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27 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [9-20-2021 to 9-24-2021]

September 20, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Image via The Other Art Fair

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from Sep. 20-24, features a Burt Reynolds doc at Hollywood Forever, free days at botanical gardens, the Other Art Fair, a Kathak dance celebration, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, KCRW Summer Nights with Madame Gandhi, and more!

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Monday / Throughout the Week

1. I Am Burt Reynolds -> I Am Burt Reynolds is a 2020 documentary that chronicles the life and career of the late actor. On Monday, The Hollywood Forever Cemetery will be hosting a free screening of the film, accompanied by the unveiling of new Burt Reynolds monument on the cemetery grounds. Though the screening is free, keep in mind onsite parking is $20. More info here.

2. Hola México Film Festival -> The 2021 Hola México festival continues this week with screenings at REGAL DTLA through Sep 24., then caps off with a final screening and party at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on Sep. 25. Catch the full lineup of films to screen here.

3. A Taste of New Orleans -> On Monday night, Broken Shaker Los Angeles is teaming up with Perrier to host hosting a benefit fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Ida. Proceeds from the ticketed event will benefit Turning Tables and Another Round Another Rally. $20 gets you in the door, and entry includes complimentary beverages and small bites along with New Orleans-style entertainment. Proof of vax required. More info here.

Tuesday

4. Are You Still Listening? -> Are You Still Listening is a free monthly comedy show presented by Netflix is a Joke Radio. The series returns this Tuesday to Dynasty Typewriter with a lineup featuring Greta Titelman, Derek Gaines, Robin Tran, Shane Torres, Tacarra Williams, and Will Foskey. The show starts at 8 p.m. RSVP does not necessarily guarantee entry, and admission will be based on first come, first served. More info here.

5. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. This week’s lineup includes The Lady Vanishes and The Darjeeling Limited at Los Feliz on Tuesday, and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) at Los Feliz on Thursday. Tickets are $13 for general admission. More info here.

6. Free Botanical Gardens -> Every third Tuesday of each month, Descano Gardens, the L.A. Arboretum, and South Coast Botanic Garden offer free admission days. Advanced reservations are required, and based on availability.

Wednesday

7. ReSound -> Leela Dance Collective’s ReSound is a 5-day celebration of Kathak dance highlighted by educational workshops and free street performances at locations throughout Los Angeles County. Workshops are only $10 to attend, and the first public performance takes place at Grand Park on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Performances continue over the weekend at venues in Woodland Hills, Santa Monica and Pasadena. Check the full schedule of events here.

8. The Comedy Roof -> A weekly comedy showcase on the rooftop of Grand Central Market. This week’s lineup features Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America, Comedy Central, HBO), Jeff Horste(Comedy Central, Hart Of The City), Meghana Indurti (Reductress, The Onion, The New Yorker), Logan Guntzelman (Comedy Central). Tickets run $20. More info here.

9. A Conversation with Migos -> Hip hop trio Migos (Quavo, Offset, Takeoff) will be at the GRAMMY Museum on Wednesday for a special conversation discussing their artistic rise and legacy. Tickets are $25. More info here.

10. Fall Plant Sale at The Huntington -> Every Wednesday during the fall The Huntington hosts a plant sale event featuring plants propagated from the historic gardens, including cacti, succulents, roses, trees, shrubs, perennials and more. More info on reserving tickets to plant sale events here.

11. Wisdome LA -> Wisdome LA’s immersive art park in the Arts District has reopened with a new artistic experience called Mystic Universe. Single tickets are $50, couples are $85. Open for reservations Wednesday through Sunday. More info here.

12. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. 30 at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

Thursday

13. The Other Art Fair -> The Other Art Fair Los Angeles returns to the Santa Monica Barker Hangar from Sep 23-26 with a showcase of 140 independent artists. Tickets for Thursday’s opening night party are $45, and it’ll cost you $15 per ticket for Friday through Sunday. More info here.

14. Pay-What-You-Will at USC PAM -> Tickets the to USC Pacific Asia Museum are only $10, but if that’s still too much keep in mind that every Thursday is a pay-what-you-will day. Now through Oct. 3, visitors still chance to check out Nick Dong’s Divine Immersion exhibition. Advanced reservations required. Get more info on planning a visit here.

15. Fall Shop & Sip Pop-Up Night Market -> On Thursday, Sofitel Los Angeles Beverly Hills is hosting a pop-up marketplace on their outdoor patio featuring local fashion and jewelry vendors, with additional entertainment including an Astrological Gem Reading booth and a Room Service Drag Show on the stage of our bar Riviera 31 following the shopping event. Free to attend. More info here.

16. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

Friday

17. Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> After adapting to a drive-thru version last year, the Haunted Hayride is back in Griffith Park for 2021 with in-person activities based around a fictional town named Midnight Falls, circa 1985. In addition to the signature hayride, highlights for this year’s event include a Trick or Treat Maze, the Midnight Mortuary Tour, and the Dead End Diner. Kicks off this Friday, Sep. 24 and runs on select nights through Oct. 31. General Admission tickets are $39.99 (access to all attractions) and if you want to do the hayride only it’ll run you $29.99. Get more info here.

18. Grand Performances -> This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances doubles as a KCRW Summer Nights event. The evening kicks off with DJ sets by Anne Litt and Valida, followed by a performance from electronic music artist Madame Gandhi. Free. Outdoors. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

19. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with a screening Yesterday. Show begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

20. Dine Alhambra -> Dine Alhambra Restaurant Week returns starting this Friday with special deals at 15 select restaurants in Downtown Alhambra. Prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus range from $15 to $50. Runs from Sep. 24 toOct 1. More info here.

Dining

21. TATEL -> Spain’s TATEL officially opens for lunch and dinner service in Beverly Hills this Tuesday. The Michelin Star Chef Luigi Fineo helms the U.S. extension of TATEL, with a menu focused on Mediterranean and Spanish seafood recipes. Guests will be treated to items like arroz carabinero, atún fino and tortilla trufada to name a few. Expect hundreds of wine and spirits on the drink list, some of which are extremely rare. TATEL is taking reservations now through OpenTable.

22. A Study of Fire at Terra -> On Sep. 22 Kevin Bludso (Bludso’s BBQ) helps kick off “A Study of Fire,” a monthly guest chef pop-up dinner series at Eataly’s rooftop restaurant Terra. Bludso’s secret family recipes will be on full display for the evening with guest being treated to smoked meats crusted with char and grilled seafood alongside vibrant cocktails, and side dishes. Tickets cost $90 per person and can be made on OpenTable under the “Experiences” tab. A portion of the proceeds of the exclusive one-night-only tasting will help raise money for Restaurants Care, an emergency assistance fund serving California restaurant workers year-round.

23. Ghisallo -> The owners of The Tasting Kitchen in Venice Beach will open Ghisallo, a causal pizza kitchen on Sep. 23 in Santa Monica. Wood fired pizzas prepared by Chef David Rodriguez will made with seasonal ingredients and offered as a pie or by the slice. Freshly made pastas, starters, salads, desserts and a selection of wine and microbrews on tap will also be part of the menu.

24. Shappy Pretzel Co. x HFC -> In honor of World Alzheimer’s Month, Seth Rogan and Lauren Miller Rogan’s Alzheimer assistance non profit HFC will collaborate with Adam Shapiro’s Shappy Pretzel Co. for a pop-up series at The Grove and Americana on Friday, September 24. The Rogan’s and Shappy have created a special “Cumin Get It” flavor which is available in a pack of three for $10. Additionally the public can grab three original pretzels for $10, little bites for $6 and Oreo filled pretzels for $12. All proceeds from that day will go directly to HFC. Seth Rogen, Lauren Miller Rogen, Adam Shapiro, and Katie Lowes will also make special appearances on-site at 11 a.m. Pre-orders are now available, day of walk up ordering will also be available.

25. Lock & Key’s New Food Menu -> The Koreatown bar has updated their cocktail list and reworked their food menu to include deep-dish pizzas, lollipop chicken wings and a decadent deep fried PB&J. Additionall, Lock & Key’s famous walk-up window that use to serve Ramen Burgers is now a pizza window that also offers the full food menu and select cocktails to-go every Thursday through Sunday 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

26. Father’s Office DTLA -> After a long pandemic hiatus Sang Yoon’s gastropub Father’s Office has reopened its Downtown LA’s Arts District location. Recognized for their famous Office Burger and over 50 craft beer selections, Father’s Office was awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin Guide in 2019. 

27. Que Padre Raises Funds for LAFD -> In observance of Fire Preparedness Month, Que Padre at Palisades Village is offering a month long ‘sizzling’ menu that includes a Firefighter “L.A. Street Taco” menu, an extra spicy margarita, flaming hot street corn and more. All proceeds from items purchased on the special menu will benefit Station 69 in Pacific Palisades. Guests can also donate directly to the LAFD via counter cards, or purchase LAFD merchandise at concierge of Palisades Village. 


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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Free Museums

A Big List of L.A.’s Free Museums and Free Museum Days

September 17, 2021 by Brian Champlin
The Getty Center Courtyard
The Getty Center Courtyard / Photo by: Christina Champlin

Call me a cheapskate, or a culture vulture, or if you want to be more generous, a “budget conscious Angeleno,” but there is just something magical about the word free. Specifically, the free museum. In Los Angeles (by my most recent count) there are over thirty museums and cultural institutions that offer either a) free admission all the time, or b) special free days/times for visitors to take advantage of. I’m all about it.

Since the pandemic struck, L.A.’s free museum deck has gotten reshuffled. Some institutions, like the Annenberg Space for Photograhpy, have closed. Others, like Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum or the Kidspace Museum, have temporarily nixed their free days. Things have changed, and now seems like a good time for a free museum update. Hence, this post.

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In the first section below, I’ll list out all of the Los Angeles County museums and cultural spaces (that I’m aware of) offering free admission, year-round. Next, I’ve catalogued all the museums and botanical gardens I could find that offer free admission at least once a month and, in some cases, more frequently. Lastly, the final bit is a simple bullet list showing which sometimes-free museums are open depending on which week of the month it is. Want to know which museums offer a free day on the second Tuesday of each month? Or the third Thursday? This will help.

Reminder: “free admission” is a term I used advisedly, since there are sometimes costs associated with a visit that fall outside the ticketed entry category. Specifically, I’m talking about parking, which as in the case of both Getty museums is more than nominal ($20 per vehicle to be exact). There is also the issue of travel time, which depending on your location and the time of day, can be a hefty cost unto itself. Finally, don’t blame me if your Bumble date goes sour after you mutually agree to a museum freebie based on this list. I don’t control the company you keep, which is sometimes the biggest cost of all. But about the admission price, sure, I’m here for you.

L.A. Museums with Free Admission

The Broad
The Broad. Photo by Christina Champlin.

In this section I’ll list out L.A.’s museums offering free admission, year-round. Due to the pandemic, many of those listed now require advanced entry reservations, and many require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test for entry. Be sure to check their respective websites before visiting. It seems like stupid obvious advice, but you’d be shocked at the number of emails I’ve gotten over the years from angry readers who were upset that a museum had updated their ticketing policy, or changed their hours. Sufficed to say, you’ve been warned.

Additionally: Just because the museums listed offer free admission doesn’t mean they can’t use your support. I always encourage a donation or a membership if you have the means. A contribution is always good for a little karma, plus it keeps the lights on at all these wonderful centers of culture. But on the other hand, if you’re truly strapped for funds, there’s no shame in taking advantage of the free culture offered by our city. Either way, enjoy!


The Broad | Stunning contemporary art museum with a one-of-a-kind exterior, located on Grand Ave. The Broad offers rotating temporary exhibitions, and houses over 2,000 pieces in its permanent collection, including works by Jean‐Michel Basquiat, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, and Robert Rauschenberg, to name a few. Free admission is based on timed entry and must be booked in advance. Note that some exhibitions and events carry a separate charge. Open Wednesday to Sunday. -> Visitor Information

California African American Museum | CAAM’s 44,000 square-foot facility houses some 4,000 objects that weave together the story of the African American experience in the American West, and the museum offers rotating exhibitions that often put a particular emphasis on social change and critique. Located at Exposition Park, and just a stone’s throw from the Natural History Museum and the California Science Center. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. -> Visitor Information

California Science Center | Massive, kid-friendly science center and museum featuring permanent exhibits on ecology, aerospace, and biology, plus special (ticketed) exhibitions and discovery rooms for younger children. Although admission is free, CSC is currently (as of August 2021) charging a $3 service fee to book tickets in advance, online. If you book in person the fee is waived, but timed slots are not guaranteed to be available. Note also that tickets to the IMAX shows and special exhibitions are ticketed and not included in free general admission. -> Visitor Information

Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum -> A nearly 200-year-old abode structure located within 17-acre garden and housing a museum that looks back at the Rancho-era of California history. Admission and public tours are free, but must be booked at least three days in advance. -> Visitor Information

El Segundo Museum of Art | Small museum, art lab, and education center whose self-described mission is to “spread the spark of creativity” through artistic experiences. ESMoA routinely hosts a handful of international artists-in-residence each year, in addition to displaying works from local artists. The museum is located about a mile south of LAX. Currently open Thursday to Saturday (hours vary). Free admission year-round. -> Visitor Information

FIDM Museum & Galleries | Gallery at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, which exhibits works from its collection of 15,000 fashion objects and 200,000 Special Collections artifacts. Free admission, no tickets or reservations required. -> Visitor Information

Forest Lawn Museum | Glendale-based location of cemetery/memorial park chain, which features an on-site museum with rotating exhibitions. The grounds also display numerous replicas and re-creations, including a stained glass re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and replica of Michalengo’s David, which was recently replaced after it toppled over in 2020. -> Visitor Information

Fowler Museum at UCLA | Located on the campus of UCLA, the Fowler’s collection includes hundreds of thousands of artifacts and objects from the ancient cultures of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Indigenous Americas. Currently open Thursday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is always free. -> Visitor Information

Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art | Gallery on the campus of Pepperdine featuring the work of historical and contemporary artists, with a focus on California. Free admission year round. -> Visitor Information

The Getty | One of the crown jewel’s of L.A.’s cultural scene. The sprawling 24-acre campus includes multiple galleries housing world class art works, plus a 134,000-square-foot Central Garden, on-site restaurant, garden cafe, and panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin. Admission is free, but advanced reservations are temporarily required due to COVID-19. Parking is $20. -> Visitor Information

Getty Villa | This Roman-style villa located above the Pacific Coast Highway was first opened in 1974 as a museum to house works owned by J. Paul Getty. Comparatively smaller than its sister campus, the Villa is nonetheless a stunner, and features a world class collection of ancient antiquities, plus an outdoor outdoor amphitheater, iconic reflecting pool and gardens. Admission is free, but advanced reservations are required. Parking is $20 -> Visitor Information

Griffith Observatory | Iconic landmark, science museum, and learning center situated atop a hill in Griffith Park. The observatory features public telescopes, a planetarium, exhibits on the cosmos, and epic views of Los Angeles skyline and the Hollywood Sign. As of September, 2021, the building is open Friday to Sunday only, with daily hours varying. Parking is paid hourly in the Observatory lot and for street spots on West Observatory Road, through there are several options to park and ride or park and walk if you’re up for it. -> Visitor Information

Hammer Museum | Opened in 1990, The Hammer resides less than a mile from the campus of UCLA and holds more than 45,000 works on paper dating back to the Renaissance, plus a collection of paintings from European and American masters from the 16th to 20th centuries, along with a growing contemporary collection. Admission is free, and no reservations are necessary. Onsite parking is available for $7 with museum validation. The museum, unless closed for installation, is normally open on Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. -> Visitor Information

Hollywood Bowl Museum [TEMPORARILY CLOSED] | Small museum that details the planning, construction, and history of the Hollywood Bowl. Free admission during park hours. Currently closed to COVID-19. -> Visitor Information

Holocaust Museum LA | Located adjacent to Pan Pacific Park, this museum houses a collection of educational exhibits and World War II artifacts designed to commemorate and teach about the events of the Holocaust. Admission is free year-round to students and California residents. Advanced reservations required. Open Thursday to Monday, but daily hours vary. -> Visitor Information

Institute for Contemporary Art Los Angeles | Formerly known as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, the museum rebranded to ICALA after moving to a 12,700 square-foot space in Downtown Los Angeles in 2017. The galleries hold space for multiple rotating exhibitions and periodic public programming. Admission is free year-round. Currently open noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Sunday. -> Visitor Information

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes | Art center and exhibition space dedicated to Mexican-American culture and artists that have shaped Southern California, located adjacent to Olvera Street and across from the monument which commemorates El Pueblo de Los Angeles, historical birthplace of the city. Open Wednesday to Monday. -> Visitor Information

MOCA Grand | The Museum of Contemporary Art’s Grand Ave location offers rotating exhibitions of contemporary works, along with selections from a permanent collection of more than 7,000 objects. General admission is always free, while special exhibitions regularly cost $18. Timed tickets must be reserved in advance for free admission, and the museum is currently open Thursday to Sunday. -> Visitor Information

Nethercutt Museum | A multi-storied private car collection and museum located in Sylmar, Los Angeles, California founded by J.B. Nethercutt in 1971. Open for self-guided tours Thursday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. -> Visitor Information

Travel Town Museum | Museum at the north edge of Griffith Park highlighting railroad history in the southwestern United States, and Los Angeles specifically. No admission fee. Open six days a week (closed Wednesdays). -> Visitor Information

Torrance Art Museum | Showcases modern and contemporary exhibitions in two gallery spaces. Free admission and free parking. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.-> Visitor Information

USC Fisher Museum of Art | Art museum and exhibition space on the campus of USC, a stone’s throw from Exposition Park. The permanent collection includes over 1,800 objects, primarily European and American paintings dating back to the 16th century. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Free admission year-round. -> Visitor Information

Vincent Price Art Museum [TEMPORARILY CLOSED] | Two-story art museum on the campus of East Los Angeles College featuring seven art galleries housing temporary, rotating exhibitions, student shows, permanent collection exhibits, as well as artist and community projects. VPAM was originally founded through a personal donation by the actor Vincent Price in 1957, and in the more than half century since its permanent collection has grown to over 9,000 objects. -> Visitor Information

The Wende Museum | Part art museum, part historical archive, The Wende Museum in Culver City focuses on documenting the Cold War through its collections of artifacts, artworks, films, and personal histories. Admission is free with timed reservation on Friday through Sunday. Parking is also free. -> Visitor Information

Museums and Botanical Gardens with Special Free Admission Times / Days

Japanese Garden at The Huntington
Japanese Garden at The Huntington. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Ditto what I said in the previous section about donating if you can, even if the museum has a “pay what you will policy.” Also, take note that some free day reservations are in exceptionally high demand. Once tickets are released for free days they will often get fully booked in only minutes or hours. Last time I booked a free day at The Huntington, for example, there were also a thousand other free-day-seekers logged on at the same time, and the freebie reservations were sold out in short order. Plan in advance!


The Autry | Griffith Park-based museum founded focused on the art, history and culture of the American West. The Autry boasts a world class collection of Native American art and cultural artifacts, and has among its exhibits a detailed look at the history Griffith Park itself. Adult admission is normally $14, but the museum offers free entrance on the second Tuesday of each month, with no advance reservation necessary. -> Visitor Information

Descanso Gardens | 150-acre botanical garden located in La Cañada Flintridge featuring rose gardens, a Japanese garden, oak forest, and a garden of California natives. Adult admission is regularly $15. Free admission is available on the third Tuesday of every month, tickets for which must be reserved online in advance, starting on the first each month. -> Visitor Information

The Huntington | The sprawling space sits on 207-acres of the former ranch home of railroad magnate Henry Huntington, it opened as a museum and public research library in 1928. The stunning compound include some 130 acres of botanical gardens, in addition to a world class collection of books and rare art. Free admission is offered on the first Thursday of every month, but advanced online reservation is required, and tickets are limited. Check the official website to find out the ticketing drop date for the next free admission day. -> Visitor Information

Japanese American National Museum | Located in the heart of Little Tokyo, the JANM campus features an ongoing exhibition called ‘Common Ground,’ which chronicles Japanese American history through a vast collection of objects, documents, and photographs. The museum also displays rotating exhibitions that highlight stories, histories, and issues concerning the Japanese American experience. Adult general admission tickets are regularly $16. Admission is free for all on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., but tickets are limited and not available for advanced reservation. -> Visitor Information

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum | Sister museum to the Natural History Museum, located adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits and near LACMA. The museum focuses on the local habitat and animals dating back 50,000 years, with exhibits on saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves, and mastodons, among others. L.A. County Residents get free Museum Admission from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the Museum ticketing desk or kiosks.. -> Visitor Information

Los Angeles Arboretum | 127-acre botanical garden and educational facility located in Arcadia featuring a rose garden, aquatic garden, a tropical green house, the picturesque Baldwin Lake, and numerous historic structures dating back to the 19th century. Adult admission is normally $15, but free admission is available every third Tuesday of the month, only with advanced reservation. -> Visitor Information

Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Largest art museum in the Western United States, located on Wilshire Blvd. in the heart of L.A.’s museum row, closely situation to the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and Peterson Automotive Museum. LACMA is currently undergoing a multi-year renovation that seen the demolition of several of its former buildings. In the interim, BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion remain open, showcasing rotating works from the museum’s collection of more than 142,000 objects. Adult admission is regularly $25 for non-county residents, and $20 for county residents. However, free admission is available on weekdays after 3 p.m. to L.A. County residents with valid I.D., and museum also offers a free day to all visitors every second Tuesday of each month. -> Visitor Information

Martial Arts History Museum | Small museum along Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank featuring informational exhibits and props from martial arts films and popular culture. Offers free admission the on first Thursday of each month from 3 to 6 p.m. -> Visitor Information

Museum of Latin American Art | Located in Long Beach, MOLAA is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. The museum now counts over 1,300 works in its collection, multiple spaces for rotating exhibitions, and a 15,000 square-foot sculpture garden. Adult admission is regularly $10, but entry is free on all Sundays, with advanced timed, reservation. -> Visitor Information

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles | Premier institution of science, research, and education located at Exposition park, and featuring a dinosaur hall, nature gardens, rotating exhibitions, and one of the best exhibits (Becoming Los Angeles) on the evolution of Los Angeles, from the areas first inhabitants to the urban sprawl of today. Adult museum admission is $15, but L.A. County residents with I.D. receive free admission daily from 3 to 5 p.m. Free admission is also provided to California EBT cardholders, California teachers, and active or retired military with I.D. -> Visitor Information

USC Pacific Asia Museum -> Museum located in Old Town Pasadena, dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum hosts rotating exhibitions featuring contemporary artists, and its permanent collection contains 15,000 objects, some of which date back as far as 4,000 years. Free admission is offered every second Sunday of the month, and every Thursday is pay-what-you-will. Note that the museum is currently offering its free second Sunday on a rolling basis (based on the current spread level of COVID-19), so be sure to check the official website’s reservation system to see if the current month’s free Sunday is available. Also, I recently checked out the Nick Dong Divine Immersion exhibit, and it is well worth a visit if you can make it before it closes on Oct. 3. -> Visitor Information

Skirball Cultural Center [reopening September 2021] | Museum and educational center near the Sepulveda Pass that chronicles Jewish culture, history, and heritage. The museum hosts a number of kid-friendly programs, including the permanent Noah’s Ark exhibit, an eight-thousand-square-foot wooden ark walk through experience Adult general admission is $12, and the museum offers a free-for-all day every Thursday with advanced reservation only. FYI: I had a chance to preview the soon-to-be opened Stark Trek: Exploring New Worlds exhibit, and it is an absolute winner. -> Visitor Information

South Coast Botanic Garden | 87-acre botanical garden located in Palos Verdes, highlighted by a Japanese garden and koi pond, a desert succulent garden, the new rose garden, and a tropical display greenhouse. Adult admission is $15, but free admission is offered every third Tuesday of the month, with advanced reservation. -> Visitor Information

Week-By-Week Free Admission Day Cheatsheet

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Natural History Museum Dinosaur Exhibit / Photo by: Christina Champlin

First Week of Month

  • MONDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • TUESDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • WEDNESDAY: NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • THURSDAY: The Huntington, Skirball Cultural Center, JANM, Martial Arts History Museum (3 to 6 p.m.), LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), UPAM (pay what you will)
  • FRIDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • SUNDAY: MOLAA

Second Week of Month

  • MONDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • TUESDAY: LACMA (free for all), The Autry
  • WEDNESDAY: NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • THURSDAY: Skirball Cultural Center, JANM, LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), UPAM (pay what you will)
  • FRIDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents),
  • SUNDAY: MOLAA, USC Pacific Asia Museum

Third Week of Month

  • MONDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents),
  • TUESDAY: L.A. Arboretum, Descanso Gardens, South Coast Botanic Garden,
  • Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • WEDNESDAY: NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents),
  • THURSDAY: Skirball Cultural Center, JANMA, LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), UPAM (pay what you will)
  • FRIDAY:LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents),
  • SUNDAY: MOLAA

Fourth Week of Month:

  • MONDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents),
  • TUESDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents)
  • WEDNESDAY: NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents),
  • THURSDAY: JANM, Skirball Cultural Center, LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), UPAM (pay what you will)
  • FRIDAY: LACMA (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), NHM (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents), La Brea Tar Pits Museum (3 to 5 p.m. for L.A. County residents),
  • SUNDAY: MOLAA

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28 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [9-17-2021 to 9-19-2021]

September 16, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
California African American Museum
California African American Museum. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from September 17-19, features Harry Potter at the Bowl, Night Dive at the Aquarium, Americana in the Park, L.A. Beer Fest, free yoga at CAAM, HEALTHFEST L.A.! at Olvera Street, and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Friday / All Weekend

1. Harry Potter at The Bowl -> On Friday the Hollywood Bowl starts the weekend with a special screening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, featuring a live-score-to-screen performance by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, as conducted by Justin Freer. Tickets still available as low as $23 as of publication of this post. Get more info here.

2. Night Dive at The Aquarium -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s adults-only, after-hours event, Night Dive, returns this Friday featuring an array of art, DJs, live music, cocktails and food trucks. This Friday’s event will also feature a live painting session by multimedia artist Samantha Tagaloa. Tickets are $24.95. Must be 18+ to attend. More info here.

3. Golden State Tattoo Expo -> This three-day event at the Pasadena Convention Center brings dozens of the world’s best tattoo artists together in one place. Attendees can expect original art, jewelry and fashion for sale, in-person seminars, live performances (including burlesque), tattoo contests, and more. Tickets are $30 for a single day, or $60 for a weekend pass. More info here.

4. Your Late Night Show Tonight -> Blaine Capatch (Beat the Geeks) hosts this monthly talk-show-style comedy event on the rooftop of Grand Central Market, which is presented an in-person performance while also streamed on Zoom. This month’s special guests include Laurie Kilmartin, and Dana Gould. Tickets to attend in person are $20, or you can watch online for $15. More info here.

5. Rooftop Cinema Club’s Drive-Up -> Rooftop Cinema Club’s special drive-up series at the Santa Monica Airport continues this weekend with Bridesmaids and Friday the 13th on Friday. Tickets for a lawn box (two guests) start at $29. More info here.

6. The Art of Citizen 13660 -> The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition honors the legacy of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13600. Published in 1946, Okubo’s memoir was the first book-length account of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. JANM’s exhibit will include original sketches and drawings by Okubo, plus a draft copy of her final manuscript. Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660 runs through Feb. 20, 2022. JANM’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adult museum admission starts at $16. Get more info here.

7. Hola México Film Festival -> The 2021 Hola México Film Festival kicks off with a party this Friday at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, featuring a screening of Perdida, directed by Jorge Michel Grau. The festival continues with screenings at REGAL DTLA through Sep 24., then gets capped off by a final screening and party at LA Plaza on Sep. 25. Tickets for the opening are $50. Catch the full lineup of films to screen here.

8. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

9. Grand Performances -> This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances features an evening of Afro-Latin sounds performed by L.A. locals Boogaloo Assassins. Free. Outdoors. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

10. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. This week’s lineup includes double features of The Darjeeling Limited and The Palm Beach Story on Friday, then The General and Supercop on Saturday. Tickets are $13 for general admission. More info here.

11. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with Tenet Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

12. Wisdome LA -> Wisdome LA, an immersive art park located in the Arts District, is reopening this Friday with a new artistic experience called Mystic Universe. Single tickets are $50, couples are $85. More info here.

13. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

Saturday

14. Critter Carnival -> This Saturday, PetSpace hosts a special Critter Carnival offering guests the chance to mix and mingle with adoptable mammals, reptiles, and birds while also partaking in tons of family-friendly activities, including carnival games, critter crafts, and carnival style foods. Runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

15. Buyepongo vs Quitapenas -> Grand Performances celebrates Mexican Independence day with a friendly battle of the bands between Afro-Latin artists Buyepongo and Quitapenas. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Outdoors, free and open to the public. More info here.

16. L.A. Beer Fest -> This Saturday The L.A. Beer Fest returns to Los Angeles Center Studios with its usual two-session format where guests can sample tastes from some 80 breweries. Food trucks will provide grub to pair with your brews, and live music will entertain attendees as they browse offerings. GA tickets are $50. More info here.

17. The Mitchells vs the Machines at Aero ->  On Saturday the Aero Theatre hosts a free screening of The Mitchells vs the Machines accompanied by a Q&A with director Michael Rianda and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Attendees with RSVPs will be admitted on a first come, first served basis until the theatre reaches capacity. More info and RSVP here.

18. New Works at Thinkspace -> Thinkspace Gallery is hosting an opening reception on Saturday for the debut of three new exhibitions: Kayla Mahaffey’s Remember the Time in Gallery I, Roos van der Vliet’s Mirrors of Your Soul in Gallery II, and Jon Burgerman’s Fuzzy Faces in the viewing room. Get more info on the exhibitions here.

19. Drawing Workshop at MOLAA -> This Saturday, the Museum of Latina American Art in Long Beach is hosting a Plein Air Drawing Workshop lead by teaching-artist Maria Guadalupe Mannanal leading a session focusing on drawing with graphite on paper. All materials provided by MOLAA. RVSP required. More info here.

Sunday

20. Americana in the Park -> Every Sunday from Sep. 19 to Oct. 10, the City of Santa Monica will team up with McCabe’s Guitar Shop to present a special concert series at Gandara Park that explores the roots Americana music. This Sunday the series opens with a performance by nine-member Masanga Marimba Ensemble. Event goes from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

21. HEALTHFEST L.A.! -> This Sunday, Olvera Street plays host to a community festival featuring music, food, games and shopping, all in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event will also feature numerous local healthcare providers and representatives offering on-site services, including free health screenings and testing. Free to attend. Runs from noon to 6 p.m. More info here.

22. Giving Up the Ghost -> On Sunday, Sow and Tailor will host an opening reception for “Giving Up the Ghost” featuring works by Chino Amobi, Sula Bermúdez-Silverman, Miranda Byk, and Aryo Toh Djojo. Event runs from noon to 4 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday & Friday from noon to 4.pm., but appointments are recommended.

23. Self Care: Yoga at CAAM -> Meditation instructor Constance Hartwell leads this 60-minute yoga flow session at the California African American Museum starting at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. Free to attend. Be sure to bring your own mat and water. More info here.

Dining

National Cheeseburger Day is this Saturday Sep. 18. Below are a few unique cheeseburger specials you can bite into over the weekend.

24. HauteMess -> The European-inspired marketplace is highlighting their signature Mess Burger, a blend beef patty with fresh tomato, cheddar cheese, lettuce, caramelized onions and bacon aioli. More info here

25. Playa Provisions -> Top Chef winner Brooke Williamson will bring back the beloved Pretzel Burger from The Tripel which closed last year. The burger is made with half a pound of aged rib-eye beef, caramelized onions, poppy seed slaw, and aged cheddar on a pretzel bun. More info here

26. Messhall -> The Mess Burger is topped with a generous amount of house-made smoky sauce, caramelized onions, cheddar and pickles held together by a brioche bun. More info here

27. American Beauty -> This Friday, the Venice steakhouse brings back their Steakhouse Burger, a half-pound house blended patty generously topped with melted Swiss cheese, caramelized onions and Worcestershire aioli served on a house baked Superba Bakehouse Kaiser roll. More info here.

28. Flower Burger -> The all-natural, vegan and rainbow bunned burger chain from Italy has a location in Los Angeles on the Westside and a ghost kitchen for deliveries. Add “flower cheddar” their plant-based cheese, to any burger. More info here.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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21 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [9-13-2021 to 9-17-2021]

September 13, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Sitting inside Nick Dong’s ‘Heaven’ at USC Pacific Asia Museum. Photo by Brian Champlin

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from Sep. 13-17, features live events back at The GRAMMY Museum, The Enigmatist at The Geffen, Encoding Futures at Oxy Arts, turtle races at Brennan’s, the Hola México Film Festival, the reopening of Wisdome LA, and more!

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday / Throughout the Week

1. Mermaid Comedy Hour -> The Mermaid Comedy Hour returns to the Hollywood Improv Lab on Monday with a packed lineup of performers including Laurie Kilmartin (Conan), Subhah Agarwal (Jim Jeffries Show), Irene Tu (Comedy Central), Jasmine Ellis (Dry Bar Comedy), Jeena Bloom (Comedy Central) and JoAnn Schinderle (Vice). Tickets are $12. Shows starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

2. The GRAMMY Museum -> On Monday, in-person programming returns to the GRAMMY Museum starting with an intimate conversation and performance by country singer-songwriter Carly Pearce. Tickets are $25. More info here.

Tuesday

3. Barks & Brews –> Healthy Spot is hosting a dog-friendly Barks & Brews event this Tuesday at Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey. The ‘Yappy Hour’ runs from 4 to 6 p.m., and includes trivia games plus broth and bites for your pup A donation of $10 per person comes with a free drink ticket, and proceeds benefit Marley’s Pit Stop Rescue. More info and tickets here.

4. The Enigmatist -> If you have an addiction to solving puzzles, then you might want to check out The Enigmatist, an in-person experience created by New York Times crossword wizard David Kwong. Running from Sep. 14 to Oct. at The Geffen Playhouse. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

5. Free Admission at The Autry -> Every second Tuesday of the month, The Autry Museum in Griffith Park offers free general admission. Preview The Autry’s latest exhibitions here, and learn more about planning a visit here.

6. Free Admission at LACMA -> The Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers free admission every second Tuesday of the month, with advanced reservation. Learn more about what’s currently being exhibited here, and get info on tickets here.

Wednesday

7. Rooftop Cinema Club’s Drive-Up -> Rooftop Cinema Club’s special drive-up series at the Santa Monica Airport continues this week with Pulp Fiction on Wednesday, La La Land and Mad Max: Fury Road on Thursday, then Bridesmaids and Friday the 13th on Friday. Tickets for a lawn box (two guests) start at $29. More info here.

8. The Art of Citizen 13660 -> The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition honors the legacy of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13600. Published in 1946, Okubo’s memoir was the first book-length account of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. JANM’s exhibit will include original sketches and drawings by Okubo, plus a draft copy of her final manuscript. Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660 runs through Feb. 20, 2022. JANM’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adult museum admission starts at $16. Get more info here.

Thursday

9. Encoding Futures -> This Thursday, Oxy Arts will host an opening reception for Encoding Futures: Critical Imaginaries of AI. Programming for the exhibition opening continues on Friday with a virtual lecture by Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression. Then on Sunday a new virtual residency launches called Encoding Futures: Speculative Monuments for L.A. This augmented reality art show uses the 4th Wall app to create works at various sites near DTLA and NELA. All events are free. RSVP for the opening reception here.

10. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. This week’s lineup includes The Train at Aero and Mystery Train at Los Feliz on Thursday. On Saturday the Aero will host a double feature of The General and Supercop. Tickets are $13 for general admission. More info here.

11. Turtle Races at Brennan’s -> The signature turtle racing night at Brennan’s in Marina Del Rey is now back every first and third Thursday of the month. Races run at 8:30 and 9:45 p.m. More info here.

12. Pay-What-You-Will at UPAM -> Tickets the to USC Pacific Asia Museum are only $10, but if that’s still too much keep in mind that every Thursday is a pay-what-you-will day. Now through Oct. 3, visitors still chance to check out Nick Dong’s Divine Immersion exhibit, including the immersive Heaven (pictured at the top of this article). Advanced reservations required. Get more info on planning a visit here.

13. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

Friday

14. Night Dive at The Aquarium -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s adults-only, after-hours event, Night Dive, returns this Friday featuring an array of art, DJs, live music, cocktails and food trucks. This Friday’s event will also feature a live painting session by multimedia artist Samantha Tagaloa. Tickets are $24.95. Must be 18+ to attend. More info here.

15. Hola México Film Festival -> The 2021 Hola México Film Festival kicks off with a party this Friday at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, featuring a screening of Perdida, directed by Jorge Michel Grau. The festival continues with screenings at REGAL DTLA through Sep 24., then gets capped off by a final screening and party at LA Plaza on Sep. 25. Tickets for the opening are $50. Catch the full lineup of films to screen here.

16. Grand Performances -> This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances features an evening of Afro-Latin sounds performed by L.A. locals Boogaloo Assassins. Free. Outdoors. Runs from 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

17. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with Tenet Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

18. Wisdome LA -> Wisdome LA, an immersive art park located in the Arts District, is reopening this Friday with a new artistic experience called Mystic Universe. Single tickets are $50, couples are $85. More info here.

Dining

19. Caboco -> Brazilian chef Rodrigo Oliveira has opened Caboco in the former Arts District location of Church and State. Best known for his two São Paulo restaurants, Mocotó and Balaio IMS, Oliveira’s L.A. spot will focus on modern homestyle Brazilian cuisine, introducing Angelenos to Amazonian fruit and wild vegetables from southeastern Brazil. Unique highlights off the menu include mocofava (calf’s foot soup with beans) pirarucu (Amazonian fish in cassava juice) and Moqueca de Caju a vegetable stew of cashew fruit, hearts of palm, plantain, ora-pro-nobis, tucupi and coconut broth. Caboco is open Wednesday through Thursday for dinner service.

20. Happy Hour at Café Fig -> The historic Hotel Figueroa in Downtown recently opened Café Fig and launched a new happy hour menu Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.  Bites such as Masabacha Hummus, with tahini and laffa bread, Tuna Tartare Tostada and Cauliflower Bites, drizzled with smokey honey sriracha, scallions and roasted sesame seeds are all on the menu alongside craft cocktails.

21. Mezcal Week at Gracias Madre -> Now until Wednesday, Sep. 15, plant-based Mexican restaurant Gracias Madre is hosting their second annual “Mezcal Week” where $5 of every featured Agua Del Sol mezcal flight ($40) sold will go directly to the charity Ostros Dreams En Acción. The Agua Del Sol flight includes rare aged agave: Espadin Angustuolfia, a Bicuishe Karwiinski and a Mexicano Rhodacantha. Rare bottles of Agua Del Sol mezcal will also be available for purchase ranging $20 to $80.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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22 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [9-10-2021 to 9-12-2021]

September 9, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Grand Park fountain and city hall
Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from September 10-12, features Black Panther at The Bowl, Halloween Horror Nights, an immersive soundscape at the 18th Street Arts Center, Easy Mornings at Grand Park, the Pickwick Vintage Show in Burbank, free Sunday at USC Pacific Asia Museum, Paws & Pages at PetSpace and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Friday / All Weekend

1. Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers Activation -> In anticipation of the show Nine Perfect Strangers premiering on Hulu, Angelenos are invited to partake in a wellness pop up experience that includes aura photos, digital astrology readings and more. The activation will be free and open to the public from Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 12, noon to 7 p.m.

2. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with The High Note Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

3. Black Panther at The Bowl -> This Friday through Sunday, The Hollywood Bowl will hold nightly screenings of Marvel’s Black Panther, with the LA Phil on hand to perform the movie’s film score live-to-screen. Tickets still available as low as $14. Screenings take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, then 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. More info here.

4. Santa Monica Mystery Quest -> Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. in partnership with Santa Monica Mystery Quest have launched a free scavenger hunt series on the Third Street Promenade, taking place on the second Friday of each month from September through December. 2-4 players are recommended per squad. Get more info here.

5. Zombie Joe’s Toxic Vampyre -> ZJU’s newest horror walk-through experience opens this Friday, and performances will be limited to the next three weekends. Per a release, guests will be “…entranced by a terrifyingly-mischievous motley gang of hungry Vampyres as they guide you through their wretched, soul-sucking phantasmagoria with a blood-promise of a blissful eternal life devoid of fear, pain and worry.” Sounds chill. Runs Friday and Saturday nights through Sep. 11. Tickets are $17.50. More info here.

6. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s concluding dance session will focus on Bollywood. The event is free and open to the public. More info here.

7. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

8. Looking with the Heart: The Little Prince -> The Corey Helford Gallery’s latest exhibition is a group art show celebrating the legacy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s’ tale, The Little Prince, and includes new works from 65 artists from around the globe. The show runs through Sep. 18. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. More info here.

9. The Last Cruze -> The latest exhibition at the California is LaToya Ruby Frazier’s The Last Cruze, opening this Thursday, Sep. 8. Frazier’s work includes an architectural installation complemented by 67 photographs and videos, which together document the lives of workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, along with the ripple effects stemming from the shutdown of that plant in 2019. The Last Cruze runs through March, 2022. CAAM offers free admission, no reservations required. Open Tuesday to Sunday. More info on the exhibition here.

10. Remix The Art of Music -> The 4th annual Remix The Art of Music is a music-themed exhibition featuring 60+ artists, on display at Gabba Gallery now through September 18. Gabba Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

Saturday

11. Three Structures Touching: An Immersive Soundscape -> This Saturday the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica will host an open House to view the exhibition Three Structures Touching, which will be accompanied by the premiere of a new experimental soundscape installation by composer Ask Kaereby. Kaerby’s work includes recorded sounds from the surrounding neighborhood, which were then processed and interlaced to create new artistic expressions. The open house is free to attend, but capacity is limited, and RSVP required. Runs from 1 to 5 p.m. More info here.

12. Easy Mornings at Grand Park -> Every Saturday in September Grand Park will play host to special morning events featuring family-friendly activities, including arts-based workshops, wellness and dance workshops, public art and live DJ entertainment. Free to attend. No RSVP required. Runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. More info here.

13. Configured Landscapes -> On Saturday, Launch LA will host an opening reception for Configured Landscapes, a new group showcase of surrealistic works curated art historian Betty Ann Brown. Reception runs from 3 to 7 p.m. The exihibit will remain on display through Oct. 2. More info here.

14. Pasadena POPS at the Arboretum -> The Pasadena POPS’ summer concert series at the L.A. Arboretum concludes this Saturday with a special tribute to 100 years of Broadway, featuring guest soloists Liz Callaway and Jordan Donica. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. More info here.

15. MindTravel at Santa Monica Beach -> Experience a Pacific Ocean sunset while Murray Hidary’s real-time piano compositions are streamed to your provided headphones, helping you zone in on the vibe of the moment. Offered both this Saturday and Sunday starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for kids under 12, and $45 for adults. More info here.

16. Pickwick Vintage Show -> 65 local vendors will gather at Pickwick Gardens in Burbank to offer a range of vintage clothing, jewelry, and other goods. Tickets range from $5-$20, depending on time of entry. More info here.

SPECIAL NOTE: It’s not a “fun thing to do” but in acknowledgement of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we’d like to remind you that a number of tributes and remembrances will be taking place this Saturday in and around Los Angeles, including The Waves of Flags display at Pepperdine University in Malibu, and the 9/11 Memorial Garden in Beverly Hills.

Sunday

17. USC Pacific Asia Museum -> The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena offers free admission this Sunday with advanced reservations available online (click the ‘Reserve Tickets’ button on their website to see the offer). If you go, be sure to check out Nick Dong’s Divine Immersion exhibit before it leaves the museum on Oct. 3.

18. Rose Bowl Flea Market -> Hundreds of vendors take over The Rose Bowl every second Sunday of the month. General admission is $10. More info here.

19. Paws & Pages -> On weekends, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace offers a reading program for youngsters that includes a book reading session, a meet-and-greet with an adoptable pet or critter ambassador, and a craft demonstration with materials to take home and complete. Tickets are $3. More info here.

Dining

20. Lunch at The Tasting Kitchen -> Venice’s The Tasting Kitchen has brought back their weekend lunch menu. Chef Travis Passerotti and team’s delectable menu features a crudo bar, gnocco fritto, sicilian style crab cakes, fresh pastas and the TK burger made with burrata, grilled onion, tomato and aioli.

21. Side Pie x Milk Cult -> Popular Washington D.C. based ice creamery Milk Cult is partnering with Altadena’s Side Pie for an outdoor weekend pop-up featuring a trio of custom ice flavors unique to the Los Angeles event. There will also be cake from Sasha Piligian and Milk Cult branded merchandise. The pop-up runs Friday, September 10 and Saturday, September 11 from 4 to 9 p.m.

22. New Verve Location -> Verve Coffee Roaster will open a new beachfront location in Manhattan Beach this Friday, and the shop boasts a special menu only available at the MB location. New items include Coconut Sugar Vanilla Draft Latte, Honey Lavender Draft Latte, Housemade Oatmilk Soft Serve and an Affogato with Vanilla Oatmilk Soft Serve. A variety of grab-n-go food is also available such as avocado toast, poblano chicken salad sandwich and the popular Verve breakfast sandwich made with house-made maple bacon, organic egg, cheddar and sundried tomato jam on a brioche bun. The cafe’s grand opening event on September 10 will include coffee, giveaways and more starting at 7 a.m.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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20 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [9-7-2021 to 9-10-2021]

September 7, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Downtown Los Angeles
Photo by Christina Champlin.

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from Sep. 7-10, features, Night Train to the Cinema, Radiohead Jazz Night, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, a Santa Monica Mystery Quest, a Nine Perfect Strangers pop-up, the last Dance DTLA of the summer, and more!

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Tuesday / Throughout the Week

1. Night Train to the Cinema ->  Now through Oct. 1, American Cinematheque is presenting a series of classic films where the drama revolves around railway transportation. Screenings take place at either the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, or the Los Feliz 3 on Vermont Ave. This week’s lineup includes Mystery Train (Tuesday at Los Feliz 3), Strangers on a Train (Thursday), Night Train to Munch (Friday at Aero), and Terror Train (Friday at Los Feliz 3). Tickets are $13 for general admission. More info here.

2. The Art of Citizen 13660 -> The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition honors the legacy of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13600. Published in 1946, Okubo’s memoir was the first book-length account of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. JANM’s exhibit will include original sketches and drawings by Okubo, plus a draft copy of her final manuscript. Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660 runs through Feb. 20, 2022. JANM’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adult museum admission starts at $16. Get more info here.

Wednesday

3. Radiohead Jazz Night -> Bar Lis in Hollywood is now home to the weekly Tuesday night Jazz Eclectic series, but they’re also showcasing a special monthly event featuring jazzy cover versions of songs from iconic bands This Wednesday kicks off the new series with a Radiohead-themed night beginning at 9 p.m. Make a reservation and get more info here.

4. Discovery from the Deep -> A new temporary exhibition at the Natural History Museum contains an extremely rare (and kind of horrifying) female Pacific footballfish (Himantolophus sagamius, a type of anglerfish), which was discovered in May 2021 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA. The exhibit, on display through Nov. 29, allow guests to touch a model replicating the fish’s spiky exterior and learn how the creature uses bioluminescent bacteria to hunt in the darkness of the deep sea. Adult admission at NHM is $15. Remember that L.A. County residents receive free museum admission daily from 3 to 5 p.m. More info here.

5. Vegan Playground -> This weekly Arts District night market pops up at Boomtown Brewery every Wednesday and features 20+ rotating vegan vendors each week. Starts at 5 p.m. Admission is free. More info and RSVP here.

6. Citizen Public Market Comedy Night -> The Setup is hosting an outdoor pop-up stand-up comedy series at the patio of Citizen Public Market in Culver City this Wednesday. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Thursday

7. Halloween Horror Nights -> Universal Studios Hollywood brings their annual terror attraction back starting on Sep 9. This year’s edition includes the return of the “Terror Tram,” featuring “The Ultimate Purge,” along with a maze based on “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.” GA tickets range between $69-$99, depending on the date of attendance. More info here.

8. FREESTATE Reception -> This Thursday the The El Segundo Museum of Art is throwing a party to spotlight artist Cole Sternberg’s ongoing project FREESTATE: The Free Republic of California, an exploration of social, environmental, and moral issues through a conceptual website and multi-media art works. If you can’t make the reception, the exhibit runs through Sep. 18. More info here.

9. Looking with the Heart: The Little Prince -> The Corey Helford Gallery’s latest exhibition is a group art show celebrating the legacy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s’ tale, The Little Prince, and includes new works from 65 artists from around the globe. The show runs through Sep. 18. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. More info here.

10. The Last Cruze -> The latest exhibition at the California is LaToya Ruby Frazier’s The Last Cruze, opening this Thursday, Sep. 8. Frazier’s work includes an architectural installation complemented by 67 photographs and videos, which together document the lives of workers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, along with the ripple effects stemming from the shutdown of that plant in 2019. The Last Cruze runs through March, 2022. CAAM offers free admission, no reservations required. Open Tuesday to Sunday. More info on the exhibition here.

11. Remix The Art of Music -> The 4th annual Remix The Art of Music is a music-themed exhibition featuring 60+ artists, on display at Gabba Gallery now through September 18. Gabba Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

Friday

12. Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers Activation -> In anticipation of the show Nine Perfect Strangers premiering on Hulu, Angelenos are invited to partake in a wellness pop up experience that includes aura photos, digital astrology readings and more. The activation will be free and open to the public from Friday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 12, noon to 7 p.m.

13. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series continues with The High Note Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

14. Santa Monica Mystery Quest -> Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. in partnership with Santa Monica Mystery Quest have launched a free scavenger hunt series on the Third Street Promenade, taking place on the second Friday of each month from September through December. 2-4 players are recommended per squad. Get more info here.

15. Zombie Joe’s Toxic Vampyre -> ZJU’s newest horror walk-through experience opens this Friday, and performances will be limited to the next three weekends. Per a release, guests will be “…entranced by a terrifyingly-mischievous motley gang of hungry Vampyres as they guide you through their wretched, soul-sucking phantasmagoria with a blood-promise of a blissful eternal life devoid of fear, pain and worry.” Sounds chill. Runs Friday and Saturday nights through Sep. 11. Tickets are $17.50. More info here.

16. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s concluding dance session will focus on Bollywood. The event is free and open to the public. More info here.

Dining

17. Gusto Green Pop-Up Dinner -> On Thursday Sep. 9 Gusto Green will host a ticketed ($80) pop-up dinner at Sun of a Gun. The five course plant-forward and omnivore-friendly menu prepared by Chef Michael Magliano is a preview of what’s to come when Gusto Green officially opens in Downtown Los Angeles’ Green Street Building in fall 2021.

18. $1 Oysters at Messhall Kitchen -> September 7 is the Messhall Kitchen’s ninth anniversary and for one night only the Los Feliz restaurant will be bringing back their popular Oyster Tuesday offering guests $1 oysters and $5 draft beers from 4 p.m. and until they run out.

19. Berbere -> Berbere, Chef Tezeta Alemayehu’s modern African-inspired vegan pop-up at Smorgasburg will open it’s first brick and mortar location in Santa Monica this Tuesday Sep. 7. On opening day, the Berbere team will be donating 20% of profits to Take Care of Home, a nonprofit organization assisting underfunded public schools in rural Ethiopia and build classrooms with its community members. 

20. Zankou Chicken Opens in DTLA -> Popular Mediterranean restaurant group Zankou Chicken has expanded their foot print into Downtown Los Angeles. The family-owned restaurant’s latest location will include their famous rotisserie chicken, marinated tri-tip shawarma, kabob, falafel, the trademarked Chicken Tarna, and house-made sides and sauces including Zankou’s signature Garlic Sauce.


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31 Fun Things to do This Labor Day Weekend in L.A. [9-3-2021 to 9-6-2021]

September 2, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Summer SoundWave series at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza. Photo by Stan Lee

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This Labor Day weekend, from September 3 to 6, features KCRW Summer Nights at Descanso Gardens, Easy Mornings at Grand Park, Summer Soundwaves at The Music Center, Fiesta Hermosa, Open House at the Alex Theatre, the 626 Night Market, John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl, and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Friday / All Weekend

1. KCRW Summer Nights -> The first-ever KCRW Summer Nights at Descanso Gardens takes place this Friday, kicking off at 6 p.m., and continuing with two dance-themed DJ sets by Raul Campos and Anthony Valadez, plus a special appearance by puppets from Bob Baker Marionette Theater. The event is free and open to the public (RSVPs are closed), but keep in mind that once they’ve hit in-person capacity they will be turning people away. Entry is first-come, first-serve. More info here.

2. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series kicks off with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

3. John Williams: Maestro of the Movies -> Iconic film composer John Williams returns to the Bowl for his annual celebration of music from the movies. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted both by David Newman and Williams himself, will perform a program of cinematic classics backed by clips from the selected films. More info here.

4. Zombie Joe’s Toxic Vampyre -> ZJU’s newest horror walk-through experience opens this Friday, and performances will be limited to the next three weekends. Per a release, guests will be “…entranced by a terrifyingly-mischievous motley gang of hungry Vampyres as they guide you through their wretched, soul-sucking phantasmagoria with a blood-promise of a blissful eternal life devoid of fear, pain and worry.” Sounds chill. Runs Friday and Saturday nights through Sep. 11. Tickets are $17.50. More info here.

5. 626 Night Market -> The SGV’s signature outdoor market returns to Santa Anita Park this Friday through Saturday with bites and goods for purchase from hundreds of food, merch, and craft vendors, plus arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions for the whole family. Admission is $5 pre-sale, or $7 for day-of. Parking is free. More info here.

6. Lisa Frank x ORLY Pop Up Nail Bar Experience -> ORLY Color Labs is hosting a Lisa Frank pop-up to celebrate the new Lisa Frank x ORLY nail collection. From September 1-3, ORLY Color Labs ticketed ($55) pop-up will include a personalized Lisa Frank manicure, a photo booth to capture the magic and Lisa Frank x ORLY nail merchandise to take home.

7. Remix The Art of Music -> The 4th annual Remix The Art of Music is a music-themed exhibition featuring 60+ artists, on display at Gabba Gallery now through September 18. Gabba Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

8. First Fridays in Bixby Knolls -> First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach have returned, featuring an evening of pop-up activities, live music, and special discounts. Runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Friday, Sep. 3. Check the full list of activities, participants, and sales here.

9. Discovery from the Deep -> A new temporary exhibition at the Natural History Museum contains an extremely rare (and kind of horrifying) female Pacific footballfish (Himantolophus sagamius, a type of anglerfish), which was discovered in May 2021 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA. The exhibit, which opens this Wednesday, will allow guests to touch a model replicating the fish’s spiky exterior and learn how the creature uses bioluminescent bacteria to hunt in the darkness of the deep sea. On display through Nov. 29. Adult admission at NHM is $15, remember that L.A. County residents receive free museum admission daily from 3 to 5 p.m. More info here.

10. Proof-of-Vax Bars -> The list of L.A.-area bars now requiring proof of vaccination for entry has no grown to 49 establishments, according to an ongoing list put together by L.A. Taco. If you’re still looking to grab a drink, but would feel safer in a vaccine required environment, you could head out to one of these spots this week.

11. Looking with the Heart: The Little Prince -> The Corey Helford Gallery’s latest exhibition is a group art show celebrating the legacy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s’ tale, The Little Prince, and includes new works from 65 artists from around the globe. The show runs through Sep. 18. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. More info here.

12. The Art of Citizen 13660 -> The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition honors the legacy of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13600. Published in 1946, Okubo’s memoir was the first book-length account of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. JANM’s exhibit will include original sketches and drawings by Okubo, plus a draft copy of her final manuscript. Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660 runs through Feb. 20, 2022. JANM’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adult museum admission starts at $16. Get more info here.

13. DiscOasis -> Lights, disco, live performances, and food trucks, all presented in a lush, late-afternoon garden setting. That’s the premise behind DiscoOasis, a new timed experience at the South Coast Botanic Garden that runs Tuesday through Sunday through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

14. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s theme is Salsa, and the event is free and open to the public. More info here.

15. Sing for Hope Pianos -> As part of the Sing for Hope Pianos recurring public art project, 16 special artist-designed pianos will pop up around Beverly Hills from Aug 5. to Sep. 6, offering public guests the opportunity to play and enjoy for free. More info here.

Saturday

16. Easy Mornings at Grand Park -> Every Saturday in September Grand Park will play host to special morning events featuring family-friendly activities, including arts-based workshops, wellness and dance workshops, public art and live DJ entertainment. Free to attend. No RSVP required. Runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday. More info here.

17. Alex Theatre Open House -> After a pandemic hiatus, the Alex Theatre is reopening and to celebrate Glendale Arts will host an open house this Saturday to mark the 96th birthday of the historic venue. Guests can scope out behind-the-scenes spaces, including the stage area, dressing rooms, and projection booth. Additionally, the theatre will screeen two classic short films over the course of the day, Ice Cold Cocos at 12:05 p.m. and Buster’s Mix Up at 3:54 p.m. Free to attend. Event runs noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

18. Fiesta Hermosa Locale -> Fiesta Hermosa (now rebranded as Fiesta Hermosa Locale) returns Saturday through Monday for three days of community based events and activities, including two stages of live music, local food and beer options, and over 100 artists and makers showcasing their creations. The event runs noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Monday. Adult tickets for individual days are $20, or you can get a three-day pass for $55. More info here.

19. Piñatas: The High Art of Celebration -> The latest showcase at the Craft in America Art Center features handmade piñatas and piñata-based art objects made by over a dozen artists, most of whom hail from Southern California. Opens this Saturday, Sep. 4, and runs through Dec. 4, 2021. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. More info here.

20. Grand Performances -> This Saturday’s edition of Grand Performances 10 years of the global bass crew, and will bring together special guests Los Rakas, Uproot Andy, Reyna Tropical, Zuzuka Poderosa, Cumbiatón and Late Night Laggers. Free entry, outdoors, all-ages. Runs 2 to 9 p.m. More info here.

21. A Night with Juke Bounce Werk -> The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves Series concludes this Saturday with a focus on the musical genre of footwork, including a guest appearance by experimental electronic artist JLin. The outdoor event takes place at Jerry Moss Plaza starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. More info here.

22. The Class x ROW DTLA -> Stay active while experiencing stunning views of the Los Angeles skyline every Saturday in September during movement and meditation classes on the rooftop of ROW DTLA. A different instructor will lead each week, and classes run $45 per session. More info here

Sunday

23. $1 Scoops at Dear Bella Creamery -> Alice Cherng and Belinda Wei, are hosting a Scoop Party this Sunday to celebrate the official debut of Dear Bella Creamery. Guests can score a scoop of their choice for $1 (limit one per person) by following @dearbellacreamery on Instagram and children under 12 will receive the $1 scoop regardless. Formerly known as Cocobella Creamery, Dear Bella Creamery is a premium all natural plant-based ice cream shop located in Hollywood. Ice creams, fillings, and toppings are all made-from-scratch with quality ingredients and current flavors include Taiwanese Pineapple Cake, Ube Casserole and Black Sesame.

24. Ice Cream Alley -> The summer run of Smorgasburg LA’s Ice Cream Alley comes to a close with the final edition this Sunday. Smorgasburg is free to enter. Runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. More info here.

25. Patton Oswalt and Friends -> Comedian Patton Oswalt will be performing along with a lineup of special guests at the Largo this Sunday evening starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35, plus fees. More info here.

Monday

26. California Sol -> The annual Labor Day bash at the rooftop of Ace Hotel DTLA is back, presented by Motown On Mondays LA. Event runs 2 to 9 p.m. Free entry. Masks will be mandatory. More info here.

27. RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity -> Monday will be the final day to see Kengo Kito’s exhibit on display at Japan House LA. Kito’s work takes 2,021 hula hoops to create a massive, unified art piece that explores issues of connection and re-connection in the wake of the past year’s unprecedented events. Admission is free to the gallery. Walk-ins accept, reservations are recommend. Learn more here.

Dining

28. etta -> Chicago’s etta is set to officially open in Culver City on Thursday. The Italian California menu focuses on food prepared on a wood-fired hearth. A wood-burning brick oven also bakes thin crust seasonal pizzas and (possibly) the best focaccia in the town. Reservations are available on Seven Rooms, and the opening menu can be found here.

29. Shake Shack x Milk Bar -> Shake Shack has teamed up with Milk Bar to release two limited-edition shakes, a Chocolate Birthday Cake Shake and Cornflake Chocolate Drizzle Shake. The shakes are a blend of Shake Shack’s frozen custards with Milk Bar’s famous dessert creations. The shakes are available Sep. 3 through Nov. 1.

30. The Waterfront’s Labor Day Menu -> The Waterfront has put together a special limited time menu for Labor Day Weekend featuring a seafood tower ($125) French onion Dip & Chips ($14) oyster mushroom calamari ($18) BBQ chicken skewers ($28) and more. The Venice restaurant will be opening on Monday just for the holiday.

31. Messhall Labor Day Special Whiskey Flight -> Messhall’s Beverage Director Amanda Arebalo has curated a whiskey flight to honor Labor Day. Flights come in “The Moderately Curious” ($25) and for whiskey fanatics The Baller Lineup” ($75) featuring Elijah Craig 23yr, W.L. Weller Barrel Proof 2019, Parker’s Heritage 24yr, and Van Winkle Special Reserve 12yr “Lot B”.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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24 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [8-30-2021 to 9-3-2021]

August 30, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area
View of Downtown Los Angeles from Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from August 30 to September 3, features John Williams at The Bowl, First Fridays in Bixby Knolls, a free outdoor movie series in Old Pasadena, comedy in Culver City, and more!

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday/ Throughout the Week

1. Discovery from the Deep -> A new temporary exhibition at the Natural History Museum contains an extremely rare (and kind of horrifying) female Pacific footballfish (Himantolophus sagamius, a type of anglerfish), which was discovered in May 2021 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA. The exhibit, which opens this Wednesday, will allow guests to touch a model replicating the fish’s spiky exterior and learn how the creature uses bioluminescent bacteria to hunt in the darkness of the deep sea. On display through Nov. 29. Adult admission at NHM is $15, remember that L.A. County residents receive free museum admission daily from 3 to 5 p.m. More info here.

2. Proof-of-Vax Bars -> The list of L.A.-area bars now requiring proof of vaccination for entry has no grown to 49 establishments, according to an ongoing list put together by L.A. Taco. If you’re still looking to grab a drink, but would feel safer in a vaccine required environment, you could head out to one of these spots this week.

3. Sing for Hope Pianos -> As part of the Sing for Hope Pianos recurring public art project, 16 special artist-designed pianos will pop up around Beverly Hills from Aug 5. to Sep. 6, offering public guests the opportunity to play and enjoy for free. More info here.

Tuesday

4. The Art of Citizen 13660 -> The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition honors the legacy of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13600. Published in 1946, Okubo’s memoir was the first book-length account of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. JANM’s exhibit will include original sketches and drawings by Okubo, plus a draft copy of her final manuscript. Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660 runs through Feb. 20, 2022. JANM’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adult museum admission starts at $16. Get more info here.

5. Jazz Eclectic -> This Tuesday, Ryan Cross and his band bring live jazz to Bar Lis, the rooftop lounge at the Thompson Hotel in Hollywood. Music starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

6. DiscOasis -> Lights, disco, live performances, and food trucks, all presented in a lush, late-afternoon garden setting. That’s the premise behind DiscoOasis, a new timed experience at the South Coast Botanic Garden that runs Tuesday through Sunday through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

Wednesday

7. “First Wednesdays” Lectures at the Aquarium -> Every first Wednesday of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific offers a the public a free lecture series featuring guests from the scientific and academic community. This Wednesday, environmental writer Emma Marris will present a lecture based on her book, Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World. Book signing and cocktail to follow the lecture, which begins at 7 p.m. More info and RSVP for tickets here.

8. Citizen Public Market Comedy Night -> The Setup is hosting an outdoor pop-up stand-up comedy series at the patio of Citizen Public Market in Culver City this Wednesday. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

9. Lisa Frank x ORLY Pop Up Nail Bar Experience -> ORLY Color Labs is hosting a Lisa Frank pop-up to celebrate the new Lisa Frank x ORLY nail collection. From September 1-3, ORLY Color Labs ticketed ($55) pop-up will include a personalized Lisa Frank manicure, a photo booth to capture the magic and Lisa Frank x ORLY nail merchandise to take home.

10. Lunchtime Art Talks -> Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., curatorial staff from The Hammer Museum lead a short discussion on the work of a different artist. This Wednesday curatorial assistant Matthieu Vahanian leads a discussion on the work of Jean Dubuffet. More info here.

11. Shakespeare in the Park -> The Independent Shakespeare Co. is bringing back free, live theater to Griffith Park starting Aug. 7 with performances of The Tempest. Shows will run Wednesdays to Sundays through Sep. 5. Currently all of the shows have booked up through the end of the series, but a standby list is available. Get more info here.

Thursday

11. Remix The Art of Music -> The 4th annual Remix The Art of Music is a music-themed exhibition featuring 60+ artists, on display at Gabba Gallery now through September 18. Gabba Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

12. Looking with the Heart: The Little Prince -> The Corey Helford Gallery’s latest exhibition is a group art show celebrating the legacy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s’ tale, The Little Prince, and includes new works from 65 artists from around the globe. The show runs through Sep. 18. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Thursday to Saturday. More info here.

13. First Thursday in San Pedro -> The First Thursday Artwalk returns to Downtown San Pedro this week as a prelude to Labor Day weekend. Event highlights include live music, free photo booths, food trucks, galley access, and guided tours. Runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday. More info here.

14. Atsuko Okatsuka Says ‘hi’ -> Comedian, writer, and actor Atsuko Okatsuka (Let’s Go, Atsuko!, The Show Nextdoor) will be performing live this Thursday evening at Dynasty Typewriter starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 with advanced purchase, or $25 for day of show (if still available). More info here.

Friday

15. One Colorado’s Summer Flicks -> One Colorado in Old Pasadena is hosting an outdoor movie series in September featuring free admission, complimentary popcorn, and plenty of drinks and meal to-go options for purchase. This Friday the series kicks off with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Screening begins at 8:30 p.m. Seating is based on capacity, and is first-come, first-serve. Early arrival is strongly encouraged. More info here.

16. John Williams: Maestro of the Movies -> Iconic film composer John Williams returns to the Bowl for his annual celebration of music from the movies. The Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted both by David Newman and Williams himself, will perform a program of cinematic classics backed by clips from the selected films. More info here.

17. 626 Night Market -> The SGV’s signature outdoor market returns to Santa Anita Park this Friday through Saturday with bites and goods for purchase from hundreds of food, merch, and craft vendors, plus arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions for the whole family. Admission is $5 pre-sale, or $7 for day-of. Parking is free. More info here.

18. First Fridays in Bixby Knolls -> First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach have returned, featuring an evening of pop-up activities, live music, and special discounts. Runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. this Friday, Sep. 3. Check the full list of activities, participants, and sales here.

19. Zombie Joe’s Toxic Vampyre -> ZJU’s newest horror walk-through experience opens this Friday, and performances will be limited to the next three weekends. Per a release, guests will be “…entranced by a terrifyingly-mischievous motley gang of hungry Vampyres as they guide you through their wretched, soul-sucking phantasmagoria with a blood-promise of a blissful eternal life devoid of fear, pain and worry.” Sounds chill. Runs Friday and Saturday nights through Sep. 11. Tickets are $17.50. More info here.

20. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s theme is Salsa, and the event is free and open to the public. More info here.

Dining

21. Sweetfin Launches New Box-> Sweetfin will launch Sweetbox a bento box compartmentalized with yuzu salmon poke over citrus kale salad, spicy tuna poke over bamboo rice, chile ginger forbidden rice noodle salad and taro chips dusted in wasabi furikake. The public can order the Sweetbox starting on August 30 at all 13 Sweetfin locations and through Postmates, or through Sweetfin’s website.

22. Justin Queso’s x Christian Petroni -> On Monday, August 30 from 5 to 9 p.m., Chef Christian Petroni will bring his famed Queso Parm Sandwich on Texas Toast to Justin Queso’s in West Hollywood.

23. Redbird Happy Hour-> Redbird is offering a happy hour menu at the bar where everything is $10 Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. Mix and match craft cocktails (named after icons both real and fictional like Charlie Chaplin and Carrie Bradshaw,) wines by the glass and elevated bar bites like grass fed beef tartare and prawns with green papaya, weiser melon and nuoc cham.

24. San Pedro Fish Market Happy Hour -> San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach launches a happy hour featuring a number of seafood specials and cocktails. Food that includes Chowda Fries, Shrimp Toast and Campechana Baja Tostada all under $10, draft beer for $5, wine by the glass for $6 and specialty cocktails for $7. Happy hour runs Monday through Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m., exclusively at San Pedro Fish Market Long Beach.


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26 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [8-27-2021 to 8-29-2021]

August 26, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Japanese American Museum in Little Tokyo
Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from August 27 to 29, features 626 Night Market, a new horror experience, a block party in the Arts District, a new exhibit on JANM, Sunday Sessions in Grand Park, a Cuban American Music Festival, and more.

Friday / All Weekend

1. DTLA Proud Festival -> The annual LGBTQ+ festival returns to Pershing Square Aug. 27-29, kicking off this Friday with all-ages, alcohol-free festivities, plus a screening of the full-length documentary, PROUD in a Pandemic. Saturday and Sunday’s entertainment will include stage performances, DJs, local bars, community booths, art installations, LGBTQ+ vendors, food trucks, and a dance party. Admission to Friday is free, while tickets for Saturday or Sunday cost $10. More info here.

2. 626 Night Market -> The SGV’s signature outdoor market returns to Santa Anita Park this Friday through Saturday with bites and goods for purchase from hundreds of food, merch, and craft vendors, plus arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions for the whole family. Admission is $5 pre-sale, or $7 for day-of. Parking is free. More info here.

3. Discovery from the Deep -> A new temporary exhibition at the Natural History Museum contains an extremely rare (and kind of horrifying) female Pacific footballfish (Himantolophus sagamius, a type of anglerfish), which was discovered in May 2021 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA. The exhibit, which is now open, allows guests to touch a model replicating the fish’s spiky exterior and learn how the creature uses bioluminescent bacteria to hunt in the darkness of the deep sea. On display through Nov. 29. Adult admission at NHM is $15, remember that L.A. County residents receive free museum admission daily from 3 to 5 p.m. More info here.

4. Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA -> This Friday, as part of its on-going pop-up series, shopping destination ROW DTLA will offer after-hours retail hours, food trucks on-site, live music, and a rose and oyster bar from Chesapeake Bay’s Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Get more info on ROW’s summer programming here.

5. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s theme is Motown, and the event is free and open to the public. More info here.

6. Zombie Joe’s Toxic Vampyre -> ZJU’s newest horror walk-through experience opens this Friday, and performances will be limited to the next three weekends. Per a release, guests will be “…entranced by a terrifyingly-mischievous motley gang of hungry Vampyres as they guide you through their wretched, soul-sucking phantasmagoria with a blood-promise of a blissful eternal life devoid of fear, pain and worry.” Runs Friday and Saturday nights through Sep. 11. Tickets are $17.50. More info here.

7. UCLAxFilmFest -> UCLAxFilmFest (August 27-29) is a virtual film festival featuring short films from filmmakers around the globe, industry panels, networking opportunities, and an awards ceremony. The festival is free and open to the public, registration is required.

8. Hollywood Fringe -> The annual extravaganza of indie theater returns with a huge lineup of community performances at over a dozen small and medium-sized spaces across Los Angeles, all taking place from Aug. 12-29. Get ticketing info and check the full schedule here.

Saturday

10. Welcome Back to Hogwarts Bash -> Idle Hour is hosting their annual magical “Welcome Back to Hogwarts Bash.” Happening this Saturday starting at 5 p.m. hopeful wizards can stop by the North Hollywood bar to enjoy spell binding cocktails and potions, alongside enchanting food made by the free house elves that reside at Idle Hour. A raffle for fun prizes will be held during the bash as well and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project. 

11. Flying Embers Block Party -> Hard seltzer and kombucha brewer Flying Embers is hosting a summer block party adjacent to their Arts District-based taproom this Saturday, which will include live art, games, food trucks, and music, along with limited release brews for purchase. The block party is free and open to the public, from noon to 8 p.m. More info here.

12. Live Music Outside Union Station -> This Saturday, Union Station in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Leaving Records will produce a late-afertnoon concert featuring four artists who have created original music soundscapes which “draw inspiration from the natural landscape.” Event runs from 4:30 p.m. to sunset. Free to attend. RSVP’s currently fully booked, but walk-ins will be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. More info here.

13. Plática: Frida Under the Stars with Gregorio Luke -> As part of their Live Live at LA Plaza! series, this Saturday La Plaza de Culutra y Artes presents a special lecture by presenter Gregorio Luke discussing the life and work of Frida Kahlo. The presentation will include hundreds of slides of paintings and photographs, plus rare film footage. Tickets are $25. More info here.

14. The Art of Citizen 13660 -> The Japanese American National Museum’s newest exhibition honors the legacy of Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13600. Published in 1946, Okubo’s memoir was the first book-length account of the incarceration and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. JANM’s exhibit will include original sketches and drawings by Okubo, plus a draft copy of her final manuscript. Miné Okubo’s Masterpiece: The Art of Citizen 13660 opens this Saturday, Aug. 28, and will run through Feb. 20 of 2022. JANM’s hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Adult museum admission starts at $16. Get more info here.

15. End of Summer Bash -> This Saturday afternoon, Eagle Rock Plaza is hosting an End of Summer Bash featuring workshops, arts & crafts, food trucks, live music, and raffles. Entry is free. Runs from 3 to 6 p.m. More info here.

16. Buchanan’s La Reunión -> Scotch whisky brand Buchanan’s is hosting a pop-up market experience at City Libre in Boyle Heights this Saturday. The event is free to attend, and will include complimentary Buchanan’s cocktails plus a live DJ set by Al Tun Tun and live entertainment from Reggaeton artist, Fuego. More info and RSVP here.

17. Valley Cultural Foundation Movies -> The Valley Cultural Foundations free summer programming continues this Saturday at Warner Center Park with a screening of Toy Story 4. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. No RSVP required. More info here.

18. What Is a Western? -> The Autry’s film series continues this Saturday with a screening of Broken Arrow (1950), starring Jimmy Stewart, Jeff Chandler and Debra Paget. The film is considered to be a landmark as the first major post-war Western to portray Native Americans sympathetically. Screening starts at 1:30 p.m., and is included with the cost of museum admission. More info here.

Sunday

19. Grand Park Summer Sessions -> Grand Park’s summer dance party series continues this Sunday with a focus on Northern Soul, Funk and Disco, and a lineup that features Deejay Clifton, Liz O., Riley More and LoopdropKid. Party runs from 3 to 7 p.m. Outdoors, free, all-ages. More info here.

20. Cuban American Music Festival ->  This Sunday at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, the annual Cuban American Music Festival brings together some of the finest regional Cuban artists, including Arsenio Rodriguez Project and Charanga Cubana All Stars. Guests can expect Cuban cuisine from local vendors, Cuban and Latin-inspired drinks, dance troupes, and cigar-rolling sessions. General admission tickets are $40. More info here.

21. Club Quarantine Live -> Bronx-born DJ D-Nice brings his pandemic-inspired virtual series Club Quarantine live to the Hollywood Bowl for an evening dance party hosted by Chris Spencer and Donnie Wahlberg. More info here.

Dining

22. Free Primo’s Donuts -> Family-owned Primo’s celebrates their 65th anniversary this Saturday by treating customers to complimentary Buttermilk Bites, a mini version of Primo’s famous Buttermilk Bars.  The freebie can be redeemed from 9 a.m. to noon at the Sawtelle location in West Los Angeles. 

23. Smorgasburg BBQ Day -> The 5th Annual BBQ Day at Smorgasburg LA returns this Sunday and they’re bringing the best BBQ in town including Ugly Drum, Black Sugar Rib Co, The Bad Jew and much more. After a full day of BBQ, cool down at Ice Cream Alley, a special area dedicated to awesome scoop vendors and one-of-a-kind collaborations.

24. Wise Sons now open -> Bay Area fave Wise Sons has expanded to Southern California bringing their line up of Jewish deli classics to Culver City. Menu highlights include house-made bagels and bialys, hardwood-smoked pastrami, matzo ball soup, naturally fermented sour pickles, smoked salmon, and babka filled with Guittard chocolate. Unique to Los Angeles is a classic Diner Tuna Melt and The No. 19 which pays tribute to Langer’s Deli. And because you can’t have a bagel without coffee, it’s conveniently bottomless at the deli. Wise Sons is open for breakfast and lunch with dinner and a beer and wine menu coming soon. 

25. Imari -> Imari is now officially open in Brentwood, serving a traditional Japanese washoku-style menu of skillfully made small and shared plates crafted by master sushi chef Derek Wilcox. Formerly of Shoji in New York, Wilcox also trained at 3-Michelin Starred Kikunoi in Kyoto, Japan. For Imari, the menu aims for authenticity, only using fresh ingredients and seasonal seafood from Japan. Highlights include Shima-aji, a striped jack sashimi with ponzu jelly and shaved red onion; a plate of local cucumber varieties with brown rice miso; and Japanese Wagyu steak served with fresh wasabi and sea salt. Reservations are available now via Tock.

26. The Grant -> The Grant is opening this weekend in Glassell Park inside a historic and repurposed building along Eagle Rock Blvd. which will eventually house Bub and Grandma’s bakery and Solarc Brewing. Expect a classic cocktail menu, local craft beer and a rotating selection of boutique and natural wines. The Grant opens this Saturday, August 28, at 3515 Eagle Rock Boulevard with daily hours starting at 4 p.m.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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22 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [8-23-2021 to 8-27-2021]

August 23, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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Natural History Museum Dinosaur Exhibit / Photo by: Christina Champlin

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from August 23 to 27, features a new deep sea creature on display at NHM, DTLA Proud Festival, 626 Night Market, Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA, a new horror experience at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, and more!

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday/ Throughout the Week

1. Hollywood Fringe -> The annual extravaganza of indie theater presents a huge lineup of community performances at over a dozen small and medium-sized spaces across Los Angeles, all taking place from Aug. 12-29. Get ticketing info and check the full schedule here.

2. Ultra -> The Torrance Art Museum has collaborated with over 20 artists to create a series of public art installations freely accessible in locations around the City of Torrance, now through Aug. 28. More info here.

3. Cardboard City -> Third Street Promenade is temporarily home to a 10,000 square foot pop-up art center featuring large-scale cardboard sculptures created by local artists and sponsoring architecture and design firms. Cardboard City is free to attend, open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. through Aug. 29. More info here.

4. Proof-of-Vax Bars -> The list of L.A.-area bars now requiring proof of vaccination for entry has no grown to 49 establishments, according to an ongoing list put together by L.A. Taco. If you’re still looking to grab a drink, but would feel safer in a vaccine required environment, you could head out to one of these spots this week.

5. Sing for Hope Pianos -> As part of the Sing for Hope Pianos recurring public art project, 16 special artist-designed pianos will pop up around Beverly Hills from Aug 5. to Sep. 6, offering public guests the opportunity to play and enjoy for free. More info here.

Tuesday

6. Center for Yoga Reopening -> To celebrate its post-pandemic grande reopening, The Larchmont Village-based Center for Yoga will offer a day of free classes this Tuesday. The full list of available classes for opening day is here.

7. DiscOasis -> Lights, disco, live performances, and food trucks, all presented in a lush, late-afternoon garden setting. That’s the premise behind DiscoOasis, a new timed experience at the South Coast Botanic Garden that runs Tuesday through Sunday through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

Wednesday

8. Discovey from the Deep -> A new temporary exhibition at the Natural History Museum contains an extremely rare (and kind of horrifying) female Pacific footballfish (Himantolophus sagamius, a type of anglerfish), which was discovered in May 2021 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, CA. The exhibit, which opens this Wednesday, will allow guests to touch a model replicating the fish’s spiky exterior and learn how the creature uses bioluminescent bacteria to hunt in the darkness of the deep sea. On display through Nov. 29. Adult admission at NHM is $15, remember that L.A. County residents receive free museum admission daily from 3 to 5 p.m. More info here.

9. Lunchtime Art Talks -> Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., curatorial staff from The Hammer Museum lead a short discussion on the work of a different artist. This Wednesday curatorial assistant Nicholas Barlow will present a short talk on Brian Jungen. Hammer Museum admission is free. More info here.

10. Shakespeare in the Park -> The Independent Shakespeare Co. is bringing back free, live theater to Griffith Park starting Aug. 7 with performances of The Tempest. Shows will run Wednesdays to Sundays through Sep. 5. For health and safety reasons, online reservations are required to ensure capacity limits are held. This week’s performances are stand-by only as of now, but tickets for futures shows are released 7 days in advance of each performance, so be sure to check the ISC’s website if you want to reserve a slot for a future show. Get more info and make a reservation here.

Thursday

11. Remix The Art of Music -> The 4th annual Remix The Art of Music is a music-themed exhibition featuring 60+ artists, on display at Gabba Gallery now through September 18. Gabba Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

12. Dirty Laundry -> This Thursday night comedy takes over upstairs at The Airliner, in Lincoln Heights. The lineup features Zach Noe Towers, Daniel Webb, RB Butcher, Bri Giger, and Nori Reed. Show at 8 p.m., with a dance party to follow. Tickets are $12, and proceeds from the show will beneift the non-profit Black and Pink National. More info here.

Friday

13. DTLA Proud Festival -> The annual LGBTQ+ festival returns to Pershing Square Aug. 27-29, kicking off this Friday with all-ages, alcohol-free festivities, plus a screening of the full-length documentary, PROUD in a Pandemic. Saturday and Sunday’s entertainment will include stage performances, DJs, local bars, community booths, art installations, LGBTQ+ vendors, food trucks, and a dance party. Admission to Friday is free, while tickets for Saturday or Sunday cost $10. More info here.

14. 626 Night Market -> The SGV’s signature outdoor market returns to Santa Anita Park this Friday through Saturday with bites and goods for purchase from hundreds of food, merch, and craft vendors, plus arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions for the whole family. Admission is $5 pre-sale, or $7 for day-of. Parking is free. More info here.

15. Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA -> This Friday, as part of its on-going pop-up series, shopping destination ROW DTLA will offer after-hours retail hours, food trucks on-site, live music, and a rose and oyster bar from Chesapeake Bay’s Rappahannock Oyster Bar. Get more info on ROW’s summer programming here.

16. Zombie Joe’s Toxic Vampyre -> ZJU’s newest horror walk-through experience opens this Friday, and performances will be limited to the next three weekends. Per a release, guests will be “…entranced by a terrifyingly-mischievous motley gang of hungry Vampyres as they guide you through their wretched, soul-sucking phantasmagoria with a blood-promise of a blissful eternal life devoid of fear, pain and worry.” Sounds chill. Runs Friday and Saturday nights through Sep. 11. Tickets are $17.50. More info here.

17. UCLAxFilmFest -> UCLAxFilmFest (August 27-29) is a virtual film festival featuring short films from filmmakers around the globe, industry panels, networking opportunities, and an awards ceremony. The festival is free and open to the public, registration is required.

18. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s theme is Motown, and the event is free and open to the public. More info here.

Dining

19. Danny Boy’s Famous Original -> Danny Boy’s Famous Original, a New York style, counter service pizzeria by Chef Daniel Holzman is now open at Halo a new and developing dining destination located in Downtown’s Bunker Hill. Best known for co-founding The Meatball Shop in New York, Holzman will provide a taste of the Big Apple through his pizza pies, hot hero sandwiches, classic appetizers, and Italian ices. 

20. Caravan Swim Club Supper Series -> Steve Livigni’s Baja-inspired restaurant Caravan Swim Club at Hotel June will host a collaboration dinner with Nomadica wines this Wednesday with an outdoor sunset dinner featuring a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Tickets coast $100 a person and include an all-day pool pass.

21. Winston House -> Winston House located in the former St. Mark’s Jazz Club, in the heart of Venice is now a modern-day supper club. What started as a grassroots movement to support independent artist and bring more live music to Venice, owners Corey McGuire and Jake Mathews (who also own The Waterfront) have since expanded the project into a full service restaurant and bar featuring live music performances by a mix of well-known artists and promising new acts. Reservations are required for dinner service and can be made at winstonhouse.com/reservations. Walk-ins are welcome starting at 9:30 p.m. For the time being, proof of vaccination is required to attend. 

22. Melanie Wine Bar -> Melanie Wine Bar is now pouring in the Beverly Grove neighborhood. The entire wine list is available by the glass, and will be updated regularly with new varietals. Small-plates to compliment the wine are also available. The opening menu is focused on French and Italian wines and small plates.


Any notes or corrections? Want to suggest an event we should add to an upcoming list? Hit us up at tips@welikela.com.

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31 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [8-20-2021 to 8-22-2021]

August 19, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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A view of the Hollywood Sign from Captain’s Roost. Photo by Christina Champlin.

As Los Angeles finds its way out of the pandemic and restrictions gradually ease, we’re continuing our bi-weekly round-ups of fun to-dos, mixing in the occasional online/virtual event with an ever-growing listen of in-person experiences and food ideas.

This weekend, from August 20 to 22, features an open streets initiative in Santa Monica, a Sound of Music Sing-Along, live music at Mercado La Paloma, Summer SoundWaves at The Music Center and more.

Friday / All Weekend

1. Hollywood Fringe -> The annual extravaganza of indie theater returns with a huge lineup of community performances at over a dozen small and medium-sized spaces across Los Angeles, all taking place from Aug. 12-29. Get ticketing info and check the full schedule here.

2. Outfest LA -> The 39th Annual Outfest LA film Festival will return for in-person screenings and events August 13-22, 2021. Nearly every film will also be available for streaming for those at-risk or who live outside of the region. Tickets for most in-person screenings are $16 for general admission. Complete film guide here.

3. Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival -> This Friday, LA Mag’s 6th annual Whiskey Festival will take place at The Bloc in DTLA starting at 7 p.m.. The two-hour experience offers guests a chance to meet-and-greet distillers, learn cocktail recipes, and sample new labels. Tickets are $75 plus fees. More info here.

4. Jazz at LACMA Limited Edition -> Free, live jazz is back at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Fridays, but in a new small-capacity and ticketed format. This Friday, Aug. 20, guests will enjoy Phil Ranelin & Friends’ “Forever Bird.” Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance online beginning Tuesday, August 17, at 10 am. More info here.

5. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s theme is Disco, and the event is free and open to the public. More info here.

6. Shakespeare in the Park -> The Independent Shakespeare Co. is bringing back free, live theater to Griffith Park starting Aug. 7 with performances of The Tempest. Shows will run Wednesdays to Sundays through Sep. 5. For health and safety reasons, online reservations are required to ensure capacity limits are held. This week’s performances are stand-by only as of now, but tickets for futures shows are released 7 days in advance of each performance, so be sure to check the ISC’s website if you want to reserve a slot for a future show. Get more info and make a reservation here.

7. Daily Harvest on The Hollywood Walk of Fame -> Health focused and time saving delivery service Daily Harvest is taking over the Hollywood Walk of Fame all weekend long. The public will get a chance to “place their very own star” on the iconic walkway for a photo moment, and enjoy new Daily Harvest smoothie flavors not yet released. Free and open to the public Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

8. Levitt Pavilion Concerts -> This Friday, Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert series continues with performances Raashan Ahmad and Mark de Clive-Lowe. The series continues on Saturday with Isaac Torres y Su Alianza, then Sunday with Gustavo Bucardo.  Free. Outdoors. All-ages. More info here.

9. Sing-Along Weekend at Electric Dusk -> Electric Dusk Drive-In has a trio of films. The lineup includes Pitch Perfect on Friday, La La Land on Saturday, and The Little Mermaid on Sunday. Tickets are are $15 per car and first person, and $8 for each passenger. More info here.

10. Grand Performances -> This Friday’ edition of Grand Performances is headlined by Latinx synth-pop artist Katzù Oso, and also features a performance by Mexican signer-songwriter Irene Diaz. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. Outdoors. All-ages. More info here.

11. Ultra -> The Torrance Art Museum has collaborated with over 20 artists to create a series of public art installations freely accessible in locations around the City of Torrance, now through Aug. 28. More info here.

12. Cardboard City -> Third Street Promenade is temporarily home to a 10,000 square foot pop-up art center featuring large-scale cardboard sculptures created by local artists and sponsoring architecture and design firms. Cardboard City is free to attend, open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. through Aug. 29. More info here.

13. Salute Your Shorts Film Festival -> This three-day film festival celebrates a curated collection of short films made by talented filmmakers, both local and international, all taking place at the Assitance League Theater in Hollywood. Friday features and opening night party, following by screenings Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $60 for an all-session pass, or $15 for individual blocks of films. More info and tickets here.

14. Proof-of-Vax Bars -> The list of L.A.-area bars now requiring proof of vaccination for entry has no grown to 49 establishments, according to an ongoing list put together by L.A. Taco. If you’re still looking to grab a drink, but would feel safer in a vaccine required environment, you could head out to one of these spots this week.

15. DiscOasis -> Lights, disco, live performances, and food trucks, all presented in a lush, late-afternoon garden setting. That’s the premise behind DiscoOasis, a new timed experience at the South Coast Botanic Garden that runs Tuesday through Sunday through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

16. Sing for Hope Pianos -> As part of the Sing for Hope Pianos recurring public art project, 16 special artist-designed pianos will pop up around Beverly Hills from Aug 5. to Sep. 6, offering public guests the opportunity to play and enjoy for free. More info here.

Saturday

17. Sharing an Open Main Street -> This Saturday and Sunday, Santa Monica is bringing back its second installment of “Sharing an Open Main Street,” which will transform two blocks between Hill and Kinney streets into a pedestrian plaza featuring al fresco dining and family-friendly activities. If you miss it this time around, two more installments of the open streets initiative are scheduled for Sep. 18-19, and Oct. 16-17. More info here.

18. Sound of Music Sing-Along -> Bring your singing voice and wear your lederhosen for this Saturday’s screening of The Sound of Music at The Hollywood Bowl. The special sing-along movie night also includes a pre-show costume contest. Tickets available as low as $16. More info here.

19. Soulection -> An all-day showcase of DJ-spun tunes courtesy of Grand Performances, with bar service provided by La City. Free to attend. More info here.

20. Summer SoundWaves -> This Saturday, the Music Center’s Summer. SoundWaves series brings East’s L.A.’s own Las Cafeteras to Jerry Moss Plaza for an evening of genre-bending sounds. Kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets run $20. More info here.

21. 5th Annual Boleros De Noche -> Guatemalan singer-songwriter and guitarist Gaby Moreno comes to the Ford Theatre this Saturday for an evening paying homage to Mexico’s golden era of Boleros. Moreno’s multi-lingual performance will range in styles from blues and jazz, to soul and R&B. Tickets available starting at $50. More info here.

22. Vibrant Vinyasa Yoga with Blakwatter -> Compound, a newly opened cultural complex in Long Beach, hosts is hosting a free vinyasa yoga session on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. Offered both in-person and online for virtual participation. Free to join, but reservation required and space is limited. More details and signup here.

Sunday

23. Music at the Mercado -> This Sunday, Mercado La Paloma will host  César Castro and Cambalache, a Chicano-Jarocho group who play Son Jarocho, the traditional rural music of Veracruz. Event runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free and all-ages. More info here.

24. 32nd Annual MARIACHI USA® -> The annual Mariachi extravaganza at the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday, Aug. 22 for an evening of premier Mariachi performers and a vibrant fireworks display. Tickets available as low as $39.50. More info here.

25. Creative Communal Market -> An open-air market featuring 20+ local vendors, plus live music, kids entertainment, and food. Goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday at 2nd & PCH in Long Beach. More info here.

26. Main Street Market -> Every second and fourth Sunday, Main Street Market pops up in Downtown Los Angeles for a full day of shopping from local apparel, crafts and food vendors. The market is held from noon to 5 p.m. Entry is free.

Dining

27. True Italian Taste Dinner Series -> Not technically for this weekend, but it would be a good idea to get tickets early… From Aug. 23-26, the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West is curating a three-part dinner series in Los Angeles celebrating “True Italian Taste.” Angelini Osteria, N10, and Rossoblu have been tasked to highlight the rich history, along with the evolution of Italian cuisine and its cultural influences. Each restaurant will serve a custom, one-night-only menu that reflects a distinct time period from Medieval Italy to contemporary Italian dishes to a menu that peers into the future landscape of Italian cuisine. Tickets for each dinner cost $75 per person and include wine pairing, tax and tip. We suggest purchasing tickets as soon as possible. This annual series is extremely popular.

28. ROCA -> The creators of the original California Pizza Kitchen have a new project called ROCA, a pizza-by-the-cut operation popping up at The Americana in Glendale. Serving Roman style pizzas with California flair, the pies come in a variety of combinations including asparagus and goat cheese, gold potatoes and Italian sausage and Thai chicken. The ROCA pizza pop-up is a preview of two restaurants that will be opening in Palisades Village and Marina del Rey in early 2022, the Glendale pop-up will close at the end of the year. 

29. Bites at Beverly -> This Sunday, the Beverly Center in partnership with culinary agency carvingblock will host Bites at Beverly, an afternoon event highlighting top local indie makers and chefs. The inaugural series kicks off with Crème FataleFly By JingMisha Kind FoodsSweet Laurel and Tia Lupita Foods. Scheduled to pop up every other Sunday now through October, Bites at Beverly will feature different culinary brands, live music, food-inspired crafts, photo moments, games and special offerings from surrounding retailers and restaurants. The event runs 1-4 p.m. and is free to attend.

30. Pizzeria Vittoria x Ronan -> On Sunday, Savannah’s acclaimed Pizzeria Vittoria will take over Ronan for a one night pop-up introducing Angelenos to their naturally-leavened Neapolitan-inspired pizzas, antipasti and handmade cannoli. Reservations are available on Resy from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Pizzeria Vittoria offerings are available for dine-in only, with the Ronan menu available for dine-in and to-go. Guests dining indoors will be asked to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 48 hours of their reservation time. 

31. White Label Creamery -> Phong Ly Trinh of Pearl’s Finest Teas has added a new ice cream shop right next door to his Fairfax Avenue business. On the menu is vegan ice cream, KAWS shaped waffles, and dairy soft serve. The sweets shop also features streetwear, shoes and art collectibles for sale. Starting August 19, White Label Creamery will host a Tokidoki collaboration of special sweets like a custom Donutella waffle with a variety of fillings, special soft serve and ice cream flavors and a Tokidoki themed out pop-up shop selling exclusive merchandise. The pop-up wraps up on August 29.


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25 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [8-16-2021 to 8-20-2021]

August 16, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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Urban Light at LACMA. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

There’s always lots to do in Los Angeles, and per usual we’re here with a bi-weekly (Monday and Thursday) rundown of the best of what’s happening in the city and county.

This week, from August 16 to 20, features free live comedy via Netflix, a Jane Fonda workout screening, Shakespeare in the Park, live jazz at LACMA, LA Mag’s Whiskey Festival, and more.

[Remember, if you want to stay connected with our weekly updates, be sure to sign up for the We Like L.A. Newsletter]

Monday/ Throughout the Week

1. Outfest LA -> The 39th Annual Outfest LA film Festival will return for in-person screenings and events August 13-22, 2021. Nearly every film will also be available for streaming for those at-risk or who live outside of the region. Tickets for most in-person screenings are $16 for general admission. Complete film guide here.

2. Netflix Is A Joke Radio Presents: Are You Still Listening? -> A monthly, live Netflix stand-up comedy show at Dynasty Typewriter. This Monday’s lineup features Dana Donnelly, Danny Jolles, Kiry Shabazz, Luke Mones, Audrey Stewart, and Wally Baram. Pre-show reception starts at 7:15 p.m., and tickets are free, but admittance is based on first-come, first-serve. More info and RSVP here.

3. Ultra -> The Torrance Art Museum has collaborated with over 20 artists to create a series of public art installations freely accessible in locations around the City of Torrance, now through Aug. 28. More info here.

4. Cardboard City -> Third Street Promenade is temporarily home to a 10,000 square foot pop-up art center featuring large-scale cardboard sculptures created by local artists and sponsoring architecture and design firms. Cardboard City is free to attend, open Thursday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. through Aug. 29. More info here.

5. Proof-of-Vax Bars -> The list of L.A.-area bars now requiring proof of vaccination for entry has no grown to 49 establishments, according to an ongoing list put together by L.A. Taco. If you’re still looking to grab a drink, but would feel safer in a vaccine required environment, you could head out to one of these spots this week.

6. Sing for Hope Pianos -> As part of the Sing for Hope Pianos recurring public art project, 16 special artist-designed pianos will pop up around Beverly Hills from Aug 5. to Sep. 6, offering public guests the opportunity to play and enjoy for free. More info here.

Tuesday

7. Jane Fonda’s Workout -> Cinelounge Outdoors is now hosting a special fitness class / screening of Jane Fonda’s Workout on its big screen every Tuesday evening. Put your body to the test following Fonda’s instruction in classic 80’s style, then enjoy a juice bar, fruity popsicles, and other special surprises. Tickets are $15, and portion of the proceeds will be donated to Greenpeace. More info here.

8. DiscOasis -> Lights, disco, live performances, and food trucks, all presented in a lush, late-afternoon garden setting. That’s the premise behind DiscoOasis, a new timed experience at the South Coast Botanic Garden that runs Tuesday through Sunday through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

Wednesday

9. Caravan Swim Club Supper Series -> Steve Livigni’s Baja-inspired restaurant Caravan Swim Club at Hotel June will host a collaboration dinner with Nomadica wines this Wednesday with an outdoor sunset dinner featuring a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Tickets coast $100 a person and include an all-day pool pass.

10. Shakespeare in the Park -> The Independent Shakespeare Co. is bringing back free, live theater to Griffith Park starting Aug. 7 with performances of The Tempest. Shows will run Wednesdays to Sundays through Sep. 5. For health and safety reasons, online reservations are required to ensure capacity limits are held. This week’s performances are stand-by only as of now, but tickets for futures shows are released 7 days in advance of each performance, so be sure to check the ISC’s website if you want to reserve a slot for a future show. Get more info and make a reservation here.

11. Vegan Playground -> This weekly Arts District night market pops up at Boomtown Brewery every Wednesday and features 20+ rotating vegan vendors each week. Starts at 5 p.m. Admission is free. More info and RSVP here.

Thursday

12. Smell. Print. -> The A+D Architecture and Design Museum’s new pop-up exhibition Smell. Print. offers guests the chance to going on a narrative journey that explores the link between the creation of memory and the power of scent. Tickets to the immersive show are free, but must be reserved in advance online. Runs Wednesday to Sunday through Aug. 21. More info here.

13. Room Service: The Drag Show -> Beverly Hills’ premier drag revue Room Service is back and now held weekly at hotspot Riviera 31, located in the Sofitel Los Angeles. The show incorporates a variety of acts from drag queens, drag kings, trans performers, burlesque acts, boylesque acts, and everything in-between. Riviera 31 will be shaking and stirring up handcrafted cocktails for guests and offering bar bites on the menu too. This week the cast includes: Diana Dzhaketov, Rupaul’s Drag Race’s Mariah Paris Balenciaga, HBO Max’s Legendary Winner Calypso Jete, Kornbread Jete, Laritza La Bouche, & Jo Lopez with Dj Baby Magick. Room Service is held every Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Free general admission and reserved seating cost $10, more ticket information here.

Friday

14. Jazz at LACMA Limited Edition -> Free, live jazz is back at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Fridays, but in a new small-capacity and ticketed format. This Friday, Aug. 20, guests will enjoy Phil Ranelin & Friends’ “Forever Bird.” Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance online beginning Tuesday, August 17, at 10 am. More info here.

15. Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival -> This Friday, LA Mag’s 6th annual Whiskey Festival will take place at The Bloc in DTLA starting at 7 p.m.. The two-hour experience offers guests a chance to meet-and-greet distillers, learn cocktail recipes, and sample new labels. Tickets are $75 plus fees. More info here.

16. Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA is back starting on Aug 13, for five Friday night dance parties on its Jerry Moss Plaza. On-site dance instructors will guide guests on easy-to-learn steps while DJs spin the soundtrack. This Friday’s theme is Disco, and the event is free and open to the public. More info here.

17. Levitt Pavilion Concerts -> This Friday, Levitt Pavilion’s summer concert series continues with performances Raashan Ahmad and Mark de Clive-Lowe Free. Outdoors. All-ages. More info here.

18. Salute Your Shorts Film Festival -> This three-day film festival celebrates a curated collection of short films made by talented filmmakers, both local and international, all taking place at the Assitance League Theater in Hollywood. Friday features and opening night party, following by screenings Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $60 for an all-session pass, or $15 for individual blocks of films. More info and tickets here.

19. Sing-Along Weekend at Electric Dusk -> Electric Dusk Drive-In has a trio of films. The lineup includes Pitch Perfect on Friday, La La Land on Saturday, and The Little Mermaid on Sunday. Tickets are are $15 per car and first person, and $8 for each passenger. More info here.

20. Grand Performances -> This Friday’ edition of Grand Performances is headlined by Latinx synth-pop artist Katzù Oso, and also features a performance by Mexican signer-songwriter Irene Diaz. Starts at 7 p.m. Free. Outdoors. All-ages. More info here.

21. NHM Extended Hours -> Every Friday now through Aug. 6, Natural History Museum will offer extended Friday hours (from 5 to 8 p.m.) that feature a live DJ in the Nature Gardens along with do-it-yourself family activities and food for purchase from the NHM grill. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children. More details here.

Dining

22. Salt & Straws’s Latest Flavors -> Salt & Straw’s latest ice cream menu is camping themed. Now through September 23 grab a scoop or pint of fun combinations like Mushroom Muddy Buddies with actual candied shrooms, Maple & Bacon Streusel, Salted Hazelnut Praline S’mores, Cowboy Coffee Grinds & Bourbon and Bug Juice! a vegan sorbet made of hibiscus mango tea and a blend of cherry, lime, and grape juices.

23. Moderno Cocina finds a home -> Moderno Cocina is now popping up at two Las Perlas locations, West Hollywood and DTLA. Formerly known as La Huesuda Tacos, Moderno Cocina’s co-owners Denice Mendez and Chef Pablo Vega’s food is a mix of authentic Mexican cuisine with an L.A. twist. On the menu are braised pork rib costilla, taquitos de papa, T.J. style asada, Cochinita Pibil and more.

24. White Label Creamery -> Phong Ly Trinh of Pearl’s Finest Teas has added a new ice cream shop right next door to his Fairfax Avenue business. On the menu is vegan ice cream, KAWS shaped waffles, and dairy soft serve. The sweets shop also features streetwear, shoes and art collectibles for sale. Starting August 19, White Label Creamery will host a Tokidoki collaboration of special sweets like a custom Donutella waffle with a variety of fillings, special soft serve and ice cream flavors and a Tokidoki themed out pop-up shop selling exclusive merchandise. The pop-up wraps up on August 29.

25. Herb & Seed -> Support a local business and get delicious, organic and macronutrient dense meals delivered straight to your door. Plant based meal service Herb & Seed carefully designs each dish with the purpose of providing key nutrients without sacrificing on flavor. The menu changes each week and services Los Angeles County and select parts of Ventura and Orange Country. Deliveries are made every Monday. Prices range from $11 to $15 and the portions are generous. There is a $54 minimum and a delivery charge of $10. Additionally, the Herb and Seed packaging is 100% sustainable and the kitchen operates on a zero-waste model. 


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