Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [8-7-2023 to 8-11-2023]

Interior courtyard at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Photo by Brian Champlin

Date night? Friends night? Family night? If you’re still looking for that perfect event to attend this week, we’ve got a few ideas.

From August 7-11 in Los Angeles, you’ll find CatVideoFest in Eagle Rock, Aqualillies Summer Water Show at The Roosevelt, the Silent Book Club of Death, the LA Art Book Fair, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, a new exhibition at USC Pacific Asia Museum, and MUCH more. Check out all your options below!


Things To Do This Week

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

The Benson Movie InterruptionM > What’s better than seeing a terrible/awesome movie with your friends and making fun of it while you watch it? One word: Celebrities! This Monday at Dynasty Typewriter, Doug Benson hosts a “your choice” version of his Movie Interrupted series with special guests Guy Branum, Jon Hamm, and Amy Miller. Guests are invited to bring in a Blue Ray / DVD of their choice, and the audience will vote on what to watch before the show begins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $25. More info here.

CatVideoFestTP > Today through Thursday, CatVideoFest brings cat videos to the big screen with a 73-minute romp filled with internet cat classics, animations, and music videos, all in the name of the cute AF kitty. This year’s fest takes place at the new Vidiots location in Eagle Rock, and highlights a pair of local charitable orgs: Tail Town Cat Cafe and Kitten Rescue of Los Angeles. Tickets run $9-$12. More info here.

Movie Night at Angel City Brewery -> Every Monday in August, Angel City Brewery hosts a free movie night at their Arts District brewhouse. Kicking off this month’s serie is Bad Boys on August 7, at 8 p.m. Popcorn provided! More info here.

Aqualillies Summer Water ShowM FA > On Tuesday, The Hollywood Roosevelt and the synchronised swimming/dance company Aqualillies team up to celebrate the birthday/legacy of American film star (and competitive swimmer!) Esther Williams with a special evening event at the hotel. Expect live performances, cocktails for purchase, music, and of course… mermaids. PLUS: 10% of bar proceeds will benefit the USA Artistic Swimming Foundation. GA tickets (standing room only) are free, but RVSP is required for entry. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Free Second TuesdaysFA > Both The Autry Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art offer free admission every second Tuesday of the month.

Silent Book Club of DeathM FA TP > This Wednesday, the Silent Book Club of Death celebrates a year of existential group reading at Lawless Brewing with a special anniversary event. Expect a 30-minute mix and mingle, followed by quiet reading of a death-themed book (your choice), then capped by a post-read chat/discussion. Bring your own book or grab one they have on hand. The group will also have a special raffle to celebrate the one-year milestone. Free to attend. More info here.

Shakespeare in The ParkFA TP > The second half of ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park season returns with a staging of A Midsummer Nights Dream in Griffith Park beginning August 9, and then running every Wednesday to Sunday through September 3. Registration to attend (free!) is not required, but highly encouraged. More info here.

LA Art Book FairM > This Thursday through Sunday, connect with artists’ book publishers and browse new works at this four-day fair coming to the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA over the second weekend of August. Expect conversations, workshops, performances, and other artist-led programs, including an opening night performance by Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra & Friends. Opening night tickets are $25, Friday and Saturday are $5 admission, and Sunday is free. More info here.

We’re Just Drawn That Way: A Burlesque Tribute to Animation -> Hollywood Jane Revue brings a cartoon-themed burlesque to Federal Bar in NoHo this Thursday, featuring dancers performing as their favorite animated characters. Show starts at 8:30 p.m., tickets are $15-$20. More info here.

Sunset Series at South Coast Botanic Gardens -> This August, 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.

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.

JazzPOP at The HammerFA > A lineup of notables from the West Coast jazz scene are headed to The Hammer courtyard for three concerts this August as part of the museum’s JazzPOP series. The music continues this Thursday with a performance by Steph Richards’ Phantom Power. Free to attend. Starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

Sunset Concerts at SkirballFA > The annual free music series at Skirball Cultural Center continues this Thursday with a performance by Gambian singer and instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh. Admission is free, but remember parking runs $15-$20 depending on if you purchase in advance. More info here.


Imprinting in Time: Chinese Printmaking at the Beginning of a New EraM > This Friday, USC Pacific Asia Museum debuts their latest exhibit, Imprinting in Time: Chinese Printmaking at the Beginning of a New Era. On view through November 12, 2023, the collection of works on display survey printmaking by Chinese artists from the 1980s to the present organized into three sections: the Modern Woodcut Movement, the Post Mao Era, and Crisis and Hope Since the 1990s. GA admission is $10, and free for children 17 and under. More info here.

The Music Center’s Dance DTLAM FA > 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 an evening of Disco with instruction by Andy Vaca. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Summer of SalsaM FA TP >LA Plaza’s summer concert series continues this Friday with Son Mirón Orchestra, a group made up of musicians from all over Latin America. Expect traditional romantic and modern salsa music to dance the night away to. Free admission. More info here.

Playhouse Village Park Moves in the ParkM FA > The Pasadena Playhouse and Playhouse Village Foundation team up to host a free screening La La Land on the lawn at Playhouse Village Park this Friday. Starts around 8 p.m. Blankets and picnicking encouraged. More info here.

Movies On The Roof -> My Valley Pass and Westfield Fashion Square are offering another season of outdoor film screenings featuring cozy bean bag seating, sweet views, and a lineup of new and classic films. Movies On The Roof runs every Friday and Saturday through the end of August, and tickets are $10, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Hope Of The Valley. This weekend, catch My Big Fat Greek Wedding on Friday, then Mamma Mia! on Saturday. Get more info on the lineup here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Hot chicken basket from Hotville Chicken. Photo credit Andrea D’Agosto.

Hotville Chicken at Tallula’s -> Hotville Chicken’s Kim Price is bringing Nashville hot chicken to Tallula’s beachfront restaurant every Monday, all month long. Guests can indulge in a number of fiery creations including Hot Fried Chicken and Fish, “The Shaw” Chicken Sandwich, and sides like Mac & Smokin’ Cheese. Tallula’s team will also be shaking up cocktails for that needed cool down. Reservations can be made via Tallula’s on Resy and walk-ins are welcomed in the outdoor Beer Garden. 

Camphor Steak Frites Night -> Join Camphor in celebrating the retention of their recent Michelin Star with the launch of Steak Frites Night, taking place every second Wednesday of the month. This week, stop by on August 9 from 5 to 9 p.m. when Camphor will trade in its regular menu to exclusively serve the traditional Persian favorite: an 8oz steak, accompanied by frites and a salad, all for the price of $65. Reservations can be made on Resy


Mount Gay Rum Serving Free Rum Cocktails -> Celebrate summer in Venice Beach with Aprés Summer Cocktails by Mount Gay Rum, the world’s oldest running rum distillery dating back to 1703. Visit the Mount Gay Mobile Rum Shop at Belles Beach House (24 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291) on Thursday, August 10, from 3 to 8 pm. to enjoy complimentary Mount Gay cocktails and snacks. 

Red Room x Pyet’s Plate -> Experience Chef Pyet Despain’s Indigenous Fusion popup at Red Room from August 10-12. Discover unique ingredients like braised bison, smoked tepary beans and tomatillo celebrating her Native American and Mexican heritage. Enjoy wines by Camins 2 Dreams, dance performances by Jamaal-Isaac Jones a member of the Navajo Nation tribe (Fri & Sat only) and a popup mural by artist Lauren “Siyowin” Peters. No reservations, walk-ins only. More info here

Vinovore Sunsets -> Join Vinovore every second Thursday of the month for the Vinovore Sunsets series at the Silver Lake Pool & Inn. This month the series welcomes Caroline Juen of Best Coast Beverages. Tastings are $15 per person via the Vinovore website and $20 the day of at the event. More info here

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