Weekly Editor’s Picks: Lotus Festival, Summer Nights in the Garden, BØRNS


The 36th Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake takes inspiration from Korean culture. (Mary Ann Anderson/MCT)

Anthony Martinez

Friday 7/8

Summer Nights in the Garden @ Natural History Museum

Live music, coffee roasting and stargazing are just some of the activities planned for the first Summer Nights in the Garden of the year. Tours of the botanical gardens will be offered as well. RSVP here.

Free; RSVP required

5 p.m.

900 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday 7/9 – Sunday 7/10

36th Lotus Festival | Festival

This year’s celebration of the lotus flower at the Echo Park Lake takes on a Korean theme with Korean arts and crafts and a selection of Asian food.


Saturday 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

751 Echo Park Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Monday 7/11

Nu Metal Karaoke @ Complex

Putting an edgy spin on a typically pop-oriented musical activity, Glendale’s Complex bar hosts nu metal karaoke on Monday nights.


8 p.m.

806 E. Colorado St.

Glendale, CA 91205

Tuesday 7/12

“Matilda” @ Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Bing Theater) | Film

Author Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” a book about an elementary school girl’s struggles with her parents and being bullied by the school’s principal. Eventually, the title character, Matilda, realizes she possess telekinetic powers and uses them to solve the issues she has. Screened as part of LACMA’s ongoing Tuesday Matinees.


1 p.m.

5905 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Wednesday 7/13

Atlas Genius @ The Grove | Music

Australian rock band Atlas Genius joins L.A. pop band PHASES at The Grove as part of the shopping complex’s summer concert series.


7:30 p.m.

189 The Grove Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thursday 7/14

BØRNS @ Santa Monica Pier | Music

Get ready to feel a steam of dopamine as Michigan born musician BØRNS brings his dreamy and infectious pop songs to the Golden State as part of the Twilight Concerts series in Santa Monica.


7 p.m.

200 Santa Monica Pier Ste A

Santa Monica, CA 90401