Get Out: Echo Park Rising, Slangfest & A Cat Show
MUSIC: The second annual Echo Park Rising festival kicks off 11 am and lasts until 2 am. There will be music (see the set times here), food (see our suggestions here) and discounts at local shops. For more information, visit the official website here.
ART: Today is actually also the second annual Slangfest, which is a day full of art workshops, music and performances. It goes all day from 11 am until 6 pm, but there will be a special performance called "Bass Elegy/Devil's Night" (described as "a mix of Ghettotech, Booty bass, and early Detroit Techno") at noon in memory of Mike Kelley. The festival takes place at 2640 S. La Cienega Blvd. For more information, visit LAXART's website.
CLASSICAL: Today New York-based sopranno Abigail Fisher will join the classical ensemble wild Up in a chamber music program "ABSYNTH" at the Hammer Museum. The hour-long program will feature pieces written for Fisher by Nico Muhly, Caleb Burhans and Missy Mazzoli. It's free as a part of wild Up's Hammer Museum residency. You can find out more about the performance at the event's Facebook page.
CATS: Attention cat ladies and cat gents! This weekend is the annual Cat Fanciers' Association All Breed Cat Show sponsored by The Santa Monica Cat Club. For $10, you can see up to 300+ pedigreed cats and kittens, as well as your run-of-the-mill pet cats. You can watch cats at the judging table or just walk around to admire felines. Breeds include: Abyssinian, Somali, Burmese, Siamese, Cornish Rex, Persian, Ocicat, Maine Coon, Himalayan and more. It's being held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on 1855 Main Street from 10 am until 6 pm. For more information, check out the event's page or its Facebook page.
SUMMER: So we've got festivals for you if you're on the East or West sides of town. What if you want to hang out at the beach? Head over to Malipalooza, which will be going on from 4 pm until 10 pm at Malibu Bluffs Park. That's off the Pacific Coast Highway at Malibu Canyon Road. There will be live performances by a local choir and cheerleaders, a 1950's car show and other family-friendly activities. There will be a screening of "Grease" at dusk, so bring your own blankets and chairs. For more information about the event, visit Malibu's website or call (310) 317-1364.