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, May 7 to Friday, May 11, features Goat Yoga on The Lawn, Häagen-Dazs annual free cone day, Beyond the Streets, Melrose Rooftop Theatre, Free Thursdays at The Broad, Summer of Salsa concert series at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, ARTXFOOD 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 May 7th, 2018
1. Astronomy on Tap at Der Wolfskopf Pub in Pasadena brings professional astronomers to bars to give informal talks on a variety of scientific topics followed by lots of discussion with guests. And beer!
2. The Pub at Golden Road will host Goat Yoga on The Lawn where guests join in a one hour yoga session, sip on a GR beer after and meet and greet the yogi goats.
3. Happening every Monday, Trivia Night at Southland Beer starts at 8:30 p.m. and first prize winners get $25 off your bar tab and $10 off for the second place team.
4. It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week (May 6-11) diners can expect 40+ restaurants in participation offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.
5. The Museum of Failure has a new location on Hollywood and Highland with new exhibits and products that include Juicero, Facebook Gifts, RCA SelectaVision, Pets.com, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails. Happening all week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
Tuesday May 8th, 2018
6. Häagen-Dazs annual free cone day is back! Just be at a participating locations to grab a free ice cream scoop (cup, sugar cone, or cake cone) of your choice on Tuesday, May 8 between 4 to 8 p.m. FREE
7. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week.
8. Greenbar Distillery hosts whisky tastings at their distillery in Downtown Los Angeles where you get to taste six kinds of whisky and learn how to identify a scotch, rye, bourbon and more.
9. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of The Montalban in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA with multiple screenings this week that include Do The Right Thing, Pretty Woman, Clueless, Call Me By Your Name and more.
10. The legendary Dana Carvey will be live at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood this Tuesday. He’ll be joined by other special guests that evening as well. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
11. Happy Place has found a new home at LA Live’s Event Deck, opening on April 26 and running through May 27 the very Instagram friendly experience will feature a giant pot of gold and indoor confetti dome, a bath tub filled with rubber duckies and more. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
12. Shop handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories at up to 75% off during the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale. Happening May 8-13 at 260la in Beverly Hills.
13. 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.
14. The Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical Blues in the Night brings its show stopping production to The Wallis now until May 20.
15. Visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, a majestic Mediterranean masterpiece built in 1915 and designed by distinguished architect Reginald Davis Johnson, from April 22-May 20. The tours have been going strong since 1948, it’s also one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country.
16. Free admission at: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (also free for L.A. County residents with valid I.D. after 3:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays all month long) and Autry Museum of the American West
Wednesday May 9th, 2018
17. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with a screening of The Big Lebowski. Choose to just watch the movie or purchase a three course dinner package before hand. There will be concession style snacks and cocktails for sale as well.
18. Platinum indie pop musician BORNS will give a free performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood this Wednesday at 5 p.m.
19. Part comedy show, beauty pageant and live music event, The Comedy Pageant features Cristela Alonzo, Rhea Butcher, Adam Conover, Lizzy Cooperman and Annie Lederman in a comedy show happening at The Virgil this Wednesday. FREE
20. Take an afternoon yoga class in beautiful Grand Park. The 45 minute workout is complimentary to the public every Wednesday and Friday. After yoga, checkout the many food trucks lining the park and grab lunch al fresco style.
21. Amy Herzog’s Belleville continues its first-ever Los Angeles run at the Pasadena Playhouse this week. The play stars Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect, True Blood) and Thomas Sadoski (Life in Pieces, The Newsroom) in a production that Entertainment Weekly calls a “shocking thrill ride that will leave you breathless.” Show runs until May 13. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar
22. Bad Housekeeping at Good Housekeeping in Highland Park pops up every Wednesday now through May 30. On these nights you’ll find libations inspired by bad recipes of the past including a ‘glazed ham’ and cherry cordials cocktail.
23. Museum of Selfies opens on April 1 and will run till May 31 with 10 interactive exhibits that welcomes visitors to take a closer look into the cultural phenomenon. The curators of the Glendale museum have also collected an array of Instagram-inspired art as well as an Iron Throne made of selfie sticks for guests to enjoy.
Thursday May 10th, 2018
24. They Who Saw the Deep is a new multi-discipline immersive experience that takes place in a secret 17,000 square-foot space in Koreatown.
25. Free Thursdays at The Broad takes places from 4-7 p.m. where free admission to Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will be issued starting at 3:45 p.m. No reservations are necessary. FREE
26. Downtown Art Walk brings art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month to take part in gallery tours, shop the art mart and sample nearby food trucks, and experience the overall flavor of the downtown Los Angeles Historic Core.
27. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Clueless takes over the Rockwell in Los Feliz with Broadway style performances in an intimate cabaret setting. Happening Thursday and throughout the weekend. (DISCOUNTED) via Goldstar
28. Shop Lucca Couture’s influencer approved styles during their three day sample sale May 10-12. Spring/Summer pieces will be discounted.
29. Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in 100+ cities across the globe including Busby’s East in Los Angeles! Dubbed as “Discovery Channel with beer” folks will give fun and informative presentations about a variety of topics and the audience drinks along.
30. 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.), Long Beach Museum of Art (3 to 8 p.m.) and USC Pacific Asian Museum (5 to 8 p.m.) FREE
Friday May 11th, 2018
31. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles will launch its 4th annual FREE Summer of Salsa concert series on Friday. Dance to the sounds of some of the city’s best salsa and Cuban bands one Friday evening each month through September. FREE
32. ARTXFOOD, a nightly series of communal meals merging the worlds of art and cuisine, will take place at Goya Studios in Hollywood every evening from May 11 through June 3. Top Chef All Stars winner Richard Blais will create the food, while L.A. artist Greg Ito creates art that will surround you during the evening.
33. Immerse yourself in a day (or two!) of all things Jurassic Park during Universal Studios’ 25th anniversary celebration of the dinosaur blockbuster on May 11-12. Enjoy special exhibits, interactive photo ops, a fan costume show, a screening of the film and more. –
34. Echo Park Craft Fair’s Spring Edition at Mack Sennett Studios (May 11-13) features over 120 artists with various ceramic, jewelry, clothing, woodworking and textile design booths.
35. RuPaul’s DragCon offers three days of art, pop culture and all things drag when returns to Los Angeles from May 11-13. Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, visitors can check out vendors, panel discussions, screenings, autograph and photo ops, lip sync contests, and make-up and styling workshops for men and women.
36. Urban Death: Spring, a haunted theater attraction, is coming to Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood this Friday. Urban Death have terrorized audiences in L.A. for over a decade. Expect a completely new experience of inexplicable horrors and unfathomable monstrosities for this spring edition.
37. Head to Marina Del Rey to shop the James Perse sample sale. Menswear, womenswear, home, accessories and footwear will all be discounted. Happening May 11-13.
38. There’s a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window in 35mm at the Vista this Friday.
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