Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Weekly What To Do: Summer Starts For LA

 Take a dive into your artistic side or just catch a movie or go to the aquarium, maybe you're not cut out for museums or art galleries. Your loss.
Friday June 24, 2022  
7:30–11:00 pm PT 
$24.95 General Admission 
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Night Dive is an event for adults-only (18+) with local bands rockin’ out right next to the fish, DJs spinning in the Aquarium’s galleries, inspiring works of art, cocktails and drinks, and tasty food. Turn up and take it all in!
Fight to Live in the Void, Main Gallery
All Creatures Great and Small, a five-artist exhibition featuring Ewa Prończuk-Kuziak, Dewi Plass, Matt Dangler, Phillip Singer, and Richard Ahnert, Gallery 2
In Our Nature, solo show from Ryoko Kaneta, Gallery 3
OPENING RECEPTION Saturday, June 25th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Inspired by her own unique take on Japanese manga, Shimoda is widely known for her works that are at once enchanting and disarming, portraying a world where cuteness and horror coexist. Her portraits of children are full of countless possibilities, described by the artist as "where fantasy meets reality, past meets future, and life meets death, in a world that is yet to be reborn.” The artist arrived onto the international scene in 2014 with her U.S. exhibition Fantastic Planet, Goodbye Man at CHG, and since then, Shimoda has become one of the most widely recognized names in New Contemporary art rising out of Japan. 

L-R: “Turn Sadness Around the World Into Love,” “Children of This Planet #48,” “Fight the Void #1,” “Defense #2,” and “Question the Focus #3”

Featuring 25 pieces (including new works from her series “Children of This Planet,” “Question the Focus,” “God Is Dead, But…,” “Defense,and “Fight the Void”), Fight to Live in the Void marks Shimoda’s sixth solo exhibit at CHG (following her major solo Silence and Affirmation and mini-solo Affirmation of Existence at the gallery in 2020) and the spectacular evolution of her paintings, as she contemplates the drama of the 2022 world stage with this new body of work.
“In Our Nature”

Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 11am-6pm 
Pacoima City Hall 
Join us at Pacoima City Hall for a festive weekend of local arts and culture in partnership with Pacoima Beautiful. Enjoy hands-on art workshops, live music and performances, an immersive digital experience of Getty collections, giveaways, photo booths, food vendors, and more​! Check out Getty’s full series of ten free, outdoor community art festivals across Los Angeles this summer in celebration of the Getty Center’s 25th anniversary. The next upcoming festivals will be in Reseda, San Gabriel Valley, Wilmington, Crenshaw, and Watts.
Summer Exhibitions Celebration

Celebrate the openings of summer exhibitions at the Hammer with cash bars, free admission, music in the courtyard by DJ Iesha. Galleries open until 10:30 p.m.


Exhibitions on view

369 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901
Meet your matcha match on this self-guided walking tour of Little Tokyo. This tour ticket includes four matcha treats as well as a limited edition Delicious Little Tokyo 2022 matcha soft serve enamel pin.

For more information on tours, workshops and activities, and to purchase tickets visit


J-Town Treats & Eats

Saturday, June 25, 1-3 p.m. check-in window | $65 per person

Enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Little Tokyo and pick up sweet and savory treats, as well as a limited edition tote bag, enamel pin, and a couple of special items from two of the oldest retail shops in the neighborhood. The final stop will welcome you to LT’s hidden oasis, the James Irvine Japanese Garden which is connected to the new Toshizo Watanabe Culinary Cultural Center at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center.

Little Tipsy Tokyo 

Sunday, June 26, 12-2 p.m. check-in window | $85 per person

Enjoy a boozy Sunday brunch featuring specialty cocktails from three of Little Tokyo’s favorite bars alongside delicious food pairings, as well as a limited edition Little Tokyo tote bag, choice of Little Tokyo enamel pin, and event passport.

J-Town Bingo

Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 12-4 p.m.

Little Tokyo lovers of all ages are welcome to enjoy J-Town Bingo, an interactive way to explore, learn about, and support the historic neighborhood. Pick up a bingo card upon check-in and complete fun tasks around Little Tokyo. Get bingo for the chance to spin the Delicious Little Tokyo wheel for special prizes. At the end of the weekend, all bingo cards will be entered to win a Delicious Little Tokyo grand prize valued over $200.


The Art of No More Heroes by Masanori Ushiki & Kozaki Yusuke
June 25, 2022 - July 10, 2022 Opening Reception / Jun 25, 5:00PM - 8:00PM NUCLEUS FLAGSHIP 210 East Main St Alhambra CA 91801 Free admission

An exhibition of artwork by Nintendo Character Designers: Kozaki Yusuke and Masanori Ushiki
Rare original production drawings for No More Heroes will be on display and available as well as some of the artists' other works. 

OPENING RECEPTION DETAILS (June 25, 2022, 5pm - 8pm PST)

  • FREE admission No RSVP needed
  • New stickers, prints, and exclusives released
  • Masanori Ushiki will be flying in from Japan to be in attendance on opening night to greet fans and sign items
  • There will be an outside signing fee. $20 shikishi boards, $10 books and posters
  • Signing fee is waved for NMH game boxes
Sun, June 26, 20228:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Bond Park 3222 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90039
Free, Register

The River needs YOU! This summer, join FoLAR in the Glendale Narrows to collect trash and prevent waste from polluting our watershed and urban waterways. Together, we’ll make a collective impact and do our part to tend to the vibrant urban ecosystems that thrive throughout Los Angeles.

Bond Park is located in Atwater Village along the scenic Glendale Narrows, the central and longest natural area of the LA River. The River has an earthen bottom here, with tall trees, sandbar islands, and lots of birds, including ducks, stilts, egrets, and herons.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26 at 10:30 AM



Kayamanan Ng Lahi—translated as treasures of our people—promotes cultural understanding and artistic expression through Philippine folk art and dance. In this family-friendly LA Soundscapes event, Kayamanan Ng Lahi explores the ideas of a new beginning represented by the universal symbol of the butterfly, featuring both traditional and contemporary Filipino dance, music, martial arts, poetry, and storytelling.


 Movie Highlights
Landmark Theatres presents 
Westwood Pride On Film
Fri, June 24 – Thu, June 30
at The Landmark Westwood!
All Seats $10!

Friday, June 24 at 3:00, 5:15 & 7:30pm

Saturday, June 25 at 3:00, 5:15 & 7:30pm

Sunday, June 26 at 2:30, 5:00 & 7:30pm

Monday – Thursday,  June 27 – 30 Showtimes TBD

June 24 – August 3
Aero Theatre
Los Feliz Theatre 

 The American Cinematheque is proud to present this 20-film retrospective for one of cinema’s most inimitable and visionary auteurs, Werner Herzog. The filmmaker joins us in person at the Aero Theatre and Los Feliz 3 for a weekend of special introductions, Q&As and book signings, as we explore some of his most influential films and documentaries, and celebrate the release of his new novel, The Twilight World.

+ Jim Cummings Q&A @ SMC Theater
Sat, June 25, 20224:30 PM – 11:59 PM
Secret Movie Club Theater 1917 Bay Street
2nd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90021
Two special picks
These are recommendations on what to see that you won't normally get outside of LA's foreign or independent movie scene.
CGV Cinema Koreatown 

The story will probably be garbage, however the action and martial arts will probably be top notch as the first film was loved for the carnage it contained.
A girl wakes up in a huge secret laboratory. then accidentally meets another girl who is trying to protect her house from a gang. The mystery girl overthrows the gang with her unexpected powers, and laboratory staff set out to find her.


Glendale on Jun 24th
This looks to be almost a horror film about foodies trying to discover the art of "mukbang" in a what looks like European way. Some dark humor laughs from finding the art in farts and other gases escaping you after a good meal.
Set at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance, a collective finds themselves embroiled in power struggles, artistic vendettas and gastrointestinal disorders.


Smorgasburg Los Angeles
Every Sunday 
10am-4pm at @rowdtla
Free Entry, Family Friendly Beer Garden, No Pets.
Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, with markets in Los Angeles attracting 50,000 people each weekend to eat from a hundred local vendors.
Largo, known for comedy shows. Grab some tickets before everything sells out. Many new shows from some of LA's top comedians. We see Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman performing here to name a few.

2021 kayaking season runs from Memorial Day (May 31) through Labor Day weekend (September 5)
Two different Kayak companies to choose from, spend a few hours on the LA River for a strange and beautiful experience of kayaking through the city.


Summer Screenings

The Hammer, KCRW, and the UCLA Film & Television Archive present Summer Night Cinema. 
Tuesdays this summer, make a night of it at the Hammer with after hours gallery access, drinks and bar bites at Lulu, and free film screenings. Galleries will be open until the films begin at 7:30 p.m.

Movies On The Roof
The Regulars
Street Food Cinema


Electric Dusk Drive-In
Hollywood Legion Theater