Things To Do in L.A. This Week [5-15-2023 to 5-19-2023]

Expo Line Station Santa Monica. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Ready for the post-Mother’s Day, pre-summer, flurry of events?

This week in Los Angeles, from May 15-19, you’ll find Astronomy on Tap in Pasadena, F$@% This Month at Dynasty Typewriter, free rides for Metro’s Bike Day, Wellness Wednesday at Latinx Plants, The Paramount Showcase in Hollywood, Odd Nights at the Autry, a Retro Night Market in the Arts District, and more. Hope you have a great week!


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Astronomy on TapM FA TP > Astronomy on Tap returns on Monday with a pair of scientific talks (helped along by trivia, live music, and beer) at Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena. The event is free and open to all ages. Runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Reel to Reel: FANNY: The Right to RockM > On Tuesday, The GRAMMY Museum hosts a screening of the new film FANNY: The Right to Rock, followed by an in-depth discussion with director Bobbi Jo Hart joined by members of the cast including June Millington, Jean Millington, Brie Darling, Alice de Buhr, and Patti Quatro. Jasen Emmons moderates the event, which runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Grand Views at Forest LawnFA TP > Forest Lawn Museum’s Grand Views: The Immersive World of Panoramas explores the history of panoramas through an array of artworks and artifacts, including never-before-seen paintings, prints and posters dating to the 19th century, archival photographs, and more. It’s free to visit Tuesday to Sunday, and the exhibition remains on view through September 10. More info here.

Wellness Wednesday at Latinx with PlantsM FA > As part of their Wellness Wednesday monthly series, Self-Help Graphics presents a sound bath and meditation session at Latinx with Plants in Boyle Heights. The experience will be led by healer Neil Belen,  using crystal singing bowls, gongs and other instruments to guide guests through a peaceful journey of relaxation and focus. Free to attend, but RSVP required. Runs 6 to 7:30 p.m. More info here

F$@% This Month M > Can improv improve your crummy month? If you’re having a time of it this this May, stop by the Dynasty Typewriter on Wednesday for an evening of improvised skits based on tales of woe and misery. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 on the day of the show. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

The Paramount ShowcaseFA TP > Starting Thursday, a three-day pop-up comes to the Hollywood Athletic Club filled with interactive rooms, themed installations, and unique programming draw by Emmy-contending shows from the Paramount’s family of networks (shows like Yellowjackets, Star Trek: Picard, Yellowstone, George & Tammy, and more). Runs noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday to Saturday. Free to attend, but RSVP is required. More info here.

Metro’s Bike DayM FA > In honor of Bike Month, Metro is offering free rides this Thursday for commuters on all Metro buses and trains. There will also be a Metro Bike Share Bike to Work Day Celebration with complimentary food, coffee and swag for multimodal bike commuters from 8 to 11 a.m. at the North Hollywood B Line (Red) Station (Thursday) and Downtown Santa Monica E Line (Expo) Station (Friday). More info here.

Flashback Retro Night MarketFA > A Retro Night Market pops up in the Arts District this Thursday featuring vendors selling all things retro from VHS tapes to vinyls, typewriters, clothing, and art. Admission and parking is free. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. More info here.

Bring the Noise: If These Walls Could Sing -> This Thursday, The Wallis and Film Independent team up for an evening of conversation and orchestral performances centered around Mary McCartney’s critically acclaimed Disney+ documentary film If These Walls Could Sing, which tells the history Abbey Road Studios, the artists who recorded there, and the songs that were made. GA tickets are $45. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Goth Night at ACBFA > Don your darkest garb and apply plenty of black eyeliner and nail polish for this Thursday’s Goth Nite at Angel City. Expect dark wave tunes from DJ Lori Lovesick plus discounts on ACB’s Devil’s Gate Adambier. Music starts at 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.


CinespiaM > Every summer, Angelenos pack a picnic basket and head to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for screenings of films modern, cult, and classic. This year Cinespia has moved to L.A. Historic Park for a bigger and more spacious screening environment. This Friday, the series kicks off with a screening of Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets cost $22 per person. More info here.

Electrify ExpoM > This three-day (Friday to Sunday) event at the Long Beach Convention Center showcases the latest in the world of electric vehicles, offering guests test drives on demo courses, special exhibits, a lineup of experts to chat with, and even a kids zone. Tickets for the public days (Saturday and Sunday) cost $20. More info here.

Odd Nights at The AutryTP > Odd Nights at the Autry return every third Friday of the month now through September. Expect an indie bazaar populated by funky vendors, food trucks, and live music. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 and parking is free. More info here.

Salsa Night at Ivy StationM FA > Dance the night away with a free evening of salsa instruction and live music at Ivy Station this Friday. Instructor Pepe Gonzalez leads a half-hour intro lesson starting at 6:30 p.m., then the Fermín Sifontes Fusion Salsa Band plays an extended set from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free and open to the public. More info here.

Jazz at LACMAFA > The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts free jazz concerts on Fridays at Scmidt Welcome Plaza. This week, catch a performance by Oscar Hernández & Alma Libre. Starts at 6 p.m. Seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
A plate of Crispy Pork Belly at Lemon Poppy Kitchen. Photo courtesy of Lemon Poppy Kitchen.

Lemon Poppy Kitchen -> Glassell Park’s Lemon Poppy Kitchen recently revamped their space, including the some tweaks to the patio for full-service dining. New items have been added to the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, and guests can stop in early evening to take advantage of happy hour (Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m.) where wines and beers are $2 off and low avb cocktails are $9. This is also the only time to get their fantastic Plachintas ($10) a type of Romanian flatbread stuffed with feta and fresh dill. Continue the meal with a myriad of shareable plates from the dinner menu like the Crispy Pork Belly squares topped with a dollop of guac and pickled jalapenos or Fire Roasted Eggplant Taquitos. Larger format mains such as the Chicken Schnitzel and Bone-in Pork Chop with summer succotash are also real winners.


Melanie Burger Launch -> On Wednesday, Melanie Wine Bar will launch Melanie Burger, a day time lunch program offering a menu of smash burgers and fries daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Delectable burger creations include The Juicy Durrty, two patties topped with hand cut fries and loaded with pepperjack cheese. Pair your meal with a glass of vino, but if it’s too early, soda is also available.  

Yappy Hour at Belles Beach House -> Every Thursday, Belles Beach House in Venice hosts a Yappy Hour welcoming guests and their dogs to the patio space. Happening between 4 to 7 p.m. the Hawaiian-inspired restaurant’s Golden Hour Menu will be available with $10 cocktails including tropical slushies and bites such as Crispy Rock Shrimp and Spicy Tuna Rolls that range $6 to $10. More info here

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