Halsey Concert, “Grease” Musical and Other Great Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend

Plus, PORTALS LA is hosting an art auction and fundraiser at Wonzimer art gallery and Everyday People is hosting two back-to-back day parties
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This weekend’s guide features a food event at Santa Monica Pier, Halsey’s Love and Power tour stop in Irvine, as well as the Grease musical at Cal State Long Beach.

As always, be sure to double check event listings and websites for COVID protocols before attending any events.


The Boardwalk at Santa Monica Pier

Saturday, July 9

For one day only, beloved L.A. chefs and restaurants will convene at the Santa Monica Pier to serve up creative riffs on boardwalk-inspired cuisine. Hosted by Amex Gold Card and Resy, The Boardwalk event will offer bites such as Angler’s lobster roll, Cobi’s Banh Tran Trang, a funnel cake from Ggiata, clam pizza from Pizzana, an exclusive Shake Shake hot dog, much more. To complete the summer-filled beach day will be a live DJ, a half-pipe skate ramp, roaming stilt walkers, and a spin on boardwalk games. There will also be giveaways and prizes. Amex Gold Card members can purchase tickets at a special price of $50 per person; tickets for the general public start at $75 per person. [More info]

Halsey at FivePoint Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 9

The Grammy-nominated pop star is bringing her Love and Power tour to the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Saturday, July 9. Halsey will be joined onstage by The Marias and Abby Roberts. Showtime is at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $29.50. [More info]

Grease Musical at Cal State Long Beach

Through Sunday, July 24

Travel back to the year of 1959 in California and experience one of the world’s most popular musicals, Grease this weekend. Presented by the Musical Theatre West, Grease will be showing on select dates through Sunday, July 24 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center on the campus of Cal State Long Beach. The musical stars RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 12 star Darius Rose, aka Jackie Cox, as well as several other talented performers. Tickets range from $20-$96 each and are available now, by phone at 562-856-1999 or online. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Everyday People)

Everyday People LA at The Beehive

Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10

Everyday People, the popular New York City-born day party, is returning to Los Angeles with two back-to-back events on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. Saturday’s event will feature DJ sets by Everyday People co-founder DJ Moma, along with guest sets from L.A.-based DJs Millie, SAUCE, and Jihaari, while Sunday’s event will include music from Moma and friends. It’s not uncommon to bump into a celebrity at Everyday People as folks like Diddy, Lil Nas X, Saweetie, and Janelle Monae have been in attendance, or to catch a performance from a rising musician. Tickets to the event sold out quickly, but there’s a chance to be added to the waitlist, which actually works, believe it or not. [More info]

The Solar Shrine Afrofutures at Wonzimer Gallery

Saturday, July 9

PORTALS LA is hosting a two week art auction fundraiser in support of The Solar Shrine Project, an Honorarium Art Installation Selection for Burning Man 2022. The opening show, called The Solar Shrine Afrofutures, will be held at Wonzimer, an art gallery just minutes away from Los Angeles State Historic Park this Saturday, July 9 from 3-8 p.m. An immersive after party will be hosted by PORTALS LA, with DJs, live music, performance art, and more. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward materials and equipment, transportation to Black Rock City, and essential camp infrastructure to house artists, builders and performers for The Solar Shrine Project, which will provide a space for individual reflection and community gathering at Burning Man. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Descanso Gardens)

Into the Woods Musical at Descanso Gardens

Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 and Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Descanso Gardens, one of LA’s premiere outdoor spaces, is bringing Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods to the center stage with six live performances from Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 and Friday, July 15 and Sunday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. The Tony award-winning book and score includes On the Steps of the Palace, Agony, and The Last Midnight, and more beloved songs by the late composer. Tickets to the show are currently sold out, but patrons who’d like to attend can email [email protected] to be added to the guest list. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Hunker House)

Hunker House on Abbot Kinney

Through Saturday, July 23

Hunker, one of the largest digital home and décor pubs in the US, has launched its latest edition of the Hunker House known as Playdate. Open through Saturday, July 23, the shopping experience will feature seven rooms designed by Hunker’s editorial team and guest designers Jamie Chung and Becki Owens all styled with Gap Home’s new kids collection. Designed for kids and their parents, the house has been transformed top to bottom into a kid-friendly playland with activities, a scavenger hunt and interactive light sculptures sprawled throughout the home. Patrons will be able to experience these products in-person and styled in a real-life home setting. The store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 1212 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Unit C in Venice. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Hikari Shimoda)

Hikari Shimoda Exhibit at Corey Helford Gallery

Through Saturday, July 30

Japanese visual artist Hikari Shimoda is hosting her latest exhibition, “Fight to Live in the Void,” at Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery. Inspired by her own unique take on Japanese manga, the showcase features 25 pieces, including new works from her series “Children of This Planet.” Inspired by her own unique take on Japanese manga, Shimoda is widely known for her works that are at once enchanting and disarming, portraying a world where cuteness and horror coexist. Her portraits of children are full of countless possibilities, described by the artist as “where fantasy meets reality, past meets future, and life meets death, in a world that is yet to be reborn.” Shimoda’s “Fight to Live in the Void” will be available for viewing through Saturday, July 30. Patrons can visit from 12-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. [More info]

Like Watermelon For Chocolate Exhibition at UNREPD

Through Wednesday, July 20

New York visual artist Kirk Henriques is debuting his latest solo exhibition, “Like Watermelon for Chocolate,” on Juneteenth at the UNREPD gallery. The presentation, which will be available for viewing through Wednesday, July 20, features a selection of abstract and figurative paintings on fiberglass mesh. In his exhibition, Henriques aims to reclaim the watermelon—a fruit that is ripe with socio-economic significance—as an uplifting symbol of Black independence across various contexts. At the opening ceremony on Sunday, June 19 from 2-4 p.m., Jonathan Singletary will perform a song titled “Before You Arrive,” which is inspired by his wife, host and journalist Elaine Welteroth, and the recent birth of their child, to close out Father’s Day weekend. RSVP is encouraged for the opening reception, but it’s free to view the exhibition until it wraps up in July. [More info]

Sunday Boat House at Marina del Rey Hotel

Through Sunday, September 4

Marina del Rey Hotel is hosting a new day party called Sunday Boat House this summer. The weekly party, which takes place every Sunday, features live DJs and an outdoor restaurant and bar. Tickets are $15 presale and $25 entry at the door. Marina del Rey Hotel guests receive free admission. Doors open at 1 p.m. and a swimsuit is recommended. [More info]

(Photo by Jojo Korsh / BFA.com, courtesy of The Broad)

Takashi Murakami and ‘This Is Not America’s Flag’ Exhibitions at The Broad

Through Sunday, September 25

The Broad museum is debuting two new exhibitions including the Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow and This Is Not America’s Flag. Murakami’s first monograph exhibition at the museum will feature 18 works, as well as immersive environments developed in tandem with the artist and his studio, Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd., and will include the entirety of The Broad’s collection of the artist’s works. Featuring over 20 artists, This Is Not America’s Flag will spotlight the myriad ways artists explore the symbol of the flag of the United States of America, underscoring its vast, divergent, and complex meanings. Tickets to the exhibitions start at $18, but are free on select days, which are announced on The Broad’s website. [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel)

‘Nouvelles Saveurs’ Poolside Summer Residency at Four Seasons Hotel

Through Sunday, July 10

Chef T. Nicolas Peter is teaming up with Beverly Wilshire to host a pop-up series “Nouvelles Saveurs” (or ‘new flavors’ in English) at the Four Seasons Hotel. Taking place alongside the hotel’s relaxing pool deck, the dinner will consist of a seasonally-influenced five course menu ($150 per person), which includes starters such as Espelette seared scallops and Ossetra caviar. Entrées include grilled Loup de Mer with Dungeness crab, fava beans and Tomato-Pernod Beurre Blanc or a Wagyu Shank. The residency will be open for dinner from Wednesday-Sunday from 5-10 p.m. through Sunday, July 10. Reservations can be made via OpenTable. [More info]

Mario Moore, I Continue to Dream, 2020. Oil on linen, 42 x 62 in. Private Collection. (Photo courtesy of CAAM)

Mario Moore Exhibit at California African American Museum

Through Sunday, October 2

The California African American Museum (CAAM) is hosting the first solo exhibition in California for Detroit figurative painter, Mario Moore. Enshrined: Presence + Preservation brings together early works in Moore’s career as well as his most recent series, “The Work of Several Lifetimes (2019),” which showcases his desire to bring visibility to the dedicated work of marginalized groups in this country. The exhibit debuts two new portraits made especially for the exhibition at CAAM that feature women who have worked as custodians at the museum. [More info]

(Edgar Degas, Woman at a Dressing Table, ca)

Monet to Matisse at San Diego Museum of Art

Through Sunday, August 7

The San Diego Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibition called Monet to Matisse, which features more than 60 works of art produced between the 1870s to 1930s. Guests will get the chance to view masterpieces from some of the most significant names in European painting such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Sisley and Pierre Bonnard, all from the Bemberg Foundation. The exhibition marks the first time the collection, which rarely leaves its permanent home in France, has traveled to California and is one of only two showcases in the United States. Tickets start at $25 for adults. [More info]

RuPaul’s Drag Race Watch Party

Fridays

West Hollywood’s Abbey Food & Bar is hosting a weekly happy hour watch party for season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. This season’s viewing parties will be hosted by The Abbey’s own drag superstar Kornbread “the snack” Jete, who is also a contestant on this season’s lineup. The party starts at 5 p.m. every Friday. No reservations are needed to attend—just proof of COVID vaccination to enter and an appetite for delicious bar bites and cocktails. [More info]

Smorgasburg L.A.

Sundays

Like most other things that are good, Smorgasburg L.A. had to pack it in and endure a long hiatus thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday, July 4, the Brooklyn-transplanted outdoor food market returned to ROW DTLA with a bunch of new vendors, including some you’ve probably seen on Instagram and have been dying to try, like fried fish sandwich pop-up Little Fish and Caribbean street food pop-up Bridgetown Roti. According to organizers 75 percent of the markets former vendors will be returning too. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and entry is free. [More info]

Chocolate Sundaes Comedy at The Laugh Factory Hollywood

Ongoing

This one of a kind comedy show, which features a mix of seasoned veterans and up-and-coming comics, takes place every Sunday at the infamous Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip. Recent performers include the likes of Kevin Hart, Katt Williams and Tracy Morgan. It’s also not uncommon to catch a celebrity in the crowd as folks like Beyonce and husband Jay Z, Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner have showed up. [More info and tickets]

Chocolate Sundaes
Photo courtesy of chocolatesundaes.com/hollywood

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