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The Week Ahead – Events for July 17-23, 2021

Cinespia hosts a 20th anniversary screening of Shrek at the Greek Theater tonight.


We’ve got a grab bag of events for you this week, with something different to do on the daily. There’s movies, sporting events, an art festival, a petting zoo, an MTV ’80s tribute, a vegan playground (say what?!), a neighborhood compost workshop, and more…


Arts & Culture


The ever-popular Cinespia moving screenings at Hollywood Forever are already sold out for the next few weeks, but there are still tickets available for the last two shows in Cinespia’s other movie series at the Greek Theater.  This Friday, July 17, you can enjoy the 20th anniversary of everybody’s favorite ogre – Shrek – and next Friday, July 23, celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 2001 live-action version of Josie and the Pussycats.  Tickets are $18.  Gates for both shows open at 7:15 p.m., and the movies start at 8:45 p.m.

The Arts District is calling you back this weekend for The Comeback Fest, Saturday, July 17 from 3 – 8 p.m. at 801 E. 4th Place. This free event, presented by Art Share LA, is meant to bring the art community back together by supporting up-and-coming LA artists. There’ll be live music, an all-vinyl Latinx DJ collective, 40 curated vendors, a patio stage with poets, dancers, and musicians, live painting, free mural tours for Art Share members, and gallery programming all day long. Capacity is limited, so please register in advance and consider donating. All proceeds will go directly to the participating artists.

The indoor theater at the Hollywood Legion Theater is now open at full capacity…and this weekend you can enjoy a matinee screening of the classic Harold Lloyd silent film, Safety Last! (including the still-amazing downtown LA clock stunt) with live accompaniment, on Saturday, July 17 at 3 p.m. Regular ticket prices are all under $25, but why not treat yo’self to VIP tickets for $50. The VIPs will get refreshments, a souvenir poster of the movie, a ceramic Harold Lloyd lapel pin, and guaranteed parking.

And, finally, if you’d rather watch a movie from the sanctity of your car, just pull up to the Legion’s Drive-In theater, which is still running, too. Showings for this week include Lethal Weapon on Sunday, July 18,Sixth Sense on Wednesday, July 21 and Inception on Friday, July 23. All movies have 8:20 p.m. showtimes. Vehicles are limited to a certain number of passengers, depending on size. Tickets start at $25.00 for the entire car, and include soda, candy, and unlimited popcorn.


Food & Fun


For the third year in a row, Angel City Brewery, along with The National Congress of Black Women, presents Sour to the People on Saturday, July 17 from 1-7 p.m. – a Brewfest celebrating, you guessed it, sour beer! Enjoy Angel City vintage barrel-aged sour beers as well as some newbie brews, with specialty flights and plenty of options on tap.  But once the kegs are empty, that’s all folks, so stop by early if you want to try them all. There will be a DJ spinning all day and a chance for you to experience a Flavor Tripping Tour, with food trucks on scene to help you soak up all that “fun.”

I was just a little seal pup in the ‘80s, but I’m still left with many fond memories and a yearning for nostalgia, which makes me appreciate this MTV ‘80s Tribute that much more. Go back to the shoulder pad era at the Hollywood Roosevelt, every Tuesday night at 8 p.m., and pay homage. There’ll be MTV music videos playing, DJ YouKnewJack spinning the best of the decade, and a special ’80s food and cocktail menu. Bonus: come dressed in your best ‘80s attire for a chance to win a limited-edition MTV tribute prize! This event has a special valet parking rate at $10, so make sure to purchase your parking as an add-on in advance.


Kids & Family


Get up close and personal with goats and sheep this week at the reopening of Muriel’s Ranch Contact Yard, located in a 2-acre corner of the Los Angeles Zoo at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo. Featured are the cutest, fuzzy-wuzziest Nigerian Dwarf goats you’ve ever seen, with brushes available for grooming these sweet-tempered animals. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Speaking of treating animals well…vegans (and non-vegans) unite! Vegan Playground Summer Nights at Boomtown Brewery kicks off on Wednesday, July 21 from 5-9 p.m. This free weekly night market takes place every Wednesday, featuring 20+ rotating vegan vendors. The atmosphere is kid and dog friendly, so make it a date with the family. Located in the Arts District at 700 Jackson Street. Parking is free and ample.

For soccer fans, we’ve got the Los Angeles Football Club vs. Real Salt LakeSaturday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Banc of California Stadium, 3939 S Figueroa St. The team’s next game will be on Saturday, July 24 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Tickets start at $50.

And the Dodgers are also at it again, with home games all week long and promotions almost every night. (Can you say “Obi-Wan Kenobi bobbleheads”?) You’ll have four chances to catch the champs in action against the San Francisco Giants, starting Monday, July 19 through Thursday, July 22, with all games starting at 7:10 p.m.   and then there’s another game vs. the Colorado Rockies, Friday, July 23, with Friday Night Fireworks to follow.


Health & Wellness


If you enjoyed last week’s sound bath, head back to Pan Pacific Park this weekend for another decompress sesh at ETHERICA-Outdoor Sound Healing Journey-A Time of New Beginnings on Sunday, July 18 at 7:45 p.m. Let go of the past and prepare yourself for a fresh start with this unique sound healing experience. The evening will include a light body warm up, breathwork, guided meditation, and sound bath. Tickets: $15-$35. Etherica will take place at the amphitheater, so be sure to bring a yoga mat and warm blanket, and a mask for arrival and check-in. Also available online via Zoom, but I’d give this one a try in person.


Local Government


OK, so it’s not really “government,” but the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, which represents and supports neighbors in the area bounded by Wilshire, Highland, Olympic and La Brea, will be sponsoring an in-person, socially distanced composting and worm bins class and plant exchange  on Saturday, July 17, starting at 10 a.m., on the 700 block of S. Mansfield Ave.   (You can RSVP to [email protected] for the exact location, but it will be easy to find.) There will also be raffles for a free worm bin and composter…and don’t forget to bring plants to trade!

Finally, you can engage with the Mid City West Neighborhood Council in three meetings this week, starting with the Communications & Outreach Committee meeting on Tuesday, July 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The agenda and Zoom link will be added five days prior. Join via Google Meet: or by phone at (724) 370-0035 PIN: ‪124 852 094#. The Transportation & Sustainability Committee meeting will be Wednesday, July 21, 7 – 9 p.m. Join via Zoom: And finally, the Executive Council meeting on Thursday, July 22, 7 – 9 p.m. Join via Google Meet: or by phone at (513) 783-1500 PIN: ‪879 105 636#.


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Julia Christiansen
Julia Christiansen
Julia is a native Angeleno and jack of all trades, having worked in television, visual effects, professional sports, health and wellness, and custom design. She currently resides in El Segundo.

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