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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [9-23-2022 to 9-25-2022]

September 22, 2022 by Christina Champlin
The Other Art Fair at the Barker Hangar in 2019. Image via The Other Art Fair

Fright-filled fun, food festivals, free community concerts, a four-day art fair, and something special in Frogtown. Lots of Fs in that last sentence, which is totally on point because we’ve officially hit Fall in Los Angeles!

From September 23-25 in L.A., catch The Other Art Fair, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, a Totally Valley Block Party, the Frogtown Art Walk, Watts Towers Day of the Drum and Jazz Festivals, Westchester Arts & Music Block Party, the LA River Fest, and more. TONS to do. Scan the rundown below to get your weekend started.

Things To Do This Weekend

The Other Art Fair -> From Thursday to Sunday at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, The Other Art Fair showcases a curated selection of over 140 independent artists. Spy art for sale while enjoying live DJ sets, activations, installations, and a cash bar. Private view tickets (Thursday only) are $45, and individual tix for Friday to Sunday run $10-$20. Get more info here.

Loss, Life & Love -> Starting Thursday, Loss, Life & Love brings a three-day festival to Leimert Park and the surrounding community, offering hybrid online and in-person activities including workshops, performances, and keynote talks, all centered on the themes of mortality, grief, and strength. The programming culminates with an afternoon street festival on Saturday. All events are free to attend, with pay-what-you-can tickets available for purchase. See the full lineup of events here.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride -> The signature Halloween experience held in Griffith Park is back for 2022 starting this Friday and Saturday. Visitors will experience a revamped version of Midnight Falls, a fictional horror-town filled with roaming monsters, a haunted mortuary and macabre theatre. Hayride-only tickets start at $29.99, and GA tickets for all attractions start at $39.99. Get more info here.

Knott’s Scary Farm -> Beginning Thursday, Knott’s Scary Farm returns with their signature lineup of haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living daylight out of you and your crew. More info here

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season continues at Universal Studios this Thursday to Sunday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Runs on select dates through October 31. Get more info here.

L.A. International Ukulele Festival -> The L.A. International Ukulele Festival kicks off this Friday with a concert co-headlined by Brittni Paiva and Andrew Molina at theTorrance Cultural Arts Center. The fun continues with an all-day festival on Saturday featuring workshops, live performances, classes, a marketplace, and Hawaiian food, and then a concert and play-along on Sunday. Get more info on tickets here.

Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Sale -> Cookware brand Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Shopping Event to the Pomona Fairplex this Friday to Sunday featuring rare shapes and styles of cookware items, plus giveaways, snacks, refreshments, live music and more. Tickets are $45 for Friday’s premier shopping session, $25 the Saturday VIP session, or $10 for Sunday’s GA. PLUS: You can use the code WELIKELA to receive a 50% discount on tickets for Saturday or Sunday. More info here.

Latin Nights at Runway -> Every Friday in September, Runway Playa Vista hosts free salsa dancing classes with live latin musical performances to follow. Lessons start at 5:30 p.m. No RSVP required. More info here.

Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Totally Valley Block Party -> Westfield Fashion Square and My Valley Pass team up this Saturday for another edition of the Totally Valley Block Party, which will feature on-site food vendors, 10 local breweries, DJ-spun tunes, and plenty of free family activities. Get more info here.

Westchester Arts & Music Block Party -> This Saturday, the Westchester Arts & Music (WAM) Block Party brings a day-long community event to Emerson Avenue, with proceeds benefiting local non-profits. Free to attend and family friendly. The party features live music, dance, art, garden tours, kids activities, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. More info here

Grand Performances Finale -> Grand Performances wraps up a summer of free concerts this Saturday with a headline performance by Chilean songstress Francisca Valenzuela, supported by a DJ set Chulita Vinyl Club and a performance from Mexican-American singer-songwriter Renee Goust. Free to attend. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Frogtown Artwalk -> Back in person for the first time since 2018, the Frogtown Artwalk returns this Saturday for a day/evening of community events and arts along the L.A. River in Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown). Expect studio tours, bites for sale, kids crafts, hula hooping, pedicab rides, performances, dance, a chalk walk, a literary lounge, poetry and spoken word artists, and pop-up installations. Free to attend. Get more info here.

San Pedro Festival of the Arts -> On Saturday, the San Pedro Festival of the Arts (formerly the San Pedro TriArt Festival) pops up at Peck Park for an afternoon of performances from over a dozen local dance companies. Free to attend. Runs 1 to 4:15 p.m. Get more info here.

Yoga on the Mountain -> On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at the King Gillette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. More info here.

Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival + Jazz Festival -> Two signature annual events are back at Watts Towers this weekend, with the Day of the Drum Festival on Saturday and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival on Sunday. Both days include guided tours, a drum pavilion, access to Noah Purifoy and Charles Mingus galleries, gardening activities, a food court, and arts and crafts vendors. Free admission both days. Get more info here.

Zero Proofed Karaoke Party -> This Saturday, Alana’s Coffee Roasters in Mar Vista hosts a non-alcoholic cocktail party with Zero Proofed featuring a live karaoke band ready to rock out with a rotating list of volunteer lead singers. It cost $5 to sing, and an RSVP is required for entry.

Mount Wilson Star Party -> Mount Wilson Observatory hosts a public star party this Saturday, where visitors can take advantage of the high elevation and (hopefully) clear skies to gaze at stellar objects through telescopes provided by the members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and is free to attend. No RSVP required. Get more info here.

LA River Fest -> On Sunday, the Friends of the Los Angeles River host an evening film festival at L.A. State Historic Park dedicated to all things LA River. Expect food trucks, DJ-spun tunes, activations and giveaways, plus screenings of films that highlight the river’s cultural, historical, and ecological connection to the community. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

Smorgasburg, Paramount+ & Beavis and Butt-Head -> To celebrate the return of Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head, Paramount+ has teamed up with Smorgasburg to make a play at breaking the world record for the largest plate of nachos, this Sunday. The current Guinness World Record holder stands at 4,689 pounds, set by the University of Kansas back in 2012. The Beavis and Butt-Head nacho platter will be made with chips, jalapeños, beans, and cheese. After the attempt to break the record, nachos will be distributed to Smorgasburg attendees for free. Nothing will be wasted as leftovers will go to partnering organizations that serve the Los Angeles community after 4 p.m.

Pause at The Point -> Join Pause Studio in El Segundo this Sunday for a morning wellness reset sponsored by Liberate in partnership with Corepower Yoga. Enjoy a yoga session, bites and beverages and complimentary Pause services. The event is donation based ($5 minimum is encouraged.) All proceeds go to NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. More info here

Los Angeles CHOCOLATE SALON 2022 -> Have a weakness for chocolate? Head to Pasadena on the last Sunday of September for a day of tastings, demos and (yes) sculptures at the 14th annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon. Tickets are $22.75 in advance, or $25 at the door. All tastings included with entry. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

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The Oktoberfest spread at Pitfire Pizza. Photo courtesy of Pitfire Pizza.

Oktoberfest at Pitfire Pizza NOHO ->  Pitfire Pizza’s flagship location in North Hollywood transforms their outdoor patio into an Oktoberfest Beer Garden on weekends starting September 24 and running through October 9. Taking place Saturdays and Sundays, festivities include a special Wurst Pizza made with three types of wursts, jumbo pretzels with beer cheese, a rotation of Oktoberfest beers plus live Oktoberfest-party-bands and fun contests on Sundays.

Figtoberfest at Mohawk Bend -> Central Coast’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing is throwing a “Figtoberfest” at Mohawk Bend this Saturday with German food, beers and games. Happening from noon to 4 p.m. the day will feature a German inspired menu, German lagers from different breweries, special beers from Figueroa Mountain, games like keg squatting, complimentary flash tattoos and much more. Free to attend, registration and additional information can be found on Eventbrite

Oktoberfest at LA Ale Works -> The Hawthorne brewery is throwing a family and pet friendly Oktoberfest on September 24 with German beer releases, the 5th annual Stein Holding Competition, live music, games, special merch and a best dressed contest. More info here.

Benny Boy Brewing x Wallflower Market Doggie Bazaar -> This Saturday grab your pup and stop by Benny Boy Brewing in Lincoln Heights from 1-7 p.m. to treat your dog to a day of shopping and doggie burgers from La Burg. Hosted by Benny Boy Brewing and Wallflower Market, expect 14 local pet focused vendors, food for humans as well as dogs, also adoptable dogs and plenty of Benny Boy’s signature ciders and beers. Free to attend. More info here

L.A. Times Food Bowl Night Market -> The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl comes to a close with a three-day event at Paramount Studios September 23-25, that includes all-inclusive food and drink tastings. GA tickets for individual nights start at $110 per person. Get more info here


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Things To Do in L.A. This Week [9-19-2022 to 9-23-2022]

September 19, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Los Angeles Central Library Photo by: Brian Champlin

Where will your week in Los Angeles take you?

This September 19-23, you’ll find fresh conversations from the Library Foundation and CAAM, a doc screening at The GRAMMY Museum, The Other Art Fair in Santa Monica, Knott’s Scary Farm’s first week of 2022, the L.A. International Ukulele Festival, KCRW Summer Nights in Little Tokyo, and more. Full rundown starts below. Hope you have a good one!

Things To Do This Week

Dramatizing the Black Experience -> The Library Foundation’s Aloud series returns this Tuesday with a thought-provoking conversation between emerging Black playwrights Vivian J.O. Barnes, Inda Craig-Galván, and Dave Harris. Hosted at the Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, the program is free to attend with RSVP. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Hostile Terrain ‘94: The Undocumented Migration Project -> A new multimedia exhibition just opened at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, which highlights the life and death consequences of immigration enforcement policies. Hostile Terrain ’94: The Undocumented Migration Project remains on view through July 9, 2023. LA Plaza is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Get more info here.

Creem Screening at the GRAMMY Museum -> This Wednesday, the GRAMMY Museum host a screening of the documentary, CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine. After the film, stay for a conversation with JJ Kramer (CREEM Chairman and son of CREEM founder Barry Kramer), Jaan Ulhelzski (Editor at the original CREEM and Editor Emeritus today), and Dave Carnie (CREEM Editorial Director), all moderated by journalist Scott Sterling. Tickets are $20 per person. Get more info here.

The Light That Will Shine On You -> Grammy-winning recording artist Seal is also an accomplished photographer, and this Wednesday you can catch the opening reception of a new multi-sensory photo exhibition at Leica Store and Gallery Los Angeles alongside the work of multi-disciplinary artist Annina Roescheisen. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

Super/Natural at NHM -> This Thursday, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles hosts a free episode screening of the new National Geographic series Super/Natural, accompanied by hands-on activities, tunes from DJ Wenluv, live animal encounters, and complimentary snacks provided by Earle’s On Crenshaw. Free to attend with RSVP. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

In Conversation at CAAM -> This Thursday, Author and Watts native Keith Corbin comes to the California African American Museum to discuss his new book, California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival. Chef Roy Choi will help lead the conversation. Free to attend. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at JANM & MOCA -> On Thursday, KCRW Summer Nights takes over the courtyard outside the Japanese American National Museum of MOCA Geffen for an evening of dancing, DJ sets, and after-hours access to both museums. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Loss, Life & Love -> Starting Thursday, Loss, Life & Love brings a three-day festival to Leimert Park and the surrounding community, offering hybrid online and in-person activities including workshops, performances, and keynote talks, all centered on the themes of mortality, grief, and strength. The programming culminates with an afternoon street festival on Saturday. All events are free to attend, with pay-what-you-can tickets available for purchase. See the full lineup of events here.

The Other Art Fair -> From Thursday to Sunday at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, The Other Art Fair showcases a curated selection of over 140 independent artists. Spy art for sale while enjoying live DJ sets, activations, installations, and a cash bar. Private view tickets (Thursday only) are $45, and individual tix for Friday to Sunday run $10-$20. Get more info here.

Knott’s Scary Farm -> Beginning Thursday, Knott’s Scary Farm returns with their signature lineup of haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living daylight out of you and your crew. More info here

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season continues at Universal Studios this Thursday to Sunday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Runs on select dates through October 31. Get more info here.

L.A. International Ukulele Festival -> The L.A. International Ukulele Festival kicks off this Friday with a concert co-headlined by Brittni Paiva and Andrew Molina at theTorrance Cultural Arts Center. The fun continues with an all-day festival on Saturday featuring workshops, live performances, classes, a marketplace, and Hawaiian food, and then a concert and play-along on Sunday. Get more info on tickets here.

Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Sale -> Cookware brand Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Shopping Event to the Pomona Fairplex this Friday to Sunday featuring rare shapes and styles of cookware items, plus giveaways, snacks, refreshments, live music and more. Tickets are $45 for Friday’s premier shopping session, $25 the Saturday VIP session, or $10 for Sunday’s GA. PLUS: You can use the code WELIKELA to receive a 50% discount on tickets for Saturday or Sunday. More info here.

Latin Nights at Runway -> Every Friday in September, Runway Playa Vista hosts free salsa dancing classes with live latin musical performances to follow. Lessons start at 5:30 p.m. No RSVP required. More info here.

Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

A Happy Hour spread at Maple Block Co. Photo courtesy of Maple Block Co.

A Brisket Focused Happy Hour at Maple Block Meat Co. -> Maple Block Meat Co. recently introduced a new “Happy Hour and a half ” that includes brisket in tacos, topped on nachos, and stuffed into a grilled cheese. Other tasty items include BBQ popcorn and Maple Block’s signature peach wood smoked wings. Prices range $4 to $12. On the beverage side guests can take advantage of $5 draft beers, wines by the glass for $6, and new $5 drinks such as a Belgian Sunrise made with ginger infused simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and Allagash White Ale. A six-pack of Calidad beer delivered to your table in an Igloo cooler packed with ice and fresh limes is also available for $24. Happy Hour and a half runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

$5 Slices at Pizzana Sherman Oaks -> To celebrate the premiere of Hulu’s “Best in Dough ” head judge of the show and master pizzaiolo, Daniele Uditi will sling large, single slice versions of his famous Neo-Neapolitan pies for $5 each at Pizzana Sherman Oaks on Monday. Stop by from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until sold out) for sliced versions of four popular pies from Pepperoni to a vegan Roman-style Rossa and the Suprema. Dipping sauces will also be on offer. Slices will be available for dine-in and takeout only at Pizzana’s Sherman Oaks location.

The Return of Mr C Cinema Night -> Poolside Cinema at Mr. C Beverly Hills returns this Wednesday, September 21 with a poolside dinner and movie event, with House of Gucci kicking off the fall lineup of films. Tickets are $65, and include popcorn, candy box, choice of dinner selection from the menu, and one drink. Get more info and book a slot via Resy.

Fried Chicken, Caviar & Champagne Night -> Esters Wine Shop & Bar brings back their guest chef series this Wednesday. Guests will enjoy a Fried Chicken, Caviar & Champagne Night from Chef David Kuo of Little Fatty. David will offer platters of his signature Taipei Hot Chicken with shiso green goddess dressing, sesame coleslaw and mini scallion buns for $22. There will be an option to add caviar to the platter for an additional cost. Esters Owner Kathryn Coker will be popping open select Champagne bottles, including Bereche et Fils ‘Vielles Vignes’ Brut Reserve NV for $30 a glass. Only 50 fried chicken platters will be made for the evening and orders are first-come, first-serve. The fun starts at 6 p.m. You can reserve a table in advance via Resy


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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [9-16-2022 to 9-18-2022]

September 15, 2022 by Christina Champlin
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Th Rose Garden at The Huntington. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Is it fall yet? Kids are back in school. Pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu. Halloween is around the corner. L.A. doesn’t actually have seasons, you say? Screw it. We’re calling it Autumn.

From September 16-18 in Los Angeles, check out a movie night at The Huntington, Primavera Sound at L.A. State Historic Park, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, 626 Night Market Mini, a garden party at Hauser & Wirth, Moompetam Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Dino Fest at NHM, a KCRW concert in Old Pasadena, the East L.A. Mexican Independence Parade, and more. Rundown starts below!

Things To Do This Weekend

Movie Night at The Huntington -> This Friday, The Huntington hosts a family-friendly movie night on the lawn featuring a screening of Raya and the Last Dragon paired with delicious bites for sale including a Korean BBQ food station, nacho Bar, and Fluff Ice dessert truck. Adult tickets are $20, youth (4-17) are $10, and kids 3 and under are free. Get more info here.

Primavera Sound -> Catch the first U.S. edition of Barcelona’s iconic music festival, Primavera Sound, this Friday to Sunday at L.A. State Historic State Park. The three-day lineup includes Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails, Lorde, James Blake, and Clairo. Over 50 artists will play in all. Tickets start at $159 for one-day general admission. More info here

Rupaul’s Drag Race Werq The World Tour -> This Friday, The North American leg of Werq the World hits Los Angeles on September at Shrine Auditorium, with a lineup that includes Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Willow Pill, Lady Camden, Jaida Essence Hall, Yvie Oddly, Bosco, and Daya Betty. Tickets start at $49 person. Get more info here.

BeachLife Ranch -> On Friday to Sunday, beach vibes meet country music when BeachLife Ranch takes over Redondo Beach with performances by The Lumineers, Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Wilco and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and more. More info here.

DTLA Film Festival -> This annual showcase of 100+ films runs at Regal L.A. LIVE from September 14-18. This weekend includes a Centerpiece Gala on Friday evening and an after-party on Saturday, both held at SAS Movie Studio. Get more info here.

Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen Encanto. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Movie Night at Ivy Station -> Culver City’s Ivy Station hosts a public movie screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark this Friday that includes free popcorn and free silent wireless headphone rentals, and fun raffle prizes. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season continues at Universal Studios this Thursday to Sunday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Runs on select dates through October 31. Get more info here.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day -> A dozen Southland museums offer free admission for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day this Saturday. Participants include the GRAMMY Museum, California African American Museum, Japanese American National Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art and more. This year participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission for two on the date of the event. More info here

Oktoberfest  at Firestone Walker  Venice -> On Saturday, The Propagator, a Brewhouse, taproom & store at Firestone Walker Brewing Company Venice, is set to host an Oktoberfest party with live music, games, an Oktoberfest themed menu, and special Oktoberfest-inspired beers. Entry is free. More info here

Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour Revival 2022 -> Tour historic private residences, art studios and galleries in Highland Park this Saturday as part of this ticketed, one-day only event featuring members of the Arroyo Arts Collective. Tickets run $15 per person. Get more info here.

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long -> Saturday, If two of your favorite things are sing-alongs and The Sound of Music, head to the Hollywood Bowl for an evening of entertainment perfect for the whole family. Be sure to arrive early, dress the part and enter the costume contest. Tickets start as low as $16. Get more info here.

LA Beer Fest -> This Saturday, L.A. Beer Fest is back with a one-day event featuring 80+ domestic and international brewers, plus food trucks, live music, a Power 106 DJ, and more, all taking place at LA Center Studios. GA tickets start at $50. Get more info here.

Hostile Terrain ‘94: The Undocumented Migration Project -> A new multimedia exhibition at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes open this Saturday, highlighting the life and death consequences of immigration enforcement policies. Saturday’s opening includes a conversation and workshop with with members of the Undocumented Migration Project. Free to attend. LA Plaza opens at noon, and the special programming begins at 2 p.m. Hostile Terrain ’94 will remain on view through July 9, 2023. Get more info here.

Chinatown Moon Festival -> The annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival brings an evening of live performance, dance, and Mooncake to the heart of Chinatown. Activities run from 5 to 9 p.m., including a Moon Festival Children’s Parade schedule for 7:30. Get more info here.

LUMINEX 2.0: Projected Realities -> This Saturday, check out a one-night augmented reality art exhibition featuring 12 site-specific installations projected on building facades spread over a 5-block radius of the South Park neighborhood in DTLA. Expect a digital drone activation, live performances, sound and video feeds, and an artist lineup that includes Refik Anadol, Nancy Baker Cahill, Sarah Rara, Luciana Abait, Akiko Yamashita, Carole Kim, David Van Eyssen, Leah Smithson, Nate Mohler, Ryan P Griffin, Mark Hashimoto and Elizabeth Leister. Free to attend. Runs 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. More info here.

Grand Performances -> This Saturday, Grand Performances celebrates the 5-year anniversary of Cumbiatón with a free, all-ages show that includes performances from Mariposas Del Alma, Maria Chingona, and Naydan. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. at Cal Plaza. Get more info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at One Colorado -> After a rainout last weekend, KCRW Summer Nights circles back to One Colorado in Old Pasadena this Saturday for a performance by camp/funk maestro Tolliver. The evening starts at 7:30 p.m. with a DJ set by KCRW’s Travis Holcombe. Free to attend, no RSVP needed. Get more info here.

New Exhibitions at CAAM -> On Saturday, the California African American Museum debuts two new exhibitions: conceptual artist Chloë Bass’s #sky #nofilter: Hindsight for a Future America and multidisciplinary artist Justen LeRoy’s Lay Me Down in Praise. Both will be on view through January 21, 2023. Admission at CAAM is always free. More info here.

Summer Saturdays at Hauser & Wirth -> Hauser & Wirth’s Summer Saturdays series wraps up this weekend with one final afternoon of DJ’d tunes from Zuri Adia and specialty cocktails from Manuela. No tickets are required for entry, and Hauser & Wirth galleries will also be open that day for the public to explore. Runs on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. More info here.

Beyond All Measure: The Sea, the Sky, the Horizon of Our Transitional Present -> This Saturday, arts and science collide for a day-long lineup of presentations and talks from multi-disciplinary artists and leading climate experts, all free to the public at the ASU Herald Examiner Building in DTLA. The event is part of the 2022 Fulcrum Festival, which runs September 15-25. Get more info here.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space Cosplay Dance Party  -> Zombie Joe Underground Theatre Group is known for pushing the live horror envelope, but it’s hard to imagine anything freakier than a full-on cosplay dance party themed to the 1988 cult classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space. This two-evening event (Saturday and Sunday) includes a synth-metal DJ set by Killer Klowns composer John Massari plus special prizes for air guitar, air drum, best costume and best tattoo. Tickets are $20 online, or $25 at the door. More info here

The 626 Night Market Mini -> 626 Night Market is back in Santa Monica in this fall with a smaller version of their popular Asian-fusion food market, starting this Saturday and Sunday. The open-air food event includes over two dozen vendors offering an array of dishes and an alcohol garden for attendees 21 years and older. The market is free to attend, capacity is limited and advance tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite. 

Moompetam Festival -> On Saturday and Sunday, the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach celebrates the cultures of local native peoples through a two-day event featuring storytelling, dance, performance, and crafts. Admittance to the festival is included with general admission, which starts at $36.95 for adults. Runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Get more info here.

Dino Fest at Natural History Museum -> This Sunday, Dino Fest returns to NHMLA for a day of celebrating the prehistoric giants that once ruled the earth. Expect to see rare specimens from NHM’s permanent collections, partake in hands-on activities, shop dino-themed merch, and more. Tickets go on sale September 8. More info here

Americana in the Park -> McCabe’s Guitar Shop and the City of Santa Monica team up for a series of free concerts held at Gandara Park every Sunday in September. All events run 4 to 7 p.m., and are free to attend. This weekend, Earthworm Ensemble opens for alt-country rockers I See Hawks in L.A. See the complete series lineup and get more details here.

Mexican Independence Parade -> On Sunday, the 76th annual East Los Angeles Mexican Independence Parade takes over a 1-mile stretch of Cesar E. Chavez Ave between Mednik and Record, with an adjoining festival popping on Mednik and running south to 1st St. Expect music, entertainment, and plenty of family fun. Parade starts at 10 a.m. and festival activities run 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

The interior of Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz. Photo credit Messhall Kitchen Instagram.

Free Que for Messhall’s 10th Anniversary -> On Sunday, Messhall celebrates their 10-year anniversary with a BBQ party featuring free barbecue plates (served till they run out!), cocktail specials, games, raffles and music from DJ Billy Badlove. The fun runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Kid and dog friendly. More info here.

A Grape Stomp & Wine Tasting at Vintage Wine + Eats -> This Saturday, Studio City wine bar Vintage Wine + Eats teams up with the LA Times Food Bowl to host a Harvest Party and Grape Stomp featuring wine flights from Byron Blatty, Cavaletti, Adorato, Acri Wines and AJA Vineyards. The ticketed event ($46) is a great way to meet the winemakers, taste some California wines and have an I Love Lucy in Italy experience! California-inspired harvest dishes from chef Luke O’Grady of Little Dom’s will also available for purchase during the event.

Cat & Fiddle Afternoon Tea Service -> The classic English pub recently debuted an afternoon tea service menu available on weekends for dine-in and takeout. For $38 the set menu includes three tea sandwiches, a sausage roll, scones with clotted cream, shortbread cookie, tottenham cake, berries and your choice of tea. A limited number of seats are available each day. Reservations required. 

Free Turkey Burgers at Irv’s this Saturday -> Irv’s Burgers marks the launch of Irv’s Turkey Burger this Saturday by giving away 50 free turkey burgers to guests. The historic roadside burger spot was recently resurrected and relocated to West Hollywood with an updated look, the same classic menu and a few new additions. Irv’s Burgers opens at 11 a.m. this Saturday and Irv’s Turkey Burger, which includes a turkey patty, Irv’s sauce, green hatch chilies, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and cheddar cheese on a house-made bun for $9.50. will be officially added to the menu.

10-Year Anniversary Party at Cafe Gratitude Venice Beach -> Celebrate Café Gratitude Venice Beach’s 10th anniversary this Sunday with pop-up vendors including Nomadica, Juneshine, Groundwork, and Stretchlab, PLUS a photo-booth, raffles, tacos from the Gracias Madre’s Taco Cart for purchase and an early-evening DJ “after-party” at the bar with a new beverage and happy hour menu. All hosted by Jason Mraz. The ticketed event runs $15.


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Things To Do in L.A. This Week [9-12-2022 to 9-16-2022]

September 12, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Image via Ivy Station

Oh boy! The weather has been off-the-charts crazy the last few days, but for the week ahead it looks like moderation is back on the table. Now, about the to-dos…

For September 12-16 in Los Angeles here’s what you’ll find: Netflix is a Joke at Dynasty Typewriter, Quantum Leap Day in Hollywood, Unpacking the Universe at LACMA, Cy Twombly at Gagosian, an El Grito celebration in DTLA, Free movie night at Ivy Station, Primavera Sound at LA State Historic Park, and more. Your week starts below.

Things To Do This Week

Masa Panel Conversation -> This Tuesday, Second Home and Now Serving present a conversation and tasting centered around the bedrock of Mexican cooking, masa. Co-hosted by Jorge Gaviria of Masienda and in conversation with chefs Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, Arturo Enciso of Gusto Bread, and Elizabeth Heitner and Nestor Silva of Malli, the panel will discuss the role of masa in kitchens across Los Angeles. Guests can expect masa-based small bites, complimentary beverages and access to a Masienda pop-up shop. Tickets cost $50 per person. More info here.

Netflix Is A Joke Radio Presents: Are You Still Listening? -> Netflix’s monthly stand-up show at Dynasty Typewriter returns this Tuesday, hosted by Taylor Tomlinson and lineup that includes Biniam Bizuneh, Brandi Denise, Hunter Hill, Jessie Johnson, Isiah Kelly, and KC Shornima. Tickets are free, but admittance is based on first-come, first-serve. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. More info and RSVP here.

Unpacking the Universe -> This Wednesday, LACMA screens a documentary that details the six-year journey to develop the exhibition The Portable Universe / El Universo en Tus Manos: Thought and Splendor of Indigenous Colombia. The screening takes place at Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ Ted Mann Theater, and will be followed by a post-film discussion with exhibition curators Dr. Diana Magaloni and Julia Burtenshaw. The gallery will be open before the film from 6 to 7 p.m. Free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

What Can We Laugh About -> This Thursday at Zócalo Public Square, political satirist Bassem Youssef joins actor and performance artist Kristina Wong to interrogate the current landscape of comedy, with an eye towards the complex interplay between humor, politics, activism, and empathy. L.A. Times columnist Gustavo Arellano moderates the talk. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Cy Twombly at Gagosian -> This Thursday, Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills hosts an opening reception for a Cy Twombly exhibition, featuring paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by the late American artist. This will be the first Twombly exhibition at Gagosian since 2012. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and regular gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. More info here.

Strong Words: Voices of the City -> This Thursday, The Autry takes inspiration from their Dress Codes exhibition to create sm evening of storytelling, music, and art, including a performance by The Ukelele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere and photos from Michael W Hirabayashi. Tickets are $10 tickets non-members. Reservations required. More info here.

El Grito 2022 -> This Thursday, celebrate the 212th anniversary of Mexican independence from Spain with a special concert and ceremony on the steps of L.A. City Hall, headlined by singer Graciela Beltran  The free event is open to all, presented by the Consulate of Mexico. More info here.

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season continues at Universal Studios this Thursday to Sunday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Runs on select dates through October 31. Get more info here.

Quantum Leap Day -> To help promote the debut of the Quantum Leap reboot (premiers September 19 on NBC), Universal is hosting a “Quantum Leap Day” drive-thru experience that includes the chance to fill up your gas tank at the throwback price of 91 cents a gallon. It all goes down at 1749 N. Vine Street this Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. Get more details and see restrictions here.

Rupaul’s Drag Race Werq The World Tour -> This Friday, The North American leg of Werq the World hits Los Angeles on September at Shrine Auditorium, with a lineup that includes Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Willow Pill, Lady Camden, Jaida Essence Hall, Yvie Oddly, Bosco, and Daya Betty. Tickets start at $49 person. Get more info here.

Primavera Sound -> Catch the first U.S. edition of Barcelona’s iconic music festival, Primavera Sound, this Friday to Sunday at L.A. State Historic State Park. The three-day lineup includes Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails, Lorde, James Blake, and Clairo. Over 50 artists will play in all. Tickets start at $159 for one-day general admission. More info here

BeachLife Ranch -> On Friday to Sunday, beach vibes meet country music when BeachLife Ranch takes over Redondo Beach with performances by The Lumineers, Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Wilco and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and more. More info here.

Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen Encanto. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Movie Night at Ivy Station -> Culver City’s Ivy Station hosts a public movie screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark this Friday that includes free popcorn and free silent wireless headphone rentals, and fun raffle prizes. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

Singaporean Chili Lobster at Bone Kettle. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Singaporean Chili Lobster at Bone Kettle -> Bone Kettles’s Chef Erwin Tjahyadi is currently featuring his own take on the Singaporean Chili Crab dish by subbing in crab with Maine lobster. Tjahyadi’s flavorful seafood noodle dish is made with confit tomatoes, sweet and spicy egg sauce, fried shallots and herbs. The dish comes in two sizes but if you want the whole lobster, head and all, you’ll have to request the large. A delicious excuse to gather with friends at this family-owned Southeast Asian gem. 

Savida Lunch Special -> Starting Monday, Santa Monica crudo concept Savida features a $25 lunch special offering a choice of salad and small seafood bite pairings. The deal gives you a choice of salad with options that include smoked trout and pea tendrils, tomato and nectarine, and shrimp and asparagus. Choose either a lobster roll slider or tuna taco with pineapple salsa as your small bite.

Endless Summer Flavors at McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream -> McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream recently launched a limited release of decadent flavors that include S’mores made with toasted vanilla beans spiked with a marshmallow sweet cream, bittersweet chocolate ganache and honey graham cracker chunks, and the Chocolate Caramel Cookie inspired by a Latin America cookie, called alfajores. The latter is made with dark chocolate ice cream, shortbread cookies and salted caramel. All McConnell’s ice creams are made from scratch with grass-grazed milk and cream.

The Return of Verve’s Pumpkin Pie Latte -> Pumpkin latte season has returned and Verve Coffee Roasters brings its own twist on the seasonal classic this Friday, September 16. Verve’s Pumpkin Pie Latte is made with espresso, pumpkin puree with a mix of spices, garnished with a graham cracker crumble. 


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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [9-9-2022 to 9-11-2022]

September 8, 2022 by Christina Champlin
View of Downtown Los Angeles skyline from the West Observatory Trail. Jan. 23, 2022. Photo by Brian Champlin

Keep an eye on the rain situation for this Saturday. Though there is plenty to do this weekend, much of the goings on are outdoors, and thus we could see some pivots and/or cancellations if the county catches a torrential downpour. Now, with that caveat out of the way, here is what’s on deck…

This September 9-11 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Cinema Tiki Party in Highland Park, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, the Bergamot Station Open House, MASAFEST, the Hi Autumn Festival, KCRW Summer Nights at One Colorado, Brick Fest Live in Pasadena, the Valley Artisan Fest, Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival, and more. Full rundown starts below.

Things To Do This Weekend

Summer of Salsa -> LA Plaza’s final Summer of Salsa event of the year takes place this Friday headlined by a performance from  nine-piece salsa group La Verdad. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen Spiderman: No Way Home. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season is back at Universal Studios starting this Thursday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Get more info here.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids -> This Friday, frontman (and friend of We Like L.A.) Jeff Miller leads indie-rock tributers Black Crystal Wolf Kids in special live performance at The Goldfish in Highland Park. Costumes will be worn. Sing-alongs encouraged. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get more info here.

Grand Performances -> [UPDATE: Due to rain expected this weekend, both Friday and Saturday events have been cancelled, to be rescheduled for a later date] The signature summer series at California Plaza continues this weekend with in a two-night (Friday and Saturday) theatrical presentation of Citizen: An American Lyric. Both nights begin at 7:30 p.m. and include a post-show Q&A with the cast. All shows are free to attend. More info here.

Bergamot Station Open House -> This Saturday, Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station Arts Center hosts their Fall Open, offering public access to over 20 galleries and creative businesses. The family-friendly event showcases gallery exhibitions through artist talks, curator walk throughs, live performances, opening receptions and more. Free for all. No ticket necessary. Runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More info here.

Cinema Tiki Party ->  This Saturday, the Highland Park Indie Film Festival holds its first ever Cinema Tiki Party as a countdown to announce the 9th annual HPIFFl lineup. Expect live music, raffle prizes, local vendors, tiki clothing and collectibles, drinks and more. The celebration runs from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Offbeat Bar on York in Los Angeles. Free admission. Get more info here.

MASAFEST -> On Saturday, celebrate the stone-ground, nixtamalized staple of Mexican cooking with a one-day festival at the Masienda parking lot featuring bites from Taco María, Ditroit, Quarantine Pizza, Los Dorados, and Poncho’s Tlayudas. Also check out a pop-up shop, a kids activity corner, and a book-signing from Jorge Gaviria’s for his new book MASA: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple. This event is open to the public and the first 300 guests who pre-register before September 6 will receive a free bag of Masienda Heirloom Corn Masa Harina ($12 value) upon check-in. Get more info here.

Music x Flowers -> This day-long, pop-up event at South Coast Botanic Garden highlights African Americans in floriculture through a series of immersive experiences, including classes, music, fashion, and food and beverage. The Saturday lineup includes two Wellness x Flowers programs (at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) featuring gentle yoga, guided meditations and floral arranging. Some activities require advanced RSVP, but all are free with paid garden admission. More info here.

Summer on 7th -> This Saturday, Summer on 7th brings fundraiser concert to the campus of Inner-City Arts with performances by Cordae and Mallory Merk, plus DJ sets from dublab and La Junta Crew. GA tickets start at $65 person, with proceeds to benefit arts programming and instruction for underserved Los Angeles youth. More info here

Pickwick Vintage Show -> The Pickwick Vintage Show is back at ROW DTLA this Saturday with over 45 vendors showcasing an incredible assortment of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on time of entry. More info here

Valley Artisan Fest -> Looking to get crafty? Saturday’s Valley Artisan Fest at the Metrolink Train Station in Chatworth offers free workshops led by expert makers in a variety of hobbies/skills, including Quilting & Fiber Arts, Visual Arts, Music & Dance, Cooking, Beer and Wine. Get more info here.

Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival 2022 -> A one-night showcase of short films featuring original scores performed live-to-picture by the Helix Collective, all leading up to audience-given awards for best film and best score. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $25. Get more info here.

Eat Move Meditate -> A free community wellness event comes to the USC Village this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Expect DJ-spun tunes, a wellness panel, yoga class, meditation class, dance class, and more. More info here.

The Great Homecoming -> A two-day pet adoption event with a musical touch pops up at the Montalbán Theater this Saturday and Sunday. Producers of the award-winning musical Pup! A Chew Story will present a live, concert-style reading of the show each night, with several hours of activations (including adoptable pups on hand) to precede the evening performances. Tickets cost between $27-$40. More info here.

Brick Fest Live -> Brick Fest brings two days of block-building fun to the Pasadena Convention Center this Saturday and Sunday. Expect life-sized LEGO installations and sculptures, exclusive merch, hands-on-attractions, building activities, and more. Single day GA tickets start as low as $20. Get more info here.

Hi Autumn Festival -> This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival (aka Moon Festival) is September 10, and Temple City has their own multi-cultural celebration popping up this Saturday and Sunday, called Hi Autumn Festival. Co-produced with the World Journal, the two-day event features local vendors, carnival game booths, food biter for purchase, live entertainment, and a special moon cake giveaway. Free to attend. Runs noon to 9 p.m. at Temple City Park on both days. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at One Colorado -> [UPDATE: Due to rain expected this weekend, both Saturday’s performance by Tolliver has been rescheduled for September 17]. KCRW’s summer events programming hits Old Pasadena hit back-to-back evening concerts at One Colorado. Tolliver headlines Saturday, while jazz pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe will perform on Sunday. Free to attend, no RSVP necessary. More info here.

Dog Days Camp with Pretty Good Boys -> This Sunday, Pretty Good Boy and Pawsitive MGMT present DOG DAYS CAMP, a pawsome afternoon of grooming, treats, photo opportunities and dog-friendly vendors for humans to explore. Free to attend. More info here

Americana in the Park -> McCabe’s Guitar Shop and the City of Santa Monica team up for a series of free concerts held at Gandara Park every Sunday in September. All events run 4 to 7 p.m., and are free to attend. This weekend, A.J. Lee and Blue Summit headline the show. See the complete lineup and get more details here.

The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art -> Opening this Sunday, LACMA’s newest exhibition highlights the formation of modern art in Korea with more than 130 works spanning 1897 to 1965. Access to the new exhibition is included with regular museum admission. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

Pastries from Mil. Photo by Mil Instagram.

Mil Weekend Pastry Boxes -> After a brief hiatus, Mil has returned in pop-up form with weekend stints at Hanchic in Koreatown. Preorder on Tock is now available for pick up Friday through Sunday of “The Mil Spread,” a pastry box ($45) featuring eight artfully prepared goodies including the fan-fave Miso Honey Cinnamon Roll and Black Sesame Mochi Cake Bar. In addition, a Mil-k Cream Bun, double filled with fluffy milk is now on offer for $7 a la carte. Expect pastry boxes expertly curated each weekend with variations week-to-week. For now, preorders launch every Monday for weekend pick-ups. Follow Mil on Instagram for updates.  

$10 Burgers at Messhall Kitchen -> Messhall Kitchen in Los Feliz celebrates its ten years of service by offering their signature Mess Burger (usually $18) for $10 throughout the month of September. The Mess Burger deal comes with a side of fries and is available from noon to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to. 3 p.m. on weekends. 

Delinquente Wines Tasting at Tabula Rasa Bar -> The East Hollywood natural wine bar hosst a special wine tasting of Australian wine company Delinquente Wines this Sunday, September 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Expect a mix of wines, aperitivo cans and stuff not yet on market. Stay for a jazz set by Beth Goodfellow following the tasting.

Pooches & Palomas Menu at Tallula’s -> Gather your fellow dog parents and head to Santa Monica Mexican restaurant Tallula’s for the newly launched Pooches & Palomas. This dog-friendly brunch menu is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes “Wolf’s Brunch,” a raw, grass-fed hanger steak, “Beef Pie Bandera” made with ground beef and packed with dog approved veggies, plus a “Good Dog Sundae” with bananas, peanut butter, whipped cream, and sprinkles. 


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Things to do in L.A. This Week [9-6-2022 to 9-9-2022]

September 6, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Redondo Beach Pier
Redondo Beach Pier. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Short week, but still got a few fun things on the to-do plate. Now if we can just get this weather to cool down…

This September 6-9 in Los Angeles, enjoy free second Tuesdays at LACMA and The Autry, the beginning of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, Listening by the Moonrise at LA Historic State Park, a kickoff experience for 2022 NFL season, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, a free movie night on the Redondo Beach Pier, and more.

Things To Do This Week

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

First Wednesday Lecture at The AoP -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a free evening guest lecture and cocktail reception at the Pacific Visions Theater. This month, get educated on the World of Bees and Pollinators with a presentation by beekeeper and educator Emilie Usher. Get more info and RSVP here.

House of the Dragon at NHM -> This Wednesday will be your last chance to see the Natural History Museum’s pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world HBO’s House of the Dragon. Learn about the Targaryen Dynasty and the dragons that ruled beside them while checking out new costumes and props from the series. And yes, there will be a replica Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. NHM is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Lincoln Center Jazz at The Bowl -> This Wednesday, the Wynton Marsalis-led Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra bring an evening of big band and jazz to the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets still available as low as $9. Get more info here.

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season is back at Universal Studios starting this Thursday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Get more info here.

Listening By the Moonrise -> Clockshop’s Listening By Moonrise returns to the green space of LA State Historic Park this Thursday with a trio of cross-cultural performances, including award-winning multi-instrumentalist Neelamjit Dhillon, Hindustani vocalist Gaayatri Kaundinya, and oudist/guitarist Dimitris Mahlis. The free event runs concurrent with the Thursday farmers market held at the park. Starts at 5 p.m. Get more info here.

NFL Kickoff Experience -> To celebrate the start of the 2022 season, the NFL hosts a free Kickoff Experience this Thursday at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach. The all-day event includes a concert by J Balvin, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with former players, an NFL Pro Era VR Experience, and a viewing party for the Rams-Bills season opener. Registration required to enter. Get more info here.

Popular Kids Club -> This Thursday, Popular Kids Club is back at Permanent Records Roadhouse in Glassell Park for a evening of comedy that includes special guest Anthony Jeselnik, alongside a lineup that also includes Christine Medrano (Comedy Central, Buzzfeed), CJ Sullivan (Comedy Central, Sirius XM), Andrew Orolfo(Comedy Central, Sirius XM), and Logan Guntzelman (Just for Laughs, NY Comedy Fest). Tickets are $8. Show starts at 8 p.m.. More info here.

Hilarious Habibis -> The Hollywood Improv’s first-ever showcase of Middle Eastern/North African comedians is back for its fourth installment this Thursday. Dave Merheje (from Hulu’s Ramy) headlines. Kari Assad, Feraz Ozel, Latif Tayour, and Joy Mamey fill out the lineup. Tickets are $12. Get more info here.

Much Ado About Music -> This Thursday at 8 p.m., Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum kicks off the Under the Oaks performance series with a classical concert under the stars on an outdoor stage in Topanga Canyon. The series continues every Thursday through September 29. Tickets are $25. Get more info here.

Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen Spiderman: No Way Home. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Summer of Salsa -> LA Plaza’s final Summer of Salsa event of the year takes place this Friday headlined by a performance from  nine-piece salsa group La Verdad. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids -> This Friday, frontman (and friend of We Like L.A.) Jeff Miller leads indie-rock tributers Black Crystal Wolf Kids in special live performance at The Goldfish in Highland Park. Costumes will be worn. Sing-alongs encouraged. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

Heritage farm dinner set up
Heritage farm dinner set up. Photo by Sterling Reed.

Chef Dinner Series at Heritage -> After back-to-back sold out Chef Dinner Series at Heritage’s new urban farm space, the Long Beach restaurant has just announced additional dinners to next month’s lineup. Long Beach Chefs Carlos Jurado of South American restaurant Selva (October 15) and Chef Jack Leahy of critically acclaimed pizza spot Little Coyote (October 29) join Heritage’s Chef Philip Pretty for collaborative menus. Each dinner costs $125 per person. Seating is limited. Bookings can be made either through Instagram direct message, by phone (562-343-1068) or emailing heritagerestaurantlb@gmail.com. 

Trejo’s Tacos x Hail Mary Pizza -> Trejo’s Tacos and Hail Mary Pizza team up this month with exclusive dishes at each restaurant. Starting September 6, find Hail Mary’s meatballs served as a taco at all Trejo’s Tacos locations, and Trejos Taco’s barbacoa brisket topped on a Mexican inspired pizza exclusively at Hail Mary Pizza in Atwater Village. To kick off the collaboration, Danny Trejo and David Wilcox host a party at Trejo’s Tacos Hollywood Cantina on Tuesday, where you’ll find both specials in one place for one night, plus live music from 6 to 8 p.m. 

New Fall Menu at Dear Bella Creamery -> Hollywood plant-based ice cream shop Dear Bella Creamery released a new fall menu and a special collaboration with Brooklyn’s sustainably sourced bean-to-bar chocolatiers FINE & RAW. Ice cream flavors from the team up include Hazelnut Butter & Chocolate and Espresso Bar. Chocolate bar flavors include a Black Sesame Chunky Bar and a Waffle Cone bar. All items are available a la carte or in a bundle with everything mentioned for $65.

Encanto Grand Opening Celebration -> This Thursday, Encanto Restaurant & Bar in Los Feliz invites the community in for a grand opening celebration. Guests who stop in that evening will be treated to a welcome margarita cocktail by Beverage Director Taylor Barton. PLUS: Chef Arturo Quesada will offer a complimentary choice of carne asada or braised chicken taco. A live DJ spins tunes from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. RSVP is required and can be made by emailing info@encantola.com. 


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Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend in L.A. [9-2-2022 to 9-5-2022]

September 1, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Fiesta Hermosa 2014
Image via Fiesta Hermosa

Okay, let’s go out on a limb and assume you’re not taking refuge under an air conditioning vent all weekend. You want options? We’ve got options.

This September 2-5 in Los Angeles, catch the opening weekend of the L.A. Times Food Bowl, First Fridays in Chinatown, $3 movie tickets for National Cinema Day, Fiesta Hermosa, KCRW Summer Nights at Grand Performances, Hooray LA! at The Ford, Americana in the Park, Back to the Valley, and more. Read on for the full list.

Things To Do For Labor Day Weekend

L.A. Times Food Bowl -> The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is back with a month-long celebration of the city’s culinary scene with special events including food tours, exclusive dinner collaborations, an outdoor movie screening and more. The series opens with a launch party event tonight at Grandmaster Recorders, then the weekend action continues with a Downtown food tour event on Saturday, and an Eat See Hear collab at The Autry on Sunday. Prices vary by event. Get more info here

Broad Humor Film Festival -> After a two-year hiatus, Broad Humor Film Festival returns this week with a four-day event at Look Dine-In Cinema in Monrovia. The Thursday to Sunday showcase features a packed slate of comedic shorts, features and web series–all created by women. Special panel discussions and talks fill out the schedule of events. Four-day passes cost $95, and individual day passes range from $25 to $40. Get more info here.

Cinecon -> Cinecon celebrates its 58th year by heading to Hollywood Legion Theater this Thursday to Monday. The five-day showcase puts the focus on unusual, rarely seen, and otherwise out-of-the-public eye films, with packed slates of screenings interspersed by Q&A programming. A full- festival pass runs $299, or you can grab a day pass starting at $75. Get more info here.

Maestro at The Movies -> This Friday to Sunday, the Hollywood Bowl celebrates the 90th birthday of iconic composer John Williams with LA Phil concerts featuring a selection of Williams’ most iconic scores, backed by clips from the films they appeared in. Get more info here.

Drunk Theater -> Bay Area import Drunk Theater is exactly what it sounds like: A comedian downs five quick shots of whiskey and then sees if he/she/they can make through an improvised set with five sober counterparts. The next performance pops up at the Santa Monica Playhouse this Friday. Pre-sale tickets are $20 per person, or it’s $25 at the door. More info here.

First Fridays in Chinatown -> Galleries, restaurants and other creative businesses in L.A. Chinatown band together for an evening of extended hours every first Friday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. Read the full list of participants here.

Dance DTLA -> This Friday, catch the Music Center’s final Dance DTLA event of the summer, an evening of Samba with instructor Fransini Giraldo and music by DJ Yukicito. For each event, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Four Days of Pool Parties at Skybar -> Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles will host Labor Day Weekend pool parties Friday through Monday. More info here

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents Summerween at ROW DTLA -> Rooftop Cinema Club Arts District celebrates “Summerween” at ROW DTLA with four days (Friday to Monday) of spooky and/or scary classic films. The lineup includes Psycho (1960), Scream, Coraline, Hocus Pocus, Halloween (1978), and more. Individual tickets start at $20.75 More info here

Back to the Valley -> A brand new Back to the Future film screening event transforms the Van Nuys Civic Center into “Hill Valley” for just one night, this Saturday.. Expect a Cafe 80’s food court, movie cars on display, a live performance from The Flux Capacitors, raffle giveaways and more. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Get more info here.

Grand Performances + KCRW Summer Nights -> This Saturday, Grand Performances teams up with KCRW to host performances by Allison Russell and ÌFÉ, along with a DJ set from Raul Campos. Free to attend, no RSVP necessary. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. at California Plaza. More info here.

Fiesta Hermosa -> This Saturday to Monday, The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce’s signature outdoor festival closes out the summer with three days of live music on multiple stages, a food fair, maker’s market, carnival, petting zoo, tarot readings, and more. Get more info here.

National Cinema Day -> Movie theaters really want guests to come back to in-person viewing. How bad? This Saturday, for National Cinema Day, over 3,000 theaters nationwide will offer $3 tickets for screenings in all formats, including IMAX. Regal, AMC, and Cinemark are all participating. Just watch out for those booking fees! More info here.

626 Night Market -> This Saturday to Monday, The 626 Night Market returns to its flagship location in Arcadia with over 300 food, merch, and craft vendors at Santa Anita Park. Pre-sale tickets are $5, or it’s $6 at the door. More info here.

Taste of Japan -> Join Taste of Japan in celebrating Shin-Sen-Gumi’s 30th anniversary through a Saturday of food samples, live entertainment, anime cosplay, cultural activities and more. Happening at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Admission is just $1. More info here

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: Hooray LA! -> First performed over 40 years ago, Bob Baker’s enduring tribute to the city of angels comes to The Ford this Sunday with a performance featuring dozens of hand-crafted marionettes, taking the audience through iconic moments in the history of Los Angeles. Tickets start at $10. More info here.

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome -> Mount Wilson Observatory continues its 2022 season of concerts hosted inside the historic 100-inch telescope dome, where the acoustics are said to be some of the finest in the world. This Sunday, the program features a jazz performance led by Michael Valerio on bass and vocals. here will be two shows, one at 3 p.m. and the other at 5 p.m. Tickets are $50. Get more info here.

New Exhibitions at LACMA -> The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has two new exhibitions debuting this September, beginning with Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising, opening this Sunday, September 4.

Americana in the Park -> McCabe’s Guitar Shop and the City of Santa Monica team up for a series of free concerts held at Gandara Park every Sunday in September. All events run 4 to 7 p.m., and are free to attend. See the full lineup and get more details here.

Dining & Drinking

Passionfruit Goat Cheese Gelato at Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar
Passionfruit Goat Cheese Gelato at Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar. Photo by Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar Instagram.

Free Capri Gelato -> Capri Gelato & Coffee Bar is giving out complimentary gelato while supplies last from September 2-5. The freebie is a mini scoop of Capri’s signature Passion Fruit Goat Cheese gelato. Inspired by the gelatorias of the Amalfi Coast, gelato at Capri is prepared in traditional Italian style and slow-churned daily on-site. 

Monday Brunch at Superba Food + Bread -> On Labor Day, both Hollywood and Venice locations of Superba Food + Bread will extend their weekend brunch service to Monday. The Hollywood location will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, Venice will open at 8 a.m. and brunch at both locations will be served till 4 p.m. 

American Beauty Opens Bar Early for Labor Day -> Venice Steakhouse American Beauty opens their bar at 11 a.m for early celebrations this Monday. The Win~Dow, American Beauty’s casual burger stand will also be open at 11 a.m. so you can pair your cold libations with a classic smashburger and a side of fries.  

Parm Boyz Pop-Up -> After an extended hiatus, the Parm Boyz are back with another tasty Italian prix fixe this Monday, September 5 at Ronan. For $40 a person, guests will dine on Antipasti, Caesar Salad, Chicken & Eggplant Parm and Tiramisu. Reservations are now live on Resy. 

Lobsterfest at Tam O’ Shanter -> Spend Labor Day at Tam O’Shanter by cracking open lobsters at the historic 100 year-old restaurant. Lobsterfest, held on Monday, takes place on Tam’s patio. For $100 per person, guests will feast on two hard shell boiled Maine lobsters, family style sides and snacks as well as chocolate and blueberry whoopie pies. Maine beers and craft cocktails will be available in the garden. Reservations are now available on OpenTable. 

Vegan Ice Cream Showdown -> Get a cool down from the extreme heatwave by stopping into Café Gratitude in Larchmont for their Vegan Ice Cream Showdown. Taking place on Labor Day (September 5), the ticketed event costs $20 and includes samples of local vegan ice cream vendors, vegan bites from Café Gratitude, live music, Oliopop root beer floats, a photo booth, and more.

Labor Day Specials at Velverie Café and Teahouse -> This Monday, Velverie Café and Teahouse in Beverly Hills offers a $3 discount on all beer and wines by the glass. A special Labor Day Cocktail “The Last Hurrah” made with Cocchi Americano, sparkling wine, club soda, and lemon will be featured for the day alongside European inspired food specials (Velverie Slider, a Mini Bowl of Salt Spring Mussels with Crostini, and a Merguez Pistolet). Guests can pair a food special with “The Last Hurrah” for $25. 


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

August 31, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Image via LA Beer Fest

Things are heating up. And yes, we mean that in the literal sense but also… just lots of stuff to do!

This September in Los Angeles, you’ll find the L.A. Time Food Bowl, MASAFEST, Summer on 7th, Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, the L.A. Beer Fest, Americana in the Park, Valley Artisan Fest, Primavera Sound, Dino Fest at NHM, the Frogtown Artwalk, and MUCH more.

Things To Do in L.A. For September

L.A. Times Food Bowl (September 1-30) -> The Los Angeles Times Food Bowl is back with a month-long celebration of the city’s culinary scene with special events including food tours, exclusive dinner collaborations, an outdoor movie screening and more. The series opens with a launch party event at Grandmaster Recorders on September 1, and culminates with three-day night market at Paramount Studios on September 23-25. Prices vary by event. Get more info here

Cinecon Classic Film Festival (September 1-5) -> Cinecon celebrates its 58th year this September. The five-day showcase held at the Hollywood Legion Theater puts the focus on unusual, rarely seen, and otherwise out-of-the-public eye films, with packed slates of screenings interspersed by Q&A programming. A full- festival pass runs $299, or you can grab a day pass starting at $75. Get more info here.

Broad Humor Film Festival (September 1-4) -> After a two-year hiatus, Broad Humor Film Festival returns with a four-day event at Look! Dine-In Cinema in Monrovia. The event features a packed slate of comedic shorts, features and web series–all created by women. Special panel discussions and talks fill out the schedule of events. Four-day passes cost $95, and individual day passes range from $25 to $40. Get more info here.

First Fridays in Chinatown (September 2) -> Galleries, restaurants and other creative businesses in Chinatown will band together for an evening of extended hours on the first Friday of every month. First Fridays in Chinatown will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Read the full list of participants here.

Dance DTLA (September 2) -> The Music Center’s final Dance DTLA event of the summer features an evening of Samba with instructor Fransini Giraldo and music by DJ Yukicito. As with past events in the series, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Maestro of the Movies: The Music of John Williams (September 2-4) -> The Hollywood Bowl celebrates the 90th birthday of iconic composer John Williams with LA Phil concerts featuring a selection of Williams’ most iconic scores, backed by clips from the films they appeared in. Get more info here.

Rooftop Cinema Club Presents Summerween at ROW DTLA (September 2 – September 5) -> Rooftop Cinema Club Arts District celebrates “Summerween” at ROW DTLA with multiple days of Halloween movies during the Labor Day weekend holiday. More info here

National Cinema Day (September 3)-> Movie theaters really want guests to come back to in-person viewing. How bad? On National Cinema Day, over 3,000 theaters nationwide will offer $3 tickets for screenings in all formats, including IMAX. Regal, AMC, and Cinemark are all participating. Just watch out for those booking fees! More info here.

Back to the Valley (September 3) -> This brand new Back to the Future film screening event transforms the Van Nuys Civic Center into “Hill Valley” for just one night. Expect a Cafe 80’s food court, movie cars on display, a live performance from The Flux Capacitors, raffle giveaways and more. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Get more info here.

Grand Performances (September 3, 9-10, 17, 24) -> The signature summer series at California Plaza concludes in September with five dates, including a KCRW presentation of Allison Russell, a two-night performance by Citizen: An American Lyric, Cumbiatón, and Francisca Valenzuela. All shows are free to attend. More info here.

Fiesta Hermosa (September 3-5) -> The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce’s signature outdoor festival closes out the summer with three days of live music on multiple stages, a food fair, maker’s market, carnival, petting zoo, tarot readings, and more. Get more info here.

Live at The Music Center (September 3) -> GRAMMY-winner Ozomatli headlines the first of a new free, concert series on Jerry Moss Plaza. As of publication of this post, the event is sold out and is waitlist only. Get more info here.

Taste of Japan (September 3) -> Join Taste of Japan in celebrating Shin-Sen-Gumi’s 30th anniversary through a day of food samples, live entertainment, anime cosplay, cultural activities and more. Happening at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center. Admission is just $1. -> More info here

KCRW Summer Nights (September 3-4, 10-11, 22, 29) -> KCRW rounds out the station’s summer of free music events with stops at California Plaza in DTLA, Long Beach, One Colorado in Pasadena, and MOCA/JAMN in Little Tokyo. Get the full lineup and schedule here.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater: Hooray LA! (September 4) -> First performed over 40 years ago, Bob Baker’s enduring tribute to the city of angels comes to The Ford with a performance featuring dozens of hand-crafted marionettes taking the audience through iconic moments in the history of Los Angeles. Tickets start at $10. More info here

New Exhibitions at LACMA (September 4, 11) -> The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has two new exhibitions debuting next month: Objects of Desire: Photography and the Language of Advertising (opening September 4) and The Space Between: The Modern in Korean Art (opening September 11).

Americana in the Park (September 4, 11, 18. 25) -> McCabe’s Guitar Shop and the City of Santa Monica team up for a series of free concerts held at Gandara Park every Sunday in September. All events run 4 to 7 p.m., and are free to attend. See the full lineup and get more details here.

Halloween Horror Nights (September 8 -to October 31) -> Universal Studios’ fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Get more info here.

MASAFEST (September 10) -> Celebrate the stone-ground, nixtamalized staple of Mexican cooking with a one-day festival at the Masienda parking lot featuring bites from Taco María, Ditroit, Quarantine Pizza, Los Dorados, and Poncho’s Tlayudas. Also check out a pop-up shop, a kids activity corner, and a book-signing from Jorge Gaviria’s for his new book MASA: Techniques, Recipes, and Reflections on a Timeless Staple. This event is open to the public and the first 300 guests who pre-register before September 6 will receive a free bag of Masienda Heirloom Corn Masa Harina ($12 value) upon check-in. Get more info here.

Summer on 7th (September 10) -> This fundraiser concert on the campus of Inner-City Arts features performances by Cordae and Mallory Merk, plus DJ sets from dublab and La Junta Crew. GA tickets start at $65 person, with proceeds to benefit arts programming and instruction for underserved Los Angeles youth. More info here.

Bergamot Station Open House (September 10) -> Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station Arts Center hosts their Fall Open, offering public access to over 20 galleries and creative businesses. The family-friendly event showcases gallery exhibitions through artist talks, curator walk throughs, live performances, opening receptions and more. Free for all. No ticket necessary. Runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. More info here.

Pickwick Vintage Show (September 10) -> The Pickwick Vintage Show is back at ROW DTLA on September 10 with over 45 vendors showcasing an incredible assortment of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories. Tickets range from $10-$20 depending on time of entry. More info here

Brick Fest Live (September 10-11) -> Brick Fest brings two days of block-building fun to the Pasadena Convention Center. Expect life-sized LEGO installations and sculptures, exclusive merch, hands-on-attractions, building activities, and more. Single day GA tickets start as low as $20. Get more info here.

Valley Artisan Fest (September 10) -> Looking to get crafty? This free event at the Metrolink Train Station in Chatworth offers free workshops led by expert makers in a variety of hobbies/skills, including Quilting & Fiber Arts, Visual Arts, Music & Dance, Cooking, Beer and Wine. Get more info here.

Dog Days Camp with Pretty Good Boys (September 11) -> Pretty Good Boy and Pawsitive MGMT present DOG DAYS CAMP, a pawsome afternoon of grooming, treats, photo opportunities and dog-friendly vendors for humans to explore. Free to attend. More info here

Masa Panel Conversation (September 14) -> Following MASAFAST on September 14, Second Home and Now Serving present a conversation and tasting centered around the bedrock of Mexican cooking, masa. Co-hosted by Jorge Gaviria of Masienda and in conversation with chefs Carlos Salgado of Taco Maria, Arturo Enciso of Gusto Bread, and Elizabeth Heitner and Nestor Silva of Malli, the panel will discuss the role of masa in kitchens across Los Angeles. Guests can expect masa-based small bites, complimentary beverages and access to a Masienda pop-up shop. Tickets cost $30 per person. More info here.

What Can We Laugh About (September 15) -> Next month at Zócalo Public Square, political satirist Bassem Youssef joins actor and performance artist Kristina Wong to interrogate the current landscape of comedy, with an eye towards the complex interplay between humor, politics, activism, and empathy. L.A. Times columnist Gustavo Arellano moderates the talk. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Rupaul’s Drag Race Werq The World Tour (September 16) -> The North American leg of Werq the World hits Los Angeles on September at Shrine Auditorium, with a lineup that includes Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Willow Pill, Lady Camden, Jaida Essence Hall, Yvie Oddly, Bosco, and Daya Betty. Tickets start at $49 person. Get more info here.

Primavera Sound (September 16-18) -> The first U.S. edition of Barcelona’s iconic music festival, Primavera Sound, takes over L.A. State Historic State Park for three days of live music. Lineup notables include Arctic Monkeys, Nine Inch Nails, Lorde, James Blake, and Clairo. Over 50 artists in total will play. Tickets start at $159 for one-day general admission. More info here

BeachLife Ranch (September 16-18) -> Beach vibes meet country music when BeachLife Ranch takes over Redondo Beach with performances by The Lumineers, Hall & Oates, Brandi Carlile, Wilco and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and more. More info here

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day (September 17) -> Seven Southland museums offer free admission for Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Participants include the GRAMMY Museum, California African American Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art and more. This year participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission for two on the date of the event. More info here

Arroyo Arts Collective Discovery Tour Revival 2022 (September 17) -> Tour historic private residences, art studios and galleries in Highland Park as part of this ticketed, one-day only event featuring members of the Arroyo Arts Collective. Tickets run $15 per person. Get more info here

Oktoberfest  at Firestone Walker  Venice (September 17) -> The Propagator, a Brewhouse, taproom & store at Firestone Walker Brewing Company Venice, is set to host an Oktoberfest party with live music, games, an Oktoberfest themed menu, and special Oktoberfest-inspired beers. Entry is free. More info here

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long (September 17) -> If two of your favorite things are sing-alongs and The Sound of Music, head to the Hollywood Bowl for an evening of entertainment perfect for the whole family. Be sure to arrive early, dress the part and enter the costume contest. Tickets start as low as $16. Get more info here.

LA Beer Fest (September 17) L.A. Beer Fest is back with a one-day event featuring 80+ domestic and international brewers, plus food trucks, live music, a Power 106 DJ, and more, all taking place at LA Center Studios. GA tickets start at $50. Get more info here.

Dino Fest at Natural History Museum (September 18) -> Dino Fest returns to NHMLA for a day of celebrating the prehistoric giants that once ruled the earth. Expect to see rare specimens from NHM’s permanent collections, partake in hands-on activities, shop dino-themed merch, and more. Tickets go on sale September 8. More info here

The Other Art Fair (September 22-25) -> This four-day event at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica showcases a curated selection of over 140 independent artists. Spy art for sale while enjoying live DJ sets, activations, installations, and a cash bar. Private view tickets (Thursday only) are $45, and individual tix for Friday to Sunday run $10-$20. Get more info here.

In Conversation at CAAM (September 22) -> Author and Watts native Keith Corbin comes to the California African American Museum to discuss his new book, California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival. Chef Roy Choi will help lead the conversation. Free to attend. More info here.

Knott’s Scary Farm (September 22 – October 31) -> Knott’s Scary Farm returns with their signature lineup of haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living daylight out of you and your crew. More info here

Grand Performances Finale (September 24) -> The final Grand Performances concert of the summer takes place this Saturday at California Plaza, with

Totally Valley Block Party (September 24) Westfield Fashion Square and My Valley Pass team up for another edition of the Totally Valley Block Party, which will feature on-site food vendors, 10 local breweries, DJ-spun tunes, and plenty of free family activities. Get more info here.

Westchester Arts & Music Block Party (September 24)-> The Westchester Arts & Music (WAM) Block Party is a day-long community event benefiting local non-profits. Free to attend and family friendly. The party features live music, dance, art, garden tours, kids activities, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. More info here

San Pedro Festival of the Arts (September 24) -> The San Pedro Festival of the Arts (formerly the San Pedro TriArt Festival) pops up at Peck Park for an afternoon of performances from over a dozen local dance companies. Free to attend. Runs 1 to 4:15 p.m. Get more info here.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (September 23 – October 31) -> The signature Halloween experience held in Griffith Park is back for 2022 with a new version of Midnight Falls, a fictional horror-town filled with roaming monsters, a haunted mortuary and macabre theatre. Hayride-only tickets start at $29.99, and GA tickets for all attractions start at $39.99. Get more info here.

Frogtown Artwalk (September 24) -> Back in person for the first time since 2018, the Frogtown Artwalk welcomes visitors to the neighborhood for a day/evening of community events and arts along the L.A. River in Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown). Expect studio tours, bites for sale, kids crafts, hula hooping, pedicab rides, performances, dance, a chalk walk, a literary lounge, poetry and spoken word artists, and pop-up installations. Free to attend. Get more info here.

Mount Wilson Star Party (September 24) -> Mount Wilson Observatory hosts a public star party where visitors can take advantage of the high elevation and (hopefully) clear skies to gaze at stellar objects through telescopes provided by the members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., and is free to attend. No RSVP required. Get more info here.

Oktoberfest at LA Ale Works (September 24) -> The Hawthorne brewery is throwing a family and pet friendly Oktoberfest with German beer releases, the 5th annual Stein Holding Competition, live music, games, special merch and a best dressed contest. More info here.

Yoga on the Mountain (September 24) -> On the last Saturday of the month, the Santa Monica Mountains Fund hosts a morning of outdoor yoga and live acoustic music at the King Gilette Ranch in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. All skill levels are welcome. Free to RSVP, and reservations are required to attend. More info here.

Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival + Jazz Festival (September 24-25)-> Two signature annual events are back at Watts Towers on the last weekend of September, with the Day of the Drum Festival on Saturday and the Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival on Sunday. Both days include guided towers, a drum pavilion, access to Noah Purifoy and Charles Mingus galleries, gardening activities, a food court, and arts and crafts vendors. Free admission both days. Get more info here.

Cars & Coffee Los Angeles (September 25) -> On the last Sunday of every month C&CLA members gather at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round to showcase their rare and very cool vintage automobiles for the public to checkout. Free to attend, C&CLA welcomes all, including families, photographers and design enthusiasts. This month’s theme will be Porsche. More info here.

Los Angeles CHOCOLATE SALON 2022 (September 25) -> Have a weakness for chocolate? Head to Pasadena on the last Sunday of September for a day of tastings, demos and (yes) sculptures at the 14th annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon. Tickets are $22.75 in advance, or $25 at the door. All tastings included with entry. Get more info here.


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Things To Do in L.A. This Week [8-29-2022 to 9-2-2022]

August 29, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Gardens at Greystone Mansion. Photo by Brian Champlin

Ready for a week of comedy, jazz, drag, theater, and film? Let’s do this.

From August 29 to September 2 in Los Angeles, catch Support Group at The Groundlings, the Rainbow Fish Variety Show in HP, a staged reading at Greystone Mansion, Drunk Theater, Cinecon, the Broad Humor Fest, first Fridays in Chinatown, and more.

Things To Do This Week

Support Group -> The newest improv production at the Groundlings is back on the calendar for this Monday. The premise behind Support Group is simple: Actors pick their characters. The audience picks their problems. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 8 p.m. Get more info here.

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 -> The latest exhibition at The Academy Museum highlights the culture of Black Cinema, from its beginnings at the turn of the century to the period following the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In tandem with the exhibition, a film series will screen rare prints and groundbreaking features at the David Geffen Theater now through September 29. The Academy Museum is open daily. Get info here.

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

Rainbow Fish Variety Show -> Head to The Goldfish in Highland Park this Wednesday to catch a new variety show highlighting queer comedians, musicians, drag and vendors. Entertainment includes comedy from Nori Reed and Jenson Titus, music from Lando Chill and Grace Kinter, and drag from Joella Perry. Tickets are $10 (plus fees) online. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues in this month with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays through September 4. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

The Half-Light at Greystone -> This Wednesday and Thursday at the grounds of Greystone Mansion, Theatre 40 stages a live reading of Monica Wood’s The Half-Light, a story about a woman studying to be a clairvoyant and the ghosts she encounters along the way. Both performances take place at 5 p.m., and are free to attend. However, advanced tickets must be reserved by phone in advance. Get details here.

Broad Humor Film Festival -> After a two-year hiatus, Broad Humor Film Festival returns this week with a four-day event at Look Dine-In Cinema in Monrovia. The Thursday to Sunday showcase features a packed slate of comedic shorts, features and web series–all created by women. Special panel discussions and talks fill out the schedule of events. Four-day passes cost $95, and individual day passes range from $25 to $40. Get more info here.

Jazz Night at Soulmate -> Every Thursday, West Hollywood’s Soulmate transforms its Spanish Mediterranean restaurant into “Jazz Night, Deluxe”. The series kicks off with Grammy Award-winning musician Keyon Harrold. Deluxe takes place at 10 p.m. on Thursday nights with a soulful jazz band, special guest performances, a DJ, and bottle service. Tables are limited and entrance is reservation/guest list only. More info here

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face is now open at Corey Helford Gallery. Painting Over the Cracks feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery, and will be on view through September 10. Gallery hours are Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Cinecon -> Cinecon celebrates its 58th year by heading to Hollywood Legion Theater this Thursday to Monday. The five-day showcase puts the focus on unusual, rarely seen, and otherwise out-of-the-public eye films, with packed slates of screenings interspersed by Q&A programming. A full- festival pass runs $299, or you can grab a day pass starting at $75. Get more info here.

Maestro at The Movies -> This Friday to Sunday, the Hollywood Bowl celebrates the 90th birthday of iconic composer John Williams with LA Phil concerts featuring a selection of Williams’ most iconic scores, backed by clips from the films they appeared in. Get more info here.

Drunk Theater -> Bay Area import Drunk Theater is exactly what it sounds like: A comedian downs five quick shots of whiskey and then sees if he/she/they can make through an improvised set with five sober counterparts. The next performance pops up at the Santa Monica Playhouse this Friday. Pre-sale tickets are $20 per person, or it’s $25 at the door. More info here.

First Fridays in Chinatown -> Galleries, restaurants and other creative businesses in L.A. Chinatown band together for an evening of extended hours every first Friday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. Read the full list of participants here.

Dance DTLA -> This Friday, catch the Music Center’s final Dance DTLA event of the summer, an evening of Samba with instructor Fransini Giraldo and music by DJ Yukicito. For each event, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Four Days of Pool Parties at Skybar -> Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles will host Labor Day Weekend pool parties Friday through Monday. More info here

Dining & Drinking

The Bear Special Chicago Style Beef at Eastside Italian Deli. Photo by Eastside Italian Deli Instagram.

The Bear Special Chicago Style Beef -> Fans of FX’s The Bear can sink their teeth into a show-inspired Italian beef sandwich thanks to Eastside Italian Deli. The Bear Special Chicago Style Beef sandwich is available at both Chinatown and Los Feliz locations of the 93-year-old eatery.

Gogo’s Tacos Turns 1 -> Gogo’s Tacos celebrates its one-year anniversary on Thursday, September 1 with $1 tacos all day long. Available for dine-in and take out.

The Return of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl -> This Thursday, the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl hosts an epic launch party to kick off a month-long celebration of the city’s culinary scene. Happening at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, the ticketed event ($150) includes cocktails and curated tastings from Ludo Lefebvre (Petit Trois) Justin Pichetrungsi (Anajak Thai) John Yao (Kato) Natalia Pereira (WOODSPOON) and Nicole Rucker (Fat+Flour.) In addition a DJ set from DJ Prodijay will set the atmosphere and L.A. Times Food GM Laurie Ochoa will honor this year’s recipients of the Restaurant of the Year and Gold Award. Food Bowl events continue this weekend with a special food tour and outdoor movie screening. More info here

Big Charcuterie Sale at Mercado Famous -> Mercado Famous founders Carmen Chen Wu and Aaron Luo are Chinese Spaniards based in the US on a mission to bring high quality, naturally cured and additive free Spanish meats straight to your door at an accessible price point. Starting this Thursday the online retailer hosts a Labor Day sale where you can score Spanish charcuterie bundles from Jamón ibérico to Chorizo ibérico and Lomo ibérico for 20% off (plus free shipping.) All you need to do is use the code MERCADOLABOR22 at checkout, valid from September 1-6. Bundles start at around $30 making it a great excuse to mix things up on your homemade charcuterie board this holiday weekend.  

Homestate Phoebe Bridgers Taco Collab ->  HomeState has launched a new taco with Grammy Award-nominated musician Phoebe Bridgers. Part of HomeState’s Band Taco Program, Phoebe’s vegan taco “The Maxine ” (named after Phoebe’s dog) is made with black beans, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, caramelized onions, and crispy corn strips served up on a Kernel of Truth corn tortilla. The taco will be available at all five locations of Homestate now until November 22. For each order of The Maxine, $1.25 will go directly to community organization CASA/LA


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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [8-26-2022 to 8-28-2022]

August 25, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Grand Park LA afternoon
An afternoon at Grand Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Alright. Your last weekend of the month (and maybe of the summer). Let’s make it a good one.

From August 26-28 in Los Angeles, check out Open Stage at The Elysian, 626 Night Market, Off the 405 at The Getty, an End of Summer Bash in Pasadena, the El Segundo Art Walk, the Leimert Park Jazz Festival, DTLA Proud at Grand Park, Getty 25 in Watts, and more.

Things To Do This Weekend

Open Stage at The Elysian -> This Friday, The Elysian Theater in Frogtown offers an open invite for performers looking to workshop their ensemble (meaning two or more people) material to a live audience. And even if you’re not a performer, you can attend for free to see what weird/inventive/hilarious stuff locals have been working on. Plus, there will be free pizza for all who perform/attend. Event runs 6 to 9 p.m. Get more info and RSVP here.

Dance DTLA -> Free weekly dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza through September 2. This Friday, catch an evening of Bachata led by instructor Leslie Ferreira. For each event, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 -> The latest exhibition at The Academy Museum highlights the culture of Black Cinema, from its beginnings at the turn of the century to the period following the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In tandem with the exhibition, a film series will screen rare prints and groundbreaking features at the David Geffen Theater now through September 29. Get info here.

626 Night Market -> This Friday to Sunday, The 626 Night Market returns to its flagship location in Arcadia with over 300 food, merch, and craft vendors at Santa Anita Park. Pre-sale tickets are $5, or it’s $6 at the door. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues in this month with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays through September 4. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

Fourth Fridays on 4th Street -> Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

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

Nintendo Switch Roadtrip -> Nintendo’s traveling, nationwide showcase of new games heads to Universal CityWalk this Thursday to Sunday, with demos available to play for new titles including Nintendo Switch Sports, Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Mario Strikers: Battle League. Free to attend, but spots will be limited. Get more info and pre-register to attend here.

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face is now open at Corey Helford Gallery. Painting Over the Cracks feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery, and will be on view through September 10. Gallery hours are Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Off the 405 at The Getty -> This Saturday, The Getty concludes its summer of live music with a performance by Standing on the Corner. Free tickets will be released starting on August 13. Event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Parking is extra. More info here.

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

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

818 Night Market -> Every second and fourth Saturday of the month, 818 Night Market pops up on Devonshire Street in Mission Hills with an assortment of local vendors featuring food, collectibles, toys jewelry, and more. Free to attend. Runs 4 to 10 p.m. More info here.

San Fernando Outdoor Market -> The San Fernando Outdoor Market is a monthly night featuring over 80 vendors plus music, classic cars, food and entertainment. This Saturday, the market runs 6 to 10 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Grand Performances -> This Saturday at California Plaza, Grand Performances syncs up with dublab and The John & Alice Coltrane Home to host a tribute concert to celebrate the 85th birthday of Alice Coltrane. The free concert features performances by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Surya Botofasina starting at 6 p.m. Get more info here.

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

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

Summer Happenings at The Broad -> The Broad’s summer programming continues this Saturday with a headlining performance by GRAMMY-winner Fantastic Negrito, supported by spoken word from Kelly Cabellero, rap and hip hop from Jessa Calderon, experimental electronic music from Lu Coy, a performance by Renée Petropoulos, Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A with Flags dance piece, and a vocal and electronic performance from Davia Spain. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person. Get more info here.

El Segundo Art Walk -> This Saturday’s El Segundo Art Walk is a self-guided art tour featuring over 50 business and works from 60 individual artists. Expect live music, art installations, a beer garden, and more. Runs 3 to 8 p.m. Free to attend. This More info here.

Prosperity Market Pop-Up -> Prosperity Market, in collaboration with Council District 10, hosts a pop-up market at the Obama Sports Complex this Saturday, August 27. Free to attend, guests can expect over 30 businesses and farms at the market including Bridgetown Roti, All Chill Ice Cream, California Coffee Company, and Farmer Ken. A live DJ and remarks from Los Angeles City Council District 10 Deputy Chief of Staff Kimani Black will also be part of the day. More info here.

Getty 25 in Watts-> This summer, The Getty celebrates its 25th anniversary via a series of free pop-up community festivals held throughout Los Angeles County. Each event highlights curated experiences reflective of the host community, including interactive workshops, live music and performances, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, giveaways, photo booths, and more. The final event in the series pops up this Saturday and Sunday Watts Labor Community Action Committee Phoenix Hall. Both days run 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Festival Chapin -> Saturday and Sunday at Lafayette Park, the 6th annual Festival Chapin returns for a two-day celebration of Guatemalan culture and community. Catch performances by comedians and musical artists while enjoying traditional Guatemalan cuisine and shopping crafts from on-site vendors. Runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. Get more info here.

DTLA Proud -> This Saturday and Sunday at Grand Park, DTLA Proud returns for two days of community fun, with the entertainment slate to include family-friendly games and dance lessons, a queer mercado, drag story time, and staged performances. Tickets are $25 for single-day entry. More info here.

Valley Cultural Foundation Events -> This weekend, the Valley Cultural Foundation continues its summer programming with a screening of Jungle Cruise on Saturday followed by a performance from Earth, Wind & Fire cover band Kalimba on Sunday. Both events take place at Warner Ranch Park, and both are free to attend. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights -> KCRW’s ongoing series of summer shindigs heads to Orange County this Sunday for an evening at The Bowers Museum. Expect extended gallery hours, kids activities, a pop-up bar, and DJ sets from KCRW’s own José Gavlán and Francesca Harding. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Topanga Vintage Market -> Happening on the fourth Sunday of every month the Topanga Vintage Market is packed with close to 200 sellers from antiques to vintage clothing and local artisan goods.

Dining & Drinking

Cider Being Tapped at Benny Boy Brewing
Cider Being Tapped at Benny Boy Brewing. Photo courtesy of Benny Boy Brewing.

Txotx Cider Party at Benny Boy Brewing -> After two months of barrel-aging, Benny Boy Brewing’s Spanish-inspired Sidra cider is ready to be tapped. To celebrate the occasion they’re throwing a Txotx party on Saturday August 27. A northern Spain tradition, the Txotx party prompts guests to fill up their own glasses of cider from a continuous stream right out of the barrel. Baserriko Peppers will serve up a Spanish/Basque menu, and Rolling Dough will offer wood-fired pizzas later in the evening. Tickets are available online for $35, walk up tickets are available while supplies last. 

Smorgasburg LA’s BBQ Day -> This Sunday Smorgasburg’s annual BBQ Day returns for its 6th year with local barbecue vendors smoking and grilling up some deliciousness all afternoon long. A special guest appearance by Chef Matt Horn from Northern California’s Horn Barbecue will also be part of the mix offering his west coast style ‘que to Angelenos just for the day. 

Pinky’s Late Night Outdoor Satellite Bar -> Every Friday and Saturday from 10:15 p.m. to 1:15 a.m., the patio of Atrium in Los Feliz transitions to “Lil’ Pinky’s”. This late night party features an exclusive al fresco menu featuring crushed ice tumblers, rotating cocktails and music curated by Alex Rodriguez, who owns one of the largest vinyl collections in the world.

Ayara THAI Breaker 18th Anniversary Celebration -> Ayara Thai in Westchester celebrates 18 years of success this week with a culinary battle between four members of the Asapahu family. Guests will get a front row seat to observe Ayara Thai founders Chef Anna and Chef Andy (aka the parents) artfully cook up classic Thai dishes alongside Chef Vanda and Chef Cathy (the daughters) new interpretations of Southeast asian cuisine. The five course dinner taking place August 25 and August 26 will be served family style and cost $260 for a seating of four guests. The experience is a belly busting feast that includes two old school dishes, two new school dishes, one dish prepared by Team Ayara and dessert. Thai Hom Mali rice will also be served throughout the dinner. Sponsored by Thaan Charcoal and Ghost Tequila, expect special cocktails and perfectly grilled items to make an appearance on the menu. At the end of each meal, diners will rate the dishes, declaring a winner for each night. Find more information and purchase tickets here


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Things To Do in L.A. This Week [8-22-2022 to 8-26-2022]

August 22, 2022 by Christina Champlin
D*Face’s Painting Over the Cracks at Corey Helford Gallery. Photo by Brian Champlin

Got plans for the week ahead? Just scroll down and you’ll be all set.

From August 22-26 in Los Angeles, check out a 70s Swim Night, Black Movie Soundtrack at The Bowl, House of the Dragon at NHM, D*Face at Corey Helford, Sounds at The Bloc, Fourth Fridays in Long Beach, the Nintendo Switch Roadtrip, and more.

Thing To Do This Week

Tolliver at The Echo –> We Like L.A. fave Tolliver brings his inimitable combo of funk, soul and camp to The Echo this Monday evening as part of his August residency at the Sunset venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

House of the Dragon at NHM -> Did Sunday’s premier of House of the Dragon on HBO rekindle your GoT passion? Now through September 7, the Natural History Museum is showcasing a pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world of the new original series. Learn about the Targaryen Dynasty and the dragons that ruled beside them while checking out new costumes and props from the series. And yes, there will be a replica Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. NHM is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

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

In Bed By Ten -> Giulia Rozzi (Conon, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central) brings her brand of sharp-as-a-tack comedy to the Glendale Room this Tuesday as she workshops a new hour of material staring at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $12 per person, or $15 on the day of the show. More info here.

Summer Night Cinema at the Hammer -> The Hammer’s Summer Night Cinema series continues this Tuesday with a screening of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing. The event includes after hours access to The Hammer’s galleries plus drinks and bar bites for purchase at Lulu. No ticket required. Seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Lisa Loeb at The Bourbon Room -> This Wednesday, Grammy-award winning singer/songwrite Lisa Loeb pops up at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood this week for an intimate evening of stories and songs, joined by Canadian comedian Stephen Kramer Glickman (Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush). GA tickets are $30. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

70s Disco Swim Night -> Tropicana at The Hollywood Roosevelt hosts a 70’s themed cocktail party this Wednesday featuring tunes by DJ Jena Red, a contest for the top 1970’s outfit, and specially themed menu. The pool will be open, so bring your swim trunks too! Tickets are $25 per person, and include one comp cocktail. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Black Movie Soundtrack IV -> Returning to the Bowl this Wednesday for the first time since 2019, Black Movie Soundtrack celebrates the best in black film music with a curated evening of performances spanning musical genres. Craig Robinson hosts, and the lineup includes Babyface, Eric Benet, Warren G, Lalah Hathaway, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins. Tickets still available as low as $10. Get more info here.

Rethinking Essential at MOLAA -> Oaxacan-born artist Narsiso Martinez’s Rethinking Essential is now on view at the Museum of Latina American Art in Long Beach. Martinez’s mixed media installations draw on his experience as a farm worker, and bring into the focus the often omitted or misrepresented stories of laborers who form the basis of our food supply chains. The artist will be on hand for a walkthrough of his works from 2 to 3 p.m. MOLAA is open Wednesdays to Sundays. Regular adult admission is $15, and Sunday is free for all visitors. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues in this month with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays through September 4. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

Sunset Concerts at Skirball -> The Skirball Cultural Center’s annual celebration of world music continues in August with four consecutive weeks of free Thursday concerts at the museum. This week, catch a Son Rompe Pera’s fusion of punk rock and classic cumbia, with an opening performance by Los Jornaleros del Norte. Complimentary access to the museum’s exhibitions is included with entry. Advanced reservations are closed, but some walk-up tickets will be available. Get more info here.

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face is now open at Corey Helford Gallery. Painting Over the Cracks feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery, and will be on view through September 10. Gallery hours are Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Nintendo Switch Roadtrip -> Nintendo’s traveling, nationwide showcase of new games heads to Universal CityWalk this Thursday to Sunday, with demos available to play for new titles including Nintendo Switch Sports, Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Mario Strikers: Battle League. Free to attend, but spots will be limited. Get more info and pre-register to attend here.

Sounds at The Bloc -> This Thursday, multi-instrumentalist Sam Wilkes brings an evening of meditative jazz to the open-air courtyard of The Bloc. The free concert runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Get more info here.

Sunset Sounds at Skybar LA -> On Thursday, Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles kicks off Sunset Sounds: Acoustic Sessions, a live music series where guests can sip on specialty cocktails from Skybar’s new “Sunset Hour” happy hour menu while listening to original songs and covers from local artists. Artist Megan Winsor opens the evening entertainment starting at 7 p.m. There is no entry fee, but guests are encouraged to RSVP using the link here. Attendees must be 21+.

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

Dance DTLA -> Free weekly dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza through September 2. This Friday, catch an evening of Bachata led by instructor Leslie Ferreira. For each event, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

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

Fourth Fridays on 4th Street -> Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

A charcoal grilled wagyu steak at Ayara Thai. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Ayara THAI Breaker 18th Anniversary Celebration -> Family-owned Ayara Thai in Westchester celebrates 18 years of success this week with an epic culinary battle between four members of the Asapahu family. Guests get a front row seat to observe Ayara Thai founders Chef Anna and Chef Andy (aka the parents) cook up classic Thai dishes alongside Chef Vanda and Chef Cathy (the daughters) who will prep new interpretations of Southeast asian cuisine. The five-course dinner takes place August 25 and August 26, and will be served family-style. The cost is $260 for a seating of four guests. Expect a belly-busting feast that includes two old school dishes, two new school dishes, one dish prepared by Team Ayara, plus dessert. Thai Hom Mali rice will also be served throughout the dinner. Sponsored by Thaan Charcoal and Ghost Tequila expect the meal to include charcoal grilled items and spicy cocktails. Diners will have a chance to vote on their favorite dishes for each night. Find more information and purchase tickets here

Summer Social Series at asterid -> asterid by Chef Ray Garcia is partnering with online wine retailer Luckysomm for an evening of natural wines and bites. Guests will enjoy drinks from Australia’s Delinquente Wine Co., canned cocktails by Bizzarro Aperitivo and small bites by asterid. DJ Clifton Weaver will provide beats throughout the evening. Summer Social Series goes down this Thursday, August 25 on the restaurant’s patio and tickets cost $45 per person.

National Dog Day at Bark & Brews -> Celebrate National Dog Day on Friday, August 26 at Rock & Brews, where dogs will get a free meal from the “Dog Side of The Moon” menu. Doggo options include premium items including grilled chicken, bacon and burger patties. Humans can also take advantage of Rock & Brews happy hour which takes place between 3 to 5 p.m. The promotion applies to all Rock & Brews locations (excluding locations at LAX and casinos.)

Aperitivo Hour at Milo + Olive –> Milo + Olive in Santa Monica recently debuted Aperitivo Hour, Monday through Thursday between 3 to 5 p.m. The menu features a selection of cicchetti (small snacks) that include Whipped Peads & Barnett’s Lardo with local stone fruit, Roasted Grape Toast, a Cheese & Charcuterie Plate and more. $11 glasses of wine as well as Italian cocktails like Americano, Negroni and more are also part of the deal. 

The Waterfront Launches Weekday Happy Hour -> The Waterfront’s happy hour is offered Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Located on the Venice Boardwalk, guests can kick back and enjoy food specials from $3 soft pretzels, $10 Caesar Wraps, $4 cans of Golden Road Mango Cart, $20 beer pitchers to $8 glasses of Eskoot Rose. If you’re feeling fancy, The Waterfront also offers a Magnum bottle of Summer Water Rose and half a dozen oysters for just $89 during happy hour. 

Happy Hour at Gogo’s Tacos -> Gogo’s Tacos launched a Happy Hour last week where the entire menu is 25% off from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays. Tuesdays are naturally reserved for Taco Tuesday where all tacos are just $2. 

Happy Hour at Huckleberry –> Huckleberry Bakery & Café in Santa Monica has just launched Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. The brief happy hour features $5 craft beers and $10 canned wines.


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Things To Do This Weekend in L.A. [8-19-2022 to 8-21-2022]

August 18, 2022 by Christina Champlin
Barnsdall Art Park Friday Night Wine Tastings
Event on the lawn outside the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park. Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

With temps cooling down just a bit, it’s the perfect time to get outside this weekend. And trust us, there’s a lot to do…

This August 19-21 in Los Angeles, catch 818 Day festivities, a Griffith Park Celebration at Travel Town, Summer of Salsa, Chinatown Summer Nights, a DOGust celebration at PetSpace, CicLAvia: Meet the Hollywoods, Sunday Sessions in Grand Park, and more.

Things To Do This Weekend

818 Day -> Westfield Topanga in partnership with the Valley Relics Museum, My Valley Pass and Family Fun Arcade are celebrating the San Fernando Valley on 818 Day, which actually four days (Thursday to Sunday) of festivities that includes arcade games, a beer garden featuring local breweries, live music, and a pop-culture mini museum. Free to attend. More info here.

Griffith Park Summer Celebration -> This Friday at Travel Town Museum, city officials celebrate new funding and safety improvements to Griffith Park with a public event featuring local food trucks, a community hike, an equestrian ride, and free rides on the Travel Town train. Event runs 4 to 7 p.m. More info here.

Puppy Yoga -> Join the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace for an adorable Friday evening yoga class with dogs. Think goat yoga but with PetSpace’s adoptable dogs. Guided by Sweat Yoga the one hour session cost $25 a person and will go towards the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund.

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

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

Summer of Salsa ->  La Plaza de Cultura y Artes continue their Summer of Salsa concert series this Friday with La Obsesión and DJ Jimmy Rumba. Events starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> Free Friday dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza in August. This Friday head over for an evening of Disco with instructor Andy Vaca. For each event, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

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

Depop x Paris (69999) -> This weekend, Depop’s first Collaborator series will launch with an immersive experience with curator and 69999 founder, Paris. The exhibition titled ‘Consumption’ uses pieces Paris constructed from deadstock fabrics and fast fashion waste from the Los Angeles community. The opening night launch party will take place this Friday starting at 8 p.m. with a 21+ event. The Consumption exhibition opens to all-ages on Saturday, with visitors under the age of 13 needing to be accompanied by an adult. -> More info here

Apple TV+ Kids and Family Summer Block Party -> Apple TV+ brings a special interactive pop-up to the lawn at The Americana at Brand this Friday to Sunday. Events include activities and goodies inspired by Apple TV+ kids and family series, including Fraggle Rock: Back To The Rock, Amber Brown, The Snoopy Show and more. Expect crafting, a snack cart, dance lessons, kid-friendly music, and photo ops. The free event runs Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hollyhock Lawn Party -> After a pandemic hiatus, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House reopens starting today, and to mark the milestone L.A.’s Department of Cultural Affairs is hosting a public lawn party at Barnsdall Park this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. Expect a performance by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, DJ sets, free hot dogs (while supplies last), a craft station, and more. Free to attend. No RSVP required, but space will be limited. More info here.

In-Transition with the Translatin@ Coalition -> This Saturday, head to The Hammer for an afternoon of workshops, games, and performances all designed to promote radical empathy and allyship with the trans community. Runs noon to 6 p.m. Free to attend.More info here.

Chinatown Summer Nights -> KCRW’s signature summer concert series continues this Saturday with the second 2022 edition of Chinatown Summer Nights. Expect food trucks, video projections, chef demos, and plenty of DJ-spun tunes to dance to. Runs 5 p.m. to midnight. Get more info here.

Grand Performances -> The signature free summer music series at California Plaza continues this Saturday with a performance by Iranian-born pianist Kamyar. Free shows continue weekly through September 25. More info here.

DOGgust Celebration at PetSpace -> PetSpace’s annual birthday celebration for shelter dogs is back this Saturday with plenty of dog-friendly activities, including a splash pad, plus food trucks on hand to feed the humans and a half-dozen doggies vendors offering gift options for your pup. Admission is free. Runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here and you can RSVP directly here.

Welcome To Melrose Hill Block Party -> On Saturday, the first annual ‘Welcome To Melrose Hill Block Party’ hosted by Ggiata and South Central clothing company Bricks & Wood will close the streets intersecting Melrose and Western for a block party spotlighting  LA’s thriving community of young creatives, artists and chefs. Free to attend, the public can explore cult brands and eateries as well as sounds by notable DJs and performers. 

South Park: 25th Anniversary Experience -> To celebrate the 25th anniversary of South Park, a traveling exhibit heads to the intersection of Hollywood and Vine this Saturday, bringing with it a collection of props, memorabilia, art work, collectables and never-before-seen scripts, storyboards concept art, all displayed inside a custom-painted shipping container. The pop-up runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is free to attend.

End of Summer Stroll ->The Shops at Mission Village in San Marino will host their End of Summer Stroll this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to explore the shops (exclusive sales), enjoy live music, a photo booth and more. San Marino Cafe & Marketplace will be offering sample tastes of wines from Z’Art Wines, an Armenian winery making wines from indigenous Armenian grapes. 

Tender Fest Part II -> Tender Fest returns this Saturday for a day-long celebration of everybody’s favorite comfort food, the chicken tender. Taking place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, vendors include Willie Mae’s, Howlin’ Rays, Raising Canes, Delilah, GoGo Bird, Original Dino’s Famous Chicken and more. New this year is  the conTENDER event where culinary icons such as Nobu Matsuhisa, Nyesha Arrington and Timothy Hollingsworth will battle it out for tender supremacy. Desert vendors, an all-you-can eat french fry station and DJ sets from Zack Bia & Friends are also part of the festival. Tickets to Tender Fest cost $74 for general admission which includes unlimited tenders, fries, desserts and two drinks tickets, VIP tickets cost $175 with access to a VIP area with exclusive vendors Howlin’ Rays and Valerie’s Confections, Valet, merch and unlimited tastings and drinks. 

Swing Street Gallery -> Swing Street Gallery is set to open to the public on Saturday, August 20 in Downtown Los Angeles. Located in The Trust Building, the gallery will exhibit contemporary works from a diverse array of artists curated by local artist Guerin Swing

Nisei Week Japanese Festival -> Little Tokyo’s nine-day celebration of Japanese and Japanese-American heritage and traditions concludes this weekend with a two-day festival at the JACCC Plaza on Saturday and Sunday, all leading up to a closing ceremony on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Get more info on the complete schedule here.

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

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

Fiorucci’s Gondola Getaway -> On Sunday at Anchor’s Away in Long Beach, Fiorucci Foods invites locals to swing by for free gondola rides, free charcuterie snacks, complimentary drinks, and live poems performed by Ars Poetica. Rides run from 2 to 8 p.m., but as of publication of this post, advance reservations are fully booked. However, there will be limited space for a few walk-ins to grab rides, and some of the time slots have waitlists available. Even if you can’t get a gondola ride, the event is open for all to hang out and enjoy the food/entertainment. Get more info here.

Family Garden Workshop: Plant Part Anatomy -> This Sunday at Hauser & Wirth, get hands-on with the garden educators from Garden School Foundation. Attendees will explore the plants’ parts, from its roots to seeds, and gain knowledge on topics from creating vegetable greeting cards to regrowing meal scraps. Free and all-ages. Runs 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Get more info and RSVP here.

Sunday Sessions -> Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions returns this weekend for an afternoon of dancing, DJ’s and sunshine featuring curated tunes from locals DJs, food trucks on-site, cocktails for purchase, and plenty of picnic space. Runs 3 to 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

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

Dining & Drinking

Los Angeles Ale Works in Culver City. Photo credit LA Ale Works Instagram.

Los Angeles Ale Works Now Open in Culver City -> Hawthorne-based Los Angeles Ale Works has just opened a taproom location at Culver City’s Ivy Station. The new spot features 25 rotating taps, indoor and outdoor drinking spaces, snacks and pop-up food vendors.

Cafe Dulce Brings Back The Sausage Donut for Nisei Week -> This weekend, Little Tokyo’s Cafe Dulce will offer their popular Sausage Donut during Nisei Week festivities. The creation starts with a sausage wrapped in donut dough, rolled in panko and then fried on a stick for the ultimate snack on the go.

Back Yard Sale at Guerrilla Tacos -> Guerrilla Tacos is hosting a yard sale this Sunday from 10 a.m to  2 p.m. at their restaurant off of Mateo St. If you’re not in the market for kitchen equipment, home decor or other knick-knacks, there will be a food menu with $3 tacos and snacks, $12 margaritas and $10 mimosas. 


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