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23 Of The Best Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan performs onstage on January 18, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)
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When the sun goes down, the outdoor and late-night festivities start. A "Sleep" concert in Grand Park. A "Sleepless" event at the Music Center. A nighttime happening at the Broad. An outdoor screening of "Blazing Saddles." An art night at the Los Angeles State Historic Park. And festivals -- of crawfish, jazz, pizza, watermelon, surfing and beers. Not enough to get you to leave home? There's also a Wu-Tang Clan reunion.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 - SATURDAY, JULY 28; 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.
Grand Park -- 135 N Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Bring your blankets. Max Richter's minimalist classical album -- one of the longest single pieces of classical music to ever be recorded -- makes its outdoor debut with an overnight concert. Richter, on piano and keyboard, will be joined by soprano Grace Davidson and several musicians.
COST: $60 and $80 (includes cot), $6 for public listening area (no cot); MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 27; 9 p.m.
Wu-Tang Clan
Shrine Expo Hall, 665 W. Jefferson Blvd., University Park
All the clan's living members -- RZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, et al. -- will reunite to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their hip-hop album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," and Martin Shkreli can't take that away from us. Get ready for "C.R.E.A.M," "Da Mystery of Chessboxin'" and "Protect Ya Neck" at this all ages show.

Dolly Buster (Nora Baumberger) and Rosi Schipflinger show off a schnitzel during a "Schnitzelessen Party" on January 23, 2010 in Kitzbuehel, Austria. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
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Wirtshaus Anniversary
345 N. La Brea Ave., Fairfax
Seven years ago, two students from Germany decided that L.A. needed a German beer garden. To commemorate that decision, the pub is giving away an anniversary Erdinger glass to every visitor (while supplies last) and sharing a ceremonial keg (until it runs dry). There will be specials on drinks, schnitzel, sausages, currywurst and other Germanic fare.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 - SATURDAY, JULY 28, 11:30 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion -- 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Not to be confused with the aforementioned "Sleep" in Grand Park, this late-night event explores the connections between science and art through exhibitions, performance art, live music, DJ sets and installations. Highlights include artist Rafa Esparza channeling the Mayan sci-fi narrative of Pakal, demos at a molecular gastronomy lab and live music from green metal band Botanist.
COST: $20 - $30; MORE INFO

Fisherman Klaus Hidde shows a red swamp crayfish (also known as Louisiana crayfish) that he caught in waters in Tiergarten park on May 8, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Long Beach Crawfish Festival
Rainbow Lagoon -- Shoreline Village Dr. and Linden Ave., Santa Monica
With a New Orleans-inspired food court that serves up Cajun and bayou cuisine, this crawdad fest purports to be the largest outside of Louisiana. Nosh on frog legs, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, bread pudding, chicory coffee, beignets and, of course, crawfish. Other cuisines including Mexican and Chinese will also be available. There's second-lining and live music throughout the weekend.
COST: $5 - $82; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 27; 11:59 p.m.
Gregg Araki: "Nowhere"
The Vista Theatre -- 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz
The Dirty Looks On Location LGBTQ festival screens a 35mm print of Araki's 1997 black comedy. James Duval and Rachel True star as bisexual teen couple Dark and Mel, who end up at a bacchanalian orgy where aqll sorts of surreal things happen. The film is part of Araki's "Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy."

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
Egyptian Theatre -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Back in the early days of cinema, back in the 1910s and '20s, female directors had much more influence over what we saw on screen. Watch new restorations of works by pioneering filmmakers including Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber and Grace Cunard. On Friday, Illeana Douglas hosts the screening of "The Red Kimona," a 1925 feature directed by Walter Lang and Dorothy Davenport, as well as several shorts directed by Grace Cunard.

FRIDAY, JULY 27; 10 p.m.
"Why Johan Miranda Should Be Deported"
Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe -- 2106 Hyperion Ave., Silver Lake
The comic and undocumented immigrant presents an hour-long solo show in which he makes the case as to why he should be deported. Originally commissioned by The Getty as part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA / LA exhibition, the show has also been featured at SF Sketchfest.
COST: Tickets start at $7; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 28; Beginning at sunset
Jonathan Gold Tribute Across Los Angeles
Various locations
Saturday would have been Gold's 58th birthday, and to honor the "belly of Los Angeles," landmarks from Pomona to the Santa Monica Pier will be lit up with gold to celebrate the late food critic. Watch tributes begin at sunset on the "Los Angeles Times" new building in El Segundo, and after sundown, the celebration moves to L.A.'s City Hall tower, the Wilshire Grand Center, The Broad, US Bank Tower, Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain in Grand Park, Natural History Museum, the pylons at LAX and the Pacific Wheel on the SaMo Pier. Projections and messages will also be displayed at The Wiltern, the Ford Theatres, The Theatre at Ace Hotel, Chinatown Summer Nights and the Fairplex in Pomona. The list of participating venues is growing to honor the life of the literary and culinary giant.

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Arlet Lagoa cuts a pizza into slices at Miami's Best Pizza restaurant on September 12, 2014 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 12 - 8 p.m.
California Pizza Festival
L.A. Center Studios -- 450 S. Bixel St., Westlake
Calling all carboholics and pizza fanatics. This inaugural festival features 20 pizzerias and pizzaiolos from L.A. and Italy. That includes Prova, Settebello, Dominic's, Ray's/Stark Bar, L'Antica Pizzeria, Michael's on Naples, Brooklyn Pizza Crew and Baldoria. Admission includes all-you-can eat pizza. Drinks and other snacks are sold separately.
COST: $45 - $89 (adult); $20 children (10 and younger); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 6 - 9 p.m.
Lola Kirke
The Getty Center -- 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
The actress who stars in "Mozart in the Jungle" is also a singer-songwriter and she headlines the museum's Off the 405 series. With her band, she'll sing and play tunes from her upcoming debut album, "Heart Head West."

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 8 p.m.
Full Moon Sound Bath
District Mills Showroom -- 2132 Sacramento St., Downtown
Grab your yoga mat and join the group meditation held just after the full moon. Experience the relaxing harmonious sounds of crystal singing bowls as healer Heather-Rae guides participants in breathing techniques.

Lemurs eat watermelon to cool off at Rome's Bioparco Zoo on August 22, 2012. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/GettyImages)

SATURDAY, JULY 28 - SUNDAY, JULY 29; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Watermelon Festival
Hansen Dam Soccer Complex -- 11480 Foothill Blvd., Lakeview Terrace
The festival's organizers served nearly 43,000 pounds of watermelon last year. This year, they're looking to bring even more. Sip watermelon drinks, eat watermelon foods, watch watermelon carvers and check out watermelon cooking demos. For entertainment, there's "watermelon skiing," music, BMX riders, a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival rides and lawn games. All attendees get free watermelon slices all day.
COST: $9 - $49.50; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 5:30 p.m.
"Blazing Saddles"
The Autry -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
Eat. See. Hear. screens the satirical Mel Brooks western that stars Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a small town and Gene Wilder as his gunfighter friend. Music begins at 7 p.m. with a set by Sam Valde. Scheduled food trucks include Dogtown Dogs, Bison Burgers, Pho King Awesome and Piaggio on Wheels.
COST: $8 - $21; MORE INFO

Musician Pete Escovedo performs onstage during Guitar Center's 28th Annual Drum-Off on January 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Guitar Center)

SATURDAY, JULY 28 - SUNDAY, JULY 29; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
23rd Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival
Central Ave. -- between King Blvd. and Vernon Ave., Historic South Central
The family festival celebrates the legacy of historic neighborhoods through jazz. Listen to live music on several stages from artists such as Betty Bryant, Zac Harmon, Boogaloo Assassins, Pete Escovedo Orchestra, Andrae Alexander, Francisco Torres Latin Jazz Band, Roy Gaines, Tuxedo Blues, Spanish Harlem Orchestra and Tierney Sutton Band. The weekend will also have plenty of food vendors as well as pavilions for art, employment resources and wellness.

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 7 - 9 p.m.
Risk! LA
Bootleg Theater -- 2220 Beverly Blvd., Westlake
The live storytelling show (and podcast) features people telling true tales they never thought they'd share in public. Hosted for the first time by "Risk!" founder Kevin Allison, the show's over-sharers include Jonah Ray, Raymond Christian, JC Cassis and David Crabb. The stories are followed by a Q&A moderated by Beowulf Jones, who'll discuss the book based on the storytelling night. This show is ages 21+.
COST: $10 - $12; MORE INFO

Bubbles produced by C02 are created in a glass of beer on July 2, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 6 - 10 p.m.
LA Rare and Wild Beer Fest
Barker Hangar -- 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica
This inaugural fest features more than 120 rare, barrel aged, sour and hard-to-find beers from brewers including Shipyard, Sour Cellars, Melvin, Dry River, Ohana, Ballast Point, Saint Archer and Alaskan. This event is 21+ and tickets will not be sold at the door. Food is sold separately.
COST: $55 - $70; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 7 - 11 p.m.
Art Show Openings
Corey Helford Gallery -- 571 S. Anderson St., downtown L.A.
The gallery opens its largest group show of the year with works by Jasmine Becket-Griffith, who juxtaposes psychology and fantasy in "Magical Thinking," and Zoé Byland, who explores memory through grayscale and black-and-white paintings in "In the Presence of the Past." Curated by Caro Buermann, the New Romantics is a group show (within a group show) that captures "this moment's neo-romantic yearnings for paradise, magic and transcendence." The exhibitions will remain on view through Sept. 1.

Hiroto Ohhara of Japan gets some air during a heat at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California, on August 5, 2017. (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Vans US Open of Surfing
Huntington Beach Pier -- 315 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
The competition features the world's elite surfers, skateboarders and BMX riders, but it's also a celebration of surf and skate culture. The festival includes movie screenings of "Lilo & Stitch" and "The Goonies"; art by Ellen Rutt, Jack Graydon, Benjamin Marasco and Michael C. Hsiung; retail vendors, workshops and demos.

SATURDAY, JULY 28 - SUNDAY, JULY 29; opens 11 a.m. both days
Midsummer Scream
Long Beach Convention Center -- 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Yes, it's July but it's never too early to start prepping for Halloween. The Hall of Shadows features vendors, immersive haunting experiences and roaming monsters. Workshops and presentations include everything on the horror spectrum from "Winchester Mystery House" to "LGBT + Representation in Horror" and the more practical "Projection Mapping 101: For Home and Pro Events." Special guests include Elvira, Bela Lugosi Jr. and Thora Birch.
COST: $30 - $85; MORE INFO

Artworks by Andy Warhol including 'Joseph Beuys' (bottom center) at the Ashmolean Museum on February 2, 2016 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 8 p.m.
Summer Happenings: Social Shaman
The Broad -- 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The museum's summer music and performance series continues with an evening inspired by German artist Joseph Beuys and the Fluxus movement. Performances by Krautrock group faUSt, Matmos, DJ set by EYE, sound experiments by Pharmakon and movement by FlucT. Nelson Patton teams with Lonnie Holley for a "shamanistic improvisational set." The event is 21+. While the galleries will be open late, Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrored Room -- The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away" will not be open during the event.

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Zines are Us
University Art Museum (Horn Center) at Cal State Long Beach -- 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach
The community program begins with a "What are Zines?" talk with ZCENE podcast host Sumner LeVeque, followed by an artist panel discussion with Jason Keam, Sophia Zarders, Tania Negrete and Tony Hoang. Learn how to create and publish a zine at the Zine 101 workshop.DJs Coastal, Dom Vincent and Pow Wow School of Music provide a sonic backdrop throughout the day.

A general view of atmosphere at FYF Fest 2013 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24, 2013. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images for FYF)

SATURDAY, JULY 28; 8 - 11 p.m.
Ain't I A Womxn?
LA State Historic Park -- 1245 N. Spring St., downtown L.A.
The "genders promenade" brings artists, activists and the public together under a full moon to explore the definitions of gender and intersectional identities. Watch and listen to performance art, spoken word, sonic art and media projections. Check out writings, visual art displays and zines. Participating artists and art groups include Bitchface, Nao Bustamante, Zackary Drucker, Thinh Nguyen, Kristina Wong, ArtworxLA, F.L.O.W. (Feminist Library on Wheels), KCHUNG, Las Fotos and more. Bring a flashlight.

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