Everything You Can Do in Los Angeles This Weekend
At home, in your car, outside: there’s stuff happening. Good stuff.
It’s been gorgeous outside recently (hey, we’ll take any glass-half-full moment we can get), so whatever your risk tolerance is -- whether it’s a short walk outside, or eating on a patio, or going to some sort of drive-in event, it’s gonna be ultra pleasant to do. And thankfully, there are a ton of options this weekend, from an absolutely fabulous drag show to a Thai film festival to a rooftop popup, all of which are happening in the great outdoors.
Wednesday, July 29-Sunday, August 2
The food geniuses at Off The Menu are at it again, pairing celebs with well-known wing spots to offer one-weekend-only specials available via UberEats. Snoop Dogg’s deep-fried, potato-chip crusted recipe is available via a throwdown with Alta, Mel’s, and Roscoe’s; Shaq’s got Nashville-style wings from Craig’s; and Jo Koy is partnering with Blue Ribbon and TLT for a take on his family’s Filipino-style adobo wings. Other participating celebs include Tyra Banks, Anthony Anderson, and Phil Heath; the whole thing’s a competition, with votes online and a donation in the winner’s name made to the Center for Policing Equity, a think tank that reduces the causes of racial disparities in law enforcement.
Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2
The Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
We’re missing Drag Queen Bingo too, but until everyone’s hooting and hollering in WeHo again here’s the next-best-thing: an over-the-top drive-in-style drag show featuring a bunch of the most fabulous contestants from RuPal’s Drag Race. Asia O’Hara, Kameron Michaels, Vanessa Vanjie and more will be performing; there’s also a one-off separately-ticketed performance from Alaska Thunderfuck on Aug 2.
Cost: $69+ for two people in a car
Friday, July 31-Sunday, August 2
Ayara Thai Cuisine (Westminster)
Beloved Thai restaurant Ayara is partnering with the Tourism Authority of Thailand for this weekend-long celebration of Thai cinema, featuring three films: BTS: Bangkok Traffic Love Story (a 2009 romantic comedy), the 2011 horror film Ladda Land, and 2017’s thriller Bad Genius. Tickets include a drive-in snack pack of Thai treats from Araya, and proceeds go to the Thai Elephant Alliance Association.
This weekend and onwards
709 W 9th St, Downtown
Michael Hung’s long been renowned as the chef of Downtown’s pre-Staples spot Faith & Flower, but he’s getting a little more casual with the (obviously) takeout/delivery only, perfectly named DTLA Pizza, which served, you guessed it, burgers (oh, and pizza). No, seriously: the burgers are American Kobe beef numbers with truffle cheddar cheese, and the pizzas are both thick-crusted Sicilian style and wood-fired Neapolitan, with two signature topping combos: the Street Meat Magic pizza with pepperoni, mortadella, Italian sausage, and prosciutto, and the It’s Literally Possible plant-based number with Impossible Sausage, marinated peppers and onions, and vegan mozzarella.
Friday, July 31
If you’ve been procrastinating learning new skills through this whole staying-mostly-at-home thing, this (and every summer Friday), the Music Center has got you covered, with various styles of on-line dance lessons (get it?) to get you up and moving. This week’s genre is Cumbia, led by Leslie Ferreira of 3rd Street Dance Studio and the director of dance company Bachata Caliente.
Friday, July 31-Saturday, August 1
This influencer-y festival focuses on the sweetest stuff, from a rice crispy-ice-cream-cone making class from Misterkrisp to boozy dessert demos from Tipsy Scoop to “how-to-be-a-food-influencer” panels, as well as a keynote speech from the founder of Bakers Against Racism. Of course, the whole thing is streaming, and a ticket includes access to at-home ordering at an exclusive marketplace from 20 small businesses making sweet treats to actually eat.
Saturday, August 1-Sunday, August 2
Up and down Melrose
When agitators who took advantage of the Black Lives Matter protests on Melrose last month and destroyed some of the independent businesses on the beloved street, the community came together to put together this fundraiser, which aims to raise money to repair and rebuild four shops destroyed by those fires: on Saturday and Sunday, there will be live-art outside of participating businesses from some top LA street artists, with the finished product auctioned off to help those stores. Participating artists include Corrie Mattie, Axis, and Life After Death, and of course surrounding businesses will be open for street-shopping and social-distance hangs.
Saturdays starting August 1
Black Rabbit Rose (Hollywood)
Y'all remember when crazy brunches were just a normal thing people did? Get nostalgic for early March at this outdoors, all-you-can-drink-in-an-hour Wonderland-themed brunch party, where a ticket gets you your eggs-and-bacon or vegetarian meal, beats from DJ Alice, and appearances from the Mad Hatter and pop-up magic shows as well.
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