Things To Do

38 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [3-21-16 to 3-25-16]

March 21, 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, March 21 to Friday, March 25, features a Cat Art Show, a FREE music/comedy show at The Last Bookstore, comet-making demos at the Observatory, a Super Secret Comedy Show, an ethnic food tour of East Hollywood, Wonder Con, and much more.


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

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The Last Bookstore

The Last Bookstore. Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

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Monday March 21st, 2016

1. Ale Academy XXI at Angel City Brewery

Why is water the most important ingredient of any beer? Find out (and sample a few brews while you’re at it) at Ale Academy XXI: There’s Something in the Water.

2. Monday Night Tease at Three Clubs

Catch L.A.’s longest running weekly burlesque show at Three Clubs in Hollywood on Mondays. More information on discount tickets available via our friends at Goldstar.

3. Nature Connects at The South Coast Botanic Garden

Nature Connects features 27 unique, nature-inspired sculptures constructed with over half a million LEGO brick pieces with subjects ranging from a hummingbird to a goldfinch to a 6-ft tall Bison made from 45,000+ individual bricks. On exhibition at the South Coast Botanic Gardens from February 19 to May 8.

4. Ford’s Filling Station Girls Scout Cookie Collaboration

Girl Scouts Troop #3175 collaboration with Chef Ben Ford’s pastry team produced the TROOP #3175 SA’MORES MINI SUNDAE a vanilla ice cream, Samoa cookie crumble sundae drizzled in chocolate sauce, passion fruit sauce and caramelized marshmallow toppings. It can be yours for $7. Only available through the end of the month!

5. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

LACMA and The Getty Museum will both run exhibitions on the late Robert Mapplethorpe. This is a major retrospective of Mapplethorpe’s work and career as an artist and photographer The Getty’s exhibition will run from March 15 to July 31 and LACMA will open their exhibit on March 20 to July 31.

Tuesday March 22nd, 2016

6. FREE Comet Making Demonstrations at The Griffith Observatory 

From March 19-27 the Griffith Observatory will be doing twice-daily Let’s Make a Comet demonstrations showing how to make a real-life comet out of ordinary household materials and a little bit of dry ice.

7. Guided Sunset Walk at Griffith Observatory

One Tuesday of every month the Griffith Observatory hosts a FREE guided sunset walk led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide. Great way to get acquainted with the Observatory!

8. Super Secret Comedy Show!

Spoiler Alert: Anthony Jeselnik, Iliza Shlesinger, Maz Jobrani, Kevin Shea, Billy Bonnell, Sam Jay, Hunter Hill and more will be cracking people up all night at The Lyric Theatre for the Super Secret Comedy Show.

9. Hot Dog on a Stick Offering $0.70 Dogs Every Tuesday!

Hot Dog On A Stick is celebrating its 70th anniversary all during the month of March with “Take Me Back Tuesdays” where the original turkey dog on a stick will be offered at a nostalgic price of just 70 cents.

10. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Gilda

Every week LACMA screens a classic film, the ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.

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. Disney’s Zootopia at El Capitan Theatre

Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents a special engagement of Disney’s Zootopia March 4 – April 10, 2016. Before the movie, guests will be treated to an all-new, interactive Wild Animal Encounter show on the El Capitan stage, featuring Lola the Sloth and her animal friends from the Wildlife Learning Center. Plus, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde, Disney’s new characters from “Zootopia,” will make their live stage debut at the El Capitan. Get more information and discount tickets  via Goldstar.

Wednesday March 23rd, 2016

13. 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.

14. Taste of Downtown Long Beach

A free food and drink tasting event is going down in the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach. Taking place March 23-24 from 6:00pm–10:00pm, this event welcomes all ages and guest purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10 each for the tastings.

15. Josh Gondelman L.A. Comedy Album Release Party at The Virgil

Peabody Award winning writer and comedian Josh Gondelman is throwing a comedy album release show for his new album Physical Whisper. Special guest include Ron Funches, Emily Heller, Kurt Braunohler, Erin Judge, Chris Garcia, Emmy Blotnick and Cy Amundson. Doors open at 7:00pm show starts at 8:00pm.

16. 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 for Wednesday and Thursday via Goldstar.

17. Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

International art gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel just opened it’s doors in the Art’s District. The inaugural exhibition Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016 showcases close to 100 works from 34 women artists from the past 70 years will be on view including Louise Bourgeois, Claire Falkenstein, Ruth Asawa, Yayoi Kusama and Mira Schendel.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 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.

Thursday March 24th, 2016

21. Cat Art Show 2: The Sequel

It’s baaack… Cat Art Show LA drew thousands in 2014 and this year might even be bigger. Come down to Think Tank Gallery in DTLA and view over 70 globally-recognized artists including Mark Ryden, Mick Rock AND Norman Reedus ( from The Walking Dead) among others. Opening night is Thursday. Exhibition runs through Sunday.

22. Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival

The concept of HUMP! is simple: Ordinary folks make five-minute sex-positive ‘dirty movies’ that get screened for live audiences, with the best films potentially winning cash prizes. The nationwide tour hits Los Angeles starting March 18 at the Downtown Independent. Get more information and discount tickets to screenings via Goldstar.

23. Take an Insider’s Tour Through East Hollywood’s Ethnic Neighborhoods

Thai Town, Little Armenia and Korea Town are filled with great food, shops and culture. For those interested in getting to know these neighborhoods this tour is the perfect introduction. Tour includes food, transportation and more. Get more information on discount tickets via Goldstar.


24. Throwback Thursdays Screening of Scarface

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. Lollipop Records SXSW Homecoming Party at Mrs. Fish

Mrs.Fish downtown’s underground venue with an impressive 5,500 gallon suspended aquarium will host Lollipop Records homecoming party welcoming home local bands Friendly Males, Rudy De Anda and Janelane. This event is free and starts at 9:00pm.

26. SEE JANE SING with Jane Lynch

Three time Emmy and Golden Globe winning Actress Jane Lynch joined by Kate Flannery and Tim Davis backed by the jazz stylings of The Tony Guerrero Quintet will host an eclectic evening of music from Irving Berlin to Nicki Manaj at Largo at the Coronet.

27. Laurent Quenioux Pop-Up at Sangers and Joe

Award winning Chef Laurent Quenioux is hosting a weekly pop-up at Sangers and Joe, in Pasadena. Stop by every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until the end of April and treat yourself to an incredible raw bar, Quenioux’s acclaimed cheese cart, and much more. We took a peek at the raw bar menu with 20 plus top notch selections that included cherry stone clams, abalone and geoduck -this is a real treat for seafood lovers in Los Angeles. Walk-in are welcome but make a reservation if you want to be seated at a desired time.

28. Free Day At The Skirball Cultural Center 

The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. Free Drink at Pattern Bar Curtesy of Roo

Roo an app that tells users which bars are happening and which bars are totally dead (lol) through crowd sourcing is partnering up with Pattern Bar in DTLA to give away a free drink to all Roo users every Thursday from 5:00pm-10:00pm for the whole month of March. Cheers to that!

32. MOCA Free Night

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

Friday March 25th, 2016

33. The Last Book Review

The Last Book Review event series blends music, comedy, and storytelling into a unique monthly show at the Last Bookstore in DTLA.


34. Wonder Con

Three days jam-packed with Q&As, premiere screenings, special guests, signings and an onstage Masquerade competition all at the Los Angeles Convention Center for Wonder Con happening March 25 through 27.

35. 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.

36. Art Exhibit Opening: Duchamp to Pop

Marcel Duchamp is being exhibited at The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Titled Duchamp to Pop the museum will show works from the archives of New Painting of Common Objects from 1962 and Marcel Duchamp Retrospective from 1963. In addition roughly 40 works will be on view from Warhol to Ruscha all of which who have been strongly influenced by Duchamps works.

37. Music For Train Stations 

Every Friday this March(until March 25) L.A.’s most majestic transit hub, Union Station, will be teaming up with musical curators at dublab to create a month-long sound series called Music For Train Stations.

38. 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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