34 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Ought to Know About [2-22-16 to 2-26-16]

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 22 to Friday February 26, features free donuts, a Literary Death Match, Bite of The Beast, a free City of Gold Screening, a 90’s party, classic animated Disney screenings at El Capitan, and lots more to choose from.


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

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Lunch time Grand Park
Lunch time in Grand Park. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday February 22nd, 2016

1. Plan Check Celebrates 4th Anniversary with Free Birthday Cake Crullers

February 22 marks the four-year anniversary of Plan Check Kitchen + Bar (Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown). To commemorate this milestone, Plan Check’s founder, Terry Heller, invites guests to dig into complimentary Birthday Cake Crullers a donut made of birthday cake batter coated with white icing and crystallized rose, hibiscus, fennel flower, and mint sprinkles for garnish.

2. How to Not Kill Yourself for 30 Days

Annie Sertich (Curb Your Enthusiasm, 2 Broke Girls, The Tonight Show and The Office) performs her darkly comic one-woman show at The Groundlings Theater this Monday starting at 8:00pm. Be sure to grab discount tickets for the show via our friends at Goldstar while supplies last.

3. Walt Disney’s Bolt 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 Monday they will screen Bolt. The event also features a screening of Disney’s latest animated shorts and an appearance by the film’s director, Chris Williams. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

4. Break Bread

There’s a giant cake installation at Think Tank Gallery it’s a collaboration between artists Scott Hove and Baker’s Son. Walk through a dizzying cake chamber (7,500 sq. ft.) maze installation as high as the ceiling. The show also features a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity. The Break Bread exhibition is free with rsvp online and will be on view through March 14.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Celebrate National Margarita Day!

Cocktail master Demi Stevens at Hey 19 Public House in Torrance will be creating a Passion Fruit Green Tea Margarita ($10.50)

Sausal in El Segundo is serving up a Rancho Margarita ($10) made with El Jimador Blanco, bols triple, fresh citrus and salt. For folks who want something fruity the Fresh Strawberry Margarita ($12) made with El Jimador Reposado, blood orange juice, honey and cinnamon-infused Campari is a good choice.

West Hollywood hotspot Gracias Madre will serve three types of margaritas. The Purista ($11) made with tequila reposado, agave, lime and orange bitters; Three Miracles ($15) made with juniper infused mezcal, lime, mint, sparkling wine and a spherical ice of absinthe; La Belleza ($13) made with tequila blanco, strawberry basil balsamic shrub, lemon and rose wine.

Cleo at The Redbury is putting their own signature twist on the holiday with half-off their hand-crafted Mediterranean and Jasmine Margaritas.

For more ideas on where to get awesome margaritas in L.A. check out our list: 10 Spots to Get the Best Margaritas in Los Angeles

Tuesday February 23rd, 2016

8. Puck & Play Menu At Nest At WP24 + L.A. Kings Home Game

Every day the Kings play a home game fans can dine on the “Puck & Play” menu ($40) a special three-course menu, offered at Nest at WP24 inside The Ritz-Carlton. Selections of dim such as Chili “Dan Dan” Dumplings and Pork Belly Bao Buns, are followed by Crispy General Tso’s Chicken and Thai Curry Noodles. Guests also leave with their choice of sweet treats like carmel corn packaged to go for the game. Check out Goldstar for more information and discount tickets to Kings games Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and for the remainder of the year.

9. 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.

10. Literary Death Match

Literary Death Match is an epic one night reading series battle pinning four writers against each other reading from their best material. Judges Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphaell, Aisling Bea and Franklin Leonard will select two finalists to compete in the Literary Death Match finale to decide the ultimate winner. Taking place at Largo at the Coronet this show will be the annual Screenwriter’s Special a run up to the Oscars. Tickets are $30 online.

11. Walt Disney’s Winnie the Pooh 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 Tuesday they will screen Winnie the Pooh. The event also features a screening of Disney’s latest animated shorts and a Q&A with the film’s director Steve Anderson. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

12. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Suspicion

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

13. The Illusionists at the Pantages Theatre

Prepare to be delightfully mystified when seven incredible magic-wielders ban together for The Illusionists: Live From Broadway. Guest will be treated to a night of tricks, death-defying stunts and wonder. Dazzling audiences of all ages this critically acclaimed show has shattered box office records across the globe with some of the most outrageous and miraculous acts ever to be seen. Catch the show at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

Wednesday February 24th, 2016

14. Free City of Gold Screening at The Hammer

No one knows L.A. food quite like Jonathan Gold, and on February 24 he’ll be appearing at the Hammer Museum for a special Q&A following a free screening of his 2015 film City of Gold. Show starts at 7:30pm seating is first come first served, Q&A begins at 9:00pm and will be streamed live on the Hammer site.

15. Walt Disney’s The Princess and the Frog 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 Wednesday they will screen The Princess and the Frog. The event also features a screening of Disney’s latest animated shorts and an exclusive Q&A with the film’s directors John Musker and Ron Clements. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.

16. Bruichladdich Scotch + The Botanist Gin Tasting Dinner at Hey 19

Led by owner and celebrated cocktail connoisseur Demi Stevens, Hey 19’s Bruichladdich Scotch + The Botanist Gin Dinner will feature a five course tasting menu featuring dishes from Executive Chef Vasili Tavernakis paired with the aforementioned spirits. Drawing from her extensive expertise, Demi will also lead the group through the background on how each spirit is made. The tasting runs from 7:00pm – 10:00pm. Space is limited, the tasting cost $50 a person and reservations can be made by calling 310-378-8119.

17. 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.

18. Aston Martin Presents: The Art Show Featuring The Works of Guerin Swing

Sponsored by Aston Martin, Hollywood designer turned street artist, Guerin Swing, is set to exhibit an art line of never before seen, custom pieces from his new lifestyle collection. Swing’s distinct eye for street art will be revealed in his upcoming art show February 24, 2016 at Lab Art located at 217 South La Brea Ave in Los Angeles from 7:00pm – 10:00pm.

Thursday February 25th, 2016

19. Hollywood Sites & Bites Food Tour

This four hour tour of the sites and taste of what Hollywood has to offer will take you to The Roosevelt Hollywood to the iconic Capital Records and even Melrose avenue. You will make several stops at some of Los Angeles’ most talked-about restaurants for a variety of savory and sweet tastings. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar. Bon appetit!


20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. Free Day At The Japanese American National Museum 

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

24. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Enter The Dragon 

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.

25. Free Night At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

26. Dudamel & Music From The Americas at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Experience the magic of the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Gustavo Dudamel during his new series, Dudamel & Music From The Americas from February 25 – 28.

27. MOCA Free Night

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

28. Bite of the Beast at Locanda del Lago in Santa Monica

The last Thursday of every month, LAGO host a communal meal featuring animal roasts and traditional, rustic dishes. The “Bite of the Beast” dinner series will include a five-course dinner featuring the choice animal. This month’s animal is the all-natural, Durham Ranch Wild Boar! It is caught in the wild and described as sweet, nutty and earthy, its also high in protein and low fat. The five course menu cost $56. View the full menu here.

Friday February 26th, 2016

29. ILOVECOCO Chanel Pop Up at Chateau Marmont

Friday, February 26th through Sunday, February 28th, Chanel invites the public to experience “I Love Coco”—a free three-day installation at the Chateau Marmont that will feature complimentary beauty services and free swag. The rock-n-roll themed pop-up will include complimentary mini manicures using Chanel’s 16 Le Vernis nail colors and the new Le Gel Coat, a “VIP dressing room” where guests can try on Rouge Coco Stylo shades, learn makeup tricks, and get temporary tattoos. The “Music Bar” will host a selfie and GIF station, and everyone will take home Chanel concert-inspired posters, pins, and more! RSVP a time slot here.


30. 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.

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

The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday!

32. Club TUBTHUMP a Westside 90’s Party

Club TUBTHUMP is bringing the best of the ’90s to Santa Monica with the top rock, grunge and pop hits, along with costume contests, games, themed drink specials, photo booth and more. Hosted at V Lounge, dancers will be “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” until “Closing Time.” The party will also feature 90’s-themed drink specials from 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Just remember no cover until 11:00pm.

33. Found Animals Culver City Cocktail Party & Gifting Suite

Found Animals, a leading animal welfare organization is celebrating the Oscars with their very own cocktail party and gifting suite for your furry friend from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. You and your pet will feel like Hollywood royalty as you walk the red carpet, complete with Hollywood-style premiere lights. Indulge in food and drinks from partners Pitfire Pizza Mar Vista, Hint Water,Essential Chocolate Desserts, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and more. Pets can score products and samples in the exclusive gifting suite! The party will take place at Found Animals retail shop, Adopt & Shop, in Culver City (4235 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230).

34. Free Day at Museum of Latin American Art

Free admission to the Museum of Latin American Art happens on the fourth Friday of every between 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

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