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Things To Do

Things To Do in L.A. This Week [6-20-2022 to 6-24-2022]

June 20, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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The Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science at The Huntington. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Something stinks in the San Gabriel Valley… but don’t worry, that’s totally a good thing!

For June 20-24, plan a visit to see the Corpse Flower in bloom at The Huntington, check out the 2022 premiere of Moonlight Movies on the Beach, enjoy Shakespeare by the Sea, watch Summertime Cinema at The Hammer, learn about the history of the Jewish deli at Skirball, hit up a Night Dive at The Aquarium, groove at a swing dance session at The Music Center, and more.

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Things To Do

Corpse Flower at The Huntington -> The Huntington’s world famous Titan Arum (or Corpse Flower) reached peak bloom yesterday. The smelly sensation can reach up to 8 feet at its tallest, and the peak is supposed to last through the end of Monday. Advance tickets are required (and still available last time we checked), but if you can’t make it out today you can still watch a live feed of the bloom in progress. More info here.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach -> Long Beach’s longtime outdoor movie series returns this Tuesday with a screening of Coco at Granada Beach. Free to attend, free popcorn, and free parking (though space is limited). Get more info here.

Summertime Cinema at The Hammer -> The Hammer’ summer movie series gets started on Tuesday with a screening Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, a feature-length documentary exploring the life of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Attendees can arrive early for access to the Hammer’s galleries plus bar bites for purchase. Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Pastrami on Rye at Skirball -> Pastrami on Rye author Ted Merwin comes to Skirball Cultural Center this Thursday for a special conversation with Forward senior contributing editor Rob Eshman on all things Jewish Deli. The pair will discuss the history of the deli and its ongoing cultural impact. Guests also visit the Skirball’s I’ll Have What She’s Having exhibition prior to the talk. Tickets are $18 for GA tickets. More info here.

Inna Faliks -> Pianist Inna Faliks comes to The Wallis this Wednesday with a special performance of nine new works alongside masterpieces by Beethoven and Ravel. Tickets start at $29. More info here.

Enter the Dojo: The Music of Cobra Kai Live  -> This Thursday, Cobra Kai composers Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson come to The Troubadour for a one-night event highlighting music from the soundtrack of the hit Netflix series. GA Tickets start at $30. More info. here.

Shakespeare By the Sea -> Shakespeare By the Sea is celebrating its 25th season with productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo & Juliet, to be held at over a dozen locations throughout the SoCal area from June 23 through August 6. The opening performance is this Thursday at Point Fermin Park in San Pedro. More info here.

Summertime at Union Station -> This Friday, Metro Art is putting together a live activation in support of the indie film live Summertime, which follows the lives of 27 young Angelenos as their lives intersect over the course of a single day. The event will feature a live poetry bus pop-up and live music, followed by a screening of the film. Free to attend. More info here.

Night Dive at The Aquarium -> This Friday, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s adults-only evening series returns with after-hours access to galleries, DJ’d music, food trucks, specialty cocktails, live painting, and more. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $24.95 for non-members. More info here.

Red Bull Culture Clash -> Red Bull’s live music competition event comes to the Shrine Auditorium this Friday for a battle between four party crews – Gasolina, The Do-Over, Subsuelo and Recreo – each highlighting Latinx music through myriad styles including reggaeton, global bass and hip-hop. GA tickets start at $20 plus fees. Get more info here.

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Shakespeare on the Bluff -> Loyola Marymount University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts and Theatre Arts Department will offer free outdoor Shakespeare performances over two weekends in June and July. The series open with a production of Julius Caesar this Friday and Saturday. Family friendly. Picnics encouraged. Registration is required to get a free parking code. More info here.

Levitt Pavilion Concerts -> This Friday at Levitt Pavilion, Stage of the Arts Inc and Generation Hip-Hop Global Present – 39th Annual Radiotron Ft. Toddy Tee, Las Brujas Brew, Mc Lelann, Host Toquon Tha Mc, Bgirl Deya Deyis, Bboy Ali, Bboy Wilpower, Tha Union Station, Dj Phantom G, Reo Del Tempo, Popper Nikko, Mix Master D. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m.

Dance DTLA -> The Music Center is hosting a special bonus edition of Dance DTLA this Friday to Sunday, featuring live music and dancing from SWING OUT and choreographer Caleb Teicher. Starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday. More info here.

Dining

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Pizza Happy Hour at Rossoblu. Photo by Eddie Sanchez.

Rossoblu Pizza Happy Hour -> Rossoblu recently launched a daily pizza happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Held only at the bar, the pizza happy hour includes a choice of either a margherita or cheese pizza and drink (beer, wine, Lambrusco, margarita, martini, or spritz) for $25 per person.

Summer Social Asterid x Luckysomm -> Chef Ray Garcia’s Asterid has teamed up with online wine retailer Luckysomm for a Summer Social series that includes bites from Garcia and a featured wine tasting. Kicking off the series on Thursday is Sommelier Kristin Olszewski of Nomadica Wines. Tickets for the event cost $45 per person and can be purchased on Resy

Sicily inspired Etna Wine Dinner at The Tasting Kitchen -> The Tasting Kitchen and Biite will welcome Mount Etna winemakers Giuseppe Russo of Girolamo Russo along with his partners Dante Pasqua and Emiliano Falsini for a special wine pairing dinner on Thursday June 23. Guests will be treated to a five-course dinner showcasing Sicilian cuisine from the Mount Etna area, paired with Etna Rose’ and Etna Rosso wines from three wineries (Girolamo Russo, Emiliano Falsini and I Suoli.) Reservations are available via Biite for $175 a person.

Looking Ahead

Japanese Shaved Ice -> Kakigori a.k.a. Japanese shaved ice is coming back to Wanderlust for one weekend only in July (2-3) and tickets are currently on sale. The collaboration between Wanderlust and Japan’s Kuramoto Ice was a huge success last year and tickets sold out quickly. This time around they’ve expanded flavors of the icy treat to include Japanese Neapolitan, Ube Malted Crunch, and a vegan Mango Sticky Rice. All Kakigori come with a scoop of Wanderlust ice cream too. Reserve yours for $20. 


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