Best Things To Do This Week In Los Angeles – August 21

Once again Los Angeles offers endless ways to enjoy your week, starting of course with Monday’s solar eclipse. It’s hard to compare with history being made, but the rest of the week offers tributes to both a super hero creator, and the city’s residents who’ve made downtown’s Grand Park a great place to be. A new afternoon tea service, the return of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, Culver City’s Fiesta Ballona, and a play about a play-within-a-play, finish the week strong with fun things to do.

Monday, August 21
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Watch the Solar Eclipse
Various Locations
www.cbsla.com

Today is the day of the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun. Hopefully you’ve tracked down a good pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses and are ready to experience something the U.S. hasn’t seen since 1979. Since L.A. is further south, we’ll only get to see about 70% of the sun being blocked, but it’s still worth stepping outside at 10:21am and experiencing the rare occurrence. Be sure to check out our guide on Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse in Los Angeles for the best places to view it. From the Griffith Observatory to Mount Wilson Observatory and libraries around L.A., there are plenty of places to see this incredible experience!

Tuesday, August 22
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“”Extraordinary: Stan Lee”
Saban Theatre
8440 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
www.missioncontrolgroup.com

A star-studded tribute to comic book king Stan Lee will be broadcast to over 180 theaters tonight, but if you’re in L.A., you can see it live. Celebrities like David Hasselhoff, Morgan Spurlock, Tom Bergeron, Lou Ferrigno, and more are coming out to pay homage to the pop culture icon. Along with host Chris Hardwick, they’ll discuss his influence and inspiration on their lives and the world at large. The public event has general admission tickets, as well VIP tickets, which are pretty pricey, but include a meet-and-greet, tons of sweet swag, and an exclusive after party.

Wednesday, August 23
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Grand Park’s Big L.A. Portrait Gallery
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
www.grandparkla.org

Grand Park is celebrating its 5th anniversary, and as part of that celebration the park is paying tribute to the Angelenos who have made it their own. One hundred images of residents across the county by 10 L.A. photographers will be projected from sundown to midnight onto the south wall of the L.A. County Hall of Records building. Images ranging from local parishioners to ranch cowboys will offer a glimpse into the diverse communities that make up our great city. The exhibit runs through September 4th.

Thursday, August 24
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Enjoy Afternoon Tea Service
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
300 S Doheny Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 273-2222
www.fourseasons.com

Whether you’re playing hooky from work, or just looking for an excuse to treat yourself, the new Tea Service at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Two services are offered in the Windows Lounge from 2 pm – 5 pm: the Signature Afternoon Tea, and the Luxury Afternoon Tea. Both are inspired by traditional English-style tea service, and offer menus of freshly brewed Rishi loose leaf teas, snackable items like honey and cranberry scones with lemon curd, and optional wine pairings.

Friday, August 25
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Attend The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival
Various Locations
www.lafw.com

L.A.’s premiere food and wine festival is back with some of the world’s most prestigious wines and an incredible lineup of celebrity chefs. Seven “Power Lunches” will happen all over the city today, including a lunch with a host of notable names at Michael’s in Santa Monica, Craft LA in Century City, and Ivory on Sunset. Tonight will also feature a Friday Night Market on Grand Ave. – offering an abundance of tastings using seasonally inspired ingredients and free-flowing wine. The festival continues through the weekend with Grand Tastings both days, and a special LIVE on Grand event with 30 chefs and 100 wines, hosted by Tyler Florence and Wyclef Jean Saturday.

Saturday, August 26
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Fiesta La Ballona
Veterans Park
4117 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230
www.fiestalaballona.org

Culver City’s “Party in the Park” is back with carnival rides and games, petting zoo, pony rides, and tons of live performances. Over 100 booths will be manned by local organizations, including artisan works for sale and various vendors. Food trucks and a food court will be set up to feed hungry fairgoers, and a beer and wine garden is ready quench your thirst. Admission is free and the fiesta runs through Sunday, August 27th.
 

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Dodgers vs. Brewers
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(866) 363-4377
www.theatricum.com

There’s something special about a baseball game in the summer months. Today, head to Dodger Stadium and watch the Dodgers take on the Milwaukee Brewers for what experts say will be an exciting game. Grab a Dodger Dog and other snacks and sit back and relax. The game starts at 6:10 p.m. The Dodgers will also be hosting the Brewers on Friday, August 25, and August 27th at Dodger Stadium.
 

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See Kaleo In Concert
The Wiltern Theatre
3790 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
www.wiltern.com

One of music’s top upcoming acts will be playing the Wiltern tonight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the Kaleo show. The Icelandic blues/rock band has become a big hit as of late. Hear songs tonight including “All The Pretty Girls,” “Way Down We Go,” and many others. Tickets for general admission start at just $35!

Sunday, August 27
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See “Trouble in Mind”
Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
(310) 455-3723
www.theatricum.com

Terraced into a rustic hillside sits Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum theater. Tonight the outdoor amphitheatre hosts “Trouble in Mind,” a scathing yet funny drama dealing with the interracial politics happening during rehearsals for an integrated theater company’s production of an anti-lynching drama. During rehearsals of the play-within-a-play, the show’s African American playwright and leading lady must decide what compromises they will make to succeed in the biz.

By Kellie Fell
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