Things to do in LA this week [8-15-2022 to 8-19-2022]

Legal Tender / Moneda corriente (2022) by Narsiso Martinez, exhibited at the Museum of Latina American Art as part of “Rethinking Essentials”. Photo by Brian Champlin

Are the children really back to school already? Man these summers move fast. Or maybe it’s just because there’s been so much to do!

This week in Los Angeles, August 15-19, check out a fundraiser at the Groundlings, Summer Night Cinema at the Hammer, Drag Queen Bingo, Third Wednesdays in Culver City, Summer of Salsa at LA Plaza, Puppy Yoga at PetSpace, KCON, and more.

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Things to do in Los Angeles this week

Sister Groundings: My Comedy, My Choice -> This Tuesday, The Groundlings are hosting a special reproductive rights fundraiser called Sister Groundings: My Comedy, My Choice. The improvisation evening will donate 100% of the profits to Planned Parenthood. A post-show party with drinks and food will be held in the lobby. Tickets are $50.

Hammer Summer Night Cinema -> Hammer’s Summer Night Cinema series continues Tuesday with a screening of Aretha Franklin’s documentary amazing Grace. The event includes after-hours access to The Hammer’s galleries, plus drinks and bar bites for purchase at Lulu. No ticket required. First come, first served. More info here.

Moonlight movies on the beach -> Moonlight movies on beach screens The princess to be married at the beach of Granada on Tuesday and The Wizard of Oz at Long Beach City College, Liberal Arts Campus on Thursday. Both screenings begin at dusk. More info here.

Rethinking the essentials of MOLAA -> Narsiso Martinez, artist born in Oaxaca Rethinking the essentials is now on display at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. Martinez’s multimedia installations draw on his experience as a farmhand and bring to light the often overlooked or misrepresented stories of laborers who form the basis of our food supply chains. The artist will be present for a guided tour of his works from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. MOLAA is open Wednesday to Sunday. Regular adult admission is $15 and Sundays are free for all visitors. More info here.

Drag Queen Bingo + Wags and Walks -> Hamburger Mary’s bi-weekly charity Drag Queen Bingo has been a WeHo staple for ages, and that Wednesday the event returns to dogs as Wags and Walk arrives for a special night in aid of rescue puppies. Expect food, drink, prizes and a live auction, all for a good cause. $20 donation requested at the door. More info here.

Shakespeare in the park -> ISC’s Shakespeare in The Park continues this month with performances by macbeth at Griffith Park on Wednesdays at Sundays until September 4. Productions are free, but donations are strongly encouraged. More info here.

Dragon House at NHM -> We know that the Natural History Museum has a lot to offer when it comes to dinosaurs, how about dragons? Through September 7, NHM is teaming up with HBO for a new pop-up exhibit exploring the mythical world of the new original series. Dragon House. Learn about the Targaryen dynasty and the dragons that ruled alongside them while discovering the series’ new costumes and accessories. And yes, there will be a replica of the Iron Throne on hand for photo ops. Included with museum admission. Included with museum admission. More info here.

Third Wednesdays in Downtown Culver City -> tropical stay is the theme for the third finale of Downtown Culver City Wednesday of summer. More than a dozen participating businesses will feature themed creations, and attendees can enjoy special happy hours, giveaways, and more. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. More info here.

Must love dog comedy -> It’s the month of DOGust and the Wallis Annenberg Petspace continues its celebration this Thursday featuring a dog-friendly comedy show by New York-based Must Love Dogs. Free beer and wine will be provided by Three Weavers Brewing Company and Rescue Rose and dogs will receive free treats from JustFoodForDogs. Food will also be available for purchase from participating food trucks. Tickets are $25 per person.

In Dust We Trust Night Market -> This Thursday, Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles will host a Burning Man-themed night market called “In Dust We Trust.” Free (21 and over only), guests can stop by between 7-11 p.m. to explore Desert Festival essentials like vintage clothing, jewelry, baked goods, eyewear, and more. Special cocktails, a beauty bar, tarot readings and DJ sets by Hint Of Lavender will also be on hand.

Cinemaude LA –> Modern intimacy brand Maude and Dakota Johnson’s TeaTime Pictures reunite for Cinemaude LA, a film series hosted by The Theater at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Cinemaude LA passes every Thursday this month and tickets will include the screening of the film, a personalized event poster and a free Ghia spritz. Net proceeds from ticket sales will go to SIECUS, an organization that advances sex education through advocacy, policy and coalition building.

D* Opposite Corey Helford Gallery -> A new US solo exhibition by world renowned London artist D*Face is now open at Corey Helford Gallery. Paint over the cracks present more than 70 new works and installations on two spaces of the gallery, and will be visible until September 10th. Gallery hours are Thursday to Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Skirball Sunset Concerts -> The Skirball Cultural Center’s annual world music celebration continues in August with four consecutive weeks of Thursday concert at the museum. This week, catch a performance by ADG7, complete with a dublab DJ set to precede the main event. Free access to museum exhibits is included with admission. Get more information here.

Hot summer nights -> The Sizzling Nights are back at Autry Thursday in August. Expect salsa dance parties with after-hours gallery access at The Autry every Thursday night from August 4 through September 1. A limited amount of $20 non-member tickets are currently available for purchase while supplies last. More info here.

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Puppy Yoga -> Join the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace for an adorable Friday evening yoga classes with dogs. Think goat yoga, but with PetSpace’s adoptable dogs. Guided by Sweat Yoga, the hour-long session costs $25 per person and will go to the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace Extraordinary Care Fund.

KCON -> The traveling celebration of Korean music and culture is coming to Crypto.com Arena and the LA Convention Center this Friday at Sunday for a three-day event packed with live performances, beauty brands, product demos, panels, celebrity meet-and-greets, and more. Single-day tickets start at $45 per person. Get more information here.

The summer of salsa -> The Plaza de Cultura y Artes continues its Summer of Salsa concert series this Friday with La Obsesión and DJ Jimmy Rumba. Events begin at 6 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. More info here.

DTLA Dance -> Free Friday dance parties continue at the Music Center’s Jerry Moss Plaza in August. This Friday head out for a K-Pop party with instruction from Chuck Maa and tunes from DJ Boba Bear. For each event, you’ll learn easy-to-follow steps, allowing everyone to get into the groove right from the jump. Very family friendly and always free. No reservation required. More info here.

rooftop movies -> The My Valley Pass Movies on the Roof series continues Friday and Saturday Westfield Fashion Square with screenings of The rapidity and The matrix. Tickets are just $5 and proceeds from the event benefit the Hope Of The Valley Rescue Mission. More info here.

Eat and drink

Chicken fillets from Willie Mae’s.

Budonoki pop-up -> Izakaya pop up Budonoki returns to Echo Park Ototo sake bar on Monday with a special small plates menu. Available only to walk-in customers, the menu includes dishes such as Peads & Barnetts pork jowl, kanpachi and wagyu zabuton. Additional snacks and sake will be provided by Ototo.

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Mom’s Tamales at Jewel -> Jewel, a vegan restaurant on the east side, hosts Mama’s International Tamales on Monday 5-9 p.m. where guests can feast on vegan interpretations of Latin dishes such as pan con pollo, pastelitos, ceviche, pupusas, tamales and more. Reservations can be made on Resy.

Thunderbolt x Kasama Rum on National Race Day -> Thunderbolt at Echo Park will celebrate National Rum Day with a meet the maker event on Thursday featuring a woman founded Kasama Rum. Stop by from 6-8 p.m. for a free tasting of the famous Filipino rum in small batches with founder Alexandra Dorda, followed by a happy hour with a special selection of Kasama cocktails for purchase. RSVP is encouraged but not required.

Tender Fest Part II -> Tender Fest returns this Saturday for a day of celebration of everyone’s favorite comfort food, chicken tenderloin. Taking place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, vendors include Willie Mae’s, Howlin’ Rays, Raising Canes, Delilah, GoGo Bird, Original Dino’s Famous Chicken and more. New this year is the conTENDER event where culinary icons such as Nobu Matsuhisa, Nyesha Arrington and Timothy Hollingsworth will compete for tender supremacy. Desert vendors, an all-you-can-eat fries station, and Zack Bia & Friends DJ sets are also part of the festival. Tickets to Tender Fest are $74 for general admission which includes unlimited deals, fries, dessert and two drink tickets, VIP tickets are $175 with access to a VIP area with exclusive Howlin’ Rays vendors and Valerie’s Confections, Valet, merch and unlimited tastings and drinks.


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