Things To Do This Weekend in Los Angeles [7-29-2022 to 7-31-2022]

Paramount Ranch at night. Photo via Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area/Public Domain

Art, astronomy, dance, music, theater and… pirates? Everything is on the table this weekend in Los Angeles.

From July 29 to 31, discover a new exhibition at Japan House LA, Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, the Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch, The Pirate Invasion at Long Beach, Little Literary Fair at Hauser & Wirth, Family Day at the Wende Museum, the Midsummer Scream convention, Century City Art Walk, Grand Performances, etc. I hope you have a good end of the month!


Things to do

LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA -> Starting July 28, you can visit Japan House LA to see Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibit, which features a large-scale installation constructed from 10,000 woven strips of bamboo held together by tension. The exhibition runs until January 15, 2023. Japan House is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More info here.

DTLA Dance -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA series continues with an evening of Argentine tango hosted by instructor Ilona Glinarsky with music by El Pibe Rodolfini. From 19h. No reservation required. More info here.

Los Angeles Gallery Weekend -> Gallery Association Los Angeles presents the 2nd Annual Gallery Weekend in Los Angeles, from Wednesday at Saturday. Nearly 100 galleries and museums are participating this year with special events scheduled at Jeffrey Deitch, the Armory Center for the Arts, the Regen Project, the Getty Center and the Fowler Museum.

Kalli Arte: Suenos Real -> Kalli Arte, an art collective formed by Boyle Heights-born duo Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves, presents a new residency exhibition at Self-Help Graphics & Art through September 23. Suenos Real is rooted in the ecosystem of Boyle Heights, symbolically represented here by a large-scale central sculpture that branches out to aspects of the artist community, while connecting to age-old traditions. Visitors can RSVP to visit the exhibit on From Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday At 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts nine-piece jazz-pop band Bruns & Baché at Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the Jazz at LACMA series, which continues Friday nights through November. Admission is free, but places are limited and first come, first served. More info here.

LA 6 and the metro -> The latest resident of the main gallery at the Torrance Art Museum is a new photography exhibition titled LA 6 and the metro, which focuses its lens on downtown Los Angeles neighborhoods including Boyle Heights, Compton, and DTLA. TAM is always free to visit. Open from Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

California Market Center Sample Sale -> At last Friday of each month, the California Market Center holds a public sample sale with showrooms offering men’s, women’s, and children’s fashion as well as gifts and homewares at below-retail prices.

Levitt Pavilion in Los Angeles -> This weekend the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series continues with Dante Elephante, Yungatita and Byron Gonzalez on Fridaythe Red Bull Batalla freestyle rap contest on Saturdayand Wonder-Full In The Park: A Tribute to the Music of Stevie Wonder on Sunday. Free participation, no reservation necessary. View the full range here.

bastard jazz -> The founder and virtuoso bassist of Primus, Les Claypool, presents his Bastard Jazz project at The Ford Friday for a highly anticipated funk and fusion evening. Tickets are available for as little as $42. Get more information here.

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

Eat See Listen -> If you want to step up your outdoor movie experience, Eat See Hear is offering a pair of screenings at LA State Historic Park this weekend, with jurassic park on Friday and The Goonies on Saturday. Adult tickets start at $20 per person. Get more information here.

Midsummer Cry -> If you can’t wait until October for a Halloween fix, this three-day convention puts the spotlight on SoCal’s haunting and horror community with over 350 exhibitors, a dozen mini- hauntings and attractions, panels, presentations, live performances, and more, all at the Long Beach Convention Center. run this Friday to Sunday. Tickets start as low as $32 for a day pass. Get more information here.

Shakespeare in the Park -> This From Wednesday to Sunday, ISC’s Shakespeare in the Park continues with performances by Francis Beaumont Burning Pestle Knight. Shows start at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required. More info here.

Century City Art Walk -> This Saturday, the Century City Chamber of Commerce Arts Council, in partnership with Art Muse Academy, is hosting an art walk through Century City that begins at Westfield Mall and then onto Avenue of the Stars. Open to the public. The event runs from 3-5 p.m. and registration for the tour can be done here.

Great Shows -> This Saturdays edition of Grand Performances is a team with KCRW featuring Grammy Award-winning Sly5thAve. The event starts at 6 p.m. Free to attend, no RSVP required. The big performances continue every week on Saturdays until September 24. Get more information here.

Creative community -> Enabled Saturday, shop at a curated market when Creative Communal hits up ROW DTLA for a fun afternoon event. The outdoor market will showcase local artisans in a family-friendly environment with activities for children. From noon to 5 p.m. More info here.


Night Sky Festival -> Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service Hosts Park After Dark: Night Sky Festival Saturday at Paramount Ranch. The event includes telescopic stargazing and kid-friendly activities. Runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. More info here.

Getty 25 -> This summer, The Getty celebrated its 25th anniversary via a series of free community festivals held throughout Los Angeles County. Each event highlights curated experiences reflecting the host community, including interactive workshops, live music and performances, a craft market, food trucks, giveaways, photo booths, and more. This Saturday and Sunday, the series heads to Banning Park in Wilmington for the final event. More info here.

pirate invasion -> Pirate Invasion returns to Long Beach this Saturday and Sunday for two days of swashbuckling fun at Harry Bridges Memorial Park. Expect plenty of pirate-themed entertainment including sword fights, a fire show, live rock bands, sea shanties, sirens as well as vendors selling pirate loot from seven seas. Kid-friendly activities include face painting, inflatables, games, and pirate treats. Day passes start at $10 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 6-12. More info here.

LITLIT in the arts district -> LITLIT, the Little Literary Fair is moving to Hauser & Wirth this Saturday and Sunday for the second annual celebration of independent publishing through a series of panels, workshops and special activities. Free to attend. Get more information here.

Representations of the Skirball Family Amphitheater -> A new kid-friendly series at Skirball spotlights a dazzling array of performers who use music, dance and storytelling to keep their cultural traditions and family stories alive, encouraging audiences to sing, dance and interact with the artists. Included with general admission tickets. This Sundays The event is the latest in the series and features dancing storytellers performing an interactive exploration of Indian mythology. More info here.

Family day at the Wende Museum -> This Sunday’s Family Day at the Wende Museum includes special lunar-themed activities to mark the addition of a moon rock sample from Apollo 15 to the museum’s collection. Expect exhibits and activities centered around Apollo 15, including the design, construction and launch of their very own space shuttle. Free to attend. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info here.

Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts -> Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concert Series Continues Sunday at Warner Park with a performance of 24K Magic – A Tribute to Bruno Mars. Start at 5:30 p.m. More info here.

Concerts in the park -> This Sunday, the Manhattan Beach Concerts in the Park series continues with a performance by the Dietz Brothers Band. The event begins at 5 p.m. in Polliwog Park and the series continues every Sunday until September 4. More info here.


To eat

Ramen Nagi. Photo by Jakob Layman.

Ramen Nagi -> This week, Ramen Nagi opened its fourth US location inside Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia. Founded by Master Ramen Chef Ikuta Satoshi, Ramen Nagi serves in-house crafted new wave style ramen with five inventive broths on offer and an ever-evolving “Limited King” special that pushes the boundaries of ramen. For the opening week (July 26 to August 2), Ramen Nagi will be offering the W-Spicy Miso King as part of its “Limited King.” The limited-edition ramen inspired by “doubles” is made with Nagi’s tonkotsu broth infused with rich miso, red bell pepper as well as Sichuan pepper, a special two-step chashu and thick noodles paired with thin noodles wide.

Big Paper Saturday Tea Time -> bbycakes Bakeshop is the latest Saturday Tea Time partner at Chunky Paper in Chinatown. The special tea and baked goods set serves two people per reservation for $55 and includes a lemon poppyseed miso cake, candied scallion and garlic swirl rolls, and an oversized strawberry galette and sesame basil. Available only for dinner, customers will choose a tea to pair with their pastries. Just like the treats, the teas are equally creative and include Creamsicle Jasmine Oolong Tea, Strawberry Green Tea, Peach Rooibos, and Butter Cookie Black Tea.

Upstairs at Ace Hotel x Soft Spirits -> Los Angeles liquor, wine and non-alcoholic beer store Soft Spirits is setting up a pop-up bar at the upstairs Ace Hotel Pool Lounge this Saturday, July 30. Soft Spirits will be offering specialty cocktails, wine and beer paired with bites upstairs as guests bask in the sun by the pool while listening to DJ tunes. Runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. More info here.

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