Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [5-6-2024 to 5-10-2024]

Photo via LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes

Before we celebrate mom this weekend (maybe we should do that every day, huh?), let’s fill in your week with a catalogue of creative to-dos in and around the city of angels.

From May 6-10 in Los Angeles, you’ll find a Movie Night at Mama Shelter, Wu-Tang Wednesdays at Smog City West, JANM’s After-hours Art-Making Series, Meet the Grunion at Marine Cabrillo Aquarium, Late Night! at Skirball, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, and more. Check out the full rundown of events 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 M > This Monday, Mama Shelter will screen Pulp Fiction on the rooftop with complimentary popcorn, personal headphones and a blanket to stay warm. Tickets cost $12. Event kicks off at 8 p.m. More info here.

Netflix is a Joke Festival 2024 – > Netflix’s annual city-wide comedy festival continues this week, concluding on May 12. The 2024 lineup offers 300 individual shows to choose from at more than 35 locations, from large-scale concert halls to more intimate performance spaces. Still to come this week, you can check out Seth Rogen at the Hollywood Bowl, Tom Segura at the Kia Forum, Sarah Silverman at the Hollywood Palladium, Chelsea Handler at YouTube Theater, Jenny Yang at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever, and more. Take a look at the full schedule and get more info here.

“Yes, KAWAII is Art -Express Yourself-” at Japan House LAM FA TP > The newest exhibition at Japan House LA offers a thoughtful look at the origins of the colorful kawaii style, its development and its profound cultural significance, transcending its perception as a fashion look or trend. Free to view, open daily through November 3. More info here.

Synth Club at Common Space – FA >  Every first Monday of the month, the LA Synth Club hosts a monthly meet-up and jam session at Common Space Brewery in Hawthorne. Musicians are invited to bring their favorite synthesizers, drum machines, or any other electronic instruments to experiment / jam with. Runs 6 to 10 p.m. More info here.

39th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival -> Visual Communications 40th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (May 1-10) concludes this week with a robust lineup of programming that includes film screenings, special presentations and programing. Some events are free to attend. More info here.

LA Metro’s 8th Annual Older Adult Transportation ExpoM FA > This Tuesday, LA Metro is hosting their 8th Annual Older Adult Transportation Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center. The day-long program aims to educated older adults on the ins and outs of utilizing public transit through a series tailored travel training workshops, motivational speakers and a transportation exhibits. Runs 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free to attend. RVSP and get more info here.

Wu-Tang Wednesdays at Smog City West -> Every second Wednesday of the month is Wu-Tang Wednesdays at Smog City West. From 5 to 10 p.m., channel your inner RZA and enjoy chess games and kung fu movies while you sip Smog City brews as Once Upon a Time in Shaolin plays in the background. More info here.

What Was, What Is, What Could Be  – > Now on view at BEYOND THE STREETS La Brea gallery, What Was, What Is, What Could Be, the first-ever solo exhibition from Los Angeles based-artist Gustavo Zermeño Jr., who specializes in mural-inspired landscapes but will present a series of paintings in this exhibition that pay homage to various Los Angeles landmarks. The exhibition is free to attend during normal gallery hours, and will run through June 15. Check it out from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Poetry in the Garden  – FA > Spring is the perfect time to catch The Getty’s Robert Irwin’s Central Garden in bloom, and if you need another excuse, they’ll be hosting live poetry readings every Wednesday during the month of May. Each week words will float through the landscape, encouraging guests to create. The readings take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Reservations at the Getty are free, but parking is $25. More info here.

JANM After-hours Art-Making SeriesM > This Thursday, the Japanese American National Museum continues Asobi! at JANM, a new after-hours series scheduled from 7 to 9 pm. Local artists will present their unique work through interactive demonstrations, allowing attendees to create their own distinctive art pieces to take home. Admission for the event is $10, and guests can enjoy food from East Los Musubi, as well as beverages from Sanzo and Brewyard Beer Company, available for purchase. This event is only for folks 21 years or older. More info here.

Meet the Grunion -> Meet the Grunion with the folks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. Happening this Thursday, learn about these silverly fish during a short program then head over to the beach to (hopefully) observe their fascinating mating nighttime ritual, which brings the small fish onto the shores for a brief moment before the waves take them back into the ocean. More info here.

Late Night! Wild Things Are HappeningTP > Skirball Cultural Center’s signature after-hours event is back this Friday, offering a night of food, drinks, music, and dancing as they honor the imaginative worlds of Maurice Sendak in the new exhibition, Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak. This exhibition boasts over 150 artifacts, showcasing the remarkable breadth of Sendak’s creativity. Tickets are priced at $10. More info here.

Summer of SalsaFA TP > This Friday, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes for Summer of Salsa kicks off their Summer of Salsa series with a performance by the L.A.-based salsa orchestra, Rumbankete. If you miss this month, remember LA Plaza will hold a free salsa concert every second Friday of the month through September. Doors open at 6 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Night Dive at The Aquarium of the Pacific -> The Aquarium of the Pacific’s signature adults-only, after-hours series is back this Friday featuring food trucks, cash bars, DJs throughout the Aquarium galleries, art, and a live band performing in the Great Hall of the Pacific. GA tickets are $64.95. Runs 7:30 to 11 p.m. More info here.


L.A. County Fair -> The L.A. County Fair continues in Pomona this Thursday to Sunday, featuring an enormous assortment of activities, musical performances, food and beverage offerings, and more. The fair runs on select dates through May 27. Tickets start at $16 for adults. More info here.

Cinespia M > Cinespia returns this Friday with movie screening of Mama Mia at L.A. State Historic Park. Tickets cost $22 and the doors open at 7:15 p.m. More info here.

Venice Family Clinic’s 45th Annual Art Walk + Auction – FA > Now in it’s 45th year, the annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk + Auction will showcase the works of over 150 L.A.-baesd artists to celebrate the growth of the local arts scene and of Venice Family Clinic. Works will be on view (free to visit) at 910 Abbot Kinney from May 10-19, or you can check them out online. More info here.

Jazz at LACMAFA > This Friday, weekly live jazz continues at LACMA’s Smidt Welcome Plaza with a performance by the Nicole McCabe Quintet. Concert runs 6 to 8 p.m. Free to attend, but seating is first-come, first-serve. The museum also stays open until 8 p.m. on Fridays, and admission is free for L.A. County residents after 3 p.m. on weekdays. More info here.

Ivy Station Night Market – M FA > Ivy Station’s Friday night market returns with a Mother’s Day edition of their monthly activation. Per usual, expect over 25 local vendors mixed with food trucks, craft beer, games, and music. Dog friendly too! Runs 5 to 10 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

North Hollywood Handmade Makers MarketM FA > The Afterglow Makers Market returns to Lawless Brewery this Friday with a lineup of over 20 local artists and creative vendors offering vintage clothing, artwork, jewelry, pottery, and more. Free to attend. Runs 5 to 10 p.m. More info here.

Movie Fridays at Downtown Santa MonicaFA > Downtown Santa Monica’s free outdoor film series, Movie Fridays, is back on the Promenade every second Friday of the month from April through June. Continuing the series this month is a screening of Mama Mia . Events start at 6:30 p.m. with movies beginning at 7:30 p.m. Each event features photo opportunities, complimentary popcorn, and a DJ spinning music before each film. All ages welcome. More info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
Seafood tower at Rock’N Fish. Photo courtesy of Rock’N Fish.

Rock’N Fish Happy Hour Includes a Seafood Tower ->  Rock’N Fish in Manhattan Beach offers happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. Just steps away from the beach, the family-friendly restaurant and bar offers a seafood heavy happy hour featuring $3 oysters, $4 jumbo prawns, and $8 popcorn shrimp. Additionally, their signature $100 Pier Seafood Tower, loaded with jumbo shrimp, seasonal oysters, ahi poke, half a lobster tail, and half a pound of snow crab claws, is discounted to $75 during this time.

Rare Espresso Monday at endorffeine -> Every Monday, endorffeine coffee bar in Chinatown offers some of the world’s rarest coffees in espresso form. Make sure to ask for the special on the secret menu. Past beans have included El Salvadorian Gesha roasted by Denmark’s Prolog Coffee. More info here.

Sausage Hour at Lustig -> Lustig in Culver City hosts a sausage hour every Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 6 p.m. They offer three sausage plates, a sandwich, and Goulash Pizza featuring debreziner sausage, provolone, gruyere, fresh horseradish, burnt cabbage, and sour cream. Plus, you can grab a number of 10-ounce draft beers for just $7.

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