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33 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week [6-1-15 to 6-5-15]

June 1, 2015 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 includes free Lobsta Truck, free Krispy Kreme for National Donut Day, a free movie screening at the Redondo Beach Pier, Available Light at the Disney Concert Hall, Friday night fireworks at Dodger Stadium, and a Great Horror Campout in Griffith Park.

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

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier. Credit: Boqiang Liao via flickr

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Monday June 1st, 2015

1. Negroni Week

A whole week celebrating Negroni cocktails? Sounds like a great week to me! Created by Imbibe and Campari, the week celebrates the classic drink while also promoting causes dear to our city. Over 30 bars and restaurants around town will be offering their favorite Negroni creations, with proceeds going towards a dedicated charity.

2. Is L.A.’s Past Worth Saving?

Zócalo presents Is L.A.’s Past Worth Saving? Moderated by KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez, it’s a conversation to address the sadness spurred by seeing old places get demolished in our city. It’s also the launch of the Getty and the city’s new preservation initiative, HistoricPlacesLA — a website that aims to comprehensively chronicle endangered places and neighborhoods.

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. Complimentary Sake Tasting at Katsuya

The Monday blues got you down? Have some sake on Katsuya! Increase your sake knowledge with a complementary tasting before dinner is served at all Kaysuya locations. Local experts from Tyku, Rock Sake, Dassai and Kikisui will be hosting.

5. Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont At LACMA

After a decade of artist research and work Chris Burden: Ode to Santos Dumont debuts at LACMA. This monumental performance sculpture, by the late artist pays homage to ingenuity, optimism, and the persistence of experimentation, failure, and innovation. Inspired by Alberto Santos-Dumont a french pioneer in aviation the kinetic airship sculpture is one of the last works of the American artist.

Tuesday June 2nd, 2015

6. DTLA Restaurant Tour featuring Bestia and Redbird

Bill Chait is behind some of LA’s favorite restaurants, from the highly anticipated opening of Redbird and Bestia, to the latest development in the Arts District. In this special tour as part of the LA Design Festival, guests will explore the design behind the spaces that have the whole town talking. Tickets are $20.

7. The Kids in the Hall

The beloved Canadian comedy troupe with Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Scott Thompson, Mark McKinney and Bruce McCulloch are back for one night at the Ace Theatre. Get reintroduced to Gavin, Headcrusher, The Chicken Lady and everybody’s favorite gay barfly Buddy Cole. The jokes might still be in 90’s references but man are they priceless.

8. Spring Awakening

The eight time Tony Award winning musical that took Broadway by storm with their talented and now famous original cast (includes Leah Michele) is back in LA . The musical follows a group of teenagers as they navigate the confusing and often troubled waters of adolescence. The bold and touching musical captures through music the experience of youth transitioning to adulthood. Tickets start at $89 but our friends at Goldstar have them starting at $55 Tuesday through Sunday.

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

Get a taste of Old Hollywood sip on classic cocktails as an awesome guide share history tidbits, celebrity stories and more on Urban Adventures tour of Historic Hollywood. Usually tickets are $79 but Goldstar is hooking people up with $47.40 tickets for Tuesday and Friday.

Wednesday June 3rd, 2015

10. Free Lobsta Truck in Tustin

As part of the #WescomKindness campaign get free Lobsta Truck in Tustin from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

11. Matilda the Musical

The Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical is playing at the Ahmanson. Named Time magazine’s No. 1 show of the year, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary little girl who dreams of a better life. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl,  Matilda the Musical has a brillant team behind it, including Tony-winning director Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage) and Tony-winning playwright Dennis Kelly. Tickets start at $75 but Goldstar has them starting at $52.

12. The Working Women’s Club: Work Party

From 11:00am – 5:00pm at The Ace Hotel Upstairs The Working Women’s Club will be hosting a all day gathering where ladies can come with their laptops, notebooks, sketch pads etc. and enjoy some good vibes, network, collaborate and check in with one another.

13. Immediate Family

Immediate Family is posited as a cross between Modern Family and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with all the social, racial and political implications that sort of combo brings to mind.  Directed by two-time Emmy nominee and Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad (you know her as Claire Huxtable), Immediate Family has been called “timely, and important” by the Chicago Tribune. Get more info and tickets for upcoming performances via Goldstar.

14. Trivia Night at Spin

Want an excuse to head down to the Standard Hotel? Every Wednesday night Spin hosts a trivia night starting at 9pm where you can enjoy special prizes, cocktails, and ping pong!

Thursday June 4th, 2015

15. Free Lobsta Truck in El Segundo and Thousand Oaks

As part of the #WescomKindness campaign get free Lobsta Truck in El Segundo and Thousand Oaks from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

16. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Grunion Run

It’s grunion season! Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro has three scheduled ‘Meet the Grunion’ events set for June/July. Each event includes an educational auditorium program and guided observation at the beach during the spawning. 8:00pm – 12:00pm. The cost is $5 for adult, non-members. And here’s the complete calendar of summer grunion runs.

17. Round Robin Cocktail Class & Tasting Thursdays

The Continental Club is hosting two alcohol infused events back to back. From 9-10pm is a cocktail class focused on crafting classic cocktails from the Continental Club cocktail menu. From 10-11pm a tasting session featuring Hangar 1 Vodka will take place in the Royals Table area, there the vodka brand ambassador will conduct two intimate tastings sessions. The event is free with a RSVP.

18. Game Night At Grand Central Market

Eat, drink and play every Thursday at Grand Central Market. Grab dinner and cocktails then top the night off with an assortment of games from Jenga to ping pong. The festivities end at 9:00pm for all the early risers out there!

19. Tomorrowland at El Capitan

See Disney’s newest blockbuster starring George Clooney at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood that includes a pre-show live magic performance and a post-screening behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film. Screening runs from Thursday through Sunday this weekend. Get more information and tickets via Goldstar.

20. Rip Curl Sample Sale

Get great deals on wetsuits, swimwear, watches, and other great Rip Curl apparel and gear. The sale runs from June 4 to June 7 and the first 200 people to enter the sale each day get a free t-shirt.

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Location: 3030 Airway Dr. Costa Mesa, California

21. MOCA Free Night

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

22. Cruel Intentions: The Completely Unauthorized Musical Parody 

This musical takes all the sexy, funny and memorable moments from the original movie, mashes them up with a soundtrack of top-40 hits from the 90s and then performs it all live onstage with a powerhouse cast and live band. Find discount tickets for Thursday and Friday via our friends at Goldstar.

23. Yoga With A View In Downtown L.A.

The US Bank Library Tower in Down Town is home to Rhubarb Studios. The tech studio decided to invite the folks at I Heart Yoga in the Park over for a donations based Vinyasa yoga night! Get on the RSVP list and get your body moving!

24. Motown the Musical at the Pantages 

Motown the Musical killed it on Broadway, and now the show’s national tour brings it to the Pantages Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. Shows are playing all week, but you can still get a heavy discount to Thursday night’s 8:00pm show via our friends at Goldstar. More information and tickets.

Friday June 5th, 2015

25. Available Light 

Three postmodern influencers – choreographer Lucinda Childs, composer John Adams, and architect Frank Gehry will re-conceive their multi-layered masterpiece, Available Light, for The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall this Friday and Saturday. Childs, Adams and Gehry will come together for a post-performance discussion about the production, co-commissioned and co-presented by Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center and the LA Phil. The original production opened 31 years ago. The rare conversation with all three creators will follow the Friday performance. Tickets start at $65 but our friends at Goldstar has them discounted starting at $33.

27. FREE Doughnut at Krispy Kreme for National Doughnut Day

In honor of National Doughnut Day stop into any Krispy Kreme for a FREE doughnut of any variety–including its world famous Original Glazed® doughnut.

28. WordTasting Tour 2015

Asymmetrical Press’ team of talented authors is hitting the road in May and June for a WordTasting Tour across the western United States and Canada and they are here this week in LA. Join Colin Wright, Josh Wagner, Shawn Mihalik, Skye Steele and special local guests for an evening of word tasting: readings, stories, live music, questions, and answers. Plus special guest Joshua Fields Millburn of The Minimalists will read at the event. Additional special guests include writer Matt Summell and artist Josh Hagler. Artist Jessica Lynn Williams will host.

29. Free Outdoor Movie Screenings on the Redondo Beach Boardwalk

Put together by The Redondo Pier Association this weekly summer film screening will kick off with Disneys Big Hero 6. The Redondo Beach Pier movie screenings will take place at 100 Fisherman’s Wharf Redondo Beach 90277

30. National Day of Civic Hacking Kick Off Party

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To celebrate the 2015 National Day of Civic Hacking, CTRL Collective and Hack For LA have decided to throw a huge party. There will be speakers, hacker demos, food trucks, an open bar and live music. The event is free.

31. Los Angeles Dodgers Friday Night Fireworks

Nothing beats catching a game beneath the stars especially with our beloved Dodgers . After the final out is called, the lights will go down and guests can actually go on to the field for a spectacular fireworks show. This week the Dodgers are up against the St. Louis Cardinals, and our friends at Goldstar have reserve MVP seats starting at $32.

32. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting

All summer long Barnsdall Art Park has a weekly fundraiser to benefit Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood, guests will enjoy fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s newly restored architectural gem, Hollyhock House. Silver Lake Wine will curate fine selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines for park-goers as well as local gourmet cheese shop, Say Cheese.

33. Great Horror Campout

The Great Horror Campout (GHC) is a “choose your own adventure” overnight, interactive camping experience held at the at Old Abandoned L.A. Zoo. Camp Creepers will be roaming the grounds and terrorizing overnight guests all night long. Sound like your kinda Friday? Ticket prices start around $109 per person but Goldstar has them for as low as $79 per person.

BONUS: First Fridays

Remember this Friday is the first of the month, which means First Friday festivities at NHM, in Venice Beach, and Bixby Knolls…


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