Here are the five coolest things to do in and around L.A. 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. Planning a trip? Check out the AFAR guide to LA.
September 18–19 | Fancy dress
Dapper Day at the Parks Fall Soiree
For everyone who loves dressing up in the spiffiest of duds—vintage dresses, tailored suits, and elaborate mustaches—or who believes they were born in the wrong era, Dapper Day is your chance to shine. Check out the free Dapper Expo at Disneyland Hotel (there’s a car show on Saturday, too), where 50+ vendors will be celebrating classic sartorial style through the ages. There will be plenty of clothes, hats, shoes, and even art to browse and buy, before heading to the park in extraordinarily well-dressed company. There’s something very special about taking a “normal” day at Disneyland (if there is such a thing) and classing it up.
12–8 p.m. (Saturday from 11 a.m.) | Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way, Anaheim | Park entrance from $99 | website
September 19 | Film
Carrie at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Carrie is one of the original horror classics, with the petrifying yet entertaining performance by the great Sissy Spacek responsible for taking high school to a new level—and for many childhood nightmares. Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the perfect venue for this screening, with moviegoers encouraged to dress up in their prom finest as they lounge around the ghoulish but grand cemetery lawn. After the show, there will be a photo booth to memorialize your date. Blood is optional.
Gates 6.15 p.m. | Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles | (323) 469-1181 | $15 | website
September 20 | Grand opening
The Broad is LA’s newest contemporary art museum. Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have spent years collecting the works of various influential modern artists, and this 120,000-square-foot museum displays pieces by the likes of Takashi Murakami, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, and more. Designed by Diller Scofidio+Renfro in collaboration with Genfro, the outside of the gallery looks like an angular beehive and the interior is a cavernous hall with a kind of fairytale escalator that seems to fly straight through the ceiling. The entire museum, from the building to the galleries to the art itself, is one big show—and it’s being offered to the public free of charge.
Opening hours vary | The Broad, 221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles | (213) 232-6200 | Free (advance reservations encouraged) | website
September 21 | Food
Sopra at Sotto: Cucina Ebraica Tradizionale (Traditional Italian Jewish Cooking)
Sotto is rightly renowned for its Southern Italian cuisine. However, last year they began running Sopra at Sotto, a program of events dedicated to showcasing Italian food from elsewhere in the country. To honor Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, Sotto is presenting Cucina Ebraica Tradizionale (traditional Italian Jewish cooking), which will include the likes of chopped liver with egg, Swiss chard pie, wholewheat bigoli with anchovies and garlic, beef shank, and wood-fired sourdough. Wine pairings will also be available. Space is limited, so reserve a spot ASAP.
6–10 p.m. | 9575 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles | (310) 277-0210 | From $55 | website
Channel your inner writer and head north to Big Sur, the isolated stretch of spectacular coastline just south of Monterey that so moved such artists as Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson. Miles of towering redwoods and rugged cliffs, with the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east and the crashing waves of the Pacific to the west, Big Sur is nature both peaceful and raw at the same time. Bring a journal and hole up at the extraordinary Post Ranch Inn, where there are numerous room types to choose from, each inspired in a different way by the natural surroundings.
Post Ranch Inn, Highway 1, Big Sur | website
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Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.