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25 Awesome Events Happening In Southern California This Weekend

Grand Performances presents the experimental, multimedia opera, 'Pancho Villa from a Safe Distance' this weekend. (Courtesy of Ballroom Marfa via Facebook)
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This weekend, Southern California lets you explore the the culture and cuisine of Japan, listen to mariachi music, dance the day away or check out cars cars cars. Free outdoor concerts and performances abound, from a Pancho Villa chamber orchestra to sets by the Psychedelic Furs and Lalah Hathaway. Beer and wine lovers can rejoice because they've got a pair of boozy festivals to choose from.

"Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance"
California Plaza -- 300 & 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Grand Performances presents the bilingual experimental chamber opera that focuses on the extraordinary life of bandit and Mexican Revolutionary War general Pancho Villa. Writer and composer Graham Reynolds teams with Mexican theater collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol for a production that examines the Mexican-American impact on culture and politics.

FRIDAY, JULY 20; 9 p.m.
Charlotte Gainsbourg

The Fonda Theatre -- 6126 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
After FYF was cancelled, the French singer decided to bring her sultry vocals and moody alt-pop to a much more intimate (and air-conditioned!) venue. She's currently touring on the heels of her 2017 release, "Rest," which marked her first studio album since 2011's "Stage Whisper." The show is only one of a handful of North American dates, so take advantage of it.
COST: $60 - $85; MORE INFO

3rd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo
Various locations -- Little Tokyo, downtown L.A.
Go Little Tokyo presents two days of culinary demos, history and food tours and workshops. Explore the neighborhood by sampling tasty Japanese food and drinks or by participating in an onigiri workshop or a tea ceremony. The weekend kicks off with Sake on the Rocks, a tasting event that benefits the nonprofit Little Tokyo Service Center.

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'Off The Tracks Theater' opens its latest production, 'Are You Bringing Something from Mexico,' which runs through Aug. 5. (Courtesy of Obra de Teatro)

FRIDAY, JULY 20; 8 p.m.
"Are You Bringing Something From Mexico?"
Frida Kahlo Theater -- 2332 W. 4th St., Westlake
"Off The Tracks Theater" presents Daimary Sanchez Moreno's play, which explores the lives of immigrants caught up in the U.S. justice system. Published in 2013, the work rings truer today as it asks whether undocumented and poor immigrants can get real justice when labelled "illegal." Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. The play runs through Aug. 5.

Westside Food & Wine Summer Festival
West LA College, South Parking Structure Rooftop -- 9000 Overland Ave., West L.A.
Here's a way to spend your cheat day(s): This summer festival presents culinary talent and winemakers from Border Grill, Truxton's, Il Piccolo Verde, Wildcraft, Fresh Brothers, Cafe Vida, Red Shoe Cakes, Noosa Yogurt and My Mochi Ice Cream. Drink vendors include Zonin Wine, Wilson Creek Winery, Embajador Tequila and ZYR vodka, among others.
COST: $75 - $190; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 20; 6 - 11 p.m.
Odd Nights at the Autry
The Autry Museum -- 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park
The indie bazaar brings together nearly two dozen food trucks, mobile boutiques and more than 60 pop-up shops. There's a full bar onsite and live music by the Furious Seasons, Ships Have Sailed and Vattica. Bring your dogs and kids as there's a huge children's area with rock wall, inflatables and a bungee and toddler swing. The museum's gallery is open until 9 p.m. and included in admission.

"Jaws" -- in Concert
Hollywood Bowl -- 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood
Watch the classic Steven Spielberg movie while David Newman leads the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra through the John Williams score live. Dun dun...dun dun...
COST: $14 - $202; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
STEAMing through Summer
Kidspace Children's Museum -- 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
The summer series creates learning opportunities in an interactive, focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math. This week, the session focuses on imagination.
COST: $14 for museum admission; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
5th Annual Women's Mariachi Festival
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse -- 320 S. Mission Dr., San Gabriel
Listen to a night of music from some of the best female mariachi players from around the world. The Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas headline. They're joined by Mariachi Las Adelitas UK, Mariachi Las Estrellas de Vancouver, singer Junko Seki and Mariachi Femenil Alma del Folkor from Denver.
COST: $25-$70; MORE INFO

The Los Angeles Master Chorale hosts the largest sing-along in California history. (Patrick Brown)

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 2 p.m.
Big Sing California
Walt Disney Concert Hall -- 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Los Angeles Master Chorale hosts the largest group singing event in California history. The 100-voice chorale will be joined by more than 2,000 audience members in a sing-along. The concert is being broadcast live to five venues around California, where those audiences will also lift their voices. Songs include '"Lean On Me," "This Land Is Your Land" and "Hey Jude" as well as choral works by Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen. The event also features an exclusive arrangement of Pentatonix's "Sing." Registration required. Instructions on rehearsal schedule and performance will be sent after registration. If you can't make it in person, the event will be live streamed.

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SATURDAY, 21; 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Unheard LA: Monterey Park
East Los Angeles College -- S2 Recital Hall, 2225-2241 Collegian Ave., Monterey Park
KPCC's community-driven storytelling show puts community voices and stories center stage. The evening features real people sharing their true stories of struggle and survival, of hope and fear, of the unexpected and the unbelievable--all within the air-conditioned comfort of East L.A. College's S2 Recital Hall. Stick around afterward for a mixer with storytellers and attendees. RSVPs requested. If you have a story to share, submit here for consideration.

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 7 p.m.
Lalah Hathaway
Burton Chace Park -- 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey
The Pop Saturdays summer concert series kicks off with soul and R&B tunes from the Grammy-winning artist. Bring a blanket, a low-backed chair and a picnic or buy one from the food trucks at the park. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 2 - 6 p.m.
The Garagiste Wine Festival
Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club -- 1210 4th St., Santa Monica
The festival's name comes from a Bordeaux term that refers to micro-wineries sometimes worked out of their garages and refused to follow wine industry rules. More than 200 wines and 20 varietals will be on offer. Many of the wineries participating in this festival don't have a tasting room, making them difficult to find. Some of them are pouring for the first time in L.A. including Bellante Family Winery, Betwixt Wines, Cavelletti Vineyards, Frisco Cellars, Gordenker Wines, In Vino Musicas, Kaleidos Winery and several others. Tickets include unlimited tastings, cheese and charcuterie, food samples and a commemorative glass.
COST: $69 - $99; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 7 and 9 p.m.
"Celebrity Autobiography"
The Sorting Room at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts -- 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
This Drama Desk-winning comedy features celebrities reading and acting out other celeb memoirs. The 2018 edition includes jaw-dropping selections from Oprah, Celine Dion, Zayn, Britney Spears, David Hasselhoff, Ricky Martin and Elizabeth Taylor. Performers include Barry Bostwick, Laraine Newman, Sherri Shepherd and Jennifer Tilly.
COST: $30 - $50; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 8 p.m.
Jenni Rivera and Selena Live Impersonators
Sage Restaurant & Lounge -- 6511 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier
Listen to these singers' greatest hits backed by a live band. The night starts off with dancing at 8 p.m. in two rooms. The Main Room features DJs playing '80s and Spanish music before the impersonators take the stage. In the second room, there's hip hop, Spanish, Top 40 and '80s tunes. The live music begins around 11:30 p.m. There's a strict dress code for this 21+ event.
COST: $10 - $300; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 8 - 11 p.m.
The Psychedelic Furs
Pershing Square -- 532 S. Olive St., downtown L.A.
Relive your childhood (or oldies, depending your age) as the '80s band, led by Butler brothers Richard (vocalist and songwriter) and Tim (bass), plays hits like "Love My Way," "Pretty In Pink," "Heaven," "The Ghost In You" and "Heartbreak Beat." The San Fernando Valley-based band She Wants Revenge opens the night.

SATURDAY, JULY 21; 8 p.m.
'80s Prom
House of Blues Anaheim -- 400 W. Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim
Are you a material girl? Do you have a heart of glass? One way or another, get yourself to this all-ages shindig with live tribute acts including So Madonna and Blonde Day. DJ Jon B spins tunes in between sets.
COST: Tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 9 a.m. - noon
LA River Run + Yoga + Brew
Lewis MacAdams Riverfront Park (Marsh Park) -- 2944 Gleneden St., Frogtown
End your weekend by getting sporty. Join an (optional) two-mile run at 9 a.m. along the L.A. River bike path then take a 75-minute vinyasa flow class at 9:30 a.m. under the park's shaded pavilion. After, the group heads to nearby Spoke Bicycle Cafe for discounts on beer and coffee.
COST: $12 suggested donation; MORE INFO

'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' with Forrest Goodluck, Sasha Lane and Chloë Grace Moretz, closes Outfest 2018. (Image: Courtesy of FilmRise)

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 7 p.m.
Outfest Los Angeles: "The Miseducation of Cameron Post"
Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown Los Angeles
The LGBTQ film fest closes with Desiree Akhavan's adaptation of Emily M. Danforth's queer YA novel about a girl sent to a religious conversion therapy camp. The coming-of-age story, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Ticketholders are invited to a gala reception after the screening.
COST: $55 - $75; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Torres Empire Super Show
Los Angeles Convention Center -- 1201 S Figueroa St., downtown Los Angeles
The show mixes music and lowriders with an all-day car show and competition. The live music starts at 10 a.m. with Short Dogg the Native, Trish Toledo, DJ Livia and the Monster Kids, Baby Bash, Chingy, WC, The Dogg Pound and Too Short. The car awards ceremony is at 5 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 4 - 8 p.m.
DTLA Brewers United Festival 4.0
Angel City Brewery -- 216 Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Held in the brewery's triangle parking lot, the festival showcases DTLA's beer scene with eight local breweries -- Angel City Brewery, Arts District Brewing Co, Boomtown Brewery, Dry River Brewing, Highland Park Brewery, Indie Brewing Company, Iron Triangle Brewing, and Mumford Brewing -- pouring limited edition, specialty beers and fruit beers. Admission includes unlimited beer tastings. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Keep A Breast Foundation.
COST: $45 ($15 for designated driver tickets); MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
The Colombian Festival - El Festival Colombiano
Pico Rivera Sports Arena -- 11003 Rooks Rd., Pico Rivera
Dance the day (and night) away as the festival presents live music on three stages featuring Tropical, EDM and Reggaeton artists. The lineup includes Alfredo Gutierrez, Reykon El Lider, Grupo Gale and Fruko & Sus Tesos. Doors open at noon for this all-ages event.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 10 a.m.
"Spirited Away"
The Vista Theatre -- 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz
Because of high demand, the Secret Movie Club added a second screening of Hayao Miyazaki's 2001 classic animated film (35mm, English dubbed version). Follow 10-year-old Sen as she gets lost in a magical world and tries to return home while saving her parents who've turned into pigs.
COST: $11 - $36; MORE INFO

A portrait of a man is surrounded by flowers & stands on his gravesite. (ca. 1945) (Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library)

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Lost and Long-Gone Graveyards of Los Angeles
Various sites in downtown L.A.
An Atlas Obscura tour guide leads guests on a 2.5-mile trek to explore early Los Angeles and the city's efforts to dispose of the dead. Visit the sites of former graveyards, including the Catholic Cemetery, Fort Moore Hill Cemetery and the City Cemetery. Learn about burial practices, graveyard residents and city history along the route. No active cemeteries will be visited. Advance tickets only. Meeting location will be e-mailed after registering.

SUNDAY, JULY 22; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Love Street Festival 2018
Laurel Canyon Boulevard at Kirkwood Drive -- Hollywood Hills West
The family-friendly festival celebrates the rich music history of Laurel Canyon and honor The Doors on the 50th Anniversary of the release of the song "Love Street." Live music begins at 11 a.m., and artists performing include Lili Haydn, FEM Zeppelin, Micky Dolenz, Chris Stills, Wilson Phillips w/ Michelle Phillips, Bijou & Owen Elliot-Kugell, the Robby Krieger and Cipes and The People. There's also a kids' zone, yoga and meditation, pet adoptions and food.

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