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10 Things To Do For This Sunday in L.A. [8-7-2022]

August 7, 2022 by Brian Champlin
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Concerts in the Dome at Mt Wilson Observatory. Photo Credit: Irina Logra

Sunday looks like another hot one in L.A. Per usual, the heat comes paired with tons of ways to enjoy (or avoid) it.

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (August 7) in Los Angeles, followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Hope you make it a good one.

Things To Do For Saturday

Songs to the Moon at The Hammer -> This Sunday, Songs to the Moon brings a moon-themed concert to The Hammer featuring art songs for voice and piano. The evening concludes with a rare performance of George Crumb’s “Night of the Four Moons” with texts by Federico Garcia Lorca, the work was originally composed in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. Show starts at 4 p.m. Free to attend, but seating is first come, first served.

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome -> Mount Wilson Observatory continues its 2022 season of classical concerts hosted inside the historic 100-inch telescope dome, where the acoustics are said to be some of the finest in the world. This Sunday, the program features the LA Chamber Brass Quintet playing Bach, Ewazen, Kamen, Barber, Arnold, Ewald, and more. There will be two musical performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Get more info here.

22nd Annual TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival -> This Sunday, spend a day immersed in all things Ecuadorian at TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival at Placita Olvera. Free to attend, the festival features authentic cuisine, live music and performances, a street parade, carnival games and more.

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10 Things To Do For This Saturday in L.A. [8-6-2022]

August 6, 2022 by Brian Champlin
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Chinatown Central Plaza. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Got any plans for this Saturday in L.A? Want some? That’s what we’re here for.

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (August 6) in Los Angeles, followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Enjoy!

Things To Do For Saturday

Steep Summer Market -> This Saturday in Chinatown, eat, drink and shop small local businesses during Steep’s bi-annual Summer Market. Taking place from 5 to 9 p.m., the outdoor event will have over 20 local food vendors, local makers, and independent businesses.

One Colorado Concerts -> One Colorado continues their free summer music series this Saturday with a performance by De Lux, preceded by a DJ set at 8 p.m. Show is free and all-ages. Get more info here.

Angel City Brewery Avocado Fest -> On Saturday, Angel City Brewery celebrates the release of two crowd-favorite seasonal brews — Avocado Ale and Guavocado Ale — with an afternoon shindig featuring a DJ, Aerialist, food, and avocado themed games such as avocado juggling and an avocado eating contest. Runs 1 to 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

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Things to Do This Weekend in L.A. [8-5-2022 to 8-7-2022]

August 4, 2022 by Brian Champlin
The Getty Gardens
The Getty Gardens / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Where will your weekend in Los Angeles take you?

This August 5-7 in L.A. includes House of Dragon at NHM, Steep Summer Market in Chinatown, Angel City Avocado Fest, Getty Garden Concerts for Kids, Jerk Fest LA, Concerts in the Dome at Mt. Wilson, Back to the Future at The Bowl, a new D*Face exhibition, and more. Explore more options below!

Things To Do

House of the Dragon at NHM (August 5) -> We know the Natural History Museum has plenty to offer by way of dinosaurs, how how about dragons? Starting this Friday, NHM teams up with HBO for a new pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world of the new original series House of the Dragon. Learn about the Targaryen Dynasty and the dragons that ruled beside them while checking out new costumes and props from the series. And yes, there will be a replica Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. Runs from August 5 to September 7. More info here.

Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk -> First Fridays pops up along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach with an array of art on display, drink deals, food specials, and and live music. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> Free Friday dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza in August, staring with an evening of Voguing this Friday. For each event, dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Back to the Future with the LA Phil -> The timeless tale of time travel comes to the Hollywood Bowl this Friday and Saturday, as Back to the Future screens joined by a live score from the LA Phil. Tickets still available as low as $14 per seat. Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts Jazz trio 3 More Sounds at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday evenings through November. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Spanish Aqui Presents-> Latinx improv comedy team Spanish Aqui Presents performs at Boyle Heights’ iconic music venue The Paramount on Friday, August 5. Special guests for the evening include Harvey Guillen (What We Do in the Shadows), Cristela Alonzo, and Edgar Rivera. Tickets are $22.66, all-fees included. More info here.

Movies on The Roof -> My Valley Pass’s Movies on the Roof series continues this Friday and Saturday Westfield Fashion Square with screenings of Austin Powers and Shrek. Tickets are just $5, and proceeds for the event benefit  Hope Of The Valley rescue mission. More info here.

Steep Summer Market -> This Saturday in Chinatown, eat, drink and shop small local businesses during Steep’s bi-annual Summer Market. Taking place from 5 to 9 p.m., the outdoor event will have over 20 local food vendors, local makers, and independent businesses.

Angel City Brewery Avocado Fest -> On Saturday, Angel City Brewery celebrates the release of two crowd-favorite seasonal brews – Avocado Ale and Guavocado Ale with an afternoon shindig featuring a DJ, Aerialist, food, and avocado themed games such as avocado juggling and an avocado eating contest. Runs 1 to 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

One Colorado Concerts -> One Colorado continues their free summer music series this Saturday with a performance by De Lux, preceded by a DJ set at 8 p.m. Show is free and all-ages. Get more info here.

Grand Performances -> The signature free summer music series at California Plaza continues in July with four Saturday performances, including Melissa Polinar on August 6, Extra Ancestral on August 13, Iranian-born pianist Kamyar on August 20, and a dublab tribute to Alice Coltrane on August 27. Free shows continue on Saturdays through September 25. More info here.

Uncorked LA -> Saturday’s Uncorked: LA at the California Science Center features a curated selection of over 100 wines plus local food trucks, live music, after-hours access to the museum and more. GA tickets start at $65. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park (Continuing August 6) -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues in August with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays starting this Saturday, August 6. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery (August 6) -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face, entitled Painting Over the Cracks opens on Saturday, August 6 at Corey Helford Gallery. On view through September 10, the show will feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery.

Summer Strolls at The Huntington -> Enjoy the gardens during twilight hours on select evenings at The Huntington from June through September, including this Saturday. Advance tickets ($20 per adult) are required.

Getty Garden Concerts for Kids -> This Saturday and Sunday, the Getty welcomes The Lucky Band to the Central Garden for a pair of kid-friendly concert events. Both start at 4 p.m., and both are included with museum admission. Get more info here.

West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival -> The inaugural West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival features two days of art walks, art tours, and free activities held at two at separate garden venues: Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA on Saturday, August 6, and Beverly Gardens Park on Sunday, August 7. Both events are free to register for. Get more info here.

Jerk Fest LA -> The 6th Annual Roots & Yam Jerk Food Fest is this Saturday and Sunday, bringing two days of Caribbean dance vibes, live music, food and drinks to Exposition Park. Two-day passes run $200, or you get can a single day ticket for the Afro Soca Dancehall Night on Saturday for $150, or a GA ticket to the Reggae Fest on Sunday for $100. More info here.

Cinespia -> Cinespia hosts a special screening of A League of Their Own this Saturday at Hollywood Forever. The event will appearances from Geena Davis plus the cast of the upcoming Amazon Prime series. GA tickets start at $22 per person. Get more info here.

Songs to the Moon at The Hammer -> This Sunday, Songs to the Moon brings a moon-themed concert to The Hammer featuring art songs for voice and piano. The evening concludes with a rare performance of George Crumb’s “Night of the Four Moons” with texts by Federico Garcia Lorca, the work was originally composed in 1969 during the Apollo 11 mission. Show starts at 4 p.m. Free to attend, but seating is first come, first served.

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome -> Mount Wilson Observatory continues its 2022 season of classical concerts hosted inside the historic 100-inch telescope dome, where the acoustics are said to be some of the finest in the world. This Sunday, the program features the LA Chamber Brass Quintet playing Bach, Ewazen, Kamen, Barber, Arnold, Ewald, and more. There will be two musical performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Get more info here.

22nd Annual TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival -> This Sunday, spend a day immersed in all things Ecuadorian at TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival at Placita Olvera. Free to attend, the festival features authentic cuisine, live music and performances, a street parade, carnival games and more.

Dining & Drinking

$5 Chile Relleno Cuernavaca’s Grill -> Second generation women-owned Cuernavaca’s Grill is expanding its location in the DTLA Fashion District and tripling its size. To celebrate, they will offer their most popular menu item, the Chile Relleno Special which includes one chile relleno, rice and beans for $5 on Saturday, August 6 all day until supplies run out.

$1 Oysters at Savida This Weekend -> To celebrate National Oyster Day (August 5), Chef Dan Smulovitz’s Savida in Santa Monica will offer $1 oysters during lunch hours, all weekend long. Oysters are served with champagne mignonette, horseradish, and cocktail sauce. And if oysters are your bag, check out our new Oyster Happy Hour guide for more ideas on where to celebrate this delicious food holiday.

Lunetta Eat Like a Local Menu + Chill & Grill Party -> Lunetta in Santa Monica recently launched an “Eat Like A Local” tasting menu that celebrates the best of local ingredients and highlights what Santa Monica locals like to eat. For $78 per person, the multi course meal includes popular Lunetta items such as sweet corn agnolotti and a surf & turf with a side of creamed spinach and onion rings. The restaurant is also throwing a summer party on the patio this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. The ticketed event will feature special summertime cocktails such as Frosé and margaritas paired with Chef Cuyuch’s grilled burger sliders, sausages, and Aztec ribs. A live DJ will set the vibe as guest dine, drink and enjoy large lawn games. 

Long Beach Burger Week ->  Long Beach Food & Beverage presents the 2nd Annual Long Beach Burger Week from August 7-14. Grab featured burgers around the city for $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25, with everything from classic American renditions and vegan options to one-of-a-kind-burgers topped with Hot Cheetos, mac ‘n cheese and even peanut butter.


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Things To Do in L.A. This Week [8-1-2022 to 8-5-2022]

August 1, 2022 by Brian Champlin
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Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry. Photo via The Autry

New month. New to-dos.

This August 1-5 in Los Angeles, catch House of the Dragon at NHM, Summer Night Cinema at The Hammer, Cinemaude at Ace Hotel, Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry, a Black Business Scavenger Hunt, a free lecture at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Back to the Future at The Bowl, and more.

Things To Do

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA -> Starting July 28, you can visit Japan House LA to see Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibition, which includes a large-scale installation built from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together by tension. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2023. Japan House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Black Business Scavenger Hunt -> Mobile farmers market Prosperity Market hosts their second annual Black Business Scavenger Hunt all month long. The interactive promo includes over 50 local, black owned businesses. Guests can discover and visit new spots, then check-in to earn points collected for special prizes. The event runs now through August 27. Get more details and see the “treasure map” here.

City of San Gabriel 28th annual National Night Out -> This Tuesday, the City of San Gabriel celebrates National Night Out by turning the historic Mission District into a block party featuring live music, food and games, all in an effort to promote public safety. More info here.

Summer Night Cinema -> On Tuesday, August 2, Summer Night Cinema at The Hammer screens Fanny: The Right to Rock, a 2021 documentary centering on a 60’s era Filipina-American garage band that almost made it big. The series then continues with two more films to wrap up the summer: The documentary Wattstax on August 9, and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing on August 16. All events feature gallery access, plus drinks and bar bites for purchase. More info here.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach -> Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Weird Science at Granada Beach on Tuesday and Spiderman: No Way Home at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus on Thursday. Both screenings start at dusk. More info here.

Kalli Arte: Sueños Real -> Kalli Arte, an arts collective formed by Boyle Heights-born duo Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves, has a new residency exhibition at Self-Help Graphics & Art on display now through September 23. Sueños Real is rooted in the ecosystem of Boyle Heights, symbolically represented here by a central large-scale sculpture that branches out to aspects of the artists’ community, while also connecting to ancestral traditions. Visitors can RSVP to visit the exhibition on Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Andy Warhol: Cars – Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection -> Petersen Automotive Museum has opened a new exhibition featuring works from Andy Warhol’s uncompleted 1986/87 Cars series, left unfinished due to the artist’s passing. It marks the first time in over 30 years the exhibition will on display in North America. Included with admission to the museum. GA tickets start at $19 for adults. Petersen is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Shakespeare By The Sea -> The concluding week of Shakespeare By The Sea’s summer run features a productions of Romeo & Juliet at Don Knabe Park in Cerritos on Wednesday and Point Fermin Park on Friday, plus Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday at Soka University and Saturday at Point Fermin Park. All events free to attend. Get more info here.

First Wednesday Lecture at The AoP -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a free evening guest lecture and cocktail reception at the Pacific Visions Theater. For August 3, award-winning marine wildlife photographer Mike Bartick joins to discuss the amazing world of deep sea creatures. Get more info and RSVP here.

Sunset Concerts at Skirball -> The Skirball Cultural Center’s annual celebration of world music continues this Thursday with a performance by Nefesh Mountain. Complimentary access to the museum’s exhibitions is included with entry. Note than advanced tickets for this week’s event are now sold out, but limited walk-ups will be available. Get more info here.

A Night Celebrating Music in Film -> The L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors is hosting a pair of concerts this August at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. First up this Thursday, the Marina del Rey symphony performs a Night Celebrating Music in Film . Event start at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. Seating is first come, first served. More info here.

Sizzling Summer Nights -> Sizzling Nights are back at the Autry starting this Thursday. Expect evenings of salsa dancing along with after-hours gallery access at the The Autry every Thursday night from August 4 to September 1. A limited quantity of $20 tickets for non-members are currently available for purchase. More info here.

First Thursdays in Westwood Village -> A summer edition of First Thursdays returns to Westwood Village this week. Expect food trucks, live entertainment, and a public screening of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out starting at 7:45 p.m. Free popcorn to the first 300 attendees! More info here.

Cinemaude LA –> Modern intimacy brand, maude and Dakota Johnson’s TeaTime Pictures are coming together for Cinemaude LA, a curated film series presented by The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Cinemaude LA runs every Thursday this month and tickets will include the film screening, a custom event poster and a complimentary spritz by Ghia. Net profits from ticket sales will go to SIECUS, an organization that advances sex education through advocacy, policy and coalition building.

House of the Dragon at NHM (August 5) -> We know the Natural History Museum has plenty to offer by way of dinosaurs, how how about dragons? Starting this Friday, NHM teams up with HBO for a new pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world of the new original series House of the Dragon. Learn about the Targaryen Dynasty and the dragons that ruled beside them while checking out new costumes and props from the series. And yes, there will be a replica Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. Runs from August 5 to September 7. More info here.

Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk (August 5) -> First Fridays pops up along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach with an array of art on display, drink deals, food specials, and and live music. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> Free Friday dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza in August, staring with an evening of Voguing this Friday. For each event, dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Back to the Future with the LA Phil -> The timeless tale of time travel comes to the Hollywood Bowl this Friday and Saturday, as Back to the Future screens joined by a live score from the LA Phil. Tickets still available as low as $14 per seat. Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts Jazz trio 3 More Sounds at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday evenings through November. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Spanish Aqui Presents-> Latinx improv comedy team Spanish Aqui Presents performs at Boyle Heights’ iconic music venue The Paramount on Friday, August 5. Special guests for the evening include Harvey Guillen (What We Do in the Shadows), Cristela Alonzo, and Edgar Rivera. Tickets are $22.66, all-fees included. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

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A platter of oysters from Rappahannock. Photo courtesy of Rappahannock.

August 5 is National Oyster Day, and we’ve just put together a roundup of the best oyster happy hours in Los Angeles. If oysters are your jam, you’re going to need this list in your life.


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10 Things To Do For This Sunday in L.A. [7-31-2022]

July 31, 2022 by Brian Champlin
South Coast Botanical Gardens
South Coast Botanical Gardens / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Will Sunday be a fun day? My Magic 8 Ball says the outlook is good. Let’s talk about your options.

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (July 31) in Los Angeles, followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Hope you make it a good one.

Things To Do For Sunday

a-ha at The Bowl -> Noweigan synth-poppers a-ha (“Take On Me,” “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.”) come to the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday for a special concert teaming up with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Tickets still available as low as $16. Get more info here.

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA -> Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibition at Japan House LA includes a large-scale installation built from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together by tension. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2023. Japan House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Family Day at Wende Museum -> This Sunday’s Family Day at The Wende Museum includes special lunar-themed activities to mark the addition of an Apollo 15 moon rock sample to the museum’s collection. Expect Apollo 15-centric displays and activities, including designing, building, and launching their own space shuttle. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Seven More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • Sunday is the final day of Midsummer Scream at the Long Beach Convention Center
  • The Levitt Pavilion concert series hosts Wonder-Full In The Park: A Tribute To The Music Of Stevie Wonder today at 4 p.m. Free to attend.
  • The Getty 25 community festival series comes to Banning Park in Wilmington on Saturday and Sunday. Free to attend.
  • Pirate Invasion returns to Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday for two days of swashbuckling fun at Harry Bridges Memorial Park.
  • Valley Cultural Foundation’s Summer Concerts series continues on Sunday at Warner Park with a performance by 24K Magic – A Tribute to Bruno Mars.
  • The South Coast Botanic Garden hosts special dog-walking hours today, allowing you to stroll your pooch over 87 gorgeous acres. Included with general admission.
  • Petersen Automotive Museum has a new exhibition this featuring works from Andy Warhol’s uncompleted 1986/87 Cars series.

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10 Things To Do For This Saturday in L.A. [7-30-2022]

July 30, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Los Angeles State Historic Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

Alright, you ready for your Saturday?

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (July 30) in Los Angeles, followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Hope you make it a good one.

Things To Do For Saturday

LITLIT in the Arts District -> LITLIT, the Little Literary Fair comes to Hauser & Wirth this Saturday and Sunday for the second annual celebration of independent publishing through a series of panels, workshops and special activities. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Midsummer Scream  -> If you can’t wait until October for a Halloween fix, this three-day convention puts SoCal’s haunt and horror community in focus with over 350 exhibitors, a dozen mini-haunts and attractions, panels, presentations, live performances, and more, all at the Long Beach Convention Center. Runs this Friday to Sunday. Tickets start as low as $32 for a one-day pass. Get more info here.

Night Sky Festival -> The Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service hosts the Park After Dark: Night Sky Festival this Saturday at Paramount Ranch. The event includes telescopic viewing of the stars and kid-friendly activities. Runs from 7 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Seven More Things To Do in L.A. Today

  • The Levitt Pavilion concert series hosts the Red Bull Batalla’s freestyle rap competition tonight at 6 p.m. Free to attend.
  • This Saturday’s edition of Grand Performances is a team-up with KCRW featuring the Grammy-award winning Sly5thAve. Free to attend.
  • The Getty 25 community festival series comes to Banning Park in Wilmington. Free to attend.
  • Creative Communal Market comes to ROW DTLA. Free to attend.
  • Pirate Invasion returns to Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday for two days of swashbuckling fun at Harry Bridges Memorial Park.
  • Gallery Association Los Angeles presents the 2nd annual Gallery Weekend Los Angeles,
  • Eat See Hear brings a screening of The Goonies to L.A. State Historic Park.

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A Big List of Things to Do in L.A. This August [2022]

July 29, 2022 by Brian Champlin
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KCRW Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Need an August guide to Los Angeles? We’ve got it covered.

Peep our rundown below to browse a cornucopia of options, from the ongoing free movie and concert series to festivals, art nights, salsa dancing, art exhibitions and more. Definitely something for everyone. Have a look!

Things To Do This August

City of San Gabriel 28th annual National Night Out (August 2) -> The 28th annual National Night Out turns the historic Mission District into a block party with live music, food and games all in an effort to promote public safety. More info here.

Summer Night Cinema -> Summer Night Cinema at The Hammer has screenings screening in August: On August 2 catch Fanny: The Right to Rock, a 2021 documentary centering on a 60’s era Filipina-American garage band that almost made it big. The series ten continues with the documentary Wattstax on August 9, and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing on August 16. All events feature gallery access, plus drinks and bar bites for purchase. Free to attend. More info here.

First Wednesday Lecture at The AoP (August 3) -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a free evening guest lecture and cocktail reception at the Pacific Visions Theater. For August 3, award-winning marine wildlife photographer Mike Bartick joins to discuss the amazing world of deep sea creatures. Get more info and RSVP here.

Sizzling Summer Nights -> (August 4, 11, 18, 25) Sizzling Nights are back at the Autry starting this August. Expect evenings of salsa dancing along with after-hours gallery access at the The Autry every Thursday night from August 4 to September 1. A limited quantity of $20 tickets will be made available for purchase by non-members in August. More info here.

Sunset Concerts at Skirball (August 4, 11, 18, 25) -> The Skirball Cultural Center’s annual celebration of world music continues in August with four consecutive weeks of free Thursday concerts at the museum. The eclectic lineup of headliners includes Nefesh Mountain, Booker T. Jones, ADG7, and Son Rompe Pera. Complimentary access to the museum’s exhibitions is included with entry. Get more info here.

Marina del Rey Concerts (August 4, 27) -> L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors is hosting a pair of concerts this August at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. First up, the Marina del Rey symphony performs a Night Celebrating Music in Film on August 4. Then, on August 27, catch the gospel stylings of The Blind Boys of Alabama. Both events start at 7 p.m. and are free to attend. Seating is first come, first served. More info here.

House of the Dragon at NHM (August 5) -> We know the Natural History Museum has plenty to offer by way of dinosaurs, how how about dragons? Starting this August, NHM teams up with HBO for a new pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world of the new original series House of the Dragon. Learn about the Targaryen Dynasty and the dragons that ruled beside them while checking out new costumes and props from the series. And yes, there will be a replica Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. Runs from August 5 to September 7. More info here.

Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk (August 5) -> First Fridays pops up along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach with an array of art on display, drink deals, food specials, and and live music. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Dance DTLA (August 5, 12, 19, 26) -> Free Friday dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza next month with four scheduled evenings focused on Voguing, K-pop, Disco, and Bachata. For each event, dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Jerk Fest LA (August 6-7) -> The 6th Annual Roots & Yam Jerk Food Fest arrives for the first weekend of August, bringing two days of Caribbean dance vibes, live music, food and drinks to Exposition Park. Two-day passes run $200, or you get can a single day ticket for the Afro Soca Dancehall Night on Saturday for $150, or a GA ticket to the Reggae Fest on Sunday for $100. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park (Continuing August 6) -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues in August with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays starting August 6. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

Grand Performances (August 6, 13, 20, 27) -> The signature free summer music series at California Plaza continues in July with four Saturday performances, including Melissa Polinar on August 6, Extra Ancestral on August 13, Iranian-born pianist Kamyar on August 20, and a dublab tribute to Alice Coltrane on August 27. Free shows continue on Saturdays through September 25. More info here.

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery (August 6) -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face, entitled Painting Over the Cracks opens on Saturday, August 6 at Corey Helford Gallery. On view through September 10, the show will feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery.

West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival (August 6-7) -> The inaugural West LA Outdoor Sculpture Summer Festival features two days of art walks, art tours, and free activities held at two at separate garden venues: Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA on August 6, and Beverly Gardens Park on August 7. Both events are free to register for. Get more info here.

Angel City Brewery Avocado Fest (August 6) -> Angel City Brewery is celebrating the release of two crowd-favorite seasonal brews – Avocado Ale and Guavocado Ale with a party featuring a DJ, Aerialist, food, and avocado themed games such as avocado juggling and an avocado eating contest. More info here.

Steep Summer Market (August 6) -> Eat, drink and shop small local businesses during Steep’s bi-annual Summer Market. Taking place from 5 to 9 p.m. in Chinatown, the outdoor event will have over 20 local food vendors, local makers, and independent businesses.

Uncorked LA (August 6) -> Uncorked: LA comes to the California Science Center featuring a curated selection of over 100 wines plus local food trucks, live music, after-hours access to the museum and more. GA tickets start at $65. More info here.

Summer Strolls at The Huntington (August 6, 14, 21) -> Enjoy the gardens during twilight hours on select evenings at The Huntington from June through September. Advance tickets ($20 per adult) are required.

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome (August 7) -> Mount Wilson Observatory continues its 2022 season of classical concerts hosted inside the historic 100-inch telescope dome, where the acoustics are said to be some of the finest in the world. This month the program features the LA Chamber Brass Quintet playing Bach, Ewazen, Kamen, Barber, Arnold, Ewald, and more. There will be two musical performances, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Get more info here.

Aqualillies Summer Watershow (August 8) -> After a pandemic hiatus, the Aqualillies Summer Watershow at the Hotel Figueroa returns for an evening of live performances, cocktails, music, and mermaids, all in tribute to late actress Esther Williams and her popularization of the art of synchronized swimming. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Girlpool at Amoeba (August 10) -> Girlpool at Amoeba -> Catch a free performance by Girlpool at Amoeba Music on August 10. Show is all-ages starts at 5 p.m. More info here.

Art & Beer Night LA (August 11) -> Art & Beer Night LA comes to Flying Embers Tap Room on August 11 with 25 local artists, plus food trucks, beer, and hard kombucha on offer. $5 (pre-sale price) gets you in. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Brew at the Zoo (August 12) -> Evening programming is back at the L.A. Zoo on August 12 with Brew at the Zoo. Expect 40+ breweries plus animal keeper talks, live music, and bites for purchase. Standard admission starts at $70. More info here.

Levitt Pavilion Concerts (August 12-14, 19-21, 26-28) -> The Levitt Pavilion concert series takes a hiatus to start the month, then free events pick back up again starting August 12, running Fridays to Sundays through September 4. No reservations required. Get more info the lineups here.

KCRW Summer Nights (August 13, 20, 28) KCRW’s signature summer concert series continues next month with a visit to Descanso Gardens (August 13) featuring sets by KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole. Things keep going with a Chinatown Summer Nights edition on August 20, an event at the Bowers Museum on August 28. See the full schedule and get more info here.

Getty 25 (August 13-14, 27-28) -> This summer, The Getty celebrates its 25th anniversary via a series of free pop-up community festivals held throughout Los Angeles County. Each event highlights curated experiences reflective of the host community, including interactive workshops, live music and performances, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, giveaways, photo booths, and more. The series concludes this August with events in Crenshaw (August 13-14) and Watts (August 27-28). More info here.

Pickwick Vintage Show (August 13) -> Pickwick is back at ROW DTLA on August 13 for a one-day event featuring 70+ exhibitors from across California offering fine vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, textiles, and more. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on time of entry. Get more info here.

Picture This! (August 13) -> L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back in Los Angeles with a show on Saturday at Permanent Records Roadhouse. The line-up includes well known comedians and animators, cartoonists, and other artists working together to produce a hilarious show. Get $10 pre-sale tickets here.

Family Fun Festival (August 14) -> Creative Communal brings their Family Festival to 2nd & PCH in Long Beach for an afternoon affair featuring 35+ local makers, face painting for kids, and family friendly performances. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Silents Under The Stars ( August 14) -> Santa Monica Mountains Fund’s Silents Under The Stars series screens Beverly of Graustark (1926) at Paramount Ranch, with musical accompaniment provided by Michael Mortilla. Walking tours of the ranch start at 6:30 p.m., film screens at 8 p.m. Free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

Old Pasadena Summer Night Rides (August 20) -> The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition invite the public for a night ride around Pasadena. The ride will begin at Central Park at 6:30 p.m. and end at a local food establishment at 9 p.m. Kids are welcome.

Head in the Clouds Festival (August 20-21) -> 88rising’s annual two-day festival comes to Brookside Park in Pasadena with a massive lineup of artists across the Asian diaspora. Two-day GA tix are going for $275 per person and does not include parking. Get more info here.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival (August 13-21) -> This August, Little Tokyo hosts a week-long celebration of Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions through a series of cultural exhibits and performances, bookended by a grand parade on August 14 and a two-festival at the JACCC on August 20-21. More info here.

LA Tech Week (August 15-21) -> Venture Capitalists, tech startups and entrepreneurs gather in Los Angeles this August for L.A. Tech Week, a seven day event featuring panels, mixers, meetups, hikes, talks, parties, and more, Most events taking place near and around Santa Monica and Venice Beach. Check the full schedule of what’s happening here.

KCON (August 19-21) -> The traveling celebration of Korean music and culture comes to Crypto.com Arena and the L.A. Convention Center this August for a three-day weekend chock full of live performances, beauty brands, product demos, panels, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more. Single day tickets start at $45 per person. Get more info here.

Summer Saturdays at Hauser & Wirth’s Garden (August 20) -> Spend an afternoon enjoying music and cocktails in a garden and art setting during Summer Saturdays at Hauser & Wirth. Located in the Arts District no tickets are required to hang out in the garden where Manuela will be serving specialty cocktails featuring items from the garden. Hauser & Wirth galleries will also be open that day for the public to explore. More info here.

CicLAvia: Meets the Hollywoods (August 21) L.A.’s signature open streets event returns on August 21 with a 6.6 mile, car-free course spanning Hollywood Blvd, Highland Ave, and Santa Monica Blvd, stretching from the city limits of West Hollywood to an East Hollywood hub at the Vermont/Sunset Metro station. More info here.

Collect-A-Con (August 20-21) -> The nation’s largest trading card show hits the Long Beach Convention Center over the weekend of August 20-21. Expect 500+ vendors and exhibitors along with a slew of celebrity guests and special panels filling out the two-day schedule. Single day tickets for Sunday start at $25, or $30 for Saturday. Children 7 and under get free admission. More info here.

El Segundo Art Walk (August 27) -> The El Segundo Art Walk is a self-guided art tour featuring over 50 business and works from 60 individual artists. Expect live music, art installations, a beer garden, and more. Runs 3 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. This More info here.

Hungry Neko (August 27) -> The Hungry Neko Food Festival highlights nine local establishments and their unique food and drink items. Taking place at the Venice Japanese Community Center, the lineup includes Sonoko Sakai, Kogi BBQ, Buttery Popcorn Co, 8E8 Thai Street Food,  Kai Kai Dumplings, Fuyuko’s Kitchen, Kuramoto Ice, The Plant Lab, and Sunny Blue. Free to attend.

Off the 405 at The Getty (August 27) -> The final event in the Getty’s live music series comes on August 27 with a performance by Standing on the Corner. Free tickets will be released starting on August 13. Event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Parking is extra. More info here.

End of Summer Bash (August 27) -> On the last Saturday of August, One Colorado in Old Pasadena marks the end of summer with a special afternoon event featuring carnival games, a photo booth, live music, and a beer garden. More info here.

The Broad: Now We’re Here -> The Broad’s summer music series, Now We’re Here, continues on August 27 with a headline performance Grammy-winning artist Fantastic Negrito, plus spoken word from Kelly Cabellero of the Tongva Nation, and rap and hip hop from Jessa Calderon of the Chumash and Tongva Nation. Tickets are $25 per person. More info here.

Leimert Park Jazz Festival (August 27) -> Catch over 8 hours of Jazz sets plus an arts pavilion, kids zone, wine lounge, and food trucks on August 27 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. Admission is free, but VIP packages are available including shaded seating, drink tickets, and a meal. More info here.


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Things to Do This Weekend in L.A. [7-29-2022 to 7-31-2022]

July 28, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Paramount Ranch at night. Photo via Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area / Public Domain

Art, astronomy, dance, music, theater and… pirates? It’s all on the table this weekend in Los Angeles.

From July 29-31, check out a new exhibition at Japan House LA, Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, the Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch, the Pirate Invasion in Long Beach, Little Literary Fair at Hauser & Wirth, Family Day at Wende Museum, the Midsummer Scream convention, the Century City Art Walk, Grand Performances, and more. Hope you have a great end to your month!

Things To Do

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA -> Starting July 28, you can visit Japan House LA to see Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibition, which includes a large-scale installation built from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together by tension. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2023. Japan House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series continues with a night of Argentine Tango hosted by Instructor Ilona Glinarsky with music by El Pibe Rodolfini. Starts at 7 p.m. No reservation required. More info here.

Gallery Weekend Los Angeles -> Gallery Association Los Angeles presents the 2nd annual Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, running from from Wednesday to Saturday. Nearly 100 galleries and museums are participating this year with special events planned at Jeffrey Deitch, Armory Center for the Arts, Regen Project, Getty Center and the Fowler Museum.

Kalli Arte: Sueños Real -> Kalli Arte, an arts collective formed by Boyle Heights-born duo Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves, has a new residency exhibition at Self-Help Graphics & Art on display now through September 23. Sueños Real is rooted in the ecosystem of Boyle Heights, symbolically represented here by a central large-scale sculpture that branches out to aspects of the artists’ community, while also connecting to ancestral traditions. Visitors can RSVP to visit the exhibition on Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts nine-piece jazz-pop band Bruns & Baché at the Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday evenings through November. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

The LA 6 and the Underground -> The Torrance Art Museum’s latest main gallery resident is a new photography exhibition called The LA 6 and the Underground, which focuses its lens the inner city areas of Los Angeles, including Boyle Heights, Compton and DTLA. TAM is always free to visit. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

California Market Center Sample Sale -> On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles -> This weekend, the Levitt Pavilion summer concert series continues with Dante Elephante, Yungatita, and Byron Gonzalez on Friday, Red Bull Batalla’s freestyle rap competition on Saturday, and Wonder-Full In The Park: A Tribute To The Music Of Stevie Wonder on Sunday. Free to attend, no reservation necessary. Check the complete lineup here.

Bastard Jazz -> Primus founder and bassist virtuoso Les Claypool brings his Bastard Jazz project to The Ford this Friday for a highly anticipated evening of funk and fusion. Tickets are available for as low as $42. Get more info here.

Movies on The Roof -> My Valley Pass’s Movies on the Roof series continues this Friday and Saturday Westfield Fashion Square with screenings of Space Balls and Guardians of The Galaxy. Tickets are just $5, and proceeds for the event benefit  Hope Of The Valley rescue mission. More info here.

Eat See Hear -> If want to scale up your outdoor movie experience, Eat See Hear is offering a pair of screenings at LA State Historic Park this weekend, with Jurassic Park on Friday and The Goonies on Saturday. Adult tickets start at $20 per person. Get more info here.

Midsummer Scream  -> If you can’t wait until October for a Halloween fix, this three-day convention puts SoCal’s haunt and horror community in focus with over 350 exhibitors, a dozen mini-haunts and attractions, panels, presentations, live performances, and more, all at the Long Beach Convention Center. Runs this Friday to Sunday. Tickets start as low as $32 for a one-day pass. Get more info here.

Shakespeare in the Park -> This Wednesday to Sunday, ISC’s Shakespeare in the Park continues with performances of Francis Beaumont’s Knight of the Burning Pestle. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Free to attend, but advanced reservations are required. More info here.

Century City Art Walk -> This Saturday the Century City Chamber of Commcer Arts Council in partnership with Art Muse Academy hosts an art walk through Century City that starts with the Westfield Mall and then up Avenue of the Stars. Open to the public. The event runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and registration for the tour can be made here

Grand Performances -> This Saturday’s edition of Grand Performances is a team-up with KCRW featuring the Grammy-award winning Sly5thAve. Event starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. Grand Performances continues weekly on Saturdays through September 24. Get more info here.

Creative Communal -> On Saturday, shop from a curated marketplace when Creative Communal hits ROW DTLA for a fun afternoon event. The open air market will highlight local artisans in a family friendly environment with activities for children to enjoy. Runs noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

Night Sky Festival -> The Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service hosts the Park After Dark: Night Sky Festival this Saturday at Paramount Ranch. The event includes telescopic viewing of the stars and kid-friendly activities. Runs from 7 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Getty 25 -> This summer, The Getty has marked its 25th anniversary via a series of free pop-up community festivals held throughout Los Angeles County. Each event highlights curated experiences reflective of the host community, including interactive workshops, live music and performances, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, giveaways, photo booths, and more. This Saturday and Sunday, the series heads to Banning Park in Wilmington for the latest event. More info here.

Pirate Invasion -> Pirate Invasion returns to Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday for two days of swashbuckling fun at Harry Bridges Memorial Park. Expect plenty of pirate-themed entertainment including sword fights, a fire show, live rock bands, sea shanties, mermaids as well as vendors selling pirate booty from the seven seas. Kid-friendly activities include face painting, inflatables, games, and pirate goodies. Single day passes start at $10 for ages 13+, and $5 for ages 6-12. More info here.

LITLIT in the Arts District -> LITLIT, the Little Literary Fair comes to Hauser & Wirth this Saturday and Sunday for the second annual celebration of independent publishing through a series of panels, workshops and special activities. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Skirball Family Amphitheater Performances -> A new kid-friendly series at Skirball spotlights a dazzling lineup of artists who use music, dance, and storytelling to keep their cultural traditions and family histories alive, encouraging audiences to sing, dance, and interact with performers. Included with general admission tickets. This Sunday’s event is the last in the series and features Dancing Storytellers performing an interactive exploration of Indian mythology. More info here.

Family Day at Wende Museum -> This Sunday’s Family Day at The Wende Museum includes special lunar-themed activities to mark the addition of an Apollo 15 moon rock sample to the museum’s collection. Expect Apollo 15-centric displays and activities, including designing, building, and launching their own space shuttle. Free to attend. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts ->  Valley Cultural Foundation’s Summer Concerts series continues on Sunday at Warner Park with a performance by 24K Magic – A Tribute to Bruno Mars. Starts at 5:30 p.m. More info here.

Concerts in the Park -> This Sunday, the Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park series continues for with a performance by Dietz Brothers Band. The event starts at 5 p.m. in Polliwog Park, and the series continues every Sunday through Sep. 4. More info here.

Dining

Ramen Nagi. Photo by Jakob Layman.

Ramen Nagi -> This week, Ramen Nagi opened its fourth U.S. location inside the Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia. Founded by Master Ramen Chef Ikuta Satoshi, Ramen Nagi serves new wave style ramen crafted in house with five inventive broths offered and an ever changing  “Limited King” special that pushes the boundaries of ramen. For opening week (July 26-August 2) Ramen Nagi will offer the W-Spicy Miso King as part of its “Limited King.” The limited edition ramen inspired by “doubles” is made with Nagi’s tonkotsu broth infused with rich miso, red pepper as well as Sichuan pepper, a special chashu prepared in two stages and thick noodles coupled with thin wide noodles.

Chunky Paper Saturday Tea Time -> bbycakes Bakeshop is the latest Saturday Tea Time partner at Chunky Paper in Chinatown. The special tea and pastry set serves two people per reservation for $55 and includes a Lemon Miso Poppyseed Cake, Scallion & Garlic Confit Swirl Rolls and an oversized Sesame Strawberry & Basil Galette. Available only for dine-in, guests will choose a tea to pair with their baked goods. Just like the treats, teas are just as creative and include Creamsicle Jasmine Oolong Tea, Strawberry Green Tea, Peach Rooibos and Butter Cookie Black Tea.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel x Soft Spirits -> Los Angeles non-alcoholic spirits, wine and beer shop Soft Spirits sets up a pop-up bar at the Ace Hotel’s Poolside Lounge Upstairs this Saturday, July 30. Soft Spirits will offer specialty cocktails, wine and beers paired with curated bites from Upstairs while guests bask in the sun poolside while listening to DJ’d tunes. Runs from 2 to 7 p.m. More info here


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22 Free Things To Do in L.A. Before Summer is Over

July 27, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Taken at CicLAvia Meet the Hollywoods, 2019. Photo via CicLAvia

Feeling like you didn’t get out enough this summer? Were you a hermit crab secretly longing to be a social butterfly? Don’t fret. Change is possible.

There are still plenty of free things to do in Los Angeles between now and the turn to fall. And if you need to play catch-up, below is the list for you. Hope you find something to spark adventure.

Free Things To Do Until the End of Summer

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA -> Starting July 28, you can visit Japan House LA to see Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibition, which includes a large-scale installation built from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together by tension. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2023. Japan House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Night Sky Festival -> The Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service hosts Park After Dark: Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch on July 30. The event includes telescopic viewing of the stars and kid-friendly activities. Event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s signature summer series continues on Fridays through September 2. Dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and very free. No reservation required. More info here. More info here.

Steep Summer Market -> Eat, drink and shop small local businesses during Steep’s bi-annual Summer Market on August 6. The outdoor event includes over 20 local food vendors, local makers, and independent businesses. Runs 5 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park concludes the summer with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays starting August 6. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

Summer Night Cinema -> On Tuesday, August 2, Summer Night Cinema at The Hammer screens Fanny: The Right to Rock, a 2021 documentary centering on a 60’s era Filipina-American garage band that almost made it big. The series then continues with two more films to wrap up the summer: The documentary Wattstax on August 9, and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing on August 16. All events feature gallery access, plus drinks and bar bites for purchase. More info here.

Angel City Brewery Avocado Fest -> On August 6, Angel City Brewery celebrates the release of two crowd-favorite seasonal brews – Avocado Ale and Guavocado Ale with a party featuring a DJ, Aerialist, food, and avocado themed games such as avocado juggling and an avocado eating contest. More info here.

Girlpool at Amoeba -> Catch a free performance by Girlpool at Amoeba Music on August 10. Show is all-ages starts at 5 p.m. More info here.

Levitt Pavilion Concerts -> The summer-long series of free concerts at McArthur Park goes on hiatus for the first weekend of August before picking back up with Friday-Sunday events every week through September 4. All free to attend. No reservation required. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights -> KCRW’s signature summer concert series continues next month with a visit to Descanso Gardens (August 13) featuring sets by KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez and Jeremy Sole. Things keep going with a Chinatown Summer Nights edition on August 20, an event at the Bowers Museum on August 28, and then a Grand Performances visit on September 3 featuring Allison Russell. The series concludes with events at One Colorado (September 9 & 10) and then MOCA/JANM (September 22 & 29). See the full schedule and get more info here.

The LA 6 and the Underground -> The Torrance Art Museum’s latest main gallery resident is a new photography exhibition called The LA 6 and the Underground, which focuses its lens the inner city areas of Los Angeles, including Boyle Heights, Compton and DTLA. TAM is always free to visit. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach -> Long Beach’s most prolific outdoor movie series has six more dates (Tuesdays or Thursdays) between now and August 18. Films left on the docket include Weird Science, Spiderman: No Way Home, Luca, Star Wars Rogue One, The Princess Bride, and The Wizard of Oz.

Summer of Salsa ->  La Plaza de Cultura y Artes has two nights left in its Summer of Salsa concert schedule: La Obsesión and DJ Jimmy Rumba on August 19 and La Verdad and DJ Robby on September 9. Both events start at 6 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. More info here.

CicLAvia – Meet the Hollywoods -> L.A.’s signature open streets event returns on August 21 with a 6.6 mile, car-free course spanning Hollywood Blvd, Highland Ave, and Santa Monica Blvd, stretching from the city limits of West Hollywood to an East Hollywood hub at the Vermont/Sunset Metro station. More info here.

Skirball Sunset Concerts -> Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concerts continues every Thursday through August 25. The eclectic lineup of headliners for August includes Nefesh Mountain, Booker T. Jones,
ADG7, and Son Rompe Pera. Complimentary access to the museum’s exhibitions is included with entry. Get more info here.

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face, entitled Painting Over the Cracks opens on Saturday, August 6 at Corey Helford Gallery. On view through September 10, the show will feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery.

Off the 405 -> The Getty’s live music series concludes on August 27 with a performance by Standing on the Corner. Free tickets will be released starting on August 13. Event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Parking is extra. More info here.

Leimert Park Jazz Festival -> Catch over 8 hours of Jazz sets plus an arts pavilion, kids zone, wine lounge, and food trucks on August 27 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. Admission is free, but VIP packages are available including shaded seating, drink tickets, and a meal. More info here.

Getty 25 -> This summer, The Getty has marked its 25th anniversary via a series of free pop-up community festivals held throughout Los Angeles County. Each event highlights curated experiences reflective of the host community, including interactive workshops, live music and performances, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, giveaways, photo booths, and more. The series concludes this August with events in Crenshaw (August 13-14) and Watts (August 27-28). More info here.

Summer Saturdays at Hauser & Wirth’s Garden -> Spend an afternoon enjoying music and cocktails in a garden and art setting during Summer Saturdays at Hauser & Wirth. Located in the Arts District no tickets are required to hang out in the garden where Manuela will be serving specialty drinks featuring items from the garden. Hauser & Wirth galleries will also be open that day for the public to explore. Events take place August 20 and September 17. More info here.

End of Summer Bash -> On August 27, One Colorado in Old Pasadena marks the end of summer with a special afternoon event featuring carnival games, a photo booth, live music, and a beer garden. More info here.

El Segundo Art Walk -> The El Segundo Art Walk is a self-guided art tour featuring over 50 business and works from 60 individual artists. Expect live music, art installations, a beer garden, and more. Runs 3 to 9 p.m. on August 27. Free to attend. More info here.


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Here’s a Cheatsheet of Free Museum Days in L.A. For August 2022

July 26, 2022 by Brian Champlin
The Huntington's Chinese Garden
The Huntington’s Chinese Garden. Photo by Christina Champlin.

You may have seen that a few weeks ago we published a handy list of things to do with kids in Los Angeles for the summer. In the course of researching that post, I became ultra familiar with the ticketing policies for kids and toddlers at regional cultural institutions and botanic gardens. Turns out, there are quite a few offering gratis admission for the little ones.

I thought that this monthly cheatsheet series would be a good place to catalogue the research, so to start have a look at this bullet list below:

As I remind you every month, there are at least two dozen museums in and around Los Angeles that offer ongoing free admission for all-ages, all the time (The Getty, The Getty Villa, The Broad, Hammer Museum, etc…). We’ve compiled a list of those here, so be sure to check that out if you need more ideas.

Now, on to our regularly scheduled programming…

Free Museum Days in Los Angeles for August 2022

[AUGUST 4] The Huntington (free every first Thursday. Note that you have to reserve passes for the free day in advance, and it books up fast. Reservations for August 4 Free Day will be available on Thursday, July 28 at 9 a.m.)

[AUGUST 4] Martial Arts Museum (free every first Thursday of the month from 3 to 6 p.m.)

[AUGUST 4] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[AUGUST 4] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 4USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[AUGUST 5] Kidspace Children’s Museum (free from 4 to 7 p.m. every first Friday. Note that this month is SOLD OUT, but if you want to get a jump on September, they’ll be releasing reservation slots two weeks in advance)

[AUGUST 7] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 7] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[AUGUST 9] Los Angeles County Museum of Art (free on the second Tuesday of each month. Also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long)

[AUGUST 9] Autry Museum of the American West (free on the second Tuesday of the month)

[AUGUST 11] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[AUGUST 11] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 11USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[AUGUST 14] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 14] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[AUGUST 14 USC Pacific Asian Museum (free admission every second Sunday)

[AUGUST 16Los Angeles County Arboretum (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[AUGUST 16South Coast Botanic Garden (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[AUGUST 16Descanso Gardens (free on the third Tuesday of each month. Limited reservations available)

[AUGUST 18 Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[AUGUST 18] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 18USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday)

[AUGUST 21] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 21] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[AUGUST 25] Japanese American National Museum (free every Thursday)

[AUGUST 25] Skirball Cultural Center (free on Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 25USC Pacific Asian Museum (pay what you wish every Thursday, open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

[AUGUST 28] Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can every Sunday)

[AUGUST 28] Museum of Latin American Art (free every Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)


As a reminder, it’s ALWAYS good to verify the status of free days before you visit, so be sure to check the official museum websites to verify visiting hours, parking costs, and any other pertinent details. Keep in mind free admission days may not include specially ticketed exhibitions. For any errors, omissions, or corrections, please email us at tips@welikela.com.


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Things to Do in L.A. This Week [7-25-2022 to 7-29-2022]

July 25, 2022 by Brian Champlin
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Street view of Chinatown Central Plaza / Photo by: Christina Champlin

As we enter the last week of July, do you feel like you’ve been making the most of your summer?

This July 25-29 in Los Angeles, check out a Warhol exhibition at Petersen, the MidSummer Scream Festival in Long Beach, Steep After Dark in Chinatown, Sueños Real at Self-Help Graphics, Sunset Concerts at Skirball, Moonlight Movies on the Beach at Granada Beach, Bastard Jazz at The Ford, KCRW Summer Nights at The Hammer, and more. Lots to do. Hope you find something to your liking.

Things To Do

Andy Warhol: Cars – Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection -> Petersen Automotive Museum has opened a new exhibition featuring works from Andy Warhol’s uncompleted 1986/87 Cars series, left unfinished due to the artist’s passing. It marks the first time in over 30 years the exhibition will on display in North America. Included with admission to the museum. GA tickets start at $19 for adults. Petersen is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Kalli Arte: Sueños Real -> Kalli Arte, an arts collective formed by Boyle Heights-born duo Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves, has a new residency exhibition at Self-Help Graphics & Art on display now through September 23. Sueños Real is rooted in the ecosystem of Boyle Heights, symbolically represented here by a central large-scale sculpture that branches out to aspects of the artists’ community, while also connecting to ancestral traditions. Visitors can RSVP to visit the exhibition on Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Moonlight Movies in Long Beach -> Moonlight Movies on the Beach continues this week with a screening of Encanto at Granada Beach on Tuesday. Free to attend. More info here.

Winemaker Wednesdays at The Bowl -> If you’re headed to The Hollywood Bowl this Wednesday to see a Tribute to Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra, then make sure to hop over to Plaza Marketplace at the Box Office Plaza at 6 p.m. for a complimentary wine tasting with wine professional Maeve Decouvelaere of Kermit Lynch Wine Imports as part of the LA Phil’s ongoing Winemaker Wednesdays series.

Free Admission at The Autry -> The Autry in Griffith Park offers free admission to the museum every Tuesday in July. No advanced reservation required. Get more info here.

Shakespeare in the Park -> This Wednesday to Sunday, ISC’s Shakespeare in the Park continues with performances of Francis Beaumont’s Knight of the Burning Pestle. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Free to attend, but advanced reservations are required. More info here.

Shakespeare By The Sea -> Shakespeare By The Sea comes to Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills for a performance of Romeo & Juliet. Get more info here.

Hump Day Cabaret -> Put a little mid-week pep in your step this Wednesday by checking out this new variety show at El Cid featuring stand-up comedy, musical acts and character performances. Tickets are $15. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at the Hammer Museum -> KCRW Summer Nights pop up at The Hammer every Thursday in July. This week, catch performance by pop artist Hana Vu  along with live sets from KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Valida. Get more info and see the full schedule here.

Skirball Sunset Concerts -> Catch at performance by Ghanaian singer-songwriter Rocky Dawuniand a and DJ set by KCRW’s Francesca Harding at this Thursday’s Sunset Concert at Skirball Cultural. The concert is free to attend, but advanced reservations are sold out. However, limited walk-up tickets will be available. More info here.

Summer in San Gabriel -> The City of San Gabriel’s summer programming continues this Thursday with a screening of Jumanji (1995) at Marshall Park, with the film preceded by a family-friendly concert. Music starts at 7 p.m., movie at 8:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here

LIFE CYCLES: A Bamboo Exploration -> Contemporary Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV opens a new exhibition at Japan House LA on Thursday, July 28 called LIFE CYCLES: A Bamboo Exploration. On opening day guests will get the chance to view a massive bamboo installation created from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together with tension. On July 28 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tanabe Chikuunsai IV will be in attendance to give a walk through of his work as well as an artist talk and demonstration. More info here

Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA hosts a night of Argentine Tango with Instructor Ilona Glinarsky. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Midsummer Scream  -> If you can’t wait until October for a Halloween fix, this three-day convention puts SoCal’s haunt and horror community in focus with over 350 exhibitors, a dozen mini-haunts and attractions, panels, presentations, live performances, and more, all at the Long Beach Convention Center. Runs this Friday to Sunday. Tickets start as low as $32 for a one-day pass. Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts nine-piece jazz-pop band Bruns & Baché at the Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday evenings through November. Admission is free, however seating is limited and first come, first served. More info here.

California Market Center Sample Sale -> On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles -> This weekend, the Levitt Pavilion summer concert series continues with Dante Elephante, Yungatita, and Byron Gonzalez on Friday, Red Bull Batalla’s freestyle rap competition on Saturday, and a Wonder-Full In The Park: A Tribute To The Music Of Stevie Wonder on Sunday. Free to attend, no reservation necessary. Check the complete lineup here.

Bastard Jazz -> Primus founder and bassist virtuoso Les Claypool brings his Bastard Jazz project to The Ford this Friday for a highly anticipated evening of funk and fusion. Tickets are available for as low as $42. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

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Truffle Braised Pork Rice at Steep After Dark. Photo by Christina Champlin.

The Return of Steep After Dark  -> Steep, located in the picturesque Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown relaunches their pandemic-born series Steep After Dark (S.A.D.) on Thursday, July 28. Just in time for summer night outings, expect an entirely new tea-based cocktail program co-designed by Huy Pham and a food menu focused on bar bites. S.A.D. began as a popup series in late 2020 with co-founders, Lydia Lin and Samuel Wang wanted to bring people together through the simple joy of food and drink during one of the most isolating and uncertain times in the city. The pop-up received ample acclaim, and the team is now making the series a permanent fixture. Happening every Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m., here you’ll find a tight knit food menu that includes a shareable Umami Snack Platter loaded with Asian snacks like dried squid and crunchy air-dried shiitakes to a Truffle-Braised Pork Rice bowl topped with shaved black truffles that’s so delicious you won’t want to share. The light bites pair well with the cocktails, all of which have fused liquor with tea. Think oolong with rum, jumi with vodka and black tea with whiskey. The menu also offers zero ABV mocktails, sake, artisanal makgeolli, beer, plus options to build your own drink. Highly recommended.

Whiskey Red’s ‘On The Docks’ Pop-Up Bar -> Whiskey Red’s, located in Marina Del Rey’s Fishermen Village, is unveiling a new outdoor pop-up bar On The Docks! this Friday, July 29. With a fantastic waterfront view (the sunsets are amazing here) comes food and cocktail deals that are surprisingly affordable. One the menu are $3 grilled tacos (brisket, pulled pork, shrimp) $2 Chips & Dips and $5 cocktails that include Frosé, Frozen Mojito and tiki drinks. On The Docks! Is open Friday’s from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

James Beard Foundation Taste America -> This Wednesday July 27 the James Beard Foundation®  will host Taste America at NeueHouse Hollywood. Guests will get a chance to enjoy food from LA.s finest including Yangban Society, Ayara Thai, Konbi and Poppy + Rose bites from Cadence (New York) and Tzuco ( Chicago) are also in the mix. The ticketed walk around tasting event cost $175 a person with an option of purchasing a Premier ticket with early access and exclusive tastings for $225.

Recovery Bar at Fia Steak -> Fia Steak in Santa Monica has launched a Recovery Bar menu of items under $30. Available at the bar and patio space Tuesday through Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m., the special menu includes $15 drink specials and dishes such as Steak Frites, Caviar Bumps, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, steak frites, and more.


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10 Things To Do For This Sunday in L.A. [7-24-2022]

July 24, 2022 by Brian Champlin
Photo via Smorgasburg

How’s the Sunday looking? Need a few good ideas to jumpstart your day? Start here.

Below you’ll find our top three picks for today (July 24) in Los Angeles, followed by a bullet list of seven other quick ideas to consider. Enjoy!

Things To Do For Sunday

Montrose Craft Beer Fest -> On Sunday, Celebrate craft beer from local breweries on a one-block stretch of Montrose. Participants include Common Space, El Segundo Brewing Company, Beachwood Brewing, Modern Times, Lawless, Brewyard Beer Company, and more. Some ticket levels also include bites from local restaurants. Tickets range from $25 to $65. Runs noon to 4 p.m. More info here.

626 Night Market Mini -> The snack sized version of the 626 Night Market comes to Downtown Santa Monica this weekend with 30+ merch and food vendors. The event runs from 1 to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Get more info here.

Topanga Vintage Market -> This monthly flea market pops up at Pierce College every fourth Sunday of the month with over 200 sellers, including local artisans, unique makers, antiques dealers, and vintage collectors. $5 gets you in. Runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info here.

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