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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

Okuda San Miguel
Photograph: Courtesy Okuda San Miguel
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.

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Los Angeles Zoo wine dinner series
Photograph: Courtesy Los Angeles Zoo

LA Zoo Wine Dinner Series

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Zoo | Los Angeles, CA, Griffith Park

It’s easy to go moderately wild at the zoo. But throw in some wine? Well, now you’re really going wild. The LA Zoo reprises its hit dinner series with a focus on sustainably-made, locally-sourced wines that pair through your five-course meal.

Mary Beth Barone
Photograph: Courtesy Bea Helman
Comedy, Stand-up

Drag His Ass: A F*ckboy Treatment Program

icon-location-pin Lyric-Hyperion Theatre & Café, Silver Lake

In this comedy show, deadpan darling and stand-up supreme Mary Beth Barone takes down emotionally puerile bros and gives audience members some much-needed catharsis with the help of her very funny friends.

Photograph: Courtesy Taschen Gallery
Shopping, Arts, crafts & hobbies

Taschen Art Book Sale

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

Get cultured without breaking your wallet with Taschen’s art book sale. The coffee table book purveyors are taking 25% to 75% off photo books on Bowie, Warhol, the Stones and more at their Beverly Hills and Original Farmers Market locations.

Thomas Middleditch
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman
Comedy, Improv

Del Close Marathon

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

UCB’s famed three-day improv marathon makes the jump to L.A. with around-the-clock performances. The lineup so far comprises Rachel Bloom, Lauren Lapkus, Thomas Middleditch and more.

Summer Nights in the Garden
Photograph: Mario de Lopez
Things to do

Summer Nights in the Garden

icon-location-pin Natural History Museum, USC/Exposition Park

Spend an evening outside the Natural History Museum with live music, garden-inspired cocktails, hands-on science projects, botanical tours and food trucks.

The Grove
Photograph: Courtesy the Grove

Street Style Cinema

icon-location-pin The Grove, Fairfax/Beverly/La Brea/Third St.

See a slate of fashion-inspired films at the Grove on Thursday nights during this free screening series from Who What Wear.

Things to do, Walks and tours

Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo

icon-location-pin Los Angeles Zoo | Los Angeles, CA, Griffith Park

See the zoo in a whole new light at this special after-hours exploration series.

Photograph: Courtesy Donna Huanca/Peres Projects, Berlin
Art, Performance art

Donna Huanca: Obsidian Ladder

icon-location-pin Marciano Art Foundation, Central LA

Known for using nude bodies as her canvas, Huanca’s site-specific performance piece will fill the Marciano’s theater gallery, a former gathering place for the Freemason’s secret order of men, with painted female models.

Mario de Lopez
Things to do, Classes and workshops

Dance Downtown

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

The Music Center offers a free, joyous mash-up of music and dancing all summer long, with different themes (90s, line dancing, cumbia, etc.) and free dance lessons plus live bands. Head to Grand Park and join in the fun—no dance experience required.

Barnsdall Art Park
Photograph: Courtesy Barnsdall Art Park

Friday Night Wine Tastings

icon-location-pin Barnsdall Art Park & Hollyhock House, Los Feliz

Perched atop Olive Hill on the west lawn of the historic Hollyhock House (which you can tour during the evening for an additional $15), the Barnsdall Friday fundraisers include fine selections of boutique wines provided by Silverlake Wine with a spectacular sunset and 360-degree views of the city.

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