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41 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [2-15-16 to 2-19-16]

February 15, 2016 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, from Monday February 15 to Friday February 19, features free admission to LACMA, free days at the Arboretum and Descanso Gardens, a Chocolate & Art Show, a Whiskey Festival, lots of escape room deals, free previews at The Odyssey, and lots more to choose from.


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

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Exploring Griffith Park

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Monday February 15th, 2016

1. Free Admission at LACMA to Celebrate President’s Day

Thanks to the folks over at Target, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will offer free admission starting at 11:00am for any and all visitors to celebrate President’s Day on Monday.

2. Pop-Up Pool Day at the Annenberg Community Beach House

The Annenberg Community Beach House will host a Pop-Up Pool Day (10:00am – 5:00pm) this Presidents Day. Passes will go on sale at 9:00am walk up’s only, no reservations. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $4 kids and $5 for seniors.

3. Monday Mayhem Game Night 

Come on out to Angel City Brewery in DTLA as they host one epic game night. From 7:00pm -9:00 pm board games, awesome beers on tap and even a cornhole tournament will be available for patrons. It’s free to play and awards are handed out throughout the night.

4. SEX: A Horror Story at iO West

Take rising comedians’ most horrific dating and sex stories and turn them into a sexy, comedic, web series and you’ve got SEX: A Horror Story a new wedseries. To celebrate their premier episode, the team is having a live stand-up show and launch party at iO West. Starts at 9:00pm, cost $5 to get in.

5. UCB Franklin Presents: Shalyah Evans “The Happiest Job on Earth”

Shalyah Evans from MTVs Girl Code recounts her time working as a Princess at Disneyland thru song, dance with some tmi comments on her mental health issues. Show starts at 8:30pm and tickets are a modest $5.

Tuesday February 16th, 2016

6. 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.

7. Free Day at Descanso Gardens

Descanso Gardens is free every third Tuesday of the month! Check out the new art exhibit “Farewell, Eden” a new view of the natural world.

8. Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage

Timeless music and dazzling dance moves come to life at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre as Dirty Dancing one of the most beloved dance films of all time takes center stage. Are you ready to have the have the time of your life? Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

9. FREE Sunset Walks at the Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory offers a sunset walk led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide every month. If you’ve never really been to the observatory or Griffith Park, this is a nice way to get acquainted with the area while tackling only a short distance (only about a half-mile total) done at a moderate pace.

10. Broadway Sings Disney

Broadway Sings Disney is a powerhouse concert developed from the Walt Disney catalog’s 80-plus years of magical music. From Steamboat Willie, to Frozen’s “Let It Go,” Broadway Sings Disney is part of SiriusXM podcast, On Broadway’s Supper Club Live, a monthly broadcast sung by some of the brightest of stage and screen. Happening at the Rockwell Table & Stage. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

11. Deep Night with Dale Seever

Come down to The Hammer for a free show with Dale Seever (alter ego of comedian James Bewley). Dale brings together some of the most interesting comedians, musicians, performers, filmmakers, and thinkers for a slightly intoxicated exploration of characters and the creative process. Guests this week includes comedian Kate Berlant (Just for Laughs); composer Cyrus Ghahremani (Comedy Central); and medical librarian Megan Rosenbloom (Death Salon). Music by Nina Tarr (Nightswim). Show starts at 7:30pm seating is first come first served and there will be a cash bar throughout the evening.

12. Free Day at The Los Angeles County Arboretum

Los Angeles County Arboretum is free every third Tuesday of the month!

13. AUDIBLE IMPACT: Music & Activism Show

The second annual AUDIBLE IMPACT: Music & Activism benefit concert, taking place at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE will feature a star-studded lineup of artists and comedians for one special night. Hosted by Tig Notaro performers include Reggie Watts, Patton Oswalt, Wyatt Cenac, Mike Posner, Alex Newell and more.

14. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Strangers On a Train

This ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series at LACMA cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

15. Patty Tuesdays at Green Grotto

Organic fresh-pressed juicery and smoothie spot Green Grotto holds a Patty Tuesdays where their Jamaican style patties in flavors: chicken, beef and vegetable are just a buck! Grab one every Tuesday and take a bite of the Caribbean.

16. Disney’s Snow White at El Capitan Theatre for One Night Only

To celebrate the DVD release of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” to Walt Disney’s Signature Collection, Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre will screen the movie for one night only. Before the movie, guests will be greeted by Snow White, live on stage!

Wednesday February 17th, 2016

17. Escape Room LA: The Theatre

If you were trapped inside an old haunted theater and the only way to escape is to create a magic spell will you succeed? Head on over to Escape Room LA where you are led through the stage door and into a theater haunted by a ghost. Gasp! The door suddenly locks behind you, and the game begins. Uncover clues and puzzles that will lead you to create a magical spell and release the ghost before time runs out. If you fail you will be trapped in the theater forever. Game? For more information and discount tickets  this week check out Goldstar.

18. The Super Serious Show

Expect to see some of today’s best working comedians alongside a few young up-and-comers at one of the best live comedy shows in Los Angeles, The Super Serous show! Although the lineup changes each month, the creators of the show Mandee and Joel of CleftClips try to consistently create a intimate and magical atmosphere to have a laugh. This week’s line up includes Moses Storm, Katia Kvinge, Demetri Martin, Eli Olsberg, Sam Simmons, Daniel Sloss and videos by DADS.

19. FLIX at FIG Screens: The Notebook

Join FIGat7th for dinner and a movie. Grab food from their TASTE Food Hall, cozy up under a warm blanket, and watch a FREE movie every third Wednesday of the month. A live DJ and happy hour kicks off the night at 6:00pm and the film begins at 7:00pm.

20. Free Preview Shows At The Odyssey Theatre

The Odyssey Theatre is holding free previews of their new show TEMPEST REDUX by William Shakespeare adapted and directed by John Farmanesh-Boccaat. Previews will run Wednesday the 17th (8:00pm), Thursday the 18th (8:00pm), and Friday the 19th (8:00pm) just call the box office or email them to add your name to the list, as general admission. Phone: (310) 477-2055 Email: [email protected]

21. Willard’s Chicken Wednesdays at Messhall

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, legendary film director Cecil B. DeMille opened Willard’s Chicken Inn (a gathering place for Hollywood stars) on the site where Messhall stands today. In honor of what came before, Messhall is dedicating Wednesday nights to Willard’s “country-colonial’ style chicken, where guest can get a plateful of crispy friend chicken served with mashed potatoes, sawmill gravy and grilled broccolini for just $19.

22. Escape Room LA: The Detective

Picture you’re trapped inside a 1940’s film noir where you have to solve a slew of mysteries to escape. Work with your fellow detectives as you race against the clock. Do you have what it takes? Head over to Escape Room LA and test your sleuthing skills this week! Get more information and discounted tickets via Goldstar.

23. 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.

Thursday February 18th, 2016

24. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Devil Wears Prada

A favorite tale of a basic-to-fierce transformation of a fashion magazine assistant is retold in this hilarious musical. There will be plenty of cattiness, back-stabbing and of course makeover magic. All happening at The Rockwell where you can grab a bite and have a cocktail during the show (girls night anyone?) Get more information and discount tickets on Goldstar for this week’s performances.


25. Free Day at The Japanese American National Museum 

Japanese American National Museum from 5:00pm to 8:00pm every Thursday!

26. Walt Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph at the El Capitan

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a “Countdown to ‘Zootopia, ’celebrating Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new era of storytelling with a festival of seven films. All feature films will be accompanied by recent and celebrated Disney animation short subjects, including the Academy Award winners, “Paperman” and “Feast.” The festival begins Thursday with Wreck-It Ralph. This screening includes a special appearance by the filmmakers who brought Ralph and the entire gang to the big screen. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

27. Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival

The annual Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (February 18 – February 27) and competition celebrates indie films by screening a wide variety of critically acclaimed works. James Franco, Guy Pierce, Sandra Oh and more have projects screening! View the full schedule of events, showtimes, and participating theaters on the HRIFF website.

28. Escape Room LA The Alchemist

Imagine this… you discover a secret passage inside an ancient library that leads you into the mysterious lab of an ancient alchemist. Suddenly the door slams shut and locks you inside the musterious labatory where you’ll one hour to uncover and unite the four lost elements to release the hidden power of the Philosopher’s Stone in order to escape the room. This live action event at Escape Room L.A. is a frantic challenge that requires critical thinking, creativity and plenty of teamwork. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

29. Free Evening At The Pasadena Museum Of California Art

The Pasadena Museum of California Art is free from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on the third Thursday of every month!

30. Throwback Thursdays Screening of King Fu Hustle

The Throwback Thursdays film series is back at NOHO cinema, the screening features a gourmet food truck onsite, and guest may bring their food inside the theater!  Get more information and discount tickets via our friends at Goldstar.

31. Free Night at The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday. Check out Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams in association with the Japanese American National Museum on view now through February 21, 2016.

32. The Virus an Immersive Escape Room Experience

A deadly virus has swept the earth and a team of scientists (played by you and other folks!) are in an underground laboratory trying to find a cure. Each move becomes crucial to finding an antidote OR if you’re unlucky accidentally setting off the computerized decontamination system, where you might find yourself smashed flat by the slowly constricting laboratory walls. Sounds like your kind of mission? Come down to the Six01 Studio in Burbank and check out one of Los Angeles’ most exciting and immersive escape room utilizing digital technology and virtual reality to create a totally realistic experience. Get more information and discount tickets for this week via Goldstar.

33. MOCA Free Night

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

34. The LA Magazine Whiskey Festival

The first-ever Los Angeles Magazine Whiskey Festival is set to pop-up on February 18 at The La Brea Tarpits. Guests will meet master distillers, sip samples, learn cocktail recipes and enjoy a selection of fine foods and live music.

35. Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden


After decades as a private residence / venue rental, Pasadena’s Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden is now open for public admission every Thursday.

Friday February 19th, 2016

36. Walt Disney’s Frozen at the El Capitan

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a “Countdown to ‘Zootopia, ’celebrating Walt Disney Animation Studios’ new era of storytelling with a festival of seven films. All feature films will be accompanied by recent and celebrated Disney animation short subjects, including the Academy Award winners, “Paperman” and “Feast.” This Friday they will screen Frozen. The event also features a screening of Disney’s latest animated shorts and an exclusive Q&A with the film’s directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

37. Chocolate & Art Show

The Chocolate & Art Show is landing in East Chinatown for two nights (Friday and Saturday) of artsy shenanigans with a boat-load of entertainment including body painting, DJs, live musical performance, face-painting, free nail art, henna tattoos, live portraits and, most importantly, lots of free chocolate!

38. Jeff Garlin Live at Flappers

Emmy-nominated actor-comedian, writer, producer and director Jeff Garlin — best known on Curb Your Enthusiasm and hit ABC comedy show The Goldbergs comes to Flappers Comedy Club Burbank for one night. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

39. Free Museum Day at The Long Beach Museum Of Art

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

40. Escape Reality at Magicopolis

Husband-and-wife duo Steve Spill and Bozena Wrobel perform a vaudeville-style magic show that’s fun for the whole family. Expect optical illusions, levitation, mind reading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-type escape called the Table of Terror! Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

41. Sip Cocktails, See The Sights With The Historic Hollywood: Stars & Bars Gang!

Get a taste of Old Hollywood and sip on classic cocktails as an awesome guide share history tidbits, celebrity stories and more on Urban Adventures tour of Historic Hollywood. For more information and discount tickets check out our friends at Goldstar.