Things To Do in Los Angeles This Week [9-11-2023 to 9-15-2023]

Grand Park LA afternoon
An afternoon at Grand Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Los Angeles finally cooling off a bit this week? Just. In. Time.

As to events, for September 11-15 in L.A. you’ll find Astronomy on Tap, a free stand-up show at Dynasty Typewriter, a literary festival at LA Plaza, Wellness Breaks in Grand Park, an El Grito celebration at City Hall, live play readings at Greystone Mansion, Salsa Night at Ivy Station, and more. Whatever you decide on, have a great week!


Things To Do This Week

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

Astronomy On TapM FA TP > 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 the September event, Dr. Joanna Piotrowska-Karpov gives a talk about supermassive black holes, and Carnegie Observatories Hubble Fellow Dr. Mike Grudić discusses the origin of stars. The event is free and open to all ages. Runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

Adaptations: Monday Movie Nights at Ace Hotel UpstairsFA > Ace Hotel Upstairs has 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. This week, catch a screening of Twilight. Free to attend, and complimentary popcorn provided too. 21+ only. Movies start at 8 p.m. More info here.

Netflix is a Joke Radio: Are You Still Listening? – FA TP > Every month at Dynasty Typewriter, Netflix is a Joke Radio presents a free stand-up show featuring an ever-changing roster of up-and-comers. This Tuesday, the lineup includes Ashley Gavin, Brad Wenzel, Glorelys Mora, Jil Chrissie, Kasuan Wilson, and Shain Brenden. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. RSVP is free, but keep in mind seating is first-come, first-serve so just getting your name on the list won’t guarantee entry. More info here

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

Skyline Comedy -> On Wednesday, experience a rooftop comedy show at Hotel Per La’s Bar Clara in Downtown Los Angeles. Enjoy top-tier talent like Irene Tu (Comedy Central), Mikel Albagdadi (HBO) and Opey from Don’t Tell Comedy. Plus, a special guest will surprise attendees on show day. Show runs 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets cost $15 with a one drink minimum. More info here.

Play Readings at Greystone Mansion – > On Wednesdays in September, Theatre 40 and the City of Beverly Hills team up to present a series of new play readings inside the the renovated Greystone Theatre (located inside the historic Greystone Mansion). This week, the series features The Firestorm by Meredith Friedman. Tickets are $10 for Beverly Hills residents, or $15 for non-residents. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

Wellness Break at Grand ParkM FA > On Wednesday and Fridays, enjoy a complimentary mid-day yoga class on the performance lawn at Gloria Molina Grand Park backdropped by City Hall. Instructor Beverly O’Donohue leads a 45-minute session beginning at noon. Bring your own mat, and a snack if you want to picnic after the class is over. Free to attend. More info here.

Do We Need More Food Fights?  – M FA > Do We Need More Food Fights? is a special interactive cooking session co-presented by Zócalo Public Square LA Cocina de Gloria Molina and California Humanities this Thursday. Co-hosts Gómez Lucini and Maite Gomez-Rejón will lead a pozole demo and discussion at LA Cocina’s kitchen followed by catered reception with food provided by Pez Cantina. Starts at 7 p.m., and free to attend. More info here.

Fall Openings at CCKC Art MuseumFA TP > The Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach opens a slew of new exhibitions this week, including Drag Show (featuring artists Nan Goldin, Mark Morrisroe, Jack Pierson, and others), multiple solo exhibitions, and a group show curated by Paige Wery of Tierra del Sol Foundation. To mark the opening this Thursday, the gallery hosts an opening celebration highlighted by drag performances by Jewels Long Beach, Big Dee, and Ava Stone, plus DJ sets, collage art, and lawn games. The opening party runs 5:30 to 9 p.m. and is free to attend. All exhibitions run through December 15. More info here.

The Gospel at Colonus at The Getty Villa – > The Getty Villa’s Outdoor Classical Theater is now hosting performances of The Gospel at Colonus, a soulful reimagining of Sophocles’s timeless work, “Oedipus at Colonus,” dating back to the 5th century BCE. Through a blending of Greek mythology and the rich traditions of Black spirituality, the show uses the narrative of Oedipus as the focal point of a redemptive and soul-stirring musical celebration. Shows run this Thursday to Saturday, and continue on select dates through September 30, all starting at 8 p.m Tickets cost $40-$55. More info here.

Halloween Horror NightsM > This Thursday to Sunday , Universal Studios’ fall horror takeover continues, featuring the signature Terror Tram, plus a litany of scare zones, lives shows, and a bevy of different haunted houses, including The Exorcist: Believer and Universal Monsters: Unmasked. GA tickets start at $74, but VIP and express packages can push the price point well over $300 depending on the offer. Get more info here.


Strong Words: Voices of the City -> On Thursday, The Autry hosts an evening of storytelling and music exploring Southern Californian history, taking inspiration from the museum’s Imagined Wests exhibition. Among the storytellers will be Roy Cruz, Loretta Fox, Larry Dean Harris, Matthew Cuban Hernandez, and Carla Rudy. Tickets are $10. Starts at 7:30 p.m., but the museum will be open beginning at 6 p.m. for guests. More info here.

LéaLA 2023: A Space for Spanish, Art and ImaginationM FA > This Thursday to Sunday, the LéaLA, Spanish Language Book Fair and Literary Festival of Los Angeles offers a four-day series of presentations, activities, and workshops for kids, all aimed to highlight the culture and the arts of communities of Latin origin within the city of L.A. All programs are free of charge (capacity limited), and all take place at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in DTLA. See the full schedule and get more info here.

El Grito M FA TP >  The City of Los Angeles marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with the annual celebration of El Grito – a commemoration of Mexican Independence, to take place this Friday on the steps of L.A. City Hall. Expect food trucks, a silent disco, resource vendors, and live performances from Banda Machos, Las Colibrí, Las Cafeteras, and Banda Las Angelinas. Runs 5 to 11 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Salsa Night at Ivy StationM FA > Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month this Friday with a summer salsa night at Culver City’s Ivy Station. Dance instructor Pepe Gonzalez will teach an intro salsa lesson on the Station plaza on Friday, September 15th from 6:30-7pm before you dance the night away to live music from Fermin Fusion Salsa from 7-8:45pm. This event is outdoors, free, and open to the public! More info here.

Earth Edition, A Festival of Eco-Consciousness -> The Festival of Eco-Consciousness at CalArts invites guests to immerse themselves in an Earth-optimistic atmosphere. Starting this Friday, explore the futuristic Lumisphere’s dream domes and partake in activities like goat yoga, Indigenous storytelling, live music, art installations. Tickets range from $15 to $100. The festival continues from September 15-24. More info here

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
A Sencha tea pairing with Culinary Curation and OWIU. Photo credit Amanda Gunawan.

Japanese Tea Tasting Pop-Up -> Culinary Curation and OWIU goods ceramic present a Japanese Tea Tasting Pop-Up (September 16-17) in the OWIU loft in Downtown Los Angeles. Experience five to six various green teas, each served at ideals temps, all paired with Wagashi sweets and seasonal small dishes. Tickets cost $125 per person with 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. time slots. Guests also leave with an OWIU handmade cup from their MATTER line and a branded cap. More info here


Maui Ohana Donut For a Cause ->  Holey Grail Donuts created a Maui Ohana Donut to support Maui wildfire survivors. The latest flavor is a tropical mix of guava, strawberry, lilikoi (passion fruit), and pineapple. Available at all Holey Grail Donuts locations now until September 27, the donut features local ingredients from Kula Country Farms, Ali’i Kula Lavender and Maui Fruit Jewels. Notably, 50% of proceeds from the Maui Ohana Donut go to the Hawaii Ag & Culinary Alliance and Kokua Restaurant and Hospitality Fund for Maui, aiding restaurants and hospitality workers affected by the wildfires. 

Rosh Hashanah at Lawry’s -> Celebrate Rosh Hashanah at Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills, September 15-17. Enjoy challah, apples and honey, matzo ball soup, Lawry’s Famous Original Spinning Bowl Salad, and choose between the California cut roasted prime ribs of beef with sides or pan-seared rainbow trout with potato latke, then finish it off with an almond-crusted puff pastry with a raspberry roulade. The whole meal runs $75 per person, or $40 for children under 12. More info here

Black Pot Supper Club -> Black Pot Supper Club, hosted by chef Martin Draluck (featured in Netflix’s High on the Hog), returns on September 12 at Post & Beam. The intimate communal dinner experience includes an eight-course meal with wine pairings, music, and an exploration into America’s earliest Black culinary and hospitality influencers. Seats are limited and tickets cost $250 per person. More info here

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