatery, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar just introduced T.N.T. Tuesdays (a.k.a. Tacos ‘n Tequila Tuesdays) a weekly taco and margarita night every Tuesday at the Fairfax and Downtown locations. The specials include $2 Crispy Diablo Tacos with your choice of chicken or beef served with avocado, queso fresco, Monterey jack cheese, and habanero salsa, $5 Margaritas and $5 select drafts. The T.N.T. menu is only available from 4 p.m. to close at the bar only.

8. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Pulp Fiction on Tuesday. General Admission tickets cost $15 and VIP seating is $25. There is a dining option before the movie at the Aussie-Fijian restaurant, it’s called the ‘Express Menu’ featuring three courses for an additional $34 featuring Executive Chef Louis Tikaram’s new dishes inspired by his recent travels to Fiji, Vietnam, and Australia.

13. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Back to the Future. Among the food offerings are the Club Sandwich with fried egg, Pizza with burrata and Prosciutto crudo di Parma, and Mr C Avocado Salsa with toasted pizza crisps. You can also enjoy some caprese-style popcorn, candy, mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne, or, if you prefer beer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro on tap.

Wednesday August 16th, 2017

Taste of Downtown Culver City: Centennial Grand Finale comes to Downtown Culver City for the ultimate outdoor tasting event. In addition to sampling food from some of the top resturants in the city, guests will enjoy live music and family fun activities. There will be 20 participating resturants including Akasha, AR Cucina, City Tavern, Novecento Pasta & Grill, Rush Street and The Culver Hotel. Ticket prices for adults 12 years and up at $20 (in advance) or $25 (at the door). Tickets for children 3 to 11 years old are $12 (in advance) or $15 (at the door).

8. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Hidden Figures on Wednesday. General Admission tickets cost $15 and VIP seating is $25. There is a dining option before the movie at the Aussie-Fijian restaurant, it’s called the ‘Express Menu’ featuring three courses for an additional $34 featuring Executive Chef Louis Tikaram’s new dishes inspired by his recent travels to Fiji, Vietnam, and Australia.

Thursday August 17th, 2017

Westside artisan coffee roaster’s Caffe Luxxe will celebrate it’s 11th anniversary this Thursday with free drinks and prize giveaways at all three of its caffe locations all day for customers who follow the brand on Instagram.

Friday August 18th, 2017

The Long Beach BBQ Festival (August 18-20) is an annual weekend-long party featuring music, dancing, and a massive selection of top BBQ, including the All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village. Watch the ultimate battle between award-winning national BBQ pitmasters and local barbecue gurus for the grand title of Best BBQ. Admission ranges from $5 to $12 depending on the day you visit. Food can be individually purchased at the event or for those with a big appetite, check out the different packages you can get that reserves you AYCE ribs. Also, check for discount tickets before making your purchase from our friends at Goldstar.

KCON Food Street by KTOWN Night Market (August 18, 19, and 2) is three days of Asian-inspired street food as part of KCON. Admission is free and 30+ vendors like Bibigo, Seoul Street, Rice Balls of Fire, Belly Bombz, Bling Bling Dumpling, Boba Bear, Hot Stars and more will be on hand for all your Asian cravings.

Saturday August 19th, 2017

Taste of Brews Long Beach hosted at the Shoreline Aquatic Park, is the premiere craft beer festival where you can drink unlimited beer and cider while enjoying a cool ocean breeze. The event also includes gourmet food trucks and will be attended by some of the most popular local breweries, such as Fireman’s Brew, Rock Bottom, Yorkshire Square and Barley Lodge. Early Bird tickets cost $40 for a noon to 4 p.m. slot and General tickets cost $30 for a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. attendance.

The Wallace and Ilegal Mezcal will collaborate in a cocktail class at Bar & Garden. The free class is all about mezcal! Guests will  learn how to make their very own cocktails from 2 to 4 p.m.

Brouwerij West’s Popfuji summer concert series continues with its third concert of the summer with headliner The Secondmen and supporting bands Toys That Kill, Avi Buffalo and The Do-It’s. To make the day even sweeter, Popfuji III will also offer $5 Brouwerij West craft beers! And there will be food trucks on hand to satiate your hunger. Brouwerij West, opened in 2016, is a craft brewery and event venue located inside a historic building right near the waters of the Port of Los Angeles.

If you love spicy flavors head to Anaheim for the CA Hot Sauce Expo on August 19 and 20 to try some unique eating challenges such as the Spicy Taco Hell Challenge and the Spicy Pizza of Doom Challenge. Taking place at the City National Grove of Anaheim there will also be a Chihuahua beauty pageant, masked Mexican wrestling, and a cocktail competition where guests will have the chance to create a cocktail within 90 seconds. Tickets cost $10 to $75 depending on the packages.

Sunday August 20th, 2017

Smorgasburg LA’s 2nd annual BBQ Day, is happening this Sunday the popup will host joints like Bludso’s Bar & Que’s, Moo’s Craft Barbecue, Craft Republic, Ol’ Skool BBQ’s Memphis-style low country cuisine and regular BBQ vendors like Black Sugar Rib Co., Stoked California BBQ and Ugly Drum will be serving up come Pastrami. On top of that, Cheezus will be doing a grilled cheese collab with Horse Thief BBQ, and RBTA will be at the beer garden serving Thai style barbecue skewers.

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47 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-14-17 to 8-18-17]

August 14, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18, features the Burbank Comedy Festival, Echo Park Rising, a Taste of Downtown Culver City, the Long Beach BBQ Festival, the Chocolate & Art Show, and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Echo Park Lake

Afternoon at Echo Park Lake. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Monday August 14th, 2017

1. Head to the Ford Theatres for a free summer JAM session featuring complimentary dance instruction. This Monday’s theme: Line Dance! FREE

2. The 4th Annual Burbank Comedy Festival runs August 13 – 19 and will feature Hal Sparks, Jeff Garlin, Carol Leifer, Kel Mitchell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joey Diaz, and many more.

3. Grab a beer and get artistic by attempting to draw a live model at Angel City Brewery in DTLA when Drinky Draw returns for their popular beer and art event.

4. Interested in learning more about how humans will get along on the red planet? Snag a ticket to attend Sleeping on Mars: A Hidden Challenge for Human Space Exploration, part of the Cosmic Musings Lecture Series at Griffith Observatory.

5. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Dirty Dancing on Monday.

6. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. FREE

Tuesday August 15th, 2017

7. The Hammer Museum’s new series Shake It Off offers dance themed films all August. This week they will screen Flashdance on Tuesday.

8. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series continues with a screening of Moana at Granada Beach this Tuesday. FREE

9. Cheer on the Dodgers as they go up against the Chicago White Sox. Spend an evening at the iconic Dodger Stadium and dine on the newly revamped menu as you watch the boys in blue. Happening Tuesday and Wednesday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

10. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Pulp Fiction on Tuesday.

11. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Back to the Future.

12. Free museum days: Los Angeles County Arboretum (note: the tram doesn’t run on this day), South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday August 16th, 2017

13. Taste of Downtown Culver City: Centennial Grand Finale comes to Downtown Culver City for the ultimate outdoor tasting event. In addition to sampling over 20 restaurants guests will enjoy live music and family fun activities. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

14. Taste of Grand Central Market is a 1.5 hour guided food tour of the historic open air food hall. Your guide will help you navigate the dozens of stalls while sampling from vendors both old and new. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

16. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Hidden Figures on Wednesday.

17. The Hammer Museum’s new series Shake It Off offers dance themed films all August. This week they will screen Breakin’ on Wednesday.

18. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Wednesday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Adventure Park in Whitter. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

Thursday August 17th, 2017

19. Echo Park Rising returns for its seventh year (August 17-20) with hundreds of up-and-coming bands to play at venues that include The Echo, The Echoplex, Stories Bookstore, Lost Knight, Little Joy and other more.

20. The Silver Lake Picture Show returns with free outdoor movie screenings in the heart of Silver Lake at Sunset Triangle Plaza. This week: Space Jam will be screened . FREE

21. The 2017 season of the Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series, inspired by the Skirball’s current high-profile exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, is a showcase for up-and-coming talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. The series continues with Daymé Arocena. FREE

22. All My Single Friends is described as part comedy show and part live dating app taking place at the Copper Still. If you’re so over Tinder and Bumble check this show out where you’ll be in a room with some of LA’s best comedians and hottest singles. Use Code BALLS for 50% off your ticket.

23. The El Segundo Art Walk takes place every third Thursday of the summer months featuring 40+ artists in 35 venues, live music, great food and tours of artist studios in downtown El Segundo and in Smoky Hollow. FREE

24. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Thursday they’ll takeover the Santa Monica Pier with Warpaint, Wild Belle and KCRW DJ Karene Daniel. FREE

25. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series continues with a screening of Princess Bride at Alamitos Beach this Thursday. FREE

26. Dance the night away during Sizzling Summer Nights happening at The Autry this Thursday. Some of L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands will get the outdoor party sizzling and free dance lessons with award-winning salsa instructor Orlando Delgado will have you twirling like a pro. In addition guests will gain access to museum galleries, a separate children’s dance floor, tacos, margaritas, and more!

27. Marina del Rey’s free Summer Concert Series continues with a fully staged version of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Aida. FREE

28. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series continues with La La Land. FREE

29. Concerts on The Bloc in Downtown Los Angeles is a free summer concert series with free beer in the mix!  FREE

30. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Thursday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Terreana Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

31. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This week Living Cover will perform. FREE

32. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum for ten performances throughout the summer with their signature production in a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Free museum days: Pasadena Museum of California Art (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Japanese American National Museum (all day), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday August 18th, 2017

34. The Long Beach BBQ Festival (August 18-20) is an annual weekend-long party featuring music, dancing, and a massive selection of top BBQ, including an All-You-Can-Eat VIP Rib Village. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. Join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for an evening of music and fireworks at The Hollywood Bowl. During Tchaikovsky & Fireworks, the LA Phil along with conductor Bramwell Tovey will perform some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits including Eugene Onegin, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The night will conclude with the 1812 Overture and a dazzling fireworks extravaganza. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

36. Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center is an all ages free movie screening by the water. This week they will screen Moana. FREE

37. Expereince all things Korean during KCON 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. There will be vendor booths, Korean food, performances, loads of celebrity appearances and more.

38. KCON Food Street by KTOWN Night Market (August 18, 19, and 2) is three days of Asian-inspired street food as part of KCON. Admission is free and 30+ vendors like Bibigo, Seoul Street, Rice Balls of Fire, Belly Bombz, Bling Bling Dumpling, Boba Bear, Hot Stars and more will be on hand for all your Asian cravings.

39. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

40. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with Dance Downtown: Argentine Tango at Grand Park. FREE

41. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

42. The Chocolate and Art Show heads to Los Angeles this Friday August and Saturday for an indulgent art show featuring LA’s best up-and-coming artists, photographers and creators showcasing their work. In addition, there will be live body painting, booth vendors, live music, face-painting, and of course lots of free chocolate.

43. 818Day returns with a celebration of the San Fernando Valley and all of its unique character. Top Valley DJs will be spinning Hip Hop to Acid House tunes and drinks are sure to be served.

44. Pershing Square continues their free summer movie screenings this Friday with CellFREE

45. The Music Center on Location comes to the Ford Theatres starting this Friday for three days of top-notch dance and musical performances. The lineup features Aszure Barton’s Awáa, Jacob Jonas The Company + Tim Hecker with Kara-Lis Coverdale, and Rufus Wainwright.

46. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Cameron Graves and Leon Ware Tributeo. FREE

47. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.


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50 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [8-11-17 to 8-13-17]

August 10, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (August 11 – August 13) includes a Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, CatCon, BrunchCon, the Thrillist Taco Knockout, CicLAvia, a public art takeover in Pasadena, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday August 11th, 2017

1. Sundance NEXT FEST returns to the Theatre at Ace Hotel (August 10-13) with some of the best up and coming films alongside food, drinks, games and live music in DTLA.

2. Cheer on the Dodgers as they go up against the San Diego Padres this Friday. Then walk onto the iconic field of Dodger Stadium and watch a spectacular fireworks as part of Los Angeles Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

3. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum in Downtown Los Angeles for garden-inspired cocktails, music and botanical tours with the NHM garden staff. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase bites from food trucks, the event is free to attend. FREE 

4. Enjoy the ballet and a stellar view of Downtown Los Angeles when the American Contemporary Ballet presents MUSIC + DANCE+ LA II a night of dance, views 32 stories up high and more. Happening August 10 to 13.

5. Belcampo on West Third Street celebrates their two year anniversary by giving back with $2 fast burgers from 2 p.m. until close this Friday while supplies last.

6. Thinking about adopting a pet? Online retailer Zappos.com is teaming up with North Shore Animal League America by sponsoring pet adoptions at select L.A. shelters this Friday. This means Zappos will cover all qualifying adoption fees so you can go home with a new friend for free! FREE

7. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with DJ Nights curated by Coleman at Grand Park. FREE

8. The San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights will feature a retro drive-in, screening movies connected to the SFV. Guests can enjoy pre-show music, surprise guests, and themed out entertainment. This week they will screen The Karate Kid. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

9. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

10. Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center is an all ages free movie screening by the water. This week they will screen Storks. FREE

11. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Friday they’ll takeover Metro Arts Night at Union Station with KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Valida. FREE

12. 626 Night Market comes to Santa Anita Park from August 11-13 for the largest Asia-themed night market in the United States. It will feature food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment.

13. 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival heads to Rainbow Lagoon Park August 11-13 for three sunny days of jazz, food and oceanside fun.

14. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

15. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

16. Pershing Square continues their free summer movie screenings this Friday with The Mortal Instruments. FREE

17. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

18. The Gamble House in Pasadena is offering their  ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Tours. In this 90 minute tour, walk through the architectural gem and learn about the history of family who lived their and the lives of the servants as well.

19. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Clueless on August 11 and 12.

20. Dine LBC is Long Beach’s own city wide restaurant taking place August 5 through 13. Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course menu during lunch and dinner for a special price.

21. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Septeto Santiaguero. FREE

Saturday August 12th, 2017

22. The inaugural BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena takes over the historic alleys of Old Pasadena for a one-day event showcasing professional and up-and-coming LA-area artists’ site-specific installations. FREE

23. Thrillist Taco Knockout in Downtown Los Angeles taking place at Lot 613 in DTLA is the “ultimate taco party” featuring tacos from Mexikosher, Aqui Es Texcoco, Slapfish and more. Tickets cost $35 and gets you eight tacos, cervezas and more.

24. CatCon 2017 at Pasadena Convention Center on August 12 and 13 is a feline-centric event set up like a “comic-con for cat lovers.”

25. BrunchCon at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles (August 12-13) is brunching in a convention literally! For its second year the event will roll out a brand-new format that includes six open mimosa bars (along with other brunch cocktails) and one tasting from each vendor with over 50 vendors, you might leave in a food coma. Make sure to use promo code WELIKELA to save $5 on your ticket purchase!

26. Propel Water’s Fitness Festival is coming to L.A. on August 12 and 13. The two-day fit-fest is perfect for anyone looking to shape up, highlights include celebrity workouts, top group workout classes and live musical performances.

27. There’s a Tribute to Daft Punk happening at The Regent in DTLA this Saturday with a full-scale pyramid stage and chromed helmet wearing DJ’s spinning all the hits from the French duos work. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. The Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce presents their annual Bite at the Beach Food, Beer & Wine Event at the MBS Media Campus. Spend an afternoon sampling food and beer pairings from establishments throughout the South Bay. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Marina del Rey’s free Summer Concert Series continues with Yo La Tengo at Burton Chace Park. FREE

30. Movies on the Green bring free screenings of popular films to the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills every Saturday in the summer. This weekend they will screen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. FREE

31. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Hamed NikpayFREE

32. The LA Indie Improv Festival is two days of insanity with three stages, one party bus, 190+ improv teams, two panels, food and zero dollar admission. FREE

33. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: Almost Famous at Eagle Rock Rec Center and Monsters, Inc. at Syd Kronenthal Park.

34. Malibu Country Mart will host their annual Summer Block Party this weekend transforming the popular shopping destination into a colorful street fair with fun activities for all ages and complimentary treats like ice-cream sandwiches, shaved ice, fruit slushies, coffee floats offered on site.

35. BeautyCon, the two-day beauty convention, is returning on August 12 and 13. There will be tons of makeup tutorials, hair workshops, Q&A panels and popular beauty and makeup brands. There will also be countless YouTube, celebrity and industry beauty personalities on-site for meet and greets.

36. The traveling Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is having a pop-up in Cerritos this Saturday bringing with them Hello Kitty inspired treats, branded macaron box sets, cookies, doughnuts, mugs, and shirts… basically everything you’d ever need to fulfill your Hello Kitty cravings.

37. The San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights will feature a retro drive-in, screening movies connected to the SFV. Guests can enjoy pre-show music, surprise guests, and themed out entertainment. This weekend they will screen La Bamba. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. Stop by the Hammer Museum for a unique performance by Aaron Taylor Kuffner and I. Nyoman Wenten. Titled Gameltron the 30 minute performance will feature both artists improvising with their own artwork. The performances are part of a larger installation, including a five-part kinetic sculpture. FREE

39. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of When Harry Met Sally at The Autry.

40. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Saturday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

41. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier will host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This week Reggae band Scrap Yard Aces will perform. FREE

42. The Rooftop Cinema Series returns to Pasadena with free movie screenings featuring a DJ and family-friendly activities. This weekend they will screen Top Gun on the roof of Corporate Center Pasadena. FREE

Sunday August 13th, 2017

43. The 4th Annual Burbank Comedy Festival runs August 13 to 19 and will feature Hal Sparks, Jeff Garlin, Carol Leifer, Kel Mitchell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Joey Diaz, and many more.

44. CicLAvia returns with a bike, run, walk and skate event in San Pedro and the Wilmington area this Sunday. Enjoy vibrant outdoor public spaces and explore the highlighted area without a car!

45. Dress in your best 40’s attire and get ready for a wild night of dancing at The Wiltern during Swingin’ Summer. The event is free to attend, but entry is first-come, first-serve, up to capacity. Tickets can be purchased for $10 to guarantee entry.

46. Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids a hilarious musical parody of one of the best chick flicks ever to hit the big screen. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. The Lincoln presents Dog Day Afternoon a dog-centric party at the Venice watering hole. Bring your pup or maybe consider adopting from Pacific Pups Rescue, they’ll be on hand with their awesome adoptable dogs. Grab a photo with a cute furry friend and sip on some drink specials, grab a hot dog and more. There will also be dog treats, water bowls and toys on hand to entertain.

48. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Peter Y la Loba – Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam BandFREE

49. Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids a hilarious musical parody of one of the best chick flicks ever to hit the big screen. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

50. Free museum days: Museum of Latin American Art and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can)


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BrunchCon, National S’mores Day & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

August 8, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week we spotlight the most sought after chicken burger in L.A. and tip you off on a new bottomless rosé spot to hit up this weekend. Also, you’ll find out about CHAYA’s Downtown Summer Festival where you can score delicious eats starting at just $2.50 all season long, and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.

Notable on this week’s events rundown: BrunchCon, Thrillist Taco Knockout, 626 Night Market and did we mention it’s National S’mores Day on August 10? Don’t worry we have the perfect spots for you to celebrate at 😉

Your L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

The NoMad Truck x Walter Manzke

The NoMad Truck recently launch a burger collaboration with chef Walter Manzke of République. The burger features a crispy panko-crusted chicken patty, avocado, Serrano chili, lime, red onion, tomato, Little Gem lettuce and Green Goddess Dressing. Proceeds from the $10 République burger will benefit charity Stu and the Kids. To find the truck and the collaboration burger throughout the month of August, follow @nomadtruck on Instagram and @NoMadTruckLA on Twitter.

Roy Choi’s Mom is Having a Pop Up Dinner

Mommy Choi will be hosting her first popup dinner through Feastly on Monday Aug 21. Guests can get a taste of Korean comfort foods that Roy Choi ate growing up like galbi, Korean rice cakes, japchae (glass noodles) and spicy chicken skewers. Tickets are $45 for the 5-course meal. Each dish will feature her signature Mommy Sauce.

All you can cheers Rosé 🥂💟🍳 . $20 Bottomless Rosé Brunch, every Saturday & Sunday! #brunch #aycd

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Bottomless Rosé Alert

Guest can Rosé All Day at Scott Conant’s The Ponte $20 gets you bottomless Rosé during brunch. Cheers to that!

Italian Wine Dinner for the Ultimate Wine Aficionado

International wine critic Daniele Cernilli, aka DoctorWine just published a guide dedicated to Italian wines and this month he hits the road with a small group of wine makers and representatives from notable Italian luxury wineries for an intimate tour celebrating the book and showcasing a selection of Cernilli’s favorite wines. On Wednesday, August 23 the tour will stop at Valentino Ristorante in Santa Monica for a dinner featuring wines from Querciabella from Tuscany/Chianti Classico, Pio Cesare from Piedmont, Velenosi Vini from Marche, Feudo Maccari from Sicily and more. Tickets cost $100 per person and includes a copy of Cernilli’s book The Ultimate Guide to Italian Wine 2017.  Seats can be reserved by calling (310) 829-4313

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday August 8th, 2017

CHAYA Downtown Summer Festival returns for the summer season now till August 31. Hangout in the lantern-covered Japanese Beer Garden, sip on sorbet cocktails and play old-fashioned games like air hockey, shuffleboard, foosball and classic video games. Grab a summer bite from Chef Joji Inoue’s Yakitori menu which features $2.50 skewers, $4 grilled octopus tacos, $6 pork belly fried noodles, $7 crepes and more.

Summer Movie Nights at Sweet Rose Creamery Studio City returns with a free screening of The Goonies.

E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with The Fifth Element on Tuesday. General Admission tickets cost $15 and VIP seating is $25. There is a dining option before the movie at the Aussie-Fijian restaurant, it’s called the ‘Express Menu’ featuring three courses for an additional $34 featuring Executive Chef Louis Tikaram’s new dishes inspired by his recent travels to Fiji, Vietnam, and Australia.

Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Boogie Nights. Among the food offerings are the Club Sandwich with fried egg, Pizza with burrata and Prosciutto crudo di Parma, and Mr C Avocado Salsa with toasted pizza crisps. You can also enjoy some caprese-style popcorn, candy, mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne, or, if you prefer beer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro on tap.

Wednesday August 9th, 2017

Lawry’s in Beverly Hills will debut a new lounge menu on August 9 featuring shareable appetizers like Corn Fritters, Chicken Lollipops and Half Prime Rib Sandwiches to name a few. In addition, Lawry’s will also introduce a late night happy hour available Sunday through Friday from 8:30 to 10 p.m. offering specially priced bar bites as well as $7 wines, $5 beer and $9 cocktails.

Thursday August 10th, 2017

Thursday, August 10 is National S’mores Day! We found three unique s’mores to dig into on this sacred day.

ROKU and Sushi Roku: Zen S’mores, inspired by a Japanese Zen garden, the plate features crushed graham crackers for “sand-like” effect with green tea and chocolate truffles, marshmallow cream, and a live fire at the heart of the plate to roast the marshmallows in.

BOA Steakhouse: S’mores 5.0, a rich flourless chocolate cake, toasted vanilla “fluff”, milk chocolate ice cream, and gluten-free graham crackers.

E.P. Restaurant: Coconut S’mores, a Southeast Asian take on an American favorite made with house-made coconut marshmallow, milk chocolate, shredded coconut, graham cracker crumble, fresh and liquid nitrogen-frozen berries, and young coconut sorbet.

Friday August 11th, 2017

626 Night Market comes to Santa Anita Park from August 11-13 for the largest Asia-themed night market in the United States. It will feature food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment.

Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Clueless on August 11 and 12. The experience begins with a two-course prix-fixe dinner at modern Chinese eatery WP24, then a move to the rooftop deck to take in a movie from a select reserve seat while savoring cinema snacks such as housemade potato chips, candied Marcona almonds, crispy breadsticks with prosciutto, and caramel corn. Tickets for this supper-and-a-show experience are $85. If you prefer to just watch the movie while enjoying the aforementioned Puck-created concessions, reserve a seat with snacks for just $25.

Saturday August 12th, 2017

Thrillist Taco Knockout in Downtown Los Angeles takes over Lot 613 in Downtown L.A. for the “ultimate taco party” featuring tacos from Mexikosher, Aqui Es Texcoco, Slapfish and more. Tickets cost $35 and gets you eight tacos, cervezas and more.

BrunchCon at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles (August 12-13) is brunching in a convention literally! For its second year the event will roll out a brand-new format that includes six open mimosa bars (along with other brunch cocktails) and one tasting from each vendor with over 50 vendors you might leave in a food coma. Make sure to use promo code WELIKELA to save $5 on your ticket purchase!

Tiki No’s LA Parrot Head Club will feature $6 drink specials and BBQ by The Phlocking’s  “Burnt to a Crisp Texas Smokehouse,” sausages, brisket, pulled pork and Frito pie! Do some good and bring unopened new school supplies for donation to Community’s Child, which supports homeless mothers with infants.

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41 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-7-17 to 8-11-17]

August 7, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, August 7 to Friday, August 11, features a full moon hike, Dine LBC, Sundance NEXTFEST, the DTLA Art Walk, 626 Night Market, a Sunset Concert at Skirball, and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Santa Monica Pier Night

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Monday August 7th, 2017

1. Celebrate the full moon with an evening of yoga, meditation and sound healing hosted by Under The Sun in Long Beach. The event is donation based.

2. Grab a beer and get artistic by attempting to draw a live model at Angel City Brewery in DTLA when Drinky Draw returns for their popular beer and art event.

3. This Monday Westsiders will get a chance to preview the latest 365 during their pre-opening party from 6 to 8 p.m. You’ll be able to check out the new store while enjoying food and drink samples from Asian Box, Groundwork, Coolhaus, Organic Girl, Santa Monica Brew Works, Siete Family Foods, and more. FREE

4. There’s a Full Moon Hike at Franklin Canyon Ranch in Beverly Hills. The moderate hike takes 2.5 hours total and covers a total of 2.8 miles.

5. The LA Shorts International Film Festival returns with over 200 films from around the world from August 2 – 10.

6. Come to the Ford Theatres for a free summer JAM Session. Join Achinta S. McDaniel and dancers from Blue13 Dance Company  as they provide instruction on Bollywood. All skill levels and ages welcome! FREE

7. Dine LBC is Long Beach’s own city wide restaurant taking place August 5 through 13. Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course menu during lunch and dinner for a special price.

8. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Back to The Future on Monday.

Tuesday August 8th, 2017

9. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series continues with a screening of Finding Dory at Granada Beach this Tuesday. FREE

10. Hollywood and Highland will be taken over by Summer Jazz Nights. While the show is free, you can secure guaranteed seating, wine, beer and a selection of cheese for a donation of just $14. It’s all for a good cause as 100% of the proceeds go to Project Angel Food. This week they will close out the series with Bria Skonberg.

11. Summer Movie Nights at Sweet Rose Creamery Studio City returns with The Goonies. FREE

12. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with The Fifth Element on Tuesday.

13. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Boogie Nights.

14. Free museum days: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Autry Museum of the American West

Wednesday August 9th, 2017

15. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

16. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Wednesday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Soka University in Aliso Viejo. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

17. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with Star Wars Rogue One on Wednesday.

Thursday August 10th, 2017

18. Sundance NEXT FEST returns to the Theatre at Ace Hotel (August 10-13) with some of the best up and coming films alongside food, drinks, games and live music in DTLA.

19. Enjoy the ballet and a stellar view of Downtown Los Angeles when the American Contemporary Ballet presents MUSIC + DANCE+ LA II a night of dance, views 32 stories up high and more. Happening August 10 to 13.

20. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.

21. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Thursday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

22. Twilight Concerts on the Pier continue this Thursdaywith Mon Laferte, Buscabulla and KCRW DJ Raul Campos. FREE

23. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series continues with Psycho. FREE

24. The 2017 season of the Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series, inspired by the Skirball’s current high-profile exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, is a showcase for up-and-coming talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. The series continues with Delgres. FREE

25. The Gamble House in Pasadena will once again offer ‘Upstairs Downstairs’ Tours. In this 90 minute tour, walk through the architectural gem and learn about the history of family who lived their and the lives of the servants as well.

26. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum for ten performances throughout the summer with their signature production in a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees.

27. Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids a hilarious musical parody of one of the best chick flicks ever to hit the big screen. Happening Thursday and throughout the weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

28. Summer of Music at Redondo Pier will host free concerts every Thursday and Saturday highlighting a slew of genres. This week Ghost In The Machine a Police tribute will perform. FREE

29. Free museum daysJapanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center,  and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday August 11th, 2017

30. Summer Nights in the Garden returns to the Natural History Museum in Downtown Los Angeles for garden-inspired cocktails, music and botanical tours with the NHM garden staff. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase bites from food trucks, the event is free to attend. FREE 

31. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with DJ Nights curated by Coleman at Grand Park. FREE

32. The San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights will feature a retro drive-in, screening movies connected to the SFV. Guests can enjoy pre-show music, surprise guests, and themed out entertainment. This week they will screen The Karate Kid. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

34. Beach Movie Nights at Dockweiler Youth Center is an all ages free movie screening by the water. This week they will screen Storks. FREE

35. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Friday they’ll takeover Metro Arts Night at Union Station with KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Valida. FREE

36. 626 Night Market comes to Santa Anita Park from August 11-13 for the largest Asia-themed night market in the United States. It will feature food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment.

37. 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival heads to Rainbow Lagoon Park August 11-13 for three sunny days of jazz, food and oceanside fun.

38. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

39. Pershing Square continues their free summer movie screenings this Friday with The Mortal Instruments. FREE

40. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

41. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Clueless on August 11 and 12.


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50 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [8-4-17 to 8-6-17]

August 3, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (August 4 – August 6) includes the Brew at the Zoo, Beard Battle LA, an Avocado Festival, the Long Beach Zine Fest, ScareLA, Hard Summer Music Fest, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Vista Hermosa Park

Posing for a pic at Vista Hermosa Park. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.


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Friday August 4th, 2017

1. The San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights will feature a retro drive-in, screening movies connected to the SFV. Guests can enjoy pre-show music, surprise guests, and themed out entertainment. This week the series will screen E.T.

2. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

3. Brew at the Zoo comes to the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens this Friday for an evening of beer tasting from local craft and microbreweries. Sip suds while you enjoy live music, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal encounters. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

4. Salt & Straw West Hollywood will be handing out free scoops all day this Friday as part of the start of their late night happy hour (everyday from 9 to 11 p.m. through) AND the launch of Live Music Friday’s, which will take place weekly on Fridays from 8 to 10 p.m. The free scoop offer (all day this Friday only) is for one regular scoop of any flavor but if you going during happy hour you can upgrade to a waffle cone… also for free! Salt & Straw WeHo only.

5. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

6. Join Indiana Jones at the Hollywood Bowl  when Raiders of the Lost Ark gets played in HD on the Bowl’s jumbo screens, accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing John Williams’ iconic film score. Happening August 4 and Saturday, August 5.

7. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Moonlight at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them at The Montalban in Hollywood.

8. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with a Disco themed dance night at Grand Park. FREE

9. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

10. There’s a Lion King Sing-Along happening this weekend at the El Capitan Theatre. Bonus: Timon the beloved Meerkat is set to make a special appearance before each show. Taking place all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

11. City of Monterey Park presents Summer Movie Nights a movie series taking place at five different parks in Monterey Park during the summer. This week they will screen Finding Dory in a truly special space at the Barnes Park pool! Bring your bathing suit and make it a swim night. FREE

12. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Garfield Park in South Pasaden. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

13. Pershing Square continues their free summer movie screenings this Friday with The 6th Day. FREE

14. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

15. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Moonlight at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles.

16. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

17. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

18. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Pitch Perfect on August 4 and 5.

19. Free museum days: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art

Saturday August 5th, 2017

20. The 5th annual Avocado Fest heads to Angel City Brewery in Downtown L.A. on August 5 and 6 for the ultimate celebration of the most popular green fruit in LA. The fest will feature avocado-themed contests, live mural painting, a crowd-participation mural, delicious food, live music an outdoor beer garden featuring the special release their popular Avocado Ale. FREE

21. Join Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights for Classic Movie Night. This weekend they screen the rare Alfred Hitchcock film, Young and Innocent, from 1937.

22. The 5th annual Hollywood Beer and Music Festival if a celebration of craft beer and live music wrapped into one day. Guests will have access to unlimited samples from over 60 craft beers, live entertainment and a food truck pavilion. Avalon Hollywood will host a complimentary After Party on the Bardot Rooftop with free drinks and a performance by DJ/drum duo Bass Punks.

23. 90’s wacky Warner Brothers carton Animaniacs returns for an all-ages live show at the Regent Theater to perform famous songs from the show and sharing behind-the-scenes moments about making the series. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

24. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ All-Stars for Kids is hosting the first-ever ‘Play LA’ at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as part of a hospital fundraiser highlighting healthy and active lifestyles for kids and families. Kids and teens will have a chance to play games and learn skills from top athletes and enjoy music performances, fun booths, and food vendors throughout the day.

25. Stay cool while learning the Winter Olympics sport of curling! Beginner and pros are all welcome. The lesson will feature an excellent introduction to the basics, including sliding stones, sweeping, and game strategy. All equipment provided. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. The BBQ and Craft Brews Festival comes to Pershing Square in Downtown L.A. on August 5 and 6. The two-day festival will serve beer from all seven Downtown L.A. breweries, along with tastings of the best BBQ in SoCal. This is an all-ages event with no cover charge, all you need to do is pay for your beer and food!

28. Marina Movie Nights returns to Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey this Saturday with a free screening of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. FREE

29. Beard Battle LA will take over the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, for a day of 80s flashbacks, music, video games, a Time Machine De Lorean, and a stash competition with special judge Gedde Watanabe (Long Duk Dong in John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles) It’s all for a good cause as proceeds benefit the LA Food Bank.

30. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Get Out at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles.

31. Dine LBC is Long Beach’s own city wide restaurant taking place August 5 through 13. Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course menu during lunch and dinner for a special price.

32. ScareLA Summer Halloween Convention Returns on August 5 and 6 for various scare-related workshops, classes, panels, presentations, interactive experiences, mazes and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Pershing Square continues their free summer series this Saturday with a concert by Toad the Wet Sprocket. FREE

34. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features three screenings on Saturday: 8 Mile (15th Anniversary) at Exposition ParkE.T. (35th Anniversary) at Griffith Park and Deadpool at Los Angeles State Historic Park. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

35. The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will host TV Noir Screenings this Saturday and Sunday. The center will open up their archive of noir inspired television shows ranging from 1952 to 2015. FREE

36. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Saturday they’ll takeover Chinatown with DJs Jeremy Sole and Garth Trinidad. FREE

37. Movies on the Green bring free screenings of popular films to the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills every Saturday in the summer. This weekend they will screen Finding Dory. FREE

38. Hard Summer music festival returns for the 10th year in a row to Southern California for two days (Aug 5-6) of heart pumping music provided by DJ Snake, Justice, Zeds Dead, Migos, Snoop Dogg and more. Happening at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

39. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Mean Girls at Centennial Square at Pasadena City HallDISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

40. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Saturday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Los Encinos State Historic Park in Encino. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

41. Movie Picnic Night at Alhambra Park is a free Chinese outdoor movie showcasing Chinese language films with subtitles and popular American films. This weekend the series concludes with The GrandmasterFREE

42. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Dorian Wood – Entre Les Étoiles (Among the Stars) | Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’oleFREE

Sunday August 6th, 2017

43. Join Esotouric for a day of exploring the architecture and history of some of South L.A.’s rarely seen historic neighborhoods during their popular tour South L.A. Road Trip: Hot Rods, Adobes, Googie & Early Modernism. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

44. The Long Beach Zine Fest is a one‐day event promoting all things in independent publishing. With 100+ writers, artists, photographers, activists, and DIY advocates on hand showcasing and selling their work, guests can browse through an extensive zine marketplace, enjoy live music and attend workshops and panel discussions. Held at the Museum of Latin Art. FREE

45. KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl presents Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, Austin’s Spoon and Kristin Kontrol of the Dum Dum Girls new solo project to the iconic outdoor amphitheater.

46. Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids a hilarious musical parody of one of the best chick flicks ever to hit the big screen. Happening Saturday and Sunday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

47. The Great Rock and Roll Flea Market will take over The Regent Theater in DTLA with an impressive selection of vintage collectors in clothing, music memorabilia, vinyl and more. The flea market is free to attend and open to all ages. FREE

48. Hidden inside Griffith Park is the Carolwood Barn also known as Walt Disney’s Barn a historic landmark, where some of Disney’s creations were invented. This Sunday the barn will host an open house, giving guests of all ages a chance to come and experience this local treasure. FREE

49. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This weekend the series continues with Peter & The Wolf .FREE

50. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Sunday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Eisenhower Park in Seal Beach. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE


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Free Ice Cream, an Avocado Festival & other Tasty Tuesday News Bites

August 1, 2017 by Christina Minh

This week we dine on the coolest toast creations in L.A. and alert you about free Salt & Straw ice cream this weekend. Also, you’ll find out about Avocado Fest happening at Angel Brewery, and more foodie events you won’t want to miss.

Notable on this week’s events rundown: The Hollywood Beer & Music Fest, BBQ & Craft Brews Fest, Brew at the Zoo and Todo Verde’s Anniversary party.

Your L.A. food news rundown starts NOW.

Bon Appétit!

baltaire prawn toast

Photo Credit: Karin Baker // We Like L.A.

Toast on a Whole Other Level

Brentwood steakhouse Baltaire recently launched a “Toast to Rosé,” brunch menu pairing rosé wine with five seasonally inspired toasts. Available on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., till Sunday August 27, guests can dine on an array of sweet and savory toasts, paired with rosés from California, France, and Spain. Executive Chef Travis Strickland bakes the bread in-house daily using naturally fermented sourdough starters and ingredients are locally-sourced from the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market. The toast and rosé pairing menu includes:

  • Bellwether Farm Ricotta, Murray Farm Blueberry and Meyer lemon Compote Toast with Jacobsen Cherrywood smoked honey, and mint, paired with Juvé & Camps Cava Rosé, Spain
  • Coke Farm Heirloom Eggplant “Caponata” Toast with Drake Glacier goat cheese, pine nuts, and basil, paired with Domaine des Brosses, Sancerre, France, 2015
  • Clear Springs Smoked Trout Toast with house pickled vegetables, gribiche, capers, and upland’s cress, paired with Ployez-Jacquemart Rosé Champagne, France
  • Coastal Organics Heirloom Tomato “Caprese” Toast with Di Stefano burrata, opal basil, pesto, and aged balsamic, paired with Vievité Cotes de Provence, France, 2016
  • Wood Grilled Kauai Prawns Toast with coconut curry, Thai basil, cilantro, and basil oil, paired with Sanford, Santa Rita Hills, California, 2015

Whole Foods 365 heads to Santa Monica

On August 7 Westsiders will get a chance to preview the latest 365 during their pre-opening party from 6 to 8 p.m. You’ll be able to check out the new store while enjoying food and drink samples from Asian Box, Groundwork, Coolhaus, Organic Girl, Santa Monica Brew Works, Siete Family Foods, and more. In addition, DJ Phatrick will spin, and you can play corn hole on the patio. To attend all you need to do is register. Find more info here.

** Unique Dinner Alert **

There’s a winemaker dinner happening at Cliff’s Edge on Monday August 7 with Chef Michael Bryant cooking a three course dinner in a Caja China roasting box on the patio of the beautifully decorated restaurant. The menu includes Grilled Kumiai Oysters with Sea Bean Yuzu Kosho Mignonette, Caja China Roasted Peach-glazed Pork Belly, Charred Kale Salad, Olives (served family style) and a Caja China Roasted Lamb Leg, Pot au Feu, Mushroom Consommé, Bone Marrow, torpedo onions and potatoes. The dinner costs $75 a person. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 323 666 6116.

Food Events for this Week in L.A.

Tuesday August 1st, 2017

Patina Group is launching Lobster & Rosé specials with French winery Domaine de Cala in select Los Angeles resturants from August 1-31. Ray’s & Stark Bar will be serving a Lobster Salad, Lobster Risotto and Wood-Fired Whole Lobster. Kendall’s Brasserie will be serving Lobster Linguini and a 1.5 lbs. Maine lobster. Café Pinot will serve Lobster Beignet, Lobster Mac and Cheese and a Lobster Dip.

Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Among the food offerings are the MrC Club Sandwich with fried egg, Pizza MrC with burrata and Prosciutto crudo di Parma, and MrC Avocado Salsa with toasted pizza crisps. You can also enjoy some caprese-style popcorn, candy, mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne, or, if you prefer beer, Peroni Nastro Azzurro on tap.

Wednesday August 2nd, 2017

Todo Verde will host a Plant Based Mexican Feast in celebration of their two year anniversary. Join chef Jocelyn Ramirez at Crafted Kitchen in DTLA for live music, live art, unlimited bites from the vegan taco bar, Mexican street corn, vegan dessert, boozy agua frescas and more. Tickets cost $42 a person.

E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week with Jurassic Park. General Admission tickets cost $15 and VIP seating is $25. There is a dining option before the movie at the Aussie-Fijian restaurant, it’s called the ‘Express Menu’ featuring three courses for an additional $34 featuring Executive Chef Louis Tikaram’s new dishes inspired by his recent travels to Fiji, Vietnam, and Australia.

Thursday August 3rd, 2017

Head to Umami Burger’s new Grove location and take a bite into the buzzed-about Impossible Burger, the first plant-based, no meat patty that smells, taste, cooks and even “bleeds” like real beef (so they say). Umami’s take on the burger consists of two patties, caramelized onions, American cheese, miso-mustard, house spread, dill pickles, lettuce, and tomato. If that’s not your thing try the Misoyaki Butterfish Burger with tempura butterfish, soy-soaked pepper relish, pickled carrot and daikon, daikon sprouts and sesame aioli, exclusive to The Grove location. Tack on a boozy milkshake to beat the heat.

Friday August 4th, 2017

Salt & Straw West Hollywood will be handing out free scoops all day this Friday as part of the start of their late night happy hour (everyday from 9 to 11 p.m. through) AND the launch of Live Music Friday’s, which will take place weekly on Fridays from 8 to 10 p.m. The free scoop offer (all day this Friday only) is for one regular scoop of any flavor but if you going during happy hour you can upgrade to a waffle cone… also for free! Salt & Straw WeHo only.

Brew at the Zoo comes to the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens this Friday for an evening of beer tasting from local craft and microbreweries. Sip suds while you enjoy live music, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal encounters. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase.

Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Pitch Perfect on August 4 and 5. The experience begins with a two-course prix-fixe dinner at modern Chinese eatery WP24, then a move to the rooftop deck to take in a movie from a select reserve seat while savoring cinema snacks such as housemade potato chips, candied Marcona almonds, crispy breadsticks with prosciutto, and caramel corn. Tickets for this supper-and-a-show experience are $85. If you prefer to just watch the movie while enjoying the aforementioned Puck-created concessions, reserve a seat with snacks for just $25.

Saturday August 5th, 2017

The 5th annual Avocado Fest heads to Angel City Brewery in Downtown L.A. on August 5 and 6 for the ultimate celebration of  the most popular green fruit in LA. The fest will feature avocado-themed contests, live mural painting, a crowd-participation mural, delicious food, live music an outdoor beer garden and more. Additionally, there will be a special release of Avocado Ale right after its canning on August 4. Admission to the event is free; food and drink are available for purchase. Part of the proceeds will benefit Art Share-LA and Ron Finley Project.

Celebrate National Oyster Day at Redondo Beach’s long standing fish market and restaurant Captain Kidd’s. They’ll be offering $1 oysters all day until they run out. Guest can choose to have then with lemon and hot sauce or fried.

The 5th annual Hollywood Beer and Music Festival if a celebration of craft beer and live music wrapped into one day. Guests will have access to unlimited samples from over 60 craft beers, three stages of live entertainment and a food truck pavilion. Avalon Hollywood will also host three beer tasting stations and a complimentary After Party on the Bardot Rooftop with one hour of complimentary vodka cocktails and a performance by DJ/drum duo Bass Punks. General Admission tickets are $35, while VIP tickets are $50 (which includes early admission and access to VIP beers).

The BBQ and Craft Brews Festival comes to Pershing Square in Downtown L.A. on August 5 and 6. The two-day festival will serve beer from all seven Downtown L.A. breweries, along with tastings of the best BBQ in SoCal. This is an all-ages event with no cover charge, all you need to do is pay for your beer and food!

Dine LBC is Long Beach’s own city wide restaurant taking place August 5 through 13. Long Beach houses a selection of upscale, casual and mom-and-pop style eateries serving diverse cuisines now you can try them all at a discounted rate! Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course menu priced at $15, $25, $35, $45, $55 or $65, either per participant with wine-pairing options at fine dining locations, or dinner for two priced at $25, $35, $45, $55 or $65, where participants share an appetizer, each enjoy their own entree, then share a dessert at more casual restaurants. Check out the participating restaurants here.

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46 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [7-31-17 to 8-4-17]

July 31, 2017 by Christina Minh

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week, from Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4, features a sunset walk at Griffith Observatory, the Silver Lake Picture Show, the Brew at the Zoo, FIGat7th Downtown Festival, First Fridays and LOTS more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Monday July 31st, 2017

1. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week, starting with LA Confidential on Monday.

2. Beer Society at Arts District Brewing Company will feature Third Window Brewing. Guests will have a chance to taste three marks while learning about the process of beer making.

3. The guys behind Delicious Vinyl (Mile and Rick Ross) has turned their pizza joint on West Adams Delicious Pizza into a cultural hub with a roster of events worth driving to. This Monday enjoy jazz in “The Yard,” with Keelan Walters in the restaurant’s lively outdoor garden area while taking a bite out of their naturally fermented dough pizzas, cinnamon roll bread pudding and refreshing sangria. FREE

4. The Business LA is a free comedy show at Little Joy featuring some of the best local comics in town. This time it’s a “cool girls” edition with Maria Bamford, Casey Jane Ellison, Nina Tarr and more. FREE

5. The team from Smoke and Mirrors aims to add a little razzle-dazzle to your Monday monotony by showcasing a rotating cast of award-winning magicians at The Santa Monica Playhouse. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Tuesday August 1st, 2017

6. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series continues with a screening of 50 First Dates at Granada Beach this Tuesday. FREE

7. Hollywood and Highland will be taken over by Summer Jazz Nights every Tuesday till August 8th. While the show is free, you can secure guaranteed seating, wine, beer and a selection of cheese for a donation of just $14. It’s all for a good cause as 100% of the proceeds go to Project Angel Food. This week Josh Johnson will perform.

8. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles.

9. Shake it Off dance film series happening at the Hammer is a free event highlighting classic dance films every week and this week they kick off the series with Saturday Night Fever. FREE

10. Spend an evening poolside and beneath the stars enjoying dinner, cocktails and a classic film as Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema returns with a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

11. Free museum days: Kidspace Museum (4 to 8 p.m.)

Wednesday August 2nd, 2017

12. Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month. At this event, learn about the park as you enjoy a sunset hike led by a Griffith Park park ranger and a museum guide. FREE

13. Sound Off Silent Disco is going down at the Sherman Oaks Galleria where partygoers will wear wireless-headphones and get immersed into a one of kind dance party featuring two live DJs. FREE

14. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Wednesday they’ll be performing Macbeth at CSU Dominguez Hills in Carons . While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

15. E.P. & L.P. presents ‘Melrose Rooftop Cinema’ in West Hollywood featuring sweeping city views, modern Asian cuisine and an outdoor movie experience every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evening through August 30. The series continues this week with Jurassic Park.

16. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.The Two Gentlemen of Verona Wednesday through Sunday.

Thursday August 3rd, 2017

17. Lucha VaVOOMs Quinceañera show celebrates 15 years of action with Mexican style wrestling, comedic performances by hula hoop dancers, strip-tease performers, a Quinceañera pageant, special guests and much more.

18. Marina del Rey’s Summer Concert Series continues through August at Burton Chace Park. On Thursday, Matthew Morrison takes the stage. FREE

19. The Silver Lake Picture Show returns with free outdoor movie screenings in the heart of Silver Lake at Sunset Triangle Plaza. This week: District 9 will be screened . FREE

20. Rockwell Table & Stage presents The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Bridesmaids a hilarious musical parody of one of the best chick flicks ever to hit the big screen. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Raiders Of The Lost Ark at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and L.A. Confidential at The Montalban in Hollywood.

22. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Thursday they’ll takeover the Santa Monica Pier with Valerie June, Irma Thomas and KCRW DJ Aaron Byrd. FREE

23. The Moonlight Movies on the Beach series continues with a screening of Jaws at Cherry Beach this Thursday. FREE

24. City of San Gabriel’s annual Summer Night concerts & movies returns this week with Movie in the Park: Lego Batman at Vincent Lugo Park. FREE

25. Summer Movie Fest at Cal State Northridge is a free weekly movie night taking place at dusk on CSUN’s Oviatt Library Lawn. The series continues with The Breakfast Club. FREE

26. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Thursday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

27. The 2017 season of the Skirball’s free Sunset Concert Series, inspired by the Skirball’s current high-profile exhibition Paul Simon: Words & Music, is a showcase for up-and-coming talents and established artists from Los Angeles and around the globe. The series continues with Ibibio Sound Machine FREE

28. Shakespeare’s enchanting A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Topanga Canyon’s Theatricum Botanicum for ten performances throughout the summer with their signature production in a uniquely rustic outdoor theater surrounded by oak trees.

29. Free museum daysJapanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center,  and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.)

Friday August 4th, 2017

30. FIGat7th Downtown Festival will return to transform the popular shopping destination into an intimate music venue with live performances by leading pop, rock, American roots, soul and alternative artists. FREE

31. Brew at the Zoo comes to the Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens this Friday for an evening of beer tasting from local craft and microbreweries. Sip suds while you enjoy live music, pop-up zoo keeper talks, and close-up animal encounters. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. Garbage Pail Groundlings is the latest main stage show at the renowned LA theater. The show is filled with sketch comedy, improv and a cast of growing comedians who’ve made appearances in movies like Ted and television shoes like Workaholics. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

33. Join Indiana Jones at the Hollywood Bowl  when Raiders of the Lost Ark gets played in HD on the Bowl’s jumbo screens, accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, performing John Williams’ iconic film score. Happening August 4 and Saturday, August 5.

34. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Moonlight at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles and Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them at The Montalban in Hollywood.

35. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with a Disco themed dance night at Grand Park. FREE

36. There’s a Lion King Sing-Along happening this weekend at the El Capitan Theatre. Bonus: Timon the beloved Meerkat is set to make a special appearance before each show. Taking place all weekend. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. City of Monterey Park presents Summer Movie Nights a movie series taking place at five different parks in Monterey Park during the summer. This week they will screen Finding Dory in a truly special space at the Barnes Park pool! Bring your bathing suit and make it a swim night. FREE

38. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Garfield Park in South Pasaden. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

39. Pershing Square continues their free summer movie screenings this Friday with The 6th Day. FREE

40. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.

42. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE

43. The San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights will feature a retro drive-in, screening movies connected to the SFV. Guests can enjoy pre-show music, surprise guests, and themed out entertainment.

44. Sip wine perched on a iconic L.A. hill that’s also home to an architectural gem at The Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Wine Tasting Nights. Now in its ninth year, the series feature tastings of boutique artisanal wines, along with food trucks, amazing food pop-ups and this Friday includes music from KCRW DJ Marion Hodges.

45. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Pitch Perfect on August 4 and 5.

46. Free museum days: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art


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46 Awesome Things to do this Weekend in L.A. You Need to Know About [7-28-17 to 7-30-17]

July 27, 2017 by Christina Minh

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This weekend (July 28 – July 30) includes a giant RickMobile, Summer Nights at NHM, Politicon, the Long Beach Crawfish Festival, Summer Happenings at The Broad, a Johnny Ramone Tribute at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and MUCH more.

Also remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Enjoy!

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Friday July 28th, 2017

1. Long Beach Crawfish Festival returns to Rainbow Lagoon Park from July 28 to 30, with dancing to live music, the Second Line Parade, dance lessons, karaoke, fresh crawfish, Cajun food, chicory coffee, beignets and adult beverages. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

2. Feast on L.A.’s best Asian and Asian-influenced cuisine when Lucky Rice’s Los Angeles Feast rolls into town. Hosted at the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in DTLA the food festival will showcase the most popular foods from Asia’s eating capitals as interpreted by local chefs and mixologists.

3. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy at The Montalban in Hollywood.

4. Calling all Rick and Morty fans: There’s a giant RickMobile rolling into town this Friday and Saturday with a pop up shop offering limited supply of clothes, figures and more. Catch it at A Shop Called Quest in Los Angeles on Friday and Earth-2 Comics in Northrdige on Saturday.

5. Any weirdly obsessed Tom Cruise fans out there? Tom Gun LIVE: A Maverick’s Homage brings a raucous interactive parody show to the Regent chalked full of karaoke sing-a-longs, dance offs, audience fueled paper airplane battles, missiles zip-lining through the crowd, and much more.

6. Enjoy beautiful evenings under the stars when Summer Nights in the Garden returns to Natural History Museum with cocktails, music, botanical tours, fun projects and more.

7. The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series returns this week with DJ Nights curated by Valida at Grand Park. FREE

8. Pershing Square continues their free summer movie screenings this Friday with World War Z. FREE

9. The Last Book Review returns to The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles. Join host Ever Mainard and five comedians as they tell their own personal, funny and often awkward story on stage. The last comedian will then take the audience through a book review. FREE

10. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Friday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Wilson Park in Torrance. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

11. Eco friendly hot yoga studio Modo Yoga hosts donation based Karma Classes every Friday at their La Brea and Echo Park locations.

12. Head over to California Market Center, in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, for a public sample sale  to score fantastic bargains on current styles for women, men and kids. Happening on the last Friday of every month.

13. Friday night is ‘Selena Night’ at Echoplex. Admission is $8 if you arrive before 10 p.m.

14. Catch a performance of Guys and Dolls at the Long Beach Playhouse. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

15. Greenbar Distillery is hosting cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Friday with tequila and gin.

16. Old Pasadena Summer Cinema is back for 2017 with free movie screenings from July 1-29 at a variety of indoor and outdoor locations throughout the Old Town area. The series continues with Cairo Time (2009) at Distant Lands and School of Rock (2003) at One Colorado. FREE

17. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This week the series continues with La LineaFREE

18. Catch a flick on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles during Summer Supper + Show Series presented by WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The series continues with a screening of Dirty Dancing on July 28-29.

Saturday July 29th, 2017

19. Summer Happenings at The Broad returns with contemporary art, music and performances in a one of a kind late-night environment. This Saturday the series begins with a night dedicated to Takashi Murakami with performances by Devendra Banhart, Afrirampo and more.

20. Politicon 2017 at the Pasadena Convention Center (July 29-30) will feature panels, debates, screenings, comedy shows and a place where passionate citizens can openly discuss the current political climate. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Street Food Cinema this Saturday features two screenings on Saturday: The Hunger Games 5th Anniversary at Central Park Glendale and Wayne’s World 25th Anniversary at Poinsettia Rec Park West Hollywood. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. One special Saturday every month Griffith Observatory hosts a free public star party to highlight interest in observing the cosmos. The event is a great chance to try out a variety of telescopes, check out visible objects of our solar system, and perhaps best of all the parties provide a forum to exchange ideas and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers. FREE

23. Outdoor summer concert series Off the 405 at the Getty Center showcases today’s hottest bands while surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens, views and architecture in Los Angeles. This weekend Steve Gunn will perform. FREE

24. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor will host The Sinister Circus a ghoulish night where guests can dance the night away in the company of ominous spirits at a haunted costume ball. The event will also provide guests with a preview of the Dark Harbor experience coming this fall. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

25. The Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival, is an entire day of free movies and talks aiming to spread awareness about healing our planet touching upon timely topics like Standing Rock, water and power in California, and climate change. Happening at Hollywood’s iconic Egyptian Theatre. FREE

26. Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival at Long Beach Convention Center (July 29-30) offers walk-through haunted attractions, theatrical performances, makeup demos and workshops, a huge themed marketplace and more. Check for discount tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

27. KCRW’s 2017 edition of Summer Nights is a free all ages outdoor music series happening throughout the summer. This Saturday they’ll take over the Annenberg Space for Photography with performances by Rodrigo y Gabriela and Natalia Lafourcade. FREE

28. Stars from the stage and screen will pay tribute to the iconic powerhouse voice of the late and great Amy Winehouse. Taking place at the Rockwell Table & Stage watch stars belt out her famous tunes and lesser known gems and raise a glass to her memory. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

29. Movies on the Green bring free screenings of popular films to the Lou Bredlow Pavilion in Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills every Saturday in the summer. This weekend they will screen La La Land. FREE

30. Love Long Beach 2017 returns for its 4th annual two-day festival on July 29 and 30 with a weekend of musical magic, DJs, arts and crafts, food court, vendors, a Healing Arts Village (with yoga, sound bath healing, flow and speakers) and more at Shoreline Aquatic Park.

31. Check out the 55th Annual California Watermelon Festival at the Hansen Dam Soccer Fields in Lake View Terrace on July 29-30. The annual community event features watermelon-themed activities like watermelon skiing, free watermelon, cooking demos, carnival rides, games, contests, live entertainment and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

32. In honor of National Dance Day, The Music Center is hosting a free, all-day dance event at Grand Park in hopes to make dancing more accessible to all people. During the day dance enthusiasts and beginners can watch, join in on a dance and enjoy various activities. FREE

33. Delicious Pizza will host a screening of Downtown 81 starring artist Jean Michel Basquiat in their West Adams location. FREE

34. Pershing Square kicks off their free summer concerts this weekend Los Lonely Boys will perform. FREE

35. Eat|See|Hear brings a screening of Young Frankenstein at The Autry Museum.

36. Experience the food and culture of East Hollywood’s ethnic neighborhoods through a four hour foodie tour this Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

37. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Wednesday they’ll be performing The Taming of the Shrew at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE

38. Greenbar Distillery is hosting cocktail classes in Downtown LA this Saturday with Coffee cocktails.

39. Grand Performances presents free musical performances in DTLA. This week the series continues with Mothership Landing. FREE

40. Movie Picnic Night at Alhambra Park is a free Chinese outdoor movie showcasing Chinese language films with subtitles and popular American films. This weekend they will screen Secret Life of PetsFREE

41. The Electric Dusk Drive-In is back at the LACCD Van De Kamp college campus. This weekend they will screen JAWS. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

Sunday July 30th, 2017

42. The Johnny Ramone Tribute returns to Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday. Highlights include an amazing display of Ramones art by Shepard Fairey, Shag and Lucas David; an exhibition of rare, never-before-seen Ramones memorabilia from the collections of Johnny and Tommy Ramone; and acoustic live music from Billy Idol and the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones. This year’s tribute will include a short ceremony in honor of Johnny’s close friend Chris Cornell, whose final resting place is at Hollywood Forever right next to Johnny’s.

43. Angeleno magazine’s Live & Dine LA event returns to the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica featuring culinary demos from award-winning chefs, refreshing artisanal cocktails and delicious wines. Restaurants include The Bazaar by José Andrés, Baltaire, The Butcher’s Daughter, Del Frisco’s Grille, The District by Hannah An, Eataly, Mama Lion, Manuela, The Polo Lounge, Salazar, Sawyer and dozens more. Libations from Accomplice Bar, Birds & Bees, Calyx Gin, Cosa Salvaje Tequila, Lillet,  San Antonio Winery and others will be on hand. Tickets cost $95 a person, the delicious afternoon will benefit the Los Angeles Mission.

44. Enjoy some free Shakespeare this summer when the Independent Shakespeare Co. returns for the 8th year in a row with free/donation-based performances at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed July 29-30, and then every Wednesday through Sunday from August 2 – September 3.

45. The folks at Rooftop Cinema Club are back with a screening of Rebel Without a Cause at LEVEL in Downtown Los Angeles.

46. Shakespeare By The Sea returns with free performances for the summer. This Sunday they’ll be performing Macbeth at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. While admission is free encourage donations to help support the play. FREE


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