The Best Special Events in Los Angeles | August 2021

As summer winds down – or is it only just heating up? – there are plenty of special events happening in Los Angeles this August to keep you busy and cool, both indoors and out. Take a look below at some of my selections for the best summer events this August 2021.

Saturday, Aug. 7 – Saturday, Sept. 4; 7 p.m.

2021 Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival: The Tempest
4801 Griffith Park Dr., Griffith Park
Melissa Chalsma directs the Bard’s tale about Prospero and daughter Miranda, who have been trapped on an island in dangerous seas. Fate brings a long-awaited ship to their shores — with magic, treachery and a miraculous reconciliation. This year’s performances are by reservation only. Walk-up attendees may not be accommodated.

Fridays, Aug. 6 – Oct. 20; 6 p.m.

Jazz at LACMA Limited Edition
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum’s popular live performances return in person in a limited-capacity format. Artists this season include Billy Childs, Rumproller Organ Trio, and Phil Ranelin and Friends. Advance online tickets and health screening required for all attendees. The park areas previously used for picnicking are closed for the events, but distanced seating will be provided. Only ticketed attendees can attend. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Sunday, Aug. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 7

Acting Out: Cabinet Cards and the Making of Modern Photography, 1870–1900
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The museum’s latest exhibition offers an in-depth examination of the cabinet card phenomenon in the United States. About the size of a modern-day smartphone screen, these cards advanced the golden age of photographic portraiture in the second half of the 19th Century. They focused on entertainment, everyday moments and props rather than the stillness that dominated early photography. Advance, time-entry tickets required.

Monday, Aug. 9 – Monday, Aug. 16

Leos Carax: An American Cinematheque Retrospective
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica
To celebrate the release of the French filmmaker’s first English language film, Annette (which won big at the Cannes Film Festival), the American Cinematheque presents a members-only screening of Annette with the filmmaker in attendance. The retrospective also includes Pola X, Boy Meets Girl and The Lovers On The Bridge.

Tuesday through Saturdays through Sept. 3

My Sweet Doppelgänger
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Avenue, B-5A, Santa Monica
The group show features the work of two dozen artists who play with the concept of the doppelgänger. The works introduce a “body double” for each artist, often with a more benevolent and friendlier face. The gallery is currently open by appointment only.

Thursday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 15

The Chandelier
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
The L.A.-based Heidi Duckler Dance presents the world premiere of a site-specific dance work. Choreographed and directed by Duckler, the piece is based on the novel The Chandelier by Brazilian author Clarice Lispector. The dance creates a moving portrait of a family living amid the ruins of a colonial society.

Thursday, Aug. 12 – Sunday, Aug. 29

Hollywood Fringe Festival
Various locations / Online
Hundreds of performances and events will take place in venues throughout L.A. as well as online. Shows include The Wake of Dick Johnson, a one-man black comedy; Welcome to the Vantage Point, an improvised, family-friendly comedy show inspired by three American playwrights; Matriarch, an outdoor theatre experience about the roles women play in society. For all in-person performances, masks are required and you will need to present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (within 72 hours).

Thursday, Aug. 12; 7 p.m.

Reel to Reel: My Name is Lopez
Grammy Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
The Clive Davis Theater reopens for a few in-person programs this month, beginning with a film screening, panel discussion and tribute performance honoring Trini Lopez. The Dallas-born musician mixed musical genres, including folk, Latin and rockabilly. Two of his big hits were covers of Peter, Paul and Mary tunes: “If I Had a Hammer” and “Lemon Tree.”

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