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Weekend roundup

September 28-October 1


The Garland- Songs of Summer

Sept. 28. The popular ‘Songs of Summer’ Concert Series at Beverly Park presents it’s final event of the season showcasing live country music, craft cocktails and gourmet bites from The Front Yard. Proceeds go directly to Taking the Reins, benefiting girl power through horse power. Thursday, starts at 7 p.m. 4222 Vineland Ave., Los Angeles. Get Tickets Now

Made in L.A. Acts of Living

Sept. 30. The Hammer Museum’s acclaimed biennial exhibition, “Made in L.A.,” opens this weekend, presenting 39 artists living and working in Los Angeles. Join the Hammer on Saturday for the opening celebration party and be among the first to explore the galleries and dance under the stars to a live DJ set from the “Made in L.A.” artist collective, Mas Exitos. Entry is free and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Saturday, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. hammer.ucla.edu

Melrose Hill Block Party

Sept. 30. Situated between Los Feliz, Larchmont and Koreatown, this event celebrates Melrose Hill’s emerging cultural significance, highlighting interesting city brands and eateries. Expect a lively atmosphere with performances from DJs and artists and a feast featuring offerings from L.A hotspots such as Ggiata, Bridgetown Roti and Kuya Lord. Saturday, at 2 p.m.-midnight. For open bar tickets, click here. 5009 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. RSVP Now

The Autry turns 35

Sept. 30. Mosey on down to Autry Museum’s anniversary at Griffith Park with a carnival, games, performances from Native Voices and WildHorse singers, a trunk show by Laila Asgari and presentations by Karla Buhlman and Rob Word. Plus enjoy a range of food options, including local food trucks and fry bread. Ticket prices are set at the original 1988 rates. Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. theautry.org

Night of the Jack

Starts Sept. 29. The picturesque King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains illuminates with thousands of intricately hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns for the return of “Nights of the Jack.” This year’s event offers a mile-long walking trail, food trucks and a “Spookeasy.” Additionally, attendees can participate in an augmented reality scavenger hunt, appreciate a Día de Los Muertos display and explore an area dubbed “the Enchanted Forest.” Starts Friday, at 6 p.m. 26800 W Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas. nightsofthejack.com

Food + Drinks

RDEN Bar & Restaurant

Sept. 28. Hollywood welcomes its newest culinary addition, serving up steakhouse classics infused with global flavors. Start with appetizers like spicy hummus and Peruvian ceviche, and salads such as sunomono crab and wakame. For the main course, try their rendition of surf & turf and the 32 oz wagyu tomahawk, a testament to Chef Noe’s expertise. Open daily, 5 p.m.-midnight. 6280 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles. rdenla.com

A Symphony of Cocktails

Now Open. The Maybourne Bar introduces “Symphony,” its latest menu, offering guests a unique sensory journey drawing parallels between music and mixology. Just as musical compositions have foundational elements, cocktails possess essential building blocks. The bar’s skilled mixologists equate melody with spirits, harmony with mixer, counterpoint with bitters and embellishments with the bartender’s flourish. Open daily, 5p.m.-late. 225 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills. maybournebeverlyhills.com

Sunday Brunch at LAVO Ristorante

Now Open. New Executive Chef Luca Maita shines a light on traditional seafood-centric Sicilian dishes. The refreshed brunch menu features zucchini blossom torta and nizzarda salad with grilled tuna and baby lettuces, complemented by signature brunch cocktails. A tableside sfogliatelle cart serves freshly squeezed juices and Italian pastries, inside the sunlit space. Every Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 9201 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. More Information

The Four Flavors of Fall

Now Open. Be Bright Coffee unveils its new seasonal menu with four fall-themed beverages. The offerings include black sesame crunchy butter mocha, festive pumpkin pie latte, pumpkin cream cold brew and The Happy Camper, a cappuccino made with dark maple syrup, vanilla and smoked sea salt. Open daily, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 7311 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles. bebrightcoffee.com

Arts + Culture

Jamie Cullum Returns

Sept. 29. British musician Jamie Cullum is set to grace the Walt Disney Concert Hall with a blend of original compositions, jazz classics and reinterpretations of hits. Known for dynamic stage presence and significant contribution to jazz, his career spans collaborations with the likes of Pharrell and Spinal Tap, performances at EDM festivals and engagements with global orchestras. Friday at 8 p.m. 111 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles. laphil.com

KUSC’s Kids Discovery Day

Oct. 1. Classical California KUSC hosts its sixth annual Kids Discovery Day in partnership with East LA’s Plaza de la Raza. It features a violin showcase by the LA Phil, an interactive “be a KUSC DJ” booth with hosts Alan Chapman and Jennifer Miller Hammel and a “guitar discovery” session with LA’s McCabe’s Guitar Shop. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 3540 N. Mission Road, Northeast Los Angeles. kusc.org


Sept. 29. Originating from Ethiopia’s Azmari tradition, this nine-member group melds age-old practices with dance and contemporary sounds. Melaku Belay showcases the rhythmic allure of eskista, a distinctive shoulder dance. His Fendika Cultural Center in Addis Ababa stands as a worldwide epicenter for artistic collaboration. Friday, at 8 p.m. 1262 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. cap.ucla.edu

Mid-Autumn Moon Celebration

Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Experience the Huntington’s Chinese Garden under the moonlight during a special after-hours event with illuminated pavilions and pathways. Enjoy live music and dine at venues like the Jade Court Cafe, Freshwater Pavilion, or the Terrace of Shared Delights. The highlight of the evening is a lantern launch, allowing visitors to inscribe lanterns with memories and wishes before they drift across the central pond. Friday-Sunday, 6:30-9 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. huntington.org

Photo credit: Symphony of Cocktails courtesy of The Maybourne Beverly Hills. The Happy Camper courtesy of Peridot Consulting. RDEN Restaurant courtesy of Ryan Tanaka. All other images are courtesy of the venues and businesses featured.

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