Where will your week in Los Angeles take you?
This September 19-23, you’ll find fresh conversations from the Library Foundation and CAAM, a doc screening at The GRAMMY Museum, The Other Art Fair in Santa Monica, Knott’s Scary Farm’s first week of 2022, the L.A. International Ukulele Festival, KCRW Summer Nights in Little Tokyo, and more. Full rundown starts below. Hope you have a good one!
Things To Do This Week
Dramatizing the Black Experience -> The Library Foundation’s Aloud series returns this Tuesday with a thought-provoking conversation between emerging Black playwrights Vivian J.O. Barnes, Inda Craig-Galván, and Dave Harris. Hosted at the Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, the program is free to attend with RSVP. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.
Hostile Terrain ‘94: The Undocumented Migration Project -> A new multimedia exhibition just opened at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, which highlights the life and death consequences of immigration enforcement policies. Hostile Terrain ’94: The Undocumented Migration Project remains on view through July 9, 2023. LA Plaza is open Wednesday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Get more info here.
Creem Screening at the GRAMMY Museum -> This Wednesday, the GRAMMY Museum host a screening of the documentary, CREEM: America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine. After the film, stay for a conversation with JJ Kramer (CREEM Chairman and son of CREEM founder Barry Kramer), Jaan Ulhelzski (Editor at the original CREEM and Editor Emeritus today), and Dave Carnie (CREEM Editorial Director), all moderated by journalist Scott Sterling. Tickets are $20 per person. Get more info here.
The Light That Will Shine On You -> Grammy-winning recording artist Seal is also an accomplished photographer, and this Wednesday you can catch the opening reception of a new multi-sensory photo exhibition at Leica Store and Gallery Los Angeles alongside the work of multi-disciplinary artist Annina Roescheisen. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free to attend with RSVP. More info here.
Super/Natural at NHM -> This Thursday, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles hosts a free episode screening of the new National Geographic series Super/Natural, accompanied by hands-on activities, tunes from DJ Wenluv, live animal encounters, and complimentary snacks provided by Earle’s On Crenshaw. Free to attend with RSVP. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.
In Conversation at CAAM -> This Thursday, Author and Watts native Keith Corbin comes to the California African American Museum to discuss his new book, California Soul: An American Epic of Cooking and Survival. Chef Roy Choi will help lead the conversation. Free to attend. More info here.
KCRW Summer Nights at JANM & MOCA -> On Thursday, KCRW Summer Nights takes over the courtyard outside the Japanese American National Museum of MOCA Geffen for an evening of dancing, DJ sets, and after-hours access to both museums. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. More info here.
Loss, Life & Love -> Starting Thursday, Loss, Life & Love brings a three-day festival to Leimert Park and the surrounding community, offering hybrid online and in-person activities including workshops, performances, and keynote talks, all centered on the themes of mortality, grief, and strength. The programming culminates with an afternoon street festival on Saturday. All events are free to attend, with pay-what-you-can tickets available for purchase. See the full lineup of events here.
The Other Art Fair -> From Thursday to Sunday at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, The Other Art Fair showcases a curated selection of over 140 independent artists. Spy art for sale while enjoying live DJ sets, activations, installations, and a cash bar. Private view tickets (Thursday only) are $45, and individual tix for Friday to Sunday run $10-$20. Get more info here.
Knott’s Scary Farm -> Beginning Thursday, Knott’s Scary Farm returns with their signature lineup of haunted attractions, mazes and thousands of monsters ready to scare the living daylight out of you and your crew. More info here.
Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season continues at Universal Studios this Thursday to Sunday. The fall horror takeover features the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and eight different haunted houses, including a nightmare experience based on The Weeknd’s After Hours video series. GA tickets start at $72, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Runs on select dates through October 31. Get more info here.
L.A. International Ukulele Festival -> The L.A. International Ukulele Festival kicks off this Friday with a concert co-headlined by Brittni Paiva and Andrew Molina at theTorrance Cultural Arts Center. The fun continues with an all-day festival on Saturday featuring workshops, live performances, classes, a marketplace, and Hawaiian food, and then a concert and play-along on Sunday. Get more info on tickets here.
Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Sale -> Cookware brand Le Creuset brings a Factory to Table Shopping Event to the Pomona Fairplex this Friday to Sunday featuring rare shapes and styles of cookware items, plus giveaways, snacks, refreshments, live music and more. Tickets are $45 for Friday’s premier shopping session, $25 the Saturday VIP session, or $10 for Sunday’s GA. PLUS: You can use the code WELIKELA to receive a 50% discount on tickets for Saturday or Sunday. More info here.
Latin Nights at Runway -> Every Friday in September, Runway Playa Vista hosts free salsa dancing classes with live latin musical performances to follow. Lessons start at 5:30 p.m. No RSVP required. More info here.
Redondo Movie Nights -> On Fridays through September 30, catch free movie screenings on the Redondo Beach Pier. This week they’ll screen American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.
Dining & Drinking
A Brisket Focused Happy Hour at Maple Block Meat Co. -> Maple Block Meat Co. recently introduced a new “Happy Hour and a half ” that includes brisket in tacos, topped on nachos, and stuffed into a grilled cheese. Other tasty items include BBQ popcorn and Maple Block’s signature peach wood smoked wings. Prices range $4 to $12. On the beverage side guests can take advantage of $5 draft beers, wines by the glass for $6, and new $5 drinks such as a Belgian Sunrise made with ginger infused simple syrup, grapefruit juice, and Allagash White Ale. A six-pack of Calidad beer delivered to your table in an Igloo cooler packed with ice and fresh limes is also available for $24. Happy Hour and a half runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
$5 Slices at Pizzana Sherman Oaks -> To celebrate the premiere of Hulu’s “Best in Dough ” head judge of the show and master pizzaiolo, Daniele Uditi will sling large, single slice versions of his famous Neo-Neapolitan pies for $5 each at Pizzana Sherman Oaks on Monday. Stop by from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (or until sold out) for sliced versions of four popular pies from Pepperoni to a vegan Roman-style Rossa and the Suprema. Dipping sauces will also be on offer. Slices will be available for dine-in and takeout only at Pizzana’s Sherman Oaks location.
The Return of Mr C Cinema Night -> Poolside Cinema at Mr. C Beverly Hills returns this Wednesday, September 21 with a poolside dinner and movie event, with House of Gucci kicking off the fall lineup of films. Tickets are $65, and include popcorn, candy box, choice of dinner selection from the menu, and one drink. Get more info and book a slot via Resy.
Fried Chicken, Caviar & Champagne Night -> Esters Wine Shop & Bar brings back their guest chef series this Wednesday. Guests will enjoy a Fried Chicken, Caviar & Champagne Night from Chef David Kuo of Little Fatty. David will offer platters of his signature Taipei Hot Chicken with shiso green goddess dressing, sesame coleslaw and mini scallion buns for $22. There will be an option to add caviar to the platter for an additional cost. Esters Owner Kathryn Coker will be popping open select Champagne bottles, including Bereche et Fils ‘Vielles Vignes’ Brut Reserve NV for $30 a glass. Only 50 fried chicken platters will be made for the evening and orders are first-come, first-serve. The fun starts at 6 p.m. You can reserve a table in advance via Resy
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