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33 Fun Things to do This Father’s Day Weekend in L.A. [6-18-2021 to 6-20-2021]

June 17, 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.

This Father’s Day weekend, from June 18 to June 20, features tons of Father’s Day food ideas, Juneteenth celebrations, pop-up markets, drive-in movies, an immersive audio play series, a Freedom Day Walk, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. Marina Drive-In Movies -> The Marina Del Rey drive-in movie series kicks off this weekend with two nights of screenings. Shrek and Captain America: The First Avenger play Friday followed by The Lego Movie and Iron Man on Saturday night. Tickers run $20 per car (includes all passengers), max 8 people per vehicle. See the full schedule for the season and reserve a spot here.

2. RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity -> A new exhibit by artist Kengo Kito is now 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. Exhibits runs from June 16 to Sep. 6. Learn more here.

3. StarChefs Restaurant Week -> StarChefs, the restaurant industry magazine spotlights its Rising Stars list with the launch of a Restaurant Week from June 16 through June 30 inviting the public to experience dishes, pastries, wine pairings, and cocktails at the forefront of American dining.

4. Chalk Lines -> Chalk Repertory Theatre has produced a series of five immersive audio plays that explore historically diverse neighborhoods of Los Angeles, including Leimert Park, Exposition Park, and West Adams. Listeners can stream the plays at home or on location with a mobile device starting June 18. More info here.

5. The Huntington -> Enjoy the gardens during twilight hours Fridays through Sundays when The Huntington hosts Summer Evening Strolls from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June through August. Advance tickets ($20 per adult) are required.

6. Pride Publics -> Pride Publics: Words and Actions brings issues of LGBTQ+ community action, struggle and progress into focus through a series of 28 large-scale posters installed on the east side of Robertson Blvd, just south of Santa Monica Blvd. The works will be on view through July 1. More info here.

7. Self Help Graphics & Art Print Fair -> Self Help Graphic’s annual art print fair is going virtual this year, with new prints released online every week in June, beginning today. Browse a selection of new and limited edition serigraphs, reliefs and intaglio prints created by over twenty artists. Proceeds support the ongoing mission of Self Help Graphics and Art. More info here.

8. Rainbow Road Art Walk -> To celebrate Pride month, Santa Monica place is hosting a self-guided art experience of 13 colorful installations created by LGBTQIA+ artists. Runs June 4-30. More info here.

9. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

10. Jazz Night at Runway Playa Vista -> Enjoy live jazz music every Friday from 5-8 p.m. all summer. Grab food from Runway vendors and snag outdoor seating on Town Center Drive.

11. Urban Death Trail of Torment -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre has a new walk-thru attraction kicks off this Thursday. Per a release, the 20-minute experience takes visitors on a journey through “dimly-lit labyrinth straight into our phantasmagoria.” A $35 ticket is good for entry for two. Runs on Fridays and Saturdays, now extended through June 26 Get tickets here.

12. Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel  -> The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative. Runs Thursday to Sunday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full right up on the experience here.

13. Dances in the Open -> L.A. Dance Project returns with in-person performaces featuring two works: New Taylor, choreographed by former NYCB Principal dancer Janie Taylor, and Solo at Dusk, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith, in collaboration with Or Schraiber. Tickets start at $50 per person, $25 for students, and $175 for benching seating that accommodates 4-5. Happening Wednesdays to Sundays through June 25. More info and tickets here.

Saturday

14. The Fountain’s Juneteenth Celebration -> The Fountain Theatre celebrates Juneteenth with a free public gathering featuring dance music from D.J. Earry Hall, plus a small marketplace will items for sale from Black food vendors and artisans. The public event immediately follows a performance of the Obie award-winning play An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (separately ticketed), which begins at 5 p.m. More info here.

15. Leimert Plaza Reopening -> After three years of construction closures, the Leimert Park Plaza is reopening this Saturday with a special celebrationAs part of the festivities, the S.H.I.N.E. Muwasi Drum Circle will perform to celebrate the reopening as well as commemorate the Juneteenth holiday. Free to the public. More info here.

16. Cat-O-Rama -> This Saturday, Annenberg Petspace is hosting a day-long adoption event featuring meet-and-greets, free food and drinks, raffle prizes, and cat-themed games for kids. Free to attend. More info and registration here.

17. Freedom Day Events in Altadena -> On Saturday the Therapeutic Play Foundation, in association with multiple local organizations and partners, is hosting a day of free community events at Loma Alta Park in Altadena. The day’s schedule includes a Juneteenth Freedom Day Walk, a resource fair, mental health panels, and live entertainment. Free to the public. Check-in starts at 9 a.m. Get more info and register for a ticket here.

18. Makers Market -> Creative Communal’s pop-up market brings local makers, live music, photo-ops, and a kid-friendly atmosphere to Runway Playa Vista this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

19. Rainbow Drive-In Movie Night -> On Saturday the Scottish Rite Cultural Centre in Long Beach will host an evening of independent movie screenings with a focus on LBGTQ+ films. The evening’s festivities include local food trucks, vendors, and DJ-spun tunes. Tickets run Use promo code “drivein” for 10% off tickets, which start at $50 per car, or $20 for walk-ups. Full details here.

20. Street Food Cinema -> The 10th season of SFC continues with a screening of Black Panther at L.A. State Historic Park and Dirty Dancing at Will Rodgers State Historic Park. Tickets will be sold for socially distanced pods of 2, 4, or 6 attendees. A two-person GA pod starts at $46. Get tickets and more information here.

21. Nothing But BLK Flea -> Find a gift for dad while supporting black-owned businesses at this Saturday flea market featuring over 30 vendors gathered at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. 10 a.m to 5 p.m. More details here.

22. Cinespia -> Cinespia is going the drive-in route this season with movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. The Muppet Movie screens this Saturday. Tickets cost $18.

23. Hoods Up For Father’s Day -> If dad is a car guy, take him to the Petersen Automotive Museum this Saturday where exhibitors will showcase a peek under the hoods of more than a dozen rare vehicles, plus you’ll be able to explore the 150 cars on display inside the Petersen’s vault. Admission starts at $16 per adult. More info here.

24. The Great L.A. River Cleanup -> Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) is hosting a pair of trash and debris cleanups along the L.A. River this Saturday. One will be held at the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, the other at Haskell Creek. Registration information, along with a schedule of other cleanups scheduled for this summer, can be found here.

Sunday

25. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes -> The largest Latinx pop-up in the country, Molcajete Dominguero is an outdoor Latinx flea market featuring innovative vendors. No registration needed. Doors open at 11 a.m.

26. Hogs, Hops, & Pops -> The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica once again hosts their Fathers Day bbq event Hogs, Hops, & Pops this year with an afternoon of delicious festivities at poolside kitchen FIG Restaurant. Beers are provided by Santa Monica Brewery and delectable BBQ offerings ( including two free-range heritage bred hogs from Pachamama Farms) will be prepared by Executive Chef Jason Prendergast and Guest Chef Patricio Wise of the internationally acclaimed eatery, Nixtaco Mexican Restaurant. Lawn games will also be available entertainment. Tickets available for booking now via Tock for $55 per guest, children 10 and under receive complimentary entry. 

27. Melrose Trading Post -> This weekly flea market takes place every Sunday at Fairfax Highschool Starting at 9 a.m., and this week the event will host live musical performances onsite for the first time in over a year. Admission costs $5. More info here.

28. Beverly Hills Tour d’Elegance -> The City of Beverly Hills celebrates Father’s Day with a special car parade along Rodeo Drive featuring some 50 rare and exotic automobiles driven by local collectors and celebrities. Runs 10 to 11 a.m. on Sunday. More info here.

Dining

29. The Milky Way -> Pico-Robertson’s fine kosher restaurant The Milky Way will host Sunday brunch to celebrate Father’s Day. Brunch includes Peach Bellinis, Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict Florentine, Potato Latkes and more. Live music will be provided by pianist Zak Astor during brunch.The Milky Way will also be offering a $10 bounce back gift card for every person that dines with them this Sunday.

30. Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company -> On Father’s Day Boyle Heights pizzeria, Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company is serving a Smoked Brisket Chipotle BBQ Pizza ($15) made in collaboration with David Marin of East LA BBQ Company. The wood-fired pie features mozzarella cheese, scallions, smoked brisket, chipotle BBQ, red onion, bell pepper and cotija cheese. In addition to the pizza special, Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. will offer a three-piece signature House Papas ($6), hand-crafted cocktails ($10), and Bottomless Beermosas ($21) to enjoy.

31. The Front Yard – The North Hollywood neighborhood restaurant located at The Garland hotel will offer a $60 Fathers Day special the includes a 16 oz. dry aged bone-in ribeye paired with triple fried fingerling potatoes, grilled asparagus and your choice of a signature cocktail, including a Maple in the Rye, Manhattan, TFY Old Fashion or a glass of slow press Cabernet. 

32. Brunch at Umami Burger -> Starting this Saturday Umami Burger will begin offering brunch on the menu. Diners can enjoy Corn Flake breaded fried chicken & waffles, a pastrami hash with truffle fondue, chilaquiles, a tomatillo highball cocktail and Cinnamon Toast Crunch shake to name a few. Brunch menu is available for in-person dining and delivery.

33. Katsuya -> The trendy Japanese restaurant has reopened with an all-new menu at Brentwood, L.A. Live and Glendale. Menu highlights include truffled beef tataki, sweet prawn shumai, king crab tempura and ginger chicken bao buns. Katsuya will also start delivery service on the CITIZENS GO app this weekend. 


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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Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [6-14-2021 to 6-18-2021]

June 14, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
RECONNECTING A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito. Photo via Japan House LA

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 list of in-person experiences.

This week, from June 14 to June 18, features free tacos in Studio City, a virtual Juneteenth celebration, a new installation at Japan House LA, online workshops via LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a new bistro from the chefs of République, a comedy show at the Grand Central Market rooftop, and more!

Monday / All Week

1. En Casa con LA Plaza -> All this week LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host special Zoom and Facebook Live Sessions that reflect the best of Los Angeles Latinx history. Workshops include making Chicken Enchilada Pie with Tirsa Farah of Tirsa’s Mexican Café, a discussion with Mexican-American History Maker, actor, director, producer, and activist, Edward James Olmos, and a happy hour with writer, director and producer Julio Quintana See the full line up here.

2. Self Help Graphics & Art Print Fair -> Self Help Graphic’s annual art print fair is going virtual this year, with new prints released online every week in June. Browse a selection of new and limited edition serigraphs, reliefs and intaglio prints created by over twenty artists. Proceeds support the ongoing mission of Self Help Graphics and Art. More info here.

3. Pride Publics -> Pride Publics: Words and Actions brings issues of LGBTQ+ community action, struggle and progress into focus through a series of 28 large-scale posters installed on the east side of Robertson Blvd, just south of Santa Monica Blvd. The works will be on view through July 1. More info here.

4. Rooftop Cinema Club -> The drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport is holding screenings this week. Movies include Pineapple Express, The Thing, Black Panther and much more. A ticket for one vehicle with two passengers start at $32. See full details and schedule here.

5. Rainbow Road Art Walk -> To celebrate Pride month, Santa Monica place is hosting a self-guided art experience of 13 colorful installations created by LGBTQIA+ artists. Runs June 4-30. More info here.

6. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

7. South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Tuesday

8. Lift Every Voice and Sing -> On Tuesday, the California African American Museum joins nine other museums cultural institutions across the country in a virtual celebration of Juneteenth through a film presentation that celebrates the victory and liberty of the African American people. Steam starts at 9 a.m. More info here.

9. Free Tacos at Roadside Taco -> To celebrate the grand opening of Studio City’s newest taco and cocktail joint Roadside Taco the restaurant is partnering with food discovery app Off The Menu for a public event from 5-11 p.m. All attendees will get three free tacos of their choice (Turkey, Carne Asada, Al Pastor, Chicken, and Cauliflower Al Pastor). Off The Menu members will receive a complimentary Topo Chico Hard Seltzer, and separate entry area. Additional drinks will be available for purchase, additional tacos are available at no cost while supplies last. No reservations are needed and guests do not have to be an Off The Menu member to attend.

10. Langer’s Deli -> Langer’s Deli will re-open for in-person dining for the first time in over a year on Tuesday, June 15. The historic deli will celebrate with a ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. with local and state elected officials, and union leaders in attendance.

11. Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Movie Nights -> The historic hotel welcomes guests to a unique movie screening experience around the iconic David Hockney-painted pool. A ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and if you dress up to the theme of the movie, you’ll also receive a free cocktail or candy bar. This week, they’ll screen The Birdcage. More info here.

12. AYCA Tacos at Lanea -> Lanea in Santa Monica will celebrate California fully opening on June 15 with an All You Can Eat Taco Wednesday Special. For $15 guests get all you can eat street tacos plus chips and pico de gallo. Barbacoa and shrimp tacos will cost an additional $1 each for the special.  

Wednesday

13. RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity -> A new exhibit by artist Kengo Kito comes to Japan House LA this Wednesday. 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. Exhibits runs from June 16 to Sep. 6. Learn more here.

14. The Comedy Roof -> On Wednesdays the The Comedy Roof brings a socially-distanced comedy show to the rooftop of Grand Central Market. Tickets are $20. Parking is free. More info here.

15. StarChefs Restaurant Week -> StarChefs, the restaurant industry magazine spotlights its Rising Stars list with the launch of a Restaurant Week from June 16 through June 30 inviting the public to experience dishes, pastries, wine pairings, and cocktails at the forefront of American dining.

16. Dances in the Open -> L.A. Dance Project returns with in-person performaces featuring two works: New Taylor, choreographed by former NYCB Principal dancer Janie Taylor, and Solo at Dusk, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith, in collaboration with Or Schraiber. Tickets start at $50 per person, $25 for students, and $175 for benching seating that accommodates 4-5. Happening Wednesdays to Sundays through June 25. More info and tickets here.

17. Behind the Screens -> This week, KCRW’s Behind the Screens features KCRW Good Food host Evan Kleiman in conversation with the Executive Producers of “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America.” 

Thursday

18. Flower Bomb: RUNCHELLA -> In Thursday Zoom session, the California African American Museum hosts members of the Flower Bomb collective to dissect the origins of melisma—or the vocal run—and the singers who perfected it. Free event. RVSP here.

19. Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel  -> The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative. Runs Thursday through Sunday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full write-up on the experience here.

Friday

20. The Huntington -> Enjoy the gardens during twilight hours Fridays through Sundays when The Huntington hosts Summer Evening Strolls from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June through August. Advance tickets ($20 per adult) are required.

21. Jazz Night at Runway Playa Vista -> Enjoy live jazz music every Friday from 5-8 p.m. all summer. Grab food from Runway vendors and snag outdoor seating on Town Center Drive.

Dining

22. Bicyclette Bistro -> Chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke of République aim to bring an authentic slice of Paris to Los Angeles with Bicyclette Bistro. Opening June 16, Bicyclette Bistro’s menu showcases beloved Parisian classics such as Duck Leg Confit, Bouillabaisse and Steak au Poivre. Classic French desserts including Paris Brest and Profiterole au Chocolate are also available, as well as an all-French wine list and a French inspired cocktail program. 

23. Kumi -> Nori taco concept Kumi offers fun and inventive Bento boxes for delivery and pick up through the CITIZENS GO app. On the menu is a selection of nori tacos, onigiri, sushi rolls and temaki sets. Developed by C3 the CITIZENS GO app conveniently allows diners to order from multiple C3 restaurant brands including Umami Burger, Krispy Rice and Sam’s Crispy Chicken in one single cart. Make a $15 minimum order from Kumi through the app using the promo code FREEKUMI to receive a complimentary Crispy Shrimp Nori Taco (limit one free item per customer).

24. Jewel -> Plant-based restaurant Jewel in Virgil Village has update on their vegan menu. The new additions created by newly appointed Executive Chef Kota Hidaka (The Springs and Redbird) and Sous Chef Andy Barbato (Little Pine) draw inspiration from the diverse communities that make up Los Angeles. Included are a Buffalo “Chicken” Sandwich made of fried “chicken” yuba (tofu skin) dredged in Korean spices, plus a Smoky Bacon Toast with cashew herb spread topped with tempeh bacon, pickled fresno chilies, pea tendrils and lemon-bay leaf vinaigrette served on Bub & Grandma’s sourdough bread. 


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22 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [6-11-2021 to 6-13-2021]

June 10, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Los Angeles River
The Los Angeles River, looking towards DTLA. 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.

This weekend, from June 11 to June 13, features Pride Night at Dodger Stadium, the Great L.A. River Cleanup, a pollination party at Eagle Rock Brewery, a fitness fest in Playa Vista, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. Pride Publics -> Pride Publics: Words and Actions brings issues of LGBTQ+ community action, struggle and progress into focus through a series of 28 large-scale posters installed on the east side of Robertson Blvd, just south of Santa Monica Blvd. The works will be on view through July 1. More info here.

2. Self Help Graphics & Art Print Fair -> Self Help Graphic’s annual art print fair is going virtual this year, with new prints released online every week in June, beginning today. Browse a selection of new and limited edition serigraphs, reliefs and intaglio prints created by over twenty artists. Proceeds support the ongoing mission of Self Help Graphics and Art. More info here.

3. Pride Night at Dodger Stadium -> This Friday, LA Pride and the Dodgers team up for Pride Night, featuring drink specials, a special recognition of frontline workers from Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community and a few other surprise guests. After the game fans can stick around for the Friday night fireworks show Grab tickets and get info here.

4. Imari -> Restaurateur Philip Camino (Fellow, The Hudson, EarthBar) will soft open Imari this Friday in Brentwood traditional Japanese offerings prepared by Michelin-starred Shibumi chef David Schlosser. Master sushi chef Derek Wilcox from the acclaimed Shoji in New York City serving as chef de cuisine. During the soft open Imari will serve a limited menu of bento boxes to-go or for deliver. The restaurant will fully open for dine-in on July 16.

5. Rooftop Cinema Club -> The drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport is holding screenings all weekend. Movies this week include Friday, The Sandlot, Magic Mike and much more. A ticket for one vehicle with two passengers starts at $32. See full details here.

6. Rainbow Road Art Walk -> To celebrate Pride month, Santa Monica place is hosting a self-guided art experience of 13 colorful installations created by LGBTQIA+ artists. Runs June 4-30. More info here.

7. Pop Cultured -> Jimmy Prado from the podcast Never Not Funny presents an online movie themed comedy game show this Friday where comedians compete in a variety of improvised comedy games the win the title of Pop Cultured Champ. Tickets start at $10 with the option to also buy group tickets.

8. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

9. Urban Death Trail of Torment -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre has a new walk-thru attraction kicks off this Thursday. Per a release, the 20-minute experience takes visitors on a journey through “dimly-lit labyrinth straight into our phantasmagoria.” A $35 ticket is good for entry for two. Runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 7:20 p.m. Get tickets here.

10. Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel  -> The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative. Runs Thursday through Sunday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full right up on the experience here.

Saturday

11. One Down Dog -> The Echo Park yoga studio is hosting a Tie Dye For Pride event this Saturday. The 30-minute sessions are held outdoors between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets cost $45 a person (shirt included), $75 for a pair if you sign up with a friend and an additional $10 to dye a piece you bring in on your own (limit one item.) 10% of the proceeds will go to Somos Familia Valle, an organization that advances LGBTQ education, empowerment, and wellness in the San Fernando Valley.

12. Angel City Market -> Outdoor market in Inglewood that brings 60+ vendors together and offers outdoor games, a live DJ, a photo booth, and more. Pet friendly. Free to attend. More info here.

13. The Politics of Street Vendors -> On Saturday, LACMA will host an online screening of this short documentary series that details the history vending economy in Los Angeles and the ongoing challenges facing vendors, including the impact of the pandemic. RSVP to watch for free here.

14. Dances in the Open -> L.A. Dance Project returns with in-person performaces featuring two works: New Taylor, choreographed by former NYCB Principal dancer Janie Taylor, and Solo at Dusk, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith, in collaboration with Or Schraiber. Tickets start at $50 per person, $25 for students, and $175 for benching seating that accommodates 4-5. Happening Wednesdays to Sundays through June 25. More info and tickets here.

15. The Great L.A. River Cleanup -> Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) is hosting a pair of trash and debris cleanups along the L.A. River this Saturday. One will be held at the Bette Davis Picnic Area near the Glendale Narrows, the other at Bull Creek. Registration information, along with a schedule of other cleanups scheduled for this summer, can be found here.

Sunday

16. Pollination Party -> On Sunday, Eagle Rock Brewery teams up with the Theodore Payne Foundation to host a ‘Pollination Party” featuring beers, food vendors, native pollinator plants for sale, plus an insect Q&A with special guest Lisa Gonzales, Assistant Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum. Free to attend, no reservations required. More info here.

17. Runway Fitness Fest -> A free fitness event at Runway Playa Vista where guests will challenge themselves on a climbing wall, rowing machines, and other body weight exercises. First 100 people to sign up receive a free goodie bag. To register and get more info go here.

18. Brunch at Umami Burger -> Starting this Sunday Umami Burger will begin offering brunch on the menu. Diners can enjoy Corn Flake breaded fried chicken & waffles, a pastrami hash with truffle fondue, chilaquiles, a tomatillo highball cocktail and Cinnamon Toast Crunch shake to name a few. Umami Burger will also be hosting a Father’s Day giveaway where three lucky winners and their dads will receive a private grill session with Chef Michael Israel followed by brunch at Umami Burger at The Grove. All participants need to do is email FathersDayWithUmami@sbe.com explaining why your father is the best and deserving of a grill session between June 13-20. UPDATE: This promotion has been postponed until June 19, so no brunch menu this Sunday!

19. Melrose Trading Post -> This weekly flea market takes place every Sunday at Fairfax Highschool Starting at 9 a.m., and this week the event will host live musical performances onsite for the first time in over a year. Admission costs $5. More info here.

20. Create Japan -> Culinary Curation’s SHINCHA, a Japanese Afternoon Tea pop up is a green tea and food pairing (temari sushi and wagashi) event meant to be enjoyed at home. Tickets are almost sold out. The experience cost $75 per order. Full details here.

Dining

21. Go-Go Gyoza & Go-Go Bird Pop Up -> Hinoki and the Bird’s Executive Chef Brandon Kida’s Go-Go Gyoza and Go-Go Bird will be popping up at Citizen Public Market in Culver City this weekend serving Japanese inspired fried chicken and cheddar biscuits as well as chicken gyozas, topped with chili oil and an aromatic soy sauce. Premium cookie operation Zooies Cookies will also be popping up at Citizen Public Market for those with a sweet-tooth.

22. Lunetta -> Weekend brunch at Lunetta takes place across three outdoor garden patios. The menu includes a house charred Bloody Mary, crispy chicken and lemon ricotta pancakes, polenta and eggs as well as a deconstructed Nicoise salad. Reservations are highly recommended for both Saturday and Sunday.


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27 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [6-7-2021 to 6-11-2021]

June 7, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Twilight at Dodger Stadium
Twilight at Dodger Stadium. Credit: John Liu via flickr

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 list of in-person experiences.

This week, from June 7 to June 11, features Pride Night at Dodger Stadium, the Self Help Graphics and Art Print Fair, twilight walks at The Huntington, a special ‘Hacks’ virtual screening, new outdoor art in WeHo for Pride month, and more!

Monday / All Week

1. Self Help Graphics & Art Print Fair -> Self Help Graphic’s annual art print fair is going virtual this year, with new prints released online every week in June, beginning today. Browse a selection of new and limited edition serigraphs, reliefs and intaglio prints created by over twenty artists. Proceeds support the ongoing mission of Self Help Graphics and Art. More info here.

2. Pride Publics -> Pride Publics: Words and Actions brings issues of LGBTQ+ community action, struggle and progress into focus through a series of 28 large-scale posters installed on the east side of Robertson Blvd, just south of Santa Monica Blvd. The works will be on view through July 1. More info here.

3. The OutFronts -> Outfest’s five-day digital event The OutFronts (June 4-8) will connect fans with the best in LGBTQIA television and streaming through free-to-view panel discussions and exclusive
members-only premieres via the Outfest Now streaming app. View the full programing here.

4. Rainbow Road Art Walk -> To celebrate Pride month, Santa Monica place is hosting a self-guided art experience of 13 colorful installations created by LGBTQIA+ artists. Runs June 4-30. More info here.

5. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

6. Ai Weiwei sculpture at LACMA -> Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is on view outdoors at LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza now through June 13. The installment of the sculpture is a precursor to Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation, a new exhibition opening later this summer at the museum.

7. WE RISE x CicLAvia -> Starting May 30, download CicLAvia’s Experience Central Ave Bike Map for a self-guided music bike ride through one of the oldest historic communities in Los Angeles. The playlist provided by Subsuelo Music Collective speaks to the cultures and experiences that help make each neighborhood what it is today.

8. South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

Tuesday

9. Hollywood Roosevelt’s Tropicana Movie Nights -> The historic hotel welcomes guests to a unique movie screening experience around the iconic David Hockney-painted pool. A ticket comes with complimentary popcorn and if you dress up to the theme of the movie, you’ll also receive a free cocktail or candy bar. This week, they’ll screen The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. More info here.

10. California African American Museum -> CAAM is open for in person visits Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum currently has three exhibitions on view including Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. which profiles revolutionary men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar. All visitors are required to reserve in advance. Admission is free.  Open Tuesday through Sunday.

11. The Skirball -> The museum is now reopened with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO® blocks that reflects the artist’s experience of being arrested and interrogated by the Chinese government for 81 days in 2011. Visit info can be found here.

12. The Grove -> Enjoy a Paint & Sip complete with a glass of wine or cocktail right in the heart of The Grove every Tuesday 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $50 and includes all supplies and drink.

13. Dan McCleary: OAXACA -> Previously a virtual-only exhibition, visitors are now welcome to the USC Fischer Museum to check out more than two decades of Oaxacan prints created by artist Dan McCleary. Entry is free, but advance reservations are required. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday. More info and timed slots available here.

14. Rooftop Cinema Club -> The drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport is holding screenings this Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Movies this week include Coming 2 America, The Craft, Friday and much more. A ticket for one vehicle with two passengers starts at $32. See full details here.

Wednesday

15. Dances in the Open -> L.A. Dance Project returns with in-person performaces featuring two works: New Taylor, choreographed by former NYCB Principal dancer Janie Taylor, and Solo at Dusk, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith, in collaboration with Or Schraiber. Tickets start at $50 per person, $25 for students, and $175 for benching seating that accommodates 4-5. Happening Wednesdays to Sundays through June 25. More info and tickets here.

16. Invisible Sun -> The Broad’s latest Invisible Sun is response to the issues of gender and race-based violence, capitalism, and colonialism that came into focus last summer. The exhibition features 59 works from artists including El Anatsui, Alexander Calder,Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Cindy Sherman, and many of the works will be on view for the first time. The Broad is open Wednesday to Sunday. Advance reservations to visit (currently required) can be made here.

17. Rainbow Skate Night -> Moonlight Rollerway’s weekly LGBTQ-themed skate night kicks off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Tickets are $15, and skate rental is NOT included. More info and tickets here.

Thursday

18. Comedy at The Whitley -> Outdoor comedy returns to The Whitley in Hollywood this Thursday. lineup features Nick Kroll, Joe Mande, Moshe Kasher, and other guests. GA tickets start at $29. More info here.

19. H is for Honey -> Essi Zimm’s new solo exhibition at the Gabba Gallery will be on view through June 26. The gallery is open Thursday – Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., or my appointment. More info here.

20. Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel  -> The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative. Runs Thursday through Sunday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full right up on the experience here.

Friday

21. Pride Night at Dodger Stadium -> This Friday, LA Pride and the Dodgers team up for Pride Night, featuring drink specials, a special recognition of frontline workers from Los Angeles’ LGBTQ+ community and a few other surprise guests. After the game fans can stick around for the Friday night fireworks show Grab tickets and get info here.

22. The Huntington -> Enjoy the gardens during twilight hours Fridays through Sundays when The Huntington hosts Summer Evening Strolls from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. June through August. Advance tickets ($20 per adult) are required.

23. ‘Hacks’ virtual Screening -> KCRW Virtual Cinema and Behind the Screens Event: ‘Hacks’ features a followed by a special conversation with Madeleine Brand and the cast and crew from the show.

Dining

24. The Tasting Kitchen -> The decade-old Venice restaurant serves seasonal Southern Californian cuisine including a large menu of handcrafted pastas. Prepared by Chef Travis Passerotti, pasta options this month include Spaghetti with Ipswich clams and Cavatelli with pork and peach ragu.

25. Oui Melrose -> Armen Piskoulian’s upgraded Filet-O-Fish sandwich is topped with shaved Black Truffles for the Summer. The Black Truffle Fish sandwich cost $19 and is available for dine-in, takeout and delivery.

26. The Henry -> The West Hollywood restaurant will reopen on June 8 with an updated seafood focused menu, a daily happy hour menu from 3-7 p.m. and weekend brunch.

27. Create Japan -> Tickets are on sale now for the Culinary Curation’s SHINCHA, a Japanese Afternoon Tea pop up. Happening on June 13, ticket holders will receive a number of green teas (loose leaf and cold brewed) paired with temari sushi and wagashi (Japanese confections) to enjoy at home. The experience cost $75 per order. Full details here.


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24 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [6-4-2021 to 6-6-2021]

June 3, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.

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.

This weekend features a donut freebie from Dunkin’, a colorful art walk in Santa Monica, the L.A. Zoo’s Beastly Ball, First Fridays at NHM, a DIY boba kit, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. Dunkin’ Freebies -> This Friday, June 4, is National Donut Day and Dunkin’ will be celebrating in the best way possible. All day long on June 4, guests can enjoy a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage while supplies last at participating California Dunkin’ locations. 

2. Rainbow Road Art Walk -> To celebrate Pride month, Santa Monica place is hosting a self-guided art experience of 13 colorful installations created by LGBTQIA+ artists. Runs June 4-30. More info here.

3. First Fridays Connected -> First Fridays are back at LACMA via new virtual programming that kicks off on June 4. This season’s theme focuses on Los Angeles at the Intersections, a celebration of the city’s science and culture. The first edition (this Friday) offers a panel discussion on the murals of L.A. followed by a special musical performance by Sasami. Free on YouTube/Zoom. RSVP here.

4. The OutFronts -> Outfest’s five-day digital event The OutFronts (June 4-8) will connect fans with the best in LGBTQIA television and streaming through free-to-view panel discussions and exclusive
members-only premieres via the Outfest Now streaming app. View the full programing here.

5. Urban Death Trail of Torment -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre has a new walk-thru attraction kicks off this Thursday. Per a release, the 20-minute experience takes visitors on a journey through “dimly-lit labyrinth straight into our phantasmagoria.” A $35 ticket is good for entry for two. Runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 7:20 p.m. Get tickets here.

6. The GRAMMY Museum is Now Open -> The GRAMMY Museum welcomed the public back on May 21 with three brand new special exhibits, including retrospectives on Motown Records, Dave Matthews Band, and the life and career of Marco Antonio Solís. Adult admission starts at $15 per person, and can be booked in advance here.

7. The Broad is Now Open -> The Broad’s latest exhibition, Invisible Sun, was conceived last summer as a response to the issues of gender and race-based violence, capitalism, and colonialism. It features 59 works from artists including El Anatsui, Alexander Calder,Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Cindy Sherman, and many of the works will be on view for the first time. Advance reservations to visit can be made here.

8. Japanese American National Museum -> JANM in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

9. The Skirball -> The museum is now reopened with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO® blocks that reflects the artist’s experience of being arrested and interrogated by the Chinese government for 81 days in 2011. Visitor info can be found here.

10. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

11. California African American Museum -> CAAM is open for in person visits Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum currently has three exhibitions on view including Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. which profiles revolutionary men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar. All visitors are required to reserve in advance. Admission is free.  

Saturday

12. Beastly Ball -> The L.A. Zoo’s annual fundraiser goes virtual for the second consecutive year with Joel McHale once again hosting. Expect celebrity guests, musical performances, and tons of appearances from lovable creatures who call the zoo their home. The program begins on Saturday at  5:45 p.m. with a pre-show. More info on how to watch and support here.

13. Pickwick Vintage Show -> 65+ exhibitors will offering a range of wares including vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, textiles, and other inspiring goods. The event takes place this Saturday at the Pickwick Gardens in Burbank. Tickets run from $5-$20 depending on time of entry. More info here.

14. Off The Menu National Donut Day -> The food discovery app is partnering with DaMandyz and Oui Melrose to celebrate National Donut Day and support of Pride Month at Cookie N’ Kicks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Guests who make a donation to GLAAD will receive two special donuts created by DaMandyz, WWE Superstars Sonya Deville and Mandy Sacs.

15. H is for Honey -> A new solo exhibition from artist Essi Zimm comes to Gabba Gallery with a special opening event this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Limited capacity, masks required. The work will be on view at the gallery through June 26. More info here.

16. Hollywood Heritage Final Sale -> If Hollywood history is your bag, this Saturday is the third round of the ongoing Hollywood Heritage sale. Browse collectibles, DVD’s, Blu-ray’s, books, and other memorabilia at this final blowout event. $5 gets you inside, and capacity is limited. Runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Sunday

17. The Black Market -> A flea market in the Arts District featuring all black-owned shops and vendors. Takes place at Awa Oasia near the corner of 6th and Mateo. Tickets are $5.

18. Super Rich -> The Echo Park onigiri cafe will pop-up at Paper Please in Chinatown this Sunday, June 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out.) Stop by to pick up casual Japanese bites and artisan paper goods like stationary.

20. Sol & Sound -> An outdoor sound bath taking place at Lake Hollywood Park put on the women’s wellness collective Garden of Her LA. The 40-minute experience is free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

21. Melrose Trading Post -> This weekly flea market takes place every Sunday at Fairfax Highschool Starting at 9 a.m., and this week the event will host live musical performances onsite for the first time in over a year. Admission costs $5. More info here.

Dining

22. Sunright Tea Studio -> The bubble tea shop just launched an Instant Boba Milk Tea Kit for Angelenos to enjoy at home or bring to a party. Kits cost $19.95 for six servings and includes Ceylon black tea, Sunright’s special milk tea powder, brown sugar and chewy boba pearls made of tapioca. The process takes just minutes to prepare. Kits can be picked up at all Sunright locations.

23. Create Japan -> Tickets are on sale now for the Culinary Curation’s SHINCHA, a Japanese Afternoon Tea pop up. Happening on June 13, ticket holders will receive a number of green teas (loose leaf and cold brewed) paired with temari sushi and wagashi (Japanese confections) to enjoy at home. The experience cost $75 per order. Full details here.

24. Candy Club x Cake Monkey -> Candy Club and Cake Monkey have teamed up to create a special Cakewich for charity. Available all month, the Banana Peanut Toffee Crunch Cakewich is a banana cake sandwich filled with peanut buttercream, banana jam and Candy Club’s chocolate toffee peanuts, coated in bittersweet chocolate. 100% of the proceeds from this collaboration will go to People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), a local non-profit organization working to end homelessness through building affordable housing and providing supportive services throughout California.


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31 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [6-1-2021 to 6-4-2021]

June 1, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Ocean Avenue Santa Monica
Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. 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 list of in-person experiences.

This holiday-shortened week, from June 1 to June 4, features the Rainbow Road Art Walk in Santa Monica, outdoor stand-up at the Violet Cactus, online talks at The Hammer and CAAM, a new pop-up at Summer Social Club, virtual First Fridays at Natural History Museum, and more!

All Week

1. The Broad is Now Open -> The Broad’s latest exhibition is called Invisible Sun, an exhibition that was conceived last summer as a response to the issues of gender and race-based violence, capitalism, and colonialism. The exhibition features 59 works from artists including El Anatsui, Alexander Calder,Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Cindy Sherman, and many of the works will be on view for the first time. Advance reservations to visit can be made here.

2. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

3. Ai Weiwei sculpture at LACMA -> Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is on view outdoors at LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza now through June 13. The installment of the sculpture is a precursor to Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation, a new exhibition opening later this summer at the museum.

4. WE RISE x CicLAvia -> Starting May 30, download CicLAvia’s Experience Central Ave Bike Map for a self-guided music bike ride through one of the oldest historic communities in Los Angeles. The playlist provided by Subsuelo Music Collective speaks to the cultures and experiences that help make each neighborhood what it is today.

5. California African American Museum -> CAAM is open for in person visits Tuesdays through Sundays. The museum currently has three exhibitions on view including Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. which profiles revolutionary men—including Muhammad Ali, James Baldwin, Ta-Nehisi Coates, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Kendrick Lamar. All visitors are required to reserve in advance. Admission is free.  

6. SoFi Stadium Tours – > SoFi Stadium has a new behind-the-scenes tour program that kicked off this past weekend. Guests can visit the team store, peep the locker rooms, run through the tunnel, and test their skills on the field. Standard tour packages start at $30 per person. Get more info or book a tour here.

7. Dan McCleary: OAXACA -> Previously a virtual-only exhibition, visitors are now welcome to the USC Fischer Museum to check out more than two decades of Oaxacan prints created by artist Dan McCleary. Entry is free, but advance reservations are required. More info and timed slots available here.

8. The GRAMMY Museum is Now Open -> The GRAMMY Museum welcomed the public back on May 21 with three brand new special exhibits, including retrospectives on Motown Records, Dave Matthews Band, and the life and career of Marco Antonio Solís. Adult admission starts at $15 per person, and can be booked in advance here.

9. South Coast Botanic Garden’s butterfly experience SOAR is now open to the public featuring a new pavilion with live tropical butterflies. Advance reservations are required and can be made online now.

10. The Skirball -> The museum is now reopened with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO® blocks that reflects the artist’s experience of being arrested and interrogated by the Chinese government for 81 days in 2011. Visit info can be found here.

11. Made in L.A. 2020-> The ongoing exhibition takes place at the Hammer and The Huntington and features commissioned works by 30 Los Angeles-based artists. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Tuesday

12. Chirp N Turf -> Live standup comedy comes to the Violet Cactus in Burbank on Tuesday with a lineup featuring Jesus Trejo, Justin Martindale, Brent Gill, Hannah Einbeinder, Tyler Meznarich, and Handren Seavey. Tickets are $10, available here.

13. Tulsa on Screen at The Hammer-> Damon Lindelof, creator of HBO’s Watchmen, joins show writer Cord Jefferson to discuss how the series portrayed the Tulsa Race Massacre, and how the trauma of the event reverberated through the alternate history presented in the story. RSVP for the free Zoom link to the talk here.

14. Adult Skating Class-> Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale will teach adults the basic fundamentals of roller skating including balance, good posture, starting and stopping, and how to get up safely. $20 get you in the door (skate rental not included). More info and tickets here.

15. The Grove -> Enjoy a Paint & Sip complete with a glass of wine or cocktail right in the heart of The Grove every Tuesday 6-9 p.m. Tickets cost $50 and includes all supplies and drink.

16. Rooftop Cinema Club -> The drive-in at the Santa Monica Airport is holding screenings this Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Movies this week include Stand By Me, Ghostbusters (1984) Crazy, Stupid, Love and much more. A ticket for one vehicle with two passengers starts at $32. See full details here.

Wednesday

17. Dances in the Open -> L.A. Dance Project returns with in-person performances featuring two works: New Taylor, choreographed by former NYCB Principal dancer Janie Taylor, and Solo at Dusk, choreographed by Bobbi Jene Smith, in collaboration with Or Schraiber. Tickets start at $50 per person, $25 for students, and $175 for benching seating that accommodates 4-5. Happening Wednesdays to Sundays through June 25. More info and tickets here.

18. Don’t Call Me Ugly! -> This Wednesday the L.A. Conservancy hosts a virtual tour of some of the less-loved (but we won’t call them ugly) buildings of downtown Los Angeles. The tours run about an hour, tickets are $12 for the general public. More info here.

Thursday

19. Tagalog Takeover x Flip Sigi -> Summer Social Club’s June 3 pop-up is a collaboration between Chef Stacy Bareng from Tagalog Takeover and Chef Jordan Andino of New York’s Flip Sigi. On the menu is a Kamayan pre-fixe menu influenced by Los Angeles street food. Reservations are available from 5 p.m. to close via Resy; tickets are $60 per person.

20. History of Black Women’s Clubs in California -> This Thursday the California African American Museum presents an online panel discussion that will explore the history and civic impact of Black women’s clubs starting in the 19th century and continuing today. The panel is presented in conjunction with the latest exhibition at CAAM, Rights and Rituals: The Making of African American Debutante Culture. RSVP for the panel for free here.

21. Urban Death Trail of Torment -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre has a new walk-thru attraction kicks off this Thursday. Per a release, the 20-minute experience takes visitors on a journey through “dimly-lit labyrinth straight into our phantasmagoria.” A $35 ticket is good for entry for two. Runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 7:20 p.m. Get tickets here.

22. Elsewhere At the Madcap Motel  -> The retro space features over a dozen rooms full of interactive and photo-friendly moments interwoven with a sci-fi narrative. Runs Thursday through Friday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full right up on the experience here.

23. The Original Farmers Market -> Live music is back at The Original Farmers Market this year. The Summer Sounds on the Plaza series happens every Thursday and Friday with an eclectic mix of artists from 5-7 p.m.

Friday

24. The OutFronts -> Outfest’s five-day digital event The OutFronts (June 4-8) will connect fans with the best in LGBTQIA television and streaming through free-to-view panel discussions and exclusive
members-only premieres via the Outfest Now streaming app. View the full programing here.

25. Rainbow Road Art Walk -> To celebrate Pride month, Santa Monica place is hosting a self-guided art experience of 13 colorful installations created by LGBTQIA+ artists. Runs June 4-30. More info here.

26. First Fridays Connected -> First Fridays are back at LACMA via new virtual programming that kicks off on June 4. This season’s theme focuses on Los Angeles at the Intersections, a celebration of the city’s science and culture. The first edition (this Friday) offers a panel discussion on the murals of L.A. followed by a special musical performance by Sasami. Free on YouTube/Zoom. RSVP here.

27. Live Opera at Heritage Square -> Pacific Opera Project (POP) announces its next installment of revolutionary, pandemic-safe productions, the west coast premiere of Georges Bizet’s rarely performed comedic opera Don Procopio, performed live outdoors at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles. Tickets for section 2 start at $15, but as of Tuesday morning the weekend slate had sold out. You can inquire about the waitlist here.

28. Drive In At The Park -> Cruise into the Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course in Culver City for a drive-in movie night every Friday and Saturday now until August 28. This weekend, they’ll screen Inside Out, Spider-man Into The Spider-verse, Tom & Jerry and Fast & Furious 7. Tickets car $33 a car.

29. Japanese American National Museum – JANM in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

Dining

30. Jungli -> Starting June 2, the modern South Asian takeout and delivery restaurant will launch a vegan-friendly thali lunch plate that includes a choice of base plus three vegetarian dishes, served with pickled cabbage and both tamarind and coconut chutney for $14. 10% of sales of the thali will go towards supporting COVID-relief efforts throughout India and the South Asian region.

31. Verve Coffee Roasters -> To celebrate Pride Month in June, Verve Coffee Roasters is offering a new seasonal beverage in partnership with the It Gets Better Project, a global nonprofit dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ youth. Available for a limited time, Verve cafes in California will feature the Cascara Spritz made of Jamaica cascara, citrus kombucha and mint with a portion of proceeds going to the It Gets Better Project. Verve will also have “Love is Love” bandanas and Pride stickers to give away to customers.


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24 Fun Things to do This Memorial Day Weekend in L.A. [5-28-2021 to 5-31-2021]

May 27, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo credit: Will Tee Yang via The Music Center

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.

This weekend features a tap dance park, the reopening of the Pacific Asia Museum, a self-guided CicLAvia experience, a Memorial Day remembrance event at the USS Iowa, a Kubrik triple-feature at the Million Dollar Theater, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. The Super Villainz Tap Dance Park -> To celebrate National Tap Dance Day (May 25), the Music Center has created a week-long “tap dance playground” at Jerry Moss Plaza. Dance-related films will play on giant LED projected screens while guests puts their bodies in motion on five different types of specially constructed dance boards and receive guidance from on-hand tap dance instructors. Runs from May 24 through May 30. Attendance is free, but advance reservations are required. Also note that “The Super Villainz: A Tap Dance Act for the Modern Age” will be performing live this Sunday, May 30 at the plaza. The event has now sold out, but you can watch a stream of the event for free at musiccenter.org. Get more info here.

2. Hollywood Legion Theater -> Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller Tenet and World War II epic Dunkirk will be screened in 70mm at the Hollywood Legion Theater during Memorial Day weekend, along with a 35mm presentation of the classic WWII film Twelve O’Clock High (1949). Ticket prices start at $20 for general admission, with discounted tickets for veterans at $18 and students at $16.

3. Urban Death Trail of Torment -> Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre has a new walk-thru attraction kicks off this Thursday. Per a release, the 20-minute experience takes visitors on a journey through “dimly-lit labyrinth straight into our phantasmagoria.” A $35 ticket is good for entry for two. Runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 7:20 p.m. Get tickets here.

4. The GRAMMY Museum is Now Open -> The GRAMMY Museum welcomed the public back on May 21 with three brand new special exhibits, including retrospectives on Motown Records, Dave Matthews Band, and the life and career of Marco Antonio Solís. Adult admission starts at $15 per person, and can be booked in advance here.

5. The Broad is Now Open -> The Broad’s latest exhibition is called Invisible Sun, an exhibition that was conceived last summer as a response to the issues of gender and race-based violence, capitalism, and colonialism. The exhibition features 59 works from artists including El Anatsui, Alexander Calder,Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, and Cindy Sherman, and many of the works will be on view for the first time. Advance reservations to visit can be made here.

6. The Original Farmers Market -> Live music is back at The Original Farmers Market this year. The Summer Sounds on the Plaza series happens every Thursday and Friday with an eclectic mix of artists. This Friday Dave Stuckey and the Hot House Gang will kick the weekend off 30s swing music from 5-7 p.m.

7. Haute Mess -> The European inspired market and café will celebrate National Hamburger Day (May 28) by offering The Mess Burger made of beef and topped with tomato, cheddar cheese, lettuce, caramelized onions with bacon aioli.

8. Japanese American National Museum -> JANM in Little Tokyo is now open for in-person visits on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The current exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, by Taiji Terasaki, in collaboration with JANM, honors individuals who advocate against discrimination, prejudice, and inequality at borders. The museum also presents Transcendients: 100 Days of COVID-19 and Memorial to Healthcare Workers, a work created during the pandemic that tells a wide range of stories on topics including race and class, food sustainability, art, scientific innovations, and climate adaptation. Advance reservations (free) are required.

9. Celebration Spectrum -> A month-long public art installation produced by dublab for Art Rise in collaboration with artist Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill for The Music Center and Grand Park. Showcases the work of over 34 local artists, fusing art, music, and cultural identity experiences into art installations on the grounds of Grand Park, as well as digital programming accessible via werise.la/grandpark

10. The Skirball -> The museum is now reopened with Ai Weiwei’s Trace, an exhibition of portraits made entirely from LEGO® blocks that reflects the artist’s experience of being arrested and interrogated by the Chinese government for 81 days in 2011. Visitor info can be found here.

11. Love Note -> Rogue Ensemble has a new interactive audio expedition that invites guests to Plummer Park in WeHo, now through June 30. Per a release, Love Note is an “in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections.” The experience is free, but a smartphone and headphones are required. Plummer Park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. More info and instructions for attendees can be found here.

Saturday

12. USC Pacific Asia Museum Reopens -> On Saturday, the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena welcomes public visitors back for the first time in over a year. Guests will have a chance to see We Are Here, a collection of works that premiered online last year and that features contributions from seven Asian female artists. This weekend will be the first — and only — chance to see the exhibition in person before it is transitioned out for new work. Advance reservation required. More info and tickets here.

13. Ingrained LA pop-up -> The artisanal Asian rice bowl concept formed during the pandemic
by the team behind Honeybird LA is popping up for one day only at Café Dulce at ROW DTLA with two Asian comfort dishes for pre-order. On the menu is a Hainan Chicken Bowl ($14) with twice poached Hainan chicken, rice steam in chicken broth, pickles and several dipping sauces and a Japanese Beef Bowl ($14) made of USDA Prime Grade Brisket simmered in homemade gyudon broth served with onions and an egg. Pre-order is currently available via Ingrained LA’s website here, with pick-up at Café Dulce ( also known as “Dulce Dos”) at ROW DTLA starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Dulce Dos will also launch their signature seasonal AO lemonade as part of the pop-up.

14. Jewels of the White Tiger -> Escape Room LA is launching an outdoor escape room that takes players on a quest through Chinatown, and the first go-around starts this Saturday. Runs for two weeks only. Tickets are $30 per person. More info here.

15. Street Food Cinema -> The 10th season of SFC continues with two drive-in screenings at Santa Anita Park this Saturday: E.T. at 8 p.m. follow by Back to the Future at 10 p.m. Entry is $20 per car, and $8 for each individual inside the vehicle. Get tickets and more information here.

Sunday

16. WE RISE x CicLAvia -> Starting May 30, download CicLAvia’s Experience Central Ave Bike Map for a self-guided music bike ride through one of the oldest historic communities in Los Angeles. The playlist provided by Subsuelo Music Collective speaks to the cultures and experiences that help make each neighborhood what it is today.

17. The Groundlings -> Part of AAPI Heritage Month The Groundlings welcome back Randall Park for Creating Your Own Path: A Proactive Approach to Your Career in Comedy.” The online conversation will be moderated by Groundlings Main Company member, Leonard Robinson (Insecure). Tickets cost $5.

18. Melrose Trading Post -> This weekly flea market takes place every Sunday at Fairfax Highschool Starting at 9 a.m., and this week the event will host live musical performances onsite for the first time in over a year. Admission costs $5. More info here.

Monday

19. Remembering Our Fallen Heroes ->  The annual Memorial Day remembrance day aboard the Battleship USS Iowa Museum will take place this Monday starting at 10 a.m., and will include posting of colors, a prayer for the departed, a memorial poem reading, and musical accompaniment. Admission, both for the ceremony and to the museum, is free for all active-duty military members and veterans. More info and other admission requirements can be found here.

20. Stanley Kubrik Triple-Feature -> On Memorial Day, The Million Dollar Theatre in DTLA teams up with Secret Movie Club to host back-to-back-to-back screenings of three Kubrik classics: Dr. Stranglove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and The Shining. Starts at 11 a.m.. $48 for a full triple-feature ticket. More info here.

21. Memorial Day Comedy -> Cult Comedy is hosting an outdoor show and block party at El Cochinito on Sunset Blvd this Monday. Pre-show music starts at 4 p.m., and the first set begins at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $20. More info here.

Dining

22. Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. -> The Boyle Heights pizzaria launched a summer happy hour program available Tuesday through Friday 2-5 p.m. featuring a $5 rotating house cocktail, half price 16oz draft beers, $5 wings + papas specials and $4 well shots with purchase of any beer. During happy hour guests who purchased any pitcher of beer on the menu will also receive a cheese pizza on the house. Don’t sleep on Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. daily lunch special (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) either, diners can score a cheese pizza with choice of topping and choice of non-alcoholic beverage for just $11.

23. Messhall Kitchen –> Located in Los Feliz, Messhall Kitchen will offer Carolina-style BBQ and craft cocktails with house-infused spirits for dine in and take out for Memorial Day.

24. Salt & Straw -> The artisan ice cream company is collaborating with Scholastic this summer with a Rad Readers menu inspired by five children’s books, including R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. Available May 28 through July 1, online for nationwide shipping, at local scoop shops, and for local delivery.


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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A.M. Brief: 15,000 to Attend Dodgers Home Opener

April 9, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Dodger Stadium Field
Dodger Stadium on a non-game day. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

The Dodgers open their home schedule with fans in the stands. Long Beach loosens vaccine eligibility in advance of the state’s deadline. The Hollywood Bowl says its summer season will kick off in May. LAUSD is set to reopen next week. It’s Friday. It’s your news brief. Now, have at it.

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Some 15,000 fans will be in attendance at today’s Dodgers home opener when they take on the Washington Nations. It will be the first time in nearly 600 days that there will be fans in the stands to watch a Dodgers home game. [ABC 7]

All Long Beach residents over 16 years of age are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the city’s Convention Center mass distribution site, per an announcement from Mayor Robert Garcia on Thursday. Meanwhile, L.A. Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer said in an interview on Thursday that there’s still not enough vaccine supply to offer doses to everyone in L.A. County before April 15. [LB Post]

L.A. County has confirmed that The Pomona Fairplex will serve as an emergency shelter for migrant children who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border unaccompanied. The Fairplex joins the Long Beach and San Diego convention centers as the third major civic site to announce it will shelter migrant children. [ABC 7]

The Hollywood Bowl and The Ford are planning to fully reopen in July. The Bowl’s summer season will see between 45 and 60 performances, and there are also plans for four free concerts for frontline workers in May. The news comes in the wake of Gov. Newsom’s announcement that the state will mark a broad reopening of the economy starting on June 15. [Variety]

Next week, the Los Angeles Unified School District begins its return to in-person learning by welcoming students back to 61 elementary schools and 11 early-education centers. Middle and high school campuses are slated to reopen on April 26. [L.A. Times]

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A.M. Brief: Millions Fewer J&J Doses Arriving in California Next Week

April 8, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo via Los Angeles County

A big drop in shipments from J&J. A new database that helps understand the scope of homeless services. A survey of vaccination data shows hesitancy persists among seniors in certain areas. This is Thursday. This is your news brief. Take it!

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Even as eligibility is about to expand and efforts to ramp up vaccinations continue, California is about to receive significantly fewer quantities of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Next week, the feds will ship 785,500 doses of J&J to California, a 90% drop from the previous allocation. The rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been hampered at times by production delays, including a mistake at a Baltimore manufacturing center that resulted in 15 million ruined doses. [ABC 7]

A new website created by the state of California has centralized homeless services data from 44 separate databases to help officials and lawmakers gain a much clearer picture of homelessness within the state. One immediate insight: 280,130 people were provided services in 2020, which is nearly double the estimated average nightly homeless population of 161,500. [L.A. Times]

56% of California seniors are now fully vaccinated, but that figure underplays a stark contrast in vaccine distribution and acceptance among different counties. Seniors in rural and Republican-leaning districts are getting vaccinated a significantly lower rate than in other parts of the state. [L.A. Times]

Vehicular manslaughter charges have been filed against a 17-year-old who was driving a black Lamborghini SUV when it collided with a Lexus sedan in West Los Angeles on Feb. 17. The 32-year-old woman driving the Lexus was pronounced dead at the scene. [ABC 7]

Zachary Thomas Horwitz, an actor who goes by the stage name Zach Avery, has been indicted on federal wire fraud charges alleging he perpetuated a $227 million Ponzi scheme that falsely promised licensing rights to would-be investors. Horwitz most recently appeared in the horror films The Devil Below and You’re Not Alone. [LA Mag]

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A.M. Brief: California Aims to “Fully Reopen” by June 15

April 7, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Photo by Håkan Dahlström via flickr cc

Two months until California fully reopens. A plan is approved to house migrant children at the LB Convention Center. The drama at Tin Horn Flats continues. And a reality TV star considers entering the recall race. Just another Wednesday in L.A. Here’s your news brief. Have at it.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom announced yesterday that California intends to “fully reopen” by June 15, effectively ending the tiered reopening system currently used in counties across the state. The plan to lift restrictions is predicated on estimates of continued vaccinations and a decline in infection numbers statewide. Under this scenario, a mask mandate would still be in effect. [L.A. Times]

On Tuesday, Long Beach City Council approved a plan to use the city’s convention center as an emergency shelter for unaccompanied children arriving from the U.S.-Mexico border. Councilwoman Cindy Allen called it “the right thing to do.” [LB Post]

Lucas Lepejian, son of the owner of Tin Horn Flats in Burbank, was arrested for the third time on Tuesday after he was observed taking down sandbags the city placed in front of the restaurant to stop anyone from entering. Tin Horn Flats has been engaged in a months-long battle with authorities over COVID-19 protocol compliance, including a refusal to cease outdoor dining when the county’s strictest in-person rules were in place. A page on the Burbank city website now provides updates on the saga. [Daily News]

Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is thinking about entering the race to become California’s next governor, if and when a recall election for Gov. Gavin Newsom is confirmed. If Jenner does run, the field of potential candidates may be swarmed with GOP hopefuls facing an incumbent in a state where 56% of likely voters oppose the recall. [Deadline]

During the early days of stay-at-home, Metro ridership declined by as much as 70%. But with restrictions lifting and infections declining, ridership is rising closer to prior norms. In March, the system averaged about 600,000 daily riders, about 50% of the pre-pandemic average. [Streetsblog]

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A.M. Brief: At Least Three More Weeks Until L.A. Moves to Yellow Tier

April 6, 2021 by Brian Champlin
PCH in Santa Monica
Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Could L.A. move to the least restrictive tier of reopening by the end of April? Maybe. Also today: A leveling off in the drop in COVID-19 cases, a proposal to house migrant children at the Long Beach Convention Center, and a supportive housing proposal for locations near L.A. beaches. It’s Tuesday. This is your news brief. Take it!

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Now that L.A. has moved to the orange tier, the next logical question is when can we move to the yellow (least restrictive) tier of reopening? Public Health says it won’t happen for at least three weeks. Once a statewide goal of administering 4 million doses of vaccine to low-income, hard-hit communities has been met, the county’s case rate must be less than 2 per 100,000 residents. As of last week, the case rate was 3.1 per 100,000. [ABC 7]

After a rapid decline in new daily cases for most of March, L.A. County has plateaued, holding steady at around 600 new cases per day on average. The leveling off comes even as the death rate has slowed and hospitalizations are near their lowest point since early in the pandemic. [Crosstown LA]

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to use the Long Beach Convention Center to house as many as 1,000 migrant children for as long as four months to cope with the increase of unaccompanied minors coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. Long Beach City Council is scheduled to debate the proposal at a closed session on Tuesday afternoon. [LB Post]

A “double mutant” variant of COVID-19 first identified in India has been diagnosed in a Bay-area patient by scientists at Stanford University. Because this strain of the virus has two separate worrisome mutations, scientists are concerned about its potential to escape immunity offered by vaccination or prior infection. [L.A. Times]

President Joe Biden previously said he expected all states to open vaccine eligibility to all adults by May 1. However, he’s expected to move the date to April 19 later today thanks to the progress made in vaccine distribution. California has already said all individuals 16 years and older are eligible on April 15. [ABC 7]

A new proposal by Councilman Mike Bonin seeks to convert a slew of westside county lots into permanent supportive housing. Proposed sites include locations in Pacific Palisades, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Playa del Rey, Venice, Del Rey, Westchester, and West LA. [Patch]

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A.M. Brief: Los Angeles Enters the Orange Tier

April 5, 2021 by Brian Champlin
Looking at L.A. from Griffith Park. Photo by Brian Champlin

L.A. enters the orange tier, big crowds close Griffith Park, and, no, you weren’t dreaming—that was a sizable earthquake you felt this morning. It’s a new week, so shake out the cobwebs and get reading. This is your news brief.

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Welcome to the orange tier, Los Angeles. Today’s move to the less restrictive tier of reopening allows bars to open outdoors and expanded capacity at gyms, churches, salons, retail stores, movie theaters, and other approved businesses. Later this month, the state is expected to approve indoor attendance at concerts, theater performances, and even NBA games. [CBS Los Angeles]

Holiday crowds flocking to Griffith Park caused officials to close off the park to vehicular traffic on Sunday. The closure was a precaution, even as the county remains optimistic about the downturn in infection. [NBC Los Angeles]

Yes, that was an earthquake that woke you up this morning—three of them, in fact. A pair of smaller foreshocks preceded a magnitude 4.0 quake that struck near Hollywood Park at approximately 4:44 a.m. No damages have been reported. [LAist]

Although some city officials, including Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, have heralded last week’s clearance of Echo Park Lake as a successful campaign, it’s a much more complicated story for the unhoused individuals who were moved. Among those offered alternative housing via Project Roomkey, few are happy and some have decided to camp on the street rather than accept the strict rules that come with the new lodging. [Los Angeles Times]

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is closing down six Catholic elementary schools within the county due to financial difficulties. Low enrollment and shifting demographics were cited as the main reasons for the closures. [NBC Los Angeles]

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