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Things To Do in L.A. This Week [8-1-2022 to 8-5-2022]

August 1, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
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Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry. Photo via The Autry

New month. New to-dos.

This August 1-5 in Los Angeles, catch House of the Dragon at NHM, Summer Night Cinema at The Hammer, Cinemaude at Ace Hotel, Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry, a Black Business Scavenger Hunt, a free lecture at the Aquarium of the Pacific, Back to the Future at The Bowl, and more.

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Things To Do

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA -> Starting July 28, you can visit Japan House LA to see Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibition, which includes a large-scale installation built from 10,000 woven bamboo strips held together by tension. The exhibition runs through January 15, 2023. Japan House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Black Business Scavenger Hunt -> Mobile farmers market Prosperity Market hosts their second annual Black Business Scavenger Hunt all month long. The interactive promo includes over 50 local, black owned businesses. Guests can discover and visit new spots, then check-in to earn points collected for special prizes. The event runs now through August 27. Get more details and see the “treasure map” here.

City of San Gabriel 28th annual National Night Out -> This Tuesday, the City of San Gabriel celebrates National Night Out by turning the historic Mission District into a block party featuring live music, food and games, all in an effort to promote public safety. More info here.

Summer Night Cinema -> On Tuesday, August 2, Summer Night Cinema at The Hammer screens Fanny: The Right to Rock, a 2021 documentary centering on a 60’s era Filipina-American garage band that almost made it big. The series then continues with two more films to wrap up the summer: The documentary Wattstax on August 9, and George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing on August 16. All events feature gallery access, plus drinks and bar bites for purchase. More info here.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach -> Moonlight Movies on the Beach screens Weird Science at Granada Beach on Tuesday and Spiderman: No Way Home at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Campus on Thursday. Both screenings start at dusk. 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.

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.

Shakespeare By The Sea -> The concluding week of Shakespeare By The Sea’s summer run features a productions of Romeo & Juliet at Don Knabe Park in Cerritos on Wednesday and Point Fermin Park on Friday, plus Much Ado About Nothing on Thursday at Soka University and Saturday at Point Fermin Park. All events free to attend. Get more info here.

First Wednesday Lecture at The AoP -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a free evening guest lecture and cocktail reception at the Pacific Visions Theater. For August 3, award-winning marine wildlife photographer Mike Bartick joins to discuss the amazing world of deep sea creatures. Get more info and RSVP here.

Sunset Concerts at Skirball -> The Skirball Cultural Center’s annual celebration of world music continues this Thursday with a performance by Nefesh Mountain. Complimentary access to the museum’s exhibitions is included with entry. Note than advanced tickets for this week’s event are now sold out, but limited walk-ups will be available. Get more info here.

A Night Celebrating Music in Film -> The L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors is hosting a pair of concerts this August at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey. First up this Thursday, the Marina del Rey symphony performs a Night Celebrating Music in Film . Event start at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. Seating is first come, first served. More info here.

Sizzling Summer Nights -> Sizzling Nights are back at the Autry starting this Thursday. Expect evenings of salsa dancing along with after-hours gallery access at the The Autry every Thursday night from August 4 to September 1. A limited quantity of $20 tickets for non-members are currently available for purchase. More info here.

First Thursdays in Westwood Village -> A summer edition of First Thursdays returns to Westwood Village this week. Expect food trucks, live entertainment, and a public screening of Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out starting at 7:45 p.m. Free popcorn to the first 300 attendees! More info here.

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Cinemaude LA –> Modern intimacy brand, maude and Dakota Johnson’s TeaTime Pictures are coming together for Cinemaude LA, a curated film series presented by The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Cinemaude LA runs every Thursday this month and tickets will include the film screening, a custom event poster and a complimentary spritz by Ghia. Net profits from ticket sales will go to SIECUS, an organization that advances sex education through advocacy, policy and coalition building.

House of the Dragon at NHM (August 5) -> We know the Natural History Museum has plenty to offer by way of dinosaurs, how how about dragons? Starting this Friday, NHM teams up with HBO for a new pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world of the new original series House of the Dragon. Learn about the Targaryen Dynasty and the dragons that ruled beside them while checking out new costumes and props from the series. And yes, there will be a replica Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. Runs from August 5 to September 7. More info here.

Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk (August 5) -> First Fridays pops up along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach with an array of art on display, drink deals, food specials, and and live music. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Dance DTLA -> Free Friday dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza in August, staring with an evening of Voguing this Friday. For each event, dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family-friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

Back to the Future with the LA Phil -> The timeless tale of time travel comes to the Hollywood Bowl this Friday and Saturday, as Back to the Future screens joined by a live score from the LA Phil. Tickets still available as low as $14 per seat. Get more info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts Jazz trio 3 More Sounds at 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.

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Spanish Aqui Presents-> Latinx improv comedy team Spanish Aqui Presents performs at Boyle Heights’ iconic music venue The Paramount on Friday, August 5. Special guests for the evening include Harvey Guillen (What We Do in the Shadows), Cristela Alonzo, and Edgar Rivera. Tickets are $22.66, all-fees included. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

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A platter of oysters from Rappahannock. Photo courtesy of Rappahannock.

August 5 is National Oyster Day, and we’ve just put together a roundup of the best oyster happy hours in Los Angeles. If oysters are your jam, you’re going to need this list in your life.


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