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Felicia Day, Rethinking Shelter, Moth Storytelling: What to Do in Los Angeles This Week

Here are the five coolest things to do in and around LA this week. We publish a new list every Wednesday, covering Thursday through Wednesday. Stay tuned for insider updates on restaurant openings, festivals, exhibitions, shows, weekend escapes, and more.

New opening | Restaurant
Ohana Seafood Co.
Silver Lake was beyond bummed recently to say goodbye to local neighborhood dining spot Black Hogg. Thankfully, the loss was short-lived. Chef Eric Park has transformed his former meat restaurant into a new venture, Ohana Seafood Co., which opened its doors on August 18. In addition to Hawaii’s famous snack, poke, Park hopes to bring shrimp scampi and coconut mussels into the large kitchen, along with such sweet morsels as homemade mochi.
Tue–Sat 11 a.m.–9 p.m. | 2852 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 953-2820

August 19 | Reading
Felicia Day Memoir Presentation & Book Signing  
Felicia Day, the “queen of the geeks,” is at Skylight Books to do a Q&A and sign her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). The book covers Day’s ascent to Internet stardom and her finding success in Hollywood. The reading is free and open to the public on a first come first served basis, but because Skylight expects a large crowd, the book signing line will be ticketed. In order to get a ticket, you must have purchased your copy of the book at Skylight Books.
7:30 p.m. | Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles | (323) 660-1175 | Free | website 

August 20 | Exhibition
Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles 
This is the opening reception for Shelter: Rethinking How We Live in Los Angeles, the inaugural show in A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles’s new location in Downtown’s Arts District. Featuring the work of several L.A.-based architecture and design practices, the exhibition acts as a challenge to create new residential options, responding to the changing population, economy, and environment. Shelter wants to change the public’s expectations of living in a growing metropolis.
7–10 p.m. | A+D Architecture and Design Museum>Los Angeles, 900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles | Free for A+D Members, $20 for general public | website

August 24 | Storytelling
The Moth GrandSLAM Championship
Everyone has a story, but not everyone wants to share it, especially on stage in front of a crazy-large audience. While being recorded for a podcast. That’s one reason you always know the stories you hear at The Moth will be so raw and compelling. Tonight’s Moth GrandSLAM Championship is devoted to the immensely talented winners of the past 10 Moth StorySLAMS. And if you’re tempted to give The Moth storytelling a whirl yourself, know this: zero notes, no prompter, and just a microphone for company.
8 p.m. | Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles | (213) 413-8200 | $25 | website 

Weekend Escape
La Jolla
Given the current heat wave, escaping to the ocean seems even more enticing than usual. La Jolla occupies seven gorgeous miles of curving coastline along the Pacific Ocean, just north of San Diego, with sandy beaches and rocky shorelines. To really make the most of the experience, explore the reef, kelp beds, sand flats, and canyon of the San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park with La Jolla Kayak, who offer kayaking and snorkeling trips. Sea life is abundant, including sea lions, leopard sharks, and garibaldi.

Photo by Lukasz Lech/FlickrEva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding. 

Planning a trip? Check out the AFAR guide to LA.