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28 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [7-30-2021 to 8-1-2021

July 29, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Union Station Old Ticket Room
The old ticket room at Union Station. Credit: Steve and Julie 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 listen of in-person experiences.

This weekend, from July 30 to August 1, features the LA Art Show, Plantopia at Union Station, The Princess Bride in concert, a Grand Performances dance party, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. KCRW Summer Nights at California African American Museum -> Enjoy live sets from KCRW DJs Novena Carmel and Aaron Byrd, plus after-hours museum access including to CAAM’s newest exhibition, Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch. Guests can also enjoy bites and sips for purchase via on-site food trucks and beer garden. Free to attend. Masks required. More info here. [UPDATE: KCRW has decided to postpone their first three Summer Nights events, including the one that was to be held at CAAM Friday, July 30, due to the rise of the Delta variant in L.A. County.]

2. LA Art Show -> The city’s biggest art show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 29 to Aug. 1. An opening night reception will be held on Thursday ($250 tix) and then the show will be open for general admission from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday to Sunday ($30 tix). Get more info 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. Gallery Weekend Los Angeles -> From July 28-31, a group of Los Angeles Art galleries is banding together to offer extended hours and special events as a way to encourage art viewers back to physical spaces. Check the full list of participants and dates here.

5. Parks After Park Movies -> LA Parks After Dark the public can take advantage of a wide range of free community program this summer across 33 parks. Friday night movies, arts and health workshops, and Saturday night concerts are all parts of the program. This Friday’s lineup includes Dora and the Lost City of Gold at Belvedere Park and Coco at Charter Oak Park in Covina. Check the link for the full lineup.

6. Levitt Concerts Return -> The first in-person concert of 2021 at the Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park is this Friday. The event will features a live performance by Mexican singer Flor Amargo plus a DJ set by La Banda Elastica. Free to attend. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

7. Non Fungible Jokin’ -> Dynasty Typewriter is hosting the first ever in-person comedy that will be sold as an NFT on the blockchain (yes, that’s a thing). Two shows, Friday and Saturday evenings. The lineup (varies by night) includes Pete Holmes, Maria Bamford, Beth Stelling, Moses Storm, Chaunte Wayans, Adam Raym Ian Edwards, Brooks Whelanm, and Zainab Johnson. Tickets are $30. More info here.

8. Beer & Magic -> Magicians from the Magic Castle will make a special appearance at Absolution Brewing Company in Torrance this Friday to dazzle thirsty patrons as they sample some of the brews on tap. More info here.

9. Felix LA -> Four-day art fair focused on Los Angeles-based galleries, and hosted poolside at a cabana setting on the grounds of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. $75 tix still available for a four-day pass. Students with valid I.D. can receive free admission on Sunday. More info here.

10. The OC Fair -> After a 2020 cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s OC Fair returned on July 16 and runs Wednesdays to Sundays through August 15. Tickets are $12 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $14 for weekend general admission. General parking is $10. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

11. 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.

12. 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 kicking off at the South Coast Botanic Garden this Friday, and continuing through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

13. Angel City Market: Summer Nights -> This week’s edition of Angel City Market features over 30 small biz vendors, DJ’d music, outdoor games, kids activities, and more. Admission is free. More info here.

Saturday

14. Grand Performances -> Grand Performances summer schedule of concerts continues with an afternoon dance party to celebrate DEEP’s 21st Anniversary. Music by Marques Wyatt, Jeremy Sole, Big Cee and Juliet Mendoza. Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. Free. All ages. Outdoors. More info here.

15. Plantopia -> A plant and pottery market dedicated to all things botanical, taking place at Union Station on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An assortment of plant vendors will sell leafy offerings while guests can query the Plant Doctor, Cillie Barnes (aka THE BLACK THUMB) on how to nurture ailing plants and keep them living their best green lives. Free to attend. Reservations recommended, but walk-ins will be accepted if space is available. More info here.

16. Skidrow Fashion Week x Dover Street Market -> There’s a block party this Saturday to celebrate a special collaboration between philanthropic streetwear brand Skidrow Fashion Week and Dover Street Market. The limited collection of tees, hoodies and accessories will help raise money for new water fountains and showers for the residents of Skidrow. There will also be a clothing and food drive benefiting the community. Free to attend and happening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. outside of Dover Street Market in Downtown Los Angeles.  More info here.

17. MindTravel at Santa Monica Beach -> Experience a Pacific Ocean sunset while live piano compositions are streamed to provided headphones, helping you zone in on the vibe of the moment. Offered both this Saturday and Sunday starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. More info here.

18. The Princess Bride in Concert -> Catch a storybook story on the grandest of stages this Saturday when the Hollywood Bowl hosts a screening of The Princess Bride. The evening includes an intro from director Rob Reiner plus a brand new orchestral arrangement of composer Mark Knopfler’s score performed by the LA Phil. Tickets still available as low as $27. More info here.

19. Sometimes Soft, Sometimes Solid -> This Saturday starting at 4 p.m., Launch LA hosts an opening reception for artist Coffee Kang’s new residency, Sometimes Soft, Sometimes Solid, presented by Level Ground. Free to attend, but RSVP required. More info here.

20. Hike to Yoga -> Take a morning hike at Kenneth Hahn Park and meet up with a local group for beginner-friendly yoga. Details here.

Sunday

21. Free Self-Defense Workshop in San Gabriel -> Compassion in SGV is hosting a free public self-defense training at session at Vincent Lugo Park this Saturday with instruction by Kevin Leung of Kong’s Siu Lum Pai Kung Fu Association. Complimentary refreshments and safety kits to be provided. More info here.

22. Sunday Concert in The Valley -> As part of theThe Valley Cultural Foundation free summer concert series, Fleetwood Mac tribute Mirage and Heart tribute band Dog n Butterfly will perform this Sunday at Warner Park. No ticket required, but advanced paid parking and VIP packages available. Concert starts at 5:30 p.m. More info here.

23. Free Sunday at MOLAA -> The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach recently reopened, and it still offers free Sunday admission. More info here.

24. Reggae Night at The Bowl -> KCRW’s World Festival continues this Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl with performances by Ziggy Marley and Wailing Souls. Tickets still available as low as $38. More info here.

Dining

25. Zodiac Pop-up Bar -> Eataly LA will debut a new Zodiac Pop-up Bar on Saturday during brunch at rooftop restaurant Terra. In partnership with The Spirit Guild, guests will fill out their name, zodiac sign and spirit of choice on a card and Terra’s expert bartenders will create a special cocktail delivered with an astrology affirmation tailored to the person. The program happens every Saturday during brunch through October 2. 

26. Paper Please  x Lem Party Pop Up -> Chinatown stationery shop Paper Please will host a food pop-up at their store this Saturday with small batch charcuterie company Lem Party and Hello Bakery selling mini snack cups ($7) that include salami, an assortment of cheese and crackers. The pop-up runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out. 

27. Taste of Lunetta Menu -> Chef Raphael Lunetta created a special coastal Italian themed “Taste of Lunetta” menu available now until Satruday. Guests will savour five courses for $68 that include sweet corn summer ravioli, herb wood grilled swordfish, mixed berry bread pudding and more. Reservations are highly recommended. 

28. Genghis Cohen -> The New York style Chinese restaurant is opening its dining room on Sunday, August 1 for the first time since March 2020 and they’ve also added 24 outdoor seats to their front patio. 


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22 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [7-26-2021 to 7-30-2021]

July 26, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via LA Art Show

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 July 26 to July 30, features a the LA Art Show, a Levitt Pavilion concert, the return of KCRW Summer Nights, a Happy Hour Plant Exchange, Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, and more!

Monday/ Throughout the Week

1. 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.

2. Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A. -> Now through the end of the month, Grand Park in DTLA hosts a month-long public art installation examining the themes of home and freedom, with publicly viewable photography, video exhibitions, and a special nighttime projection installation. Free to the public. More info here.

3. Legacies of Exchange ->The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Runs through Feb. 13, 2022.

Tuesday

4. Is South L.A. Forging a New American Identity? -> Zócalo Public Square’s first in-person event of 2021 will be a discussion on immigrant identity and Black-Brown co-existence, moderated by Angel Jennings from the L.A. Times and hosted at Mercado La Paloma in South Los Angeles. Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. RSVP here.

Wednesday

5. Gallery Weekend Los Angeles -> From July 28-31, a group of Los Angeles Art galleries is banding together to offer extended hours and special events as a way to encourage art viewers back to physical spaces. Check the full list of participants and dates here.

6. Vegan Playground -> Weekly Arts District night market at Boomtown Brewery brings you all things beery, vegan and eco-friendly commerce. Admission is free. More info and RSVP here.

7. The OC Fair -> After a 2020 cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s OC Fair returned on July 16 and runs Wednesdays to Sundays through August 15. Tickets are $12 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $14 for weekend general admission. General parking is $10. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

8. Free Summer Lunch Cruises -> Every Wednesday at noon, Shoreline Village in Long Beach offers a free free 30-minute harbor cruise with purchase of lunch to-go from a participating on-site restaurant. A reservation is required. Program runs through Aug. 25. Get the full details here.

Thursday

9. LA Art Show -> The city’s biggest art show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 29 to Aug. 1. An opening night reception will be held on Thursday ($250 tix) and then the show will be open for general admission from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday to Sunday ($30 tix). Get more info here.

10. Felix LA -> Four-day art fair focused on Los Angeles-based galleries, and hosted poolside at a cabana setting on the grounds of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. $75 tix still available for a four-day pass. Students with valid I.D. can receive free admission on Sunday. More info here.

11. Happy Hour Plant Exchange -> This Thursday at the El Segundo Museum of Art, LAB artist-in-residence Krystal Chang will host a special discussion where guests can learn about the local flora used in her latest art installation, swap cuttings with fellow home gardeners, and sip on floral-infused beverages. RSVP required. More info here.

Friday

12. KCRW Summer Nights at California African American Museum -> Enjoy live sets from KCRW DJs Novena Carmel and Aaron Byrd, plus after-hours museum access including to CAAM’s newest exhibition, Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch. Guests can also enjoy bites and sips for purchase via on-site food trucks and beer garden. Free to attend. Masks required. More info here.

13. Parks After Park Movies -> LA Parks After Dark the public can take advantage of a wide range of free community program this summer across 33 parks. Friday night movies, arts and health workshops, and Saturday night concerts are all parts of the program. This Friday’s lineup includes Dora and the Lost City of Gold at Belvedere Park, Coco at Charter Oak Park in Covina,

14. Levitt Concerts Return -> The first in-person concert of 2021 at the Levitt Pavilion in McArthur Park is this Friday. The event will features a live performance by Mexican singer Flor Amargo plus a DJ set by La Banda Elastica. Free to attend. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

15. Beer & Magic -> Magicians from the Magic Castle will make a special appearance at Absolution Brewing Company in Torrance this Friday to dazzle thirsty patrons as they sample some of the brews on tap. More info here.

16. Block Party Screening -> This Friday evening Exposition Park will host a 15th anniversary screening of Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, which will include a special virtual intro from director Michel Gondry, pre and post-screening music, plus food and drink for purchase. GA tix start at $25, and can be purchased here.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. Angel City Market: Summer Nights -> This week’s edition of Angel City Market features over 30 small biz vendors, DJ’d music, outdoor games, kids activities, and more. Admission is free. More info here.

Dining

20. Esperanza Cocina de la Playa -> Esperanza will officially open on July 29 with a Baja inspired menu and the largest tequila and mezcal list in the South Bay. Located right in the heart of Downtown Manhattan Beach, the open air space features a stunning first floor and rooftop space that’s reminiscent of the coastal architecture of Cabo San Lucas. Menu standouts include crunchy whole Shrimp Taquitos, Fajitas Del Mar, and huge Crispy Tacos stuffed with short rib and queso blanco.   

21. $1 Chicken Wings -> Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day with $1 wings at Brooklyn Ave Pizza Co. on July 29. Flavors include Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, Lemon Pepper,  Buffalo and newly debuted flavors, Tapatio, Honey Dijon Mustard, and Spicy Habanero. 

22. Bar Sala -> It is the last week to experience the Broken Spanish pop up, bar sala. The speakeasy-style mezcal bar features a curated agave cart serving mezcal and tequila tastings table side and small plates from Broken Spanish. A live five-piece jazz band will perform on Friday and a live DJ will spin tunes on Saturday night. Bar Sala is open Friday and Saturday 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations for the bar are not required.


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31 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [7-23-2021 to 7-25-2021

July 22, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Grand Park LA afternoon
An afternoon at Grand Park. 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 July 23 to July 25, features proof of vax bars, Night Dive at the Aquarium, a Nina Simone Tribute at The Bowl, Sunday Sessions in Grand Park, Picnic on the Plaza in Little Tokyo, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. Night Dive -> 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. Tickets are $24.95. Must be 18+ to attend. More info here.

2. Proof of Vax Bars -> With local COVID-19 case counts rising and concern over the Delta Variant mounting, a growing number of L.A. County bars are now requiring proof of vaccination in order to gain entry. L.A. Taco’s Lexis-Olivier Ray has tracked a list of 17 bars now requiring proof of vaccination, including The Short Stop, Footsie’s, Blind Barber, Akbar, The Lash, Melody Lounge, Bar Sinister, and others. If a vaccination-required bar is high on your list of social hangouts, you can peep the full list here.

3. 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 kicking off at the South Coast Botanic Garden this Friday, and continuing through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

4. Fourth Fridays at The Broad -> Every fourth Friday at the Broad throughout the summer The Broad offers extended evenings hours (from 5 to 8 p.m.) plus live on-site entertainment. This Friday DJs Andrew Ableson and Javi En Rose will be spinning at the East West Bank Plaza (open to the public) while free, advanced reservations must be made in order to access the museum galleries. More info here.

5. Alesso: Together Again Concert -> Swedish DJ Alesso brings his sounds to Skylight at ROW DTLA for two nights of performances, this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $45. More info here.

6. Shook! -> The pride horror experience by Murder House Productions returns for a limited run of its interactive haunt walkthrough where the universes of The Babadook, Sleepaway Camp and Carrie collide for a frighteningly good time. Tickets cost $25 per person. Happening Thursday through Sunday. 

7. Summer Music Strolls -> This Friday Descanso Gardens invites guests to enjoy the sounds of live music as they stroll through different botanical areas of the gardens at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Tickets are $15 for non-members. Get more info here.

8. Chocolate & Art Show ->  The Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex Theatre this Friday and Saturday for back-to-back- evenings of live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and yes, chocolate. Tickets are $20. More info here.

9. The Groundings -> This Friday, for the first time in 16 months, The Groundlings Main Company returns to their Melrose venue with a brand new in-person improv show, Groundlings Lights Up! Tickets are $20. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend. More info here.

10. Grand Performances: La Tigresa and Briseyda Zárate > This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances at California Plaza features Flamenco dancers La Tigresa and Briseyda Zárate performing an ensemble interpretation of traditional and modern flamenco. Catch DJ Ethos on the turntables. Free. Outdoors. 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. Cinelounge Sunset -> Boutique art house theatre Cinelounge in Hollywood is open for indoor and outdoor movie screenings. Films weekend includes a Cat Video Festival, The Big Boss, Pig and Old.

14. The OC Fair -> After a 2020 cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s OC Fair returns on July 16 and runs Wednesdays to Sundays through August 15. Tickets are $12 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $14 for weekend general admission. General parking is $10. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

15. Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A. -> Now through the end of the month, Grand Park in DTLA hosts a month-long public art installation examining the themes of home and freedom, with publicly viewable photography, video exhibitions, and a special nighttime projection installation. Free to the public. More info here.

Saturday

16. Picnic on the Plaza -> As part of Delicious Little Tokyo (July 10-25), diners are invited to order takeout from their favorite local eatery then head over to the plaza at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center for live food demos and DJ-spun music. Activities run from noon to 4 p.m. More info here.

17. Ledisi at the Bowl -> Grammy®-winning R&B artist Ledisi pays tribute to Nina Simone this Saturday with a special performance of Simone’s songs at the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets available starting at $19. Get more info here.

18. Secret Movie Club -> SCM is back at the Million Dollar Theatre this Saturday presenting a pair of films: A matinee screening of Once Upon a Time in the West followed up by an evening showing of the 1962 François Truffaut film, Jules and Jim. Tickets start at $16. More info here.

19. San Gabriel Flea Market-> Vintage vendors and local makers will be part of an outdoor market hosted at the parking lot of the San Gabriel Mission. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. More info here.

Sunday

20. Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions -> This Sunday Grand Park The four-hour free dance party honors House music with LA’s best DJs.  Industry influencers Astronomar and Bot headline in a back-to-back set along with Ocean Roulette, Etari and Chloé Soleta. Free and open to the public. 3 to 7 p.m. More info here.

21. All-American Cruise In -> This Sunday The Petersen Automotive Museum hosts its annual Bruce Meyer’s All-American Cruise-In, featuring a special discussion panel with hot rodding legends plus rows of stunning classic rides on display. Vehicle submission packages start at $35, and spectator entry is $25, which includes museum admission.

22. Cars and Coffee -> Automotive and photography enthusiasts with gather at the Merry Go Round in Griffith Park this Sunday morning at 7 a.m. for a special meet-and-greet organized by Cars and Coffee LA. Free to attend. Family friendly. More info here.

23. Playa Vista Street Fair -> This Sunday, Runway Playa Vista is hosting an all-day outdoor marketing featuring over 80 vendors, photo ops, free drinks, crafts and DIY stations, and a kids play area. Entry is free. More info here.

24. Sunday Concert in The Valley -> The Valley Cultural Foundation is hosting free, family-friendly concerts every Sunday through Sep 5. This Sunday the series welcomes the Surf City All-Stars to Warner Park. No ticket required, but advanced paid parking and VIP packages available. More info here.

25. Japanese Shaved Ice at Smorgasburg LA -> This Sunday stop by the Wanderlust Creamery booth in Ice Cream Alley for a taste of Kakigori, a Japanese shaved ice specialty in collaboration with local culinary pop-up Create Japan. Kakigori is made up of several flavors and textures layered on top of one another. Flavors for the one day pop-up include melon and Hojicha (roasted green tea.) 

Dining

26. Lasita Reopens -> Filipino rotisserie and natural wine spot Lasita in Chinatown re-opens today (July 22) with a colorful remodel inspired by the Philippine sunset. With the new look comes a few new bar bites to start the meal of right. For now the restaurant operates on a walk-in basis only from Thursday through Saturday from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

27. Blitzen’s “Christmas in July” -> The annual not-really-a-holiday themed pop-up bar has returned to Here and Now in Downtown Los Angeles with epic holiday cocktails, appearances from Santa, live carolers and tons of winter wonderland aesthetics. Happening now through August 1. 

28. The Waterfront -> Venice Beach’s 23-year-old restaurant The Waterfront got an update back in 2018 with new ownership put kept the popular oversized Bavarian pretzels from the original menu. Throughout the month of August, The Waterfront will be donating all profits from pretzel sales to A Safe Place for Youth, a Venice Beach-based charity serving homeless youth.

29. In Good Company Meal Drop -> Chef-prepared meal delivery service In Good Company returns to L.A. with a third drop and reservations are online now until Sunday. CEO and Founder Ashleigh Ferran has tapped 10 of the city’s finest to create exclusive frozen meal kits. Highlights include A’s BBQ’s East Los Soul BBQ Box, Petite Peso’s Braised Beef Mechado and Knead & Co. Green Goddess Mac & Cheese. Prices range from $25-$35 for a meal that feeds two. As a sustainable and zero waste-focused company, all In Good Company kits are delivered in reusable containers that will be picked up by the company in the future.

30. Brunch at E.P. -> Brunch is back at E.P. in West Hollywood this Sunday. On the menu are classic brunch items with a unique twist like Oysters with Bloody Mary Mignonette, Smoked Salmon Tartine, and Breakfast Burrito stuffed with tater tots.

31. Brunch at Bar Bohémien -> Enjoy summer brunch parties at Bar Bohémien every Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Located on the top floor of Citizen Public Market in Culver City guests of Bar Bohémien will enjoy live DJ sets, craft cocktails, and food from market vendors all on the bars rooftop with sweeping views of the city.


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23 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [7-19-2021 to 7-23-2021]

July 19, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Interior of The Broad. 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 July 19 to July 23, features a free taco pop-up via LeBron James and Fortnite, a Vegan Playground in the Arts District, Fourth Fridays at The Broad, Night Dive at the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Chocolate & Art Show, and more!

Monday/ Throughout the Week

1. Parks After Dark -> The 10th annual Parks After Dark hosted by the Pasadena Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department (PRCS) returns with a full schedule of activities including basketball games, soft ball tournaments, swimming , movie screenings, coffee and tea workshops and so much more. Registration and the schedule can be found here.

2. Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A. -> Now through the end of the month, Grand Park in DTLA hosts a month-long public art installation examining the themes of home and freedom, with publicly viewable photography, video exhibitions, and a special nighttime projection installation. Free to the public. More info here.

3. Jazz Eclectic -> On Mondays starting at 8 p.m., head to Riviera 31 at the inside Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for an evening of jazz music led by Ryan Cross and his band show, alongside special guest performers. No cover, but a table reservation is recommended. More info here.

4. Cinelounge Sunset -> Boutique art house theatre Cinelounge in Hollywood is open for indoor and outdoor movie screenings. Films week include Die in a Gun Fight, Pig, Old, and The Big Boss

5. Legacies of Exchange ->The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Runs through Feb. 13, 2022.

Tuesday

6. El Rey’s Taco Tuesday-> LeBron James and Fortnite are teaming for a free (yes, 100% free) taco pop-up featuring as as-yet-undisclosed vendor, and to be located at 8175 Melrose Avenue. The three-day run will have hours from 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Expect a line. More info here.

7. 80s Nights at the Roosevelt -> Every Tuesday evening throughout the summer the Hollywood Roosevelt spins 80s music. 80s-themed cocktails and bites will be available for purchase while an endless stream of MTV videos from the 1980s will broadcast on the big screen. Guests who come dressed to the era will be judged and winners receive a special prize. The pool will be open too if you opt to bring your swimsuit. Tickets are $19 to get in. More info here

Wednesday

8. Vegan Playground -> Starting this Wednesday, a new weekly Arts District night market comes to Boomtown Brewery celebrating of all things beery, vegan and eco-friendly commerce. Admission is free. More info and RSVP here.

9. The OC Fair -> After a 2020 cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s OC Fair returns on July 16 and runs Wednesdays to Sundays through August 15. Tickets are $12 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $14 for weekend general admission. General parking is $10. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

10. Free Summer Lunch Cruises -> Every Wednesday at noon, Shoreline Village in Long Beach offers a free free 30-minute harbor cruise with purchase of lunch to-go from a participating on-site restaurant. A reservation is required. Program runs through Aug. 25. Get the full details here.

Thursday

11. Art & Beer Night Market LA  -> On Thursday, Flying Embers Taproom in the Arts District will host 25 local artists and artisans selling goods along while offering craft beer, hard kombucha and food truck bites for purchase. $5 gets you in. 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

12. Shakespeare Outdoors -> Ophelia’s Jump Productions’ Midsummer Shakespeare Festival is back this year, presenting Twelfth Night in an outdoor setting at Sontag Greek Theatre, on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont. Performances run this week from Thursday to Sunday. Adult admission is $25 per person. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

Friday

13. Fourth Fridays at The Broad -> Every fourth Friday at the Broad throughout the summer The Broad offers extended evenings hours (from 5 to 8 p.m.) plus live on-site entertainment. This Friday DJs Andrew Ableson and Javi En Rose will be spinning at the East West Bank Plaza (open to the public) while free, advanced reservations must be made in order to access the museum galleries. More info here.

14. The Groundings -> This Friday, for the first time in 16 months, The Groundlings Main Company returns to their Melrose venue with a brand new in-person improv show, Groundlings Lights Up! Tickets are $20. Mask and proof of vaccination required to attend. More info here.

15. Chocolate & Art Show ->  The Chocolate & Art Show Los Angeles returns to The Vortex Theatre this Friday and Saturday for back-to-back- evenings of live body painting, vendors, live music, face-painting, and yes, chocolate. Tickets are $20. More info here.

16. Night Dive -> 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. Tickets are $24.95. Must be 18+ to attend. More info here.

17. Grand Performances: La Tigresa and Briseyda Zárate > This Friday’s edition of Grand Performances at California Plaza features Flamenco dancers La Tigresa and Briseyda Zárate performing an ensemble interpretation of traditional and modern flamenco. Catch DJ Ethos on the turntables. Free. Outdoors. 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

18. Alesso: Together Again Concert -> Swedish DJ Alesso brings his sounds to Skylight at ROW DTLA for two nights of performances, this Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $45. More info here.

19. 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.

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.

Dining

21. 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 soft serve. The sweets shop also features streetwear, shoes and art collectibles for sale. In the coming months White Label Creamery will host new collaborations of special waffle molds and ice cream flavors including a Tokidoki themed pop-up shop in mid August.

22. Afuri Ramen -> Tokyo based Afuri Ramen finds a home for its famed yuzu infused ramen bowls in LA’s Arts District. The originators of the yuzu ramen trend, Afuri offers four types of yuzu ramen alongside classic broths, rice bowls, a wide range of house-made dumplings and soft shell crab sandwiched in a fluffy bun.  

23. Pez Cantina -> It’s sangria season and Pez Cantina in Downtown Los Angeles is serving red and white sangrias in a giant rose gold flamingo punch bowl. The table special is available on their late night menu and cost $125.


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25 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [7-16-2021 to 7-18-2021

July 15, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Image via Descanso Gardens

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 July 16 to July 18, features a DiscOasis, an HBO takeover of the Santa Monica Pier, a Kite Festival in Chinatown, Summer Music Strolls at Descanso Gardens, Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasburg, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. 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 kicking off at the South Coast Botanic Garden this Friday, and continuing through Sep. 6. Tickets start at $39 per person. Get more info and buy tickets here.

2. HBO Max x Santa Monica Pier -> HBO Max takes over the Santa Monica Pier July 15-18 with content-themed experiences throughout the park and freebies all weekend long. The public can ride the “HBO Max Ferris Reel,” enjoy a movie-inspired gondola highlighting upcoming movies Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Dune and Reminiscence and much more. HBO Max will also partner with local businesses on the pier for complimentary Space Jam: A New Legacy food items via HBO Max Premiere Perks passes. The passes are distributed to attendees after they ride the Ferris Reel and can be used any time after 5 p.m. Free to attend.

3. The OC Fair -> After a 2020 cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s OC Fair returns on July 16 and runs Wednesdays to Sundays through August 15. Tickets are $12 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $14 for weekend general admission. General parking is $10. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

4. Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA -> Every other Friday 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. Tristan Eaton at LBMA -> L.A. native Tristan Eaton’s will have his first solo museum exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art starting July 16. The exhibition showcases a 25-year history of the artist’s work, from street art to murals to design projects for Fisher-Price and Kidrobot. A ticketed (cost $20) opening reception featuring DJ-spun music and food/cocktails by Claire’s takes place this Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. More info on the exhibition here.

6. 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.

7. 626 Night Market -> The SGV’s signature outdoor market returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend (July 16-18) 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. Parking is free. More info here.

8. Grand Performances -> Grand Performances summer schedule of concerts continues with a jazzy performance by 9-piece band and artist collective Katalyst. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. All ages. Outdoors. More info here.

9. Parks After Dark Screenings -> As part of the their Parks After Dark programming, The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is hosting three outdoor movie screenings this weekend at parks around the county: Tom and Jerry (2021) screens at Roosevelt Park, Onward (2020) screens at East Rancho Domingo Park in Compton, and Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) screens at Athens Park. Free to attend. No reservations required. More info here.

10. The Art of the Brick -> The latest exhibit at the California Science Center showcase the world’s largest display of LEGO® art. Timed-entry required for the museum. Special exhibit prices run $19.75 for adults and $12.75 for kids. More details here.

11. 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.

12. Legacies of Exchange ->The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Runs through Feb. 13, 2022.

13. Marina Drive-In Movies -> The Marina Del Rey drive-in movie series continues this weekend with two nights of screenings. Trolls and The Goonies play Friday followed by The Wizard of Oz and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 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.

Saturday

14. Kite Festival -> This Saturday, Clockshop and California State Parks are hosting the First Annual Community & Unity Kite Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park. The free event features flying demonstrations with kite masters, family art and printmaking workshops, and live musical performances. Runs from 2 to 6 p.m. More info here.

15. Jackalope -> This Saturday and Sunday, Jackalope brings its artisan market back to Central Park in Old Pasadena for a two-day event showcasing over 100 local vendors selling indie goods, clothing, jewelry, home decor, housewares, art, photography, and food. Outdoors. All-ages. Free to attend. Get more info here.

16. Summer Music Strolls -> This Saturday and Sunday, Descanso Gardens invites guests to enjoy the sounds of live music as they stroll through different botanical areas of the gardens. Enjoy classical music from the Sakura Cello Quintet, the sounds of sitar from the Paul Livingston Ensemble and mystical music from the Middle East performed by the Yuval Ron Ensemble. Tickets are $25 for non-members. Get more info here.

17. Zine Workshop -> This Saturday, the California African American Museum hosts Alyssa Olepau, a teaching artist from Able ARTS Work, as she guides guests in creating a zine that helps tell their individual story. Free with reservation. All-ages. Mask required. Get more info here.

18. Patches and Pins Expo -> If kitschy collectibles are your bag, head to Grand Central Market this weekend for a two-day event featuring dozens of vendors selling pins, patches, art, toys, vintage fashion, pop culture collectibles, retro nostalgia, sneakers and more. Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 a.m. Free to attend. More info and tickets here.

Sunday

19. Dance Baby Dance -> This Sunday Grand Performances is hosting on a special afternoon dance party featuring live music, arts and crafts activities, and DJ-spun retro tunes. 1 to 5 p.m. at California Plaza. Free admission. Outdoors. All-ages. More info here.

20. Ice Cream Alley -> This Sunday is National Ice Cream Day, and to celebrate Smorgasburg LA is bringing back Ice Cream Alley, a collection of close to a dozen local ice cream vendors popping up at this week’s market, including Afters Ice Cream, Atomic Creamery, Wanderlust Creamery, and more. Free admission. More info here.

21. KCRW World Festival -> Saxophone virtuoso Kamasi Washington brings his talents to the Hollywood Bowl this Sunday as part of 2021 World Festival series. Tickets are still available starting as low as $25. More info here.

Dining

22. Girl & The Goat -> Chicago’s widely popular Girl & The Goat opens it’s West Coast counterpart in Downtown’s Arts District this Thursday. James Beard award-wining Chef and Owner Stephanie Izard leads the restaurant’s expansion with a globally inspired menu that combines both signature dishes from the Chicago location such as goat empanadas and new, seasonal dishes highlighting California produce and local ingredients. On the beverage end expect a curated global wine list, craft cocktails and a rotating selection of craft beers. We suggest making reservations on Open Table as soon as possible, the restaurant is currently fully booked through August.

23. Genever -> Filipina women owned gin bar Genever in Westlake will fully open for service this Saturday. Genever’s original opening Bar Director Kelso Jean returns to spearhead the bar with a brand new summer cocktail menu fusing Filipino ingredients into inventive drinks. Order the Southeast Asian version of a White Russian “The Dude in HiFi”, it’s made with Lambanog, Bimini Coconut Gin, Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur, Horchata-infused coconut milk and house-made coconut bitters. Genever’s current hours are Thursday 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 

24. Tacos Tu Madre x UNCOOL Pop-up -> Fusion taco makers Tacos Tu Madre and Larchmont’s UNCOOL Burgers has teamed up to create the Quesabirria Burger a classic smashburger, layered with griddled costra-style cheese filled with housemade short rib birria, topped with a spicy Jalisco salsa and jalapenos. The Quesabirria Burger is available for a limited time at UNCOOL, from July 17 – July 31. Follow @we.are.uncool on Instagram to redeem the burger for just $1 (in-store) this Saturday and Sunday. 

25. Employee’s Only -> West Hollywood’s award winning cocktail bar and restaurant Employees Only has reopened for indoor service. A new dinner menu designed by Chef Josh Buckwald (Rossoblu, Orso Pasta) features elevated bar bites, American classics, and Italian dishes with a Californian flare. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made through Resy. Employees Only is open Tuesday through Sunday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. 


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Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [7-12-2021 to 7-16-2021]

July 12, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Santa Monica Pier at Sunset. 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 July 12 to July 16, features National Michelada Day, an HBO takeover of the SM Pier, the public reopening of MOLAA, an outdoor Shakespeare performance, the return of the OC Fair, and more!

Monday/ Throughout the Week

1. Parks After Dark -> The 10th annual Parks After Dark hosted by the Pasadena Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department (PRCS) returns with a full schedule of activities including basketball games, soft ball tournaments, swimming , movie screenings, coffee and tea workshops and so much more. Registration and the schedule can be found here.

2. Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A. -> Now through the end of the month, Grand Park in DTLA hosts a month-long public art installation examining the themes of home and freedom, with publicly viewable photography, video exhibitions, and a special nighttime projection installation. Free to the public. More info here.

3. The Plastic Bag Store -> In association with CAP UCLA, artist/director Robin Frohardt has produced a public installation that critiques consumer culture by creating a faux retail store featuring thousands hand sculpted item, each made from discarded single-use plastics found on the streets and in garbage dumps. The installation is free to visit with reservations, though there is a $10 suggested donation. Runs from June 30 to July 11 at gallery space in the Arts District. Get more info and book a timed visitation slot here.

4. L.A. LIVE -> L.A. LIVE’s Summer Series lineup kicks off with restaurant week specials at Katsuya, Paxti’s Pizza, and Sovca. Get more info on the special menus here.

5. 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.

6. Thinkspace Gallery ->  Starting July 3, Thinkspace will present a new limited-run exhibition entitled Real Life is Fragile, group shows featuring 10 creative artists from West African. Show ends on July 10. Admission is free, but limited. Masks required. More info here.

7. Burger Week -> The second annual Burger Week (July 11-17) will feature restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange County and Long Beach hosting burger-centric menus priced at $10, $15, $20 and $25.

8. Jazz Eclectic -> On Mondays starting at 8 p.m., head to Riviera 31 at the inside Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for an evening of jazz music led by Ryan Cross and his band show, alongside special guest performers. No cover, but a table reservation is recommended. More info here.

9. Cinelounge Sunset -> Boutique art house theatre Cinelounge in Hollywood is open for indoor and outdoor movie screenings. This week they’ll screen Summer of Soul, The Exorcist Extended Directors Cut, PIG, Censor and Boogie Nights.

10. Legacies of Exchange ->The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Runs through Feb. 13, 2022.

Tuesday

11. 80s Nights at the Roosevelt -> Every Tuesday evening throughout the summer the Hollywood Roosevelt spins 80s music. 80s-themed cocktails and bites will be available for purchase while an endless stream of MTV videos from the 1980s will broadcast on the big screen. Guests who come dressed to the era will be judged and winners receive a special prize. The pool will be open too if you opt to bring your swimsuit. Tickets are $19 to get in. More info here.

12. The Petersen Automotive Museum -> ADV:Overland is a new exhibit in partnership with the Motorcycle Arts Foundation featuring 23 vehicles that celebrate the spirit of adventure through “off- road” and “off-world” motorcycles and other related vehicles. Located in the Richard Varner Family Gallery, vehicles include record-setting motorcycles, Hollywood sci-fi vehicles, and spacecraft models on loan from NASA’s JPL.

13. The Autry -> The Autry Museum in Griffith Park is now reopened with two new exhibitions: Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery and Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis. Museum hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. More info here.

Wednesday

14. Bastille Day Celebration -> On July 14, the Beverly Center will host an afternoon of activities and entertainment in celebration of Bastille Day. Highlights include Cancan dance performances by Cabaret Versatile, live sketching with Zabé Arts, a pop-up petanque French ball game with La Boulisterie, pastries and sweets from Pitchoun! Bakery, and more. Details here.

15. Memorias de Nuestra Tierra -> On July 14 the The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach reopens to the public with a new exhibition centered on the work on of Chicana artist Judy Baca. Judy Baca: Memorias de Nuestra Tierra, A Retrospective, is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of the internationally renowned muralist. Walk-ups welcome. More info here.

16. Free Summer Lunch Cruises -> Every Wednesday at noon, Shoreline Village in Long Beach offers a free free 30-minute harbor cruise with purchase of lunch to-go from a participating on-site restaurant. A reservation is required. Program runs through Aug. 25. Get the full details here.

17. Secret Movie Club -> The Secret Movie Club has three nights of cult films this week at their DTLA location on Bay St. Wednesday is Beware of a Holy Whore, Thursday is a double-feature of Hud and Cool Hand Luke, and Friday is Stop Making Sense. Tickets for individual screenings are $16, and it’s $28 for a Thursday double-feature ticket. Get more info here.

Thursday

18. HBO Max x Santa Monica Pier -> HBO Max takes over the Santa Monica Pier July 15-18 with content-themed experiences throughout the park and freebies all weekend long. The public can ride the “HBO Max Ferris Reel,” enjoy a movie-inspired gondola highlighting upcoming movies Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Dune and Reminiscence and much more. HBO Max will also partner with local businesses on the pier for complimentary Space Jam: A New Legacy food items via HBO Max Premiere Perks passes. The passes are distributed to attendees after they ride the Ferris Reel and can be used any time after 5 p.m. Free to attend.

19. Dodgers 2020 World Series Championship Redux -> The Greyhound in Highland Park is hosting a Dodgers 2020 World Series Championship Celebration Redux this Thursday. Watch Game 6 of the World Series at 7 p.m. with fellow Dodger fans, then celebrate together with champagne provided by the bar.

20. 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.

21. Shakespeare Outdoors -> Ophelia’s Jump Productions’ Midsummer Shakespeare Festival is back this year, presenting Twelfth Night in an outdoor setting at Sontag Greek Theatre, on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont. Performances run through July 25. Adult admission is $25 per person. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

22. The Fowler Museum -> UCLA’s Fowler Museum has now reopened to the public with two new exhibitions on display, including a showcase of work from Cameroonian photographers Jacques Toussele, Joseph Chila, and Samuel Finlak. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.

Friday

23. The OC Fair -> After a 2020 cancellation due to the pandemic, this year’s OC Fair returns on July 16 and runs Wednesdays to Sundays through August 15. Tickets are $12 weekday general admission (Wednesday, Thursday) and $14 for weekend general admission. General parking is $10. Get more info and purchase tickets here.

24. Tristan Eaton at LBMA -> L.A. native Tristan Eaton’s will have his first solo museum exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art starting July 16. The exhibition showcases a 25-year history of the artist’s work, from street art to murals to design projects for Fisher-Price and Kidrobot. A ticketed (cost $20) opening reception featuring DJ-spun music and food/cocktails by Claire’s takes place this Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. More info on the exhibition here.

25. Marina Drive-In Movies -> The Marina Del Rey drive-in movie series continues this weekend with two nights of screenings. Raya and The Last Dragon and Jurassic Park play Friday followed by Trolls World Tour and Rocketman 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.

26. Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA -> Every other Friday 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.

27. 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.

28. Nick Dong in Conversation -> On Friday, July 16, Artist Nick Dong discusses his immersive exhibition Divine Immersion in an intimate virtual conversation via Zoom. Dong’s work, now on display at the USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, invites high levels of viewer engagement, whether it’s absorbing a kinetic light sculpture inspired by the Big Bang in Becoming Horizon, or self-reflecting on earthly accomplishments, fears, and pressures in Heaven. The exhibition features five of Dong’s works in all.  On view through Oct. 3. GA Admission is $10 for adults. Advanced tickets required. Get more info reserve tickets here. Friday’s talk is free to view, and you can RVSP here to attend virtually.

29. Cinespia -> Cinespia is hosting movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Shrek screens this Friday. Tickets cost $18.

30. 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.

Dining

31. $1 Micheladas at Golden Road -> Prepare to celebrate National Michelada Day on July 12 with Golden Road Brewing’s newest canned michelada, the Guava Chelada Cart for the special price of $1 per can (no limit, while supplies last) from Sunday, July 11 through Saturday, July 17 from noon to 4 p.m. Available at Atwater, Anaheim and Huntington Beach pub locations, the Guava Chelada Cart special can be accessed through this link here starting July 11 to order for delivery or pickup. Consumers can also visit any of these three locations and purchase to-go on-site, as well as call ahead for pick up. 

32. La Chuperia -> This bar in Exposition Park is known for serving over the top micheladas and sizable bar eats. Order a deep fried bacon wrapped shrimp michelada or go for a fruit version where chucks of mango or watermelon top the drink. All La Chuperia micheladas are served with a tamarind candy straw and you get to choose the beer. 

33. Guelaguetza -> Harvard Heights Oaxacan legend Guelaguetza offers a classic michelada, a mango version served with mango hefeweizen and a cucumber michelada made with Cucumber Sour. They even have two for one michelada specials on Fridays.


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28 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [7-9-2021 to 7-11-2021

July 8, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
The Los Angeles Arboretum. Photo by Brian 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 weekend, from July 9 to July 11, features the return of 626 Night Market, a Night Sky Star Party at Paramount Ranch, a Bazaar Bizarre at Zombie Joe’s, Pasadena POPS at the Arboretum, an outdoor art experience in Santa Monica, Grand Performances in DTLA, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. Bazaar Bizarre -> Bazaar Bizarre is part rummage sale and part immersive experience, taking place nightly from 7 to 10 p.m. from tonight through this Sunday, July 11 at Zombie Joes Underground Theatre in North Hollywood. It’s free to walk around the sale, while tickets to the immersive performance will run you $10. Ages 15 and up only will be admitted.

2. 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.

3. 626 Night Market -> The SGV’s signature outdoor market returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend (July 9-11) 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. Parking is free. More info here.

4. Grand Performances -> The first in-person summer event of 2021 from Grand Performances features an Ethio Cali homage to the Golden Age of Ethiopian Jazz and Soul, with collaborations with DJs Rani de Leon and Cut Chemist. Free. All ages. Outdoors. More info here.

5. Night Sky Star Party at Paramount Ranch -> The Santa Monica Mountains invite the public Night Sky Conservation and Constellation Tour at Paramount Ranch on Friday from 8-10:30 p.m. The presentation will be followed by a star party with telescopes for public use. This event is free to attend.

6. Cinelounge Sunset -> Boutique art house theatre Cinelounge in Hollywood is open for indoor and outdoor movie screenings. This weekend they’ll screen Summer of Soul, The Exorcist Extended Directors Cut and Boogie Nights.

7. Summer Weekend of Noir -> Hollywood Legion Theater is hosting a three-day run of classic Noir films, kicking with a double-feature this Friday of Nightmare Alley (1947) & The Big Clock (1948). Tickets start at $22 per adult. More info here.

8. The Art of the Brick -> The latest exhibit at the California Science Center showcase the world’s largest display of LEGO® art. Timed-entry required for the museum. Special exhibit prices run $19.75 for adults and $12.75 for kids. More details here.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Legacies of Exchange ->The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Runs through Feb. 13, 2022.

12. Marina Drive-In Movies -> The Marina Del Rey drive-in movie series continues this weekend with two nights of screenings. Trolls and The Goonies play Friday followed by The Wizard of Oz and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 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.

Saturday

13. LEFT/RIGHT/HERE -> On Saturday, the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica hosts one-night only interactive outdoor and indoor art experience featuring contributions from more than a dozen artists as part of the exhibition Recovery Justice: Being Well. Free to attend, but reservation required. Get more info here.

14. Secret Movie Club -> The Secret Movie Club returns to the Million Dollar Theatre for a weekend matinees series screening David Lynch’s Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive.

15. 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.

16. Date Night Drive In / Silents Under the Stars -> Co-hosted by Hollywood Heritage and sponsored by Music in Motion, Date Night Drive In will screen Buster Keaton’s Our Hospitality at the historic Paramount Ranch. Tickets are $40 per car and include free popcorn. Donations go towards helping restore the historic buildings at Paramount Ranch that were destroyed by the Woolsey Fire back in 2018. More info here.

17. The Great L.A. River Cleanup -> Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) is hosting multiple trash and debris cleanups along the L.A. River this Saturday. Registration information, along with a schedule of other cleanups scheduled for this summer, can be found here.

18. Pasadena POPS -> The Pasadena POPS summer concert series is back this Saturday with a performance by The Road to Motown at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Entry to all Pasadena POPS concerts will require proof of receiving a fully completed Covid-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to the concert date.

19. Parks After Dark -> The 10th annual Parks After Dark hosted by the Pasadena Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department (PRCS) returns with a full schedule of activities including basketball games, soft ball tournaments, swimming , movie screenings, coffee and tea workshops and so much more. Registration and the schedule can be found here.

20. Street Food Cinema -> The 10th season of SFC continues with a screening of Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark at L.A. State Historic Park and Mean Girls 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. Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum -> Enjoy a production of Julius Caesar under the stars this Saturday when Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Repertory’s season of outdoor theater shows return for the summer.

Sunday

22. Burger Week -> The second annual Burger Week (July 11-17) will feature restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange County and Long Beach hosting burger-centric menus priced at $10, $15, $20 and $25.

23. $1 Micheladas at Golden Road -> Prepare to celebrate National Michelada Day on July 12 with Golden Road Brewing’s newest canned michelada, the Guava Chelada Cart for the special price of $1 per can (no limit, while supplies last) from Sunday, July 11 through Saturday, July 17 from noon to 4 p.m. Available at Atwater, Anaheim and Huntington Beach pub locations, the Guava Chelada Cart special can be accessed through this link here starting July 11 to order for delivery or pickup. Consumers can also visit any of these three locations and purchase to-go on-site, as well as call ahead for pick up. 

24. Smorgasburg -> ROW DTLA’s weekly outdoor food market is back for the summer season with dozens of vendors offering an array of foods and goods. Free admission. More info here.

25. When Worlds Collide -> On Sunday, the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival presents a special virtual screening of Kenny Scharf: When Worlds Collide, which documents the life of the Los Angeles-born pop artist. This special online event will be followed by a rare Q&A with the Los Angeles artist himself. Tickets are $10. More info here.

26. Rose Bowl Flea Market -> Happening on the second Sunday of every month, the Rose Bowl Flea Market has showcased the best in vintage for over 50 years.

Dining

27. Arth Bar + Kitchen -> New modern Indian restaurant Arth Bar + Kitchen opened in Culver City this week serving an eclectic menu of reimagined Indian dishes and craft cocktails in a contemporary atmosphere. Menu highlights include the Bombay Burger, “Sexy Fries” topped with green chutney, tomato gravy, with mayo and several proteins cooked in tandoor ovens.

28. Bar Calo -> The mezcal bar in Echo Park has reopened with a new menu of cocktails by Josh Goldman and shareable bar bites.


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 Fantastic Fried Chicken Spots in Los Angeles

July 6, 2021 by Christina Champlin
Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken
Honey’s Kettle

Here at We Like L.A., we’re spilling the beans on where to find our favorite fried chicken in Los Angeles. We’ve got traditional, hot, sandwiches and everything in-between (including vegan). There’s something for everyone on this mega list.

Honey’s Kettle (Culver City)

Chef Vincent Williams has been perfecting his fried chicken for over 40 years. At Honey’s Kettle, he uses a secret batter to fry his chicken in peanut oil inside a kettle drum, replicating traditional frying techniques of kettles over an open fire. The result is super crispy chicken with none of the grease. More information.

Hotville Chicken (Baldwin Hills)

Kim Prince’s family has served Nashville hot chicken since 1936. The Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tennessee has been a mecca for all hot chicken fans around the world. Here in L.A., Kim’s spot offers chicken fried in her secret spice mix then paired with a slice of white bread and dill pickles. Choose your heat level from West Coast Plain, Cali Mild, Music City Medium, or the signature Nashville Hot. More information.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken (Alhambra)

Don’t discount this Cajun fried chicken counter inside of a convenience store. You can grab fried chicken, tenders, and saucy wings here. Finish your order with a couple of beers; the store is fully stocked. More information.

Doomies (Hollywood)

These guys have perfected American comfort food made vegan. Their fried chicken is one of the most popular items on the menu. Yes, it tastes like the real thing. Watch out for the “bone” when you sink your teeth into the drumstick. Enjoy friend chicken as a meal with sides, Nashville Hot Tenders or sandwiched between a bun. More information.

Tokyo Fried Chicken (Monterey Park)

The marriage of Japanese flavors and Southern-style fried chicken has been a huge hit at this SGV eatery. Fried chicken is served with house-made ponzu honey and sides include truffle edamame, dashi collard greens, and soy-glazed yams. More information.

Fried Chicken & Waffles from Poppy + Rose
Fried Chicken & Waffles from Poppy + Rose. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Poppy + Rose (DTLA)

You can find buttermilk fried chicken & waffles with smoked honey butter and chives on the breakfast menu at chef Michael Reed’s American comfort spot. A fried chicken sandwich topped with aioli and house pickles is also on the menu. Or get fried chicken as a side for $3. More information.

Dave’s Hot Chicken (Multiple locations)

This popular fried chicken tenders spot offers seven levels of spiciness from “no spice” to “reaper.” Tenders can be made into sliders and your meal comes with crinkle fries. More information.

Comfort LA (DTLA & Inglewood)

Comfort LA started as a pop-up by actor-turned-chef Jeremy McBryde and business strategist Mark E. Walker. Focused on locally sourced organic ingredients and healthier cooking methods, they offer organic fried chicken wings, classic sides, and an eye-catching spicy chicken sandwich on a black bun. More information.

My Vegan Gold (Silver Lake)

This Thai-influenced restaurant offers a detectible drumstick starter made with soy protein and served with your choice of bbq or buffalo sauce. They also have “fried chicken” as a wrap, nuggets, or sliders. More information.

Jim Dandy (Vermont Vista)

Old-school Southern-fried chicken is what you’ll get at Jim Dandy. Choose between crispy (original) or spicy and definitely add the corn fritters, as famous as the chicken. Make sure you have some cash on hand because they don’t accept credit cards. More information.

Dulan’s Soul Food Kitchen (Inglewood & Westmont)

This legendary soul food spot has seen many dignitaries and celebrities stop in for a bite. They serve Southern-fried chicken with a couple of sides and cornbread. Come with a large appetite. The portions are extremely generous. More information.

lucky bird
Lucky Bird

Lucky Bird (DTLA & Eagle Rock)

Lucky Bird makes everything from scratch, even the hot sauce. The organic free-range chicken comes in many forms including wings, sandwiches, filled in a bucket, and on salads. Add on sides include waffles, cast iron corn bread, slaw, mac & cheese and more. More information.

Sweet Chick (Fairfax & Dodger Stadium)

The west coast locations of this Brooklyn-born Chicken & Waffles operation offer a number of fun sandwich creations like a Spicy Honey Butter Friend Chicken Biscuit alongside a classic chicken and waffles, and crispy chicken on salads. More information.

Dinah’s Chicken (Glendale)

The Pearson Family has owned and operated Dinah’s Chicken since 1967. A blend of four different flours plus 11 herbs and spices coats the chicken, which is then broasted to seal in the juices. More information.

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken (Multiple Locations)

This fried chicken empire started in the South over 60 years ago with one recipe that went on to open 29 locations in the U.S. We’re lucky to have three (Burbank, Long Beach, and Mid-Wilshire.) More information.

A.O.C. (Beverly Grove)

The Spanish-fried chicken has been a staple at Suzanne Goin’s wine bar. It’s served with a romesco aïoli and chili-cumin butter during dinner and gets a cornmeal waffle during brunch. More information.

Howlin’ Rays Photo: Michael Saechang/Flickr

Howlin’ Ray’s (Chinatown)

The Nashville hot chicken obsession known for its epic line is still going strong. Get your chicken “country fried” if you can’t do spicy or “howlin’ hot” if you want to melt your face off. Chicken is served with white bread and pickles. More information.

Chao Krung (Fairfax District)

The Thai garlic chicken wings are marinated in fish sauce and fresh garlic, then topped with fried garlic and served with sweet chili sauce. More information.

Boneyard Bistro (Sherman Oaks)

On “Fried Chicken Mondays” at this popular BBQ spot, you can get a half chicken. Choose from traditional or Nashville hot. More information.

HoHo Chicken (Westlake)

The Korean fried chicken spot lets you season your chicken in a variety of Korean and American flavors. Chicken comes out crumbly in the best way and the meat is juicy on the inside. More information.

The Chicken Koop (Multiple Locations)

This place has all your chicken craving needs. From fried chicken & waffles (weekends only) to stacked sandwiches, chicken nachos, and chicken poutine, the list seems endless. More information.

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25 Fun Things to do This Week in L.A. [7-5-2021 to 7-9-2021]

July 5, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Nick Dong meditating in ‘Heaven.’ Photo via USC Pacific Asia Museum

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 July 5 to July 9, features Divine Immersion at the Pacific Asia Museum, a Cardboard City on 3rd Street Promenade, the 626 Night Market in the SGV, National Fried Chicken Day, more!

Monday

1. Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A. -> Now through the end of the month, Grand Park in DTLA hosts a month-long public art installation examining the themes of home and freedom, with publicly viewable photography, video exhibitions, and a special nighttime projection installation. Free to the public. More info here.

2. The Art of the Brick -> The latest exhibit at the California Science Center showcase the world’s largest display of LEGO® art. Timed-entry required for the museum. Special exhibit prices run $19.75 for adults and $12.75 for kids. More details here.

3. Jazz Eclectic -> On Mondays starting at 8 p.m., head to Riviera 31 at the inside Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for an evening of jazz music led by Ryan Cross and his band show, alongside special guest performers. No cover, but a table reservation is recommended. More info here.

4. L.A. LIVE -> L.A. LIVE’s Summer Series lineup kicks off with restaurant week specials at Katsuya, Paxti’s Pizza, and Sovca. Get more info on the special menus here.

Tuesday / Throughout the Week

5. Thinkspace Gallery ->  Starting July 3, Thinkspace will present a new limited-run exhibition entitled Real Life is Fragile, group shows featuring 10 creative artists from West African. Show ends on July 10. Admission is free, but limited. Masks required. More info here.

6. The Plastic Bag Store -> In association with CAP UCLA, artist/director Robin Frohardt has produced a public installation that critiques consumer culture by creating a faux retail store featuring thousands hand sculpted item, each made from discarded single-use plastics found on the streets and in garbage dumps. The installation is free to visit with reservations, though there is a $10 suggested donation. Runs from June 30 to July 11 at gallery space in the Arts District. Get more info and book a timed visitation slot here.

7. Legacies of Exchange ->The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Runs through Feb. 13, 2022.

8. The Petersen Automotive Museum -> ADV:Overland is a new exhibit in partnership with the Motorcycle Arts Foundation featuring 23 vehicles that celebrate the spirit of adventure through “off- road” and “off-world” motorcycles and other related vehicles. Located in the Richard Varner Family Gallery, vehicles include record-setting motorcycles, Hollywood sci-fi vehicles, and spacecraft models on loan from NASA’s JPL.

9. The Autry -> The Autry Museum in Griffith Park is now reopened with two new exhibitions: Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery and Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis. Museum hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. More info here.

10. Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen Reopens for Indoor Dining -> Founded by Los Angeles natives Yonnie Hagos and Ajay Relan, Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen will finally open indoor dining at all three locations. Find tasty house-made lattes, espresso, and tea beverages alongside Crispy Chicken Sandwiches, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and Beignets. Locations include Inglewood, Eagle Rock and View Park.

Wednesday

11. Free Summer Lunch Cruises -> Every Wednesday at noon, Shoreline Village in Long Beach offers a free free 30-minute harbor cruise with purchase of lunch to-go from a participating on-site restaurant. A reservation is required. Program runs through Aug. 25. Get the full details here.

12. Avi Cue x Off The Menu -> BBQ Pitmaster Avi Yalin (@avi_cue) is back for a one-night pop-up at Employee’s Only this Wednesday. Known for his BBQ meets modern Middle Eastern cuisine mash ups, the menu for the pop up includes Wagyu Beef Arayes and Wagyu Beef Kebabs. An Employees Only cocktail, Karbach hard seltzer and Stella are also on the menu for the night. The event is open to the public but guests must make a reservation and pay in advance to attend. For anyone that attends the event and wants to sign up to be an Off The Menu member, use code ‘bama’ to join for $5 for the first month. 

Thursday

13. Divine Immersion -> This Thursday, a new exhibition featuring the work of Taiwanese-American artist Nick Dong opens at USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena. Dong’s works invite high levels of viewer engagement, whether it’s absorbing a kinetic light sculpture inspired by the Big Bang in Becoming Horizon, or self-reflecting on earthly accomplishments, fears, and pressures in Heaven. The exhibition features five of Dong’s works in all.  On view through Oct. 3. GA Admission is $10 for adults. Advanced tickets required. Get more info reserve tickets here.

14. Honest Purpose -> On July 8, Heidi Duckler Dance presents a special performance at the Culver City Steps to showcase the power of art in public space and celebrate of the reopening of the city. Tickets are $20, and guests are invited to attend early for a special community conversation on creating civic and commercial spaces, and the power of art to animate space. More info here.

15. The Work of Black VFX Artists –> This Thursday the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will host a special virtual panel highlighting the shared experiences of six Black film artists in the VFX industry. Free to attend online, but registration is required. More info here.

16. Cardboard City -> Starting this Thursday, Third Street Promenade will be 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.

17. The Fowler Museum -> UCLA’s Fowler Museum has now reopened to the public with two new exhibitions on display, including a showcase of work from Cameroonian photographers Jacques Toussele, Joseph Chila, and Samuel Finlak. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.

Friday

18. 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.

19. 626 Night Market -> The SGV’s signature outdoor market returns to Santa Anita Park this weekend (July 9-11) 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. Parking is free. More info here.

20. Grand Performances -> The first in-person summer event of 2021 from Grand Performances features an Ethio Cali homage to the Golden Age of Ethiopian Jazz and Soul, with collaborations with DJs Rani de Leon and Cut Chemist. Free. All ages. Outdoors. More info here.

21. Summer Weekend of Noir -> Hollywood Legion Theater is hosting a three-day run of classic Noir films, kicking with a double-feature this Friday of Nightmare Alley (1947) & The Big Clock (1948). Tickets start at $22 per adult. More 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.

Dining

Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day on July 6 with a few of our favorite spots below:

23. Poppy + Rose -> Husband-and-wife duo Michael and Kwini Reed have perfected the recipe for buttermilk fried chicken at their DTLA restaurant Poppy + Rose. Find juicy fried chicken on top of waffles and in sandwich form topped with aioli and house pickles. 

24. Honey’s Kettle -> Chef Vincent Williams has over 40 years of fried chicken experience. His casual restaurant Honey’s Kettle uses a top secret batter and cooks the chicken in a kettle drum, to replicate traditional frying techniques of kettles over an open fire. The result is crispy crunchy chicken with none of the grease. Locations include the Culver City flagship and two delivery and pick up operations in Hollywood and DTLA.

25. Hotville Chicken -> Kim Prince’s family has served Nashville hot chicken since 1936. Here in Los Angeles, Kim’s Baldwin Hills restaurant Hotville Chicken uses a secret spice mix on the chicken and guests can choose their own heat levels from West Coast Plain, Cali Mild, Music City Medium, to signature Nashville Hot. 


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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28 Fun Things to do This 4th of July Weekend in L.A. [7-2-2021 to 7-4-2021]

July 1, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
AMERICAFEST at The Rose Bowl
AMERICAFEST at The Rose Bowl

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 July 2 to July 4, features the reopening of Smorgasburg, Fourth of July at the Hollywood Bowl, Americafest at the Rose Bowl, a movie and fireworks at Hollywood Forever, the Day Trip Festival, LOTS of Independence Day food specials, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. Griffith Observatory -> The L.A. icon is now reopen Fridays through Sundays (except July 4), and will also host a special virtual version of All Space Considered this Friday on YouTube starting at 7:30 p.m.

2. Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA -> Every other Friday starting July 2, 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.

3. The Art of the Brick -> The latest exhibit at the California Science Center showcase the world’s largest display of LEGO® art. Timed-entry required for the museum. Special exhibit prices run $19.75 for adults and $12.75 for kids. More details here.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

Saturday

7. Fourth of July Spectacular -> The Hollywood Bowl celebrates Independence Day with two nights (Saturday + Sunday) of concerts featuring Kool and the Gang, plus Thomas Wilkins and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and one of the city’s most enchanting fireworks displays. Details here.

8. Day Trip Festival -> Groove to house music all day long when Day Trip Festival takes over SoFi Stadium July 3-4. Musical line up includes Chromeo, Diplo, Meduza, AC Slater, Tchami, Sofi Tukker and more. General admission tickets cost $49.99 each day.

9. Big Bang on the Bay Fireworks Cruise -> Want fireworks without the crowd? Hitch a ride on a July 3 cruise in Long Beach taking in a fireworks display from Alamitos Bay. Tickets are $50 per adult. Full details here.

10. The Autry -> The Autry Museum in Griffith Park is now reopened to the public with two new exhibitions: Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery and Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis. More info here.

11. Thinkspace Gallery ->  Starting July 3, Thinkspace will present a new limited-run exhibition entitled Real Life is Fragile, group shows featuring 10 creative artists from West African. Artist’s reception from 5 to 9 p.m. this Saturday. Show ends on July 10. Admission is free, but limited. Masks required. More info here.

12. Street Food Cinema -> The 10th season of SFC continues with a screening Grease at Victory Park in Pasadena. 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.

Sunday

13. Smorgasburg Reopens -> ROW DTLA’s weekly outdoor food market returns with a grand reopening this Sunday, July 4. Expect dublab DJ’s spinning tunes plus dozens of food and lifestyle vendors with bites and wares for sale. Free admission. More info here.

14. July 4th Fireworks in Marina del Rey -> Watch Marina del Rey light up the sky this July 4th at Burton Chace Park, Fisherman’s Village, Marina “Mother’s” Beach, waterfront hotels and restaurants, and on boats. Fireworks start at 9pm and will run for 10-minutes. Additional details here.

15. 95th Annual AmericaFest -> The annual Independence Day celebration at the Rose Bowl features a TNT Freestyle Motocross show, special live musical performances, and the self-described “biggest fireworks display in SoCal.  GA tickets start at $20. Get more information here.

16. Fourth of July Celebration at Shoreline Village Long Beach -> Head out to Shoreline Village for all-day live musical performances (starting at noon) leading up to a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Limited parking is $25. More details here.

17. Fourth of July at Hollywood Forever -> Cinespia celebrates Independence Day with a screening of Dirty Dancing at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery followed by post-screening fireworks. GA tickets start at $42. More info here.

18. Pacific Palisades Fourth of July Parade -> The annual July 4th fireworks show at Palisades High School begins at 9 p.m. $5 GA tickets, Get tickets and more information here.

19. Legacies of Exchange ->The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Featuring Ai Weiwei, Huang Yong Ping, Wang Guangyi, Xu Bing, and more, the exhibition brings together 20 works of Chinese contemporary art created by 15 artists in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange. Runs through Feb. 13, 2022.

20. Hollywood Artisans Market -> Every-other-Sunday the Hollywood Artisans Market pops up with an upscale outdoor market highlighting local makers in clothings, crafts and food.

Dining

21. Pasta|Bar Family Style Service -> In addition to Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s chef counter experience at Pasta|Bar, the seasonally focused tasting menu hot spot just launched a ‘Kitchen Table’ option offering parties of four to six guests the opportunity to dine at their very own private table. The family-style experience costs $165 per person, and will include a collection of off menu creations including Whole Fried Loup de Mer with Chimichurri, Grilled Lemon and Summer Vegetables. Reservations for Pasta|Bar and the ‘Kitchen Table’ can be made via TOCK.

22. Uncool Burgers -> If burgers are on your checklist for the holiday weekend and if you’re a fan of the smashburger then check out Uncool Burgers in Larchmont. The burger spot is also extremely vegan friendly with a plant-based menu that’s almost identical to the original menu. 

23. The Pie Hole -> Apple pie on Independence Day is a classic move and The Pie Hole is making their version available by the slice, as a whole pie, as a two-bite Pie Hole and in an Apple Crumble Caramel Pie Pint. Items are available for pick-up or delivery online and at the local pie shop locations.

24. The Waterfront -> The Venice beach restaurant has put together a special 4th of July menu that includes a seafood tower ($130) of crab claws, oysters, shrimp and Ahi Tuna crudo; lobster roll ($20); bucket of wings ; a hotdog & tots ($18) and grilled corn ($12) 

25. Brooklyn Ave. Pizza Co. July 4th Specials -> Boyle Heights’ Brooklyn Avenue Pizza Company is offering a July 4th Jumbo Wing Party Pack for those hosting a celebration at home. Choose from Buffalo, BBQ Habanero, or Fire Cracker Wings featuring spicy sauce, jalapeno, sesame and tempura crackle, with choice of blue cheese, ranch, or chipotle caesar dip available in 24 pieces ($40), 36 pieces ($50), and 48 pieces ($65). All orders come with house papas with optional add-ons for large format cocktails (serves 6-8; $40-$60), bottles of wine ($10 red or white, $20 liter of rosé), or a 6-pack of Calidad beer ($25). Party Packs are available via Toast with pick-up on Saturday or Sunday. The restaurant is also open for dine-in for folks to enjoy the Fire Cracker Wings and a Red, White & Blue cocktail with your choice of white rum or tequila, blue curacao, pineapple, grenadine & coconut water.

26. Randy’s Donuts -> To celebrate Independence Day Randy’s Donuts will bring back their 4th of July Donut made of either chocolate cake or chocolate raised donuts covered with blue vanilla icing and patriotic sprinkles. Available at all Randy’s locations the donuts are priced $2.85-2.95 per donut.

27. BOA Steakhouse 4th of July at Home Meal Packages -> BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood and Santa Monica will be offering grilling, bbq and full meal packages for 4th of July. Options include a BBQ Wagyu Burger Basket, DIY dinner for two, and an Italian (Spaghetti & kobe meatballs) or  Brooklyn (Brooklyn-style Porterhouse) inspired dinner for two.

28. Hermanito -> For 4th of July Hermanito will offer five Pibil Tacos for $28. Made with Pead & Barnett’s pork, the meat is braised and smoked then topped with cilantro, onions, hibiscus pickled onion, toasted sesame seeds and scallions served with a side of grilled lime.


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. [6-28-2021 to 7-2-2021]

June 28, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Griffith Observatory at Dusk
Credit: Frank Steele via flickr

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 June 28 to July 2, features a newly reopened Griffith Observatory, a free horror screening from Netflix, a new ‘Plastic Bag’ pop-up installation, the reopening of the Fowler Museum, $1 burgers, Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA, and more!

Monday / All Week

1. Fear Street Part One: 1994 -> On Monday, June 28, Netflix and Street Food Cinema team up to offer free tickets for a screening of the new horror trilogy Fear Street, based on the best-selling series from R.L. Stine. Tickets are first-come first-serve, but if sold out, remember drop dates are still forthcoming the other two upcoming installments in the series, to screen July 8 and July 14 respectively. More info and tickets here.

2. 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.

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. 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.

5. Tevye in New York -> Tom Dugan, the writer and star of Wiesenthal, brings the world premiere of his newest play Tevye in New York to the outdoor performance space at the Wallis. outdoor performance space. Tickets are $75 for terrace seating. Performances run on select dates through July 25. Get more info here.

6. 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.

7. 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.

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.

Tuesday

10. 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 Austin Powers International Man of Mystery. More info here.

11. The Autry -> The Autry Museum in Griffith Park is now reopen with two new exhibitions: Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery and Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis. Museum hours are 10 a.m to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday. More info here.

Wednesday

12. The Plastic Bag Store -> In association with CAP UCLA, artist/director Robin Frohardt has produced a public installation that critiques consumer culture by creating a faux retail store featuring thousands hand sculpted item, each made from discarded single-use plastics found on the streets and in garbage dumps. The installation is free to visit with reservations, though there is a $10 suggested donation. Runs from June 30 to July 11 at gallery space in the Arts District. Get more info and book a timed visitation slot here.

13. Sound of Color -> On June 30, the MagicLinks loft space in Venice hosts an exhibition from local artist Juan Carlos Muñoz Hernandez , whose work examines cosmological and psychological concepts using colorful geometric designs built from a mix of mediums. The show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Free to attend. Register for tickets here.

Thursday

14. The Fowler Museum -> On Thursday, July 1, UCLA’s Fowler Museum officially reopens to the public with two new exhibitions on display, including a showcase of work from Cameroonian photographers Jacques Toussele, Joseph Chila, and Samuel Finlak. Hours are Thursday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. More info here.

15. Grand Park’s Portraits of Freedom: Building a Life in L.A. -> Starting this Thursday, Grand Park in DTLA will host a month-long public art installation examining the themes of home and freedom, with publicly viewable photography, video exhibitions, and a special nighttime projection installation. Free to the public. More info here.

16. $1 Burgers at NoMoo New American Burgers -> Melrose plant-based gourmet burger spot NoMoo is offering their BBQ Facon Burger made of barbecue seitan, crispy ‘bacon’, secret barbecue sauce, fried onion strings, an Impossible patty, and vegan American cheeze sauce sandwiched between a baked brioche bun for just $1 all day.

17. In Sheep’s Clothing -> The Japanese-style ‘listening bar’ closed in March 2020 but NeueHouse is bringing it back temporarily from June 23 – Aug 21 with a series of pop-up listening sessions four nights a week. Each evening will offer different programming around albums, artists and musical movements accompanied by cocktails, wine and food.

Friday

18. Griffith Observatory -> The L.A. icon is now reopen Fridays through Sundays (except July 4), and will also host a special virtual version of All Space Considered this Friday on YouTube starting at 7:30 p.m.

19. Summer Fridays at ROW DTLA -> Every other Friday starting July 2, 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.

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.

Dining

21. Messhall Kitchen -> There’s a new and limited-time Smoked Beer Can Chicken ($51) special at Messhall Kitchen. This special serves two and includes a whole chicken, peel-n-eat corn, baked beans, red white & blue potato salad, house-made biscuits, and Kansas City BBQ sauce. Diners can also add a 6-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer for only $6. The Smoked Beer Can Chicken is only available July 2-4 for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

22. The Apple Pan -> Looking for a classic burger in town? Opened since 1947 The Apple Pan’s old school menu of burgers, fries, sandwiches and lots of fresh baked pies is always a good option. Try the Hickory Burger, invented in 1947 it’s basically a burger smothered in barbecue sauce toped with pickles, mayo and lettuce served hot off the grill. For now the diner is only offering outdoor seating on shaded picnic tables with plans to hire more staff for indoor service soon. After many years of a cash only rule, The Apple Pan is also taking credit cards. One of our faves.


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Things To Do

34 Fun Things to do This Weekend in L.A. [6-25-2021 to 6-27-2021]

June 24, 2021 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Photo via 2nd & PCH

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 25 to June 27, features Movies on Location in the The Valley, The Other Art Fair, the reopening of The Autry, a Toyzilla swap meet in the SGV, a Cars and Coffee meet-up in Griffith Park, the Creative Communal Market in Long Beach, and more!

Friday / All Weekend

1. Movies on Location -> The latest screening series from the folks at My Valley Pass takes guests to special locations that were either used during the filming or directly pair with the film being screened. This Friday features the BMX-themed RAD, shown at the Valley Relics Museum in Lake Balboa. Tickets start at $20 per person for general admission. Get more info here.

2. The Other Art Fair -> Over 75 artists will be showcased for this year’s edition of the The Other Art Fair at ROW DTLA. General admission tickets for Friday through Sunday are $15 per person (when purchased in advance, online). Read more info and get tickets here.

3. Free Umami Burger -> To celebrate the grand opening of Umami Burger on Beverly Drive the location is giving away freebies like burgers and truffle fries all weekend long. To claim your free meal download the CITIZENS GO app and use the following promo codes: FRYDAY (6/25) for free Truffle Fries, CLASSIC for a free Classic Burger (6/26) and TRUFFLE for a free Truffle Burger (6/27)at checkout. Each promo code is good for one complimentary item per day during the campaign. Use the code to order directly through the app for pick up at Umami Burger Beverly.

4. Fourth Fridays at The Broad -> As part of The Broad’s monthly Fourth Friday series, the museum will be open for extended hours on June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m., and live entertainment will be hosted on the East Bank Plaza. More info here.

5. Daily Harvest @ The Line Hotel -> Sample a menu of summer-inspired Daily Harvest goodies poolside at The Line Hotel in Korea Town. Bites include a menu of boozy smoothies, flatbreads, and decadent dairy-free scoops, compliments of the health focused and time saving delivery service. Free and open to the public Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

6. Dodgers Fanfest at Angel City Market in Inglewood -> Over a dozen vendors will offer Dodger-inspired goods while T.V.’s will be set up to broadcast Friday’s game versus the Cubs. Pet friendly and family friendly. Free to attend. More info here.

7. Street Food Cinema -> The 10th season of SFC continues with a screening of 500 Days of Summer at L.A. State Historic Park and The Sandlot at Brand Library Park Glendale. 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.

8. The Groundlings Pride Panel -> Members of the Groundlings Sunday Company host a special panel on the journey of working in the entertainment industry as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. $5 to attend, with proceeds to benefit the Groundlings Diversity fund. More info here.

9 Marina Drive-In Movies -> The Marina Del Rey drive-in movie series continues this weekend with two nights of screenings. Dora & The Lost City of Gold and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story play Friday followed by The Princess & The Frog and Ghost 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.

10. Cinespia -> Cinespia is hosting movie screenings at the Greek Theatre. Pretty Woman screens this Friday and Predator on Saturday. Tickets cost $18.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. Tevye in New York -> Tom Dugan, the writer and star of Wiesenthal, brings theworld premiereof his newest play Tevye in New York to the outdoor performance space at the Wallis. outdoor performance space. Tickets are $75 for terrace seating. Performances run on select dates through July 25. Get more info here.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

21. Urban Death Trail of Torwment -> 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.

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 to Sunday through the end of June. Read We Like L.A.’s full right up on the experience here.

Saturday

23. The Autry Reopens -> The Autry Museum in Griffith Park reopens to the public this Saturday with two new exhibitions: Four Centuries of Pueblo Pottery and Making a Big Noise: The Explorations of Charles Lummis. More info here.

24. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra -> Live music returns to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday as Music Director Jaime Martín conducts compositions by Juan Pablo Contrerars, Alberto Ginastera, and Felix Mendelssohn. LACO is offering the public limited number of free tickets via a giveaway for qualified, vaccinated individuals. Learn more about the giveaway here.

25. Amex Gold® Card Picnic in the Park -> Picnic In The Park brings thousands of picnic bundles to four major east and west coast cities, all curated by Resy, and prepared by some of the most in-demand restaurants. Representing Los Angeles is Kismet in Los Feliz and Enrique Olvera’s highly anticipated taquería concept Ditroit. Tickets for either Saturday or Sunday cost $45 and includes a lunchbox style meal, cookie by Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, LaCroix sparkling water, blowing bubbles, frisbee, pride-themed felt pennant flag, mini Supergoop! sunscreen and a custom reusable BAGGU bag.

26. Trans Pride -> On the Saturday in Santa Monica the American Trans Resource Hub is hosting a free event for trans individuals where they’ll be able to pick up free binders by GC2B and receive free haircuts by Hairrari LA. Get full details and RSVP here.

27. Toyzilla Swap Meet -> Vendors at this sidewalk sale in Downtown Alhambra offer toys, games, collectibles, and art. Free to attend, no RSVP required. Runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. More info here.

28. In Sheep’s Clothing -> The Japanese-style ‘listening bar’ closed in March 2020 but NeueHouse is bringing it back temporarily from June 23 – Aug 21 with a series of pop-up listening sessions four nights a week. Each evening will offer different programming around albums, artists and musical movements accompanied by cocktails, wine and food.

Sunday

29. Cars and Coffee -> Automotive and photography enthusiasts with gather at the Merry Go Round in Griffith Park this Sunday morning at 7 a.m. for a special meet-and-greet organized by Cars and Coffee LA. Free to attend. Family friendly. More info here.

30. 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.

31. Dog Walking Hours at South Coast Botanic Garden -> Go for a morning stroll with your dog on Sunday at South Coast Botanical Gardens. Tickets are $15. This event takes place every third Sunday.

Dining

32. Bar Sala -> NeueHouse, in collaboration with Chef Ray Garcia of Broken Spanish, now offers a pop-up speakeasy-style mezcal bar featuring a curated agave cart serving mezcal and tequila tastings table side. The menu includes an agave list, house-made agua fresca, Mexican craft beers and small plates from Broken Spanish. Bar Sala is open Fridays and Saturdays 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations for the bar are not required.

33. Ardor At The West Hollywood EDITION -> Michelin-Starred Chef John Fraser has re-opened Ardor for dinner service Wednesday through Saturday. The vegetable forward menu is divided into five sections – crudo, appetizers, entrees, charcoal grill and vegetables. Highlights includes Tandoor Carrots cured for 24 hours, Arugula Farro Risotto finished with a kombu parmesan broth and a Raw Cauliflower Cacio e Pepe.

34. Sweet Chick-> The west coast location of the Brooklyn-born Chicken & Waffles operation Sweet Chick is offering a limited-time frozen treat for the summer. Mike’s Hot Honey Apple Frozen Swirl ($12) is made with Hennessy, apple brandy, lemon juice, and a drizzle of Mike’s Hot Honey.


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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