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Arts and Entertainment

LAist's Free Gig Guide

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Long weekends are relaxing, but they can also be daunting. To assuage the malaise, LAist has assembled a list of musical diversions that are kind to your wallet, while also providing a nice alternative to the crowded beaches. Unless otherwise noted, all performances are free.


  • Joy Burnworth, plays a free concert at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center. The performance starts at 6pm. Call (310) 641-8073.
  • DJs Michael Stock and Benjamin White of Part Time Punks begin their two month residency at MOCA with tracks from the great haunts of Manhattan circa 1979-87. Stock and White perform at 6pm. Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore performs at 8pm. The event is free with general museum admission. Call (213) 621-1734.
  • Octavio Figueroa performs Latin jazz at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. The show starts at 8pm. Call (626) 683-3230 for details.
  • Dirty Dirty House Club returns to Akbar with house grooves from DJ Tony Powell. The show starts at 9pm and admission is free before 10pm. Call (323) 665-6810 for more information.


  • Violinist Endre Balogh, violist Steven Gordon, cellist Dennis Karmazyn and pianist Genevieve Lee perform Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 26 for the LACMA Sundays Live Series. The show starts at 6pm. Call (323) 857-6234.
  • Catch the 10th Annual Central Avenue Jazz Festival, located between 42nd and 43rd Streets. The festival hours are11am-7pm. Call 213-978-0333.
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  • Run Run Run start their month-long Monday night residency at Spaceland. Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm. Call (323) 661-4380


  • Trumpeter Elliott Caine and pianist Sergey Kyosayan play Revo Cafe at 8pm. For details, call (818) 549-0809.


  • Former Go-Go’s and Delphines member, Kathy Valentine, performs tracks from her new solo album at Amoeba Records at 7pm.
  • Catch Cathy Segal-Garcia at The Muddy Moose Lounge at The Sportsmen’s Lodge. The show starts at 8pm. For more info, call (818) 755-5000.


  • Barbara Morrison performs classic jazz at the Farmer's Market. The show starts at 7pm.  For info, call (323) 933-9211.
  • Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys perform at the Culver City Hall Courtyard at 7pm. Call (310) 253-5698.