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Things to do this week: July 29-Aug. 4

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July has come and gone but if you didn’t have time to have some fun this month—though it felt more like a week—there are still a few days left to squeeze in some adventures. And if you just can’t squeeze them in this month, then start August off with a bang with one of the events on this list.

If you’re looking for some nerdtastic events, check out our “Hey GeekCal summer geek guide.”

July 29

Boyz II Men & TLC

Hollywood Bowl | 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068 | July 29 | hollywoodbowl.com

This is sure to be one sweet day when Boyz II Men and TLC join forces on a trip down memory R&B memory lane. 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Starlight Bowl | 1249 Lockheed View Drive, Burbank, CA 91501 | July 29 | starlightbowl.com

Since first arriving on the scene nearly 30 years ago, Big Bad Voodoo has sold out venues around the world with their mix of revitalized jazz and swing. 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performing in 2013. | Photo by Steven Miller (CC BY 2.0)

Movies Under the Stars: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

One Colorado Old Pasadena | 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103 | July 29 | onecolorado.com

In the words of Truman Capote, “It’s better to look at the sky than live there.” In this case, it’s better to watch a movie under the stars, especially one starring the incomparable Audrey Hepburn in what might be her most famous role. 

Eat See Hear: “Jurassic Park”

LA State Historic Park | 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | July 29 | eatseehear.com

Welcome to Jurassic Park LA State Historic Park where dinosaurs aren’t welcomed but dogs are! Get some blankets for you and your pooch to listen to vocalist Myka, eat some pizza from La Sorted’s, and watch Steven Spielberg’s dino blockbuster with Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. 

Gimme Gimme Disco 

The Echoplex | 1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026 | July 29 | echoparklive.net

Honey, honey it’s your moment to groove on and on and on at this summer night in the city. Thankfully this isn’t our last summer but when all is said and done you’ll be a certified dancing queen.

Water at the Park Days

Cameron Park | 1305 E. Cameron Ave., West Covina, CA 91790 | July 29 | westcovina.org

It’s hot and the state is experiencing a historic drought which makes it hard to keep cool. Beat the heat every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a different park in West Covina with water activities, games and summer fun for kids 3 and older.

Families cool down at the fourth week of the Cool Kids of Summer Series at Shadow Oak Park. | Photo courtesy of City of West Covina

Monterey Park Movie Night in the Park: “Grease” Sing-a-long

Barnes Park Amphitheater | 320 W. Newmark Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754 | July 29 | montereypark.ca.gov

Head out before dusk, when the movie begins, because you won’t want to miss one minute of this sing-a-long from “Grease is the Word” to “You’re the One That I Want.”

Azusa Summer Concerts in the Park: Beach St. A GoGo!

Memorial Park | 320 N. Orange Place, Azusa, CA 91702 | July 29 | ci.azusa.ca.us

Pack up your blankets, lawn chairs and picnics for an evening of free musical entertainment from Beach St. A GoGo! playing the best groovy hits of the ‘60s.

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA

Jerry Moss Plaza | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | July 29 | musiccenter.org

Learn a new dance under the stars at this very popular, free event. Instructor Ilona Glinarsky will guide you through some Argentine tango dance moves. . 

Pasadena Movies in the Park: “Luca”

Grant Park | 232 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91106 | July 29 | cityofpasadena.net/PAD 

Show up before the movie from 6:30-8 p.m. for a free art workshop. And then silenzio, Bruno! Get your snacks and blankets ready to watch Luca, Alberto and Giulia try to win the Portorosso Cup while learning about acceptance and friendship. 

Disney and Pixar’s “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about a boy sharing summer adventures with a newfound best friend. But their fun is threatened by a secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. Directed by Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”). | © 2021 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Glendora Summer Movies: “Space Jam: A New Legacy”

Finkbiner Park | 160 N. Wabash Ave., Glendora, CA 91741 | July 29 | cityofglendora.org

Watch LeBron James embark on an adventure alongside Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes bunch. 

July 30

DTLA Salsa Festival 

Pershing Square | 532 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 | July 30 | laparks.org/pershingsquare/events.html 

Featuring Adolescentes Orquesta, Guicho y la Tribu, Susie Hansen Latin Band, Clave Dura, and DJ Charlie, this FREE event brings together great music, good food and a beer garden. Avoid traffic and parking by taking LA Metro. 

Montebello Downtown Street Fest

Montebello | Whittier Boulevard from Montebello Boulevard to Fourth Street | July 30 | cityofmontebello.com

Stroll down iconic Whittier Boulevard to shop, dine and dance. Headlined by Poncho Sanchez the fest will also feature inflatables, a kids zone, beer garden, and vendors selling food and artisanal crafts. 

Art on display at the 2021 Downtown Street Fest. | Photo courtesy of City of Montebello

“The Last Unicorn” 40th Anniversary Screening

Academy Museum | July 30 | academymuseum.org

Screenwriter and author Peter S. Beagle and producer Michael Chase Walker will be in attendance for a Q&A. The Academy Museum Store will also offer exclusive merchandise such as limited edition tees, accessories, animations cels, and skateboard decks. 

Mambo Craze Cabaret Featuring Boogaloo Assassins

Cicada Club | 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 | July 30 | cicadaclub.com

Travel back to the glamour of Old Hollywood for a night that will make you feel like you’re at the Palladium Ballroom with Latin jazz and cabaret music swaying through the air as you dance in your best vintage threads. 

Eat See Hear: The Goonies

LA State Historic Park | 1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | July 30 | eatseehear.com

Truffle shuffle on down to LA State Historic Park for some Mediterranean cuisine from Yalla Truck, a mix of nihilistic yet upbeat tunes from Cheer Up Club (think ‘90s rock somewhat reminiscent of Weezer) and a hunt for One-Eyed Willy’s treasure. 

Wine & Vibe Girls Night In

FemPower Den | 421 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina, CA 91790 | July 30 | eventbrite.com

Who else is in desperate need of a girls’ night out? Explore rosé, sauvignon blanc and, if you’re feeling adventurous, a shot or two of tequila! But maybe save the tequila until after you finish your ’90s themed painting. There will also be ‘90s music bingo and prizes.

Desert Hearts Party

Academy LA | 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028 | July 30 | deserthearts.us 

Mikey Lion, Marbs, Porky and Shaded spin house, techno and electronic beats for you to dance the night away. 

Time Machine 2000’s Night

Exchange LA | 618 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 | July 30 | exchangela.com/tmY2K 

Y2K is back, baby!! But with less hysteria about broken electronics this time. Head back to the time of butterfly clips, body glitter and low-rise jeans (I wish those had stayed in the past), with a party bumping music from Britney, Beyonce, Eminem and more. There will also be photo ops, props, complimentary ring pops, glow-in-the-dark balloons and red solo cups, so be sure to dress the part. 

Getty 25 Celebrates Wilmington

Banning Park | 1331 Eubank Ave., Wilmington, CA 90744 | July 30-31 | getty.edu

​Participate in interactive workshops like screen printing, cyanotype and terrarium building; dance along to live music from acts like Keali’i O Nalani featuring Daniel Ho, La Muerte, The Slackers and Full Metal Jacket; shop from local vendors; and step inside an exhibit of Getty collection of artwork inspired by the harbor. This free community event will also feature giveaways, food trucks, photo booths and more activities that are yet to be announced. 

Art on display at Getty 25 Celebrates SGV. | Photo courtesy of City of El Monte

Street Food Cinema: “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”

Victory Park | 2575 Paloma St., Pasadena, CA 91107 | July 30 | streetfoodcinema.com

Emceed by comedian Granison Crawford, with live music from alt rock/reggae band Dankrupt, the event will also feature food from Foreign Xchange, Fun Time Kettle Corn and Tropic Truck. You can also bring your dog to this outdoor movie experience. 

Monrovia Concerts in the Park: Saturdays at Station Park

Station Square Park | 1629 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016 | July 30 | cityofmonrovia.org 

If you’re looking for a more mellow Saturday night, then head to Station Square Park for some classic soul tunes from Stone Soul.

July 31

24K Magic: A Tribute to Bruno Mars

Warner Ranch Park | 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91367 | July 31 | eventbrite.com

Led by Evan Saucedo, the voice of Young Simba in the 2002 Disney Platinum Edition of “The Lion King,” 24K Magic has toured nationally with their tribute to the always-entertaining Bruno Mars. The band will be joined by award- winning, Berklee-trained singer/songwriter/keyboardist Cliff Beach who is known for “Nu-funk,” a hybrid of soul, R&B, funk and neo-soul

Paint Your Pet Class

Wingwalker Brewing | 235 W. Maple Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016 | July 31 | eventbrite.com

Let me start by saying that you DON’T need to be a great artist to take home a beautiful portrait of your animal buddy. Grab a beer and paint a pre-drawn canvas of your critter but register in advance as you’ll need to email the photo so the canvas is ready for you. 

Bungee Jump Hike Dance Party

Camp Bonta Prairie Forks Road, La Verne, CA 91750 | July 31 | eventbrite.com

Maybe you’re looking for an adrenaline rush to make you feel alive during what feels like a societal collapse and as someone who copes by rewatching sitcom episodes, I’m not judging! You’ll hike 5 miles to the bridge, get some instructions, jump, and then join the dance party or swim to celebrate a newfound appreciation for the fragility of life before forgetting it all on the 5-mile hike back. 

Bridge to Nowhere from upstream. | Photo by Mitch Barrie (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Farm to Fork Cocktail Party

The Arbour Restaurant | 527 S. Lake Ave., Suite 120, Pasadena, CA 91101 | July 31 | eventbrite.com

Sundays were made to take it easy, relax and eat good food! Enjoy small dishes showcasing different parts from a whole pasture-fed cow sourced from Shining Cross Farms in San Luis Obispo County. Live music will accompany the meal and drink specials will really help you relax.

Monrovia Concerts in the Park: Sundays at Library Park

Monrovia Library Park | 321 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016 | July 31 | cityofmonrovia.org 

Dance, dance, dance, like Monday morning isn’t just right around the corner as Night Owl plays top 40 hits. 

Aug. 1

Paint n’ Pint Night

Bootleggers’ Fullerton | 130 S. Highland Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832 | Aug. 1 | popartstudioslbc.com

Paint a pop art Mickey Mouse, drink a few beers and answer some trivia questions to win prizes. 

Jazz Eclectic Night

Riviera 31 Lounge Bar inside the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills | 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048 | Aug. 1 | eventbrite.com

Cello maestro Ryan Cross and his band show you the best of jazz and blues with exceptional live music. Past surprise performers have included Stevie Wonder, Craig Robinson and Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds.

Irwindale Sunset Cinema: “Boss Baby: Family Business”

Irwindale Park | 16053 Calle De Paseo, Irwindale, CA 91706 | Aug. 1 | irwindaleca.gov

If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain the kids and outside, then head to Irwindale Park to watch Tim Templeton, now transformed into a baby, and his secret agent daughter try to stop an evil genius. You don’t even need to worry about snacks as they’ll be available for purchase. 

Aug. 2

Guitar Legend Greg Koch & The Koch Marshall Trio

The Pout House | 405 S. Myrtle Ave., Monrovia, CA 91016 | Aug. 2 | eventbrite.com

Famed guitar legend Greg Koch, who Fender named as one of the top 10 unsung guitarist, and The Koch Marshall Trio will blow away the audience with their talent and repertoire that stretches from blues, rock, funk and jazz, to country and improvisations. 

Josh Groban

Greek Theatre |  2700 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA | Aug. 2 | joshgroban.com 

To quote “The Simpsons,” Josh Groban is “our young century’s greatest vocalist.” And with tickets starting at $25 (!!!) you can catch him on the last stop of his tour, where he will be joined the legendary New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band as well as violinist/singer Lucia Micarelli, and singer-songwriter Eleri Ward.

Huntington Park Movie Night: “Encanto”

Robert H. Keller Memorial Park | 6550 Miles Ave., Huntington Park, CA 90255 | Aug. 2 | hpca.gov

This free city event will feature a showing of Disney’s “Encanto,” coffee, entertainment, displays and giveaways. 

Welcome to the family Madrigal where every child is blessed with a magic gift unique to them. Everyone, that is, except Mirabel. Voiced by Stephanie Beatriz, Mirabel is determined to prove she belongs within this extraordinary family. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Encanto” features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda. | Photo courtesy of © 2021 Disney. All Rights Reserved.

Walnut Music & Movies in the Park: “Sing 2”

Creekside Park | 780 Creekside Drive, Walnut, CA 91789 | Aug. 2 | cityofwalnut.org

Don’t feel like cooking tonight and looking to shake up your humdrum Tuesday? Grab something to eat from a local food truck, then hear Cold Duck perform top 40 hits before the start of the movie. 

Aug. 3

Orquesta Charangoa

Verdugo Park | 1621 Cañada Blvd, Glendale, CA 91208 | Aug. 3 | glendaleca.gov

As the worst of the day’s heat is over, get together with family and friends to enjoy a tribute to Cuban salsa.

NHRA Museum’s Twilight Cruise Night

Fairplex Gate 1 | 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 | Aug. 3 | fairplex.com

Hot rods, good food and music, and it’s FREE for spectators? Let me cruise on down.

Music in the Chinese Garden

The Huntington | 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 | Aug. 3 | huntington.org

Reconnect with nature by taking a stroll through one of The Huntington’s many gardens then make your way to the Garden of Flowing Fragrance for a solo musical performance on classical instruments like the dizi, pipa, and erhu. 

Vegan Playground

Boomtown Brewery | 700 Jackson St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Aug. 3 | eventbrite.com

Looking for more vegan options? Head to the Arts District to find some new vegan options. 

El Monte Summer Movie Series: “Luca”

Arceo Park | 3125 Tyler Ave., El Monte, CA 91731 | Aug. 3 | ci.el-monte.ca.us

Get on your Vespa, or car if you don’t own one of the greatest things ever made by humans, and watch these underdogs become friends and learn about acceptance as they try to win the Portorosso Cup to buy a Vespa. 

Aug. 4 

Contact: A Multi-Sensory Journey Celebrating Daft Punk

Wisdome | 1147 Palmetto St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 | Aug. 4-6 | feverup.com 

Inspired by Daft Punk, this galactic show is already proving a huge hit across the city as production works with an evolving roster of best-in-class DJs, cirque performers, immersive actors, and musicians to achieve a world-class performance.Integrated with cutting edge dome content, captivating lasers, 3D mapping, and practical effects, the show is the ultimate love letter to Daft Punk’s legacy.

Sizzling Summer Nights: Trombor

Autry Museum | 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Aug. 4 | theautry.org

Sizzling Summer Nights are back with live Salsa music and entry to the museum galleries.

Kate Bush Night in LA

El Cid | 4212 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90029 | Aug. 4 | dice.fm

If you’ve been obsessed with “Running Up That Hill” after watching the new season of “Stranger Things,” head to El Cid for a Kate Bush inspired dance night featuring music from Bush, Bjork, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple, and more.

Turnt Up Festival Night

Club 54 Lounge & Nightclub | 54 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105 | Aug. 4 | eventbrite.com

Turn up for a night of EDM with live DJs spinning dubstep, house and techno. There is no cover charge for this free event. 

Baldwin Park Summer Concerts: Walk Like A Man

Morgan Park | 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd., Baldwin Park, CA 91706 | Aug. 4 | baldwinpark.com

The last concert in this summer’s series, Walk Like A Man will pay tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Head out before the concert’s 7 p.m. start time to shop around the Downtown Street Market. 

Irwindale Music in the Park: The Ace Band

Dan Diaz Recreation Center | 16053 Calle de Paseo, Irwindale, CA 91706 | Aug. 4 | irwindaleca.gov

Head to the park for some old school R&B soul, funk and Latin music. 

Arcadia Concerts & Movies in the Park: “Luca”

Arcadia City Hall West Lawn | 240 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 | Aug. 4 | arcadiaca.gov

Luca, Alberto and Giulia are very popular this week. The City of Arcadia will be showing the film after the band Upstream transports you on a tropical hideaway with Caribbean music. 

Family enjoying Concert and Movie in the Park of 2022 in Arcadia. | Photo courtesy of City of Arcadia

South El Monte: Movies in the Park: “Sing 2”

Mary Van Dyke Park | 1819 Central Ave., South El Monte, CA 91733 | Aug. 4 | cityofsouthelmonte.org

The movie starts at dusk but arrive by 6 p.m. if you need a free backpack before school starts once more (the child in kindergarten through 12th grade must be present). There will also be free hot dogs and family games to enjoy yourself before the start of the film. 

Ongoing

“Wibit” 

Alamitos Beach | south of Ocean Boulevard and east of Shoreline Drive, between Fifth and Sixth places | Through end of summer season | longbeach.gov

The “Wibit” is an inflatable water park, free and open to the public, configured in a figure-eight shape to connect multiple floating play structures. Features will include a springboard, bouncer, monkey bars and other elements to encourage water play, such as swimming, balancing, climbing, jumping, sliding and swimming. 

“Dear Evan Hansen”

Ahmanson Theatre | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through July 31 | centertheatregroup.org

After selling out in 2018, the Tony Award-winning musical returns to LA. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told and a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. “Dear Evan Hansen” is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

Stephen Christopher Anthony as Evan Hansen and the North American touring company of “Dear Evan Hansen.” | Photo by Matthew Murphy

“Air Play” by Acrobuffos

BroadStage | 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401 | Through July 31 | broadstage.org

A circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, “Air Play” transforms ordinary objects into uncommon beauty. Here umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. With stunning images and gales of laughter, “Air Play” bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.

“Air Play.” | Photo by Nikola Milatovic

Parks After Dark

LA County Parks | Through Aug. 6 | parks.lacounty.gov

Parks After Dark has returned for the summer with free activities like concerts and movie nights at 34 LA County parks.

“Freestyle Love Supreme”

Pasadena Playhouse | 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101 | Through Aug. 7 | pasadenaplayhouse.org

“Freestyle Love Supreme” is a critically acclaimed hip-hop sensation and recipient of a 2020 Special Tony Award that was conceived by Anthony Veneziale and created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale in 2004 before “In The Heights” and “Hamilton.” The 90-minute show is a blend of hip-hop, improvisational theater, music and vocal styling with special surprise guests at select performances and no two shows are ever the same.

(Left to right) Kaila Mullady, Jay Ellis, Andrew Bancroft, Morgan Reilly. | Photo by Joan Marcus / Pasadena Playhouse

Y Para Siempre…Marco Antonio Solís

Grammy Museum | Through Aug. 14 | grammymuseum.org

The Grammy Museum is honoring the multi-Latin Grammy-winning Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solís, who is currently touring with Los Bukis, with an exhibit exploring five major chapters of the artist’s career and life, including his childhood in Michoacán, the evolution of Los Bukis and his solo career.

State Fair Ent. Los Angeles

Santa Anita Park | 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA, 91007 | Through Aug. 20 | statefairent.com

If, like me, you too are missing the when the LA County Fair was later in the summer, then you’ll want to check out the State Fair Ent. Los Angeles. Featuring concerts, carnival rides, pig races, doggy stunts, FMX Motocross and BMX stunt shows, fair food and much more, you can still get your summer fair fix.

Valley Fright Nights

Pierce College | 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367 | Through Aug. 28 | valleyfrightnights.com 

Halloween has come a little early to LA with this new horror event featuring three haunted houses, scare zones, food and other ghoulish surprises. 

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Griffith Park | 4801 Griffith Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | Through Sept. 4 | iscla.org

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival returns for the summer with two shows. Up first, “Knight of the Burning Pestle,” a comedy written by a friend of Shakespeare, is an ode to inventive theater and will be on stage from July 2-31. Closing the season, “Macbeth” will transport audiences to its eerie world from Aug. 6-Sept. 4.

100 Great British Drawings

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens | 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 | Through Sept. 5 | huntington.org

100 Great British Drawings” will trace the practice of drawing in Britain from the 17th through the mid-20th century. The exhibition will feature rarely seen treasures, including works by William Blake, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and J. M. W. Turner, as well as examples by artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and early 20th-century modernism.

This Is Not America’s Flag

The Broad | 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through Sept. 25 | thebroad.org

Over 20 artists explore the complex, and often contradictory, meanings engendered by the flag of the United States of America. Conceptualized in 2020 during Black Lives Matter protests nationwide, the exhibit conceptualizes both the nation’s ideals and shortcomings.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Through Oct. 9 | lacma.org

Highlighting fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen’s tailoring and dressmaking skills, the exhibition examines the different disciplines, imagination, innovation and artistic process that defined McQueen’s career. The exhibition will display McQueen garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection.

Babies Exhibit

Aquarium of the Pacific | 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Through April 2023 | aquariumofpacific.org

Who doesn’t like baby animals? Meet baby sea otter pups, miniature sea jellies, baby cuttlefish and more baby animals to make you awww. You’ll also learn how they are cared for and about their ocean habitats. 

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