Tue. Mar 21st, 2023

The forecast for Southern California as we head into Labor Day is calling for excessive heat through Sunday evening with dangerously hot conditions and temperatures reaching up to 112 degrees. That’s brutal but there are ways to escape the heat.

Here’s what to do if you’re looking to cool down, chill out or add some splash on what could be a record-setting week of scorching temps.

Clink Some Seriously Cold Ones

Who says you need to wait until October to enjoy the ice-cold brews of Oktoberfest? Not the folks at Golden Road Brewery in Atwater Village. This Thursday, September 1, there’s live music, Bavarian pretzels and frosty 12-ounce mugs filled with freshly tapped German-style Märzenbier created exclusively for the Thirsty Thursday event. The Hammerstein Musik Bavaria Band will perform from 6 – 9 p.m. Location: Golden Road Brewery, 5410 West San Fernando Road, Los Angeles CA 90039. Book a spot here.

You Can’t Spell Academy Museum Without A/C

The Academy Museum’s powerful “Regeneration” exhibition, running through September 29, looks at Black filmmaking from 1898 through the early 1970s. I toured the museum last week and was deeply moved by the rare collection of cinema posters highlighting “race films” with all-Black casts that were distributed almost exclusively to Black audiences throughout the segregated United States. The exhibit also spotlights work by innovators such as Melvin Van Peebles as well as groundbreaking clips from iconic screen legends Paul Robeson, Josephine Baker, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Lena Horne, and Sammy Davis Jr. Location: The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Head to the Roof

If the heat gets you down, head upstairs to one of Rooftop Cinema’s alfresco movie locations downtown in the Arts District or on South Olive Street, or in El Segundo. With deckchairs under the night sky, wireless headphones and plenty of booze, candy and popcorn, you can catch a breeze and maybe spot a shooting star. This week’s movies include Bridesmaids, The Wolf of Wall Street, Pulp Fiction and Scream. Check daily listings for each of the three locations. Rooftop Cinema is one of the liveliest nights out in the city this summer.


Rooftop Cinema Club at The Row, 5th floor of Building 1 at ROW DTLA, 777 S Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Rooftop Cinema Club DTLA, 4th floor at Level, 888 South Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo, 1310 E Franklin Ave, El Segundo, CA 90245

Yacht it Up

When temperatures creep up into the triple digits in L.A., you have to head to the water. The 8th annual Pier Pressure booze cruise makes it easy by sending you off on a three-hour excursion aboard a massive party boat with plenty of space to dance and mingle on the open-air deck. The yacht never leaves Marina del Rey Harbor but it’s still an adventure with three party decks, two DJs on two floors, and endless opportunities for oonz-oonz-oonz-backed good times. September 4. Registration begins at 3:45 p.m. Cruise from 5 to 8 p.m. Location: 13755 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey harbor, Marina Del Rey, CA, 90292

Ice, Ice, Baby

This has to be the coolest way to spend 12 minutes on a climate-change weekend like this. On the ice at the LA Kings Valley Ice Centre, you and your parka-wearing buds can race around a track on ice-karts built for skidding and sliding. There’s a an obstacle course to navigate and non-frozen games to play while you’re waiting. Riders must be age 14 or older. $65 a ride. Location: LA Kings Valley Ice Centre, 8750 Van Nuys Blvd, Panorama City, 91402

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