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25 Awesome Events Happening in Southern California This Weekend

Metro Art presents a night of live music and salsa dancing at Union Station. (Courtesy of Metro Art Los Angeles via Facebook)
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Salsa dancing under the stars. Spaghetti westerns on the screen. Compton's first-ever Pride Festival. DTLA bar La Cita celebrates its lucky 13th anniversary while Feminist Library on Wheels celebrates five years. Everything Is Terrible opens its new East L.A. storefront while speed racers go for glory at Golden Road's Pinewood Derby.

FRIDAY, JULY 5; 7:30 - 11 p.m.
Salsa Night
Union Station -- 800 N. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Metro Art presents an evening of live music and salsa dancing under the stars. The lineup features headliners Son Mayor at 10:30 p.m. SitaraSon and Rumbankete open at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively. DJ Robby spins in between sets, and Kati Hernández & Kimbambula Cuban Dance Ensemble provides dance lessons at 8 and 9:15 p.m.
COST: $8 - $21, plus $10 parking; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 5; 11:55 p.m.
The Room
Landmark's Nuart Theatre -- 11272 Santa Monica Blvd., Sawtelle
Tommy Wiseau's 2003 film, a staple of midnight movie screenings, has been running for more than 15 years. Wiseau (The Disaster Artist himself) wrote, directed and starred in the film, playing a successful banker involved in a melodramatic love triangle with his fiancee and hisbest friend.

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Apollo 11 Show
Parking Lot K at the Rose Bowl -- 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
In July 1969, NASA launched a mission that sent astronauts to land on the moon -- and back. The remarkable achievement is presented in a new, 90-minute live show, which has its world premiere this weekend. The original story, full cast and 40,000 square feet of video projections are presented in a Lunar Dome.
COST: Tickets start at $45; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JULY 5; 10 p.m.
DRIP: Cut Chemist & DJ Expo
The Mayfair Hotel (Library Bar) -- 1256 W. 7th St., downtown L.A.
End the week by listening to the famed DJs spin funk, old school, rap, house and Latin tunes throughout the night. Get there early because there's limited capacity. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, JULY 5; Doors at 6 p.m.
La Fe Norteña 7
Pico Rivera Sports Arena -- 11003 Rooks Rd., Whittier
Celebrate Independence Day with dancing and live banda and Norteña music from acts including La Fe Nortena and C. Azabache.

FRIDAY, JULY 5 - SATURDAY, JULY 6; 11:59 p.m.
Spaghetti Western Weekend
Vista Theatre -- 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz
The Secret Movie Club presents two classic westerns in 35mm as part of the Leone Summer series. Watch a very young Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars (1964) on Friday night and in For a Few Dollars More (1965) on Saturday.
COST: $12.75 - $20; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 6; 3 - 9 p.m.
Game of Trivia Bar Crawl
Cruisers Pizza Bar Grill -- 210 5th St., Huntington Beach
This Game of Thrones trivia bar crawl features themed food and drink specials. Prizes will be awarded for best costumes, best IG post of the night and trivia winner. You need a phone to participate in the three rounds (75 questions in total). This bar crawl is 21+.
Cost: $15 - $25; MORE INFO

The multimedia exhibition 'Star Trek: Discovery--Fight for the Future,' ends its run this weekend at the Paley Center for Media. (Photo: Courtesy of the Paley Center)

Through SUNDAY, JULY 7; noon - 5 p.m.
Star Trek: Discovery--Fight for the Future
Paley Center for Media -- 465 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
It's your last chance to see the immersive multimedia exhibit dedicated to the CBS All Access show that continues the 50+ year legacy of the Star Trek franchise. Check out series artwork, set pieces and the U.S.S. Discovery Captain's Chair that show the artistry and craft in its production.

The Love Bug
New Beverly -- 7165 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax
Robert Stevenson's 1968 film about Herbie the cute Volkswagen Beetle screens in I.B. Technicolor 35mm for a kiddie matinee. The family comedy stars Dean Jones, Michelle Lee and Buddy Hackett.

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SATURDAY, JULY 6; 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.
The Second Largest Public Telescope in the World
Mount Wilson Observatory -- Mount Wilson
Atlas Obscura Society Los Angeles presents an evening of observation with Mount Wilson Observatory's historic 60-inch Hale Telescope. Examine objects in the night sky, some that lie millions of light years away from Earth. This event is weather dependent, and carpooling to the site is mandatory. Ages 12+. The 100-year-old dome is not ADA compliant.

SATURDAY, JULY 6; 12 - 5 p.m.
Feminist Library On Wheels 5-Year Anniversary Party!
Armory Center for the Arts -- 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
FLOW -- the free, mobile library of donated feminist texts, artifacts and ephemera -- celebrates five years. The party features a zine release, a quilt-inspired bookmaking workshop and giveaways.

SATURDAY, JULY 6; noon - 8 p.m.
Compton Pride Festival
Compton College -- 1111 E. Artesia Blvd., Compton
Star View Children & Family Services presents the first-ever LGBTQ+ pride celebration in South L.A. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. The family-friendly event creates an inclusive space and includes live entertainment, kid activities and food. Hosted by TV personality and performer James Wright, the festival is headlined by Bre-Z from the CW television show All-American. Other performers DJ T-La Storm, Britt J from American Idol, LaMarr Lubin from DRS and Atlanta-based rapper Reign DB.

SATURDAY, JULY 6; 3 - 10 p.m.
Audacity of Sound - Joy.Art.Music
Grand Performances -- 300 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Because California Plaza is being renovated this summer, the weekly summer concert series is being wrapped into one big street music and dance festival. The all-ages event features both local and international performers including the Afro-Cuban funk of Cimafunk, a Guatemalan-Mexican collaboration between Gaby Moreno and La Marisoul of La Santa Cecilia, and the rock-pop tunes of singer-songwriter David Garza. Also performing are Dexter Story, the French-Afropean duo DjuehDjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson and two Iranian artists, Masoud Rezaei and Sara Naeni.

Pop Sk8
Westfield Culver City -- 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City
The outdoor roller rink pops up in Culver City with various themes and activities. They include Swing SK8 Mondays, Groovy Tuesdays, Dyno-O-Mite '70s Wednesdays and I Want My '80s Thursdays. Skate to DJ Megamix top hits on Fridays and Saturdays and La La SK8 Land Sundays (featuring soundtracks from movie musicals and Broadway tunes). Expect contests and surprise performances throughout the run.
COST: Tickets $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JULY 6; 6 - 9 p.m.
Cate Le Bon
The Getty Center -- 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
The Off the 405 series continues with an evening performance by the Welsh singer-songwriter. Le Bon is known for "playful folk songs tinged with a dark fragility, all delivered in her beautifully haunting voice." Master Ghanaian xylophone player SK Kakraba opens, and the night also features a DJ set by Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint) and Boom Bip. Guests are welcome to view the collections or roam the grounds and gardens throughout the event. Pop-up cash bars offer local beer and agua fresca cocktails (for those 21+) as well as a special snack menu. The series is all-ages.
COST: FREE (but parking runs $10 - $20); MORE INFO

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; 1151 Oxford Rd.
On July 6th, August 3rd, and August 24 you can take a seat within the gardens of The Huntington to experience sonic storytelling from MUSE/IQUE. This summer the orchestra will re-evaluate and share the music of film, the sounds of trains, and the impact of harmonious movement.

COST: Starting at $50; MORE INFO


SATURDAY, JULY 6; 6 p.m.
Irish Film Screenings and Party
CIACLA at Bergamot Station (Suite B1) -- 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica
Get window into Irish cinema through screenings, talks and a panel presentation. Guests include Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan, Curious Film's Stephen Fitzgibbon, filmmaker Nicky Larkin and animation artist Nora Johnson. Stick around to mix and meet the Irish film community working in L.A.

The video and performance collective Everything Is Terrible! opens a new storefront in East L.A. (Jim Newberry)

SATURDAY, JULY 6; 8 p.m. - midnight
Everything Is Terrible! Storefront Opening Party
Everything Is Terrible! Store -- 754 S. Atlantic Blvd., East L.A.
The video and performance collective -- best known for their massive Jerry Maguire VHS collection and installations -- opens a permanent home and storefront. Expect future experiments with new installations and video compilations as well as merchandise and accessories. The party features videos, art, DJs, photo booths and free food and drinks.

SUNDAY, JULY 7; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
2nd Annual Beer Can Pinewood Derby
Golden Road Brewing -- 5410 W. San Fernando Rd., Atwater Village
This is the adulting version of miniature car races, built with derby kits and beer cans. There are parameters for the nonmotorized cars, so check the rules before you throw your hat into the racing ring. The first-place winner gets beer for a year, a merch gift bag, $100 pub gift card, $100 to the charity of your choosing, a trophy as proof and eternal bragging rights.
COST: $10 - $30; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 7; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pasadena City College Flea Market
Pasadena City College -- 1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
This flea market often gets overshadowed by the one at the Rose Bowl but PCC's version is more manageable, selling antiques, collectibles and rummage sale-type items from more than 400 vendors. It's always held on the first Sunday of the month.

The Arroyo Comedy Show mixes comedy, beer and mini-golf on Sunday nights. (Courtesy of Arroyo Comedy)

SUNDAY, JULY 6; 7 p.m.
Arroyo Comedy Show
Arroyo Seco Golf Course -- 1055 Lohman Ln., South Pasadena
Watch a night of comedy and play a $6 round of mini-golf with a beer in hand after (or before) the show. Actress, singer and comedian Jenny Zigrino headlines.
Cost: $10; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 7; 12 - 5 p.m.
Family Day at Barcade
Barcade - Los Angeles -- 5684 York Blvd., Highland Park
The recently opened venue, which focuses on craft beers and classic arcade games, welcomes the entire family for an afternoon of fun and video games. A kids' menu will be offered.
COST: Cost varies; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 7; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sunsets at the Zoo
Santa Ana Zoo -- 1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana
The after-hours concert and brew-tasting series features live music from local musicians as uests watch animalts engage in their evening rituals. Buy tickets to ride the Zoofari Express Train, 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel and the Conservation Carrousel. Pack a picnic or purchase food and drinks at the zoo. Featured breweries this month are Cismontane, Network Brewing and Santa Ana River. The band High in the 80s performs (what else?) '80s tunes. Proceeds from this year's series will go toward upgrading the zoo's primate habitats.
COST: Admission is $19.95, $9.95 (for FOSAZ members) with $15 for optional beer tasting experience for those with valid 21+ ID; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JULY 7; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
18th Annual Montrose Car Show
Montrose Shopping Park Association -- 2200, 2300 & 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose
The show features about 300 cars (hot rods, classics, exotics and trucks) and antique motorcycles. View the cars and feel free to ask any questions of their owners. Old race cars and dragsters on Ocean View Blvd. will be started up twice during the day. The awards for best in show will be handed out at 1:15 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 7; 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.
La Cita 13 Year Anniversary
La Cita Bar -- 336 S. Hill St., downtown L.A.
The latest iteration of DTLA Latin bar celebrates its lucky anniversary with live music by El Conjunto Nueva Ola. Drink specials all night long. This event is 21+.

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