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29 Fabulous Things To Do This Weekend In Southern California

The multimedia work, 'Last Whispers: Oratorio for Vanishing Voices, Collapsing Universes and a Falling Tree' takes place at the Ford Theatre. (Courtesy of Lena Herzog)
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OC Night Market returns to Costa Mesa. Taco, bread, beer and vegan food festivals should sate your appetite. Juneteenth shindigs commemorate the end of slavery. Smorgasburg L.A. celebrates its third aniversary. The Keaunssance continues with an anniversary screening of The Matrix. The L.A. Conservancy is ready to fill its Last Remaining Seats.

OC Night Market
OC Fair & Event Center -- 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Now in its sixth season, the OC's large-scale market returns with more than 200 food, merchandise, games, arts and crafts vendors. Nosh on food from Cuizina (Filipino street foods), Makan Indonesian Street Food, Mussels & Pearls and Wanderlust Creamery. Other activities throughout the weekend include dance competitions, eating contests and live musical performances. All ages.
COST: Admission starts at $5; MORE INFO

FRIDAY, JUNE 14; 8 p.m.
Night Voyage: A Comedy Party
Fais Do Do -- 5257 W. Adams Blvd., West Adams
The monthly comedy party -- hosted by Nick Skardarasy and Neel Ghosh -- returns with the lineup of Thomas Dale, Irene Tu, Brad Wenzel, Julia Hladkowicz, Michael Blaustein and Kyle Rehl.
COST: $5 - $10; MORE INFO

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FRIDAY, JUNE 14; 11:30 p.m.
The Matrix 20th Anniversary Screening
Vista Theatre -- 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Feliz
In the midst of the Keanussance that is John Wick 3 and Always Be My Maybe, the Wachowskis' influential sci-fi film celebrates a major milestone. Take that red pill and relive Thomas A. Anderson's/Neo's trip into the matrix.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14; 8 p.m.
Last Whispers: Oratorio for Vanishing Voices, Collapsing Universes and a Falling Tree
Ford Theatres -- 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood
Artist Lena Herzog's sound composition invokes dead languages and incants endangered ones. The sounds are accompanied by video projection, animation, stills and drone footage that "poetically links image and sound." Before the oratorio, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County presents a conversation about languages and native voices between Herzog and W. Richard West Jr. of the Autry Museum, moderated by Paul Holdengräber of Onassis L.A.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14; 9 p.m.
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
Husband-and-wife team Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano wrap their tour -- in support of their third full-length album, Moonlight -- with a hometown show.
Cost: $45.50-$90.50; MORE INFO

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century
Leica Store Los Angeles -- 8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood
The famed 20th century photographer, best known for his candid street scenes, traveled with his Leica to capture everyday situations. Cartier-Bresson had a passion for "visual harmony, humanity and the impermanence of reality," and the gallery showcases works that highlight the his legacy.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14; 7:30 p.m.
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
The Egyptian Theatre -- 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Martin Scorcese's 1974 film features Ellen Burstyn as a widowed mom who packs up her son to start over in the Southwest. A young Jodie Foster plays a troubled girl who befriends him. The film plays on a double bill with John Cassavetes' groundbreaking film A Woman Under the Influence (1974) starring Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk. Foster is scheduled to speak after the screening of Alice.
COST: $13 - $15; MORE INFO

Two wild boar tacos with roasted Anaheim chiles and two fried egg tacos with fava beans, pigeon peas, sunburst tomatoes, pickled onions, chile del valle and chives. (T.Tseng/Flickr Creative Commons)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 1 - 5 p.m.
Bill Esparza's Taqueando
Skylight ROW DTLA -- 777 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
Street food aficionado and musician Bill Esparza has revived his Tacolandia festival under a new name. The all-you-can-eat Taquenado brings together traditional and contemporary taquerias from Southern California and beyond. Expect food from Guerrilla Tacos, B.S. Taqueria, Bar Amá, Chichen Itza and Salazar (all local) as well as Finca Altozano (Valle de Guadalupe), La Guerrerense (Ensenada), Pangea (Monterrey), Tacos Kokopelli (Tijuana) and Breddo's Tacos (London). The event is 21+.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 7:30 - 9 p.m.
The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody
Dynasty Typewriter -- 2511 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake
Not only does this crew drive really fast, they sing and dance while they do it. In this unauthorized parody, Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel in the films) and his team commit and solve crimes while harmonizing. The show includes original music and a twist on the story. The production is 18+.
COST: $30 - $35; MORE INFO

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A man walks over a chalk drawing depicting the late "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin as part of the Chalk The Walk Pavement Art Festival September 25, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 - SUNDAY, JUNE 16; 10 a.m. 7 p.m.
27th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
The Paseo -- 300 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
As the largest street painting festival in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the annual event welcomes 100,000 visitors to see the art of 600 artists creating works with 25,000 sticks of chalk. There's also live music, the 18th annual Pasadena Police Classic Car show and an animation alley.

Chili cheese dogs. (jeffreyw/Flickr Creative Commons)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
12th Annual Chili at the Beach
Huntington Beach Pier -- 400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
Enjoy salsa and chili samples from participating booths then vote for your favorite in the People's Choice category. The day features live music on two stages and a Kid's Zone at 5th and PCH. For those 21+, a beer tasting card is available for up to 10 four-ounce tastes at participating downtown restaurants. The beer card expires on June 30, 2019, so there's no pressure to stamp the entire card in a single day.
COST: Tickets start at $10, beer cards $10; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 8 p.m.
Self Discovery for Social Survival
The Palace Theatre -- 630 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The collaborative film from record label Mexican Summer and surf brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply follows pro-surfers Stephanie Gilmore, Creed McTaggart and Ryan Burch on three separate adventures in Mexico, the Maldives and Iceland. Director Chris Gentile creates a sound-surf journey. The premiere features a live score performed by the Allah-Las, Connan Mockasin and Andrew VanWyngarden. The event is all ages.
COST: $25 - $40; MORE INFO

A cook prepares vegan tacos on October 13, 2014 during the "Vegan Fest" fair in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 1 - 7 p.m.
Vegan Playground
Pershing Square -- 532 S Olive St., downtown L.A.
If you're all about food, games and cruelty-free vibes, check out a festival that fills a square city block with more than 60 curated vendors; a beer, wine, spirits and kombucha garden; live music and art installations. In the playground, games include giant versions of Jenga, Connect Four and Pong as well as Twister, limbo and hula hoops. You're invited to bring Tupperware and reusable bags so you can take home some of the free samples given out. Obviously, leave the leather, bone and other animal products at home.
COST: $25 admission; MORE INFO

Boom! LA Beer Week kicks off on Saturday. (Brian Gonzalez/Flickr Creative Commons)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 1 - 4 p.m.
11th Los Angeles Beer Week Kickoff
Los Angeles Center Studios -- 450 S. Bixel St., downtown L.A.
There are dozens of events scheduled for L.A. Beer Week, which runs through June 23. The L.A. brewers' kickoff party is the largest with more than 80 craft breweries, live music and food. General admission tickets include unlimited craft beer samples. VIP tickets let you get in an hour before everyone else.
COST: $50 - $70; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 1 - 7 p.m.
East LA Library -- 4837 E. 3rd St., East L.A.
Watch a screening of Hermanos, the story of Juan and Mateo, two childhood friends whose older brothers are leaders of rival street gangs. Meet some of the cast, enjoy live music and check out lowriders in honor of the film's one-year anniversary. The event and screening are all ages.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8; 6 - 10 p.m.
Deconstrucción: A Drag Show
Sculpture Garden & Viva Events Center at the Museum of Latin American Art -- 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach
In conjunction with the exhibitions Gráfca América and Chiachio & Giannone: Celebrating Diversity, MOLAA presents a high-energy drag show. Emceed by Xotica Erotica, the night features RuPaul's Drag Race season 2 alum Jessica Wild and performances by Melissa Befierce and Paris Diamond, plus a screening of Transvisibile: Bamby Salcedo's Story by Dante Alencastre. Check out the marketplace, photo booth and info from various LGBTQI organizations such as Latino Equality Alliance & The Center.
COST: $35 - $40; MORE INFO

The Torrance Art Museum presents the group exhibition, 'Generation (W)ar.' (Artist: Dinh Q. Lê)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 6 - 9 p.m.
Summer Exhibitions Opening
Torrance Art Museum -- 3320 Civic Center Dr., Torrance
The museum's new exhibition, Generation (War), features the work of 16 artists who reflect on military campaigns around the globe. Also opening in Gallery 2 is Run Straight Through, a group show of contemporary paintings by Tahnee Lonsdale, Kristy Luck, Michael Nauert and Thom Trojanowski. Both exhibitions will remain on view through Aug. 24.

Rashida McGee, 10, rips through some riffs as her band, Visionz of Tomorrow, plays at the Juneteenth, Black Independence Day celebration at Nichol Park in Richmond, California on June 19, 2004. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 12 - 4 p.m.
Juneteenth Celebration
Jackie Robinson Community Center -- 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
Pasadena celebrates Juneteenth, the holiday that marks the end of slavery in Texas (and the U.S.) on June 19th, 1865. There's live entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors for the whole family. Other Juneteenth celebrations taking place on Saturday include a family day of art-making and activities at the California African American Museum and a bike ride/tour of Green Book venues along Central Avenue for the Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, starting at Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in Florence-Firestone.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Silent R&B vs. TRAP Party LA
Pig 'N Whistle -- 6714 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Urban Fêtes presents a silent party where dancers choose between three DJs spinning R&B and trap tracks on their wireless headphones. The event is 21+.
COST: FREE before 10:30 p.m., $10 - $15; MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
5th Annual Bread Festival
Grand Central Market -- 317 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
All the glorious breads and pastries are back and they've brought their pals -- jams, nut butters and hot sauces. Pick up artisanal goods from vendors including Ensaymada Project, Pop's Bagels, Just What I Kneaded, Bread Bar and Spread the Love. Watch demos and workshops from vendors and bakers.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 5 - 7 p.m.
Carolina Caycedo, Umar Rashid + Votive Paintings
Vincent Price Art Museum -- 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park
The museum at East Los Angeles College holds a joint opening reception for its three latest exhibitions. Caycedo's video Apariciones / Apparitions reconceptualizes spaces at the Huntington Museum through the movements of black, brown and queer dancers. In The World You Know Is a Fiction. You Know We Had to Do a Remix, Right? Vignettes of the Frenglish Empire in North America (1780-1795), Rashid's (Frohawk Two Feathers) paintings, drawings and sculptures reference colonialism. Images of the Divine in Everyday Mexico: Ex-votos and Retablos features votive paintings from Mexico.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 7:30 p.m.
KCRW Summer Nights: Girlpool
One Colorado -- 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena
Chris Douridas spins tunes throughout the night while the duo of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad perform live in the heart of Pasadena.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum -- 100 N. Central Ave., downtown L.A.
In conjunction with its current exhibition, Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata's Journey through the World of Japanese Toys, JANM hosts a convening around these "strange creatures." Check out a vendor area, workshops, panel discussions and demos of Japanese toys. Admission to the museum is included with Kaiju-Con tickets.
COST:$20 - $30; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 16; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Father's Day Rides & Beer Tasting
Automobile Driving Museum -- 610 Lairport St., El Segundo
The museum's popular event features rides in five classic cars from the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s. Complimentary beer tastings for those 21+. Children must be at least 55" tall to take a ride in a car.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16; 3 p.m.
Epic Sunday: Spartacus
The Theatre at Ace Hotel -- 929 S. Broadway, downtown L.A.
The Los Angeles Conservancy's Last Remaining Seats series continues with a screening of Stanley Kubrick's 1960 film starring Kirk Douglas as a slave who leads the revolt against the Roman republic. Based on a novel by Howard Fast, the screenplay was written by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.
COST: $16 - $22 for a flight of all seven wines; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 16; 7 p.m.
Boleros De Noche
Downey Theatre -- 8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey
The musical and cultural series promotes and preserves Latin American bolero music in L.A. Listen to boleros from Cuba and Mexico including Latin Grammy-nominated Cuban singer Lily Hernandez and Mexican-American singer Julian Torres. The show is all ages.
COST: Tickets start at $35; MORE INFO

LACMA presents an exhibition on Korean calligraphy, including works such as 'Light Calligraphy #2, 2004,' by Kyungwoo Chun. (© Kyungwoo Chun)

Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing
LACMA -- 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire
The exhibition is the first in the U.S. (and the first outside of Asia) to explore the role of calligraphy in Korean society across nearly 2,000 years. The opening day programming on Sunday includes a calligraphy demonstration by contemporary artist Jung Do-Jun.
COST: $16 - $25 admission; MORE INFO

SUNDAY, JUNE 16; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Smorgasburg LA's Three-Year Anniversary
ROW DTLA -- 777 S. Alameda St., downtown L.A.
The outdoor marketplace celebrates its third anniversary and it happens to fall on Father's Day. Enjoy offerings from longtime vendors Goa Taco, Lobsterdamus and Sticky Rice and new ones such as Moo's Craft BBQ, Love Hour or Tacos 1986. The Record Fair also returns to the market, bringing classic and vintage vinyl, tapes, tees and CDs. Dublab Radio DJs spin all day long.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16; 1 - 6 p.m.
Molcajete Dominguero
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes -- 501 North Main St,, downtown L.A.
The monthly "Latinx shopping extravaganza" showcases more than 100 curated local artists and vendors selling art, clothing, jewelry, bath, body and paper goods. Food will be available for purchase including tacos, esquites and sweets.
Cost: FREE admission; MORE INFO

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