Freddy Krueger and Nancy

Things to Do in L.A. This Week: August 19-25

Freddy Kreuger, concerts at the Santa Monica Pier, Queen Mary movie night, DTLA Proud Fest and more.


Legion of Skanks & Friends

Monday, August 19, 2019 / 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. / The Comedy Store
Legion of Skanks & Friends poster

This Long Island-based podcast teeters on the line of hilarious and cringeworthy, with a strong tendency towards the latter. Comedians Big Jay Oakerson, Luis J. Gomez and Dave Smith get together every week to discuss viral news and tell dirty stories. Together their powers combine for an overload of uncensored chaos that’s earned them such accolades as “the most offensive podcast on Earth.”

Indulge your inner meathead at this stand-up comedy show starring the LOS triumvirate and their friends.

Tickets: $22.50 / More Information

‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ 35th Anniversary Screening and Q&A

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 / 7:30-9:30 p.m. / TCL Chinese Theaters 6
Freddy Kruger and Nancy

You didn’t even have to actually watch “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to be haunted by Wes Craven’s classic slasher flick when it came out in 1984. The posters of Freddy’s mangled face hanging up at Blockbuster were horrifying on their own. Then, there’s the scene where Freddy calls Nancy after murdering her boyfriend Glenn (Johnny Depp) and utters the line, “I’m your boyfriend now, Nancy.” Then, his tongue comes through the phone. Iconic and disgusting in the best way.

A Q-and-A with actresses Heather Langenkamp, Amanda Wyss and additional cast members follows the screening. Free drinks for attendees over 21.

Tickets: $16 / More Information

Twilight on the Pier Concert Series Kick-Off

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 / 7-10 p.m. / Santa Monica Pier
Twilight on the Pier poster with colorful illustrations of musicians

A summertime favorite for the last 35 years, Twilight on the Pier returns for six consecutive Wednesdays of free concerts staged on the Santa Monica Pier. The kick-off show welcomes indie rock and electro pop by Rostam, formerly of Vampire Weekend, folksy R&B artist Dijon and self-appointed soul punk princesa Jen Awad. Aside from the music, there’s art to peruse, a new comedy stage, a wine and beer garden, food, games and “interactive activations,” which probably means fun places to take a selfie.

Attendance is free / More Information

Queen Mary Movie Night Double Feature: ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’

Thursday, August 22, 2019 / 6-10 p.m. / The Queen Mary
Queen Mary movie night poster

The legendary Queen Mary ocean liner stationed at Long Beach Harbor serves as the backdrop for an outdoor screening of Tim Burton’s classic spooktacular joyrides “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands.” Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, or shell out a bit of dough to nab a romantic inflatable couch for two and a bottle of champagne. Enjoy eats from themed food trucks and hand-crafted cocktails like the Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice and the Edwards Lemonade. There will be a costume contest for those inclined to attend in their most frightening attire.

Tickets: Free or $75 for the Date Night Package / More Information

L.A. Food & Wine Festival Grand Tasting: Epic Burger Showdown

Friday, August 23, 2019 / 7-10 p.m. / Barker Hangar
The Epic Burger Throwdown poster

The hamburger steak may have originated in 19th-century Germany, but it wasn’t until it came to the U.S. that it got slapped between two slices of toasted bread and became the mighty burger we all love. As part of this year’s L.A. Food & Wine Festival, Alvin Cailan, host of “The Burger Show,” pits local chefs and restaurants against each other in a battle to determine who makes the best burger.

The tastiest burger will be selected by public vote and celebrity judges Seth Rogen, Tiffani Thiessen and Adam Richman. The Grand Tasting ticket includes unlimited access to delicious bites from more than 25 chefs, paired with more than 75 types of wines, spirits and beers.

Tickets: $150-$195 / More Information

DTLA Proud Festival

Saturday, August 24, 2019 / 12-10 p.m. / Pershing Square
DTLA Proud Festival pool party

Now in its fourth year, the DTLA Proud Festival takes over Pershing Square with drag performers, comedy, music, food and drink, interactive exhibits and a pop-up inflatable water park, all in the name of celebrating LGBTQ+ culture, history and diversity in downtown Los Angeles. Saturday’s entertainment highlights include NOT The Spice Girls, Dolly Parton look-a-like Vancie Vega, Black Girl Magic: Los Angeles, Abhora and lots of other goodies.

Don’t forget your swimsuit!

Tickets: $10 / More Information


Sunday, August 25, 2019 / 12-6 p.m. / LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Latina Fest poster

LATINAFest celebrates culture and wellness with all-inclusive programming focused on empowering the mind, body and soul. Attendees can enjoy some spa-like pampering, do some yoga, sip drinks in the cocktail garden and listen to inspirational TALK:Latina speakers, all while perusing the more than 100 Latina vendors offering clothes, shoes, accessories and sweet treats. Scheduled activities include a live taping of “TheTRENDTalk,” a live cooking demonstration by Goya Foods and a staged reading of “Frida: Stroke of Passion” by the playwright herself, Odalys Nanin.

The event closes with an “Empowerment Fashion Parade” featuring all kinds of women modeling goods from LATINAFest vendors.

Tickets: $10-$39.99 / More Information

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