Outdoor entertainment into autumn, LA style

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Mild temperatures keep LA outdoor nightlife lively into fall

LA outdoor nightlife

Southern Californians don’t know how lucky they are. While East coasters are storing their patio furniture for the long winter, SoCal dwellers can enjoy shirtsleeves outdoors for months to come. Even at night, when temperatures drop to their lowest, a sweater or light coat is all one needs for a comfortable evening under the stars. So rejoice Angelenos, and enjoy the bounty of alfresco activities into autumn, such as these venues and events that define LA outdoors nightlife.


You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in LA who would not agree that the Hollywood Bowl is the most fabulous place to experience an outdoor concert. With a full summer series that trails into early fall, the Bowl hosts international musical headliners, such as this season’s lineup of artists including Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Pentatonix, Kool & the Gang and The Village People, Blondie and Garbage, movie soundtrack sing-alongs, and of course many of world-class symphonies like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and resident Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Over the years the 17,500-seat amphitheater has expanded to include a number of food venues inside the complex, along with 14 beautiful picnic areas so patrons can BYO-picnic, but in addition to its unique ambience, this iconic landmark continues to be most renowned among music lovers for its phenomenal acoustics, owing to the natural hillside setting in which it resides, where sometimes coyotes can be heard howling during lulls in the music. The bowl is the kind of place that makes you glad you live in LA, and it’s worth every moment of waiting to get out of the stacked parking.


Screen time

Well into fall weekends, Cinespia, the original and the largest outdoor movie event, hosts movie nights on the lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Drawing crowds of thousands, this remains one of the coolest events in LA, with guest DJs spinning tunes and throngs spreading out across the vast grassy grounds in font of Rudolph Valentino’s mausoleum, with their low-back chairs, gourmet picnic dinners and flameless candles. Film aficionados talk along with and cheer their favorite lines from modern classics like Superbad and The Princess Bride and horror flicks that seem apropos among the headstones, like Night of the Living Dead.  Get there early to stake your space with a blanket, or pay a bit more for early access and VIP reserved seating.

Another excellent outdoor movie event is Showtime’s Eat See Hear, held at unique settings around LA, including Autry Museum in Griffith Park, La Cienega Park in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles State historic Park, Rose Bowl Stadium, ROW Downtown LA, and the Santa Monica pier. This movie event boasts the largest outdoor screen in the West has a big focus on food trucks, and the Showtime sponsorship and dog friendly nature of the events distinguish it from others around town. With the variety of venues, it feels like a different event each time you go. For a slightly increased ticket price, patrons can get “Fashionably Late” seeming in the most desirable front-and-center section.

Endless summer

While the list of outdoor evening events in LA is nearly as long as the line at Pink’s on a Saturday night, other don’t-miss venues and attractions that are open into October or later, including The Greek Theatre at Griffith Park, The John Anson Ford Theatre in the Cahuenga Pass, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which hosts Jazz at LACMA through November.


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Beloved by Walt Disney, Tam O’ Shanter is still serving up legendary prime rib, 95 years later


Known for its prime rib and Scottish style, LA’s oldest running restaurant hosts Hollywood history you can feast on

Tam O’ Shanter is most famous for being the oldest running restaurant in Los Angeles, and if you know anything about the fickle LA culinary crowd, you know this is a notable achievement.

Besides its historic longevity, this legendary Scottish-pub-inspired eatery is renowned as a celebrated venue for special family gatherings, anniversaries, office parties and other events, accommodating its clientele within the rooms of its storybook-house walls, with a variety of dining spaces that offer either a subdued or festive atmosphere or something in between, for anything from a romantic dinner for two to a boisterous office party for 20.

Patrons in-the-know often request to sit at the Tam’s busiest booth, table #31, where Walt Disney frequently sat with his team of a imagineers and doodled his ideas on the table, where his sketches have been preserved. It is said that Disney’s visits to the thatched-roof burnished wood Tudor-style facade, which houses a labyrinth of banquet rooms and tucked-away private booths, inspired some of the buildings and rides at Disneyland and Disney world.

As far as the restaurant’s Scottish pub fare menu, the prime rib has a reputation as one of the best around Los Angeles, owing to the aging process, whereby the meats are hung to dry for weeks and kept at a precise temperature to achieve ideal curing, which accounts for the mouth-watering tenderness and flavor of the cut. Besides the steaks and chops, the Tam is a favorite for its signature dishes like the Toad in the Hole, Yorkshire Pudding, English Triffle dessert, and of course, their artfully distilled and aged single-malt scotch drinks.


Because the restaurant is owned by Lawry’s, founded in 1922 by the owners of the esteemed restaurant group, diners may expect a certain quality and ambiance, which the Tam delivers, but with distinction.  Tam O’ Shanter’s is as independent as its famed namesake. And in case you were wondering about that, name comes from a fabled Scottish soldier, the eponymous plaid wool-bonnet wearing hero of a poem written in 1790 by Scottish lyricist Robert Burns. In honor of its historical inspiration, the servers at the Tam wear plaid kilts and knee socks, and as a salute to the finest drink of the land, the restaurant features a Wall of Scotch, with more than 102 single malts and blends from distilleries around the world. 

The Tam remains one of the few institutions in Hollywood that has lasted through the city’s many restaurant fads and fancies, and by Hollywood standards it is a legendary superstar on the restaurant scene, where it has continued to age gracefully for the past eight decades, bringing many generations of families together to celebrate reunions and anniversaries, and it has been the backdrop for many gatherings of celebrities and famous love affairs, where gentlemen have proposed on one knee, couples have raised a glass to toast to anniversaries of their lasting love, and families have come together for reunions and milestone celebrations.

After all, if you are going to choose a place to visit each year to commemorate a special occasion, you might as well choose a place that has been there forever and will likely stand until its walls fall down.

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Pop-Up Magazine Embarks on All-New National Tour

Pop-Up Magazine Contributor Jamie Meltzer

The critically-acclaimed live magazine’s Spring Issue travels to San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles

Heralded as “A sensation” by the New York Times, “Something special,” by PBS Newshour, and “A hit” by Forbes.
“Do not miss,” says the Los Angeles Times.
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Following a string of sold-out shows across the country earlier this year, Pop-Up Magazine, the critically-acclaimed evening of live journalism, embarks on a national tour to San Franicsco, Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. With performances by award-winning writers, documentary filmmakers, radio producers and artists, Pop-Up Magazine features true, multimedia stories created especially for the stage and a live audience.

“Imagine your favorite magazine came to life,” lauds the Boston Globe. Each contributor presents a vivid, multimedia story about the world around us, accompanied by illustrations, animations, photography, sound, film, and an original score, performed onstage by musical collaborators Magik*Magik Orchestra. Story topics range from politics, food, art, sports, design, business, science, and more. The night ends gathered around the bar, with the performers and audience mingling together. Nothing goes online after the show — you have to be there to experience it.

Contributors for the Spring Issue tour are as follows:

· Jon Ronson, New York Times bestselling author, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare At Goats — SF, LA
· Gillian Laub, Award-winning photographer & filmmaker, Southern Rites — SF, DC, NY, LA
· Yassir Lester, Actor, Girls, Making History, writer, comedian — SF, DC, NY, LA
· Tabitha Soren, Artist and photographer — SF
· Daniel Alarcón, Novelist, At Night We Walk In Circles, host, Radio Ambulante — NY
· Alexandra Petri, Columnist, The Washington Post — DC
· Fazeelat Aslam, Award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer, correspondent, VICE — SF, CHI, DC, NY, LA
· Carlos Javier Ortiz, Award-winning director, cinematographer, photographer, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow — SF, CHI, DC, NY, LA
· Samin Nosrat, Chef, author, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat — DC
· Karen Duffin, Producer, This American Life — SF, CHI, DC, NY
· Brittany Spanos, Staff writer, Rolling Stone — SF, CHI, DC, NY, LA
· Mary Melton, Editor and writer, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times Magazine, L.A. Weekly — NY, LA
· Lu Olkowski, Radio producer, Radiolab, This American Life, CBC’s Love Me — SF, CHI, DC, NY, LA
· Dan Engber, Writer, Slate, Wired — DC, NY
· Sandra Allen, Writer, BuzzFeed News, Paris Review Daily — SF, CHI, DC, NY, LA
· Robin Amer, Deputy Editor, Chicago Reader — CHI
· Talia Herman, Photographer, The California Sunday Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fader — DC
· Zara Katz, Photo editor and video producer, The Economic Hardship Reporting Project — CHI
· Rachel Monroe, Writer, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, The New Republic — SF, CHI, LA

Cities, venues, show dates and times, local on-sale times,

and ticket price are as follows:


San Francisco, CA – Curran

Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 7:30 PM

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Ticket prices: $35 – $55


Chicago, IL – Harris Theater

Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 7:30 PM

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Ticket price: $25


Washington, D.C. – Lincoln Theatre

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 7:30 PM

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Ticket price: $30


New York, NY – The Town Hall

Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7:30 PM

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Ticket prices: $35 – $55


Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at 8:00 PM

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Ticket price: $32

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