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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.

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

ARCLIGHT Q&As (Film + discussions)
The ArcLight Hollywood has some great Q&As set up for this weekend. First up: At the 6 pm screening of the rom-com The Big Sick, there’s a Q&A with writer-actor Kumail Nanjiani and actor Kurt Braunohler. Baby Driver writer-director Edgar Wright does Q&As after the 7 and 8 pm shows and intros the 8 and 9:30 pm shows on Friday and Saturday of the action-packed film. On Friday, Molly Shannon, Kate Micucci and Lauren Weedman are doing a Q&A after the 7:15 pm screening and intro the 9:40 pm show of The Little Hours. On Saturday, actress Aubrey Plaza and director Jeff Baena do a Q&A after The Little Hours’ 7:15 pm screening and introduce the 9:40 pm show. The Little Hours is a sex comedy set in 14th century Italian convent with Alison Brie, Micucci and Plaza as the sheltered, foul-mouthed nuns.

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DANCE DOWNTOWN (DJ nights)
The Music Center’s Dance DTLA returns on Friday for its first DJ nights of the summer season. Dance under the stars in Grand Park from 9 pm to midnight. Curated by Peanut Butter Wolf, the night features sets by DJ Chris (AKA Peanut Butter Wolf), DJ Steve, Vex Ruffin and Jimi Hey who play soul, funk, disco electro, new wave, and rap that they grew up with from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Free. All ages.

626 NIGHT MARKET (Food)
The 626 Night Market returns to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia from Friday to Sunday. It’s the original and largest Asian­-themed night market in the United States, running from 4 pm to 1 am on Friday and Saturday and 4-11pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 and parking is free; children 6 and under get in free. (Enter through Gate 5.) The event features more than 200 stalls of food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and more.

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Dry River opens its tasting room in Boyle Heights. (Image:
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DRY RIVER BREWING (Grand opening)
Look out, Boyle Heights...there’s a new brewery in town: Dry River Brewing opens its tasting room this weekend. The Saturday and Sunday 90-minute slots sold-out quickly, so they opened up Friday sessions.

TRUE LIES (Art)
Night Gallery presents the group show, True Lies, curated by Simon Cole. The exhibition features works developed in a new era of true lies and post-truth. Works by Huma Bhabha, Andrea Marie Breiling, Bjorn Copeland, Anne-Lise Coste, Cynthia Daignault, Ian Davis, Georgia Dickie, Mark Flood, Sayre Gomez, Jesse Harris, Deborah Kass, Tau Lewis, Jenine Marsh, Brie Ruais, Heji Shin, Diamond Stingily, Christine Wang, and Kandis Williams. There’s an opening reception on Friday night from 7-10 pm, with the show remaining on view through July 29.

AHS: THE STYLE OF THE SCARE (Costumes + props)
American Horror Story: The Style of Scare is a special exhibition for the hit anthology TV series that’s currently on view at the Paley Center through July 30. Check out the conic costumes (by costume designer Lou Eyrich), set pieces, props and more from all six AHS seasons. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

SATURDAY, JULY 1

ROOFTOP CINEMA: BRICK (Film)
Rooftop Cinema Club partners with Focus Features in July to celebrate the studio’s 15th anniversary by screening some of their most popular films from rooftop spaces (in Hollywood and DTLA). On Saturday night at 8:15 pm at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood, Rooftop Cinema screens Brick, a 2006 film that stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a “teenage loner who pushes his way into a high-school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex (Emilie de Ravin).”

FULL METAL JACKET (Film)
American Cinematheque presents a 30th anniversary screening of director Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, a war film that follows Marine recruits from basic training to Vietnam. There’s a special discussion before the film with actors Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio. Tickets: $25 general, $20 students/seniors, $15 Cinematheque members.

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PINK’S HOT DOGS POP-UP (Food)
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills holds a Pink’s Hot Dogs pop-up on Friday and Saturday from 4-7 pm, transforming the Windows Lounge and the front driveway into a festive July 4th setting. If you don’t want to fight the line on La Brea for the all-beef, veggie or turkey dogs, with toppings, then head to the Four Seasons. The price of the dogs is the same ($6), and the hotel provides an Ice Cream Station offering double scoops of ice cream with toppings ($6) and a house-baked Apple Pie Station ($6).

CHINATOWN SUMMER NIGHTS (Music)
KCRW’s Summer Nights heads to Chinatown on Saturday night at 8 pm with DJs Jason Bentley and Aaron Byrd. Check out Chinatown’s street party with music, art galleries, food trucks, shops, cooking demos, video projections, beer and more.

ANIME EXPO (Manga + comics)
Anime Expo (AX), the largest anime and manga convention in North America, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, from July 1-4. Dedicated to Japanese art and culture, the expo features anime film and television previews, gaming, comics, cosplay, music performances and more. Tickets: $55 (single day, adult).

THE HIGH ART OF RIDING LOW (Cars + art)
On Saturday, The Petersen Automotive Museum opens its newest exhibition to the public, The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón e Inspiración. The exhibition, which examines lowriders as an “artistic catalyst and cultural icon” features lowrider cars, including “El Muertorider” and “El Rey,” as well as works by Chicano artists. The High Art of Riding Low runs through June 3, 2018. There’s an opening reception tonight [Thursday] and tickets are $45.

POLITICAL JERK (Comedy + Talk)
Political Jerk is a comedy/talk/variety show that takes place at the NerdMelt Showroom on Saturday at 7 pm. Hosted by Tiffany Aleman, Christine Medrano and Jason Van Glass, the night features Jake Weisman, Matt Kirshen, Andy Erikson Stein, Asif Ali, Dominique Johnson, Michael Gabriel and Men of Leisure: Erica Fortes, John Holmes, Ambika Chottera, Angi Chan Ogburn, Tiffany Aleman. More surprises are promised, too. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

CANADA’S BIRTHDAY (Party)
Canadians Abroad of Southern California teams up with the Canadian Consulate in LA to present a 150th birthday party for Canada at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood on Saturday at 7 pm. The event features performances from Maestro Fresh Wes (The Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop), Flo Soul and DJ spinning the hottest tunes, and will be emceed by Canada’s Queen of Comedy, Carla Collins. All ages. General admission tickets start at $25 with dinner packages available.

FIRST PEOPLES, NEW VOICES (Hip hop)
Grand Performances in DTLA presents hip hop in a whole new light on Saturday night. First Peoples, New Voices is a new series that features artists from various North American Indigenous communities who use contemporary music, dance, and theater to share their stories and experiences. Saturday’s focus is on indigenous Hip Hop, spoken word and world-renowned dancers. The performance will also include a collaborative performance with the contemporary poet Mare Advertencia Lirika (Zapotec) from Oaxaca, Mexico and LA-based MC RedCloud.

VELOCITY (Art)
Launch LA presents the group art exhibition, Volocity, with an opening reception on Saturday night from 6-10 pm. View abstract paintings by Philippa Blair, Jenny Hager, Tim Hussey, Christopher Mercier, Bryan Ricci, Ana Rodriguez and Nano Rubio. The show runs through July 16.

SUNDAY, JULY 2

DIRTY PENNI FEST 2 (Music)
Dirty Laundry TV, Penniback Records and The Echo team up for Dirty Penni Fest 2, a day of music at the Echo and Echoplex on Sunday. There are DJs, vendors and food trucks with three stages of music. The lineup includes Deap Vally, The Shrie, Plague Vendor, Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show and many others. Tickets: $20. Doors at 2 pm.

JOKERS & ACES (Comedy)
Jokers & Acesis a stage show that features both magicians and comedians and it returns to The NerdMelt Showroom on Sunday at 7 pm. Comic Eddie Furth and magician Taylor Hughes bring us the following lineup: Joel Ward (Penn & Teller Fool Us, The Magic Castle), Allen Strickland Williams (Conan), Naathan Phan (America’s Got Talent), Brandie Posey (Riot LA, Lady To Lady Podcast, Picture This!), David & Leeman (Penn & Teller Fool Us, America’s Got Talent, The Late Late Show) and Brodie Reed (Hot Tub, Meltdown, writer on @Midnight). Tickets: $8.

#THEKICKBACKLA (Party)
Budweiser presents #THEKICKBACKLA on the Patio at Boardners in Hollywood on Sunday from 3-7 pm. Giveaways, music by DJ PRINTZ and more. Free entry with RSVP. Ages 21+.

2017 CULVER CITY CENTENNIAL WESTSIDE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL (Eats + drinks)
Culver City’s 2017 Centennial Celebration continues with the 2017 Culver City Centennial Westside Food & Wine Festival, which features food, wines, and spirits to raise money for Backpacks for Kids, Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, and YouCaring, on Sunday from 4:30 to 8 pm (VIP 4 pm) at the Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside in Culver City. The event also features a silent auction, ambient music by DJ Gabe; live guitar by Kevin G; magic by Fantastic Paul, fortune telling and psychics, too. Tickets: $75 per person; $85 at the door. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $100 per person; $110 at the door.

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