Things to do in LA this weekend [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.

July 29-31, see a new exhibition at Japan House LA, Gallery Weekend Los Angeles, Night Sky Festival at Paramount Ranch, Pirate Invasion in Long Beach, Little Literary Fair at Hauser & Wirth, the Family Day at the Wende Museum, the Midsummer Scream Convention, the Century City Art Walk, Grand Performances and more. I hope you have a great end of your month!


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LIFE CYCLES at Japan House LA -> Beginning July 28, you can visit Japan House LA to see Tanabe Chikuunsai IV’s LIFE CYCLES exhibit, which includes a large-scale installation composed of 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.

Dance DTLA -> The Music Center’s Dance DTLA Series continues with a night of Argentine tango moderated by teacher Ilona Glinarsky with music by El Pibe Rodolfini. Beginning at 7 p.m. No registration required. More info here.

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

Calligraphic Arte: Sueños Real -> Kalli Arte, an art collective founded by Boyle Heights-born duo Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves, is showing a new residency exhibition at Self-Help Graphics & Art now through September 23. Sueños Real is rooted in the Boyle Heights ecosystem, symbolically represented here by a central large-scale sculpture that branches out with aspects of the artist community while also connecting to ancestral traditions. Visitors can register to visit the exhibition Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday at 6:00 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art welcomes nine-piece jazz-pop band Bruns & Baché to the Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues on Friday nights through November. Admission is free, but seats are limited and it’s first come, first served. More info here.

The LA 6 and the subway -> The Torrance Art Museum’s newest main gallery is a new photo exhibit called The LA 6 and the subway, which focuses its lens on downtown Los Angeles areas including Boyle Heights, Compton and DTLA. TAM is always free to visit. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info here.

Sample sale at the California Market Center -> On the last Friday Each month, the California Market Center hosts a public sample sale with showrooms offering below-retail prices for men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, gifts, and home items.

Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles -> This weekend the Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series with Dante Elephante, Yungatita and Byron Gonzalez continues FridayRed Bull Batalla’s freestyle rap competition Saturdayand Wonder-Full In The Park: A Tribute to the Music of Stevie Wonder Sunday. Free participation, no registration required. Check out the full lineup here.

bastard jazz -> Primus founder and bassist virtuoso Les Claypool brings his bastard jazz project to The Ford Friday for a highly anticipated evening of funk and fusion. Tickets start at $42. More information is available here.

Movies on the roof -> My Valley Pass’s Movies on the Roof series continues this Friday and Saturday Westfield Fashion Square with demonstrations by space balls and Guardians of the Galaxy. Tickets are only $5 and proceeds benefit the Hope Of The Valley rescue mission. More info here.

see hear food -> If you’re looking to expand your outdoor cinematic experience, Eat See Hear is offering two screenings at the LA State Historic Park this weekend Jurassic Park on Friday and The Goonies on Saturday. Adult tickets start at $20 per person. More information is available here.

midsummer cry -> If you can’t wait until October for a Halloween fix, this three-day convention is pushing SoCal’s haunting and horror community with over 350 exhibitors, a dozen mini-haunted and attractions, panels, presentations, live performances and more to take center stage, all at the Long Beach Convention Center. Is this working? Friday to Sunday. Tickets start at just $32 for a day pass. More information is available here.

Shakespeare in the Park -> This Wednesday to Sunday, ISC’s Shakespeare in the Park continues with performances by Francis Beaumont Knight of the Flaming Pestle. Shows start at 7:00 p.m. Participation is free, but prior reservation is required. More info here.

Art walk through the city of the century -> This Saturday, the Century City Chamber of Commcer Arts Council, in partnership with the Art Muse Academy, is hosting an art walk through Century City, beginning at Westfield Mall and continuing up Avenue of the Stars. Open to the public. The event will take place from 3pm to 5pm and you can register for the tour here.

Big performances -> This Saturday is Grand Performances edition is a collaboration with KCRW featuring the Grammy Award-winning Sly5thAve. The event starts at 18:00. Free participation, no registration required. Grand Performances will continue weekly on Saturdays through September 24th. More information is available here.

Creative commune -> A Saturday, shop at a curated marketplace when Creative Communal meets ROW DTLA for a fun afternoon event. The open-air market will highlight local artisans in a family-friendly environment with children’s activities. Runs 12pm to 5pm More info here.


Festival of the Night Sky -> The Santa Monica Mountains National Park Service hosts the Park After Dark: Night Sky Festival Saturday on the Paramount Ranch. The event includes telescopic stargazing and kid-friendly activities. Runs from 7pm to 10pm. More info here.

Getty 25 -> This summer, The Getty celebrated its 25th anniversary with a series of free pop-up community festivals taking place throughout Los Angeles County. Each event highlights curated experiences that reflect the host community, including interactive workshops, live music and performances, an artisan marketplace, food trucks, giveaways, photo booths and more. This Saturday and Sunday, takes the series to Wilmington’s Banning Park for the latest event. More info here.

pirate invasion -> Pirate Invasion returns to Long Beach with it 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, mermaids, and vendors selling pirate loot from the seven seas. Kid-friendly activities include face painting, bouncy castles, games, and pirate treats. Single-day tickets start at $10 for ages 13 and up and $5 for ages 6-12. More info here.

LITLIT in the art district -> LITLIT, the small literature fair, is coming to Hauser & Wirth Saturday and Sunday for the second annual celebration of independent publishing through a series of panels, workshops and special activities. Join for free. More information is available here.

Performances in the Skirball family amphitheater -> A new kid-friendly series at Skirball spotlights a dazzling array of artists who use music, dance and storytelling to keep their cultural traditions and family histories alive, while encouraging audiences to sing, dance and interact with the artists . Included in standing room tickets. This Sunday The event is the last in the series and features dancing storytellers conducting an interactive exploration of Indian mythology. More info here.

Family day at the Wende Museum -> This Sunday Family Day at The Wende Museum includes special moon-themed activities to mark the addition of a moon rock sample from Apollo 15 to the museum’s collection. Expect Apollo 15-centric exhibits and activities, including designing, building, and launching your very own space shuttle. Join for free. Runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More info here.

Valley Cultural Foundation Summer Concerts -> The series of summer concerts by the Valley Cultural Foundation continues Sunday at Warner Park with a performance of 24K Magic – A Tribute to Bruno Mars. Starts at 5:30 p.m. More information 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 starts at 5pm at Polliwog Park and the series will continue every Sunday until September 4th. More info here.



Ramen Nagi. Photo by Jacob Layman.

Ramen Nagi -> This week, Ramen Nagi opened its fourth US location at Westfield Santa Anita in Arcadia. Founded by ramen master chef Ikuta Satoshi, Ramen Nagi serves new-wave style ramen prepared in-house with five inventive broths and an ever-changing “Limited King” special that pushes the boundaries of ramen. During the opening week (July 26th to August 2nd), Ramen Nagi is offering the W-Spicy Miso King as part of its “Limited King”. The limited-edition ramen inspired by “Doubles” are made with Nagi’s tonkotsu broth, which is infused with rich miso, red and Sichuan pepper, a special chashu that is prepared in two steps, and thick noodles paired with thin wide noodles becomes.

Chunky Paper Saturday Tea Time -> bbycakes Bakeshop is the newest Saturday Tea Time partner at Chunky Paper in Chinatown. The special tea and pastry set serves two people per reservation for $55 and includes a Lemon Miso Poppyseed Cake, Scallion & Garlic Confit Swirl Rolls and an oversized Sesame Strawberry Basil Galette. Available only for dinner, guests choose a tea to go with their baked goods. Just like the treats, the teas are creative and include Creamsicle Jasmine Oolong Tea, Strawberry Green Tea, Peach Rooibos, and Butter Cookie Black Tea.

Upstairs at the Ace Hotel x Soft Spirits -> Los Angeles non-alcoholic liquor, wine and beer shop Soft Spirits is hosting a pop-up bar in the upstairs Poolside Lounge at the Ace Hotel this Saturday, July 30. Above while guests lounge in the sun sunbathe by the pool and listen to DJ tunes. Runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. More info here.

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