Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [4-15-2024 to 4-19-2024]

The Getty Sunset View Freeway
A view of The Getty at sunset. Photo by Christina Champlin.

Man, where were these blue skies all weekend? Not to worry, we’ve got a whole week of awesome to-dos to take advantage of a rain-free Los Angeles.

This April 15-19 in L.A., you’ll find College Night at The Getty, a new Maurice Sendak exhibition at Skirball, Local’s Night at the Santa Monica Pier, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, Odd Nights at The Autry, The Poetry Brothel at El Cid, and much more. Jump into our full list below, and enjoy the week to come!


Things To Do This Week

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

College Night at The Getty CenterFA TP > The Getty Center’s annual edition of College Night returns on Monday, April 15. The one-night affair features after-hours access The Getty’s galleries plus a pop-up installation by Jordan Eagles, DJ sets, hands-on activities, tours, and more. Must be 18+ to attend and a a college student with current I.D. More info here.

Movie Night at Angel City BreweryM FA > Every Monday is movie night at Angel City Brewery, and this week they’ll hosting a screening of Happy Gilmore. Plus, remember that ACB has a Metro Mondays deal where you can get one 12oz pour of Gold Line or Little Tokyo for $3.50. Screenings are free, and free popcorn too. Movie starts at 8 p.m. More info here.

ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN at LACMA -> LACMA presents ED RUSCHA / NOW THEN is his first cross-media retrospective in over 20 years. It traces Ruscha’s methods and familiar subjects, showcasing his remarkable contributions beyond the art world. The exhibition features his early European works, installations like the Chocolate Room and the Course of Empire, and his ongoing photographic documentation of Los Angeles streets since 1965. On view April 7, 2024 through Oct 6, 2024. More info here

Little Ripper x By Way of Us host Wine 101 for Moms -> Little Ripper is partnering with By Way of Us to host a Wine 101 for moms. Happening this Tuesday at Little Ripper in Glassell Park the two hour event will include a wine tasting experience led by Steph Sloan from Sylvester Rovine Selections as well as cheese and charcuterie boards. Tickets cost $50. More info here.

PaleyFest -> Back live at The Dolby Theater through April 20, PaleyFest offer nine-days of special panels and discussions featuring the cast and crew of some of T.V.’s top shows. This week the festival is hosting events highlighting Late Night with Seth Myers (Monday), Curb Your Enthusiasm (Thursday), and Family Guy (Friday). Tickets available for individual sessions or as multi-event passes. More info here.

BLOOM! at South Coast Botanic Garden -> Discover the vibrant beauty of spring at the South Coast Botanic Garden’s “Bloom” event. Stroll through breathtaking displays of blooming flowers, enchanting landscapes, and serene gardens. Engage in family-friendly activities, including scavenger hunts and educational workshops, perfect for nature enthusiasts of all ages. Free with garden admission. More info here.

Trivia Night At Mama’s Bar -> Trivia night at Mama’s Bar takes place on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Mama will have free popcorn, a bar bites menu and happy hour drink specials until 8 p.m. More info here.

Intersections: Armenian Classical ComposersFA > This Wednesday at The Hammer, catch a live classical program interweaving Armenian musical heritage with works by Armenian classical composers in Western and Ottoman music traditions, all in observance of Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The lineup includes performers from the UCLA VEM Ensemble under the directorship of violinist and UCLA music professor Movses Pogossian, with musical selections from Gomidas Vartabed, Kemani Sebuh Simonyan, Kemani Tatyos Ekserciyan, Koharik Gazarossian, Tigran Mansurian and more. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., and is free to attend. More info here.

Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak at The Skirball TP > On Thursday, The Skirball’s latest exhibit debut celebrates the artistic legacy of Maurice Sendak, a Jewish American artist renowned for his beloved children’s books including “Where the Wild Things Are”. Organized by The Columbus Museum of Art, the exhibition premiered in 2022, marking the first major retrospective of Sendak’s work since his passing in 2012. Comprising over 150 sketches, storyboards, and paintings sourced from The Maurice Sendak Foundation’s collection, “Wild Things Are Happening” offers a glimpse into Sendak’s creative process and is the largest and most comprehensive showcase of his art to date. More info here.

Local’s Night at the SM PierM FA > Local’s Night is back at the Santa Monica Pier This Thursday, offering pop-up entertainment including a classic car show, youth activities, art exhibits, DJs, and a live band. Programming runs 3:30 to 9 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

TCM Classic Film Festival -> A four-day slate of classic films shown on the big screen at a range of historic Los Angels theaters, all built around theme of Most Wanted: Crime and Justice in Film. This year’s lineup includes screenings of The Shawshank Redemption, Chinatown, The Searchers, Silence of the Lambs, Dirty Harry, and many more. Runs Thursday April 18 through Sunday 21. More info here.


The Poetry Brothel: Poetic Pleasure Potions -> If the term “word orgy” gets your blood pumping, head to El Cid this Friday for an all out poetry blitz featuring three hours of staged spoken word performances along with out one-on-one private poetry readings, Tarot readings, poetic souvenirs, and a sprinkling of dance and musical performances. GA tickets are $50. Starts at 6:30 p.m. More info here.

The Art of the BenshiM > A world-touring show comes to Los Angeles this Friday highlighting benshi, a practice dating from Japan’s silent film era where performers provide live narration for silent films. The Art of the Benshi pops up at the United Theater on Broadway (formerly the Ace Hotel Theatre) with three of Japan’s most renowned contemporary benshi, who will each perform as part of a four-film program, capped by Teinosuke Kinugasa’s avant-garde horror classic, A Page of Madness (1926). Tickets start at $15. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach -> The annual Acura Grand Prix returns to Long Beach this Friday with three days of racing action, buoyed by lifestyle expo and a variety of activations, including a post-race musical performance on Saturday evening. Single day admission is $40 on Friday, $82 on Saturday, or $87 on Sunday, with three-day packages available for $120. Check the full schedule and get more info here.

Odd Nights at The Autry -> Odd Night at the Autry takes place every third Friday of the month starting in April. Expect an indie bazaar population by funky vendors, food trucks, live music. Admission is $5 and there is plenty of free parking. More info here.

Kimpton La Peer Disco CourtFA > The Kimpton La Peer invites the public to the rooftop of their West Hollywood hotel every weekend for a 70’s inspired “Disco Court” featuring a DJ spinning tunes under a sparkling disco ball and free plays on the Pickle Ball court. Disco Court runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and, 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. More info here.

Friday Movie Nights -> Ovation Hollywood hosts a monthly Friday Movie Nights screening movies on the big screen in the Center Courtyard. This month they’ll screen Bee Movie. Free to attend, the movie starts at 7pm. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Moo Krata at Ayara Thai. Photo courtesy of Ayara Thai.

Ayara Thai Moo Krata BBQ Event -> Westchester’s Ayara Thai is hosting a Moo Krata dinner this week on April 15, 17, and 18. The experience revolves around a charcoal-heated grill where you grill and boil your own food. The meal includes a variety of meats and seafood such as wagyu ribeye, shrimp, scallops, and kurobuta pork, along with vegetables, rice, noodles , dipping sauces, and a flavorful broth. For dessert, guests can enjoy Bua Loy rice dumplings in coconut milk. Tickets are $200 for a table of four, with seating available at 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Reservations can be made on OpenTable. More info here.

Softies at Budonoki -> Smash burger pop-up Softies, is coming to Budonoki in Virgil Village on April 15 for Makanai Monday. The Softies team will be serving a Sweet & Spicy Shrimp Burger on a Martin’s Potato Roll with a side of tots for $15. Additionally, Budonoki will be offering 20% off all bottles of sake, $6 soft serve, $12 boozy slushies, and $7 draft beers during the event. More info here.

Low Tide at Queen St. -> Queen St., Chef Ari Kolender’s Charleston-style seafood spot in Eagle Rock, now offers a Low Tide menu daily from 4 to 5:30 pm. The menu includes $7 Oyster Shooters, $9 Fried Oyster Sliders, $8 Pimento Cheese, $22 Grilled Kanpachi ‘Wings’, and a $10 shot and beer deal.

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