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 26 to Friday, March 2, features Letters Live, National Pancake Day, L.A. Dance Festival, The Planned Parenthood Food Fare, Lyrics to Life, First Fridays and MUCH more.
Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Monday February 26th, 2018
1. Letters Live, in which a slew of major celebrities hit the stage to read some of history’s most famous letters, is about to make its U.S. debut here in Los Angeles at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday. Celebs participating include James Corden, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Hamill, Jarvis Cocker, Shirley Manson and more.
2. Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0 will host specially priced prix fixe lunches and dinners at some of the city’s best restaurants. From February 25 through March 3. To launch this seven-day culinary event, there will be a free Chef’s Cooking and Tasting Kick-Off on February 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at Friedmans Home Experience. Stella Artois will be hand to offer complimentary beer samples, while Blue Marble Cocktails will offer some pours of their own.
3. Live Talks Los Angeles presents David Mamet in conversation with Ricky Jay at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in Santa Monica.
4. Monday Jazz Nights at West Hollywood’s French restaurant Le Petit Four from 6 to 9 p.m.
5. Geeks Who Drink will host Pub Trivia at the Red Lion Tavern.
6. Get groovy during Motown Mondays at The Short Stop bar, it’s free is you rsvp ahead of time. FREE
Tuesday February 27th, 2018
7. It’s National Pancake Day this Tuesday and IHOP will give away one free short stack to every guests from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. while raising money for local children’s hospital and health organizations for every stack served.
8. See a fake American Town Hall set in a “new” town but really it’s at The Virgil. The hilarious comedy show donates all ticket sales to the ACLU!
9. Lo Moon will give a free performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood this Tuesday at 6 p.m. FREE
10. Down some tacos, drink some locally brewed beers and test your trivia skills this Tuesday during Tacos & Trivia night at Angel City Brewery in DTLA.
Wednesday February 28th, 2018
11. The Slurring Bee makes its way to The Virgil this Wednesday for a bar spelling bee with a money prize, bee-themed prizes and guaranteed slurring if you choose to participate.
12. Take a Gin Crafting Class at Greenbar Distillery this Wednesday. Taste a flight of six gins while learning about the history, then guests will learn how to craft their own gin while enjoying gin cocktails.
13. Been thinking about giving back to the community? Checkout Burrito Project L.A. a meet-up that preps burritos to be delivered to folks in need. They’ll be prepping this Wednesday.
14. Taste of Grand Central Market is a 1.5 hour guided food tour of the historic open air food hall. Your guide will help you navigate the dozens of stalls while sampling from vendors both old and new. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
15. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style. Happening Wednesday and Friday. FREE
16. Come to the Frogtown Brewery this Wednesday for Beer, Bingo, & Trivia Night.
17. Celebrate Black History Month at The Paley Center for Media with interactive exhibit, family activities, panels and screenings highlighting historic television moments. Wednesday is the last day to enjoy the exhibit. FREE
Thursday March 1st, 2018
18. The Planned Parenthood Food Fare is an annual food event featuring samples and demonstrations by L.A.’s top chefs and restaurants. This annual event began in 1979 with Julia Childs and has since become one of the most popular food events in Los Angeles.
19. In honor of Women’s History Month, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz and Brockus Project Dance present L.A. Dance Festival 2018 in Century City from March 1-3. The event features Women Rising performances that celebrate the many contributions from female-led companies and art through the female perspective.
20. L.A. Style at The Bloc will feature gorgeous interactive style pop-ups, a VR fashion show with front-row access via slide-on virtual goggles, live music, fashion-inspired bites, and sips courtesy of St. Germain. General admission is free and VIP tickets cost $90 and offer perks like a private make-up seminar, gift bags land unlimited cocktails.
21. Chinatown After Dark going down at Far East Plaza happens every first Thursday of the month and is a testing ground for chefs in our city as well as a place to enjoy local music.
22. The Secret Society of The Sisterhood at the Masonic Lodge in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery will feature Nicole Byer, Pamela Des Barres, Venus and the Moon and others reading about the theme of the night, “I Thought I Was Going To Die.”
23. There’s a free mindful awareness meditation going on at the Hammer. Participants are welcome to stay for the entire 30-minute session or leave when they choose. FREE
24. Free admission at: Japanese American National Museum (from 5 to 8 p.m.), MOCA Grand & MOCA Geffen (from 5 to 8 p.m.), Skirball Cultural Center (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) FREE
Friday March 2nd, 2018
25. ‘Lyrics to Life,’ a FREE four-day pop-up exhibition featuring art inspired by song lyrics from the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Radiohead, Nicki Minaj and The Weeknd, comes to Downtown Los Angeles from March 2-5.
26. First Fridays return to the Natural History Museum this Friday. The event will explore L.A. inventiveness, capped with live music from Mondo Cozmo, Superet and Shannon Lay.
27. The first annual Food Book Fair, headquartered at the Ace Hotel, hits Downtown Los Angeles March 2-4 for a delicious weekend of events for foodies and food publishing.
28. The Classic Auto Show returns to the L.A. Convention Center March 2-4 for the largest three-day indoor classic car show in the United States. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar
29. The Japanese Food Festival takes over the InterContinental in Downtown for two days (March 2-3) of food, sake, and travel exhibitions from over 50 participants.
30. The Groundlings Theatre presents their latest main stage show, Sweet Valley Groundlings performing this Friday. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar
31. The Griffith Observatory hosts a monthly forum where some of the most amazing phenomena in the known universe are explained and discussed. It’s called All Space Considered and it takes place on the first Friday of every month. FREE
32. Since its the first Friday of the month check out all the cool events happening around town including block parties and art walks for First Fridays.
33. Take a Downtown Los Angeles foodie walking tour and savor what the bustling neighborhood has to offer. The tour is three hours long, participants will stop at six popular spots to eat and the tour guide will take folks through the history of DTLA. Happening Friday and Saturday. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
34. Free admission at: Norton Simon Museum (5 to 8 p.m.), Pasadena Museum of California Art (noon to 5 p.m.) and Long Beach Museum of Art.
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