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46 Totally Fun Things To Do in L.A. This Week You Need to Know About [8-20-18 to 8-24-18]

August 20, 2018 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, August 20 to Friday, August 24, features Dinner & a Movie at Alcove, Hello Kitty night at Dodger Stadium, Griffith Observatory Sunset Walk & Talk, Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Round Up Country Block Party at L.A. LIVE, DTLA Proud Festival and MUCH more.

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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 August 20th, 2018

1. Start your week with a free Jam Session at the Ford Theatres. This week’s focus: Meditative Movement & Sound Bath. FREE

2. Alcove in Los Feliz will host a dinner and a movie night in their gorgeous garden patio screening Wedding Crashers. Movie starts at 8 p.m. but we suggest going early to reserve a seat and enjoy dinner.

3. A Yeti Village has been constructed on Hollywood and Vine in anticipation for the movie SMALLFOOT. Designed to look like winter, visitors of all ages can dance in a blizzard, swing on a cloud, ride a 20-foot slide, play in a snowball pit, sing karaoke, do arts and crafts and more. The family-friendly experience is free to attend and runs through September 14, 2018. FREE

4. An Evening with Jason Bateman at the Writer’s Guild Theater.

5. COSMIC MUSINGS – “The Soul of Psyche – Mission to the Heart of a Protoplanet”- part of a special series at Griffith Observatory.

6. Silver Lake Thai wine bar Same Same will host pop-up “Same Same but Taco” from 6 to 11:30 p.m. or until tacos run out. The night will feature Thai-inspired al pastor and carne asada tacos ($8 a plate of two), $3 Singha beer, Same Same’s regular menu, as well as happy hour from 5-7 p.m.

7.  Tiki Talk: An Exotic Evening of Cocktail History hosted by the Museum of the Americant Cocktail at Momed.

Tuesday August 21st, 2018

8. 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 Clueless.

9. British artist Lucy Sparrow has transformed the second floor of the Standard in DTLA into Sparrow Mart a supermarket art wonderland fill with over 31,000 adorable felt-covered food replicas all for sale. Part art installation, store and loads of photo worthy moments, Sparrow Mart open Aug 1-31 (closed on Mondays) is free to attend on a first come first serve basis. FREE 

10. 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 concludes with a screening of the classic Karate Kid at Granada Beach. FREE

11. There’s free meditation held by Chan Meditation at Rio San Gabriel Park in Downey this Tuesday. FREE

12. It’s Hello Kitty night at Dodger Stadium this Tuesday as the boys in blue battle the St. Louis Cardinals. Hello Kitty will be throwing out the first pitch, Dodger x Hello Kitty drawstring tote bags will be given out and iconic Sanrio character will also make appearances for photo opps before the game in the Left Field Plaza.

13. 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. Lady Bird will be screened this week.

14. Red Herring in Eagle Rock will host a Slow & Low BBQ Slam from 5-10p.m. with all-you-can-eat pulled pork, ribs, hot links, brisket and chicken, paired with classic sides and a slice of homemade pecan pie. Tickets coast $35 per person.

15. E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood continues their stylish cinema series Melrose Rooftop Theatre with several screenings this week that include Moulin Rouge and Whats Love Got To Do With It.

16. Check out LACMA’s latest exhibition, 3D: Double Vision an interactive exhibit that explores the art and illusion of 3D.

17. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of LEVEL in DTLA and NeueHouse in Hollywood with multiple screenings this week that include Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Big Lebowski and more.

18. Free museum days:Los Angeles County Arboretum (note: the tram doesn’t run on this day), South Coast Botanic Garden and Descanso Gardens

Wednesday August 22nd, 2018

19. Celebrate canines during Dog Days of Summer at the Hammer Museum. This week enjoy a free film screening of Best in Show. FREE

20. Griffith Observatory offers a Sunset Walk & Talk one evening a month led by a Park Ranger and museum guide. FREE

21. The 8th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is a five-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in Los Angeles food and drink culture. Happening in Downtown L.A., Santa Monica and Beverly Hills between from August 22-26. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

22. 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 free performances of A Mid Summer Nights Dream and Titus Andronicus Wednesday through Sunday. FREE

23. White Denim is set to give a free performance at Amoeba Hollywood at 6 p.m. this Wednesday.

24. The Garvey Ranch Observatory will host an evening of astronomy with members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. Guest will have a chance to go into the dome to view the stars, enjoy a star party on the lawn, and learn how to build their own telescope. The observatory is open to the public on Wednesday nights only. FREE

25. 260LA is hosting a sample sale with Jonathan Simkhai and Charlotte Olympia August 22-25.

Thursday August 23rd, 2018

26. Round Up at L.A. LIVE bills itself as the ultimate country street party, featuring $5 food and drink menus, a beer garden, mechanical bull riding, live musical performances, line dancing, country-themed vendors, rodeo ropers, cowboy stilt walkers, Western-themed street art and more!

27. Skirball’s annual Sunset Concert Series features six Thursday night concerts with eclectic and inspiring artists from July 26 to August 30. Kishi Bashi is set to perform this week.

28. Celebrate summer as you enjoy the arts during Symphonic Thursdays, a series of four free concerts taking place at Marina del Rey’s Burton Chace Park during July and August. The series concludes with a staged performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved musical South Pacific with the Marina del Rey Orchestra.FREE

29. 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 Planes, Trains, and Automobiles will be screened. FREE

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.

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31. French-based music label Kitsuné is collaborating with the NoMad Hotel for Kitsuné Afterwork. Enjoy complementary tunes by The Juan MacLean, Nancy Whang and Durant on the rooftop of the trendy hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.

32. It’s Cosmic Karaoke night at Scum and Villainy Cantina. Singing starts at 9 p.m.ts will enjoy a sunset hike led by a Griffith Park park ranger and a museum guide. FREE

33. 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.

34. Rodeo Drive’s BOLD Summer is set to bring an energizing spin to Beverly Hills’ Golden Triangle this August. Come enjoy a block party with live entertainment, special restaurant offers, and more. BOLD happens every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from August 2-25. FREE

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 Museum of Latin American Art (5 to 9 p.m.)

Friday August 24th, 2018

36. The DTLA Proud Festival returns to Pershing Square for a weekend of community and diversity celebration starting with a free all ages celebration this Friday featuring live music, food vendors, artists and more representing the culture, history, and diversity of the Los Angeles LGBTQ+ community. Keep in mind Friday evening will be alcohol free and Saturday and Sunday event days are 21+ and will be serving alcohol. 

37. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2018 with a screening of Easy Rider at The Autry. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

38. The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel will perform some of Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl with a spectacular fireworks show. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

39. 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. Continuing the series is a screening of Five Summer Stories.

40. The Labyrinth Masquerade Ball happening August 24-25 at the Millennium Biltmore in DLTA is a unique experience featuring extravagant costumes, performances, multiple ballrooms with dancing, mythological acts, special effects and the popular Goblin Court.

41. 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

42. Friday Night Fireworks at Dodger Stadium will feature a dazzling fireworks show on the field after the game paired with music. This week the boys in blue will go up against the San Diego Padres. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

43. 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.

44. 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 Dance DTLA, an evening dedicated to Bollywood. FREE

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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. 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 Noting Hill.

Food Pick for the Week

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Photo Credit: Christina Champlin / We Like L.A.

This week’s pick by Christina Champlin, Co-Founder of We Like L.A.

Triple Beam Pizza is a worthy addition to Highland Park’s burgeoning, and ever-expanding food scene. The new concept is a collaboration between two James Beard award heavy hitters: Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina. Silverton is best known as artisan baker extraordinaire, co-owner of the Mozza complex, chi SPACCA and founder of the famous La Brea Bakery. Molina is a critically acclaimed chef and co-owner of Everson Royce Bar. The two chefs have a decade-long history together, with Molina as the executive chef at Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza in his past. The fruits of this partnership are on full display at Triple Beam. Pizzas are served Roman-style, rectangular-shaped, and cut with scissors to the size specifications of each customer. And you pay by the ounce. Conceivably you could ask for a remote-control sized slice of each style and sample the entire menu in one sitting. Of course, one of the joys of having a neighborhood pizza joint is to come back again and again. Currently on the menu: summer corn, eggplant, heirloom tomato, and pepperoni.

Triple Beam Pizza is located at 5918 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042.


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