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

Live music at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival in Chinatown. Photo by Stephan Paul

For a certain contingent of readers out there, all you need to know is that L.A. Beer Week begins in a few days, promising waves and waves of crisp lagers, full-bodied stouts and aromatic ales. But whether or not you're obsessed with suds, this week features plenty of interesting activities that are non-beer-based, including interactive radio experiments, a hip harvest festival, late-night museum-going with a killer soundtrack, and a reading by one of today's top fabulists.

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L.A. Beer Week | Event details
What could be better than an entire week dedicated to beer? Ten days. This sudsy celebration started in 2009 by a group of local beer aficionados features "tap takeovers" and specialty tastings at bars, restaurants and breweries all over town beginning on Thursday, and things will kick into high gear at the opening gala Sunday at Union Station, with unlimited samples from more than 50 breweries. The week also includes a beer crawl, a comedy show, a 5K run and more. (Enjoy responsibly.)

KCHUNG Radio: Whisper Reports | Event details
You could make the case that KCHUNG is less a radio station than an art collective that just so happens to broadcast eclectic live shows, music and sonic experiments from above a noodle shop in Chinatown -- and now, as the Hammer Museum's artists-in-residence, from Westwood as well. This week the station invites visitors to get in on the action by recording reports, interviews and other segments on location at the Hammer -- all of which will be conducted in a respectful museum whisper. On Thursday, John Burtle will broadcast a news report and Lady C will air an ASMR tour of the museum; on Saturday, Rhan Small Ernst and Ramsey Robinson will record ambient sounds from the galleries and prepare them for broadcast at the KCHUNG mobile DJ cart.

Aimee Bender reads from 'The Color Master' | Event details
Known for her imaginative modern fairy tales, the Los Angeles-based author Aimee Bender ("The Girl in the Flammable Skirt," "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake") will read from her new collection of 15 wondrously strange short stories. Where else will you experience tales of a seamstress who sews the stripes back on tigers, a woman who has marital troubles with a man-eating ogre, and a family that's haunted by a ghost who delivers random gifts like cans of soup and fresh towels? Bender will also participate in an audience Q&A and a book signing after reading.

Saturdays Off the 405 | Event details
Big Black Delta, the indie-electronica solo project of Mellowdrone's Jonathan Bates, closes out this season of the Getty's alfresco summer concert series held in the Museum Courtyard. In addition to the live music and stellar views of the city, there will be a cash bar, a snack bar and free spotlight talks that offer mini-tours of the galleries throughout the evening. (Perhaps fittingly, this event comes complete with a traffic warning: Sepulveda Blvd. will be closed between Montana Ave. and Church Lane. Plan accordingly.)

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival | Event details
Seventy-five years makes for a pretty long tradition by Los Angeles standards, and 3,000-plus years -- which is about how far back the autumn harvest festival dates in China -- is a long one by any measure. This annual celebration keeps up old-school traditions such as eating moon cakes and viewing the harvest moon (with telescopes provided by the Griffith Observatory), and also offers au courant attractions such as live music and DJs, food trucks, a craft beer garden, a baccarat lounge, and a night market.

For more options this week and every week, go to kcet.org/events.

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

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