Hollywood Bowl Jazz Fest, Art Exhibits and Other Best Things To Do in L.A. This Weekend

Plus, RnB songstress Summer Walker is hosting a music showcase with special guest performers at Crypto.com Arena during BET Awards weekend

This week’s guide features the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, Summer Walker’s music showcase at The Novo, and several art exhibitions opening throughout Los Angeles, and much more.

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

Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival 

Saturday, June 25 through Sunday, June 26

For two days, the top acts in jazz will take the stage at the iconic Hollywood Bowl. Produced in collaboration with Festival West, the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival will feature performances from The Roots, Fantastic Negrito, The Azar Lawrence Experience,
Gerald Clayton, and more. Also, actor, comedian, and T.V. host, Arsenio Hall, will serve as the emcee for the two-day festival. Showtime is at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. Tickets start at $75. [More info]

(Photo by Derek White/Getty Images for Strength Of A Woman Festival & Summit)

A Hot Summer Night in LA at Crypto.com Arena

Friday, June 24

RnB songstress Summer Walker is holding a music showcase, fittingly called “A Hot Summer Night in L.A.” on Friday, June 24 during BET Awards weekend. She will be joined by some of the music industry’s most exciting performers including Ari Lennox, Jazmine Sullivan, San Diego’s very own Joyce Wrice, Doechii, Alex Vaughn, and Saucy Santana as they each take the stage at the Crypto.com Arena. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $39. [More info]

Cooling Down Sunset Summer Series at Remedy Place

Sunday, June 26

The self-proclaimed world’s first social wellness club, Remedy Place, wants to help you cool down your mind, body, and spirit with its outdoor ice bath experience taking place on Sunday, June 26. Each month, patrons are invited to attempt the 6-minute outdoor guided ice plunge and experience the benefits of ice bathing at the West Hollywood social club. A live DJ will set the vibe and guests will get to eat, drink, and shop at a special wellness marketplace. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and tickets are $35. Don’t forget to bring your towel and bathing suit! [More info]

Multimedia Performance with Immersive Visuals and Artist-Inspired Pop Up at NeueHouse Hollywood

Friday, June 24

For one night only, composer Danielle Eva Schwob, Grammy-nominated strong group PUBLIQuartet and Director-Artist James Mountford (who’s worked with BANKS, Ciara, and Chance the Rapper), will join forces to present a multimedia performance and double bill of works from the musicians’ respective new albums Out of the Tunnel and What Is American, featuring moving visuals and new paintings from Mountford’s Trajectories series. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at NeueHouse Hollywood and tickets are $38.

Also, L.A-based writer, curator, and Los Angeles contributor Michael Slenske is hosting The Street & The Shop, a hybrid exhibition, pop-up, and artist-run market, on Sunday, June 26 from 12-4 p.m. The project provides a platform for about 80 contemporary artists to experiment with materials, scale, and commerciality while offering members of the local community direct access to the artists and their works. Tickets are $12. [More info]

Photograph courtesy Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds at Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suite

Friday, June 24

The music events company, which has become known for her pop up concerts around the world, is hosting a special showcase on Friday, June 24 at the Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suite. Open to the public and hotel guests alike, visitors can expect to experience a night filled with great vibes and even better music. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $31. [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 by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

Danny Trejo Live Interview

Sunday, June 26

Part of KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and host Maria Hinojosa will be speaking with actor and L.A. icon Danny Trejo about building a career in entertainment, showing up for his community both on and off-screen, and what it means to be a proud Angeleno in Latino USA’s first-ever live event on Sunday, June 26 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel. L.A.-based Salvadoran-American comedian Marcella Arguello will also perform a live set. The event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30-$50 (For a 50 percent discount, enter the code LATINOUSA50 at checkout). [More info]

(Photo courtesy of Hikari Shimoda)

Hikari Shimoda Exhibit at Corey Helford Gallery

Saturday, June 25 through Saturday, July 30

Japanese visual artist Hikari Shimoda is hosting her latest exhibition titled “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]

(Photo by Drew Howard for Therabodycorp)

Free Cryotherapy Sessions at Reset by Therabody

Saturday, June 25

In honor of the grand opening of its Manhattan Beach location, Reset by Therabody will be offering free cryotherapy sessions (including at the Brentwood location), exclusive one-day discounts, and raffles with prizes. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The new Manhattan location will also hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3360 Sepulveda Blvd. #N100. [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]

(Photo courtesy of Ryan Lautenbacher)


Through Friday, July 3

Grande Experiences has partnered with Magic Box LA to co-produce a new digital art gallery known as STREET ART ALIVE. The multi-sensory exhibit, which runs through Friday, July 3, will feature artwork from more than 200 street artists from around the globe. The experience will also offer interactive installations, a themed café and bar, along with eight original full-sized sections of the Berlin Wall, which global artists used as a canvas for their political statements and powerful social commentary. Throughout the exhibit’s run at The LUME Los Angeles, organizers will invite street artists to add their voices to the symbolic concrete walls. STREET ART ALIVE is open Wednesday through Sunday and tickets start at $39 for adults. [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


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.


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


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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