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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Weekly What To Do: Cinco De Star Wars

Wednesday May 3, 2023 7:30 PM
Hammer Museum

The eclectic lineup of films includes comedy, dance, documentary, music, and animation and features new music videos for Ashnikko, Mae Muller, Slowthai, Tshegue and more.

Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th
The Mayan Theatre (1038 S Hill St.) 
Tickets for this 21+ two-night glam/slam extravaganza are 
on sale now for $45.00‒$65.00
This year’s Cinco de Mayan wrestling lineup includes a group of powerhouse female wrestlers, including new AEW superstar and four-time AAA Reina de Reinas champion Taya Valkyrie, Dama Fina (former LVV champion), Tijuana-based Lady Pink and Amazona, and Zyra.
May 4, 2023 6:00 pm 
Japanese American National Museum
Kickoff the 39th edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month with our communities through music, food, and art at the Japanese American National Museum.
Disrupting our traditional model of an Opening Night Film and Party, we invite and share space with ALL communities through this FREE event.  In collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum, admission to the museum’s exhibits will be free throughout the evening.Festival Cinematic Presentations will begin on Friday, 5/5 in Little Tokyo.
May 4-13, 2023 
Multiple Theaters
There's a huge choice of films that I wish was curated better through a better online website and maybe breakdown of regions from where the films from.

The annual showcase for Asian American, Native Hawaian, Pacific Islander, diasporic and Asian international cinema returns May 4 to May 13 with in-person programming slated to take place in Little Tokyo, Gardena Cinemas, and Regal L.A. Live, along with online programming.

We already gave you some May the 4th Events, but Discover Los Angeles has an even bigger list

Here's our top picks:

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will present a Star Wars-inspired May the 4th celebration. This exciting event will include photo ops with R2-D2, hands-on activities related to the Star Wars universe,and a special 40th anniversary screening of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi.

In addition, there will be two book signings, one with Paul Hirsch, Oscar-winning film editor of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Howard Kazanjian, producer of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).

7:30pm | Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) | David Geffen Theater | DCP
Film Screenings: Film screening tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (age 62+), and $5 for students and children (age 17-). Ticket prices for Academy Museum Members are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $4 for students and children.

Grab your lightsaber, jump in your speeder, and head over to Scum and Villainy Cantina for the biggest nerd holiday of the year!

We will be opening the blast doors from 10am-2am. There is no cover charge, no reservations, and you can’t win a table for the day in a game of sabacc. This is first come first serve event and we can’t guarantee seating. Make sure your hyperdrive is working on that bucket of bolts, because we recommend showing up early! As always, we’ll be handing out our commemorative May the Fourth buttons to the first 100 guests (1 per person) to celebrate the day!

If we see anything else for Star Wars for it's day we'll tell ya.
May 4 · 10pm - May 5 · 2am
The Virgil 4519 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90029
$25 – $45
 Celebrate the official Star Wars day the right way with this parody driven stage production.The Virgil in Los Angeles is hosting us for ONE PERFORMANCE , FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ! 
Improvised Star Wars
May 4 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre 
5919 Franklin Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90028

To celebrate national Star Wars Day, a bunch of amazing UCB performers will join forces to improvise and remaster Star Wars. Some of them might have seen Star Wars before; some have not … who knows what will happen?

 The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents  You Are Here: California Photography Now, an exhibition featuring a range of concepts and approaches to visualizing California. The 35 artworks in You Are Here expand the definition of photography and showcase the continued impact of experimental photography produced in California. Drawn from LACMA’s permanent collection, the contemporary lens-based artists featured in this exhibition attempt to blur, redefine, or break down the boundaries of established tropes that have, for so long, defined California.
May 5-7
The Institute for Art and Olfaction
932 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Scent Fair LA aims to introduce new audiences to the world of highly conceptual scents. In addition to a curated selection of cutting-edge fragrance makers exhibiting and selling their work, the fair includes a number of related programs includes hands-on workshops presented by The Institute for Art and Olfaction and P.F. Candle Co., an opening night party with special guest DJs, and more.
May 5–27
Academy Museum
6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036 
A major force in the Hong Kong film industry, Sammo Hung has amassed roughly 200 acting credits, with more than 70 of them in leading roles. He has over 60 credits as an action director and more than 30 as director. As the founder of four production companies, he oversaw more than 100 films, with a producer credit on over 30.
May 6, 2023 - May 21, 2023
Opening Reception / May 13, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
210 East Main St
Alhambra CA 91801  
In celebration of distinguished creator Craig McCracken, Nucleus is hosting a solo exhibition of select work from his archives, including some rarely seen comics, illustrations, and inception sketches.

Take an in-depth look at his creative process, and see how his original concepts have evolved into the shows we all know and love.

In addition to the exhibition, we will also be hosting a live interview with Craig on Saturday, May 13th.
Saturday May 6
Participating Comic Shops 
You don't have to look too far for the huge amount of deals and special appearances for Free Comic Book Day here in LA. The yearly event let's everybody grab free comics at participating retailers. Be sure to check out our Local Comic Book Shop List.

Terasaki Budokan @ 249 S Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join us for the second annual Kib┼Ź Nobori Children’s Day Festival as we proudly celebrate the Japanese holiday Kodomo No Hi in Little Tokyo. "Kodomo No Hi" means "Children's Day" in Japan and is a day to celebrate and wish for health and good fortune for all children. In partnership with Faith-Ann Kiwa Young, co-mrkt, and Terasaki Budokan, we will have a fun-filled day with activities for the whole family!

Saturday, May 6, 5 - 11:59pm
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes 501 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
$0 – $70
L.A.’s premier taco-tasting event, held just steps away from the very site where our city was established, is the culmination of a month-long online bracket-style voting competition (Voting is currently underway here ). Ten of L.A.’s most celebrated taco chefs will unite for TACO MADNESS presented by BudLite Chelada on May 6, each making their own signature tacos for the thousands of guests, VIPS, and L.A. TACO Members at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes where the winner of this year's competition will be announced. 


The Pop Culture League
Saturday May 6, 2023
Showtime 5:00pm
Video Vortex (map)
700 W 7th St/
Los Angeles CA 90017
Free, RSVP
Our new live podcast comedy event is happening Saturday May 6 at 5pm. Our hosts riff on movies, TV, games, music, and what's trending — this month, we're joined by actress Dani Fernandez, screenwriter Pat Casey, and comedian Steve Hernandez. Don't miss out!!
Palm Spring Weekend
May 5-7
Palm Springs Cultural Center (Camelot Theater) 
2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262
$16 - $60
Take a cinematic vacation to Palm Springs, California. We're showing 70MM classic movies Friday, May 5, 2023 through Sunday, May 7, 2023 at the historic Camelot Theater: built SPECIFICALLY for 70MM. (The Master on Friday, Titanic on Saturday & 2001 on Sunday)

On Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 11p-2am, we host an afterparty at the Amigo Room at the Ace Hotel, Palm Springs. During the days, you have all of downtown Palm Springs for vintage shopping, eating, hanging out, relaxing by the pool.
Brian 'Dovie' Golden Hard Candy (Gallery I)
Armani Howard Songs of Dawn(Gallery II)
Austyn Taylor Cookie Monster (Gallery III)
Jimbo Lateef Chronicles of Life (Gallery IV)
Opening Reception with the Artists:
Saturday, May 6, 2023 6:00-10:00pm 

A study in contradictions, Hard Candy underscores the struggle of preservation. With a hard exterior and a soft heart, Brian “Dovie” Golden relates to the sweet treat, calling attention to the internal strife caused by human duality. Affording viewers the opportunity to view transitional phases through the mind and eyes of whimsical beings, Armani Howard’s Songs of Dawn captures growth in a remarkable way.What started as Taylor’s assignment to art students years ago has become the inspiration for this collection of sculptures. Calligraphic marks blend with portraiture to make up Jimbo Lateef’s latest body of work. With Chronicles of Life, Lateef reflects on his Yoruban heritage, as well as the ideas of identity and history to weave together an image of daily life.
The Very Asian 2 Art Show: AAPI Artists Celebrating Trailblazers, Heroes, and Dreamers 
May 6th-June 24th 2023 
Art Opening Event: Sat. May 6 | 5-8pm
Leanna Lin's Wonderland 
The Very Asian Art Show, curated by Genevieve Santos of Le Petit Elefant, will kick off AAPI Heritage Month in the best way, showcasing AAPI artists celebrating and engaging in what it means to be "very Asian".
Sat, 6 May 2023 12:00
Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Drive Pasadena, CA 91103

The free family friendly event will be an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

May 7 - May 25, 2023
Los Feliz Theatre
1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027

The American Cinematheque celebrates the life and career of Albert Pyun with a tribute series featuring one-of-a-kind cult classics from throughout his prolific body of work.

Check out Iconic America The Hollywood Sign on PBS Airing May 3

The story of how a real estate advertisement erected in 1923 became an international symbol of fame, fortune and the American dream. 

Tickets for Ponyo and the rest of Ghibli Fest 2023 can be purchased online by visiting,, or at participating theater box offices (Theaters and participants are subject to change).

Ponyo Screenings
●      Sunday, May 7 at 4:00 PM (English Dubbed) and 7:00 PM (English Dubbed)
●      Monday, May 8 at 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
●      Wednesday, May 10 at 7:00 PM (Japanese with Subtitles)
-Love the rap song at the end in the English dub version
Friday, May 5th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2ND & PCH invites friends and families to Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Friday, May 5th 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on and in front of the grand staircase stage. The event kicks off at 5:00 pm with fiesta character performances followed by meet and greets. Ballet folkl├│rico dancing, rope tricks and live mariachi music will take place, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm featuring performances from Thee Academy’s youth group, Mariachi Garibaldi Juvenil de Jaime Cuellar, and Ballet Folklorico Los Angelitos dancers.

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Get lost in the organic forms and vibrant colors of paintings by Peter Krasnow, whose works from our collection are inspired by his Jewish heritage and the shining optimism of Southern California.

Academy Museum
6067 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
In honor of May being Jewish American Heritage month, the museum will screen classics and rarities that depict Jewish life onscreen with care and affection.

UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.
American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.
Secret Movie Club-Special edition posters and a large swatch of films to see.

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
May 6, 2023
Live Music By:
 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge-Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
Brain Dead Studios-Newcomer that manages to fill its schedule almost every night