Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [3-4-2024 to 3-8-2024]

Pasadena City Hall. Photo by Brian Champlin

Well, we just wrapped the fourth wettest February in Los Angeles history. But we’re in the clear now, right? Not exactly. Another quick storm is slated to pass through on Wednesday night, but it looks like we’ll head into the weekend mostly sunny. In the meantime, how about some to-dos?

This March 4-8 in Los Angeles, catch Music off the Wall at The Music Center, the Benson Movie Interruption, Popular Kids Club at Permanent Records Roadhouse, the Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival, Pasadena ArtNight, the Prose Bowl, and more. Check out 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

Monday Movie Night at Mama -> Mama Shelter’s rooftop hosts a Monday Movie Night screening “Boogie Nights” under the stars, complete with complimentary popcorn, headphones and cozy blankets. Tickets cost $12 a person and must be purchased in pairs. More info here.

Kara Swisher at Live Talks Los Angeles -> This Monday, award-winning tech/business journalist Kara Swisher (Pivot podcast) comes to the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre for the latest edition of Live Talks Los Angeles. Swisher sits down with Ted Sarandos to discuss all things tech, and her latest Burn Book: A Tech Love Story. GA tickets start at $50 and include a signed book. More info here.

Music off the WallM FA > A new augmented reality art exhibition is coming to The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza this Tuesday. Music off the Wall includes 16 digital artworks on display, including the world premiere of Bloomscapes by Pandakero, made under the creative direction of EyeJack’s founder and renowned digital artist Sutu. Visitors can access musical accompaniments via their smartphone as they explore each art work. Open to the public Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. The exhibition runs through May 4. More info here.

Free Metro Rides for Election Day -> Need to a lift to your polling place or to drop off your ballot? Metro is offering free rides on all buses, trains, Metro Bike Share and Metro Micro for Election Day, Tuesday, March 5. PLUS: Metro has Vote-By-Mail Drop Boxes at 9 of their transit hubs, including Union Station, Hollywood/Western Station, Wilshire/Vermont Station, and more. Get all the details here.

Benson Movie Interruption M TP > What’s better than seeing a terrible/awesome movie with your friends and making fun of it while you watch it? One word: Celebrities! This Tuesday at Dynasty Typewriter, Doug Benson hosts a “your choice” version of his Movie Interrupted series with special guests including Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Lamorne Morris, and Nicole Byer. Attendees are invited to bring in a Blue Ray / DVD of their choice, and the audience will vote on what to watch before the show begins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 the day-of. More info here.

Giant Robot Biennale 5 at JANMM > 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. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, and the exhibition will run through September 1. More info here.

First Wednesday Lecture at The AoP -> Every first Wednesday evening of the month, the Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a guest lecture and cocktail reception at the Pacific Visions Theater. For March 6, the session will be highlighted by a presentation on Gray Wolves from author Erica Berry. Tickets are $5 in advance, or $10 the day of. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. More info here.

First Wednesday Comedy at Common SpaceFA > Common Space Brewery’s monthly comedy night takes place on the first Wednesday of every month. Hosts Dave Williamson and Sean McBride host a cozy show in the Brewery’s gallery space, and it’s free to attend. Runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. More info here.

GRAFFITI ARCHIVE 1972/73: An Exhibition Of Photographs From Gordon Matta-ClarkFA TP > BEYOND THE STREETS and CONTROL Gallery’s latest exhibition highlights the photography of Gordon Matta-Clark, who documented the New York City graffiti scene in the early 1970s through over 2,000 images. The show includes over 200 carefully selected photographs, many of which have never been revealed to the public. The exhibition is free to attend during normal gallery hours (Wednesday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.) now through April 13. More info here.

DTLA Art NightM FA > DTLA Art Night runs every first Thursday of the month, activating 25+ galleries along Downtown’s Historic Core all free to attend. More info here.

Popular Kids Club -> This Thursday at Permanent Records Road House, Popular Kids Club returns with with an evening of standup featuring Dana Gould, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Nick Vatterott, Paige Weldon, Toni Nagy, and Danny Sellers. Doors open at 7 p.m., and show starts at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door. More info here.


Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival -> This Thursday at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, The Los Angeles International Flamenco Festival kicks off with an evening of flamenco guitar from “modern master” Tomatito, supported by a dance performance from Karime Amaya. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets start as low as $35. More info here.

UCLA x Westwood Village: First ThursdaysFA > First Thursdays in Westwood pops up along Broxton Ave. This months theme is Game On featuring a livestream of the UCLA vs. Arizona Men’s Basketball Game, bungee and rock climbing, e-sports, photo opportunities and more. Runs 7 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Pasadena ArtNightM FA TP > The spring edition of Pasadena ArtNight returns this Friday with free admission and special activations at 20 of the city’s arts and culture institutions. Participants include the Pasadena City Hall, Gamble House, Norton Simon, USC Pacific Asia Museum, and the Armory Center for the Arts. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

The Prose Bowl: A Night Of Spoken Word with Get LitM FA > On Friday, LAist and Get Lit team up for an evening of poetry and spoken word performances, along with drinks, music, and bites from Shappy Pretzel. Start at 6 p.m. and the begins at 7 p.m. Free to attend, or you can preferred seating for $15. More info here.

Ladies Night at Benny BoyFA > This Friday, Benny Boy Brewing teams up with I Love Micheladas and the RE:Her Women’s History Month Festival for an evening shindig highlighting women-owned businesses, DJs, food trucks, and vendors. The party runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, and is free to attend. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The spread at Baar Baar. Photo credit Neil John Burger.

Baar Baar Los Angeles Launches a $60 Tasting Menu -> Downtown Los Angeles’ contemporary Indian restaurant, Baar Baar, now offers a three-course tasting menu curated by Chef Sujan Sarkar. Priced at an approachable $60 per person, the dining experience kicks off with a Dahi Puri canapé, followed by shared plates from Chicken Malai Tikka to Kashmiri Duck Birria Tacos. For the second course, guests can customize their meal with options such as Paneer Pinwheel, Fava & Corn Kofta, or Goan Shrimp Curry. This course is complemented by Saffron Rice, Garlic Naan, and Traditional Black Dairy Dal, with an optional supplement course at $12 offering either Wild Mushroom Gallouti or Gunpowder Scallops. The dessert finale includes options like a Ragi Brownie or a Coconut Payasum Cassata.

Burger night at Yang’s Kitchen -> Yang’s Kitchen in Alhambra is gearing up for another Burger Night on Monday, March 4, featuring exclusive burger creations available for one night only. The menu is shrouded in secrecy, adding an element of anticipation that draws a full house each time. From a sneak peek on Yang’s Kitchen’s Instagram, it seems there will be a Hanoi Fish Sandwich, along with offerings like fried chicken, oysters, and soft serve. If you can’t make it to this particular event, fret not, as Yang’s has plans to host Burger Night more frequently in the near future. More info here

Looking Ahead

A Women’s History Menu at Black Pot Supper Club -> Post & Beam is set to host its Black Pot Supper Club throughout March, with Chef Martin Draluck, from Netflix’s “High on the Hog.” The culinary experience will spotlight the stories and influences of some of America’s greatest Black women in culinary history. Priced at $95 per person, the exclusive 4-course tasting menu promises a culinary journey through rich narratives. Guests also have the option to enhance their experience with an additional wine pairing by Jazmine Ladeceur and Noire Wine Lounge, available for an extra fee. Tickets are now available for purchase for dinners taking place on March 11, 12, 18, and 19. More info here.

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