Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [2-26-2024 to 3-1-2024]

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Pool
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Pool. Photo courtesy of Felix L.A.

With The Felix Art Fair and Frieze L.A. kicking off over the next few days along with a slew of fresh exhibition openings at galleries/museums around the city, the watchword of the week is simply… art. But there’s more than that too!

From February 26 to March 1 in Los Angeles you’ll also find Lunar New Year Chamber Music at the LA Phil, Astronomy on Tap in Pasadena, First Fridays at NHM, The Comedy Basement at Grand Central Market, Sketch Party at Benny Boy, and more. Lots to choose from! Let’s dig into the full list below.


Things To Do This Week

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

Exhibition Openings at Hauser & WirthM FA TP > On Tuesday, Hauser & Worth Los Angeles in the Arts District marks the beginning of Frieze LA 2024 by opening three new exhibitions, including Catherine Goodman. New WorksRETROaction (part two), Jason Rhoades. DRIVE. The opening party is free to attend and will feature cash bars, bites purchase via Manuela, and a special DJ set by KCRW’s Novena Carmel. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Lunar New Year Chamber Music with the LA PhilM > On Tuesday, Celebrate the Year of the Wood Dragon with music that reimagines Chinese folk songs and captures the exuberance of village festivities. Yi-Wen Jiang’s quartet will perform popular Chinese folk tunes to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Tan Dun’s Concerto for Six will merge Eastern and Western traditions, showcasing the virtuosity of each player. Additionally, Mendelssohn’s Second String Quintet features pieces rich in drama and lyricism. Tickets start at $20. More info here.

Sketch Party LAFA > Sketch Party’s twice-monthly drawing/drinking meet-up returns to Benny Boy Brewing this Tuesday. They’ll hook you up with sketch paper, pens, pencils, and markers, then it’s up to you to create, mingle, hang out, and enjoy BB’s solid lineup of craft beers and ciders. All artistic levels welcome. Pi00a will be the food vendor for the night. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. 21+ only. More info here.

Astronomy On TapM FA > After a rainout earlier this month, Astronomy on Tap is back at Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena this Wednesday for a pair of presentations on the topics of Space Settlements and Planetary Compositions, all paired with brews on tap, pub trivia, live music, and on-hand telescopes. Stats at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Felix Art FairM > This Wednesday to Sunday, the sixth edition of Felix Art Fair takes over The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel with an international roster of 60+ galleries occupying both indoor and outdoor spaces of the iconic hotel. Runs this Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets run $75 per day, or a run of the show pass cost $100. More info here.

Frieze Los Angeles -> Starting Thursday, Frieze Los Angeles is back for 2024 at the Santa Monica Airport. The four-day presentation of art features some of the most renowned galleries in the world, and also includes special activations and pop-ups from a few of L.A.’s most popular restaurants. Tickets start at $76 per adult. More info here.

The Comedy Basement at GCM M FA > On Thursday, Grand Central Market hosts an evening of stand-up in the lower level. This month’s lineup includes Aparna Nancherla, Craig Conant, Paul Elia, Logan Guntzelman, Daniel Webb, Biniam Binuzeh, and Jeff Buck. Free/donation-based performance. Show begins at 7 p.m. More info here.

Marc Maron at The Elysian -> Cantankerous comedian/podcaster/actor Marc Maron (GLOW, WTF with Marc Maron) comes to The Elysian Theater for a Leap Day performance this Thursday. Tickets are $30, and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. More info here.

NHM First FridaysM > Natural History Museum’s signature monthly series returns for 2024 this Friday with an event theme of Animal Love The evening includes live music, DJ sets in the nature garden, pop-up experiences throughout the museum, plus a discussion on mating habits of the animal kingdom with evolutionary biologist Dr. Patty Brennan. First Fridays run 5 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $20. More info here.


Chinatown First FridaysM FA > L.A.’s Chinatown stays open late on Friday for an evening of exploring the unique small businesses and contemporary art and culture spaces that make up the historic neighborhood. West Plaza and Chungking Road will activate with local pop-up vendors, DJ-spun music, and area galleries with extended hours. The March edition of First Fridays runs from 6 to 10 p.m., and is co-presented. by KCUNG Radio. Free to attend, as always. More info here.

Bixby Knolls First FridaysFA > First Fridays along Atlantic Ave in Long Beach kicks off March with a Women’s History Month edtion featuring live music and/or DJ sets at over a dozen locations along the corridor, plus the monthly assortment of extended hours and special discounts at participating businesses,. Runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.6:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

There Will Be Blood: A SymposiumFA > The Getty Museum and USC’s Center for the Premodern World are teaming up for a two-day symposium on the cultural, religious, and symbolic significance of blood during the medieval period, all tied into The Getty’s new exhibition Blood: Medieval/Modern. Events/talks/discussions take place (Friday) at Hoose Library of Philosophy on the campus of USC and (Saturday) at the Museum Lecture Hall at The Getty. Both days are free to attend. More info here.

GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73: An Exhibition Of Photographs From Gordon Matta-ClarkFA TP > Beginning this Friday, BEYOND THE STREETS and CONTROL Gallery debut a new exhibition highlighting the photography of Gordon Matta-Clark, who documented the New York City graffiti scene in the early 1970s through over 2,000 images. GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73: An Exhibition Of Photographs From Gordon Matta-Clark includes over 200 carefully selected photographs, many of which have never been revealed to the public. There will be an opening celebration this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and the exhibition is free to attend during normal gallery hours through April 13. More info here.

Giant Robot Biennale 5 Opening Celebration at JANMM FA TP > Giant Robot and the Japanese American National Museum have teamed up for a fresh edition of the recurring, collaboration exhibition series that celebrates GR’s impact/ethos of Asian American alternative culture. Giant Robot Biennale 5 features contributions from Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean, Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto. This Friday, an opening party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring free to access to the galleries, DJ sets, and onsite food trucks. The exhibition will run through September 1. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Ocean Avenue Santa Monica
Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. Photo by Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival -> The inaugural Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival is ready to kick off this weekend, presenting a delicious three-day experience from Friday to Sunday in Santa Monica. Organized by the team behind events like Taste of London, Taste of Paris, and Frieze, The event boasts a lineup of chefs includes Justin Pichetrungsi of Anajak Thai and Timothy Hollingsworth of Otium, alongside celebrity chefs like Andrew Zimmern. Attendees can indulge in unlimited tastings from more than 30 chefs each day and explore an array of beverage options from over 50 top-notch beer, wine, and spirits brands. Tickets start at $225 per person, per day. More info here.

Proper Hour at Palma -> Experience a delightful westside happy hour at the very aesthetic Palma inside the Proper Hotel in Santa Monica. Proper Hour takes place from Monday to Thursday, between 4 to 6 p.m., offering guests the chance to savor $12 cocktails and a range of food options priced between $9 and $24. Additionally, there are large-format Prosecco-based cocktails available, designed to serve two to four guests at $45. The bites menu boasts enticing selections, including charcuterie boards, a Beet Carpaccio with black truffle aioli, arugula, and olive-caper vinaigrette, as well as a tempting calamari and zucchini Fritto Misto. More info here

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