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Our 7 Favorite LA Events: The Week Of July 31st – August 6th featuring Midnight Movies, Chinatown Summer Nights and Much More

Hey, we get it – Los Angeles is a big city. Not only are there endless opportunities for coffee stops, beach visits, and celebrity sightings, but the metropolis also boasts an absolutely massive catalogue of events. Even on a daily basis, the list of things to do can certainly seem a little overwhelming at times.

Somewhere, among the hazy smog that engulfs the city, lies a hotbed of culture and entertainment – you just have to sift through the haze to find what’s best. That’s why we over at LA Guestlist have done the work for you and put together the seven hottest, freshest, and most Los Angeles events we could find for you in the week of July 31st – August 6th. Something for you each and every night.

We’ll try not to break your wallet, either.


  • Dread Central Presents Phoenix Forgotten at The Arena

Take in a free screening of Justin Barber’s horror film Phoenix Forgotten, produced by Ridley Scott. The screening will take place at Arena Cinema’s Las Palmas location, and will be hosted by friend of the venue SpookyDan Walker. For more information, including how to RSVP (required), visit the event page here. 


  • Emo Nite Los Angeles

As part of a recurring event, Emo Nite takes over the Echoplex this Tuesday night for a night of live music on four different stages. Among acts featured include Point North, Sunsleep, and IDK HOW THEY FOUND ME. The event is free for the first 100 people, with a $10 charge at the door for everyone afterwards. Doors at 8:30.


  • Brooklyn Beckham Discusses and Signs “What I See”

Often referred to as “the world’s most popular teen,” Brooklyn Beckham will be making an appearance at The Grove’s Barnes & Noble location in support of his new book, What I See. With over 9 million Instagram followers, Brooklyn Beckham’s book features over 300 personal photographs of the world that he lives in, the way he sees it. The night kicks off at 7 PM – with entry wristbands provided on a first come, first serve basis to those who buy a copy of What I See at that very Barnes & Noble starting at 9 AM.


  • Open Screen Night at the Echo Park Film Center

Ever been to an open mic? Los Angeles is absolutely jam-packed of coffee and book shops, attempting each night to draw in new and old faces by allowing a corner to be turned into a free-for-all show for the night. Anyone can come sign up, and a variety of acts go up each time, from slam poets, to musicians, to stand up comedians (whether you like it or not).

The premise of an open screen is similar, though anyone can bring in something to be displayed on a large screen. Anything could be shown – from home movies, to short films – the only limit is the ten minute max run time allowed. Formats allowed include: DVD, Quicktime, VHS, mini-DV, DV-CAM, Super 8, Standard 8mm, 16mm.

$5 admission at Echo Park Film Center, with the night kicking off at 8 PM.


  • An Evening w/ Ben Barenholtz feat. Martin

As part of their recent midnight movie kick, Cinefamily will be hosting a live talk with Ben Barenholtz, Nicholas Winding Refn, and screen George Romero’s midnight classic Martin. Barenholtz is widely regarded as the originator of the term “midnight movie,” using it as a way to market the original release of El Topo.

The night kicks off at 7:30 at the Vista Theatre (Note: this is NOT at their usual Fairfax location), with tickets available for purchase here. 

Bonus: Keep the theme of the evening going strong and follow Cinefamily back to their Fairfax home at the Silent Movie Theatre for the latest entry in their weekly open midnight movie series, The Tenant! Tickets available here. 


  • Chinatown Summer Nights

Head down right to Chinatown Central Plaza for a night of food, music and activities hosted by Los Angeles’ own KCRW radio station. The evening will feature a plethora of food trucks, large scale video projections, cooking demonstrations, music by KCRW DJ’s, and more! Summer Nights is free, all ages, and starts at 5 PM. More information can be found here.


  • “Lyrics as Poetry” Release Party

Wind down this Sunday after a long week of activities at The Pop-Hop, a book shop located in Highland Park. Starting at 5 PM, there will be live performances from the first edition of Lyrics as Poetry, a journal highlighting the works of songwriters, with accompanying written pieces about the songs as well as original artwork. The book will be for sale at the shop during the performance. Free snacks and beer will be provided. More information about the book can be found here. 

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