19 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Week
Head to the Bowers Museum for a taste of the Met Gala. Watch films by women directors at the New Beverly. Begin a burger journey across L.A. Check out live music by Al Green, Eels or White Lies. Check out the latest installation from the collective behind the Griffith Park Teahouse.
MONDAY, MAY 6; 5:30 p.m.
Met Gala Red Carpet Live-Broadcast / Screening of First Monday in May
Bowers Museum — 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
The museum holds its own mini-Met Ball and invites guests to dress in theme, "Camp: Notes on Fashion," with a chance to win a prize for best dressed. Red Carpet live coverage will be broadcast while professional fashion scholars provide entertaining and fact-based commentary. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar is available. At 7:30 p.m., there's a screening of a documentary that covers the Met's 2015 exhibition and gala. Learn how Guo Pei became a fashion sensation thanks to an unforgettable dress she designed for Rihanna.
COST: $75 - $85, $15 - $20 for screening only; MORE INFO
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MONDAY, MAY 6 - FRIDAY, MAY 10
Pasadena Restaurant Week
Select restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners to entice diners. Visit eateries such as Bistro 45, Green Street Restaurant, Bone Kettle, El Cholo, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Leberry Bakery, Meat District Company, Vertical Wine Bistro, Foothill and The Terrace at the Langham Huntington Hotel.
COST: $15 - $45; MORE INFO
MONDAY, MAY 6; 8 - 9:15 p.m.
An Evening with Moby
Aratani Japan America Theater — 244 S. San Pedro St., downtown L.A.
The musician, DJ and photographer discusses the second volume of his memoir, Then It Fell Apart, at this Live Talks LA event. Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of his landmark album Play, the book is a "wild ride of celebrity, addiction and reckoning." The first volume of his memoir, Porcelain, was published in 2016.
COST: $20 - $65; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, MAY 7; 8 p.m.
I Am Easy To Find, a film by Mike Mills and The National
Theater at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The night starts with a screening of the 25-minute film starring Alicia Vikander and inspired by The National's upcoming album of the same name (out May 17). There's a post-screening discussion with director Mike Mills and an early listening session to the new album for audience members.
COST: $10; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, MAY 7 onward
DineL.A. launches its burger-centric initiative throughout L.A., highlighting the must-eat options at 32 neighborhood spots including chef-driven offerings (aka fancy burgers) from Everson Royce Bar, Republique, and Rossoblu as well as good old-fashioned burgers from The Apple Pan and Bill and Hiroko's.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, MAY 7; 7 p.m.
An Evening with Filmmaker Dustin Lance Black
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles — 540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Westlake
Book Soup welcomes Oscar-winning filmmaker Dustin Lance Black (Milk) for an author talk and book signing about his new memoir, Mama's Boy: A Story from Our Americas. Interviewed by Jeff Masters from The Advocate, Black discusses how the activist and his conservative Mormon mother built bridges across seemingly improbable chasms.
COST: $32 (ticket + book); MORE INFO
TUESDAY, MAY 7; 7:30 p.m.
Blue Steel / Surveillance / Hollywood Vice Squad
New Beverly Cinema — 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
This month, the New Beverly showcases films directed by women, including a triple feature of law enforcement thrillers. Kathryn Bigelow's Blue Steel stars Jamie Lee Curtis as an NYPD rookie cop. Jennifer Lynch's Surveillance features Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond as FBI agents. Penelope Spheeris's crime-comedy Hollywood Vice Squad focuses on different cases handled by the vice squad.
COST: $10; MORE INFO
TUESDAY, MAY 7; 7 - 11 p.m.
Melody — 751 N. Virgil Ave., East Hollywood
Who doesn't love a night of comedy, food and wine? Karl Hess hosts a party featuring tapas from Otoño, pizza from Hail Mary and natural wines curated by the restaurant. Listen to comedy from Max Silvestri, Beth Stelling and Reggie Watts. Music by Them Jeans.
COST: $35 (drinks sold separately); MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8; 9 p.m.
Fonda Theatre — 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The UK trio is on a North American tour supporting their latest release, Five, which comes nearly a decade after their debut, To Lose My Life. Active Set opens.
COST: $30; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8; 7:30 p.m.
Chance Theater — 5522 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim
Watch a staged reading of John Glore's play, directed by Oanh Nguyen as part of the theater's OTR (On the Radar) New Works Series. Based on the work of Edgar Allan Poe, the story follows a wealthy man and several hundred of his closest friends as they try to wait out the plague inside a castle. To pass the time, they tell scary stories while an uninvited guest waits to tell his deadly tale.
COST: $15; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 - SUNDAY, MAY 12
Grand Park — 200 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The L.A. Times' Food Bowl continues with its highly popular outdoor market featuring dozens of food vendors, pop-ups, art installations and live music. Each night has a different themed (and ticketed) area: Collaboration Lab (May 8), Taco Tribute (May 9), Fried Chicken Party (May 10), LA's Best Burger and Dumpling, Noodles and Rice (May 11) and All-Star BBQ (May 12)
COST: FREE admission, prices vary for themed areas; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8; 8 p.m.
Hammer Museum — 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
This 2018 documentary follows three lawyers who fight to ensure that rapes that occur during war don't go unpunished. Directed by Leslie Thomas, the film was shot over five years on three continents. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director and Kate Mackintosh, a human rights lawyer and executive director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA Law.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8; 7:10 p.m.
Mexican Heritage Night
Dodger Stadium — 1000 Vin Scully Ave., Elysian Park
Celebrate Mexican culture and heritage as the Doyers take on the Atlanta Braves. This package includes a ticket to the game and a cool Dodgers Mexican Heritage Night jersey (which will be shipped according to size at a later date).
COST: $30 - $39; MORE INFO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 - SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective
California African American Museum — 600 State Dr., Exposition Park
A new exhibition examines the life, art and popularity of the artist who created images depicting everyday African American life. His painting "The Sugar Shack," was used on the cover of Marvin Gaye's album, I Want You, and was featured on the hit sitcom Good Times. The show also features his depictions of entertainment, music and sports. (Ernie Barnes served as the official artist of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in L.A.)
COST: FREE; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MAY 9 - SATURDAY, MAY 18
AMP Theater at Los Angeles Mission College — 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar
The college presents Culture Clash's legendary Los Angeles vaudeville play about the Mexican community in downtown L.A., which was violently uprooted in order to build Dodger Stadium. Robert Cucuzza directs seven performers and two mariachi musicians who play 33 characters in a fast-paced show that mixes documentary with screwball comedy. The show runs Thursday through Saturday during its run.
COST: $7 - $20; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MAY 9; 8 p.m.
Greek Theatre — 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park
With his current tour, the legendary singer and performer returns to the stage for the first time in seven years. He brings touches of R&B, gospel and soul to his hits like "Let's Stay Together," Tired Of Being Alone," "I'm Still In Love With You" and "Amazing Grace." Jessy Wilson opens. COST: $60 - $235; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MAY 9; 7:30 - 10 p.m.
Live from Miskatonic: Pete Walker in Conversation
Philosophical Research Society — 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Feliz
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, an organization that offers masterclasses in horror theory and production, closes its spring season with a discussion with British horror and sexploitation director Pete Walker (House of the Long Shadows, School for Sex) about his career in cult cinema.
COST: $15 - $17; MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MAY 9, 12:30 - 6:30 p.m.; SATURDAY, MAY 11 - 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.; and SUNDAY, MAY 12, 1 - 6:30 p.m.
Location to be revealed on May 8
The formerly anonymous collective behind the Griffith Park Teahouse and Petal Drop LA is back with a new project. Now calling itself The Art Department, its next immersive installation is set at a "secret wish-processing facility" south of downtown L.A. The project involves millions of dandelion seeds grown and harvested for the collective's use. Because this is a working industrial site, participants must be 14 years of age or older. All visitors must wear long pants, long sleeves and sneakers (no shorts, dresses, heels or open-toed shoes). A limited number of timed tickets are available in advance.
COST: FREE (although donations accepted); MORE INFO
THURSDAY, MAY 9; 8 p.m.
The Observatory — 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana
Led by singer/songwriter E (Mark Oliver Everett), the band and its ever-changing lineup has released 11 studio albums since their 1996 debut, Beautiful Freak. In the midst of a worldwide tour, they're currently supporting last year's release of The Deconstruction. Robert Ellis opens. If you can't make the OC show, Eels also plays The Theater at Ace Hotel on May 12. COST: $35; MORE INFO