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The best things to do in Los Angeles this week

Find concerts, screenings, art exhibits and more of our critics’ picks with the best events and things to do in Los Angeles this week

Los Angeles skyline
Photograph: Courtesy Martin Adams
By Time Out Los Angeles editors

If we could write the rules of living in Los Angeles this would be our No. 1, always at the top of our list: When you live in this city, there’s no excuse for boredom just because it’s a weeknight. There are hundreds of things to do in Los Angeles each week, including concerts, comedy shows, happy hour dealsfree museum days—and that’s really only scratching the surface. Well, we don’t make the rules, but we will provide you with plenty of ideas for your next free weeknight right here. Now put down that TV remote. There you go. Now get out of the house and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.

While all in-person events have been canceled and major venues closed, we’re recommending what Angelenos can do from home (or a couple of things outside—safely). Find more suggestions in our Time In guide.

Time Out loves

Atsuko Okatsuka
Photograph: Mandee Johnson Photography
Comedy, Stand-up

Comedy Quarantine

Online, Los Angeles

If there’s one cathartic release we could use right now, it’s a bit of levity from L.A.’s top-notch stand-ups. Thankfully, some of L.A.’s best comedians are coming together for a live show over Instagram. Each night, you’ll see five or so comedians deliver stand-up sets from the homes. Just head over to @comedyquarantine on weeknights at 7pm to watch the show, and consider tipping each comedian as well via Venmo (@ComedyQuarantine).

LA Opera at Home
Photograph: Courtesy LA Opera
Music, Classical and opera

LA Opera At Home

Multiple venues

You’ve been meaning to go to the opera for ages, but, well, it’s just too expensive and your Italian is a little rusty. Right now, though, you have no excuse: The LA Opera is livestreaming living room performances on its Facebook account. Tune in each day and you’ll see a couple of different performers tackling their favorite classical songs from the comfort and safety of their living rooms—or, on some days, you might catch an archived stream of a previous production.

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Photograph: Courtesy Joel Guerrero
Music, Classical and opera

At Home with Gustavo

Online, Los Angeles

Disney Hall may be down for the moment, but LA Phil director Gustavo Dudamel is still sharing his favorite classical musical selections alongside some personal reflections with this radio series. You can tune in to KUSC (91.5 FM) and KDFC from Tuesday to Friday at 6pm, and a Spanish-language broadcast on Sunday at 7pm.

Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/JD Mason
Things to do

Mindful Awareness Meditation

Online, Los Angeles

In the name of keeping Angelenos sane—and who couldn’t use some sanity right now?—the Hammer Museum holds free weekly drop-in sessions on mindful awareness, now hosted online via Zoom.

Mrs. Fish bento box sushi DTLA
Photograph: Courtesy Mrs. Fish

Order takeout from one of your favorite local restaurants

You’ve eaten through two bags of beans and six cans of chickpeas. Now what? You leave it to some of the city’s top restaurants and bars, who are making your social distancing as painless as possible. We’re keeping a running list of our favorite pickup and delivery menus that are popping up at L.A. restaurants.

Photograph: Shutterstock

And make sure to add in a booze order, too

Some of L.A.’s best restaurants and bars have your back when you need a stiff drink at home, thanks to a new order from Mayor Garcetti. Restaurants and bars can now deliver alcohol to your door—whether it’s craft beer, wine or house-made cocktails—as long as they’re offering food, which means we can finally sip from some of our favorite spots in town from the comfort of our own couches.

Los Angeles skyline
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Dillon Shook
Things to do

Go for a walk—but maybe not a hike at your usual spots

Going for a walk or a hike is still allowed, and even encouraged, as long as you’re following proper social distancing guidelines. But under L.A.’s “safer at home” order, you should really just be sticking to your own neighborhood right now. Consider our list of the best hikes, linked here, exactly the spots you don’t want to go to right now—and with most trails in the county closed now, you couldn’t even try if you insisted.

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Dave Reichert
Things to do

Find some peace at a botanical garden

If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to walking and you’re looking for a wide-open outdoor space, two major gardens remain open: South Coast Botanic Garden and the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Do note that tickets are limited and must be purchased online. And remember to keep a safe distance from other visitors.

Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Kaity O’Keefe
Things to do

Take a scenic drive around L.A.

Contrary to some rumors, the LAPD is not ticketing people for being outside of their homes. And while staying home is the best strategy, we understand the itch to get out. So finally, our automobile-addicted culture has an upside: You can see some of L.A.’s most stunning scenery safely from your car window. With traffic at an unprecedented low, you may be inclined to drive as far as you can, but we’d stick to whichever scenic drive in our guide is closest to your area; more miles means more unccessary gas station visits. And please drive safe: You don’t want to add to the burden at our already overwhelmed hospitals.

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