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Things To Do

Things To Do in L.A. This Week [8-22-2022 to 8-26-2022]

August 22, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
D*Face’s Painting Over the Cracks at Corey Helford Gallery. Photo by Brian Champlin

Got plans for the week ahead? Just scroll down and you’ll be all set.

From August 22-26 in Los Angeles, check out a 70s Swim Night, Black Movie Soundtrack at The Bowl, House of the Dragon at NHM, D*Face at Corey Helford, Sounds at The Bloc, Fourth Fridays in Long Beach, the Nintendo Switch Roadtrip, and more.

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Thing To Do This Week

Tolliver at The Echo –> We Like L.A. fave Tolliver brings his inimitable combo of funk, soul and camp to The Echo this Monday evening as part of his August residency at the Sunset venue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

House of the Dragon at NHM -> Did Sunday’s premier of House of the Dragon on HBO rekindle your GoT passion? Now through September 7, the Natural History Museum is showcasing a pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world of the new original series. 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. NHM is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA – Stop by Japan House LA this week 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.

In Bed By Ten -> Giulia Rozzi (Conon, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central) brings her brand of sharp-as-a-tack comedy to the Glendale Room this Tuesday as she workshops a new hour of material staring at 7:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $12 per person, or $15 on the day of the show. More info here.

Summer Night Cinema at the Hammer -> The Hammer’s Summer Night Cinema series continues this Tuesday with a screening of George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing. The event includes after hours access to The Hammer’s galleries plus drinks and bar bites for purchase at Lulu. No ticket required. Seating is first-come, first-served. More info here.

Lisa Loeb at The Bourbon Room -> This Wednesday, Grammy-award winning singer/songwrite Lisa Loeb pops up at The Bourbon Room in Hollywood this week for an intimate evening of stories and songs, joined by Canadian comedian Stephen Kramer Glickman (Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush). GA tickets are $30. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

70s Disco Swim Night -> Tropicana at The Hollywood Roosevelt hosts a 70’s themed cocktail party this Wednesday featuring tunes by DJ Jena Red, a contest for the top 1970’s outfit, and specially themed menu. The pool will be open, so bring your swim trunks too! Tickets are $25 per person, and include one comp cocktail. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Black Movie Soundtrack IV -> Returning to the Bowl this Wednesday for the first time since 2019, Black Movie Soundtrack celebrates the best in black film music with a curated evening of performances spanning musical genres. Craig Robinson hosts, and the lineup includes Babyface, Eric Benet, Warren G, Lalah Hathaway, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins. Tickets still available as low as $10. Get more info here.

Rethinking Essential at MOLAA -> Oaxacan-born artist Narsiso Martinez’s Rethinking Essential is now on view at the Museum of Latina American Art in Long Beach. Martinez’s mixed media installations draw on his experience as a farm worker, and bring into the focus the often omitted or misrepresented stories of laborers who form the basis of our food supply chains. The artist will be on hand for a walkthrough of his works from 2 to 3 p.m. MOLAA is open Wednesdays to Sundays. Regular adult admission is $15, and Sunday is free for all visitors. More info here.

Shakespeare in The Park -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues in this month with performances of Macbeth in Griffith Park on Wednesdays to Sundays through September 4. The productions are free to attend, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

Sunset Concerts at Skirball -> The Skirball Cultural Center’s annual celebration of world music continues in August with four consecutive weeks of free Thursday concerts at the museum. This week, catch a Son Rompe Pera’s fusion of punk rock and classic cumbia, with an opening performance by Los Jornaleros del Norte. Complimentary access to the museum’s exhibitions is included with entry. Advanced reservations are closed, but some walk-up tickets will be available. Get more info here.

D*Face at Corey Helford Gallery -> A new solo U.S. exhibition from world-renowned London-based artist D*Face is now open at Corey Helford Gallery. Painting Over the Cracks feature over 70 new works and installations over two spaces in the gallery, and will be on view through September 10. Gallery hours are Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Nintendo Switch Roadtrip -> Nintendo’s traveling, nationwide showcase of new games heads to Universal CityWalk this Thursday to Sunday, with demos available to play for new titles including Nintendo Switch Sports, Kirby and the Forgotten Land and Mario Strikers: Battle League. Free to attend, but spots will be limited. Get more info and pre-register to attend here.

Sounds at The Bloc -> This Thursday, multi-instrumentalist Sam Wilkes brings an evening of meditative jazz to the open-air courtyard of The Bloc. The free concert runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Get more info here.

Sunset Sounds at Skybar LA -> On Thursday, Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles kicks off Sunset Sounds: Acoustic Sessions, a live music series where guests can sip on specialty cocktails from Skybar’s new “Sunset Hour” happy hour menu while listening to original songs and covers from local artists. Artist Megan Winsor opens the evening entertainment starting at 7 p.m. There is no entry fee, but guests are encouraged to RSVP using the link here. Attendees must be 21+.

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.

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Dance DTLA -> Free weekly dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza through September 2. This Friday, catch an evening of Bachata led by instructor Leslie Ferreira. For each event, you’ll learn 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.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts a performance by Mz Val 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.

Fourth Fridays on 4th Street -> 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.

Dining & Drinking

A charcoal grilled wagyu steak at Ayara Thai. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Ayara THAI Breaker 18th Anniversary Celebration -> Family-owned Ayara Thai in Westchester celebrates 18 years of success this week with an epic culinary battle between four members of the Asapahu family. Guests get a front row seat to observe Ayara Thai founders Chef Anna and Chef Andy (aka the parents) cook up classic Thai dishes alongside Chef Vanda and Chef Cathy (the daughters) who will prep new interpretations of Southeast asian cuisine. The five-course dinner takes place August 25 and August 26, and will be served family-style. The cost is $260 for a seating of four guests. Expect a belly-busting feast that includes two old school dishes, two new school dishes, one dish prepared by Team Ayara, plus dessert. Thai Hom Mali rice will also be served throughout the dinner. Sponsored by Thaan Charcoal and Ghost Tequila expect the meal to include charcoal grilled items and spicy cocktails. Diners will have a chance to vote on their favorite dishes for each night. Find more information and purchase tickets here

Summer Social Series at asterid -> asterid by Chef Ray Garcia is partnering with online wine retailer Luckysomm for an evening of natural wines and bites. Guests will enjoy drinks from Australia’s Delinquente Wine Co., canned cocktails by Bizzarro Aperitivo and small bites by asterid. DJ Clifton Weaver will provide beats throughout the evening. Summer Social Series goes down this Thursday, August 25 on the restaurant’s patio and tickets cost $45 per person.

National Dog Day at Bark & Brews -> Celebrate National Dog Day on Friday, August 26 at Rock & Brews, where dogs will get a free meal from the “Dog Side of The Moon” menu. Doggo options include premium items including grilled chicken, bacon and burger patties. Humans can also take advantage of Rock & Brews happy hour which takes place between 3 to 5 p.m. The promotion applies to all Rock & Brews locations (excluding locations at LAX and casinos.)

Aperitivo Hour at Milo + Olive –> Milo + Olive in Santa Monica recently debuted Aperitivo Hour, Monday through Thursday between 3 to 5 p.m. The menu features a selection of cicchetti (small snacks) that include Whipped Peads & Barnett’s Lardo with local stone fruit, Roasted Grape Toast, a Cheese & Charcuterie Plate and more. $11 glasses of wine as well as Italian cocktails like Americano, Negroni and more are also part of the deal. 

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The Waterfront Launches Weekday Happy Hour -> The Waterfront’s happy hour is offered Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Located on the Venice Boardwalk, guests can kick back and enjoy food specials from $3 soft pretzels, $10 Caesar Wraps, $4 cans of Golden Road Mango Cart, $20 beer pitchers to $8 glasses of Eskoot Rose. If you’re feeling fancy, The Waterfront also offers a Magnum bottle of Summer Water Rose and half a dozen oysters for just $89 during happy hour. 

Happy Hour at Gogo’s Tacos -> Gogo’s Tacos launched a Happy Hour last week where the entire menu is 25% off from 3 to 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays. Tuesdays are naturally reserved for Taco Tuesday where all tacos are just $2. 

Happy Hour at Huckleberry –> Huckleberry Bakery & Café in Santa Monica has just launched Happy Hour every Monday through Friday from 2 to 3 p.m. The brief happy hour features $5 craft beers and $10 canned wines.


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