Weekdays get a bad rap. Sure, they’re marred by long work days and commuting traffic, but there’s also a week’s worth of dance parties, film festivals, movies, and art to experience. Here’s your guide to the best events happening this week — and an end to your excuses for staying in.
Go Dancing on a School Night
Monday, Aug. 8, 8 p.m.
Industry execs are known to frequent School Night, KCRW DJ Chris Douridas’ free weekly concert series, in the hopes of discovering the next great act, but casual music lovers are bound to show up for the diverse lineup. RSVP online to this week’s show, which features electronic wunderkind Conner Youngblood and Chicago rockers Yoko and the Oh No’s.
Play Games at Grand Central Market
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Classic board games like Monopoly and Scrabble will be available Tuesday night at Horse Thief BBQ, which is offering drink specials and prodigiously piled plates of spare ribs. Start stretching now — the winners of Twister will be rewarded with prizes.
Get Psychedelic at the Regent
Wednesday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m.
London-born experimental music group Psychic TV re-imagines the soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 1981 fantasy film In the Shadows of the Sun — and then scores it live at the Regent Theatre.
Tour the Arts District Like a Local
Thursday, Aug. 11, 7:00 p.m.
Meet studio artists and visit a curated selection of galleries on this interactive walking tour led by art walk ambassador Jeremy Quant during the neighborhood’s monthly art walk.
See What’s Next at Sundance
Friday, Aug. 12, 8:00 p.m.
Sundance’s NEXT Fest kicks off this Friday with a screening of So Yong Kim’s Lovesong, a film starring Riley Keough and Jena Malone. Afterwards, catch a performance by rising R&B artist Shamir.