26 Fabulous Events In Southern California This Weekend


Here's Looking at You's street taco bar Tacos Drama is open this Friday and Saturday night. (Courtesy of Here's Looking at You)

Here's Looking at You has a new taco pop-up. Catch a street art and mural fest in Long Beach before it closes. Dance to jazz along Central Avenue. Take a bike tour of film locations around South Pasadena. Watch horror flicks with Fangoria, queer classics at Outfest L.A. or Boogie Nights with KPCC's Larry Mantle.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 - SATURDAY, JULY 27; 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Tacos Drama
Here's Looking At You (Adjacent) — 3901 W. 6th St., Koreatown
On weekend nights, HLAY chef Jonathan Whitener and owner Lien Ta have started setting up an outdoor taco stand run by fellow Animal alum James Martinez (aka "Drama"). The stand serves three tacos on freshly pressed yellow corn tortillas: goat birria, beef cheek barbacoa and campechano (ribeye, longaniza, queso oaxaqueña andchicharron).
COST: varies; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 26 - SUNDAY, JULY 28
Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Rainbow Lagoon — Shoreline Village Dr. and Linden Ave., Santa Monica
The festival's New Orleans-inspired food court offers Cajun and bayou cuisine such as frog legs, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, bread pudding, chicory coffee, beignets and, of course, crawfish. (Other cuisines will also be available.) Get ready to dance to zydeco, join a second line parade and party New Orleans-style.
COST: $5 (adult general admission), free for kids 12 and younger; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 26; 7:30 p.m.
Superman/Supergirl
Egyptian Theatre — 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
American Cinematheque's "super" double feature starts with Richard Donner's 1978 film starring the late Christopher Reeve. It's followed by Supergirl (1984), starring Helen Slater as Superman's cousin, who comes to Earth to retrieve a power source from evil witch Faye Dunaway. Slater does an intro/Q&A between the two films. Both will be screened in 35mm.
COST: $8 - $12; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 26; 12 - 2 p.m.
The Ideal X
Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) — 2701 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 100, Westlake
HOLA holds a free event around the premiere of a collaborative public art piece created by students in collaboration with Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas. The project is named after the SS Ideal X​, the first successful container ship from 1956, and aims to "re-animate and imagine the traces, memories and stories" of the 46 modified shipping containers that make up the organization's new Arts & Recreation Center. The complex is set to open in late fall.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO


Jason Keam's mural at 4321 Atlantic Ave. during last year's Pow! Wow! Long Beach! mural festival. (Courtesy of Pow! Wow! Long Beach!)

Through SUNDAY JULY 28
Pow! Wow! Long Beach!
downtown Long Beach
The weeklong celebration of street art and murals in public spaces comes to a close this weekend. Find murals throughout the city, from South St. to Ocean Blvd., creating a walkable, bikeable public art experience. Explore the art on your own or come for an event like KCRW's Summer Nights closing dance party on Saturday night with DJs Anthony Valadez and Mathieu Schreyer.
COST: $12 admission; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 26; 8 p.m.
Memory Presents: FWD Short Films
The Underground Museum — 3508 W. Washington Blvd., West Adams
The museum's Purple Garden Cinema screens a program of short films from emerging and established creators working at the intersection of narrative, experimental and fine art cinema. Artists include Alex Tyson, Jessica Klingdon, Penny Lane and Vincent Haycock.
Cost: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27 - SUNDAY, JULY 28; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
24th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Central Avenue — between Vernon Ave. and King Blvd., Historic South-Central
The Central Ave. Jazz Fest festival presents live acts on three stages and at the historic Dunbar Hotel. The lineup features Cassandra Wilson, the Baylor Project, the Brandon Coleman Experience, Alaje USC All-Stars and the LAUSD Beyond the Bell All District Jazz Band. In addition to food and craft vendors, four pavilions will showcase community organizations and businesses.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Santa Ana 150th Birthday Street Breakfast
4th Street / Calle Cuatro — 201 E. 4th St., Santa Ana
Celebrate the city's 150th birthday with a community-building breakfast tradition that dates back to 1928. The tickets include chilaquiles, pancakes or vegan migas and a beverage. After eating, shop from the arts and craft vendors, watch historic reenactments, listen to live music, dance or play lotería games.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tongues Untied
American Film Institute — 2021 N. Western Ave., Hollywood Hills
Outfest L.A. continues with a 30th anniversary screening of Marlon Riggs' experimental essay-documentary. Tongues Untied examines the gay black experience in the age of AIDS "underscored by the searing, rhythmic intonations of poet Essex Hemphill." Vivian Kleiman, one of the filmmaker's longtime collaborators, will attend the screening.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27 - SUNDAY, JULY 28; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Bacchus Uncorked: Wine and the Senses
The Getty Villa — 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades
The owner of the Villa dei Papiri in Herculaneum, which served as an ancient model for the Malibu museum, collected the works of Epicurean philosopher Philodemus. Epicureans believed in savoring life's pleasures in the moment. In that spirit, philosopher Barry Smith leads a talk and wine tasting that bridges ancient philosophy and modern neuroscience. The first event on Saturday is sold out but tickets are still available for the Sunday talk and tasting. This event is 21+ and includes wine and appetizers.
COST: $75; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 7 - 10 p.m.
Boogie Nights
The Theatre at Ace Hotel — 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
KPCC In Person presents a screening of the 1997 Paul Thomas Anderson film that captured the style and music of the '70s aka the golden age of porn. FilmWeek's Larry Mantle, who curates the series, also moderate a post-screening conversation with special guests. This film is rated R and those under 17 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
COST: $14 - $16; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 12 p.m.
PackCon 4
The Pack Theater — 6470 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
The fourth annual, single-day comedy fest showcases stand-up, sketch, improv and variety shows running back-to-back until around midnight. Featured shows include the "Brian James O'Connell All-Star Teacher Improv Jam" at 6 p.m. as well as two of the Pack's longest running shows "All-Star Bio-Dome and Chopping Block Comedy" at 7 p.m. and "Miles Stroth Celebrity All-Star Improv Set" improv spectacular at 9 p.m.
COST: Most shows are donation-based; $5 - $10 for featured shows; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 6:30 p.m.
Camp Fangoria
The Montalbán Theatre — 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood
Cinelounge and the horror film fan magazine Fangoria throw an almost-all-night horror screening: three movies and a podcast taping on the rooftop of the historic theater. Films include Evil Dead 2, The Burning and Sleepaway Camp. The evening opens with a live mini-episode of the popular podcast Post Mortem with filmmaker and writer Mick Garris and producer Joe Russo. Expect surprise guests, DJ sets and horror trivia. If you want more horror, Alone presents Simulacrum, a "site-specific, fully immersive, existential experience" inside the theater for an extra fee.
COST: $35 - $50 (for Camp Fangoria), $10 - $20 (for Simulacrum); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27 - SUNDAY, JULY 28; 7 - 10 p.m.
AltaMed Food & Wine Events
L.A. Live — 800 Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.
Mission San Juan Capistrano — 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano
The community health network celebrates the Latino food scene as well as Latino-owned vineyards with two back-to-back events in L.A. and the OC. The 14th Annual East LA Meets Napa Food and Wine Festival celebrates Argentina, focusing on eclectic wines from Napa to South America as well as foods from various L.A. restaurants. The OC Meets Napa event takes place on Saturday with the theme, "Savor, Celebrate, Support AltaMed," featuring more than 50 Orange County and San Diego restaurants along with wines from California and Mexico. All proceeds from both events benefit AltaMed's healthcare efforts in diverse communities.
COST: $150 - $300; MORE INFO


The Frogtown Comedy Show is at the Spoke Bicycle Cafe every second and fourth Friday of the month.

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 8 p.m.
Frogtown Show
Spoke Bicycle Cafe 3050 N. Coolidge Ave., Elysian Valley
The comedy show takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and this weekend's edition includes standup from Brooks Wheelan, Sara Schaefer, Laura Prangley, Howard Kremer and Chris Thayer. Get to the show early because the cafe is also celebrating its four-year anniversary on the LA River Bike Path, so they've added a kids' play area, more rental bikes and a bike taxi, among other amenities.
COST: FREE (comedy show); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27 - SUNDAY, JULY 28
Pancit Party!
Spoon & Pork — 3131 W Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake
After the success of their food truck, chef-owners Ray Yaptinchay and Jay Tugas are opening their first restaurant — a "modern casual" Filipino concept — this weekend. They're hosting a grand opening party with complimentary pancit (a stir-fry noodle dish) with the purchase of any dish. The party also features music and giveaways throughout the day.
COST: Varies; MORE INFO


Chef Ludo Lefebvre creates a sandwich menu for a pop-up deli/butcher shop on Fairfax that heralds the release of Amazon's new series 'The Boys.' (Courtesy of The Butcher Shop)

SATURDAY, JULY 27 - SUNDAY, JULY 28; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The Boys Butcher Shop
The Butcher Shop — 457 N. Fairfax Ave., Beverly Grove
The two-day immersive theatrical and culinary experience helps launch the upcoming Amazon series The Boys (out Friday, July 26), with chef Ludo Lefebvre crafting the menu. The show is based on The New York Times-bestselling comic that skewers superheroes who abuse their powers. As an extension of the show's central character, Billy Butcher, the delicatessen will be decked out with gritty and dangerous props and decor. Watch previews and trailers while eating gourmet sandwiches created by Lefebvre.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Urban Foodie Experience LA
Carson Civic Center — 801 E. Carson St., Carson
This summer food festival brings together more than 40 of the "dopest melanated chefs & entrepreneurs." ⁣Food vendors include A Beautiful Jamaican Life Cafe, Creole City, Sugah Rush Bar and The Kobbler King. In between the bites, shop wares from local makers and sellers.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 6 p.m.
GondoLOLS
Gondola Getaway — 5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Do comedy and boating mix? Find out on a gondola tour through the canals of Long Beach as comics perform on or around the boats. The night features comics Eliza Skinner, Simon Gibson, Daniel Rugg Webb, Toyota Lopez and gondolier, poet and publisher Derrick C. Brown.
COST: $45; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 8:30 p.m.
Sid & Judy
Ford Theaters — 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
This biopic by Stephen Kijak focuses on Judy Garland's post-MGM life after years under contract to the studio. When she met producer Sid Luft, who become her third husband, he steered her to the remake of A Star Is Born, a live London Palladium show and her legendary CBS variety show. Offstage, their relationship was as rocky as Garland's career. This screening is part of Outfest's Under the Stars series.
COST: $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 27; 8 p.m.
80's Weekend #8
Microsoft Theater — 777 Chick Hearn Ct., downtown L.A.
Longtime radio personality Richard Blade (naturally) hosts this concert of '80s artists: Andy Bell of Erasure, The Alarm, General Public/English Beat, Modern English, The Motels, Naked Eyes, Vanilla Ice, Young MC and Tone Loc are all on the bill.
COST: Tickets start at $44; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 28; 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Ella Fitzgerald Tribute Concert
Galleria Chapel, Inglewood Park Cemetery — 720 E. Florence Ave., Inglewood
The jazz series, curated by Grammy-nominated singer Barbara Morrison, honors some of the genre's greatest vocalists. This month, the tribute to Ella Fitzgerald includes singers Monica "Mimi" Doby (of Brownstone fame), Janis Mann and Patricia Sligh. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is free.
COST: FREE admission; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 28; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Peruvian Fest Los Angeles 2019
Plaza de la Raza — 3540 N. Mission Rd., Lincoln Heights
Celebrate Peruvian Independence Day at a lively cultural festival. Taste a variety of Peruvian dishes and traditional drinks or experience different styles of Peruvian music and dance. Live performances begin at noon with DulceSon (Cumbia). This event is 21+.
COST: $25 - $70; MORE INFO


L.A. Explorers Club Bicycle Tour leads riders on a 14-mile ride through '80s movie locations around Pasadena and South Pasadena. (Courtesy of LA Explorers Club)

SUNDAY, JULY 28; 5 - 6:30 p.m.
80's Movie Locations Bicycle Tour
The Cub House Bicycle Shop — 2510 Mission St., San Marino
The Los Angeles Explorers Club hosts a 14-mile bicycle tour of the San Gabriel Valley, visiting 1980s movie locations in Pasadena and South Pasadena. Check out backdrops and locations from Back to the Future, Teen Wolf and Halloween. For the safety of all, participants must be comfortable riding with traffic, pedaling up hills and riding long distances. '80s attire is encouraged because there's a costume contest at the after-party at The Cub House Bicycle shop.
COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Musician Alice Bag speaks onstage at 'A conversation with Alice Bag - Red Bull Music Academy Festival' on October 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

SUNDAY, JULY 28; 6 - 10 p.m.
Loteria!
Cafe Nela — 1906 Cypress Ave., Glassell Park.
To raise money for Parkinson's research, the performance space came up with a unique idea: Take the names of 25 veteran and newbie musicians, throw them in a hat and assign them randomly, into one of five bands that will perform for one night. The lineup features Alice Bag, Gitane Demone and Peter Lewis, all playing in outfits that no one has seen before. All proceeds go to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, to help find a cure for Parkinson's. This show was inspired by the recent passing of local musician Richard M. Derrick, who suffered from Parkinson's for the last decade of his life.
COST: $10; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 28; 8 p.m.
The Pieces That Fall to Earth
LA Dance Project — 2245 E. Washington Blvd, downtown L.A.
Classical music ensemble Wild Up holds a release show for its new album of compositions by Christopher Cerrone. He's best known for his site-specific opera Invisible Cities, staged by The Industry in L.A.'s Union Station. Program highlights include WildUp's Jodie Landau singing The Naomi Songs and Erin McKibben playing Cerrone's immersive, 20-minute Liminal Highway for solo flute + electronics.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO


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