It’s another full week of places to go, people to see, and drinks to imbibe. The week starts with PaleyFest, helping television aficionados geek out on some of the most highly anticipated series starting this fall. The Grammy Museum is holding a special event about the History of Reggae, including a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Ziggy Marley and more. The drinking crowd will appreciate not just one, but two chances to whet their whistle, with the start of Sangria Week, and an exclusive tequila tasting. Prepare your crimpers and Day-Glo because Friday night is going to be totally tubular at the L.A. Zoo with a 1980s Roaring Nights party. A sweet Saturday is in store, as two treat shops team up to help celebrate the 100th birthday of a beloved children’s book author. The week ends with a Tony Award-winning revival of a tense American classic by the great Arthur Miller you won’t want to miss.
PaleyFest Fall TV Previews
The Paley Center for Media
465 N Beverly Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
PaleyFest Fall TV Previews is back for its 10th year, and is once again giving audiences a sneak peek into some of the most highly anticipated series premiering this fall. Tonight’s festivities start with a red carpet for the new show Pure Genius, followed by a screening and panel discussion. Cast and crew, including Dermot Mulroney and Jason Katims, will be on hand to answer questions and give insight into the new show. Screenings of Kevin Can Wait, MacGyver, and Bull will follow, giving you a full night of insider tv viewing.
History of Reggae: From The Roots, To The Seminal Artists And Beyond
800 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tonight the Grammy Museum welcomes some of reggae’s biggest names for a panel discussion and audience Q&A. The VP of the Grammy Foundation and MusiCares, Scott Goldman, will chat with Grammy-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley, Jamaican reggae singer and Nyabinghi drummer Ras Michael, Lloyd “Bread” McDonald from the group The Wailing Souls, and Carlton “Santa” Davis, drummer for Bob Marley and The Wailers. The event offers a behind-the-scenes look into the history of reggae, as panelists discuss topics like the creation of reggae and its early pioneers, early Jamaican pop music, and its continual evolution of politically charged lyrics. Audience members will have a chance to participate as well, as a Q&A will follow the talk.
Celebrate Sangria Week
A Basq Kitchen
136 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Get your daily Vitamin D and C today with a trip to A Basq Kitchen, where they’re kicking off sangria week. Enjoy a little sea breeze and waterfront view as you sit back and sip on one of their special chef-curated sangrias, including a grilled peach sangria, a lemon mimosa sangria, and a delicious sour shrub sangria. Their standard house favorites and traditional red and white sangria will also be available, all for just $6. Head there between 4pm – 6pm and get in on some happy hour munchies as well, like fresh shucked oysters, ceviche, or a whole sampler platter. The sangria celebration starts today and ends Sunday.
Gran Cosecha Tequila Tasting
8905 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Say “hola” to the end of the week with a special tequila tasting tonight from 5pm – 11pm at Gracias Madre. Choose a food + flight for $65, with dishes created specifically for tequila tasting, or just get straight to business with a tequila flight for $25. A $20 lxchel cocktail will also be available, with Gran Cosecha Extra Anejo, muddled blackberry, mint, lemon, salt air, cracked pepper, and aqua faba. At 7pm, the owner of Gran Cosecha and beverage director at Gracias Madre will join forces to teach guests about the various tequilas, how they’re made, tasting notes, and how to properly pair each one with the perfect dish.
L.A. Zoo Roaring Nights: 1980s Edition
5333 Zoo Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Are you ready to have a totally rad Friday? Tonight the L.A. Zoo goes full 80s with their Roaring Nights summer music series, complete with a live 80’s cover band, and tributes to Prince and David Bowie. Legendary 80’s DJ, Richard Blade, will also be spinning the hits of the decade, while two additional DJs will host a “Silent Disco,” where guests can make their own musical choices with wireless headphones. Dress to impress with your best 80’s attire for not only some fun album cover photo ops, but also the chance to win a costume contest. Of course there will be food trucks and full-service bars to keep you going, as well as a “Neon Paint Party,” vintage video games, and pop-up zookeeper talks and animal encounters. This bodacious bash is for ages 18 and up, and goes from 7pm – 11pm.
Celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday
59 E Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Get ready for a scrumdiddlyumptious Saturday, as The Pie Hole and Coolhaus join forces to celebrate author Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday. Both shops will have Dahlicious Delights inspired by the beloved books of Dahl, who it’s been said had quite a sweet tooth of his own. The Pie Hole will be serving up their limited release, Matilda-inspired Miss Honey Pie, as well as a The Withes-inspired Poisoned Chocolate Pie. Coolhaus will also be dishing up a chocolatey Bruce Bogtrotter, in honor of the cake-eating Matilda character. Authors Aditi Khorana and Romina Russell will read from Dahl’s books, as well as sell and sign their own. Art and crafts, a photo booth, and a Dahl character costume contest round out a day of fantastic fun. Another event will be held tomorrow at Milk Jar Cookies, with live book readings, crafts, a magician, and the shop’s exclusive James and the Giant Peach Cobbler Cookie.
Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge”
135 N Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge” has made its way from sold-out runs in New York to the Ahmanson this week. The American classic has been given a new coat of paint in this Tony Award-winning revival from director Ivo van Hove. The play is about a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece. When she falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, his inappropriate obsession turns into a jealous rage, consuming everything around him. Unique to this production is on-stage seating flanking the stage on two sides. Offered at $25, the seats create a special unobstructed view steps away from the action.