Thursday, July 28th
"Also I Like to Rock" at the Hammer - Museums and rock music. I feel hip. In the last night of their summer music series, the Hammer in Westwood features the tunes of one of my favorite bands, hometown rising stars Lady Danville, and LA veterans The Henry Clay People. DJ set from Chris Douridas of KCRW starts at 7pm and bands begin at 8pm. Admission is free; $3 parking under the museum after 6pm; galleries stay open until 9pm.
Grease Film Screening at Beverly Hilton Hotel - Oh, those summer nights. Grab a Mai Thai as this classic film is projected pool-side next to the iconic Trader Vic's restaurant. Reservations are not required, unless you want to dine at a table while you do the hand-jive. Free seating begins at 7pm and the film plays at dusk, approximately 8:30pm.
Culver City Music Festival - Always wanted to do some self-inspired Irish step-dancing in the middle of Culver City? Now is your chance. Celtic band Molly's Revenge with vocalist Christa Burch provide the music for this week of the music festival. City Hall courtyard opens at 4:30pm; tunes begin at 7pm.
Friday, July 29th
Jazz at LACMA - Museums and jazz. This time I feel cultured. Unwind from the day in the entrance courtyard of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Miracle Mile, sipping wine and swaying to the music. The event is free; no reservations required; begins at 6pm. Buy tickets in advance to check out the much anticipated Tim Burton exhibit while you are there.
Barnsdall Wine Tasting - You never knew there was a hilltop that overlooks the entire city with a Frank Lloyd Wright house and wine tastings every Friday during the summer? Well, now you do my friends. Watch the sunset at the top of Barnsdall Art Park in Los Feliz while enjoying pours from Silver Lake Wine and music from KCRW's Dan Wilcox. 5:30pm until dark. Tickets must be purchased online, proceeds benefit the park; $25 gives you four flights of wine and a fancy commemorative glass to keep!
Saturday, July 30th
"Saturdays Off the 405" at Getty Museum - Riding in trams is fun! Riding in trams to a spectacular museum and listening to the tunes of local gem Lord Huron is even more fun! The free music begins at 6pm, but arrive well before the start time to beat the crowds fighting their way up the hill.
L.A. Confidential Film Screening at Los Angeles Historic State Park - Food trucks, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger and Kevin Spacey. Now that's a party. Purchase tickets online or at the door -- $10 for adults; $5 for kids 6-12; under 5 is free. Doors open at 5:30pm, music at 6:30pm, screening at 8:30pm.
Friday and Saturday
A Midsummer Night's Dream in Coldwater Canyon Park - Shakespeare stripped down to one fun hour. You might just want more. LA's best-kept secret is the small amphitheatre nestled in the wilderness of the park, run by the nonprofit Tree People. With different events through September, this weekend's performance reinvents the classic. Bring food to picnic up to an hour before the 8pm start. General Admission - $15; TreePeople members/seniors - $10. Cash or check only at the door.
Sunday, July 31st
Reggae Night at the Hollywood Bowl - Let Ziggy Marley wash away the stress of the week as you loose yourself into some smooth tunes. Groovy dance moves encouraged. An evening in this stunning venue is always a summer night spent well. Bring a picnic of food and drinks; tickets online or at the box office; 7pm.