Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Arts and Entertainment

Pencil This In: Downtown Music Crawl, Late Night Theater, Grand Performances with Lulu Washington and Zydeco Dance Lessons

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

Simon Still 2.jpg
A still from the short film 'Simon' (Dir. Brett Comden), screening tonight at the New Filmmakers LA event.

A still from the short film 'Simon' (Dir. Brett Comden), screening tonight at the New Filmmakers LA event.
Looking for something to do for Friday Night Date Night? Well, have no fear, there are events a-plenty to chose from. Here are our picks:

It’s the last Friday of the month, so it’s time for the Downtown Music Project a free concert crawl through several music venues, including the Music Center’s Dance Downtown Series, the Noe Jazz Lounge, the O Hotel Bar, the Downtown Independent, Casey’s Irish Pub and the Five Star Bar. No cover for the live music at the venues.

The Lula Washington Dance Theater takes to the California Plaza for the Grand Performances series tonight at 8 pm. The evening features new works by Tamica Washington Miller's ode to love in the springtime, Spider and the Bee, and choreography that includes African, Flamenco and Modern styles. The dance will be tied together with Double Dutch, live musicians and lots of drums. Free. 8 pm.

Support for LAist comes from

The Dance Downtown series at the Music Center continues tonight with dancing and lessons in Zydeco dance. Zydeco is a mix of Creole, French and American styles and a whole lotta fun. No experience or partner necessary. Complimentary beginner lessons at 6:30 pm and throughout the evening. Free.

Rogue Machine kicks off its Off the Clock late-night series tonight with the production Milk Milk Lemonade--a production that includes “an effeminate 11-year-old boy, his terminally ill chain-smoking Nanna, a depressed chicken, an abusive pyromaniac and an awkward host.” Rogue Machine says that the song-and-dance extravaganza isn’t appropriate for kids, but hell they should be in bed by the time it takes to the stage at 10:30 tonight anyway. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 14. Tickets: $25. Located in Theatre Theater.

Most movie patrons frown at talking/singing along in the theater, but tonight, the Grease Sing-A-Long at Pacific's The Grove theaters encourages it. Sing along all you want with Danny, Sandy, Rizzo and the gang from Venice Rydell High. 7:40 pm. Tickets: $9.50-12.75.

The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena presents the California String Quartet in the performance program Ravel and Bartok: Two Quartets Shaping the Music of the 20th Century tonight from 7-8 pm in the museum’s Gallery 21. Pieces include: Ravel’s String Quartet and Quartet in F as well as Bartok's String Quartet. Free with museum admission.

The monthly NewFilmmakers LA showcase screens innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world. Tonight’s screening at Sunset Gower Studio: Stage 5 includes one program of documentaries (including one on the Museum of Jurassic Technology) that begins at 6:30, followed by two programs of short films. There’s pre- and post- receptions for each program with music by DJ Shy and DJ Don P. Tickets: $6. 6 pm.

*Pencil pick of the day

Want more events? Follow me on Twitter.