Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [8-21-2023 to 8-25-2023]

Grand Central Market. Photo by Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

Everyone still in one piece? Hopefully you’re drying off and your home/neighborhood didn’t sustain too much damage. Assuming that’s the case, let’s look ahead to see what this week has in store.

For August 21-25 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Bad Dates at Dynasty Typewriter, Culture Break LA in Little Tokyo, the summer finale of the Skirball concert series, a Grand Central Market Night Market, Fourth Fridays in Long Beach, Friend of the Fest, and more.


Things To Do This Week

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

Only Murders in the Building Escape RoomFA > Step into the world of “Only Murders in the Building” and become a detective. After selling out Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building” escape room earlier this month, The Escape Game at Century City Mall is bringing it back from August 22 (this Tuesday) through September 10. Explore show highlights, interact with props, and discover season three Easter eggs. Expect surprises like hidden doors and passages. Tickets are on sale now. More info here

Bad Dates, LiveM TP > This Tuesday, Dynasty Typewriter welcomes British actress Jameela Jamilwith for a special live edition of her Bad Dates podcast. Jamilwith and special guests (including Sarah Silverman and Jillian Bell) dish on romantic disasters and awful pairings, all in the name of comedy. Tuesday’s live show also doubles as a benefit performance, with net proceeds to go to the Entertainment Community Fund and SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Tickets are $30 if you purchase in advance. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Hammer ForumFA > This Tuesday, the latest edition at The Hammer’s series on L.A.’s homelessness crisis welcomes Anna Scott (journalist and creator of the KCRW podcasts Samaritans and City of Tents) along with a panel of experts to discuss the current state of issues, and possible longterm solutions. Guests include Dr. Margot Kushel, MD, director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations and the Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative, formerly unhoused veteran Dr. Travis Patricio Stanley, US Navy HMC (Retired), and Pete White, executive director of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN). Free to attend. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Culture Break LAM FA TP > Starting this Wednesday, Culture Break LA begins a weekly series of lunchtime musical and artistic performances at locations adjacent to the three new Metro stations in DTLA, all presented by the Central City Association (CCA) with a production assist from NXT Art + DTWX, and dublab. The opening performance pops up at the plaza in front of the Japanese American National Museum, adjacent to Little Tokyo Station. Entertainment includes Cambodian rock and afro-grooves from Dengue Fever, puppets from the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and live art creations from Calder Greenwood. Runs noon to 1 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Shakespeare in The ParkFA > The second half of ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park season continues this week with a staging of A Midsummer Nights Dream in Griffith Park. Performances run every Wednesday to Sunday through September 3. Registration to attend (free!) is not required, but highly encouraged. Shows start at 7 pm. More info here.

Sunset Concerts at SkirballFA > The annual free music series at Skirball Cultural Center comes to a close this Thursday with a performance by Brooklyn Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas. Admission is free, but remember parking runs $15-$20 depending on if you purchase in advance. Show starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry -> Every Thursday in August The Autry museum hosts some of L.A.’s best salsa and Latin fusion bands with free salsa lessons, access to the museum galleries and a separate children’s dance floor. Admission cost $20 per person. More info here.

Friend of the Fest 2023 -> This week, American Cinematheque kicks off a new film festival dedicated to and curated by a selection of the cinema’s favorite podcasts. Slated films include Thelma & Louise, The Babadook, JFK, The King Of Comedy, There Will Be Blood, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, and more. Kicking things off on Thursday, the Miami Nice podcast presents Miami Vice at Los Feliz Theatre while The Big Picture presents The Talented Mr. Ripley at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. Tickets range from $8-$13 for individual screenings. The fest runs August 24-30. More info here.

Brew at the Zoo -> This Friday, Brew at the Zoo is back at the Los Angeles Zoo with expect 40+ breweries plus animal keeper talks, live music, and bites for purchase. Standard admission starts at $75. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. 21+ only. More info here.

Detective Pikachu at Ovation HollywoodM FA > On Friday, Ovation Hollywood and Japan House Los Angeles team up for a free screening of Detective Pikachu at the shopping center’s courtyard, beginning at 7 p.m. There will be family friendly lawn games before the show, and you can also visit the POKÉMON x KOGEI exhibition inside Japan House.


Barber of Seville at The Ford -> On Friday, Pacific Opera Project brings a fresh take on Gioachino Rossini’s classic comedy (set in modern day Hollywood) to The Ford, featuring Baritone Johnathan McCullough (in his POP debut) as Figaro and mezzo-soprano Meagan Martin as Rosina. The show starts at 8 p.m., and is one night only. Tickets start at $30. More info here.

Grand Central Market Night MarketM FA > This Friday, Grand Central Market hosts a Night Market from 8 p.m. to midnight, featuring surprise DJs, flea market vendors, cocktails, a pop-up tattoo shop, and more. The Night Market is open to all ages and admission is free. A VIP upgrade for $30 is also available and includes a swag bag, a discount card, one drink ticket and parking validation. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here

Fourth Fridays in Long Beach – FA TP > 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.

Yappy Hour -> Celebrate National Dog Day at Sofitel Los Angeles on Friday with a special Yappy Hour dog adoption event in partnership with Wagmor, held on Sofitel’s Aviary Patio. Stop in from 5-7 p.m. to enjoy bites and specialty cocktails while interacting with adoptable puppies from Wagmor. Guests are also welcomed to bring their own dogs to the event. More info here

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)

Jeni’s x Lonely Ghost Ice Cream Collab -> This week, Jeni’s Ice Cream’s in collaboration with lifestyle brand Lonely Ghost will release a limited-edition flavor that captures the essence of cookie dough. The Double Dough is made with chocolate chip cookie dough swirled into a buttery brown sugar custard and will be available in scoop shops starting Thursday and nationwide shipping. Lonely Ghost merch inspired by the collaboration will be sold exclusively on the Lonely Ghost website starting this Thursday.


The Feast of The California Olive -> Celebrate the history of California Olive Oil with Nuvo Olive Oil’s Feast of The California Olive at Moxy AC Hotel DTLA. Set atop the 34th floor at La Lo La Rooftop, the 1.5-hour experience includes an Olive Oil 101 Tasting, a 3-course olive oil-focused meal crafted by Chef Isaac Gamboa, paired with a specialty cocktail for $95/person. More info here

Nawal Pop-Up at Cafe Caravan -> Nawal, a Syrian Street Food pop-up stops by Cafe Caravan this Friday and Saturday with never-before-served dishes straight from their family recipes. Night one showcases items such as Falafel and Shishbarak, lamb-filled dumplings in yogurt-mint soup. Night two features traditional Circassian delights, including Ships Pasta made from bulgur and rice balls, coated in walnut gravy and accompanied by garlic chicken and a drizzle of spicy oil. Cafe Caravan will pair the dishes with their selection of wines and beers. 

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