The perennial combination of Netflix and work fatigue is enough to keep anyone on their couch on a weekday evening, but with concerts, dance parties, and arts showcases happening around the clock, there’s no reason it has to be that way. Here’s your guide to the most essential events happening this week to help you overcome your case of the Mondays — or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, for that matter.
Relive the Glory Days of Punk Rock
Monday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.
The legendary punk rock oral history book Please Kill Me turns 20 this year, and the Ace Hotel is throwing a free party to celebrate. Co-authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain will be signing books and leading a Q&A in the upstairs lounge starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a DJ set from Howie Pyro.
Get Composed at the Hollywood Bowl
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel conducts a collection of work from Argentina’s leading composers, including the world premiere of Lalo Schifrin’s Concierto de la Amistad.
Geek Out With Scientists
Wednesday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m.
Scientists Amy Hofmann and Ingrid Daubar host a free evening of science and storytelling at The Last Bookstore on Wednesday with author Jessica Fox, NASA’s former storyteller. Learn about outer space and pick up copies of Fox’s Three Things You Need to Know About Working With Rockets after the talk.
Get Plugged In
Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m.
The Arts district gallery and studio space Art Share L.A. opens its doors on Thursday for Mezcla Eclectic Nights, a free, community-focused arts and music showcase. This installment has an audio slant, with spoken word performances and music from Andrea Silva, The Letters Home, and El Joe of the River.
Go Wild at the Zoo
Friday, Aug 5, 7 p.m.
Exotic animals, craft beer, and live music come together for this adults-only event at the L.A. Zoo. With 50 breweries on hand to sample from — and unlimited soda for designated drivers — the live band karaoke is sure to be extra passionate.