Things to do in Los Angeles today

Today's best things to do in Los Angeles—including free and cheap activities, concerts, screenings, shows, parties and more. It's your social emergency savior.

0

Comments

Add +

Free things to do today

  1. Museum of Ventura County 100 E Main St
  2. Fri May 2 - Sun Aug 24
More info
  1. Annenberg Space for Photography 2000 Avenue of the Stars
  2. Sat May 31 - Sun Sep 28
More info

Made in L.A.

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Sun Jun 15 - Sun Sep 7
More info
  1. Memorial Park 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd
  2. Sun Jun 15 - Sat Aug 23
More info
See more free things to do in Los Angeles

Tonight's best film screenings

Photograph: Courtesy Hollyshorts Film Festival

2014 Hollyshorts Film Festival

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Chinese 6 Theatres 6925 Hollywood Blvd., 90028
  2. Thu Aug 14 - Sat Aug 23
Buy tickets
Finding Fela

Finding Fela Photograph: Courtesy Finding Fela

Finding Fela screening

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Nuart Theatre 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard
  2. Fri Aug 15 - Thu Aug 21
More info

Tonight's best shows and performances

Photograph: Courtesy Dixie's Tupperware Party

Dixie's Tupperware Party at the Geffen Playhouse

  • Price band: 3/4

If you want to be (affectionately) called a hooker and experience raunchy comedy delivered by a seasoned drag queen, put this show in your calendar. Dixie Longate moved herself, her three kids and their trailer from Alabama to LA to sell "the fantastic plastic crap" and now hosts Tupperware parties across the country. You can expect dirty humor, audience participation and container giveaways as you learn about the alternative uses for plastic containers. Dixie's performance has been extended through August 31 at the Geffen Playhouse, so this could be your opportunity to end the summer with a good laugh. For the full experience, you can opt for onstage seats and be that much closer to America's favorite Tupperware lady. 

  1. Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte Avenue
  2. Tue Jul 8 - Sun Aug 31
Buy tickets
Reasons to be Pretty

Reasons to be Pretty Photograph: Courtesy of the Geffen Playhouse

Reasons to be Pretty

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

We've all said the wrong thing at some point—Greg (Shawn Hatosy) does just this when he calls his girlfriend's face "regular." This Tony-nominated dramatic comedy follows four young adults who debate the issue of the modern day obsession with beauty. Part of Neil LaBute's series, which includes "The Shape of Things" and "Fat Pig," "Reasons to be Pretty" explores problems with body image in American culture. The cast includes Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia," "Two and a Half Men"), Nick Gehlfuss ("The Newsroom") and Alicia Witt ("Justified"). 

  1. Geffen Playhouse 10886 Le Conte Avenue
  2. Tue Jul 29 - Sun Aug 31
Buy tickets

Today's best food and drink event

$1 Oyster Night

  • Price band: 1/4

You get an oyster, and you get an oyster, and YOU get an...Ok, so Oprah isn't in the house, but it might feel like she is with The Churchill's $1 oyster nights. Yup, you read that right. Every Wednesday from 6pm until close, The Churchill will offer a selection of fresh market oysters for $1 each. It's perfect for a cheap date boasting aphrodisiac properties. We're just sayin'.

  1. The Churchill 8384 W 3rd St
  2. Wed Mar 12 - Wed Dec 30
More info

Tonight's best comedy show

Burbank Comedy Festival

  • Price band: 2/4

Scope out a week of stand-up showcases, industry panels, live podcasts and after parties at the Burbank Comedy Festival. All of the shows during this celebration of stand-up, improv, sketch, music, magic and variety take place at Flappers, where you can expect a mix of up-and-comers and national headliners—Adam Carolla and Jeff Garlin top the bill. You can grab tickets to individual shows, but if you're going to make a habit of it consider shelling out for a festival pass.  

  1. Flappers Comedy Club 102 East Magnolia Blvd
  2. Sun Aug 17 - Sat Aug 23
Buy tickets

Today's best arts and culture

Photograph: Elon Schoenholz, Courtesy Hammer Museum

Made in L.A.

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The second in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focuses on work created by 35 emerging and under-recognized LA artists. Within every gallery of The Hammer Museum, you'll find debut and recent work across all mediums: painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography and performances created expressly for the event. The exhibition accompanies an expansive roster of free public events (programming will be announced here in May). Speaking of free, the Hammer now offers gratis admission as of this February, giving you no excuse not to attend.

  1. Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd
  2. Sun Jun 15 - Sun Sep 7
More info
"Chess Game" 2007,

"Chess Game" 2007, Photo courtesy 2013 Festival of Arts

Pageant of the Masters

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Life imitates art, literally: Classic paintings, statues and murals take on a new dimension as real people dress and pose to recreate original masterpieces—a trick popularized by vaudeville artiste Lolita Perine at the first festival in 1932. A professional orchestra, a narrator, intricate sets and theatrical lighting help bring the works to life at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach (650 Laguna Canyon Rd). This year's theme, "The Art Detective," unravels riddles of crime, passion and discovery.

  1. Various locations in L.A.
  2. Wed Jul 9 - Sat Aug 30
More info
Johnny Cash (1960)

Johnny Cash (1960) Photograph: Leigh Wiener, courtesy Annenberg Space for Photography

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Whether you're a follower of the Man in Black, Dolly Parton, or Keith Urban, you'll probably appreciate this super cool exhibit highlighting the pioneers, poets and icons of country music in photographs. Country: Portraits of an American Sound explores how images have shaped the public identity of country music performers and the genre itself. And when you're done looking at the more than 110 different prints, check out an original documentary about the evolution of a truly unique American sound, featuring appearances by Les Leverett, Raeanne Rubenstein, Lyle Lovett, and Lee Ann Womack.

  1. Annenberg Space for Photography 2000 Avenue of the Stars
  2. Sat May 31 - Sun Sep 28
More info
Costumes on display from "Behind The Candelabra"

Costumes on display from "Behind The Candelabra" Photograph: courtesy of FIDM Museum & Galleries

The Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Each year, FIDM lets the public get up close and personal with those duds you're now very familiar with, thanks to all those Netflix binges. This free exhibition applauds the work of Emmy-nominated costume designers from shows like Orange Is The New Black, Castle, Downton Abbey and more.

  1. FIDM Museum & Galleries 919 South Grand Avenue, Suite 250
  2. Tue Jul 22 - Sat Sep 20
More info


Users say

0 comments

Make a restaurant reservation

Alma

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 952 South Broadway Ave
Make reservation

Sadie Kitchen and Lounge

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1638 N Las Palmas Ave
Make reservation

Josie

  • Critics choice
  1. 2424 Pico Blvd, at 25th St
Make reservation

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar & Seasonal Kitchen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. 1119 Wilshire Blvd
Make reservation