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

From juicy burgers to a synth wizard

Spring is in the air and we’re buzzing with fun stuff to do all over Los Angeles. But if your top priority for this week is planning how you’ll be spending Memorial Day weekend, we’ve got you covered there, too.

Monday: A Conversation with L.A. Artists: Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Charles Gaines

The Hammer Museum’s senior curator, Anne Ellegood, moderates this conversation at the Broad Stage, featuring L.A.-based artists Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Charles Gaines. The Nigerian-born Crosby was recently awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship for her large-scale mixed-media works which explore identity, history, and cultural appropriation. The 74-year-old Gaines, an innovator in conceptual and systems-based art and a long-standing fixture in L.A.’s arts community, was just awarded the REDCAT prize for leaders in contemporary art.

Tuesday: Los Guapos Presents Destination Out!

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L.A.-based studio Los Guapos curates this weekly night at Rudolph’s Bar in the Freehand Hotel. They specialize in bringing together innovators in contemporary jazz for special, intimate performances. You’ll get a mix of on-the-cusp talents and bigger names like recent guests Tom Misch, Mutale Chashi, and Owen Clapp, who’ve been known to pop in on their way playing bigger concert halls around town.

Wednesday: Los Angeles‘s Burgers Bourbon + Beer

Calling all carnivores! We’re firing up the grills for our annual burger (and bourbon and beer) party in Santa Monica. You’ll get a chance to taste inventive, exclusive burgers from meat-crafters including Belcampo, Hinoki & the Bird, BOA Steakhouse, and Umami, and wash it down with flowing bourbon and craft beer. When you’re not casting your vote for the best burger around, you can relax in the Los Angeles Chargers Tailgate Lounge, listen to live music, or pose for some deliciously ‘gram-worthy photo-ops.

Thursday: Taste of Boyle Heights Fundraiser

Now celebrating its seventh year, this annual fundraiser dinner supports the community work of the East L.A. Community Corporation. Gather at Casa del Mexicano for an assortment of foods from Boyle Heights, live music performances, and a silent auction of donated items.

Friday: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith at Hollywood Forever

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, one of our favorite local musicians, brings her truckload of analog synthesizers and an album full of new songs to the Masonic Lodge concert space at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on May 24 and 25. To open the performances, she’ll be joined by Cool Maritime, a new music project from filmmaker and creative Sean Hellfritsch.

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