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21 Of The Best Things To Do This Weekend In Southern California

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The LA Zoo kicks off its "Roaring Nights" series this week. You may or may not see some adorable meerkats while there. Free music nights abound this weekend, from Fishbone at Levitt Pavilion to Chinatown Summer Nights and Friday Flights at the Getty. If you prefer all-you-can-eat and drink events, grab your comfy clothes and head out for crawfish and Cajun food, Baja-style tacos and a beer fest in a cemetery.

No)one. Art House premieres the dance work "Sky Echo" at the Getty. (Photo via Facebook)

FRIDAY, JUNE 29; 6 - 9 p.m.

Friday Flights The Getty Center -- 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
The museum's experimental music and performance series asks artists to respond to its art and architecture. Kicking off the 2018 season are Montreal-based singer Devon Welsh; experimental electronic musician Sarah Davachi, who creates sonic experiences in Robert Irwin's Central Garden; and the No)one. Art House dance company will premiere a new site-specific piece at the fountains.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29; 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Happy Hour Summer Refresh: Muffulettas
Michael's Santa Monica -- 1147 3rd St., Santa Monica
The venerated Santa Monica restaurant mixes up its happy hour menu but here's what we really want: Chef Miles Thompson has created a limited-quantity muffuletta sandwich. There are only 10 per night, available at the bar. First come, first served. The sandwich includes Peads and Barnetts Pork cured meats, mortadella, olive salad, provolone and Swiss on house-made focaccia.
COST: Prices vary; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 29; 8 p.m.; SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 2:30 and 8 p.m.
MST3K's "TV's Frank" Conniff & Trace Beaulieu
The Frida Cinema -- 305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa Ana
The Mads screen some of the worst films ever made and comically riff over them in front of a live audience. For these shows, they've chosen a different feature and short to critique, all of which will be a surprise. The guys do a Q&A after each screening.

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The LA Zoo kicks off its "Roaring Nights" series this week. You may or may not see some adorable meerkats while there. (Photo by Jamie Pham)

FRIDAY, JUNE 29; 6 p.m
Roaring Nights at the Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo -- 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park
Party with the animals (until they head to bed at 8 p.m.) then spend the rest of the night dancing to '80s music in three locations, eating from a dozen food trucks and viewing art installations. The lineup includes DJ Richard Blade, the Flashback Heart Attack cover band, the Dodgers' DJ Severe and an immersive Silent Disco. Food and beverages are not included in the ticket price. This party is strictly 21+.
COST: $16 - $21; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 29; 7 - 10 p.m.
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles -- W. 6th St. & S. Park View St., Westlake
The homegrown L.A. band is still rocking more than three decades after its founding. Angelo Moore and company bring the ska, punk rock, funk for a party at ground zero.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29; 7:30 - 10 p.m.
Summer Solstice Topanga Women's Full Moon Celebration
Corazón Performing Arts -- 125 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga
The event offers a space for women to gather under the full moon to "ground into our bodies and hearts, sync up with nature's rhythms, share, receive, nurture, and bask in the beauty, healing and magic of the moon." The evening includes sacred music, dance, a sharing circle and flower ceremony. Stay afterward to sip tea, nibble on chocolate and chat.

Stories of the River / Historias del Rio
The Autry Museum -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Written by Cesar I. Ortega, directed by Moses Norton and mounted by the theater group Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras, the play follows 10-year-old Isabella's journey to the U.S. from Mexico. Years later, the adult Isabella considers her childhood. Although written years ago, the production still resonates today. Presented outdoors. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or low-slung chairs.

The beer, art and music festival takes place in a Long Beach cemetery. (Courtesy of Atlas Obscura)

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 12 - 5 p.m.
Festival Obscura
Sunnyside Cemetery -- 1095 East Willow St., Long Beach
The day-long event is a fundraiser to save the second-oldest cemetery in Long Beach, which opened in 1906. Because there's little space left for future funerals, the cemetery survives through endowments from people who were interred there. Unfortunately, the upkeep surpasses income. The festival hope to raise awareness of the site's history, while offering attendees unlimited tastings from more than 45+ indie craft breweries, cideries and cult wineries. (Food sold separately.). Macabre artists, musicians, local historians, authors and morticians will be onhand throughout the day.
COST: $25 - $65; MORE INFO

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 12 - 6 p.m.
Harold & Belle's 10th Annual Block Party Crawfish Boil
Harold & Belle's -- 2920 W. Jefferson Blvd, Jefferson Park
This is a block party for the ages. Sure, there's live music and family-friendly activities, but let's get real. We're in it for the food: AYCE crawfish, jambalaya, catfish nuggets and beignets. Two bars will make boozy Hurricanes for purchase (for those 21+).
COST: $45 at the door (online tickets sold out); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 4 - 9 p.m.
Baja Market L.A.
The Backlot at Chicas Tacos -- 728 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
This festival celebrates the culinary offerings of Valle De Guadalupe in Baja, a region known for its wines. Eat unlimited tacos from guest chefs including Javier Plascencia, Guillermo "Oso" Campos Moreno, Eduardo Ruiz and Natalie Curie. If you're 21+, you can sample beverages from more 35 wineries, mezcal and tequila brands.
COST: $40 - $50; MORE INFO

The exhibition," A Journey That Wasn't," this weekend at The Broad. One of the works is "The high house low!" by Elliott Hundley. (Courtesy of The Broad)

"A Journey That Wasn't"
The Broad -- 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The museum's latest exhibition explores "complex representations of time and its passage" with more than 50 works drawn from its collection. For several, it'll be their Los Angeles debut. Artists include Gregory Crewdson, Elliott Hundley, Sherrie Levine, Sharon Lockhart and Ed Ruscha. The exhibition also brings back the epic (and awesome) installation "The Visitors," 2012, by Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson. At 8 p.m., the museum launches the "Summer Happenings" music and performance series -- for those 21+ -- with the band Gang Gang Dance, minimalist pioneer Terry Riley, DJ Stretch Armstrong, rapper Jean Grae and local experimentalist Tara Jane O'Neil.
COST: FREE (exhibition), $30 for the Happening; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Agenda Festival
Long Beach Convention Center -- 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
The one-day fest is a shopper's paradise with more than 500+ pop-up shops from popular skate, surf, streetwear and lifestyle brands. The day also includes art installations, discussions, skate contests, meet and greets and music performances by Brockhampton, Lil Yachty, Billie Eilish and Fidlar.
COST: $60 - $95; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 8 p.m.
Darkness Comes Alive
Lili Lakich Studio -- 704 Traction Ave., downtown L.A.
This isn't your typical wine and cheese tour of an artist's studio. "Led by an undertaker, a vigilante, and a true believer, this multi-part audio tour might make you question your mortality... and what lies beyond." The choose-your-own-adventure event mixes fantasy and history and let's you see Lakich's neon works in a different light (see what we did there?). The show also runs on July 6 - 7 and 13 - 14.
COST: $26+ fees; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 7:30 p.m.
"Grease" Sing-A-Long
The Hollywood Bowl -- 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
The movie celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. You can commemorate the John Travolta-Olivia Newton-John musical romance with host Didi Conn ("Frenchy") and a pre-screening performance by Sha Na Na ("Johnny Casino and the Gamblers"). Get ready to hand-jive.
COST: $27 - $135; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 8 p.m.
The Huntington, Brown Garden Lawn -- 1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino
Pasadena-based orchestra MUSE/IQUE begins its three-part series "STATES/UNITED: Mapping Musical America" with a night that celebrates Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. The program includes "On the Waterfront," with a hip-hop ballet inspired by the score; selections from "West Side Story"; and original works inspired by the composer.
COST: $30-$130; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 4 - 7 p.m.
Downtown Torrance Art Walk 2018
various locations throughout downtown Torrance
South Bay artists showcase their works in more than a dozen art galleries and establishments. Participating restaurants and shops will offer special discounts throughout the night. Start at Destination: Art of the South Bay to pick up an Art Walk map. The gallery also hosts an awards reception for the winners of its annual Associate Artists Exhibition.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 5 p.m.
KCRW Summer Nights
Central & West Plazas -- 943 N. Broadway, Chinatown
Dance under the night sky in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs Liza Richardson and Garth Trinidad. While you're in the neighborhood, check out the art galleries and installations, sip on craft brews and indulge in cuisine from local restaurants and gourmet food trucks. Watch local chefs in cooking demos and take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activity workshops.

"Itinerant Architecture" by Elizabeth Dorbad opens at the Brand Library this weekend. (Brand Library Facebook)

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 12 - 6 - 9 p.m.
Brand Library & Art Center: Art Openings
Brand Library & Art Center -- 1601 West Mountain St., Glendale
Joshua Hagler ("The River Lethe") and Elizabeth Dorbad ("Itinerant Architectures") each have an art exhibition opening at the library this weekend. The former draws inspiration from the Greek mythological river of forgetting while the latter uses mobile home trailers as subject matter. Both exhibitions remain on view through Aug. 24.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30; 5 - 7:30 p.m.
A Night in Focus: Garden Party
Norton Simon Museum -- 411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
The museum welcomes summer with an evening that gives guests a chance to pick up art supplies and sketch en plein air or collaborate with friends on creative art projects. Explore the Sculpture Garden or view the current exhibition, "Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly." Throughout the evening, enjoy live jazz in the Garden Café. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Museum Cafe.
COST: $12-$15, free for Museum members, students with I.D., and everyone age 18 and younger; MORE INFO

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SUNDAY, JULY 1; 7 p.m.
Dirty Looks: On Location Presents A Most Unusual Film Festival
Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Working with 13 local curators, the arts organization fills LGBTQ+ venues (past and present) with film, performance and music every night in July. The series kicks off with a 50th anniversary celebration of L.A.'s first gay film festival held in the summer of '68 in MacArthur Park. Curated by Bret Berg of Alamo Drafthouse and Voyager Institute, the films scheduled are José Rodríguez-Soltero' "Jerovi" (1965) and Andy Warhol's "My Hustler" (1965).

SUNDAY, JULY 1; 2 - 10 p.m.
Parking Lot Sale & Art Show: A Star Spangled Spectacular
Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge -- 12808 Victory Blvd., North Hollywood
L.A.'s oldest tiki bar holds an art show and sale to celebrate its 60th anniversary. The bar opens for business at 2 p.m. Tonga Tom spins tunes outside while the Insect Surfers perform surf tunes at 6 p.m. Durango's Tacos will be onsite to serve sippers and shoppers.
COST: FREE (admission); MORE INFO What are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @christineziemba and @LeoHasACat.

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