What’s Happening This Week: August 31, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

Just you and the LA Phil

No audience. No picnics. No swelling applause. Yet the orchestra’s streaming Sound/Stage series is far more than a performance capture in an empty Bowl. It’s an exploration of what a virtual concert experience can be. Take your seat.

61 self-guided tours of LA

Legendary Los Angeles tour experts like the Explorers Club, the LA Conservancy, the Museum of Neon Art and more are creating awesome self-guided walking tours – from city to residential. Download the free guides and go!

Boba to British, LA’s best tea shops

From cutting edge designer brews and build-it-yourself bobas to regal afternoon teas with sandwiches and scones, there’s no end to the tea experiences you can find. Where to start? Here are some lovely ideas.

Hikes that end in secret oases

There’s nothing like a trek you know is leading someplace special. Right here in the city, there are trails that lead to hidden waterfalls, serene lakes and stunning views. And now you know where to find them.

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San Francisco Bay Area

Read a book

Against all odds, independent bookstores have not only managed to survive in the Bay Area, but in many cases thrived. From Green Apple in San Francisco and Moe’s in Berkeley to Copperfield’s in the North Bay to Kepler’s in the South Bay, here are some of the region’s most beloved oases for offline reading.  

Wildfires: how to help

Given everything else that’s been happening in the world, an early start to wildfire season is about the last thing northern California needed. If you are lucky enough not to be impacted directly by the blazes, here are a few ways you can help those who are by donating time, money, food, clothing, and more. 

Bringing the comfort back to caffeine  

When did coffee become so serious? Bianka Alloyn Brunson and Sabreen Naimah Wilkes very much cut against the grain at their West Oakland–based roaster. The African American female co-owners of Cute Coffee set out to make everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage not only sustainable and high quality, but also warm and fun.  

Pressure release

Deep breath, everyone. Between the pandemic, school closures, working from home, and the wildfires, life in the Bay Area is undeniably stressful these days. Here are seven tips for simple ways to de-stress and improve your mental health. 

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