Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [5-13-2024 to 5-17-2024]

Walking up to Griffith Observatory. Photo by Brian Champlin

Another week, another fabulous rundown of things to do in the city of angels.

From May 13-17 in Los Angeles, you’ll find a mushroom documentary, free Metro rides (and things to do) for Bike to Work Day, a Frasier-inspired pop-up art show, All Space Considered at the Griffith Observatory, salsa night at Ivy Station, and more. We’ll jump into all this week’s to-dos below.


Things To Do This Week

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

The Truffle Hunters at Arlington GardenFA > Do you see yourself as a dedicated truffle hound? Or would you say you’re more fungi-curious? If either of those labels fit, consider stopping by Arlington Garden in Pasadena on Monday for a screening of the short documentary, The Truffle Hunters to be preceded by a group discussion and mushroom share-out. The event is being organized by Exploring the Mycoverse, a fungi-focused community education group founded by the mycologist Aaron Tupac. Event starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Plática y Prueba M > This Tuesday, LA Plaza Cocina welcomes Edgar Nava, part-owner of Correas Mariscos & Cocina for a special culinary class and discussion on the history of Correas (the old market and the new restaurant), along with a recipe for a healthy Purple Cauliflower Ceviche. Runs 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30 More info here.

Sketch Patio at Benny BoyFA > Sketch Party’s twice-monthly drawing/drinking meet-up comes 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. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. 21+ only. More info here.

Free Admission at UPAMM FA > The USC Pacific Asia Museum is celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with free admission for all of My. The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get more info here.

Comedy Patio at GCMM FA > Free standup comedy comes to Grand Central Market this Wednesday in the form of The Comedy Patio, a showcase taking place at Maple Block. Jeff Buck hosts a lineup featuring Jazmyn W, Jenny Yang, Valeri Tosi, Mike Lenczewski, and Terrence Murphy. Free to attend, but donations happily accepted. Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Too Loud Cornhole Tournament -> Angel City Brewery hosts a cornhole tournament on the third Wednesday of every month. From 7 to 9 pm grab your group and get tossing. There will be a DJ to get you amped up and of course plenty of beer. The winner will get a medal and $50 gift card. More info here.

Free Rides for Metro Bike to Work DayFA TP > To celebrate 2024 Bike to Work Day, Metro will offer free rides on all services this Thursday. All train turnstiles will be unlocked and bus operators won’t be collecting fares. Plus, Metro Bike Share will offer free 30-minute rides. If you need more inspiration (in addition to what’s listed in our weekend guide), here are a few Metro-accessible free museum options:

The Autry After Hours -> On Thursday, The Autry hosts another evening of live music paired with after-hours gallery access featuring a performance by country rock band Emily Rose and the Rounders, plus pub games on the plaza, a meet-and-greet with Cowboy Cocktails author André Darlington, bites for purchase from Burnt to a Crisp BBQ food truck, and a cash bar. GA tickets are $18. Runs 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. More info here.

All Space ConsideredFA > This Thursday, join the curatorial staff at the Griffith Observatory for their monthly discussion on the latest phenomena and news in the world of astronomy during this evening presentation at the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater (also live streamed on the website). This month the panel features special guest Dr. Marc Kutcher, NASA’s Citizen Science Officer. The event gets going at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Tossed Palettes & Scrambled JPEGsFA TP > This Thursday to Sunday, Exhibit A Gallery (1056 S Fairfax Ave) is hosting a Frasier-inspired pop-up art show inspired by the long-running NBC sitcom and Our Frasier Remake. On view at Tossed Palettes & Scrambled JPEGs you’ll find a bronze bust of Frasier Crane, a set of Russian nesting dolls featuring the cast, a playable Frasier video game, as well as oil paintings, acrylics, and textiles, with close to 100 pieces in all. Plus, a portion of the proceeds from art sales go to the Los Angeles chapter of the American Society for Suicide Prevention. Thursday’s opening affair runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Free to attend, but RSVP required. On Friday to Sunday the galley will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.


Vinyl and Vintage Market ThursdaysFA > 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.

17th Annual Day of Black Docs – > On Friday, The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers (BADWest) presents “Day of Black Docs” a screening event showcasing documentaries about the Black experience made by Black creatives. The screenings will also include moderated Q&As with the filmmakers. More info here.  

Salsa Night at Ivy StationM FA > This Friday, hop over to Ivy Station in Culver City for an evening of salsa. Dance instructor Pepe Gonzalez teaches an intro salsa lesson from 6:30 to 7 p.m., then guests can use what they’ve learned during a live set by Fermin Fusion Salsa from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Free. Outdoors. Open to the public. More info here.

Live Band KaraokeFA > This Friday, Casual Encounters brings their brand of live Karaoke to Benny Boy Brewing, offering brave crooners the chance to belt out a selection of over 300 tunes in-front of the beer garden. No cover. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Jazz at LACMAFA > This Friday, Catch a live jazz performance at LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza by the Lesa Terry. The performance runs 6 to 8 p.m., plus keep in mind that the museum is open until 8 p.m. and L.A. County residents get free admission after 3 p.m. on weekdays. Seating is first-come, first-serve. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Lemon pepper wings with all the dips from Level 8. Photo courtesy of Level 8.

Level 8’s $10 Golden Hour Menu -> Golden Hour at Level 8, located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, offers a unique experience with its rooftop carousel bar serving $10 cocktails, beers and wines. Happening from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday, guests can also enjoy a selection of $10 bites, including Golden Hour Nachos, Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings with yuzu ranch, Quesadillas, Pork Chicharrones, and Chips & Salsa. More info here.


Xuntos Xuntanza! Menu -> On Monday, Santa Monica tapas bar Xuntos will launch Xuntanza! It’s a new happy hour where guests can enjoy a bar-exclusive pintxos menu crafted by Chef Sandra Cordero. Xuntanza will be available Monday through Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.

Gladstones Golden Hour -> Gladstones in Malibu now offers a Golden Hour menu Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. During this time, appetizers and well spirits are $7. They also offer heartier options like fish & chips, ribs, and cheeseburgers for $10. Plus, you can enjoy tropical cocktails like the Gladstones Mai Tai for just $10. More info here.

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