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September 16-19


Coastal Cleanup photo courtesy Heal the Bay

Coastal Cleanup Day in Santa Monica

Sept. 18. Spend your morning helping out our planet with this public cleanup event, hosted by Heal the Bay in collaboration with Time To Act Entertainment and the City of Santa Monica, in honor of it being Coastal Cleanup Month. Community members can register for one of the in-person group cleanups at more than 30 coastal, inland, and river sites in Greater L.A. to help reach the goal of removing 50,000 pieces of trash and debris. 9 a.m.-noon. Santa Monica Beach in front of the Annenberg Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, 310.451.1500. healthebay.org | Sign Up

Roller skating at Pigeon's Roller Rink photo courtesy Pigeon’s Roller Skate Shop

Pigeon’s Roller Rink at 2ND & PCH

Opens Sept. 18. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean the fun is at 2ND & PCH! Roll over to check out the new pop-up experience, Pigeon’s Roller Rink. The roller skate venue will offer a variety of reservation-based open skate sessions, classes and private parties for all ages. Classes include skate fitness, roller derby, beginner skate lessons, roller skate dance and choreography, artistic skating and a kids club. In addition, a pop-up retail shop will have select skates, accessories and merchandise available for purchase as well as offer equipment for skate repairs. See website to make reservations. E. 2nd St. & Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.980.0006. 2ndandpch.com

Masanga Marimba Ensemble photo courtesy The ACE Agency

Americana in the Park Concert Series

Sept. 19-Oct. 10. Don’t miss a beat during the City of Santa Monica and McCabe’s Guitar Shop’s new family-friendly series at Gandara Park. Every Sunday, Americana in the Park explores the breadth of Americana music and its roots in traditional African, Appalachian, blues and bluegrass, as well as its modern forms of folk and country music. Each concert will feature two musical groups, with the opener geared towards children, showcasing a diverse lineup of SoCal artists and American roots styles. 3-6 p.m. Free. 1819 Stewart St., Gandara Park. santamonica.gov

Food + Drink

Great White Larchmont interior photo by Brecht Van’t Hof

Great White Larchmont

Opens Sept. 17. The Venice neighborhood-focused, coastal-Californian cafe is now setting new roots in Larchmont Village. Hungry patrons can enjoy the all-day menu that highlights seasonal, organic produce from Californian growers and features playful smoothies, fresh salads, sandwiches, and burgers. For evening additions, offerings include shareable plates and mains such as sustainably sourced fish tacos, mezcal con penne, and wood-fired-oven pizzas. Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 244 N. Larchmont Blvd., L.A. greatwhitevenice.com

Rooftop deck at Broken Shaker Los Angeles photo courtesy Purple PR

A Taste of New Orleans

Upcoming | Sept. 20. Calling all foodies! Grab tickets to attend Perrier’s “A Taste of New Orleans” event on rooftop pool deck of Broken Shaker Los Angeles to raise money for Hurricane Ida relief efforts. With proceeds from this ticketed event benefitting Turning Tables and Another Round Another Rally, attendees can enjoy award-winning cocktails at the Downtown L.A. rooftop pool deck and small bites, along with New Orleans-style entertainment. Notes: Attendees must provide proof of vaccination. 7-10 p.m. $20. 416 W. 8th St., L.A. More Info

Uptown Provisions's prosciutto and mozzarella sandwich photo courtesy White Oak Communications

Uptown Provisions

Now Open. Husband-wife duo Aaron and Sarah Melendrez welcome guests to their chef-driven, farm-to-market deli and specialty market in the heart of Uptown Whittier. Located directly behind the high school that Melendrez’s grandparents attended, the market features seasonal produce from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market and its many vendors—as well as artisanal foods, locally sourced goods, and chef-driven sandwiches and deli items. Tu-Sa 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 12819 Penn St., Whittier, 562.360.1932. uptownwhittierprovisions.com

Arts + Culture

"Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" In Concert photo courtesy Hollywood Bowl

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince In Concert 

Sept. 17. Be enchanted by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra’s special performance of the score to the sixth film of the beloved Harry Potter Series. For this concert, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra will be led by conductor Justin Freer to perform the score written by British composer and guitarist Nicholas Hooper, who also scored Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Note: Masks are required for this concert. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert begins at 7:30 p.m. $18-$224. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

Brittany Howard photo by Bobbi Rich/ courtesy Hollywood Bowl

Brittany Howard and Guests at Hollywood Bowl

Sept. 18. The Grammy Award-winning singer Brittany Howard steps out on the Hollywood Bowl stage this Saturday with two special guests. Performing alongside Howard are singer/songwriter Jamila Woods and producer/singer Georgia Anne Muldrow—both of whom will show off their visions for R&B. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m. $15-$133. 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

"Asymptote" photograph by Evelyn Bencicova

Kimpton x Fotografiska Photography Exhibit 

Through Sept. 31. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and the internationally renowned destination for photography Fotografiska New York present a curated, multi-dimensional photography pop-up installation at the Kimpton Everly Hotel. This exhibit spotlights original photography from three female artists—Evelyn Bencicova (pictured: “Asymptote”), Kelia Anne MacCluskey and Elizabeth Bick—and their unique takes on what it means to Stay Human in modern times and features an innovative immersive audio experience. 1800 Argyle Ave., L.A., 213.279.3532. photos.kimptonxfoto.com

David Kwong in "The Enigmatist" photo by Jeff Lorch

The Enigmatist

Now Playing. From the creator and performer of the hit virtual production Inside the Box comes an immersive experience of puzzles and cryptology at Geffen Playhouse, playing now through October 30. Following a sold-out New York City run in 2019, renowned magician and New York Times crossword constructor David Kwong brings his popular in-person show to the Geffen Playhouse. Clues are everywhere, so keep your eyes open and be ready for surprises behind every multi-layered illusion. See website for showtimes. $30-$150. 10886 Le Conte Ave., L.A., 310.208.5454. geffenplayhouse.org

Photo credits: Masanga Marimba Ensemble courtesy The ACE Agency. Great White Larchmont by Brecht Van’t Hof. Broken Shaker Los Angeles courtesy Purple PR. Uptown Provisions courtesy White Oak Communications. Brittany Howard by Bobbi Rich/ courtesy Hollywood Bowl. “Asymptote” photograph by Evelyn Bencicova. “The Enigmatist” by Jeff Lorch. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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