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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, both outside and in air-conditioned venues.

FRIDAY, JUNE 16

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SLEEPLESS: THE MUSIC CENTER AFTER HOURS (Party)
The next installment of Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours series happens from 11:30 pm on Friday to 3 am on Saturday. The event allows guests to explore the living maze of Walt Disney Concert Hall and features a backstage exploration of WDCH by the collective behind the Griffith Park Tea House. Other installations includes a birch tree maze designed by scenic artist Martin Vallejo with soundscape by Ed Barguiarena and lighting by Sohail Najafi; beats by Anthony Valadez and DJ Phatrick, including artist Jesse Gilbert’s real-time video capture of the crowd, distorted and projected in large scale; an electro-industrial dance party in the Founders Room curated by dublab and more. Tickets: $20 in advance; $30 at the door.

BLOOMSDAY (James Joyce party)
The Hammer Museum’s eighth annual Bloomsday is a celebration of the characters and events of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The museum’s Bloomsday celebration features a staged reading of James Joyce’s only play, Exiles, by actors John Lee, James Lancaster, Brenda Meaney, Johnny O’Callaghan and Síle Bermingham. Live music by Rattle the Knee follows the reading. Of course, there will be Guinness on tap and Irish snacks available in the courtyard.

FRIDAY FLIGHTS (Art + Music)
The Friday Flights series returns to the Getty this summer beginning on June 16 from 6-9, tapping L.A. artists in various mediums to respond to the Getty's architecture, grounds and collections through the creation of musical interventions and art installations. Expect electronic music, sound projects, poetry, dance, film—and the unexpected. The 2017 season kicks off on Friday with a collaboration between visual artist Brendan Fernandes and musician How To Dress Well for Free Fall 49, “a dance, sculptural installation, and performance wherein dancers fall 49 times, once for every victim of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.” Music by guitarists William Tyler and Noveller and musician Sam Rowell. Friday Flights are free, but parking is $10-$15.

KTOWN NIGHT MARKET (Food)
The KTOWN Night Marketreturns on Friday and Saturday to the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Koreatown. Food vendors will be serving up Korean street food like ddukbokki, fish cake, kimbap, fried chicken and more, while food trucks Seoul Sausage Co., The Middle Feast, The Chairman and Street Churros are expected. Desserts from Stick House, Mix*E, Milk & Honey. Also, The Silk Show comes to the Night Market this weekend, a sample sale of streetwear brands at 50-80 percent off retail. Night Market hours: 4-11 pm on Friday and 2-11 pm on Saturday. Admission is $2 online + fees and $5 at the door.

SATURDAY, JUNE 17

FRED 62 (Birthday party)
Fred 62, Los Feliz’s 24-hour, retro-themed diner turns 20, chef and co-founder Fred Eric is hosting a party on Saturday night. The diner will be serving complimentary minis of menu food and drink classics from 9 pm to midnight (or until the food runs out).

MAUDIE (Film + Q&A)
The critically acclaimed film Maudie, directed by Aisling Walsh, is based on the story of folk artist Maud Lewis and her unlikely romance with a hardened reclusive bachelor, Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke). It opens this weekend, and there’s a Q&A with director Walsh after the Saturday, 7:30 pm show at the ArcLight Hollywood. Tickets: $17.75.

L.A. DESSERT FESTIVAL (Sweets)
NYC's popular Dessert Goals festival arrives in L.A. on Saturday at the Cooper Design Space. General admission tickets are sold out, so the only way to get in is to buy tix for workshops ($50), which come with general admission (1.5 hour tasting slots). There are approximately 30 dessert vendors with an approximately $5 price point for each dessert. You do get a few things with the entrance fee, including free candy from Dylan's Candy Bar, Boxed Water, almond milk and juices from Califia Farms, a can of Hi Brew coffee and more.

LA BEER WEEK (Drink + food)
LA Beer Week opens on Saturday and runs through June 25 with a number of great events happening throughout the city. The opening event, LA Beer Week Kickoff Festival, takes place on Saturday at the Los Angeles Center Studios with 75 craft breweries, more than 150 beers, live entertainment, great food and more.

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CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING FROM HOLLYWOOD (Wrestling)
Championship Wrestling From Hollywood (CWFH) and Meltdown Comics present The Red Carpet Roll-Out on Saturday beginning at 11 am. Hosted by Jervis Cottonbelly, CWFH is the first-ever professional wrestling event to emanate from inside the comic book store. Watch top professional wrestlers, including Hollywood Heritage Champion “Professional” Peter Avalon, United Television Champion Scorpio Sky, United Tag Team Champions PAC-3, international superstar Rocky Romero and others. Admission is free.

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BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! (Comedy + music)
Bob’s Burgers Live! Is at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday and Sunday nights. The shows feature stand-up and musical performances with the BOB’s cast, creator/EP Loren Bouchard, a special house band, EL VY, featuring The National’s Matt Berninger, and surprise celebrity guest appearances. Scheduled to perform at the live show are H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher); Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher); Eugene Mirman (Gene Belcher); Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher); John Roberts (Linda Belcher); and Larry Murphy (Uncle Teddy). 7 pm both nights. Tickets: $59-$80.

LANGER’S 70TH ANNIVERSARY (Food)
Langer’s Delicatessen Restaurant—known worldwide for its pastrami—celebrates its 70th anniversary on Saturday from 8 am to 4 pm with a half-price menu for all their dine-in customers. Order up the world-famous #19 pastrami sandwich (pastrami, coleslaw, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing on double-baked rye) or corned beef on rye or Langer’s pastrami chili cheese fries. It doesn’t matter because they’re all ½ off. (Take out, catering, delivery etc. are all regular prices.)

VIRTUAL REALITY ELEVATED (VR + Cannabis)
GRASSFED & The Art Of Edibles presents the event, Virtual Reality Elevated, in DTLA on Saturday from 8 pm to midnight. Guests can experience fully immersive virtual reality entertainment while partaking in unlimited cannabis tastings in our vape bar, infused treats, and more. Tickets: $45, $95 for VIP (extended play time and a gift bag). Ages 21+.

TRANSFORMERS THROUGH THE YEARS (Screenings + family fun)
In advance of the opening of Transformers: The Last Knight, The Paley Center for Media presents Transformers Through the Years: A Super-Saturday Family Screening Celebration on Saturday. The day includes a premiere screening of a new Transformers animated episode, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, and select fan favorites Transformers (1984), Transformers: Beast Wars (1996), Transformers Animated (2007) and Transformers Prime (2010). The event is free and open to the public from 12-5 pm. The first 350 kids to attend will receive a free Transformers toy.

LUX AETERNA (Classical + chorale)
From Saturday through June 22, The Los Angeles Master Chorale tackles works by six Los Angeles composers in a concert program that celebrates the 20th anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s choral masterwork Lux Aeterna. The Master Chorale’s 115 singers will be accompanied by a 47-piece orchestra and Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts. There’s a matinee concert at 2 pm on Saturday (tickets start at $29); a concert, gala and party onstage on Sunday night (tickets start at $100) and a group sing on June 22.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18

DOCUMENTARY NOW (TV screening)
The LA Film Festival is in full swing with an eclectic lineup of films, TV screenings and panels. We wanted to call out the free screenings of the IFC series Documentary Now!on Sunday at the ArcLight Culver City at 12:30 pm. LAFF presents every episode back-to-back on the big screen. If you haven’t seen it, the show stars Fred Armisen and Bill Hader who sublimely and simultaneously spoof and pay homage to some of the world's best-known documentaries.

MACLEOD ALE’s THIRD ANNIVERSARY (Beer + party)
MacLeod Ale Brewing Co. celebrates its third anniversary with a Cask Ale Festival on Sunday from 12-5 pm at their Van Nuys taproom. In addition to offering 12 of their own Cask Marque-accredited pours, the festival also features more than 20 cask brews from some of Southern California's most acclaimed breweries and a special limited-edition series of staff-brewed beers. There are beer-focused panel discussion and live music sets throughout the day. Traditional British pub fare will be available, too. Tickets: $20, $35 (entry at 1 pm) and VIP $50 (unlimited drink tickets and entrance at 12 pm).

ADLTSWM - THE POOL PARTY (Party)
The organizers behind A Night at The Haunted Mansion, Hollywood Babylon, Singles Going Steady, A Midsummer Nights Dream and more invite you to Adltswm, a poolside party at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday from 1-7 pm. DJs Pleasure Principle, Justin Cornwall, Jes Danz and others spin the tunes. Admission is free with RSVP.

REGGAE NIGHT XVI (Music)
Woo hoo! The Hollywood Bowl has officially opened its 2017 season. Reggae Night XVItakes place on Sunday night with headliner Ziggy Marley playing with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra a set of his and his father’s music. The Specials and Keith & Tex open the show. 7 pm. Tickets start at $14.

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'Play!' is an new exhibition that opens at the Autry Museum on Sunday. (Image: Courtesy of the Museum)


PLAY (Art installations + gaming)
Autry Museum of the American West opens the exhibition Play! on Sunday. Play!—meant for kids and adults alike—“highlights the universal aspects of play while emphasizing the changing concepts of childhood and the social meanings of toys.” The exhibition focuses on 20th century Western toy companies and designers such as Mattel, Wham-O and Disney, and how their products have influenced the ways we play. Play! Gives visitors ample opportunity to immerse themselves in gaming and playing. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors 60+, $6 for children ages 3-12, and free for Autry members, veterans, and children age 2 and under. Admission is also free on the second Tuesday of the month.

FATHER’S DAY FOOD TRUCK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL (Food + beer)
Angel City Brewery holds its third annual Father’s Day Food Truck and Music Festival on Sunday from 12-6 pm. Buy Dad a Citrus Wheat (an ale made with mandarin, tangerine and lime) or another Angel City Brew to pair with BrewWings, Market Burgers and Kai Kai Dumplings. The music begins at 2 pm with Naked Walrus, Ghost Lit Kingdom, Waterparx and NOVALA.

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