Things To Do

Things To Do in L.A. This Week [8-29-2022 to 9-2-2022]

August 29, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Gardens at Greystone Mansion. Photo by Brian Champlin

Ready for a week of comedy, jazz, drag, theater, and film? Let’s do this.

From August 29 to September 2 in Los Angeles, catch Support Group at The Groundlings, the Rainbow Fish Variety Show in HP, a staged reading at Greystone Mansion, Drunk Theater, Cinecon, the Broad Humor Fest, first Fridays in Chinatown, and more.


Things To Do This Week

Support Group -> The newest improv production at the Groundlings is back on the calendar for this Monday. The premise behind Support Group is simple: Actors pick their characters. The audience picks their problems. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 8 p.m. Get more info here.

Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 -> The latest exhibition at The Academy Museum highlights the culture of Black Cinema, from its beginnings at the turn of the century to the period following the civil rights movement of the 1960s. In tandem with the exhibition, a film series will screen rare prints and groundbreaking features at the David Geffen Theater now through September 29. The Academy Museum is open daily. Get 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.

Rainbow Fish Variety Show -> Head to The Goldfish in Highland Park this Wednesday to catch a new variety show highlighting queer comedians, musicians, drag and vendors. Entertainment includes comedy from Nori Reed and Jenson Titus, music from Lando Chill and Grace Kinter, and drag from Joella Perry. Tickets are $10 (plus fees) online. Starts at 7:30 p.m. 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.

The Half-Light at Greystone -> This Wednesday and Thursday at the grounds of Greystone Mansion, Theatre 40 stages a live reading of Monica Wood’s The Half-Light, a story about a woman studying to be a clairvoyant and the ghosts she encounters along the way. Both performances take place at 5 p.m., and are free to attend. However, advanced tickets must be reserved by phone in advance. Get details here.

Broad Humor Film Festival -> After a two-year hiatus, Broad Humor Film Festival returns this week with a four-day event at Look Dine-In Cinema in Monrovia. The Thursday to Sunday showcase features a packed slate of comedic shorts, features and web series–all created by women. Special panel discussions and talks fill out the schedule of events. Four-day passes cost $95, and individual day passes range from $25 to $40. Get more info here.

Jazz Night at Soulmate -> Every Thursday, West Hollywood’s Soulmate transforms its Spanish Mediterranean restaurant into “Jazz Night, Deluxe”. The series kicks off with Grammy Award-winning musician Keyon Harrold. Deluxe takes place at 10 p.m. on Thursday nights with a soulful jazz band, special guest performances, a DJ, and bottle service. Tables are limited and entrance is reservation/guest list only. 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.

Cinecon -> Cinecon celebrates its 58th year by heading to Hollywood Legion Theater this Thursday to Monday. The five-day showcase puts the focus on unusual, rarely seen, and otherwise out-of-the-public eye films, with packed slates of screenings interspersed by Q&A programming. A full- festival pass runs $299, or you can grab a day pass starting at $75. Get more info here.

Maestro at The Movies -> This Friday to Sunday, the Hollywood Bowl celebrates the 90th birthday of iconic composer John Williams with LA Phil concerts featuring a selection of Williams’ most iconic scores, backed by clips from the films they appeared in. Get more info here.

Drunk Theater -> Bay Area import Drunk Theater is exactly what it sounds like: A comedian downs five quick shots of whiskey and then sees if he/she/they can make through an improvised set with five sober counterparts. The next performance pops up at the Santa Monica Playhouse this Friday. Pre-sale tickets are $20 per person, or it’s $25 at the door. More info here.


First Fridays in Chinatown -> Galleries, restaurants and other creative businesses in L.A. Chinatown band together for an evening of extended hours every first Friday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. Read the full list of participants here.

Dance DTLA -> This Friday, catch the Music Center’s final Dance DTLA event of the summer, an evening of Samba with instructor Fransini Giraldo and music by DJ Yukicito. 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.

Four Days of Pool Parties at Skybar -> Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles will host Labor Day Weekend pool parties Friday through Monday. More info here

Dining & Drinking

The Bear Special Chicago Style Beef at Eastside Italian Deli. Photo by Eastside Italian Deli Instagram.

The Bear Special Chicago Style Beef -> Fans of FX’s The Bear can sink their teeth into a show-inspired Italian beef sandwich thanks to Eastside Italian Deli. The Bear Special Chicago Style Beef sandwich is available at both Chinatown and Los Feliz locations of the 93-year-old eatery.

Gogo’s Tacos Turns 1 -> Gogo’s Tacos celebrates its one-year anniversary on Thursday, September 1 with $1 tacos all day long. Available for dine-in and take out.

The Return of the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl -> This Thursday, the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl hosts an epic launch party to kick off a month-long celebration of the city’s culinary scene. Happening at Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, the ticketed event ($150) includes cocktails and curated tastings from Ludo Lefebvre (Petit Trois) Justin Pichetrungsi (Anajak Thai) John Yao (Kato) Natalia Pereira (WOODSPOON) and Nicole Rucker (Fat+Flour.) In addition a DJ set from DJ Prodijay will set the atmosphere and L.A. Times Food GM Laurie Ochoa will honor this year’s recipients of the Restaurant of the Year and Gold Award. Food Bowl events continue this weekend with a special food tour and outdoor movie screening. More info here


Big Charcuterie Sale at Mercado Famous -> Mercado Famous founders Carmen Chen Wu and Aaron Luo are Chinese Spaniards based in the US on a mission to bring high quality, naturally cured and additive free Spanish meats straight to your door at an accessible price point. Starting this Thursday the online retailer hosts a Labor Day sale where you can score Spanish charcuterie bundles from Jamón ibérico to Chorizo ibérico and Lomo ibérico for 20% off (plus free shipping.) All you need to do is use the code MERCADOLABOR22 at checkout, valid from September 1-6. Bundles start at around $30 making it a great excuse to mix things up on your homemade charcuterie board this holiday weekend.  

Homestate Phoebe Bridgers Taco Collab ->  HomeState has launched a new taco with Grammy Award-nominated musician Phoebe Bridgers. Part of HomeState’s Band Taco Program, Phoebe’s vegan taco “The Maxine ” (named after Phoebe’s dog) is made with black beans, shiitake mushrooms, avocado, caramelized onions, and crispy corn strips served up on a Kernel of Truth corn tortilla. The taco will be available at all five locations of Homestate now until November 22. For each order of The Maxine, $1.25 will go directly to community organization CASA/LA

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