Things To Do

Things to do in L.A. This Week [9-6-2022 to 9-9-2022]

September 6, 2022 by Brian Champlin and Christina Champlin
Redondo Beach Pier
Redondo Beach Pier. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Short week, but still got a few fun things on the to-do plate. Now if we can just get this weather to cool down…

This September 6-9 in Los Angeles, enjoy free second Tuesdays at LACMA and The Autry, the beginning of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, Listening by the Moonrise at LA Historic State Park, a kickoff experience for 2022 NFL season, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, a free movie night on the Redondo Beach Pier, and more.


Things To Do This Week

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.

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. This month, get educated on the World of Bees and Pollinators with a presentation by beekeeper and educator Emilie Usher. Get more info and RSVP here.

House of the Dragon at NHM -> This Wednesday will be your last chance to see the Natural History Museum’s pop-up exhibit exploring the the mythical world HBO’s 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. NHM is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Lincoln Center Jazz at The Bowl -> This Wednesday, the Wynton Marsalis-led Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra bring an evening of big band and jazz to the Hollywood Bowl. Tickets still available as low as $9. Get more info here.

Halloween Horror Nights -> Scary season is back at Universal Studios starting this Thursday. 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. Get more info here.

Listening By the Moonrise -> Clockshop’s Listening By Moonrise returns to the green space of LA State Historic Park this Thursday with a trio of cross-cultural performances, including award-winning multi-instrumentalist Neelamjit Dhillon, Hindustani vocalist Gaayatri Kaundinya, and oudist/guitarist Dimitris Mahlis. The free event runs concurrent with the Thursday farmers market held at the park. Starts at 5 p.m. Get more info here.

NFL Kickoff Experience -> To celebrate the start of the 2022 season, the NFL hosts a free Kickoff Experience this Thursday at Alamitos Beach in Long Beach. The all-day event includes a concert by J Balvin, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, autograph sessions with former players, an NFL Pro Era VR Experience, and a viewing party for the Rams-Bills season opener. Registration required to enter. Get more info here.

Popular Kids Club -> This Thursday, Popular Kids Club is back at Permanent Records Roadhouse in Glassell Park for a evening of comedy that includes special guest Anthony Jeselnik, alongside a lineup that also includes Christine Medrano (Comedy Central, Buzzfeed), CJ Sullivan (Comedy Central, Sirius XM), Andrew Orolfo(Comedy Central, Sirius XM), and Logan Guntzelman (Just for Laughs, NY Comedy Fest). Tickets are $8. Show starts at 8 p.m.. More info here.

Hilarious Habibis -> The Hollywood Improv’s first-ever showcase of Middle Eastern/North African comedians is back for its fourth installment this Thursday. Dave Merheje (from Hulu’s Ramy) headlines. Kari Assad, Feraz Ozel, Latif Tayour, and Joy Mamey fill out the lineup. Tickets are $12. Get more info here.

Much Ado About Music -> This Thursday at 8 p.m., Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum kicks off the Under the Oaks performance series with a classical concert under the stars on an outdoor stage in Topanga Canyon. The series continues every Thursday through September 29. Tickets are $25. Get 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 Spiderman: No Way Home. Event starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Summer of Salsa -> LA Plaza’s final Summer of Salsa event of the year takes place this Friday headlined by a performance from  nine-piece salsa group La Verdad. Free to attend. Starts at 6 p.m. More info here.

Black Crystal Wolf Kids -> This Friday, frontman (and friend of We Like L.A.) Jeff Miller leads indie-rock tributers Black Crystal Wolf Kids in special live performance at The Goldfish in Highland Park. Costumes will be worn. Sing-alongs encouraged. Tickets are $17. Doors open at 6 p.m. Get more info here.

Dining & Drinking

Heritage farm dinner set up
Heritage farm dinner set up. Photo by Sterling Reed.

Chef Dinner Series at Heritage -> After back-to-back sold out Chef Dinner Series at Heritage’s new urban farm space, the Long Beach restaurant has just announced additional dinners to next month’s lineup. Long Beach Chefs Carlos Jurado of South American restaurant Selva (October 15) and Chef Jack Leahy of critically acclaimed pizza spot Little Coyote (October 29) join Heritage’s Chef Philip Pretty for collaborative menus. Each dinner costs $125 per person. Seating is limited. Bookings can be made either through Instagram direct message, by phone (562-343-1068) or emailing [email protected]

Trejo’s Tacos x Hail Mary Pizza -> Trejo’s Tacos and Hail Mary Pizza team up this month with exclusive dishes at each restaurant. Starting September 6, find Hail Mary’s meatballs served as a taco at all Trejo’s Tacos locations, and Trejos Taco’s barbacoa brisket topped on a Mexican inspired pizza exclusively at Hail Mary Pizza in Atwater Village. To kick off the collaboration, Danny Trejo and David Wilcox host a party at Trejo’s Tacos Hollywood Cantina on Tuesday, where you’ll find both specials in one place for one night, plus live music from 6 to 8 p.m. 


New Fall Menu at Dear Bella Creamery -> Hollywood plant-based ice cream shop Dear Bella Creamery released a new fall menu and a special collaboration with Brooklyn’s sustainably sourced bean-to-bar chocolatiers FINE & RAW. Ice cream flavors from the team up include Hazelnut Butter & Chocolate and Espresso Bar. Chocolate bar flavors include a Black Sesame Chunky Bar and a Waffle Cone bar. All items are available a la carte or in a bundle with everything mentioned for $65.

Encanto Grand Opening Celebration -> This Thursday, Encanto Restaurant & Bar in Los Feliz invites the community in for a grand opening celebration. Guests who stop in that evening will be treated to a welcome margarita cocktail by Beverage Director Taylor Barton. PLUS: Chef Arturo Quesada will offer a complimentary choice of carne asada or braised chicken taco. A live DJ spins tunes from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. RSVP is required and can be made by emailing [email protected]

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