Things To Do

Things To Do in L.A. This Week [5-22-2023 to 5-26-2023]

May 22, 2023 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Image via Ivy Station

Another week, another listicle to help you put together your social calendar. Let’s talk options.

From May 22-26 in Los Angeles, you’ll find the start of the WeHo Pride Arts Festival, a new talk at Zócalo Public Square, tons of events for LA Fleet Week, Fourth Fridays in Long Beach, Party/After-Party Sessions at MOCA, Stand Up for Pups at PetSpace, a movie night at Ivy Station, and more. Hope you find something to your liking!


Things To Do This Week

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

WeHo Pride Arts FestivalFA TP > From May 22 to June 30, West Hollywood rings in pride with a 40-day run of cultural programming at multiple locations that includes art exhibitions, live performances, screenings, a queer book bazar, and more. The fun kicks off on Monday with the first annual José Sarria Drag Pageant to honor Harvey Milk Day (Sarria paved the way for Milk as the first openly gay person to run for office in California). Go here to RSVP, and to see the full schedule of events.

The Moth GrandSLAM ChampionshipM > The Moth’s unique evening of live storytelling pops up at the Regent Theater this Monday for a competition between 10 past StorySLAM winners, who will entertain audiences with tales built around the the theme of “Should Have Known.” Starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. More info here.

What Does Boxing Owe Its Champions?M FA TP > On Tuesday, The latest Zócalo Public Square discussion event reflects on boxing’s future—as an athletic endeavor, as a business, and as a cultural force—in California and beyond. Rudy Mondragón moderates a panel that includes California State Athletic Commission executive director Andy Foster, former middleweight champ Sergio “the Latin Snake” Mora, and Kali “KO” Mequinonoag Reis, professional boxer and actress. Reception with complimentary bites and drinks to follow the talk. Starts at 7 p.m. at the ASU California Center in DTLA. Free to attend. More info here.

Hot With Kurt & Kristen -> This Wednesday, the long-running (and hilarious) weekly variety show Hot Tub hosted by Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal returns to Permanent Records Roadhouse with a lineup that includes Kate Berlant, Chris Estrada, Steve Hernandez, Jackie Kashian, and Robert Schultz. Tickets cost $8 online in advance and $12 at the door. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

LA Fleet WeekFA > The annual LA Fleet Week honors United States Sea Services through a series of live performances, tours, aerial demonstrations, and neighborhood activations. Events for the the 2023 edition of Fleet Week begin this Wednesday with an afternoon performance by Marine Band San Diego at The Original Farmers Market. The LA Fleet Week Expo (open to the public) will be held adjacent to the Battleship IOWA in San Pedro from Friday to Monday. Get more info and see the full schedule of events here.

Party/After-Party Sessions at MOCATP > The Museum of Contemporary Art, with an assist from Insomniac / Secret Projects, is hosting a trio of three concerts built around Carl Craig’s Party/After-Party sound and light installation currently on exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary. The first in the series arrives this Thursday, with a dance party driven by live sets from globally acclaimed DJs  (Craig, DJ Holographic, King Britt and Moritz von Oswald this week) plus access to the museum galleries. Tickets are $15. Starts at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Africon -> Starting Thursday, this four-day conference celebrates the African Diaspora through a series of panels, chats sessions, and social gatherings, culminates with an Afro Music Festival headlined by Asake. Get more info on the full schedule of events and locations here.

Movie Night at Ivy StationM FA TP > The lawn at Ivy Station transforms into an outdoor movie setting this Friday to celebrate AAPI month with a free screening of Crazy Rich Asians. The space opens up for guests at 7:45 p.m., and the movie starts at 8:15. Low-back chairs and blankets encouraged. Free popcorn too! More info here.

The Last ImprovM > This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, The Last Improv gathers an A-list lineup of comedians to perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts with special guests to include Nicole Byer, Mary Holland, Brandon Scott Jones, Paul Welsh, Neil Casey, and Christina Calph, plus guest monologist Brett Gelman. GA tickets are $25 in advance. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.


Stand Up for Pups -> On Friday, Wallis Annenberg PetSpace and Can’t Even Comedy present Stand Up for Pups, a dog-friendly comedy show to support animal rescue. Caitlin Benson hosts a lineup that includes J.D. Witherspoon, Jay Washington, Shea Freeman, Valerie Tosi, and Chris Greene. A DJ set and meet-and-greet with adoptable pups starts at 7 p.m., with the stand-up to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.

Fourth Fridays in Long BeachFA > 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. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

Pizza at Pizzana. Photo by Dane Deaner.

Pizzana’s New Pizza Kits -> Neo-Neapolitan pizzeria Pizzana is now offering pizza dough kits at all locations. Master pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi’s signature slow-dough is fermented for 48-hours using organic stone ground flour. The kit yields two pizzas for $23 and come with housemade San Marzano tomato sauce and fior di latte cheese flown in fresh from Italy. Items such as the dough ($5) tomato sauce ($3) and cheese ($10) can be purchased separately. Each dough kit will include a QR code with video instructions from Uditi on how to make your pizzas at home. More info here

Everytable  West Hollywood  -> Everytable will host a grand opening celebration for their latest expansion into West Hollywood this Thursday with a ribbon cutting event with the Mayor, samples from local vendors, a live DJ, and 200 free meals to the first guests. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. Made-from-scratch meals are priced according to what a specific neighborhood can afford, usually ranging from $6 to $9. 


Eleonore Toulin x Coucou -> On Monday, May 22 Parisian bistro Coucou welcomes French Chef Eleonore Toulin for a seasonally-driven, seven-course dinner at the Venice restaurant. Highlights include Radish and French Butters, Porchetta stuffed with leeks and herbs and Yuzu Lemon Tart Meringue Bites. Tickets are required for the evening and can be purchased via Resy for $100 per person. An option to add on aperitif and wine pairing for an additional $45 is also available. 

Mort & Betty’s at Jewel -> Vegan deli Mort & Betty’s pops up at Jewel in Virgil Village on Monday, May 22 with a menu celebrating Tu Bishvot and the art of deli food, both traditional and new. Taking place from 5 to 9 p.m., guests will find menus featuring Milk Bread Challah, Lemon Strawberry Rugelach, Scallion Latkes, Reuben Tacos and vegan deli items from mushroom pastrami to corned beets. Get reservations and more info here

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