Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [2-21-2023 to 2-24-2023]

Los Angeles Central Library Photo by: Brian Champlin

It’s a short week and rain is on the horizon, but that doesn’t mean we won’t make the most of it!

This February 21-24 in Los Angeles, get free Tuesday admission at three local botanic gardens, attend a gathering to tell stories about P-22, check out live opera at CAAM, celebrate Dr. Dre Day at Echoplex, or listen to bizarre tales at The Moth’s StorySlam, which returns to Los Globos this Wednesday. So… what will you be doing?


Things To Do This Week

Fat Tuesday at Original Farmers Market -> The Mardis Gras celebration continues at the Original Farmers Market on Tuesday with live music by the Nervis Brothers on the West Patio from 5:30 to 8 p.m. More info here.

Free Garden Days -> The South Coast Botanic GardenL.A. Arboretum, and Descanso Gardens all offer free admission on the third Tuesday of every month. Note that all three required advance reservations, and space is limited. If you miss this Tuesday’s free days, make sure to check out our big list of free museum days to see other upcoming options.

Refik Anadol: Living Paintings -> The Jeffrey Deitch gallery is now hosting Living Paintings, Refik Anadol’s first major solo exhibition in Los Angeles. Recognized for his AI data paintings and sculptures, the exhibition showcases a series of Anadol’s works based on California-related datasets including weather data in L.A. and images of national parks. The show will also include the artist’s traveling Infinity Room. The exhibit runs Feb. 14 through April 29 at 925 N. Orange Drive. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here

Bob Marly One Love -> Head to Ovation Hollywood for an 15,000-square-foot exhibit celebrating the life and career of the iconic musician/songwriter Bob Marley, including the entire Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Bob Marley Archive. You can walk through an immersive “One Love Forest,” experience a silent disco, and pose for plenty of photo ops. Runs daily through April 23. Tickets start at $20 plus fees. More info here.

How P-22 United Our City: Love Letters to L.A.’s Favorite Cat -> This Wednesday, Angelenos gather at Central Library’s Mark Taper Forum to share personal stories about P-22 (the mountain lion who roamed Griffith park) and offer insights on the immediate need for wildlife protection. The evening features California Regional Executive Director for the National Wildlife Federation’s Beth Pratt, journalist Martha Groves, author Sherry Mangel-Ferber, Senior Manager of Community Science for Natural History Museum Miguel Ordeñana, Chumash and Tataviam Elder Alan Salazar, and others. There will also be an open mic for those who wish to share their remembrances. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Los Angeles StorySLAM: Bizarre -> The Moth’s StorySLAM event is back at the Los Globos this Wednesday with an evening of engrossing, true tales based around the February theme of the Bizarre. Tickets are $17.50. Stories begin at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Totally! Standup Comedy -> This Wednesday’s edition of Totally! at Bar Lubitsch features a lineup of Aparna Nancherla (Comedy Central, Search Party on HBO), Caleb Synan (Comedy Central special), Lili, Michelle (Comedy Central), Robert Schultz (Laugh After Dark on Amazon), Eddie Della Siepe (Hulu, For Fact’s Sake Podcast), Katy French (Laughs on Fox, Straight White Males), Geoff Plitt (SF Sketchfest). Tickets are $10. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

LA Opera: Russell Thomas -> This Thursday at California African American Museum, American tenor and LA Opera Artist in Residence Russell Thomas performs H. Leslie Adams’s Nightsongs and Adolphus Hailstork’s Four Romantic Love Songs as a prelude to forthcoming performances with the Los Angeles Opera. The one-hour performance is free to attend and begins at 7 p.m. More info here.

The Last Improv -> This Friday at Dynasty Typewriter, The Last Improv gathers an A-list lineup of comedians to perform skits based on the stories of a guest monologist who offers impromptu diatribes inspired by audience suggestion. Dan Black hosts with special guests to include Nicole Byer, Neil Casey, Jon Garbrus, Bobby Moynihan, and Paul Welsh. GA tickets are $25 in advance. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Sonya: A Sunflower Network Project -> This benefit art show at Century Park continues this week, showcasing 40 works by 18 Ukrainian contemporary artists, all centered around the theme of Ukrainian resilience in the face of war. Works are one sale now, with proceeds to benefit Sunflower Network’s relief efforts on the ground in Ukraine and the organization’s support of Ukrainian artists. The show concludes with closing reception this Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. The gallery and reception are free to attend. Get more info here.

Dre Day at Echoplex -> After a three-year hiatus, the 8th annual Dre Day celebration returns to Echoplex this Friday for a musically infused look back at the life, career and legacy of Andre Young (or as you know him, Dr. Dre). Expect the beats to be thumping all night with multiple sets featuring Dre-related classics, samples, collaborations, and more. Tickets are $15 if you purchase in advance. Runs 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Get more info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Gracias Madre Margarita Tacos
A Margarita and some vegan tacos at Gracias Madre. Photo courtesy of Gracias Madre.

Gracias Madre West Hollywood -> The plant-based restaurant celebrates National Margarita Day on Wednesday, February 22 by giving guests a free “Chef’s Special” taco with any margarita purchase. The promotion is only available at the Gracias Madre West Hollywood location. Guests simply have to mention the words “Margarita Madre” to redeem. 

Trejos Coffee & Donuts -> On the morning of National Margarita Day, head to Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts for a Margarita Donut. Not actually made with any tequila, the morning treat is glazed with lime frosting and sprinkled with maldon salt. 

The Best Canned Margarita Out There -> I’ve been drinking SouthNorte’s premium tequila-based cocktails for the last year and (at least for me) it beats out every canned tequila drink out there. The Southern California based company rejects artificial ingredients and instead uses real lime juice and agave syrup in their Margarita, red grapefruit juice in their Paloma and mint in their Mexican Mule. Crack open a can this National Margarita Day, pour it over some ice and enjoy. Find SouthNorte in a number of liquor stores and markets. 

The Marg Simpson at Broken Shaker -> Broken Shaker Los Angeles celebrates National Margarita Day with a one-day special called the Marg Simpson ($12) made with Tromba Tequila, Lo- Fi Gentian Amaro, blueberry syrup, cherry bitters, lime, and coco salt. The rooftop bar also recently launched a new happy hour offering a selection of bites for $8 to $12, Monday through Thursday from 3-6 p.m.

Huckleberry Debuts Supper -> Huckleberry now serves early supper Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m. Designed by Executive Chef Catie Randazzo, the casual farmers market-driven menu features a SmashBurger, Veggie Wrap and Fried Chicken Sandwich. A kids menu with all the classics are also in the mix and on Friday’s the cafe will feature a Fried Chicken special. The grab and go case is now upgraded with a few comforting additions including Braised Brisket with caramelized onions and carrots; Seared Salmon with winter citrus, toasted coconut, peanuts and Fresno chilies; and a variety of salads.


Melanie Wine Bar -> Melanie Wine Bar, introduces a daily “Happiest Hour” program from 4 to 5 p.m. where guests can enjoy 50% off all wines by the glass. Stop by on Mondays for 50% off all bottles of wine too. Cheers to that!

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week -> Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week returns February 18-28, inviting the public on a food exploration around numerous Long Beach neighborhoods. Dozens of participating restaurants and bars are offering specials just for the occasion. Check out the full list of participants here

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