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Judson Studios
Photograph: Michael Juliano Fused glass

The best things to do in Los Angeles this week

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

By Time Out Los Angeles editors
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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, whether you hit the beach at sunset or go for a morning bike ride, or catch a drive-in concert or see a virtual comedy show—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 go out (or, you know, stay in) and tackle these things to do in L.A. this week.

The best virtual and drive-in events in L.A. this week

Rooftop Cinema Club
Photograph: Courtesy Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema Club

Movies Multiple venues

The masters of alfresco rooftop movie viewing have returned, with both a Santa Monica drive-in and a new rooftop in El Segundo.

Party Mantras
Rendering courtesy the artist

Grand Park’s Celebration Spectrum

Things to do Multiple venues

Make up for a year of missed celebrations with this joyous installation in Grand Park. The free, month-long display from web radio collective dublab, artist Tanya Aguiñiga and curator Mark “Frosty” McNeill is blanketing the Downtown L.A. park in a series of five visual and audio pieces.

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Second Home Hollywood
Photograph: Courtesy Iwan Baan

Sam First at Second Home

Music Jazz Second Home Hollywood, Hollywood

Jetsetting-yet-cozy LAX-adjacent jazz bar Sam First is hooking up with East Hollywood coworking space Second Home for this series of outdoor concerts. On Tuesdays in May, Second Home Hollywood is opening up its lush campus (which happens to share the same distinctive architect, SelgasCano, as Sam First) for live, in-person concerts.

Judson Studios
Photograph: Michael Juliano

Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style

Art Glasswork Forest Lawn Glendale, Glendale

See more than 100 works pulled from the archives of Judson Studios, L.A.’s celebrated 123-year-old glass studio, in this examination of its collaborations with contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of art glass.

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Photograph: Michael Juliano

First Fridays at the Natural History Museum

Things to do Classes and workshops Online, Los Angeles

The Natural History Museum’s in-person First Fridays may have gone the way of the dodo, but the museum isn’t letting the after-hours event go totally extinct—instead, it’s digging it up and brushing it off for an online presentation.

Virtually Cool

Things to do Online, Los Angeles

See finished looks from Otis College of Art and Design students strut down the runway in the school’s first-ever virtual fashion show and fundraiser. The virtual event shows off works from 2020 and 2021 fashion design classes. Donations benefit the school’s scholarship funds.

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Cylinder Seal of the Royal Scribe Ibni-Sharrum
Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités orientales Image © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo: Franck Raux

Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins

Art Sculpture Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades

Travel a few millennia back in time to see jewelry, sculptures and cuneiform writing from the ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, dated from the first Mesopotamian cities in about 3200 B.C. to Alexander the Great’s conquest of Babylon in 331 B.C.

Photograph: Courtesy We Rise

We Rise

Things to do Exhibitions Various locations in L.A.,

This Mental Health Awareness Month event is pulling together a bunch of community events, like a CicLAvia-hosted bike ride and a BLM LA-endorsed workshop on breathwork and healing; digital programming from Get Lit and Drag Queen Story Hour, among others; and a total of 21 in-person art installations.

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TCM Classic Film Festival
Photograph: Edward M. Pio Roda, Photo courtesy Turner Classic Movies

TCM Classic Film Festival

Movies Drama Online, Los Angeles

This must-visit for classic film buffs showcases four days of beloved movies—from the iconic to forgotten gems—courtesy of Turner Classic Movies. While typically you could see these time-honored favorites on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen, this year’s festival again has had to move online.

Made in L.A.
Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano

Made in L.A.

Art Contemporary art Multiple venues

The Hammer Museum’s excellent, ongoing series of biennial exhibitions ups the ante each year with its spotlight on emerging and under-recognized L.A. artists, and the fifth edition is no exception—with a co-presentation at the Huntington Library, too.

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Salazar
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

Dine outdoors

Restaurants

Not quite ready to eat inside of a restaurant? Here are some of our favorite spots for alfresco eats in L.A.

Krispy Rice sushi delivery
Photograph: Courtesy Krispy Rice

Or order takeout

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.

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cocktails
Photograph: Shutterstock

And make sure to add in a booze order, too

Bars

Some of L.A.’s best restaurants and bars have your back when you need a stiff drink at home. 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.

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
Photograph: Stephanie Breijo

Go to the drive-in

Movies

Cinephiles, rejoice! You can watch a movie from somewhere other than your couch at L.A.’s half-dozen or so old-school drive-ins.

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Street Food Cinema
Photograph: Courtesy Street Food Cinema

Or head to one of these pop-up drive-ins

Movies

Alfresco screenings usually pop up across the city well past the summer season. But this year, with most screenings pivoting to drive in formats, it seems like we still have months of movies to look forward to.

Palos Verdes
Photograph: Courtesy Unsplash/Kaity O’Keefe

Take a scenic drive around L.A.

Things to do

Finally, our automobile-addicted culture has an upside: You can see some of L.A.’s most stunning scenery safely from your car window.

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Runyon Canyon
Photograph: Benny Haddad

Go for a walk or hike

Things to do

We’re so thankful that we have access to some many incredible trails in L.A. (assuming you’re following proper social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering).

Huntington Library
Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano

Find some peace at a botanical garden

Things to do

If your neighborhood isn’t conducive to walking and you’re looking for a wide-open outdoor space, most major gardens are open again. Do note that tickets are limited and must be purchased online. And remember to keep a safe distance from other visitors.

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