Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [7-24-2023 to 7-28-2023]

A crowd hangs out at KCRW Summer Nights at The Hammer. Photo by Christina Champlin

Get that social calendar out, cause it’s time to get you set for the week to come in Los Angeles.

This July 24-28 in L.A. you’ll find a new weekly movie night at Ace Hotel Upstairs, a Pokémon-centric exhibition at Japan House, Moonlight Movies on the Beach in Long Beach, a sunset concert at Skirball, KCRW Summer Nights at The Hammer, BE KIND/REWIND at Tiki No, Fourth Fridays on Retro Row, and more.


Things To Do This Week

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

Twin Dads with the Sklar BrothersM > This Monday at Dynasty Typewriter, The Sklar Brothers (Cheap Seats on ESPN Classic, Better Caul Saul) come to Dynasty Typewriter with 2-for-1 stand-up show exploring the difficulties of childrearing, the twin identity, and why knowing yourself is the key to being a good parent. Two shows are on the books for the evening, one at 7:30 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 . More info here.

Adaptations: Monday Movie Nights at Ace Hotel UpstairsFA > Starting this Monday, Ace Hotel Upstairs is hosting a weekly, poolside movie screening series featuring films adapted from books. Produced in partnership with Skylight Books, the event will run every Monday through September 25. For the first installment, they’ll be screening Dune (2021). Free to attend, and complimentary popcorn provided too. 21+ only. Movies start at 8 p.m. More info here.

Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft at JAPANHOUSEM FA > Starting this Tuesday, pop culture collides with Japanese craftsmanship when POKÉMON X KOGEI | Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft opens at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles. Beloved characters like Pikachu and Charizard are ingeniously integrated into literal works of art large from ceramic to textiles and metal work. Supervised by the National Crafts Museum in Kanazawa, Japan, with support from The Pokémon Company, the exhibition features over 70 works. Gotta see em all! Admission is free. More info here.

Moonlight Movies on the BeachFA > Long Beach’s signature summer outdoor movie series is back at Granada Beach this Tuesday with a screening of Lilo & Stitch. Free parking after 6 p.m., and the movie starts at sundown. More info here.

Making Space: Movement and Somatics for Body LiberationFA > This Tuesday, the OXY ARTS gallery on York Blvd hosts a free Dance and Somatic Healing workshop/drop-in session inspired by the themes in for the sake of dancing in the street, the gallery’s latest exhibition, which examines the ties between feminist and queer resistance. The event starts at 5:30 p.m., but you can stop by a little early to check out the exhibition. Expect to move your body! More info here.

Cardboard CityFA > This annual pop-up art center produced by reDiscover is back at the Westfield Century City now through September 3. Checek out 12-foot high cardboard sculptures and art installations, with artists-in-residence creating new works each week to add to the collection. Admission is free, any there are also (ticketed) crafting sessions and story time for kids on select days/times. Open Wednesday to Sunday. 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 continues this Thursday with a performance by rapper and spoken word artist Telmary. Concerts run every week through August 24. Admission is free, but remember parking runs $15-$20 depending on if you purchase in advance. More info here.

MDR ConcertsFA > Marina del Rey’s summer concert series at Burton Chace Park continues this Thursday with a performance by the Marina del Rey Symphony, offering a “Night Celebrating Music in Film.” The show is free to attend, but seating is first-come, first-served. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. 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 a performance from Jackie Mendoza 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.


The 15th Annual Sake on the RocksM-> This Friday, the Little Tokyo Service Center hosts their annual food and sake fundraiser Sake on the Rocks at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Tickets cost $175 and give you full access to premium sake and beer vendors, unlimited food and non-alcoholic beverages. More info here.

Fourth Fridays in Long BeachFA > Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. Get more info here. More info here. 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 a Samba night with instruction from Fransini Giraldo and tunes from DJ Yukicito. 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.

BE KIND, REWIND at Tiki NoFA > BE KIND, REWIND’s 90s/2000s pop-up comes to the Tiki No on alternating Fridays. This week, catch the usual assortment of era-appropriate tunes, throwback board games, and an N64 set up so you can test your Mario Kart skills. Fun starts at 9 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Eataly’s rooftop restaurant Terra. Photo courtesy of Eataly.

Grigliata all’Aperto -> On Wednesday, July 26 head to Eataly’s rooftop restaurant Terra for an Italian style grilling experience. Happening from 6:30 to 9 p.m., the ongoing series treats guests to a multi-course meal with a singular focus This week the theme is seafood, with offerings such as branzino and razor clams prepared simply and grilled over a burning flame. Tickets for the event cost $85. More info on additional dates and reservations here.

New Menu Items at Howlin’ Ray’s -> Hot off the presses, Howlin’ Ray’s has announced a few new items to its menu. New additions include potato salad; shells n’ cheese Howlin style; and a chicken sandwich with piquillo peppers, bacon, cheese, and sweet honey mustard to their orders. 

Acoustic Nights at Agua Viva -> Agua Viva, the outdoor restaurant perched on the 10th floor lobby of Conrad Los Angeles, hosts Acoustic Nights every Tuesday throughout the summer. Inspired by Mediterranean Beach Clubs, the evening will include a live Spanish guitarist and a menu influenced by Chef José Andrés home country Catalonia. Highlights include Rossejat, a noodle dish similar to paella and sangria served in carafes. Acoustic Nights run 5-10 p.m. every Tuesday.  

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