Your Ultimate Guide To June: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles
One of the works created at the 2013 Monster Drawing Rally is David P. Earle's 'Untitled #1,' 2013, Collage in book. (Image: Armory Center for the Arts)
We found a number of notable happenings in June (with a few beginning this weekend), so we're ready to help you plan your social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details.
May 29-July 28
ART: For the first time, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead—a replica of the artist’s childhood home—leaves its permanent home at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit for a cross-country journey to Kelley’s Retrospective currently at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary. Throughout the month, Mobile Homestead will serve as a as a community gathering space for events, performances, concerts and discussions. View the schedule of events.
May 31-Sept. 28
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Annenberg Space for Photography presents the exhibition Country: Portraits of an American Sound with more than 100 prints featuring images of “pioneers, poets and icons” of country music. Subjects include Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Hank Williams and DJs and music executives, shot by photographers such as Elmer Williams, Les Leverett, Leigh Wiener, Henry Horenstein, Henry Diltz, Raeanne Rubenstein and others. Admission is free.
May 31-June 1
WINE: The 9th annual LAWineFest takes over Raleigh Studios this weekend. Check out vendors offering hundreds of wines, craft brews and spirits with L.A. food trucks, live bands and hand-crafted goods on-site, too. The admission includes unlimited drink tastings, water, coffee, cheese and bread. One-day tickets: $85/single; $150/couple; $25 designated driver (vIP Add-On: $40 Saturday/$25 Sunday).
TASTE: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Los Angeles returns to Media Park in Culver City on Sunday. 100 percent of the proceeds from the ticket sales supports No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in the U.S. Some of the city’s top chefs are participating, including Antonia Lofaso (Black Liquor Market, Scopa); Mary Sue Miliken + Susan Feniger (Border Grill Restaurants + Truck); Ray Garcia (FIG); CJ Jacobson (Girasol); Neal Fraser (ICDC), Josiah Citrin (Melisse) and Jessica Koslow (SQIRL). The food will be complemented by local bars, wineries and craft breweries including The Bruery, El Segundo Brewing Co., Blue Bottle Coffee and Intelligentsia. Admission 1-4 pm ($110) and 12:30-4 pm for VIP ($160).
ART: The Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena presents the Monster Drawing Rally on Sunday from 1-6 pm. The rally features about 100 artists, with 25 drawing at the same time in four, one-hour shifts. The public not only watches art getting created, but they have an opportunity to purchase the works for $75 each. Proceeds benefit Outpost @ Armory. Admission is $10 at the door.
BURGERS: The Oinkster’s fourth annual Burger Week returns to the Eagle Rock location next week with six new creations (and one returning fav, the Big Max), each served for one-day only. If you're stomach and cholesterol counts can handle eating all seven burgers during the week, you’ll get a Burgerlord t-shirt and bragging rights.
FIRST FRIDAYS: The Natural History Museum holds its First Fridays Season Finale with music on two outdoor stages, featuring music by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, De Lux, TOBACCO and Painted Palms. Things kick off at 5 pm (through 11 pm) with three tours on "Tracking and Trapping L.A.'s Insects" and then a discussion on “Urban Beekeeping in Los Angeles and Around the World.” Tickets: $20 for nonmembers; $8 for members.
June 6-8 and 13th
FILM: Dance Camera West: Dance Media Film Festival is a celebration of dance—in film, live performance and architectural art. More than 20 shorts, long-form films and documentaries will be screened in several venues including The Music Center, Grand Park, REDCAT, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Union Station. Tickets: $8-$12 per event. Festival pass: $80. All outdoor events are free.
CAMPING: Get ready to be scared sh!tless as the Great Horror Campout takes over the Old Zoo at Griffith Park. Rent a two-person tent for $223 per person or a 4-person tent for $159 per person from 8 pm to 8 am. Participants may get poked, handled, bound and subject to simulated torture by things that go bump in the night. This year’s buffet-style dinner, which is included in admission, is being catered by Mud Hen Tavern's Susan Feniger and Kajsa Alger. This event is strictly 21+.
PRIDE: WeHo gets its party on for LA Pride—one of the largest TLGB celebrations in the country. LA Pride's 2014 festival, parade and entertainment schedule features Jennifer Hudson, Mary Lambert, DJ Asha, The Bangles and many more. Things kick off on June 6 with Lavender Menace-A Celebration of Women from 6-11 pm. Admission is free on Friday. Tickets ($20-$35) are required for both Saturday (from noon to midnight and on Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm. This year's festival theme 'I Do' is a one-year-anniversary celebration of the striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.
Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Ed Harris, opens the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. (Image: RadiusTWC)
FILM: The Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF) is now in its 20th year giving film lovers the opportunity to see varied works from both the U.S. and internationally. LAFF includes 200 features, shorts and music videos, as well as other events, such as the Music in Film Nights at The GRAMMY Museum, Celebrating Women Filmmakers, Master Classes, the Spirit of Independence Award, Poolside Chats and more. Passes: $250-$2,500 and individual tickets run $11-$16.
THEATER: Now in its fifth year, the Hollywood Fringe Festival returns with more than 200 productions taking over theaters, parks, clubs and surprising venues by local, national and international arts companies and independent performers. Ticket prices vary by show.
MUSIC: The first Low End Theory Festival is at the Echo / Echoplex with a lineup that includes Invisbl Skratch Piklz, The Internet (OFWGKTA), Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, Baths, Teebs, Dntel, Ras G, Samiyam, Jonwayne, Dibia$e, Mono / Poly, House Shoes, Knxwledge, 6Blocc, Kraddy, Cypress Junkies, Matthewdavid, Thavius Beck, ELOS, Great Dane, Astronautica, Taurus Scott, Anderson Paak, Kamasi Washington and The Breathing Effect. 4 pm to 2 am on both days. Tickets: $25-$70. Advance tickets are sold out, but tickets may be available at the door.
MUSIC: Playboy Jazz Festival is once again at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 14 (3-11 pm) with musicians Dianne Reeves, Jamie Cullum, Arturo Sandoval, Allen Stone and others. On Sunday (3-10:30 pm), the lineup includes George Benson with special guest Earl Klugh; Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn and Eric Harland: Prism and Fantasia. Tickets: $20-$164+ fees.
MUSIC: The 21st Annual Brazilian Summer Festival celebrates both Father’s Day and the opening weekend of the World’s Cup (in Brazil!). The evening features soccer-themed costumes and live entertainment, including music from the Afro-Brazilian band BatukAxe and the band MÔFO performing traditional forro style music. The night also includes samba dancers, drummers and DJs. Bring a picnic. The festival runs from 5-11 pm and tickets are $25 general admission presale and $12 for children 12 and under.
June 15-Sept. 7
ART: Made in L.A. 2014 art exhibition opens on June 15 at The Hammer Museum, featuring a roster of 35 emerging or under-recognized artists (e.g., Judy Fiskin, Gabriel Kuri) based in the Los Angeles area. The biennale includes painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography and performances that the artists created specifically for the exhibition. Admission to the Hammer is free.
ART: Dwell on Design, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, is a three-day design expo at the L.A. Convention Center with exhibitions, 200 scheduled workshops, and more than 2,000 furnishings and products on view. Dwell on Design LA is America’s largest design event. Admission/Passes: $20-$425.
BIKING: The Pedal Powered Street Theater Ride is a theatrical community bicycle event sponsored by Metro with Bike Odyssey LA. The free ride takes off at 6 pm in Van Nuys with C.I.C.L.E. and Bike Odyssey LA leading a riders along a route in which they’ll be immersed in stories from Homer’s The Odyssey, reimagined for a modern Los Angeles. “Audiences will ride through Angeleno history transformed into Greek legends of craftiness and pride; replete with all the monsters, epic poetry, and sacrificial vegetables you could ask for. This ride will make several stops throughout the Balboa Lake area to engage with fragments of this epic tale.” Free.
FILM: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts presents the Do the Right Thing 25th Anniversary Screening on June 27 in LACMA’s Bing Theater. Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood on summer's hottest day serves as a backdrop for Lee’s third feature. Filmmaker John Singleton serves as moderator for a panel that includes writer-director Lee, costume designer Ruth E. Carter, casting director Robi Reed, production supervisor Preston Holmes and former Universal executive Tom Pollock. General admission: $5 ($3 for Academy members and students.)
CONFERENCE: Writing Workshops L.A. holds a literary conference at the Autry National Museum. Half of the day’s conference is dedicated to learning how to get published and the other half is dedicated to polishing craft and technique, from POV to character, plot, imager and more. Expected presenters include Daniel Gumbiner of McSweeney's; literary agents Erin Hosier and Bonnie Nadell; writers Joanna Rakoff, Claire Bidwell Smith and Adam Wilson; and author and critic David L. Ulin. Novelist Michelle Huneven (Jamesland, Blame) will be the keynote speaker. Tickets: $220.