Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Weekly What To Do: Bugs, Beams, Jews & MAINopoly Sunday

May 18 & 19
The Natural History Museum
Admission: Free with Museum admission | Free for Members 
Join NHM for a two-day festival celebrating our winged, multi-legged, and squirmy friends for the 38th annual Bug Fair! Visit a variety of exhibitors and see everything from exotic insect collections to unique and cool bug-related products.
Revenge of Lotzilla
Saturday May 18th from 12pm to 6pm
Revenge Of
3420 Eagle Rock Blvd Unit #1, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Revenge Of's Lot Sale 
Sat May 18 1pm-6pm
tsun scoops 
13137 Brookhurst St, Garden Grove
"Our third anniversary is coming up so we're celebrating by throwing a fun and free event for all our fans! We've assembled some amazing performers for Scoopchella! Some of our performer's signature flavors will be making a return as well đź‘€

In order to clear some space for some upcoming collab merch, we're also having a one time sale on selected past merchandise. Hoodies for $40, shirts for $25, peekers for $5 (buy 4 get 1 free) and more." 

Four-Artist Exhibition
Springtime Serenade
Annie Montgomerie, Josh Keyes,
Sylvia Ji, and Yuka Sakuma
Troy Brooks
Ben Frost
This Way Up
May 18, 2024 | 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
May 18 – June 22, 2024
571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

Sitting Outside III
Sat May 18th Art Live at 12 Noon / Instagram Tour at 12 Noon
Gallery Open and Reception 1-4pm / Reception 6-9pm
Show Duration: May 18th - June 4th 2024
2062 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Giant Robot's latest art show.

Saturday May 18, 2024 7:30 pm, Doors:  6:30 Pm
Crown Theater, 140 S Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
Tickets:  $20
"Beam Me Up Burlesque is coming out of Deep Space and docking at Crown Theatre in Pasadena. Set your phasers to stunning, and boldly go to a burlesque show you've never gone to before!"

May 18, 2024 - May 19, 2024
Opening Reception / May 18, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
NUCLEUS 210 East Main St
Alhambra CA 91801
 Nucleus is proud to present a panel and signing for the hit Netflix series, Blue Eye Samurai! Join us for an in-person Q & A and signing with Supervising Director and Producer Jane Wu, Production Designer Toby Wilson, and Lead Character Designer Brian Kesinger.

2024 Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival
Saturday, May 18th, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Barnes Park (350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park)

"Celebrate Taiwanese American Heritage Week at our annual festival at Barnes Memorial Park in Monterey Park! We have over 30 booths serving traditional Taiwanese cuisine and cultural performances including dancing, singing, instrumental-playing, and more! "
19th Annual Celebrating Words Festival
May 18, 2024, from 2-7 pm inside the Vaughn G3 Academy campus located at 11200 Herrick Ave., Pacoima, CA 91331

"Tia Chucha's Celebrating Words Festival provides an accessible, brave, and dynamic space that encourages creativity and supports intellectual growth and healing, for people of all ages, in the vital and unique way that arts and literacy do. Catch a live performance, create artwork, take a plant home, learn about community orgs and resources in your community, and take a brand new book home, all for free!"

Sunday, May 19, 2024 / Domingo 19 de mayo 2024
10am - 3pm

"Join us for our 52nd Los Angeles Open Streets Event: CicLAmini—Wilmington!  Expect a pedestrian-oriented experience at CicLAmini—Wilmington, featuring activities, street games, local business engagements, and art and cultural activities for all-ages. We encourage you to jog, walk, ride, skate, and bike along the open space."

Academy Museum
$ Admission
The new Jewish founder exhibit opens up at the Academy Museum on Sunday, because you know the Sabbath is on Saturday.

"This immersive gallery conveys the evolving topography of Los Angeles along the timeline of the developing movie industry, encouraging further exploration of the city’s landmarks. The exhibition spotlights the Jewish founders of the Hollywood studio system, foregrounding the ways in which the birth of the American film industry—and the depiction of the American Dream—is at its heart an immigrant story. By exploring the origins of major studios as well as independent film production in Los Angeles, the exhibition conveys impactful stories of ingenuity and offers a deeper understanding of motion picture history."
 Book Signing with Neal Gabler of An Empire of their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood
4:30–5:30pm, Ted Mann Theater Lobby

Curator Conversation, Hollywoodland: Jewish Founders and the Making of a Movie Capital
Neal Gabler in conversation with Dara Jaffe, moderated by Jacqueline Stewart
6pm, Ted Mann Theater
Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome
Held Inside the Historic Dome of the 100-Inch Telescope
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Performances at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM
Mount Wilson Observatory
Celestial Strings in the Dome'' features the pairing of CĂ©cilia Tsan on cello and Marcia Dickstein on harp in the astounding acoustics of the 100” telescope dome at the Observatory. The program will include compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Nan Schwartz, Max Bruch, Claude Debussy, and John Williams. The same concert will be offered twice: first at 3:00pm and again at 5:00pm.
Sunday, May 19th
1pm - 5pm (VIP check-in starts at Noon)
Main Street (5 blocks between Strand Ave. and Pier Ave.)
The Victorian / California Heritage Museum Lawn | 2640 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405
Tickets start at $30 in adv. for GA, $60 in adv. for VIP, and $20 for kids ages 5-12. Kids under 5 are free.
 This all-ages, pet-friendly tasting experience is an interactive twist on the classic board game offering a culinary walking tour of Santa Monica's Main Street. MAINopoly allows attendees to exchange their "MAINopoly dollars" for tastings at over 20 of the street's best restaurants, bars, and eateries. Once the players complete their official game board and make their way to every location, they can win a "Taste of Main Street" Prize Pack valued at $1,000.


May 3-27
Fairplex 1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768 
The 16-day event opens May 3. Don’t miss new attractions, the thrills of the carnival, musical entertainment in every corner of the fairgrounds and, of course, lots and lots of food.
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.

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán.

 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-manages to fill its schedule almost every night
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Vidiots -A one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and everyone curious about cinema. A small theater is more than made-up for with the constant content and special screenings.
4884 Eagle Rock Blvd
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
05.02.2024 (Thu.) – 11.03.2024 (Sun.)
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
 “Yes, KAWAII is Art -EXPRESS YOURSELF-” is the first exhibition in which Masuda, known as the “King of Kawaii,” brings together multiple artworks unravelling the concepts within the phenomena while introducing his personal story of sharing kawaii with the world. Through his collection of artifacts from the origins of the culture and dazzling immersive art installations, visitors are invited to explore the cultural context and significance of the kawaii movement and step into the colorful world to feel the aesthetic for themselves, emphasizing its role in fostering a sense of joy, innocence, and community as a tool for self-expression and representation of a worldwide tribe to which we can all belong.
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, chara