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 MonFday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).
This week, from Monday, July 30 to Friday, August 3, features Summer Jazz Nights, Rodeo Drive’s BOLD Summer, The Silver Lake Picture Show, The Emoji Art Show, Jackalope Arts Summer Nights, Classic Drive-in Movies at The Roadium, All Space Considered at Griffith Observatory 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 July 30th, 2018
1. On Monday Griffiith Observatory hosts a late-night Mars close approach free public viewing event. Mars will be at the closest it has been to the Earth for the next 17 years. Telescopes will be available on the lawn for free public viewing while The Café at the End of the Universe and the Stellar Emporium will have carts outside from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.. FREE
2. NPR podcast It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders will be live at the Line Hotel in Koreatown this Monday. The live event will host a conversation with actor John Cho and director Aneesh Chaganty about their new movie, Searching.
3. Shakespeare on the Bluff brings Shakespeare’s greatest plays to Loyola Marymount University for free shows in June and July. The series concludes with Othello on Monday. FREE
4. Check out LACMA’s latest exhibition, 3D: Double Vision an interactive exhibit that explores the art and illusion of 3D.
5. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Afro-Cuban Dance. FREE
6. The Summer Playwrights Festival will show 30 plays in eight days from July 29 through Sunday August 5 at the Road on Lankershim in the Historic Lankershim Arts Center in North Hollywood.
7. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Romeo & Juliet, Some Like It Hot, Space Jam and more.
Tuesday July 31st, 2018
8. Check out some untraditional dance moves when the Music Center’s Moves After Dark returns July 31 and August 1 with performances in unconventional spots throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
9. Come listen to great live jazz when Subaru Summer Jazz Nights returns to Hollywood and Highland for five Tuesday evenings. Sammy Miller & the Congregation will perform this Tuesday.
10. Movie Nights at Tropicana Bar located at The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel will throw Angelenos a movie night series every Tuesday night from 8 to 11 p.m. from June till September 3 by the David Hockney painted Tropicana Pool. Screening this week is Breakin’.
11. Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema is back for the fifth year in a row. From June 5 through August 28 Angelenos can indulge in a luxury outdoor movie experience by the pool with a Cipriani menu, classic movie snacks and mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne .Grease will be screened this week.
12. See Hershey Felder as Beethoven at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The one-man shows will depict the iconic composer’s story through music and monologue. Hershey Felder: Beethoven will run from July 26 to August 19. Hershey Felder: Beethoven will run from July 26 to August 19. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
13. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ready Player One, Dumb & Dumber and more.
14. Boomtown Brewery in collaboration with Chef Alan Matheus hosts a weekly all-you-can-eat Taco Tuesday, where $15 gets you unlimited tacos for two hours plus a beer, and $2 off select beers after that.
15. Moonlight Movies on the Beach returns to Alfredo’s Beach Club in Long Beach a a summer of free film screenings on the sand. The series continues Tu1esday with a screening of Jaws at Granada Beach. FREE
Wednesday August 1st, 2018
16. Back for the 15th year in a row, The Independent Shakespeare Co. presents Shakespeare in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park with a free performance of Titus Andronicus Wednesday through Friday. FREE
17. See comedians recreate The Goonies live onstage while drunk at Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood.
18. Liquid Intelligence will take over The Mixing Room from 6-7 p.m. for one hour of a complimentary cocktail. This time it’s the refreshing classic daiquiri. FREE
19. Shakespeare By The Sea will once again offer a ten-week program of admission-free performances. The series continues with performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor on Wednesday and Friday and The Winter’s Tale on Thursday all at three different locations. FREE
20. Head to the Frogtown Brewery this Wednesday for Trivia Night presented by Geeks Who Drink.
21. Free Summer Movie Nights at Sweet Rose Creamery in Studio City continues with a screening of Back To The Future. FREE
22. Idiots Comedy Show is back at The Clubhouse featuring free beer and comedy (donation based) from Ian Karmel, Allen Strickland Williams, JC Coccoli and more.
Thursday August 2nd, 2018
23. Opening night of Rodeo Drive’s BOLD Summer is set to bring an energizing spin to Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle this August. Come enjoy the event’s free kickoff block party on August 2, with live entertainment, special restaurant offers, art installations, fireworks and more! BOLD happens every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from August 2-25. FREE
24. Movie Night at The Wiltern will screen Yellow Submarine 50th Anniversary Celebration with a live DJ spinning vinyl and photo ops. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
25. Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry returns for weekly nights of salsa and Latin fusion music, complimentary dance lessons, museum access, tacos and margaritas.
26. The Silver Lake Picture Show continues with films Sunset Triangle Plaza every other Thursday through mid-September. The event features DJ sets or live music from local bands, along with short films from Los Angeles-area filmmakers and a feature film. Remember the Titans will be screened this week. FREE
27. Skirball’s annual Sunset Concert Series features six Thursday night concerts with eclectic and inspiring artists from July 26 to August 30. Peter Mawanga is set to perform this week.
28. CREAM will celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day at three L.A. locations selling mini ice cream sandwiches for one penny from 1-4 p.m. in honor of the invention of the original ice cream sandwich in 1900, when it was sold for one cent from a street cart.
29. Best of Short Film Festival at Regal L.A. LIVE Cinemas will focus on multiple award winning short films from around the world circled around theme romance or sci-fi. The event is free to attend with a suggested donation.
30. The night market at hilltop Asian restaurant Yamashiro back for 2018 every Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m., through September 27. Angelenos can enjoy a farmers market, freshly prepared foods and Yamashiro’s unbeatable views of Hollywood.
31. Enjoy free family-friendly outdoor movies in Malibu thanks to Screen on the Green at Trancas Country Market every Thursday through September 13. This week Meatballs will be screened. FREE
32. Shakespeare’s most magical play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon for 12 performances throughout the summer, from June 3-September 3.
33. It’s Cosmic Karaoke night at Scum and Villainy Cantina. Singing starts at 9 p.m.
34. Enjoy summer time at the highest rooftop pool in the city located at The Andaz in West Hollywood. Every Thursday the public is invited free of charge to Sunsets on Sunset an evening of music, cocktails and bites with an epic view.
35. Free museum days: 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.)
Friday August 3rd, 2018
36. There’s a multi-sensory art party revolving around emojis coming to Los Angeles for one night. The Emoji Art Show, at DTLA’s Inner Space, will feature over 30 emerging local artists, live art, body painting, performances, DJ tunes, a full bar with food and emoji desserts.
37. Jackalope Arts is bringing a new night market to Pasadena on August 3-4 featuring a massive assortment of artisan vendors, free sunset yoga classes, acoustic music, DIY activities, and local food and drink, including a beer garden to sit back and enjoy the summer evenings. Happening at Old Pasadena’s Central Park. FREE
38. The Roadium in Torrance presents Classic Drive-in Movies every Friday night in August and the first Friday of September. Each family-friendly event features classic films projected on the screen tower. Kicking off the series is a screening of The Goonies.
39. The Music Center’s annual Dance DTLA series is back for 2018 with a series of Friday-night events at Grand Park. This week features DJ Nights an evening dedicated to curated music, dancing, and more from 9 p.m. to midnight. FREE
40. Brew at the L.A. Zoo features beer sampling from 40+ local craft and microbreweries, live music, pop-up zookeeper talks, animal discovery stations and more.
41. Enjoy a vintage-style summer evening watching a drive-in movie during San Fernando Valley Summer Drive-In Movie Nights at the Lake Balboa Complex. Each evening will offer food trucks, a 26-player arcade game truck, laser tag, silent disco headphone party and family board games all included in your ticket price. Kicking off the series is a screening of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
42. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will host Late Night Fridays where guests can enjoy free general admission from 5 to 8 p.m. and gain access to special activities, 3D movies, behind-the-scenes tours, live excavations, and more. FREE
43. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck’s Summer Supper + Show returns every Friday and Saturday, July through August, with a Asian-inspired dinner at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck followed by a movie screening on the private 26th floor hotel rooftop. This weekend they’ll screen Moonrise Kingdom.
44. 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
45. Are you a Chase bank customer? Got a freebie you might want to know about. Coolhaus is teaming with the Forum and Chase to hand out free ice cream sandwiches to Chase customers on Fridays all summer long. Locations will change every Friday, and the offer is ice cream sandwich per cardholder. Get more info here.
46. Barnsdall Fridays returns to Barnsdall Art Park for the tenth year in a row, with evening tastings of boutique wines and music from KCRW DJs perched atop a hill with incredible city views.
47. For over 30 years, Grand Performances has offered a variety of performance events at California Plaza, for free. Their 2018 summer series runs June 1 through August 18. This Friday “When Moons Become Stars” a panel discussion featuring five indigenous ballerinas—Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Rosella Hightower, Yvonee Chouteau, Mocelyne Larkin—and moderated by Bonnie Oda Homsey. FREE
48. Outdoor theater Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, located in Topanga Canyon summer 2018 season begins on June 2 with a performance of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
49. The City of Monterey Park presents Summer Movies in the Park a family friendly event with free popcorn taking place in different parks in the neighborhood. This month the series concludes with CoCo at Barnes Park Amphitheater . FREE
50. 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. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)
51. 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.
Food Pick for the Week
Join Sweetfin for an all day happy hour at their Silver Lake location this Thursday August 2. Deals include $3 beers, $4 wine, $5 sake as well as $5 Yuzu Salmon or Spicy Tuna over crispy rice. The all-day specials will go to support FEAST, a food eduction community supporting a healthier lifestyle through human connection.
Sweetfin is located at 3112 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.
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