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

Your best bets for May 7 to 11, 2018

There’s no excuse to be bored any night of the week when you live in L.A. Here’s our curated guide to some of the best of what’s going on around town.

Monday: La La Land at Melrose Rooftop Theater

What sounds better than watching the quintessential L.A. movie outdoors on a warm California night with the skyline of Hollywood twinkling in the distance behind the screen? Located on a former parking deck on the roof of the E.P. & L.P. restaurant, Melrose Rooftop Theater provides the comfy seats, and has cocktails and snacks available to buy, so you don’t need to pack anything at all. Upgraded tickets also include a full pre-screening meal in the main dining room, since popcorn technically isn’t dinner.

Tuesday: Brunch is Hell Dinner Party at Red Herring

Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam were the co-hosts of public radio’s Dinner Party Download (and, Gagliano is a sometime L.A. Mag contibutor). They talked with us recently about their book, Brunch is Hell: How to Save the World by Throwing a Dinner Party. Join them as they put their pro-dinner-party agenda into practice at this event at Eagle Rock’s glam Red Herring; tickets include the book discussion, a three course meal, and wine.

Wednesday: Eleanor Friedberger at the Moroccan Lounge

Eleanor Friedberger came to fame in the early part of the decade with the brother-sister duo Fiery Furnaces. These days, she’s well into a solo career, which, on her most recent release, sees her leaning more heavily on synths and dark, ’80s vibes that she soaked up during a sojourn spent in Greece while processing the results of the 2016 U.S. election.

Thursday: Mokonuts Pop-Up at Trois Familia

Get a taste of one of Paris’ most-acclaimed restaurants when the chef duo behind Mokonuts takes over the kitchen at the French-ish Silver Lake spot Trois Familia for pop-up dinners on May 10 and 11. The five-course menu features dishes that allude to Moko Hirayama’s Japanese-French pastry work and Omar Koretiem’s Lebanese heritage, and is available for $50. Book your spot on Resy or by emailing [email protected]

Friday: Top Dawg Entertainment Championship Tour featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, and more

L.A.’s home-grown entertainment group Top Dawg Entertainment stages a two-night stand at the Forum featuring a collection of the label’s top acts. Kendrick Lamar and SZA alone would be an incredible show (as you know if you caught the Black Panther soundtrack artists’ live duet at Coachella last month) but they’re joined by Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, and Lance Skiiwalker, for an incredible night of hip hop.

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