Things to do this week in LA [5-23-2022 to 5-27-2022]

Bar Lis in Thompson Hollywood. Photo by Michael Mundy

There’s a lot to love about this week in Los Angeles, from Western wear history to Hollywood burlesque, and everything in between.

From May 23-27, experience LA Fleet Week, Dress Codes at The Autry, a new Murakami exhibit at The Broad, Pop-Up Magazine at Ace Hotel, live music at the Original Farmers Market, Abuelita’s Kitchen at LA Plaza Cocina , Africon, a new Zócalo conference, and more. Explore all your options below and enjoy your week ahead!


Things to do

LA Fleet Week -> This year’s LA Fleet Week celebrates our nation’s maritime services with a week of special performances and forums, culminating in a four-day San Pedro waterfront exhibit that includes live entertainment , ship tours, aerial demonstrations, a veterans’ village and Suite. Get the full schedule of events here.

LA Underwater: the prehistoric sea beneath us -> The Natural History Museum’s new exhibit focuses on LA’s prehistoric past, when much of the land we see together was covered by ocean and sea creatures. Included with general admission to NHM, which starts at $15 for adults. To open Wednesday to Monday. More info here.

Dress codes at Autry -> What do jeans say about culture? How about a fringed jacket or an Aloha shirt? Autry’s last exhibition, Dress codes, focuses on iconic Western style to weave together how these iconic garments have shaped social identity in the American West. The exhibition features over 150 objects from The Autry’s clothing and textile archives. Exhibit included with regular museum admission ($14 for adults). To open From Tuesday to Sunday. More info here.

Abuelita’s Kitchen: Mexican Culinary Stories -> LA Plaza Cocina is the first museum and educational kitchen in the country dedicated to Mexican cuisine. A brand new multimedia exhibition is now open to the public. Abuelita’s Kitchen: Mexican Culinary Stories examines the importance of the abuela, or grandmother, in Mexican cuisine by presenting the personal journeys of ten indigenous, mestizo, Mexican-American and Afro-Mexican women through a selection of photographs, texts, recipes and of a documentary film. The exhibition rotates Wednesday to Sunday to September 4. Free entry. More info here.

A forest for trees -> A whole new experience by artist Glen Kaino (Artistic Producer of In itself and in itself on Broadway) is now open at Ace Mission Studios near DTLA. A forest for trees challenges visitors to rethink their relationship with the natural world by immersing them in a surreal forest environment built within a 28,000 square foot warehouse space. See animatronic headdresses, fire illusions, and a dazzling light performance built on the recreation of a 144-year-old fig tree that once stood on Calle Olvera. Adult tickets (off-peak) start at $20 per person during off-peak hours and cost $30 during peak hours. Races Wednesday to Sunday until the end of summer. Get more information here.

Mad Women -> A new weekly burlesque series titled Femme Follies debuts at the Bar Lis this rooftop lounge Wednesday. Miss Tosh (Beauty of Burlesque star/creator) will headline the evening, which will include live performances and DJ sets. More info here.

New to The Broad -> Two new exhibitions are now open at The Broad, headlining Takashi Murakami: Walking on the tail of a rainbow. The specially paid exhibition is Murakami’s first solo exhibition at the museum and includes 18 of his works as well as new immersive environments created by the artist and his studio, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. This is not the American flag, an examination of cultural identity through the works of twenty individual artists and their treatment (and often subversion) of flag iconography. Tickets to access the two new exhibits are $18 and include same-day access to The Broad’s third-floor galleries. The Broad is open From Wednesday to Sunday.

Africa -> Startup Wednesday, the four-day conference celebrates the African diaspora through a series of panels, speeches, chat sessions and social gatherings, capped off by an Afro music festival headlined by Jidenna, taking place at the center on Saturday. Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall. Get more information on the full schedule of events and locations here.

Live music at the Farmer’s Market -> Thursday Night Music is back on the West Patio of Original Farmers Marketing starting this Thursday. The summer series starts this Thusday with a Bob Marley Tribute performed by Fully Fullwood. Performances take place weekly on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. until August 25. More info here.

Pop-up magazine at the Ace Hotel -> This Thusday, the Pop-Up Magazine live multimedia experience returns with its “Spring Issue” at the Ace Hotel Theater. The collection of stories and performances will include contributions from artist and author Chanel Miller (NYT bestselling memoir Know My Name), podcast host Tracy Clayton (Another Round, Netflix’s Strong Black Legends), author and illustrator Kristen Radtke (The Verge; Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness and Imagine Wanting Only This), 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist Chloe Cooper Jones (author of Easy Beauty), writer Brooke Jarvis (The New York Times Magazine, Wired, The New Yorker), author Elena Passarello (Let Me Clear My Throat and Animals Strike Curious Poses), photographer Oscar Castillo (Magnum Foundation Scholar), and more. Tickets start at $39. More info here.

What do we want from LA’s next mayor? -> This ThusdayZócalo Public Square puts the spotlight on the L.A. mayoral race with a special panel discussion featuring USC political scientist Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, Green Qween co-founder and CEO Taylor Bazley, and the Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations CSUN Rafael de la Rosa. All things Considered host Janaya Williams moderates. Reception to follow the discussion. Free to attend. More info here.

King Lear in Wallis -> This from Thursday to Sunday at The Wallis, a new production of Shakespeare King Lear continues with actor Joe Morton (ABC’s “Scandal”), the legendary Brother from another planet, Netflix’s “The Politician”) in the title role. The shows take place on certain dates until June 5th. Tickets for some shows are as low as $29. More info here.


LA County Fair -> The Centennial Edition of the LA County Fair continues at the Fairplex in Pomona with a new spring calendar and its usual assortment of carnival rides, concerts and way too greasy food. Advance purchase adult tickets start at $15. To open from Thursday to Sunday until the end of the month. More info here.

AAPI Heritage Month Movie Night -> To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Million Dollar Theater is hosting a pair of Asian films produced, directed and played on screen on the last two Fridays of May. This Friday presents a projection of Parasite from 19h. Tickets are $5. More info here.

Jazz at LACMA -> This Friday At 6 p.m., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art welcomes jazz singer Denise Donatelli to Smidt Welcome Plaza as part of the ongoing Jazz at LACMA series, which continues every Friday night through June 24. Admission is free, but places are limited and first come, first served. More info here.

Create to de-stress -> Enabled Fridays in May, artist Carmela Morales leads special workshops on making custom embroidered tote bags as a way to de-stress, spark conversations about mental health, and learn a new skill. Sessions are from 5-7 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park in Santa Monica and are free. The workshops are part of the month-long We Rise 2022 series of events, which aims to reshape the treatment of mental health by promoting awareness and increasing community access to health and wellness resources. . More info here.

To eat

SOIL. Photo courtesy of LOAM.

LOAM at Ace Hotel x Westside Winos -> This Wednesday, LOAM hosts Westside Winos, a five-course, one-night-only tasting menu, paired with Westside Winos-selected organic and biodynamic wines. The five-course dinner and wine pairing will take place in LOAM’s flora-draped dining room. Menu highlights include a charred snow pea salad topped with a glass of white Muscat; Market risotto accompanied by 9-volt Grenache noir; and a rhubarb Upside Down Cake accompanied by a Vermouth Bianco. Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased through OpenTable.


Abbey Day -> Last year, West Hollywood declared May 23 “Abbey Day” and this year the legendary restaurant is offering $7 apple martinis and a throwback performance of their popular drag show Lip Service. More info here.

One night menu Red Boat x Cassia -> This Wednesday, the Red Boat Fish Sauce team is souping up with Cassia for a dinner service to celebrate the release of the new Red Boat Fish Sauce cookbook. A great way to take advantage of the remaining days of the AAPI month, this evening’s guests will be treated to a selection of a la carte dishes inspired by the cookbook and prepared by Cassia’s Chef Bryant Ng and Executive Chef Jessica Guilbaud. Red Boat founder Cuong Pham along with co-authors Chef Diep Tran and Tien Nguyen will be in attendance along with Chinatown Now Serving Bookstore selling the cookbook. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Asian Americans Advancing Justice. Reservations are not required. The menu is open to customers.

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