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40 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Should Know About [11-2-15 to 11-6-15]

November 2, 2015 by Christina Champlin

Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).

This week includes free AFI Fest screenings, Sleepless (an after-hours party) at the Music Center, the Only in Hollywood Festival, a music video film festival, First Fridays, and much, much more to choose from!


Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

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Bird in flight Griffith Park

Bird in flight in Griffith Park with the DTLA Skyline in background. Credit: Brian Champlin

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Monday November 2nd, 2015

1. Designing The Broad

There are still tickets for a panel discussion on the design process of the new contemporary art museum in DTLA with Elizabeth Diller, principal-in-charge from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, philanthropist and museum founder Eli Broad, and The Broad’s Founding Director Joanne Heyler, moderated by architectural critic Paul Goldberger.

2. E.P. & L.P. “We Love Melrose” Happy Hour

Beginning this Monday, the West Hollywood multilevel Asian Eating House will debut a new weekday “We Love Melrose” Happy Hour. From 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, locals can sip on $5 drinks, nosh on complimentary Cassava chips, while soaking in views of the sunset atop the expansive 5,000-square-foot L.P. rooftop.

3. Free Meditation Classes At The Springs DTLA

Urban wellness oasis The Springs is offering free meditation class, Monday through Fridays at 1:00pm! Grab one of their fresh pressed juices after, it’s pretty much the best in town.

4. Bow & Truss Wine & Cheese Night

Latin-inspired restaurant Bow & Truss has a wine and cheese event series every first Monday of each month. The Wine & Cheese Night will feature a special wine and cheese tasting with wine expert Chuck Novak guiding guest through the experience.

5. $3 Mystery Beer Night

It really doesn’t get any better than this on for a beer drinker on a Monday. Come into Bar ONE in North Hollywood and sample anywhere from 4-6 beers on their mystery menu all for $3.

6. Hot Tub With Kurt and Kristen

Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal’s Hot Tub With Kurt And Kristen is one of the most popular weekly variety shows happening at The Virgil. You might recognize Kurt from Chelsea Lately and Kristen from The Daily Show and Flight of the Concords. Laugh your butt off for just $5 bucks or $8 at the door. Get your advance tickets here.

7. Celebrate The Day Of The Dead At The Iconic Olvera Plaza

There are a bunch of free ‘Day of the Dead’ activities at Olvera Plaza till November 3, 2015.

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015

8. Free Night At Kidspace Children’s Museum

Free family nights at the Kidspace Children’s Museum happen’s every first Tuesday of the month from 4:00pm. to 8:00pm.

9. Taco & Trivia Tuesday’s At Angel City Brewery 

Every Tuesday celebrate all things “T” with tacos and trivia at DTLA’s open air brewery Angel City. Taqueria el Severo will be serving up grilled tacos outside, while Brainstormer host’s trivia inside. Trivia starts at 7:00pm sharp.

10. Open Screen At Echo Park Film Center

Come on down to the Echo Park Film Center and share your film and give thanks for the cinematic community. Sign up for an up-to-10-minute maximum limit time slot, one film per filmmaker. First come, first screened. DVD, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, standard 8mm, 16mm are all welcome.

11. Gourmet Food Truck Night

Every Tuesday night the California Heritage Museum holds a Gourmet Truck Night at the museum showcasing a select of gourmet truck eateries.  All happening from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

12. Record Club At El Prado

Lover of vinyl? The Origami Vinyl’s Record Club hosted by El Prado bar in Echo Park invites you to come in and enjoy some hand picked vinyl from local bar patrons. Sign up a week in advance to bring your records in to play for fellow barflies, and get a free drink in return.

13. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens  Sullivan’s Travel

LACMA will screen Sullivan’s Travel. This ongoing  Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

14. Katsuya Los Angeles Parnters With The Muppets For Limited Time Themed Sushi Rolls

Katsuya is collaborating with the ABC Television series The Muppets. Beginning Tuesday and continuing throughout the rest of the week, Executive Chef Katsuya will debut The Miss Piggy Roll and the Kermit Roll available at all Katsuya locations in L.A.

15. Tuesday Trivia Night at EB’s

Join EB’s Beer & Wine at The Original Farmers Market every week for Tuesday Trivia Nights. Test your trivia skills out for a chance to win free drinks and more.

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

16. Escape Room LA: The Cavern

Play Indiana Jones for a day with Escape Room LA! Find clues and solve puzzles to get your hands on a lost civilization’s ancient treasures hundreds of feet below Downtown Los Angeles! You’ll have less than an hour to escape, working with your team to solve challenging puzzles to break free. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

17. Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption – Hancock 

This week’s installment of Doug Benson’s Movie Interruption Doug and a couple of his funny friends will watch Will Smith’s Hancock from the front row with mics in hand ready to blurt out whatever thoughts they have in their heads.

18. DTLA Whole Foods Grand Opening Party 

Whole Foods Market Downtown Los Angeles officially opens for business on November 4 with a traditional “bread breaking” ceremony. Guests will have access to free samples, giveaways, food demos, live entertainment, a photo booth and more throughout the day.

19. Matthew Barney: River of Fundament

Matthew Barney: RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is Barney’s first major solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles. Barney’s newest film might be his largest undertaking since his five-part CREMASTER film cycle. The artist made 85 pieces for this movie, including a 25-ton sculpture, drawings, photos, and storyboards, all will be displayed at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA starting this Sunday and will run through January 18.

20. The Ancient Forest At Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens just opened their brand new Ancient Forest over the weekend, the forest features plants virtually unchanged since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Highlight includes a new cycad collection that includes almost 175 plants representing 66 species including several endangered species.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

21. The Little Mermaid Returns To The El Capitan Theatre

A limited run of Disney’s Academy Award-winning film “The Little Mermaid” from November 5- 22, 2015. Before and after the movie, El Capitan guests will be greeted by Ariel, live on stage. The El Capitan will also host a special opening night screening this Thursday. More information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

22. Free Night At The Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum has free admission from 5:00pm to 8:00pm this Thursday. Go see the Giant Robot Biennale 4 exhibit!

23. AFI Film Festival

AFI’s annual week-long celebration of international cinema features both modern masters and emerging filmmakers, takes place from November 5-12, 2015.

24. Only in Hollywood Music + Arts Festival

A massive neighborhood festival is coming to Hollywood with over 100 live performances at dozens of venues and five pop-up art galleries on November 5 through 8.


25. Free Movie Screening in California Plaza

The folks from Grand Performances continue their FREE fall movie series with a screening of The Artist at California Plaza in DTLA.

26. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

27. A Movie Screening Fundraiser to Save Angels Flights

On November 5 the Angels Flights Foundation is throwing a fundraiser / movie screening of the 1951 Film Noir classic “M” at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown L.A.

28. Game Night At Grand Central Market

Eat, drink and play every Thursday at Grand Central Market. Grab dinner and cocktails then top the night off with an assortment of games from Jenga to ping pong. The festivities end at 9pm for all the early risers out there!

29. Rooftop Film Club

The popular screening series that has already held court in London and New York is now here in Los Angeles! For each screening of the Rooftop Film Club series organizers will set up rows of lawn chairs on the roof of the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre and provide headphones for each attendee. Doors open at 6:00pm with screenings starting at 8:00pm. Breakfast at Tiffanys on Thursday and Casablanca on Friday.

30. MOCA Free Night

Every Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.

31. Playhouse District Block Party

Every Thursday night from 6:00pm to 11:00pm in the Playhouse District of Old Town Pasadena, join a crowd of locals gathering for live music and food trucks. This week brings the Crepe n Around and Belly Bomz truck to Old Town. Get more info on the official Facebook page for the event.

Friday, November 6th, 2015

32. Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours

On Friday, the Music Center’s after-hours party series returns for its second event of the year. It’s called Sleepless and it will feature a huge list of fun activities including multiple spaces and floors filled with live DJs, lighting installations and even sound baths.

33. Free Day At The Pasadena Museum Of Art

The Pasadena Museum of California Art has free admission for 12:00pm – 5:00pm this Friday. Visit the Kosmic Krylon Garage by L.A. artist Kenny Scharf.

34. Los Angeles Music Video Film Festival

The fifth annual LAMVF is happening Friday through Sunday. A series of panels, speakers and screenings curated from over 600 submissions from 35 countries. Kimbra will give a keynote address and tickets are $12 a session with an option of a weekend pass for $40. Happening at The Silent Movie Theater.

35. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat

Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15pm and runs to 1:00pm.



This international conference will take place at The Hammer for two days (6th-7th) and will focus on the subject of public engagement. The FREE symposium will convene a group of experts to consider ongoing practices initiated by artists and museum professionals that are designed to engage the public. Tickets based on a first come first served basis. For more information and a schedule of discussions visit the hammer museum site.

37. First Fridays at Venice Beach

On the first Friday of the month head down to Abbott Kiney Blvd. in Venice Beach for tons of food trucks, open galleries and late-night shop hours. Get more information via the official event blog.

38. Free Day At The Norton

The Norton Simon Museum has free admission from 5:00pm to close this Friday. On view is European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, a stellar collection of South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years to Modern and Contemporary Art from Europe and the United States.

39. First Fridays at Bixby Knolls

An art walk, dining and shopping experience where participating businesses in the Long Beach neighborhood of Bixby Knolls businesses unite to promote local artists and musicians through extended operating hours. Fun for all-ages… and free!

Regularly scheduled at 6:30pm-9:30pm on Fridays.

40. The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America: Los Angeles

The James Beard Foundation’s Taste America is stopping in Los Angeles for a night of cocktails and dining at the Wilshire Ebell Theater. Tickets start at $100 for the cocktails and tasting reception with a lineup of Los Angeles finest chefs including Ray Garcia, Timothy Hollingsworth, Michael Hung, Jessica Koslow and Zach Pollack. A  separate four-course seated dinner designed by James Beard Award winner Hugh Acheson and Local Stars Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo, hosted by Chef Louis Pechan of Animal is also available for $275.

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