Things To Do

Things to Do in L.A. This Week [7-25-2022 to 7-29-2022]

July 25, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
chinatown central plaza street view
Street view of Chinatown Central Plaza / Photo by: Christina Champlin

As we enter the last week of July, do you feel like you’ve been making the most of your summer?

This July 25-29 in Los Angeles, check out a Warhol exhibition at Petersen, the MidSummer Scream Festival in Long Beach, Steep After Dark in Chinatown, Sueños Real at Self-Help Graphics, Sunset Concerts at Skirball, Moonlight Movies on the Beach at Granada Beach, Bastard Jazz at The Ford, KCRW Summer Nights at The Hammer, and more. Lots to do. Hope you find something to your liking.


Things To Do

Andy Warhol: Cars – Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection -> Petersen Automotive Museum has opened a new exhibition featuring works from Andy Warhol’s uncompleted 1986/87 Cars series, left unfinished due to the artist’s passing. It marks the first time in over 30 years the exhibition will on display in North America. Included with admission to the museum. GA tickets start at $19 for adults. Petersen is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Kalli Arte: Sueños Real -> Kalli Arte, an arts collective formed by Boyle Heights-born duo Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves, has a new residency exhibition at Self-Help Graphics & Art on display now through September 23. Sueños Real is rooted in the ecosystem of Boyle Heights, symbolically represented here by a central large-scale sculpture that branches out to aspects of the artists’ community, while also connecting to ancestral traditions. Visitors can RSVP to visit the exhibition on Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Moonlight Movies in Long Beach -> Moonlight Movies on the Beach continues this week with a screening of Encanto at Granada Beach on Tuesday. Free to attend. More info here.

Winemaker Wednesdays at The Bowl -> If you’re headed to The Hollywood Bowl this Wednesday to see a Tribute to Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra, then make sure to hop over to Plaza Marketplace at the Box Office Plaza at 6 p.m. for a complimentary wine tasting with wine professional Maeve Decouvelaere of Kermit Lynch Wine Imports as part of the LA Phil’s ongoing Winemaker Wednesdays series.

Free Admission at The Autry -> The Autry in Griffith Park offers free admission to the museum every Tuesday in July. No advanced reservation required. Get more info here.

Shakespeare in the Park -> This Wednesday to Sunday, ISC’s Shakespeare in the Park continues with performances of Francis Beaumont’s Knight of the Burning Pestle. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Free to attend, but advanced reservations are required. More info here.

Shakespeare By The Sea -> Shakespeare By The Sea comes to Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills for a performance of Romeo & Juliet. Get more info here.

Hump Day Cabaret -> Put a little mid-week pep in your step this Wednesday by checking out this new variety show at El Cid featuring stand-up comedy, musical acts and character performances. Tickets are $15. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at the Hammer Museum -> KCRW Summer Nights pop up at The Hammer every Thursday in July. This week, catch performance by pop artist Hana Vu  along with live sets from KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Valida. Get more info and see the full schedule here.

Skirball Sunset Concerts -> Catch at performance by Ghanaian singer-songwriter Rocky Dawuniand a and DJ set by KCRW’s Francesca Harding at this Thursday’s Sunset Concert at Skirball Cultural. The concert is free to attend, but advanced reservations are sold out. However, limited walk-up tickets will be available. More info here.

Summer in San Gabriel -> The City of San Gabriel’s summer programming continues this Thursday with a screening of Jumanji (1995) at Marshall Park, with the film preceded by a family-friendly concert. Music starts at 7 p.m., movie at 8:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here

LIFE CYCLES: A Bamboo Exploration -> Contemporary Japanese artist Tanabe Chikuunsai IV opens a new exhibition at Japan House LA on Thursday, July 28 called LIFE CYCLES: A Bamboo Exploration. On opening day guests will get the chance to view a massive bamboo installation created from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together with tension. On July 28 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tanabe Chikuunsai IV will be in attendance to give a walk through of his work as well as an artist talk and demonstration. More info here

Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA hosts a night of Argentine Tango with Instructor Ilona Glinarsky. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.


Midsummer Scream  -> If you can’t wait until October for a Halloween fix, this three-day convention puts SoCal’s haunt and horror community in focus with over 350 exhibitors, a dozen mini-haunts and attractions, panels, presentations, live performances, and more, all at the Long Beach Convention Center. Runs this Friday to Sunday. Tickets start as low as $32 for a one-day pass. Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts nine-piece jazz-pop band Bruns & Baché at the 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.

California Market Center Sample Sale -> On the last Friday of each month the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with showrooms offering men, women and children fashion as well as gift and home items at below-retail prices.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles -> This weekend, the Levitt Pavilion summer concert series continues with Dante Elephante, Yungatita, and Byron Gonzalez on Friday, Red Bull Batalla’s freestyle rap competition on Saturday, and a Wonder-Full In The Park: A Tribute To The Music Of Stevie Wonder on Sunday. Free to attend, no reservation necessary. Check the complete lineup here.

Bastard Jazz -> Primus founder and bassist virtuoso Les Claypool brings his Bastard Jazz project to The Ford this Friday for a highly anticipated evening of funk and fusion. Tickets are available for as low as $42. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

Truffle Braised Pork Rice at Steep After Dark. Photo by Christina Champlin.

The Return of Steep After Dark  -> Steep, located in the picturesque Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown relaunches their pandemic-born series Steep After Dark (S.A.D.) on Thursday, July 28. Just in time for summer night outings, expect an entirely new tea-based cocktail program co-designed by Huy Pham and a food menu focused on bar bites. S.A.D. began as a popup series in late 2020 with co-founders, Lydia Lin and Samuel Wang wanted to bring people together through the simple joy of food and drink during one of the most isolating and uncertain times in the city. The pop-up received ample acclaim, and the team is now making the series a permanent fixture. Happening every Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 10 p.m., here you’ll find a tight knit food menu that includes a shareable Umami Snack Platter loaded with Asian snacks like dried squid and crunchy air-dried shiitakes to a Truffle-Braised Pork Rice bowl topped with shaved black truffles that’s so delicious you won’t want to share. The light bites pair well with the cocktails, all of which have fused liquor with tea. Think oolong with rum, jumi with vodka and black tea with whiskey. The menu also offers zero ABV mocktails, sake, artisanal makgeolli, beer, plus options to build your own drink. Highly recommended.


Whiskey Red’s ‘On The Docks’ Pop-Up Bar -> Whiskey Red’s, located in Marina Del Rey’s Fishermen Village, is unveiling a new outdoor pop-up bar On The Docks! this Friday, July 29. With a fantastic waterfront view (the sunsets are amazing here) comes food and cocktail deals that are surprisingly affordable. One the menu are $3 grilled tacos (brisket, pulled pork, shrimp) $2 Chips & Dips and $5 cocktails that include Frosé, Frozen Mojito and tiki drinks. On The Docks! Is open Friday’s from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday’s from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday’s from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

James Beard Foundation Taste America -> This Wednesday July 27 the James Beard Foundation®  will host Taste America at NeueHouse Hollywood. Guests will get a chance to enjoy food from LA.s finest including Yangban Society, Ayara Thai, Konbi and Poppy + Rose bites from Cadence (New York) and Tzuco ( Chicago) are also in the mix. The ticketed walk around tasting event cost $175 a person with an option of purchasing a Premier ticket with early access and exclusive tastings for $225.

Recovery Bar at Fia Steak -> Fia Steak in Santa Monica has launched a Recovery Bar menu of items under $30. Available at the bar and patio space Tuesday through Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m., the special menu includes $15 drink specials and dishes such as Steak Frites, Caviar Bumps, Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, steak frites, and more.

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