This week in Los Angeles, take a spa day to wind down after a seriously trying election season. Then snag tickets to catch Creature at the Broad, and stop at the new Chaya Venice, which has been redone to resemble a Japanese izakaya. Later this week, catch Suzanne Vega in concert, or drive in to a special screening of E.T.

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October 6 | Reopening: Restaurant
Chaya Venice
Chaya has been a mainstay of Venice Beach for years, but it recently underwent a quick, two-week revamp that’s turned the space into a modern izakaya, the Japanese version of a gastropub. Chaya Venice’s interpretation is sexy and fun with a chill vibe. There are plenty of places to sit and grab a cocktail or try fine food from executive chef Yuichi Natori. Don’t miss the duck sliders and spicy tuna tartare. To accompany, try a Shiso Mojito (Mogun Shochu, lime, and pomegranate) or a Chado (Suntory Harmony Whiskey, matcha, honey, and bee pollen).
Chaya Venice, 110 Navy St., Venice | website

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November 5 - March 19 | Art exhibit
Creature
The Broad’s first-floor galleries are currently filled with creations of creatures in various mediums and artistic interpretations for its new exhibit, Creature. The carefully curated collection includes a sculpture interpretation of the goddess Venus that includes a living plant by artist Jeff Koons, a larger-than-life anime figure by Takashi Murikami, and two works by Jean-Michel Basquiat that delve into the struggle between identity and social criticism. This is a free exhibit, but you’ll need to register for tickets in advance here. While you’re there, stop inside Kusama’s Infinity Room and definitely make sure to check out the museum’s permanent collection upstairs.
Broad Museum, 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles | Free | website

November 7 - 11 | Escape the city
Election Exhale Week
This election season is finally over, but that doesn’t mean our tension from the past two years has passed. Indeed, many of us may have a case of “election syndrome”—tight shoulders, locked jaws, and a feeling of complete unbalance in our day-to-day lives. Thankfully, Monarch Beach Resort’s Miraval Life in Balance Spa (a mere one-hour drive from L.A.) is offering the perfect release. We’re talking free group yoga, meditation, and fitness classes for resort guests and locals during election week. They’re calling it “Election Exhale Week,” and it’s a time to take a break, stare at the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and bring your chi back where it belongs. So go ahead, take a personal day.
1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA | Free | website

Creature

November 11 | Music
Suzanne Vega
While other musicians may shout to be heard, Suzanne Vega manages to be passionate and powerful in whispered songs. Originally from Santa Monica, Vega spent time honing her craft in New York and Spanish Harlem, where she sang with artists from a variety of cultures and musical styles, including Motown, bossa nova, jazz, and folk. Now, her personal song style is unique, eclectic, and inspiring.
8:00 PM | The Regent Theatre, 448 S. Main St., Los Angeles | From $22.50 | website

November 12 | Film
E.T. Special Screening
If, like us, you’ve been binge-watching Netflix’s Stranger Things (and subsequently longing for the ’80s), then have a throwback movie night this weekend at a drive-in theater. Electric Dusk Drive-In is hosting a screening of the classic film E.T. on its old-school projector screen in Glendale. Snacks will be available for purchase, so all you need to bring is your friend, your car, and your ’80s-era good vibes.
6:30 PM | Electric Dusk Drive-In, 2930 Fletcher Dr., Glendale | From $10 | website

Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.

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