Things To Do in L.A. This Week [5-8-2023 to 5-12-2023]

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Urban Light Sculpture at LACMA
Credit: Jimmy Baikovicius via flickr

How’s your social calendar looking as we enter another breezy week in SoCal? Need a few ideas? We’ve gotcha.

From May 8-12 in Los Angeles, check out the annual Taste of South Pasadena, free second Tuesday admissions at LACMA and The Autry, FACEGYM on the beach, live band karaoke, Cosmogony at The Music Center, a silent disco in Santa Monica, RuPaul’s DragCon, and more.


Things To Do This Week

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

Jaddy Live w/Brett Gelman M TP > Brett Gelman (Stranger Things, Fleabag, Love) pops up at The Dynasty Typewriter for an evening of comedy featuring special guest Ari Dayan. Tickets are $25. Show starts at 7:30 p.m, and doors open at 6:30. More info here.

9th Annual Taste of South PasadenaM > This Tuesday, Sample food along Mission and Fair Oaks and enjoy live music in a family-friendly atmosphere during Taste of Pasadena. Presented by the Rotary Club of South Pasadena the event features over 30 food and drink stops including an additional VIP section with 19 wine, beer and spirits participants. Tickets range from $20 (youths) to $65 for the full adult package of food and alcohol. More info here.

Free Second Tuesdays FA > Both The Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

FACEGYM x Shutters on the Beach -> This Tuesday, FACEGYM hosts a masterclass at Shutters on the Beach where the cult facial fitness brand will teach people to lift, sculpt, and brighten through a full-face masterclass led by a FACEGYM Master Trainer. Tickets cost $30 and include the masterclass workout and FACEGYM’s best-selling Full Face Sculpt Kit, worth $105. More info here.

Totally! Comedy -> This Wednesday’s edition of Totally! at Bar Lubitsch features a lineup of Debra DiGiovanni (Comedy Central), Chinedu Unaka (The Mindy Project), Eddie Della Siepe (For Fact’s Sake Podcast), Subhah Agarwal (The Jim Jeffries Show, Comedy Central), Leah Lamarr (Clubhouse, New York Comedy Festival), Geoff Plitt (SF SketchFest), and Andrew Johnston (Just For Laughs Festival). Tickets are $10. No drink minimum. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Earthly Delights: History, Race, and Environmental ConsciousnessM FA > On Thursday, Award-winning poet Camille T. Dungy comes to the California African American Museum to examine the ties between gardening, family, history, race, nation, and power, all through the lens of her new book, SOIL: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden. Author and non-profit founder Leah Thomas joins as part of the discussion event. Starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

What’s Driving L.A.’s Housing Crisis?FA TP > This Thursday, The Hammer Forum welcomes KCRW housing reporter Anna Scott to lead an evening dissecting the root causes of SoCal’s current housing crisis. Scott moderates a panel of experts which includes Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times journalist Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times writer Benjamin Oreskes, and journalist/podcaster Ethan Ward. The discussion is free to attend, with seating first-come, first-served. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Cosmogony: A Live Digital PerformanceM FA TP > This Friday, The Music Center’s Digital Innovation Initiative presents Cosmogony, a mind-altering digital dance performance broadcasted from Geneva, straight to the screens of Jerry Moss Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles. Swiss dancers transform into avatars (tethered by motion capture cameras) creating an original dance piece in real time accompanied by music from rock band Tar Pond. The 30-minute performance will be shown on Jerry Moss Plaza’s two 12’ x 20’ LED screens, and there will be four performance dates in total: May 12 plus June 3, 10 and 17. All events begin at 7 p.m. Free to attend, standing room only. More info here.

Jazz at LACMAFA TP > This Friday, Catch a live jazz performance at LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza by the Daniel Rotem Quartet. Concerts runs 6 to 8 p.m. Free to attend, but seating is first-come, first-serve. More info here.

Live Band KaraokeFA > This Friday, Casual Encounters brings their brand of live Karaoke to Benny Boy Brewing, offering brave crooners the chance to belt out a selection of over 300 tunes in-front of the beer garden. Quarantine Pizza and Good Mexican Girl will be on hand selling bites for purchase. No cover. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.


North Hollywood Handmade Makers MarketM FA > The Afterglow Makers Market returns to Lawless Brewery this Friday with a lineup of over 20 local artists and creative vendors offering vintage clothing, artwork, jewelry, pottery, and more. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Silent Disco on The PromenadeM FA > Downtown Santa Monica has been hosting a free Silent Disco on Third Street Promenade once a month during the spring, and the series is set to wrap up this Friday. An onsite DJ will curate a trio of channels, with headsets available to guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Program runs from 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Blue13 Dance at The Wallis -> This Friday and Saturday, the acclaimed Blue13 Dance Company returns to The Wallis with a performance of five Bollywood-inspired works by Artistic Director and choreographer Achinta S. McDaniel, including one world premiere. Tickets start at $29, and performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on both evenings. More info here.

RuPaul’s DragConM TP > This Friday and Saturday, Expect two days of all things drag via a series of panels, photo ops, meet-and-greets, shopping, performances, an after hours party, plus plenty of face time from the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Single day tickets range from $50 to $70. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Ube Cold Creme Brew from Be Bright. Photo by Stan Lee.

Be Bright AAPI Heritage Month Menu -> To celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Be Bright is featuring a special beverage menu inspired by Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines. The menu is available through the end of May at Be Bright’s Melrose cafe as well as Smorgusburg on Sundays, include a Vietnamese egg coffee to a colorful Filipino pandan ube latte. 

OTOTO Brewer Block Party -> OTOTO’s annual Brewer Block Party returns this Wednesday with six brewers from Japan hosting walk-around tasting of their sakes. Happening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tickets cost $48 and include sake tastings and bites. More info here


Messhall & Mal Bien Mezcal Dinner -> This Wednesday, Messhall in Los Feliz will host a mezcal dinner featuring Mal Bien Mezcal. Messhall’s Chef Charbel Adaimy will pair the mezcal with a four course Mexican inspired tasting menu with highlights that include Cabra Ahumada (smoked goat) paired with a Tepextate from Miahuatlan, Oaxaca. Tickets cist $85 per-person and can be purchased via OpenTable here.

NYC’s Shinji’s at Thunderbolt -> New York’s cocktail bar Shinji’s makes an appearance at Thunderbolt in Echo Park this Wednesday.  The Shinji’s  team will be serving four of their highly technical and boundary-pushing cocktails at the bar between 6 to 10 p.m. More info here

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