17 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Week

Ain't no thing like a chicken wing festival. (Courtesy of Wing Fest)

If wings are your thing, a new fest lands this week. A Filmmobile hits the streets of L.A. The Peach Pit re-opens for a pop-up. Lodge 49 has its second season premiere. The Klezmatics make their Skirball debut. And Raiders of the Lost Ark screens at a Valley drive-in.

MONDAY, JULY 29; 6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Wing Fest 2019
Mel's Drive-In — 8585 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
It's National Chicken Wing Day, and a new festival serves up unlimited wings from 40 Love, Banh Oui, Button Mash, Chef Kang Food Rehab, Greyhound, Pizzeria Mozza and Mel's Drive-In. Anchor Bar from Buffalo, NY, will be on hand to serve up their East Coast classic style wings, too. Vegan options will be available from Crossroads Kitchen. VIP guests get early entry and will also have access to Mr. Chow, offering the limited-edition Duck Confit Wing.
COST $45-$135; MORE INFO

MONDAYS through SEPT. 23; 8 p.m.
Lost: The Musical
Whitefire Theatre — 13500 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks
The ABC-TV show about Oceanic Flight 815 survivors enticed, confounded and sometimes aggravated viewers over six seasons. Now, it gets parodied in this stage show. Its 72 characters — including the Others and those other Others — are played by 14 actors.
COST: $25 - $30; MORE INFO

PetPOP, a pop-up pet museum, features a Dalmatian infinity room. (Harrison White for PetPOP)

Through summer 2019
PetPOP
2020 E. 7th St., downtown L.A.
This pop-up, which is is being billed as L.A.'s first pet-themed museum, offers more than 15 experiences and installations. There's a black-and-white spotted Dalmatian infinity room, Petflix and Chill Lounge with VR technology and life-sized cat towers and hamster wheels. Well-behaved doggies on leashes are welcome with a ticket. If you don't have a pooch, the museum hosts an Adoption Alley in conjunction with local pet adoption organizations. A portion of PetPOP's proceeds go directly to their adoption partners.
COST: $10 - $28; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 30 - SUNDAY, AUG. 4; 8 p.m.
Tenth Annual EPFC Filmmobile Summer Screening Series 2019
Various locations
(Re)discover the city as the Echo Park Film Center's Filmmobile hits the road for a series of outdoor screenings. The 10-year anniversary theme for the season is Valley Teens, featuring films set in the SFV, "with a Hollywood take on youth life." The films include The Bad News Bears (Michael Ritchie, 1976); The Karate Kid (John G. Avildsen, 1984); and La Bamba (Luis Valdez, 1987). Bring a blanket. Refreshments will be provided. Locations are announced on @EPFCFILMMOBILE on Twitter/Instagram and Facebook 24 hours before the screening.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

TUESDAY, JULY 30; 6 - 10:30 p.m.
Beta Night
Two Bit Circus — 634 Mateo St., downtown L.A.
Test out new games at the indoor micro-amusement park and give feedback to their makers. The circus crew and outside developers have created more than 10 new multiplayer games (for 2 to 8 people). There's AR, VR, XR (augmented, virtual and extended reality), normal reality and arcade cabinets available for testing.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31; 6 - 8 p.m.
Pikoh-Boo: A Mystery Dining Experience
Pikoh — 11940 W. Pico Blvd., Sawtelle
Chef Ricardo Zarate has a little fun with this "mystery meat" dinner. He wants diners to have a different type of four-course meal, enticing them to try a dish without prior knowledge of the menu. (Think of it as a "Trust Me, Zarate" option.) If guests can guess each course correctly by using a multiple choice menu, they'll win a $50 Pikoh gift card to use in the future.
COST: $35; MORE INFO

Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera's 'The Infiltrators' opens the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. (Courtesy LALIFF)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 - SUNDAY, AUG. 4
Los Angeles Latino Film Festival 2019
TCL Chinese Theatre — 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
The largest Latinx film festival in L.A. puts the spotlight on U.S.-born Latinx filmmakers. This year's program includes 15 features, 17 shorts, five episodics, two special events and two podcasts recorded live at the festival. Screenings begin on Wednesday with Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera's The Infiltrators, which won major prizes at Sundance earlier this year.
COST: Tickets/passes run $20 - $350; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 1 - FRIDAY, AUG. 2; 8 p.m.
Wine And Crime Podcast
Dynasty Typewriter — 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
The true crime and comedy podcast records for two nights with hosts Kenyon, Lucy and Amanda, who'll pick a topic, pair it with wine and delve into the psychology behind the crime and cases related to the theme.
COST: $25 - $45; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 1; 7 p.m.
An Evening in Lodge 49: Season Two Premiere
The Paley Center for Media — 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
The AMC show set in Long Beach follows ex-surfer Dud (Wyatt Russell), who's drifting after the death of his father and the collapse of the family business. He joins a fraternal lodge that offers cheap beer, camaraderie and a path to spirituality. The show is part comedy, part mystical drama. Members of the cast and creative team, including Russell and creator Jim Gavin, take part in this screening and conversation event before the series summer premiere on Monday, Aug. 12.
COST: $24 - $30; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 1; 8 p.m.
Stand Upstairs
Upstairs at The Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The hotel's newish comedy show takes place on the first Thursday of each month. The August installment features sets from Nick Turner, Subhah Agarwal, Jesus Trejo and Leonard Ouzts. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Full bar and menu available. 21+.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 1; 8:30 p.m.
SFV Summer Drive-In Nights
Lake Balboa Complex — 6335 Woodley Ave., Lake Balboa
My Valley Pass debuts its drive-in movie season with Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark starring Harrison Ford. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with several food trucks, including vegan selections, on site as well as family friendly pre-show entertainment. Listen to the movie in old school style — from your car stereo.
COST: $14.95 - $55.95; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 1; 5 - 8 p.m.
Summer Wines - A Delightful Tasting
The Culver Hotel — 9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City
The hotel's Artists in Residence series welcomes five sommeliers who'll lead guests on a tasting and wine education event. The night features 10 wineries and 30 summer wines and hors d'oeuvres. 21+.
COST: $50; MORE INFO

Check out the British-themed, mini-golf bar that has popped up in Huntington Beach. (Courtesy of Hole 19 Bar)

Through SUNDAY, SEPT. 8
Hole 19 Miniature Golf Bar
Pacific City Mall — 21010 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
The British-inspired pop-up bar and mini-golf course (with ocean views) features nine challenging holes decorated with overgrown vines and antique golf memorabilia. Enjoy beer, wine and spirits, including speciality cocktails like May the Course Be With You and Who's Your Caddy. Thursdays are Family Days, so no alcohol is served.
COST: Tickets start at $10; MORE INFO

THURSDAYS and SATURDAYS at 7 p.m.
Thursday and Saturday Night Music Series
One Colorado — 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena
The courtyard's summer music series features an eclectic lineup of electronic, rock, Broadway, blues, world beat, jazz and Brazilian sounds. These concerts are all ages and dancing is highly encouraged. For those 21+, Sushi Roku serves up drinks on Thursdays and Il Fornaio's bar takes over on Saturdays. The live music begins on Thursday with Laika & The Unit. Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble takes the stage on Saturday.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 1; 8 p.m.
The Klezmatics
Skirball Cultural Center — 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood
Hard to believe but the Jewish roots band has been around for more than three decades, performing in dozens of countries and recording 11 albums. Even harder to believe, the band finally makes its Skirball debut, playing Eastern European Jewish music and klezmer. Get there early because Maral of dublab starts the evening with a DJ set at 6:30 p.m.
COST: FREE, but parking is $15 per car; MORE INFO

THURSDAY, AUG. 1 - SATURDAY, AUG. 3; 8 p.m.
BH90210 Peach Pit
The Peach Pit — 7507 Melrose Ave., Fairfax
The OG crew from Beverly Hills, 90210 returns to our TV screens on Aug. 7 on FOX. To celebrate, the show's hangout open as a pop-up, serving up Megaburgers and milkshakes during lunch. There's also a "Curfew Over Cocktails" option if you want to experience the Peach Pit after dark on Thursday and Friday. Advance reservations are sold out but there is an online waitlist and a few standby spots may become available.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Through SATURDAY, AUG. 10; 8:30 p.m.
New Original Works Festival 2019
REDCAT — 631 W. 2nd St., downtown L.A.
NOW Fest continues for the next two weekends premiering new works of dance, theater, music and multimedia from midcareer artists. Week Two features Paul Outlaw: BBC (Big Black Cockroach); Kate Watson-Wallace, Hprizm and Verónica Casado Hernández: kim; and Alexandro Segade and Amy Ruhl: Popular Revolt.
COST: $16 - $20; MORE INFO


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