Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [5-20-2024 to 5-24-2024]

Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles
Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

On tap this week, a totally random assortment of Southland to-dos. In other words, just the way we like it!

From May 20-24 in Los Angeles, you can experience Kraftwerk at Disney Concert Hall, the Game Music Ensemble at UCLA, DUNGEONPALOOZA at Exchange LA, Movie Night at Petersen Automotive Museum, a David Zwirner gallery opening on Melrose Hill, Fourth Fridays in Long Beach, and more. Let’s get you into the mix for all the week’s events below.


Things To Do This Week

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

Astronomy On Tap M FA > Astronomy on Tap returns on Monday with a pair of scientific talks (helped along by trivia, live music, and beer) at Dog Haus Biergarten in Pasadena. There are two talks scheduled: NASA Jet Propulsion Research Scientist Dr. Kevin Hand discusses “Alien Oceans and the Search for Life in the Depths of Space.” Then, Caltech PhD Candidate Jean Somalwar probes the question “How do Supermassive Black Holes Form?” Free to attend. Starts at 7:30 p.m. More info here.

Kraftwerk at Disney Concert Hall M TP > German electro music pioneers Kraftwerk are coming to the Walt Disney Concert Hall this week to kick off a run of shows over ten days that will celebrate the band’s discography, with each night featuring one complete album plus additional compositions from their catalog. starts on Tuesday with music from Autobahn. All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets start at low as $69 for some dates. Get more info here.

The Expansion Pack: Ten Years of Video Game Music -> This Tuesday, the Game Music Ensemble performs perform choir, chamber, and jazz renditions of some of the most iconic video game themes of all-time, all at Ackerman Grand Ballroom on the campus of UCLA. The show runs from 8 to 10 p.m. and is free to attend. More info here.

Free Botanical Garden Days – FA > The South Coast Botanic GardenL.A. Arboretum, and Descanso Gardens all offer free admission on the third Tuesday of every month. Note that all three required advance reservations, and space is limited.

WeHo PrideTP > WeHo Pride 2024 kicks off on Harvey Milk Day (this Wednesday) with an special evening highlighted by the José Sarria Drag Pageant competition. The event also includes a voter registration table, a Harvey Milk photo opportunity, and typewriter poetry provided by Pride Poets. Additional events and celebrations will follow start over WeHo Pride Weekend from Friday, May 31, 2024, through Sunday, June 2, 2024. More info here.

Spring Party at LACMAFA TP > The Los Angeles County Museum of Art celebrates spring this Wednesday with an after-hours party featuring tunes by DJ Rashida and light bites and drinks for purchase from the LACMA Café and LACMA Marketplace. Plus, all the galleries will be open and it’s free to attend with RSVP. Runs 6 to 8 p.m. Get 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.

DUNGEONPALOOZA -> The biggest D&D meetup/party of the season is popping up at Exchange LA this Wednesday. Expect an evening of drinks, dancing, cosplay, trivia contests, Dungeon Combat Live!, fantasy-themed vendors and a big loot drop. GA tickets are $65. Starts at 7 p.m. More info here.


David Zwirner: 30 YearsFA > International art gallery David Zwirner is opening a new flagship Los Angeles location on Melrose Hill, and they’re kicking things off this Thursday with a celebration of 30 years of art, banding together works from more than 80 gallery artists, including conceptual sculpturist Jason Rhoades, photographer Diane Arbus, painter Paul Klee, multimedia artist Jordan Wolfson and many more. Thursday’s opening reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

The Autry After Hours: Modular Sound Bath -> On Thursday, The Autry hosts another after-hours event featuring an immersive sound experience inspired by the new exhibition Out of Site: Survey Science and the Hidden West. GA tickets are $18. Doors open at 6 p.m. to visit the museum. Sound Bath starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Movie Night at PetersenFA TP > Petersen Automotive Museum is hosting a movie night this Friday featuring a screening of 2 Fast 2 Furious. Enjoy the flick, mingle with fellow auto enthusiasts, and snap a pic of the pink Honda S2000 featured in the film. It starts at 7 p.m., and is free to attend with RSVP. More info here.

Fourth Fridays in Long BeachFA > Retro Row in Long Beach comes alive on the fourth Friday of the month with special pop-ups, live performances, and extended store hours from shops on 4th St between Temple and Cherry. This month they’re gearing up for a special Pride edition of the event. Runs 6 to 9 p.m. More info here.

Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The interior at Thunderbolt. Photo courtesy of Thunderbolt.

Cinquanta Spirito Italiano Pops Up at Thunderbolt -> This Wednesday, Thunderbolt welcomes Cinquanta Spirito Italiano for a guest bartender pop-up from 5 to 9 p.m. Named one of the top 200 bars in the world by “Top 500 Bars,” Cinquanta reimagines 1950s bar recipes with modern ingredients and a dash of flair. Doors open at 5 p.m., and no reservations are needed. More info here.

Osteria Mamma Anniversary Tasting Menu + Cookbook -> Osteria Mamma in Larchmont is celebrating 14 years in business with a special cookbook and a four-course anniversary tasting menu featuring family recipes from “Mamma” Loredana Cecchinato. The tasting experience costs $90 and includes a copy of the cookbook.

An All Inclusive Deal at Chinchikurin -> Chinchikurin has introduced an all-inclusive food and drink menu at their Torrance location, available on weekdays. For $70 per person, you can enjoy a variety of bar eats, including Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, Chicken Karaage, Grilled Squid, and Mentaiko Cheese Omelette. Drinks are unlimited and include Shochu Highball, sake, and draft beer.

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