The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

Janelle Monae, a late night at the zoo, and more

Summer is here and the city is heating up with fun things to do. To help you get to the good stuff, we’ve picked the best things to do this week in L.A.


Monday: Here to Be Heard: The Story of the Slits Screening and Concert


Learn a little more about the Slits–a pioneering all-female British punk band of the 1970s–at this special event. You’ll watch a new documentary about the group, followed by a Q&A with the director, who herself happens to be Allison Wolfe of the bands Bratmobile and Ex Stains. After the movie, Ex Stains will perform live. Keeping with the theme of empowering women in music, the night is a benefit for Los Angeles’ Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls.


Tuesday: Quiet Slang at Moroccan Lounge

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After years of recording and touring, James Alex of Beach Slang has gone back to the drawing board and re-imagined his bands Replacements-esque rock songs as restrained chamber pop. He’s backed now by cello and piano, creating a twee vibe that, Alex has said, is something of an homage to Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields.


Wednesday: Illumine Full Moon Sunset Yoga

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If you’re like us, those outdoor, sunrise yoga sessions always sound like a great idea–except for the getting up at sunrise part. Finally, someone is fixing that problem with sunset yoga. Gather on a rooftop at ROW DTLA for a 75-minute all-level yoga class, and then hang out for kombucha, tarot readings, and massages by Papa & Barkley.


Thursday: Janelle Monae at the Greek


Spend an evening under the stars with Janelle Monae. The futuristic musician, actress, and activist brings her Dirty Computer Tour to the Greek theater, after what has been a particularly strong year for her and her work. To open the show, she’ll be joined by fellow Altantans St. Beauty.


Friday: Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo

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Explore the L.A. Zoo after-hours at this adults-only summer party. Arrive early for special visits with animals, then stick around after the sun sets as the zoo becomes a big dance party. This year, there will be three different dance areas, a silent disco zone, a live band playing ’80s hits, and even a glamping-inspired cocktail lounge.


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