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Weekend Planner: 20 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 awesome events happening in L.A. this weekend, and if this list isn’t enough, then check out our June Guide for even more suggestions.


The 12th annual Lummis Day Festival—a Northeast LA community art celebration—features various events taking place from Friday through Sunday at Highland Park’s historic Security Trust & Savings bank building, the Lummis Home in Montecito Heights, Sycamore Grove Park and Southwest Museum in Mount Washington. A free shuttle bus will take guests to the venues and Metro stops. Expect music, dance, poetry, puppetry, film screenings and more. The festival takes its name from Charles Fletcher Lummis, a prolific writer and photographer, who became the L.A. Times' first city editor in 1884. He also founded Los Angeles’ first museum, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian. Admission to all events is free.

Blunt Force is a monthly standup show that takes place at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Silver Lake on Friday at 10 pm, featuring a diverse lineup of comics. This month’s bill includes Aida Rodriguez, Zainab Johnson, Jamar Neighbors, Barbara Gray, Brodie Reed, Alex Duong, Jil Chrissie, Molly Fite, Eric Owusu and Fizaa Dosani. Tickets: $5.

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The Pancakes & Booze Art Show returns to DTLA on Friday and Saturday at Lot 613 from 8 pm to 2 am both nights. In addition to viewing art from 125 artists, and free pancakes and beer, the pop-up also includes live painting, live body painting, music and more. Tickets are $10 at the door, $13 for VIP. $21+.

The Bitch Seat is a show that combines comedy, grown up show-and-tell and therapy (think Judy Blume meets Dr. Phil). The next edition, hosted by Lyssa Mandel and Phil Casale, is at NerdMelt on Friday night at 7 pm. Guests this week: Matt Knudsen (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Key & Peele), Mara Wilson (BoJack Horseman, Welcome to Night Vale), Brent Sullivan (Conan, The Pete Holmes Show) and Angela Lewis (Snowfall on FX). Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Sauce Comedy Show presents its first ever all-female comedy festival every Friday in June from 8-10 pm at DeSano Pizza Bakery (just west of Santa Monica and Vermont). Hosted by Barbara Gray, Jeff Wattenhofer, Erin Lampart and Brodie Reed, Pizza Coven Comedy Fest features both national headliners and up-and-coming comics. This week’s lineup: Aubrey Jacobowitz, Katrina Davis, Christina Catherine Martinez, Danielle Perez, Debra DiGiovanni and Sara Schaefer.


The ArcLight Hollywood presents a Q&A with writer-director-actor Demetri Martin after the 8 pm screening of his new film, Dean. Martin explores loss and grief through humor as a New Yorker who falls in love with an LA woman at a time when he’s dealing with his mother’s death and his father’s desire to sell the family home. Adult tickets: $17.75.

On Saturday from 7:30-9:30 pm, LACMA presents Korean Inspiration: A Night of Art and Exploration. This free event invites guests to explore the museum’s permanent collection of Korean art (one of the largest in the U.S.), including ceramics, Korean Buddhist art and the special exhibition Unexpected Light: Works by Young-Il Ahn. In addition, there will be talks, art making and Korean tea tastings. Space is limited, so reservations are required.

BREAD FESTIVAL (Carbo loading)
The Los Angeles Bread Festival returns to Grand Central Market for the third edition on Saturday and Sunday (10 am to 6 pm each day). The free event celebrates all things bread—and the market vendors are offering special bread-forward menu items. Bakers from throughout the city are also taking part in a pop-up marketplace, including Antigua Artisan Bread, Bub & Grandma's, Challah Hub, Ensaymada Project, Los Angeles Bread Bakers, Red Bread, The SpeakEasy Bakery and The Underground Bakery. Jam and nut butter purveyors include IndieJams, M. Greenwood Jams, and Spread the Love. In addition, there’s free demos and a few paid workshops throughout the weekend.

Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects celebrates its 21st year with a massive salon-style group show on Saturday night. Aptly titled Twenty-One, the show features works from more than 50 artists and past print and product collaborations that “defined Subliminal’s beginnings as an artist collective.” Public opening on Saturday at 7 pm. The works will remain on view through July 15.

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KCRW's Summer Nights music series kicks off on Saturday at One Colorado in Pasadena with live music by Chico Mann & Captain Planet and DJ Marion Hodges. Open seating and a cash bar is available. Free + all ages.

EAT YOUR ART OUT X (Art party)
Eat Your Art Out X, is an annual fundraiser for the Angel City Derby Girls, held at Titmouse Studios in Hollywood. For this year’s show, Neat Street: A Fuzzy Fresh Arty Party, the event producers are transforming the venue into a psychedelic throwback to Beat Street, with ‘90s hip-hop, breakdancing, cardboard sets, puppets, girls and women on roller skates and more than 70 never before seen artworks up for sale in silent auction. Artists include: Jim Mahfood, Sam Flores, Camilla d’Errico, Damon O’Keefe, Taka Sudo, Dave Crosland, Brett Parson, Maggie Harbaugh, Megan Hutchison, Daisy Church and many others. The party runs from 7-11 pm on Saturday. Tickets: $5-$25.

WONDER WOMAN DAY (Comic book signings)
In honor of Wonder Woman Day, DC Comics presents three writers/artists from the Wonder Woman series for free signings. DC’s Marc Andreyko and Cat Staggs are at Golden Apple Comics and Shea Fontana is at Barnes & Noble, The Grove. Signings begin at 1 pm. Free.

Etheria Film Night is an annual showcase of new horror, sci-fi, fantasy, action and thriller films directed by women, and it takes place at the Egyptian on Saturday. While the screenings of the eight selected short films don’t start until 7:30 pm, come early for a cocktail reception during the red carpet beginning at 5 pm. The night also includes director Stephanie Rothman (“The Velvet Vampire”) receiving the 2017 Inspiration Award from Roger Corman, and a post-screening Q&A with directors Tara Price ("Earworm"), Thirati K ("Kumal"), and Bridget Savage Cole ("SWELL") with Rebekah McKendry ( Ticket prices: $8-$12.

This weekend, Gabba Gallery presents the opening of Real American Fantasy, a solo show by M. Christy, featuring “baby polar bears, blue-skinned fairies, caterpillars, helicopters, and other strange characters inhabit his electric-hued canvases.” The reception is from 7-11 pm on Saturday and the works will be on view through June 24.

Brainworks Gallery, located on West Pico Boulevard in Mid City, presents the group art show Buzz, Pop, Color, Los Angeles. The exhibition features the works of six LA artists, Rochelle Botello, Christopher Kuhn, Adah Green, Katya Marshall, Megan St Clair and Stacy Wendt, and features paintings, collage and sculpture. The works “use brilliant color and abstracted form to excite the senses and invites the viewer to notice the beauty and complexity of LA.” The opening reception is on Saturday from 5-8 pm, and the works will remain on view through June 24.

We don’t know much about Backyard Busk, but we do know that it’s a grassroots performance event that features musicians, authors, poets, comedians and artists. The show’s lineup remains secret until the night of the event. The next edition is on Saturday from 7-11:30 pm at 1863 Alsace Ave. Los Angeles, 90019. The event is free to attend, but donations encouraged on Proceeds will benefit Education Through Music: Los Angeles. (Organizers hope that each Backyard Busk will provide at least one student with a year's worth of music classes.)


On Sunday at 4 pm at the Egyptian Theatre, KCET presents the Fine Cut Festival of Films, a showcase of films from student and emerging filmmakers. Hosted by Demetri Martin, the comic turned actor-writer-director will talk about his new film Dean as well as his experiences as a first-time filmmaker. The Fine Cut films were chosen from 3,000 shorts submitted from 112 countries. The program features all genres, from cutting-edge animation to the best in documentary cinema. The screening is free with RSVP. Fine Cut will also have its broadcast premiere on June 14 on KCET.

DECKER: UNSEALED (Meet and greet)
Decker: Unsealed premieres on Sunday at midnight on Adult Swim and to celebrate, there’s going to be the first-ever Decker meet and greet. On Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm, the cast of the Decker franchise makes an appearance at Baller Hardware in Silver Lake. Meet Tim Heidecker of Decker, On Cinema at The Cinema and the music group “Dekkar,” with Gregg Turkington of On Cinema at The Cinema and formerly of the Victorville Film Archive. There will be hardware giveaways, too, courtesy of Baller Hardware.

The Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry and Trepany House present the Best of Puppetzilla Puppet Slam on Sunday at 7:30 pm at the Steve Allen Theater in Hollywood. The slam features original works of live short form puppetry for adults. Hosted by puppeteer and comedian Robyn Simms, the night spotlights fav acts from past slams. Puppetry styles include humanette, shadow, tabletop and hand puppetry. There’s an after-party after the show, too: BYOB is highly encouraged. Tickets: $15.

TRANSIT DANCES (Performance)
Arpana Dance Company, Donna Sternberg & Dancers, and JazzAntiqua Dance Ensemble take part in the site-specific performance of Transit Dances on Sunday at noon and 1 pm. The performances take place close to three Expo Line stations in Santa Monica beginning at 26th St./Bergamot Metro stop and subsequent stops at 17th St. and 4th St. Metro. Based on the Trolley Dances in San Diego founded by Jean Isaacs, Transit Dances has tour guides at each stop who will take audience members to a site where a world-premiere site-specific dance will be performed by the three dance companies, then audiences will hop back on the Metro to the next performance stop. Tickets: $10 and must be purchased in advance.

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