It’s a hot one out there y’all, and it’s only going to get hotter. The heat is bringing some pretty fire events with it though, and we’ve handpicked a few we think you should check out this weekend. Make sure you bring sunscreen and your appetite.
For more activities to do in the greater Los Angeles area throughout the week, check out our Events Calendar for Aug 5–11.
Friday, Aug. 5
Kamasi Washington, The Ford. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $80–130.
Legendary in the jazziest of ways, hometown hero and tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington will grace the stage at The Ford in a way that will entirely floor you.
Bixby Knolls First Fridays Art Walk, Bixby Knolls. 6:30–9:30 p.m. Free.
First Fridays return to Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, featuring a swath of art along with live music and food and drink specials.
“Back to the Future” with the LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl. Doors at 6 p.m., movie at 8 p.m. $20–167
The LA Philharmonic is doing a live scoring of everyone’s favorite time traveling tale, “Back to the Future.” Comedy and classic music go hand in hand, so make sure you snag your ticket. If you miss out tonight, they’re doing a second screening on Saturday as well!
Saturday, Aug. 6
Pro Roe Comedy Show, 6440 Lankershim Blvd., Los Angeles. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $30
Needless to say, we were all pretty blindsided by the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the only way we can imagine coping is with comedy. Support reproductive rights and catch the last night of stand-up sets in the No Fuss Comedy Bus in North Hollywood, with proceeds going to the Texas Equal Access Fund. The lineup tonight features Michael Lenoci, Dave Helem Mandy Martino, Julia Jasunas, Mat Dann, Adam Chambers and Sean Durrie of “The Show” and Bugs Taylor, with live music from Rob Mayes.
Sum 41 and Simple Plan, House of Blues Anaheim. 6 p.m., $155
Remember the mid-2000s when everyone thought they were pop punk kids who could skate? Relive those days of yore with a classic bill fit for your original iPod. Simple Plan joins Sum 41 for this Hot Topic revival of sorts, so make sure you rock your checkered wristbands and band tees.
D*Face, Corey Helford Gallery. Friday-Saturday, Noon-6 p.m. Free
World-renowned London-based artist D*Face is back with a new U.S. solo exhibition, called “Painting Over the Cracks.” It opens today and will be up for viewing through Sept. 10 with over 70 new works and installations spread throughout the gallery’s two spaces.
Angel City Brewery Avocado Fest, Angel City Brewing and Public House. 1–7 p.m. Free
Avocados may be the reason younger generations won’t be able to buy a house but today, they’re being celebrated for all of their fruitfully green glory. ACB is releasing two beloved seasonal brews, Avocado Ale and Guavocado Ale, accompanied by a day party featuring avocado-themed games, an eating contest, music and more.
Sunday, Aug. 7
Songs to the Moon, The Hammer Museum. 4 p.m., Free
Moon lovers and space geeks alike will enjoy this luna-themed show of art songs solely of vocals and piano. Even better, the night will end with a rare performance of George Crumb’s “Night of the Four Moons,” with texts by Federico Garcia Lorca. This work was originally composed during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969, so don’t miss it! Seating is first come, first served.
The Allyson Felix Race for Change, Skylight ROW DTLA. First race 10 a.m. Free to attend
LA native and celebrated track and field athlete, Allyson Felix is hosting a charity retirement sprint in and community street race to raise awareness for accessible child care. Other races will be happening as well so if you’d like to participate, be sure to register first! Proceeds benefit the Women’s Sports Foundation and &Mother.
22nd Annual TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival, Placita Olvera. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free to attend
The TASTE OF ECUADOR Food Festival is sure to give you an authentic deep dive into Ecuadorian culture, featuring hundreds of food vendors, as well as live music, a parade, carnival games and more.
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