Unless you live on the dark side of the moon, you probably know that most of the country is being treated to a rare solar eclipse on Monday morning. While Angelenos don't get to witness the total eclipse this time around, the 60-70% blockage of the sun we're getting is still a significant event. Public viewings of the partial solar eclipse include gatherings with experts on hand to explain and answer questions at Griffith Observatory, Caltech's Beckman Institute and Lawn, California Science Center, and the Glendale Community College Planetarium. Kidspace Museum in Pasadena is doing a joint event with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as well. Some locations have a limited supply of protective eyewear on hand, but do bring your own if you can, as it is never okay to look at the sun without the proper eye protection.
Of course, there is plenty to do after the eclipse is over as well. The rest of the week still holds free outdoor movies, and theater, and concerts. It is still summer, after all.
Here are some of our favorite picks for the week; be sure to visit our Event Calendar for more.