Things To Do This Week in Los Angeles [6-24-2024 to 6-28-2024]

Moonlight Movies on the Beach at Granada Beach. Photo by Brian Champlin

Is summer already getting too hot for you? Well, hopefully we can chill things out this week with a few cool evening to-dos.

From June 24-28 in Los Angeles, catch Righteous Trash Cinema, the MUSE/IQUE Open House, Moonlight Movies on the Beach, KCRW Summer Nights at CAAM, an Outdoor Movie at the Skirball, a Dragon Boat Fest in Long Beach, and more. Check out more options in the list 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 Los AngelesM 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. For the June event, catch presentations from NASA Scientist Dr. Robert Hurt (“When Data Isn’t Enough: Illustrating Astrophysics for the Public”) as well as recent Caltech graduate Xander Hall (“Using Machine Learning and Citizen Science to Classify Supernovae”). Starts at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Righteous Trash Cinema -> Do you love movies so bad they’re actually good? Is unintentional comedy your favorite brand of humor. A new show at The Elysian Theater pairs the best (and most obscure) unintentionally funny films ever made with topical standup act to form Righteous Trash Cinema. This Tuesday, catch a screening of The Survivalist (1987), which the event promoters describe as the “most self-righteous piece of Cold war-era patriot-porn ever made.” Tickets are $20. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. More info here.

MUSE/IQUE Presents “The Judas of Folk: Dylan Plugs In”FA > The second annual MUSE/IQUE Open House feature a pair of two0night live music events celebrating the iconic American artist Bob Dylan. The final two performances will be held at Skirball Cultural Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, with pre-show celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. each night. Free to attend. More info here.

Hollywood Fringe Festival -> Hollywood Fringe Festival is back with dozens of venues, including Zephyr Theatre, The Broadwater, and Three Clubs, hosting a huge slate of comedy, ensemble theatre, dance and immersive performances during the two and a half week run. The official festival will run from June 13-30, followed by an Awards Ceremony on July 1. Highlight this week includes award winning dance artist Christina Evans at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. More info here.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach FA TP > Long Beach’s signature beachside summer cinema series returns for 2024 starting this Tuesday with a screening of Kung Fu Panda 4 at Granada Beach. Movie starts around sunset (8 to 8:30 p.m.). Free to attend, and parking is free after 6 p.m., though spots are limited. More info here.

Sketch Party LA – FA > Sketch Party’s twice-monthly drawing/drinking meet-up is back at 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. Plus, Jay’s Tacos will be the food vendor for the evening. All artistic levels welcome. Free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. 21+ only. More info here.

The Comedy PatioM 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 Joel Kim Booster, Carmen Morales, Jenny Jennings, Dave Yates, Mike Hall, Terrence Murphy, and Jonathon Hollis. Free to attend, but donations happily accepted. Show starts at 7 p.m. More info here.

Flux, Summer 2024 FA TP > On Wednesday, The Flux screening series at the Hammer brings together the creative community to celebrate remarkable short films and music videos from all over the world. The event features imaginative filmmaker presentations and performances, followed by a courtyard party with a DJ and cash bar. Starts at 7:30 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival FA > This Thursday at Marine Stadium Long Beach, the largest dragon boat competitions in California also include a public festival featuring Chinese traditional art demonstrations, acrobats, dance, music and martial arts performances. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

Summer in San GabrielFA > The city of San Gabriel is hosting a series of free outdoor concerts, movies, and events at multiple locations throughout the summer.. This Thursday, you can check out a concert from country band The Silverados at the Mission District, followed by a screening of Wonka at Vincent Lugo Park. 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 beverages from Sanzo, cocktails from Wolf & Crane and beers from Brewyard. This event is only for folks 21 years or older. More info here.

KCRW Summer Nights @ CAAMM FA TP > This Friday, KCRW Summer Nights takes over The California African American Museum for an after hours affair featuring live music, food trucks, a beer garden and access to the museum’s latests exhibits including solo exhibitions by Simone Leigh, Paula Wilson, and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, as well as historical looks at Black beach life and African Americans in rural California. Party starts at 7 p.m. Free to attend. More info here.

Outdoor Movies at the Skirball -> The Skirball’s annual outdoor movies series continues this Friday with a screening of the Where The Wild Things Are (2009). Keep in mind guests are invited to come early to view the latest Skirball exhibition Wild Things Are Happening: The Art of Maurice Sendak. Tickets start at $20. Parking is free. Doors open at 6 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m. More info here.


Shakespeare By the SeaFA > The 27th anniversary season of Shakespeare By the Sea continues this week with Friday and Saturday performances of with a production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV at The Bandshell at Recreation Park in Long Beach . As in past year’s, all SBTS shows are free to attend, but donations are gladly accepted. Performances run at locations throughout L.A. and Orange County through Aug. 3. Shows start at 8 p.m. More info here.

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA M FA > Free evening dance parties are back at The Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza. At Dance DTLA, instructors will be on hand to teach guests easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. The 2024 series continues this Friday with an evening of Salsa. Always free to attend. Runs 7 to 11 p.m. More info here.

Friday Night Movie at Ovation Hollywood M FA > Ovation Hollywood’s monthly Friday Movie Nights series pops up this Friday with a screening of The Super Mario Bros. Movie. Film begins at 7 p.m., and guests can arrive early to receive free popcorn and discounted treats from the TCL Chinese Theatre Concessions Stand. More info here

Friday Night Wine Tastings at Barnsdall ParkM > After a five-year hiatus, Friday night wine tasting events are back at the Barnsdall Art Park West Lawn. A $45 ticket gets you a flight of wine curated by Silverlake Wine, plus access to a rotation of food trucks, all supported by tunes from local DJs and sweet sunset views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory. The series continues every Friday through August 30. More info here.

Community Movie Night at Debs ParkFA > On select Fridays through August, the Audobon Center at Debs Park is hosting free outdoor movies in the center courtyard. Each event is scheduled to run from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This week, catch a screening of The Book of Life. More info here.

BET Experience -> After a four-year hiatus, The BET Experience returns to Los Angeles with a five-day series featuring a free two-day Fan Festival (this Friday and Saturday) plus a lineup of ticketed concerts headlined by Cardi B at Crypto and The Roots Picnic at The Hollywood Bowl. Get more info here.


Dining & Drinking

(picks by Christina Champlin)
The dining room at Capri inside Eataly
The dining room at Capri inside Eataly. Photo by Wonho Frank Lee.

Eataly LA x Crudo e Nudo -> Eataly is bringing back its popular Sotto le Stelle guest chef series at Capri. On Thursday, June 27, diners can indulge in a four-course culinary collaboration with Chef Brian Bornemann of Crudo e Nudo. Highlights include Local Bluefin Tuna Crudo, Fillet of Branzino, and Bucatini with Baja Venus Clams, showcasing Eataly’s debut pasta line. Reservations, priced at $80 per person, can be made through Open Table under experiences. More info here.

NYC’s SUPERBUENO Pops-Up at Thunderbolt -> Two of North America’s 50 Best Bars are teaming up for a night of crafted cocktails and celebration. New York’s SUPERBUENO, ranked #1 in the U.S., is popping up at Los Angeles’ Thunderbolt, which holds the #8 spot in its region for the second consecutive year. On June 26, from 6 to 10 p.m., guests can enjoy signature SUPERBUENO cocktails like the Green Mango Martini, Tequila y Soda, and Nacho’s Nachos. No reservations are required. More info here.

Happy Hour at Death & Co. -> In the heart of the Arts District, the underground gem Death & Co. has unveiled a new happy hour, promising to elevate your weekday evenings. From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and extending all night on Monday, guests to indulge in a curated $12 menu. Sip on expertly crafted classics like the daiquiri, martini, and boilermaker, as well as two food items, a fried chicken and fried tomato sandwich.

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