Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [7-17-2023 to 7-21-2023]

Skirball Cultural Center Sunset Concert Series
A Free Sunset Concert at Skirball Cultural Center. Image via Skirball Cultural Center

Got any fun ideas for the week ahead? You do now.

This July 17-21 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Astronomy on Tap in Pasadena, Roguelike Rumbles in Burbank, a silent disco at The Petersen, a sunset concert at Skirball, Odds Nights at The Autry, Shakespeare on the Bluff at LMU, Encyclopedia Commedia at Lyric Hyperion, and more.


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

Astronomy on Tap Los Angeles: Dark Energy & The Euclid MissionM FA > Astronomy on Tap returns on Monday with a pair of scientific talks (helped along by trivia, live music, and beer) at Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena. For July, the event welcomes NASA Research Scientist Dr. Alina Kiessling for a talk on “Dark Energy and Dark Matter: Our Mostly Invisible Universe,” plus NASA Research Scientist Dr. Jason Rhodes to discuss “From Whiteboard to Launch in Just 20 Years: a Personal Journey.” Free and open to all ages. Runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Outfest -> The LGBTQ+ film festival continues through July 23 with movie screenings (in-person and online) as well as a number of special presentations and panels. Select events are free to attend while others require tickets. More info here.

Free Garden Days – FA > 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.

Roguelike RumblesTP > Returning this Wednesday to Roguelike Tavern in Burbank, Roguelike Rumbles is a live, immersive (and oft hilarious) Dungeons and Dragons game where audience members cheer on their favored champion and offer support by purchasing potions, magical items, and more. Pre-game questing begins at 7 p.m., and the adventure begins at 8 p.m. It’s free to attend, but there is a two-item minimum. More info here.

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival FA TP > The Independent Shakespeare Co. is back in Griffith Park (near the Old Zoo) with a production of Julius Caesar running Wednesday to Sunday through July 30. Then, from August 9 to September 3, catch A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the same Wednesday to Sunday schedule. All shows begin at 7 p.m. Free to attend, but donations heartily encouraged. More info here.

Sunset Concerts at Skirball FA TP > The annual free music series at Skirball Cultural Center returns with two dates in July, including a performance by blues and R&B singer Billy Valentine this Thursday followed by rapper and spoken word artist Telmary (July 27). Concerts continue every week through August 24. Admission is free, but remember parking runs $15-$20 depending on if you purchase in advance. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights at The HammerFA TP > Every Thursday in July, KCRW brings Summer Nights dance parties to The Hammer Museum. Expect DJ sets, evening gallery access, and a cash bar. Free to attend. This week, catch Abraham Alexander on the courtyard along with sets from KCRW DJs Dan Wilcox and Chris Douridas. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Sunset Series at South Coast Botanic Gardens -> This July, The South Coast Botanic Garden welcomes guests to their weekly after-hours series every Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Programming for each event includes multiple music sessions, yard games, food concessions, kid-friendly activities, and cocktails for the 21+ crowd. GA tickets start at $18 per person. Children 2 and under are free. More info here.

Shakespeare on the Bluff FA > This Thursday to Saturday, Loyola Marymount University’s College of Communication and Fine Arts and Theatre Arts Department will host free sunset performances of Macbeth at LMU’s new outdoor performance venue, the Drollinger Family Stage. All shows are 90-minutes long and begin at 8 p.m. More info here.

PASS THE AUX: Silent Disco at the Petersen -> Enjoy an evening of cars and jams at The Petersen Automotive Museum this Friday during PASS THE AUX: Silent Disco. Guests can expect after-hours access to the second floor galleries, including the new We Are Porsche exhibit, plus provided headsets will allow you switch between three channels of music curated by a live DJ, and food and drink will be available for purchase. 18+ only. Tickets are $30. More info here.

Odd Nights at The Autry -> Odd Nights at are back at The Autry every third Friday of the month now through September. Expect an indie bazaar populated by funky vendors, food trucks, and live music. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 and parking is free. More info here.


Encyclopedia Commedia -> This Friday, a comedy show import from New York heads to Lyric Hyperion to posit a simple question: Is the encyclopedia better explained when it’s funny? At Encyclopedia Commedia, comedians perform acts based on individual entries and the audience can play along to receive fun prizes. The lineup for the L.A. debut includes Shantira Jackson, Peter Kim, Sarah Burton, Tim Lamphier, Meghan Strickland, and Dr. Nora Bailey (an actual NASA astrophysicist!) Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Starts at 9:30 p.m. More info here.

The Music Center’s Dance DTLAM FA TP > Free evening dance parties continue at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza every Friday throughout the summer. Dance instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. This week, enjoy Country Line Dancing with instructors Felicity Morales and Andrea Valero Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Zoo Friday Nights -> This Friday, the L.A. Zoo continues their summer series of weekly after-hours events, offering access the zoo grounds at the sunset hour while experiencing carousel rides, food delicious bites for purchase, beverages, DJ’d music, and a family dance party. Tickets start at $25 per adult. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Puppet Up! -> Producer and director Brian Henson with actor, director, and improv expert Patrick Bristow present Puppet Up! – an uncensored a night of outrageous puppet mayhem featuring 80 of the MISKREANT puppets brought to life by comedian puppeteers from The Jim Henson Company. The show continues for a second weekend at Hensen Studios in Hollywood this Friday to Sunday. The program includes puppet improv from audience suggestions, along with recreations of classic pieces that haven’t been seen by live audiences in decades. Tickets cost $75. More info here.

PCH Movies & MoonlightFA > This Friday, 2nd & PCH’s summer movie series premieres with a screening of Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. Accompanying activities include face painting, balloon twisting, fun custom themed backdrops and more. Kids Club welcomes explorers of all ages but is best suited for ages 2 – 10 years. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
gogo ya, Ms.-Clucks Deluxe and mr roni cups. Photo by Stan Lee

Ms. Clucks Deluxe & mr roni cups -> James Beard Award-Winning Chef Tim Cushman and restaurateur Nancy Cushman opened  gogo ya, a nori sushi taco and bento bowl operation back in spring, and now two more outposts of their popular Boston restaurants will join gogo ya at Santa Monica’s new food court, Kitchen United Mix. Ms. Clucks Deluxe offers a variety of chicken dishes including cajun seasoned karaage chicken and ramen with truffled chicken wontons, Roman-style pizzeria mr roni cups offers stone hearth pizzas made with 48-hour fermented dough and seasonal toppings. All three concepts are open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.


A Nightcap at The Peninsula Beverly Hills -> The Peninsula Beverly Hills recently introduced Nightcap, an evening of live music paired with tea inspired cocktails and a curated tower of ten hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Ralf Schlegel. The experience cost $85 per person and reservations can be booked via OpenTable. Nightcap takes place Thursdays through Saturdays between 7-11 p.m. 

Farmers Market Dinner Special at Michael’s -> Long Beach neighborhood Italian restaurant Michael’s on Naples offers a seasonal three-course farmer’s market dinner special for $45. Available every Wednesday at 6 p.m. the menu items rotate and can include Weiser Farms sugar cube melon and Prosciutto di Carpegna, Halibut Al Cartoccio, and Budino with Regier Family Farms peaches. 

Moonlight Mykonos at Theía  -> Every Tuesday night, Theía hosts “Moonlight Mykonos” in partnership with Teremana Tequila. The evening transports guests to the party scenes of Greece with DJed tunes, live saxophonists, dancing and plenty of Mediterranean food. Happy Hour runs 5 to 7 p.m. too. An all white attire is encouraged.

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