Top 5 Things to Do in L.A. This Week

Chinatown Summer Nights. Photo by Kevin Wong Photography

Los Angeles has a reputation for being a sun-drenched idyll, and deservedly so. This week, however, night owls can take heart, because many of the Southland's top cultural events won't get going until the sun is setting. They include a multidisciplinary art and music showcase, an outdoor food and dance fest, and an all-night movie marathon. And just in case you need something to fill those sunlit hours, this week also brings a daytime tribute to the city's favorite snack.

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Downtown at Sunset Walking Tours
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 5:30 p.m. in downtown L.A.
Downtown Los Angeles is home to a stunning collection of art deco buildings that sprang up during a building boom in the 1920s and '30s, and they never look more striking than they do at magic hour. On select Wednesdays throughout the summer, the Los Angeles Conservancy holds special early-evening editions of its popular downtown walking tours, including this one exploring the history, materials, and style of art deco, with local examples like the Oviatt, the Eastern Columbia building, the Central Library, and One Bunker Hill.

Generationalpictomusicapolis
Friday, Aug. 16, 8 p.m. at the Hammer Museum
What's in a name? "Generationalpictomusicapolis" is admittedly a mouthful, but how would you describe an eclectic evening event combining furniture art, experimental music, and collaborative mixed-media posters? The local noise-punk duo No Age will headline this concert-cum-art show in the Hammer's leafy courtyard, with additional performances by the laid-back threesome Sun Foot and psych-folk purveyors Devin Gary & Ross. Contemporary furniture designed by Johanna Jackson and Sun Foot member Chris Johanson will be on display, and limited-edition collaboratively made posters will be on sale. Food and beverages (including the adult variety) will also be available for purchase.

Chinatown Summer Nights
Saturday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.-midnight in Chinatown's Central and West Plazas
Chinatown lets its hair down and boogies deep into the night during the annual Summer Nights series, a lively cross between food festival and al fresco dance party. DJs from KCRW and live bands curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands L.A. will provide the soundtrack, while food trucks, local restaurants and "Iron Chef"-style cooking competitions feed the hungry masses. Also on tap are a craft beer garden, cultural workshops, and shopping from local boutiques and artists.

L.A. Taco Festival
Saturday, Aug. 17, noon-8 p.m. at Mariachi Plaza
Taco festival. Need we say more? Probably not, but just in case, the L.A. Taco Festival offers a full day -- and countless tortillas -- filled with carne asada, carnitas, al pastor, birria, pescado, camarones, papas and other salsa-doused delicacies. The event will also include live music (mariachi, pop, cumbia, ska, and more), arts and crafts vendors, and family-friendly activities. Another plus: The Metro Gold Line will drop you right at the festival's doorstep.

Cinespia: Movies All Night
Saturday, Aug. 17, 8:30 p.m.-Sunday, Aug. 18, 6 a.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Film buffs, vampire lovers, insomniacs, and '80s and '90s aficionados can all find something to enjoy at Cinespia's annual dusk-till-dawn movie marathon. The all-night extravaganza kicks off with the teen vampire flick "The Lost Boys," which memorably united the Two Coreys (Feldman and Haim) for the first time and also starred Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jami Gertz. Other vamp films on the itinerary include "Interview With the Vampire" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." For those who need help staying awake, there will be complimentary coffee supplied by Intelligentsia.

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Oliver Gettell is a writer and editor based in Los Angeles.

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