Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [2-20-2024 to 2-23-2024]

Union Station Old Ticket Room
The old ticket room at Union Station. Credit: Steve and Julie via flickr

Rain drops keep falling on your head? Time to find some choice indoor to-dos to take you through the week.

From February 20-23 in Los Angeles, you’ll find Comedy Pole at Dynasty Typewriter, a Wellness Wednesday with Self-Help Graphics, a free film screening by Metro Art, Zine Night at The Petersen, Ballots and Beer at Angel City Brewery, a fresh panel discussion at Zócalo Public Square, and more. Our full rundown starts below!


Things To Do This Week

M = Less than .5 miles from an L.A. Metro Station, FA = Free Admission, TP = Top Pick

An Evening with Common [waitlist only] – M FA > USC Visions and Voices hosts an evening with American rapper, actor, and activist Common as part of the Charlotta Bass Media Trailblazer Speaker Series. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

FLORA at ICILA FA > On Tuesday, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles celebrates the opening of their newest exhibition, FLORA, which Architectural studio Atelier Manferdini created a series of design objects, physical models, sculptures and A.I. illustrations that re-interpret images of nature into contemporary design. FLORA remains on view through April 19 and is free to visit by appointment. More info here.

Comedy Patio at Grand Central MarketM FA > Free standup comedy is back at Grand Central Market this Wednesday in the form of The Comedy Patio, a monthly showcase that pops up at Maple Block. This week’s lineup feature Christian Senrud, Jonathan Giles, Lindsay Adams, J.F. Harris, Carmen Morales, Liz Zagone, Julia Stone, and Jeff Buck. Doors open at 6 p.m.. Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Comedy Pole at Dynasty TypewriterM > Comedy and pole dancing? Okay, so how does that work exactly? Come find out at this Wednesday’s edition of Comedy Pole at Dynasty Typewriter, featuring a linup of stand-ups that includes includes Morgan Jay (MTV’s Wild’n’Out, Bring the Funny), Riki Lindholme (Another Period, Wednesday), Zainab Johnson (Upload, Semi-Finalist Last Comic Standing, Christina Calph (Arthur, Blacklist), and Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck, Employee of the Month). Tickets are $35. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Flux Screening Series at The HammerFA > This Wednesday at The Hammer, The Flux screening series brings the creative community together to celebrate outstanding short films and music videos from around the globe. The eclectic lineup of films includes comedy, dance, documentary, music, and animation and features new music videos for Khruangbin, Tom Odell, Yvnnis, and more. An afterparty with DJ’d tunes in the courtyard follows the screenings. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Wellness Wednesdays with SHGFA > Self-Help Graphics Wellness Wednesday series returns to Latinx Plants in Boyle Heights with a session on Collective Care for Collective Grieving led by facilitator Xochitl Palomera . Free to attend. Runs 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Ballots and BeerM FA TP > With California’s election primary coming up in just a few weeks (March 5th!), the question on lots of minds is… what are we voting for? This Wednesday, swing over to Angel City Brewery, have a seat, grab a brew, and get familiar with the issues as Dr. Ninochka McTaggart from the League of Women Voters guides you through what’s on this year’s ballot. Event runs 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Vinyl and Vintage Market FA > On Thursdays at Skybar Los Angeles, stop by for a Vinyl and Vintage Market pop-up featuring a curated vinyl records spun by Joshua Huot, plus vintage goodies and rare LPs to peruse. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. More info here.


Would Parliamentary America Have More Fun?M FA TP > This Friday, Constitutional law professor Maxwell L. Stearns comes to Zócalo Public Square to discuss his new book Parliamentary America: The Least Radical Means of Radically Repairing Our Broken Democracy, as part of Zócalo’s ongoing series of election year programming. Stick around after the talk for a reception, with complimentary food and beverages. Starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Night Dive at AoP -> On Friday, The Aquarium of the Pacific’s signature adults-only, after-hours series returns with an evening of food trucks, cash bars, DJ sets and a live band sending sounds throughout the the Aquarium galleries. GA tickets are $64.95 per person. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. More info here. More info here.

Drawing from Film with Catherine GoodmanM > In anticipation of her first solo Los Angeles exhibition opening at Hauser & Wirth next week, London-based artist Catherine Goodman stops by the gallery to lead a drawing session using the 1984 film Paris, Texas as inspiration. Catherine Goodman. New Works opens Hauser & Wirth Downtown LA on February 27. The drawing event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $15. More info here.

Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a LifeM FA TP > On Friday, Metro Art Presents hosts a free screening of Geoff McFetridge: Drawing a Life in the historic ticketing hall of Union Station, followed by an in-person conversation between McFetridge and L.A. writer Alissa Walker. RVSP recommended but not required. Seating is first-come, first-served. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Dark Dark Ride Ride at ZJU-> Zombie’s Joe Underground Theatre’s annual fan-favorite, Dark Dark Ride Ride, has been extended by one extra weekend, and will wrap up with a run this Friday to Sunday. Expect a “hand-pushed ride through Hell and back,” offering plenty of reasons to grab on tight to your fellow passenger. Tickets are $35, 18+ only, and waivers most definitely required. More info here.


Petersen Automotive Museum Zine NightTP > Did you know that Robert Petersen founded Hot Rod Magazine in 1948? This Friday, the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates the publishing legacy of its namesake benefactor by inviting guests to create a zine of their own, gathering inspiration and materials from the galleries. It’s a night of creativity, a chance to learn more about iconic cars, and enjoy a couple of cocktails. Tickets are priced at $30 per person. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The Midnight Margarita at Citrin. Photo credit Wonho Frank Lee.

This Thursday is National Margarita Day, and if you need a little inspo on where to go, check out our recently published Really Big List of the Best Happy Hours in Los Angeles. On offer you’ll find options like the Midnight Margarita featuring charcoal tequila at Citrin, a Mezcal Margarita at Madre, or a refreshing Passion Fruit Margarita at Mother Tongue. Lots to choose from (and maybe you’ll find a few good future date ideas in their as well).

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