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30 Fabulous Things To Do In Southern California This Weekend

The Music Center's Dance DTLA series begins on Friday. (Courtesy of Javier Guillen for Grand Park / The Music Center)
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Taste boutique wines at the Garagiste Festival. Go plant-based at Eat Drink Vegan. Watch warriors battle in competition at the Angel City Games. Dance in Grand Park under the stars. Support a new nonprofit by watching silent films. Listen to drag queens tell children's stories. Watch a live read of When Harry Met Sally.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21; 7 - 11 p.m.
Dance DTLA 2019
Grand Park Performance Lawn -- between Hill St. and Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
It's Bollywood night as the Music Center kicks off its popular dance series. Bring your friends, take a beginner lesson, then dance under the stars to a set by a live band or DJ.

Garagiste Wine Festival: 6th Annual Urban Exposure
Glendale Civic Auditorium -- 1401 North Verdugo Road, Glendale
Used primarily in the Bordeaux region of France, the term "garagiste" refers to rebel, small-lot vintners who don't follow winemaking rules. This festival features 200 wines from 50 winemakers across California, including L.A.'s own Angeleno Wine Company, Byron Blatty Wines and Cavaletti Vineyards.
COST: Tickets start at $75, designated driver and weekend passes available; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, JUNE 21 - SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 7:30 p.m.
The Young and the Reckless: A Weekend with Sandi Tan
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum -- 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood
The UCLA Film & Television Archive welcomes writer and filmmaker Sandi Tan, fresh off the release of her acclaimed documentary Shirkers, which documents the wild the story behind and unfinished road movie she shot with her teenage friends in Singapore in 1992. The archive asked Tan to dig through its vaults to find four films that inspired her. She chose Pola X, River's Edge, Tarnation and Goodbye South, Goodbye.
COST: $10 per program; MORE INFO

Make Music Day
Various locations in Southern California
The day is an international initiative that celebrates music on the summer solstice. In Fullerton, organizers have planned more than 150+ concerts more than 40 venues throughout the city. Hollywood's edition features performances by Arthur*Autumn, Lulise, Rayssa, Emily Zuzik and Triangle Square's One Voice Choir at Hollywood & Highland Center's courtyard. Other SoCal cities participating in Make Music Day are Anaheim, Brea and Long Beach.

FRIDAY, JUNE 21; 10 p.m.
Lizzy & the Triggermen
Clifton's Republic -- 648 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The 10-piece jazz band returns to Clifton's for three sets of hot swing and vintage jazz.

As Seen On TV... And More!
Barnum Hall - 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica
For two nights, the Angel City Chorale will be performing 'As Seen on TV...And More!' at the Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. The 180-person choir will be singing music from Game of Thrones, Final Fantasy, and other songs from pop-culture to world music.

COST: $35-$90; MORE INFO


A 50-day-old Golden Retriever puppy plays is seen before a training session at the Chilean police canine training school in Santiago, on October 09, 2018. (MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP/Getty Images)

FRIDAY, JUNE 21; 7 - 9 p.m.
'Stand Pup Comedy' Night
The Dog Cafe -- 240 N Virgil Ave, Unit 12, Westlake
This seems like an awesome way to de-stress. Cuddle with puppies while watching a night of live comedy hosted by Comic Cure's Richy Leis. Beer and wine will be available. If you fall in puppy love, you can apply to adopt or foster from the rescue.

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Though SUNDAY, JUNE 23
2019 Angel City Games
Drake Stadium at UCLA -- 340 Bruin Walk, Westwood
The premier adaptive sports festival in the West returns with clinics, competitions and events for people of all ages and skill levels who have a physical disability or mobility issues. Watch and support competitors in archery, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and toddler games. There's a family cookout and a fun zone planned for the weekend.
COST: FREE - $10 suggested donation per day; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 21; 10 p.m.
Everything's Great!
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Comedians Demi Adejuyigbe, Addie Weyrich and Nick Kocher host a show that provides a "dreamy escape from our current nightmare world." Special guests include Sabrina Jalees, Kyle Mooney and Sandy Honig. This show is 18+.
COST: $10 - $15; MORE INFO

Through SUNDAY, JUNE 23
Beach Dances: Shared Practice
Annenberg Beach House -- 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica
Watch open rehearsals, workshops and outdoor performances from local choreographers Heyward Bracey & Nguyen Nguyen, Paola Escobar, Maya Gingery, Rebeca Hernandez, DaEun Jung, Shaina Lynn & Isabel Ivey, Carol McDowell, alexx shilling and Christine Suarez. The series is curated by Allison Wyper of Rhizomatic Arts. Bring a reusable water bottle and a blanket to sit on the sand.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 8:30 p.m.
The Night Cap - Pride Hard: With a Vengeance
The Virgil -- 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., East Hollywood
Stacy Rumaker presents a spirited late night talk show that "explores politics and pop culture through rosé-colored glasses." Co-hosted by Kash Abdulmalik and "cocktail waitress" Maria Felix, the show features comics Jason Stuart, D'Lo and Christine Medrano. The venue is 21+. Happy hour runs from 7 to 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 12 - 4 p.m.
Dolores Huerta Plaza Unveiling & Street Fest
Dolores Huerta Plaza -- 2130 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights
The labor and civil rights activist will attend the unveiling of the plaza dedicated to her life and work. The day includes music, art and food with performances by the Alice Bag Band, Lysa Flores, Ella and Drew Trap Girl, DJ Chulita Vinyl Club and poetry by Nikki Darling.

The Armory presents an exhibition for the third anniversary of Club Scum that coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. (Drag Surfin' USA by Anthony Mehlhaff, 2019.)

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 6 - 8 p.m.
Opening Reception: Club SCUM Anniversary Exhibition
Armory Center for the Arts -- 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena
Club SCUM is a monthly queer/punk/people of color party at Chico, a venue located between East L.A. and Montebello. It focuses on diverse drag performances and welcomes identities that don't fit anywhere else. As the party enters its third year, the Armory presents an exhibition that coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, featuring photos, flyers and ephemera from the club. The exhibition will remain on view through Sept. 15.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 12 - 8 p.m.
Eat Drink Vegan 2019: The Vegan Beer & Food Fest
The Rose Bowl -- 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena
The plant-based food and beer festival returns for its 10th edition. For 21+ ticketholders, the day features unlimited 4-ounce pours of craft beer, kombucha, wine, soda, tea and cider, as well as access to dozens of curated restaurants including Temple of Seitan, the Slutty Vegan and The Donuttery. Food is sold separately. To counteract the calories, join in a 5K fun run/walk ($30) around the Rose Bowl at 8:30 a.m.
COST: $55 - $120, children 12 and younger are free (limit two children, $12 and younger per adult); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 3 p.m.
Santa Monica Pride Bar Crawl
Various locations in downtown Santa Monica
The first-ever Pride tour of SaMo watering holes kicks off at Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier. Be sure to check in between 3 and 6 p.m. to get a wristband and map with participating bars, their locations and their drink specials. The afterparty (tickets extra) takes place at "Club Love" at 1212 Restaurant on the Promenade. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
COST: Bar crawl tickets start at $15; MORE INFO

There's a new boutique pop-up market at the Huron Substation this weekend. (Courtesy of Meike Kopp )

SATURDAY, JUNE 22 - SUNDAY, JUNE 23; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Station Market
Huron SubStation -- 2640 Huron St., Cypress Park
Normally not open to the public, the old trolley station and historic monument (#404) hosts an inaugural popup boutique with a curated selection of luxury home goods and apparel. There's also a bookmobile in a vintage red Cadillac convertible (A.G. Geiger Books) and large-scale paintings from the just released Lost Art of Lance Gravett.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 4 - 10 p.m.
Queer Comedy Festival
The Ruby LA -- 7518 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood
The intersectional feminist and inclusive nonprofit comedy theater and school celebrates Pride month and its second anniversary with a lineup of queer comedians from around the city. Performers include Scout Durwood, Riley Silverman, Keith Carey, Rita Repulsa, Selene Whittington, Scott Root, Jen Curcio and Jack Kelly.
COST: $10 - $30; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 10:30 a.m.
Film Tour & Tea
The Langham, Huntington -- 1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena
Local photographer, writer and explorer Jared Cowan leads a tour of the hotel and grounds, discussing the many films that were shot at the location, from Saving Mr. Banks to American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. The tour ends in the Lobby Lounge with tea and scones (served with Devonshire clotted cream and lemon curd, naturally).

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 6 - 9 p.m.
Off the 405
Getty Center -- 1200 Getty Center Dr., Brentwood
Watch the traffic on the 405 while enjoying breathtaking views from the Getty. Listen to live music by L'Rain (Brooklyn-based Taja Cheek's pop project) with DJ No Sesso spinning before and after her live set. Cash bars are available in the courtyard (for those 21+). All ages.
COST: FREE, parking is $10 - $20; MORE INFO

Vinyl Conflict: The World of Godzilla Toys / Monster Island Pop-up Party
Gallery Nucleus -- 210 E. Main St., Alhambra
View one of the largest vintage Godzilla collections in the world before it goes on the auction block at Midsummer Scream in Long Beach in August. The opening party takes place on Sunday from 7 to 11 p.m with tunes from DJ Lance Rock from Yo Gabba Gabba!, a Japanese culture projections show, a Kaiju cocktail bar and an appearance by the giant lizard itself.
COST: $10 (Saturday) - $5 (Sunday); MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 5 - 10 p.m.
Old Stump Fundraiser
Old Stump Brewing -- 2896 Metropolitan Pl., Pomona
The Inland Empire Brew Witches, a community of women who love craft beer, team up with Old Stump for the release of two collaborative beers, Vincent Van Gose and Gose O'Keeffe. The night includes a merchandise sale and a silent art auction, which will raise money for dA Center for the Arts in Pomona. Local band Redd House performs and Big Guys Grill's food truck will be on site. All ages (but 21+ to drink).

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 12 - 5 p.m.
Blue Roof Studios Arts Festival
Blue Roof Studios -- 7329 S. Broadway, South L.A.
The festival celebrates the summer solstice while bringing the community together through music, performance, art and art-making workshops. Participating musicians include Joaquin Romero / DJ Wordamouph and Aboubacar Kouyate leading a participatory drum circle. Allison M. Keating of Wild Art Group presents a tiny toy theater performance of Finally, a Play about Joy. In addition to specially curated exhibitions, Blue Roof Studios resident artists Galia Linn, Diana Magui, Adele Kandarian, Terri Klass, Jacqueline Palafox, Cole James and Sarah Gail Armstrong, who will open their studios for the day.

Two competitive eaters go head-to-head to finish the Big Island Feast Burger first at Slater's 50/50. (Courtesy of Slater's 50/50)

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 2 - 5 p.m.
Slater's 50/50's Hawaiian Celebration
Slater's 50/50 -- 11 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach
Take part in a beachfront Hawaiian Luau and watch an epic professional burger-eating competition. The festivities include Haka dance performances, a prize wheel, free samples of the new King's Luau Burger and the main event: two competors going head-to-head to see who can finish the massive Big Island Feast Burger first. The burger includes a 2.5-pound beef and bacon patty, an entire can of spam, a quart of coleslaw, six slices of pineapple, six slices of cheese and four fried eggs sandwiched between an entire loaf of King's Hawaiian bread.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Artists & Fleas: Summer Fest 2019
Artists & Fleas Venice -- 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice
Celebrate creativity all weekend at this marketplace of makers. Take part in live demos and DIY workshops on crystal bundles and upcycled accessories. The mobile Moon Cat Cafe will be on site with coffee, adoptable cats and cat-themed artisan goods.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22; 7:30 - 10 p.m.
Music Box Cinema
The Woman's Club Hollywood -- 1749 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood
The Retroformat Coalition is a new nonprofit dedicated to promoting the art and history of silent films. Its inaugural series features a screening of three classic Charlie Chaplin flicks -- The Floorwalker (1916), The Rink (1916) and The Immigrant (1917) -- with live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick. Ukulele-wielding Janet Klein also performs. Come early for a free tour of the historic building, at 6:45 p.m.
COST: Tickets: $15; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 23; 2 - 8 p.m.
Grand Park's Sunday Sessions
Grand Park Performance Lawn -- between Hill St. and Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
The Qvolé Collective curates the monthly house music series, which launches this weekend with a lineup featuring John Tejada, Dj Irene, DJ Alf Alpha and MC José Galván. Guests can purchase eats from food trucks and cocktails from the bar (21+). The remaining dates for the series include June 23, July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 22.

Lil Bub celebrates his 8th birthday this weekend, and you're invited. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

SUNDAY, JUNE 23; 12 - 6 p.m.
Lil Bub's Big 8th Birthday Party!
Corey Helford Gallery -- 571 S. Anderson St., Boyle Heights
The celebrity cat's birthday doubles as a fundraiser for the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats, a cat advocacy organization. Also in attendance: cat behavior and wellness expert Jackson Galaxy (Animal Planet) and advocate Kitten Lady Hannah Shaw.
COST: $45 - $200 (VIP, Lil Bub meet and greet); MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 23; 3 - 4 p.m.
Drag Queen Story Hour
Vroman's Bookstore -- 695 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Kids of all ages are welcome to listen to progessive and quirky children's stories by some of L.A.'s most magical drag queens. The readings are followed by a simple craft activity. The special guest this week is Valora Von Tease.

Randall Park directs Film Independent's live read of 'When Harry Met Sally' at the Wallis. (Courtesy of Film Independent)

SUNDAY, JUNE 23; 7:30 p.m.
Live Read of When Harry Met Sally
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts -- 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. Beverly Hills
The Wallis and Film Independent present a live read of Nora Ephron's screenplay directed by Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat, Always Be My Maybe). The cast so far includes Steven Yeun (Harry), Maya Erskine (Sally), Jimmy O. Yang (Jess), Liza Lapira (Marie), Randall Park and Jae Suh Park (other roles) with narration by Elvis Mitchell.

Watching Socialism: The Television Revolution in Eastern Europe
The Wende Museum -- 10808 Culver Blvd, Culver City
What was on TV in the Soviet Bloc? The picture was much more complex than just "propaganda." Watch excerpts from news programs, sitcoms, cartoons and view TV-related magazines, artifacts, toys and television sets from behind the Iron Curtain. The museum also opens the photography exhibition Nonalignment and Tito in Africa, featuring images of Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito in various African nations from the 1950s to the 1970s. The opening reception for both exhibitions takes place on Sunday.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
Fuego at Hotel Maya -- 700 Queensway Dr., Long Beach
In honor of Pride Month, the hotel presents an encore performance by one of the world's first (if not the only) LGBTQ mariachi band as part of its "12 Months of Maya-Achis" mariachi brunch. Mariachi Arcoiris was created as a safe haven for those musicians who identify as LGBTQ to come together and perform traditional Mexican regional music in response to the "machista" found in the mariachi world. The Sunday brunch includes the choice of a main entree and then an endless feast of salads, Fuego ceviches, a taco station and desserts. For reservations, please call 562-481-3910.
COST: $18.50 - $45; MORE INFO

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