Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

July 20-23


Paul Mitchell Jumps in the World of Barbie

July 22. Step into the glittering World of Barbie’s Dreamhouse with a myriad of activities that celebrate her illustrious lifestyle and diverse careers. Adding a sprinkle of glamour to the event, there will be 4 styling stations where you can get your own Barbie-inspired hairstyle done by a Paul Mitchell Professional. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica. Get Tickets Now

Rising Japan MusicFest 2023

July 22-23. Embrace the diverse energy of Los Angeles at the second annual Rising Japan MusicFest. Offering a mix of music, food, and tradition, the creators of the OC JAPAN FAIR have curated this event to showcase and support the talents of Japanese and Japanese-American artists. Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday, 12-8 p.m. 400 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach. Get Tickets Now

Down By the L.A River Fest

July 23. This cinematic celebration along the L.A. River features alfresco screenings of short films that focus on environmental justice and stories about the L.A. River. The festival, presented by FoLAR, also includes a story slam, interactive art and educational activities, an array of food trucks, live DJ sets, and bustling booths featuring more than 20 local vendors. Sunday, 5–9 p.m. L.A. State Historic Park 1245 N Spring St., Los Angeles.
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Vatican: Immersion

Now Open. Step into the realm of a multi-sensory exploration and undertake a journey that paints a vivid picture of the Vatican City. You’ll not only see breathtaking sights but also hear the symphony of history, smell the fragrance of antiquity, and even touch the essence of this iconic place through virtual reality and 360-degree screens. Entry tickets from noon- 7pm. 516 South Mission Road, Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Food + Drinks

Bouncing Bollywood Brunch

Now Open. Step into a lively Bollywood brunch experience at Baar Baar LA with a new Indian brunch menu, from mushroom & spinach puff to shrimp ghee roast. Grroove to a live DJ’s Bollywood tunes and sip on signature cocktails like the turmeric-infused Brunch G&T or saffron-flavoured vodka soda. For guests that can’t help but get up and dance, a central space will be cleared after the first seating for brunchers to bounce to. Every Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 705 West 9th St., Los Angeles. Reserve Now

Taiwanese Brunch with Ms. Chi

July 22-23. Inspired by her recent travels to Taiwan, Chef Shirley Chung is hosting a Taiwanese brunch pop-up at her Culver City restaurant, Ms. Chi Cafe. Complementing the restaurant’s regular brunch menu are savory and refreshing dishes such as crispy egg & scallion pancakes, Sheng Jian Bao, hearty pan fried pork meat pies and a zesty smashed cucumber salad. Saturday and Sunday, noon-3 p.m. 3829 Main Street, Culver City. mschicafe.com

Pecking House Summer Residency

Now Open. For a limited time, Brooklyn’s renowned Pecking House is bringing its dining scene to LA with an exclusive pop-up at Tuk Tuk x Turntable. On the menu is Eric Huang’s celebrated chili fried chicken, marinated in buttermilk brine in a crust of Tianjin chilies, Sichuan peppercorns, salt, and sugar. Wednesday–Sunday, noon-10 p.m. 1644 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles. tuktukthailosangeles.com

Glow Axe Night with Mo

Now Open. Unleash your inner warrior in a luminous setting at Mo’s House of Axe. As the lights dim, the ambiance comes alive with glowing axes and beats spun by a resident DJ. Enhance the experience with food like The Big Mo burger, avocado salad, classic fish ‘n chips, and loaded fries. Toast the night with drafts, wines, and mimosas. Friday and Saturday, 11 p.m.-1 a.m. 611 S Western Ave., Los Angeles. moshouseofaxe.com


Arts + Culture

Reggae Night XXI

July 23. Celebrate the 21st edition of Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl, where Jamaica’s vibrant spirit comes alive. Marvel at reggae legend Beres Hammond’s fusion of rhythm-infused reggae and dancehall, and the genre-bending magic of Grammy-nominated Third World’s unique mix of R&B, funk, pop, and rap. Also, catch U.K.’s Steel Pulse, known for their rootsy reggae sound and commitment to spreading positivity. Sunday, at 7 p.m. 2301 N Highland Ave., Los Angeles. hollywoodbowl.com

Jurassic World Live Tour 

July 21-23. Step into an immersive Jurassic World, where you and your family are recruited to assist a scientific team in foiling a devious scheme and rescuing Jeanie, a Troodon dinosaur. During this riveting journey, encounter some of Jurassic World’s most famous dinosaurs, including Blue the Raptor, the Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and the formidable Tyrannosaurus rex. Friday-Sunday, hours vary. 1111 S Figueroa St., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Cardboard City

Opens July 21. Westfield Century City, as introduces a world of creativity at Cardboard City, a pop-up exhibition brimming with 12′ sculptures, massive collaborative art installations and immersive cardboard costuming. Engage with pieces from accomplished LA-based artists and craft your own cardboard masterpieces. The artist-in-residence program not only allows you to interact with the creators but also witness the exhibition’s evolution. Wednesday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. rediscovercenter.org

“Barbenheimer” at Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas Inglewood IMAX

July 21. This weekend, watch “Barbenheimer” (Barbie and Oppenheimer both show on the same day) at the new Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas at Hollywood Park. The first movie theater to call Inglewood home in nearly 30 years, is one of the first theaters in the world to offer in-theater dining and IMAX® with Laser, a state-of-the-art moviegoing experience that delivers crystal clear IMAX laser projection and next-generation IMAX precision sound. Showtimes vary. 1233 District Drive suite 100, Inglewood. cinepolisusa.com

Photo credit: Steel Pulse by Hollywood Bowl. Food Gallery by Ms. Chi Cafe. Baar Baar interior by WONHO LEE. Vatican City by Explore Vatican. Japan Music Fest by Kumie Asai. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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