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What's On In Los Angeles In September

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Updated: 13 October 2016
Los Angeles is teeming with things to do this month, from epic food fairs, outdoor film screenings, and concerts to unconventional city tours, otherworldly art installations, and backroom comedy shows. Make the most of summer’s wane – this is September in the city.


ART | Walk Through Hauser Wirth & Schimmel With Schimmel Himself

📅 Thursday, September 1st, 7pm

Take a walk through the galleries of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel‘s inaugural exhibition Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947-2016 with curator and partner Paul Schimmel. Formerly the Chief Curator at MOCA, Schimmel is an important player in the West Coast art scene whose insights will lend depth and rigor to an already compelling exhibit featuring works by Eva Hesse, Yayoi Kusama, Hannah Wilkie, and many others. This tour is free, but a reservation is required.

📍 Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

MUSIC | Get Nostalgic With John Williams In Concert At The Hollywood Bowl

📅 Friday, September 2nd, 8pm

Movie maestro John Williams conducts the LA Philharmonic orchestra through an evening of nostalgia and movie magic. Having composed some of the most memorable scores of the silver screen, from Jaws to E.T., Star Wars, and Harry Potter, Williams takes the audience on a cinematic journey. He will be accompanied by composer David Newman.

Tickets: $14-$180

📍 Hollywood Bowl

ART | Take Yourself Out To The Skirball To Discover The Untold History Of Baseball

📅 Friday, September 3rd

Ben Sakoguchi’s Unauthorized History of Baseball in 100-Odd Paintings recounts a people’s history of America’s favorite pastime. The bold, colorful paintings, juxtapose baseball iconography – sometimes reverent, sometimes scathing – with vintage orange crate labels. Presented in tandem with Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, Sakoguchi’s work offers a personal and political perspective of baseball, portraying the real stories of players and communities overlooked or misrepresented.

Tickets: $12 general admission

📍Skirball Cultural Center

FILM | Picnic For True Romance At Cinespia’s Sunday Screening

📅 Sunday, September 4th, 6:45pm

Cinespia presents Tony Scott’s True Romance, an action-packed California classic written by Quentin Tarantino. Patricia Arquette and Christian Slater play outlaw lovers Alabama and Clarence who evade the Detroit mob by fleeing to Los Angeles. The two tumble through a handful of distinctive LA locations like Rae’s Diner, the Vista Theater, Magic Mountain, and Malibu, making this film a love letter to 90’s Los Angeles. Pack a picnic and pillows to make the most of the outdoor setting and kick back with some Angelenos you love.

Tickets: $16

📍Hollywood Forever Cemetary


TOUR | Turn Downtown LA Into A Playground For An Epic Scavenger Hunt

📅 Monday, September 5th

Get a team together and navigate the city like a game board for a scavenger hunt curated by Urban Adventure Quest. Guided by your smartphone, make your way through well-known and overlooked gems of Downtown including Olvera Street, Union Station, Grand Central Market, and the LA Cathedral. Solve clues and complete challenges while learning local history. Start when you want and play at your pace –though the tour should last approximately two hours.

Tickets: $49 per team of 2-5 people

📍Olvera Street

TOUR | Take A Free LA Walking Tour Through The Heart Of Hollywood

📅 Every day, 10am-12pm

Take a two-mile walk through LA’s most lauded neighborhood and discover the history of Tinseltown from a local perspective. Avoid the Walk of Fame tourist trap and go deep into Hollywood lore, exploring the old days of the industry through clues and cues in the neighborhood’s distinctive architecture. This tour is free with registration.

📍 Pantages Theatre

MUSIC | Tap Your Toes At Le Petit Paris’ Live Jazz Night

📅 Every Wednesday, 7:30-9:30pm

Take in the frenetic ambiance in Le Petit Paris‘ lounge during the Parisian brasserie’s weekly jazz night. The restaurant is housed in the former El Dorado Hotel, built in 1913, and remains steeped in Downtown history. Enjoy the storied atmosphere while sampling French fare or a signature cocktail.

📍Le Petit Paris

ART | Take A Walk On The Artsy Side With DTLA’s Art Walk

📅 Thursday, September 8th

Recurring monthly, the art walk draws artsy denizens to meander through the dense Historic Core downtown. Take a self-guided art tour through the Spring Street corridor, meander through dozens of participating galleries, and soak up the refined ruckus of a night on the town.

📍Art Walk Lounge


ART | Support Planned Parenthood At The Sexy Beast Art Auction

📅 Saturday, September 10th, 6:30pm

Feeling swanky? Mingle with art world and celebrity elites at the Sexy Beast fundraiser. The evening will be hosted by comedian Andy Richter, with performances by the likes of WIFE throughout the stage show. The auction will feature works by art stars Barbara Kruger, Marilyn Minter, Ed Ruscha, Sterling Ruby, and many others. All proceeds from the evening go to Planned Parenthood LA – last year, the inaugural event raised a whopping $500,000 for the organization.

Tickets: $440-$525

📍 The Theatre at Ace Hotel

FOOD | Eat Your Heart Out LA Style At Smorgasburg Downtown

📅 Sunday, September 11th, 10am-5pm

The hit food fair from Brooklyn fanned out its booths in front of the Alameda Produce Market in Los Angeles a few months ago to instant success. Enjoy the diverse and artful food options offered by local vendors like Ramen Burger, Guerilla Tacos, Belly & Snout, Lobsterdamus, and many more. Once you’ve eaten your fill, peruse the designer goods, crafts, and wellness booths throughout the market.

📍Alameda Produce Market

TOUR | Get Centered At The Peace Awareness Labyrinth Garden

📅 Until Friday, September 30th

Take a break from urban hubbub at this hidden enclave in the middle of Los Angeles, complete with tranquil gardens and a labyrinth. Tour the grounds of the non-profit spiritual center, and then stroll, unwind, and recharge. A visit here is so transporting that you won’t believe you’re still in the city. Admission is free, but a reservation is required.

📍 Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens

COMEDY | Laugh From Your Belly At Comedians You Should Know

📅 Every Thursday, 8pm

Since its inception in Downtown Chicago in 2008, the Comedians You Should Know show quickly became a Chi-town staple known for bringing the best talent from all over the galaxy under one roof at their weekly showcase. These days, CYSK has spread their wings to include shows in New York City and Los Angeles. These shows are a riot, merging classic club style and alternative, cutting-edge comedy.

📍 The Improv

MUSIC | Boogie To The Beat With Brainfeeder At The Bowl

📅 Saturday, September 17th, 7pm

The premier beat proliferators from LA label Brainfeeder take over the Hollywood Bowl for a night of unabashed bass. Performers Flying Lotus, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Thundercat, Shabazz Palaces, and The Gaslamp Killer will bring the boogie from futuristic R&B, electronic and deconstructed jazz, and instrumental hip-hop. Get down.

Tickets: $20-$56

📍Hollywood Bowl


MUSIC | Thrash Around At Metal Mondays At R Bar

📅 Every Monday

The speakeasy-style bar in the heart of Koreatown hosts a plethora of theme nights from trivia and comedy to karaoke. Drop in for their hard-hitting, head-banging metal sessions, where you can thrash that case of the Mondays away. Good-natured ruckus is welcome. Peep their Facebook page for the secret password for entry.

📍 R Bar

MUSIC | Shake It Out With Animal Collective At The Observatory

📅 Wednesday, September 21st, 8pm

Get irreverent to the layered sounds of Animal Collective at the O.C. Observatory. The show will open with a performance by the experimental and poppy Eric Copeland. This is the perfect opportunity to shake it out mid-week.

Tickets: $30

📍 The Observatory

MUSIC | Get Chunky With Peanut Butter Wolf At The Container Yard

📅 Friday, September 23rd, 7pm

Local legend DJ Peanut Butter Wolf will lay down the jams along with Dam-Funk and Mayer Hawthorne at the Container Yard, a raw outdoor venue in the Downtown LA Arts District covered in renowned street art.

Tickets: $18.50

📍 The Container Yard

ART | Wander Through The Electric Earth Of Doug Aitken At MOCA

📅 Through January 15th, 2017

Fusing elements of installation, film, sculpture, and photographs, Doug Aitken presents an immersive other world within the galleries of The Geffen Contemporary building downtown. Uniquely immersive, and at once beautiful and unsettling, this exhibit makes viewers consider the residue of human society on the landscape, rendering our built environments contrived and out of place.

Tickets: $12 or Free every Thursday 5pm-8pm

📍 The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

THEATER | Delight In Tragedy At LA Opera’s Performance Of Macbeth

📅 Sunday, September 25th, 2pm

LA Opera presents Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth for a cultured Sunday matinee wrought with witches, prophecies, murder, and the scathing downfall of hubris. Plácido Domingo takes on the title role with Ekaterina Semenchuk as the scheming Lady Macbeth. Tony Award-winner Darko Tresnjak directs.

Tickets: $30-400

📍Dorothy Chandler Pavilion


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MUSIC | Spin And Mingle At Origami Records’ 7″ Free For All

📅 Tuesday, September 27th, 9pm

El Prado hosts a weekly record night where you can play retro DJ for your local musicheads. The last Tuesday of every month is for singles only – 7-inch records that is. Bring over your crate of favorites and curate your dream set while sipping on vino.

📍 El Prado

ART | Laugh Your Face Off At The Meltdown

📅 Every Wednesday

The Meltdown is lauded as one of the best comedy shows in LA. Hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani josh in comedic rivalry and foster a tight-knit community of comedy lovers by steadily curating a show of the cream of the comedic crop. Tucked away in the back of NerdMelt Comics, the show has hosted surprise drop-ins like Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and Louis C.K., and the lineups are always killer.

Tickets: $8

📍 The Nerdist Showroom