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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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Here are 20 of our favorite events happening right here in L.A. this weekend. Think we missed something or you just want other options? Check out LAist’s June Guide, too.


The Academy presents Boyz n the Hood 25th Anniversary screening and conversation on Friday night at 7:30 pm at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Director John Singleton, actors Morris Chestnut, Tyra Ferrell and Nia Long, former Columbia Pictures executive Stephanie Allain, producer Steve Nicolaides, editor Bruce Cannon, composer Stanley Clarke and others, discuss the relevance of the film 25 years later. The evening will be moderated by Elvis Mitchell. Other events in The Academy’s series are Baby Boy on June 14 and Rosewood on June 17.

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OUT THERE (Art Exhibition)
Out There, an art exhibition that celebrates the LGBT experience, opens just in time for Pride Weekend. Juried by William Escalera and Francisco George, the opening reception is from 6 to 9 pm Friday and runs through June 17. The gallery holds special Sunday hours from 10 am to 5 pm during the Pride Parade. Dozens of participating artists, including Adco, Jim Erwin, Dwora Fried, Tori White, Monica Wyatt and Mara Zaslove.

The Great Horror Campout is this weekend (choose from Friday or Saturday night). The 12-hour, overnight, interactive horror camping experience is jam packed with adventures, taking inspiration from the new Freeform show Dead of Summer. Campers can choose their levels of adventure (high- vs. low-octane). Tickets: $99-$119 per person (depending on 2- or 4-person tent). Gates open at 7 pm, and all campers must arrive by 9 pm when the gates close.

Mutual Benefit,the folk-pop project of Jordan Lee, plays Resident on Friday night in support of the band’s sophomore album, Skip a Sinking Stone. Florist, Jay Som open the show. Doors at 8 pm. Tickets: $12-$15. 21+.

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE (Bike Ride)Midnight Ridazz presents a Choose your Own Adventure Ride on Friday night in North Hollywood. Based on the books of the same name, riders get to choose their own path(s) to ride. Bring a bike, a helmet and lights for a sub-20 mile, casually paced, flat ride. There are stops on the ride, where a question is posed to the group. Once you decide upon your answer, you then follow the ride leader going your way. The ride then regroups, and ride together til another choice must be made. Participants will see some cool spots along the Sherman Oaks/North Hollywood area, and should be done before the last train to Hollywood. The ride ends where it begins. Meet at Magnolia and Tujunga at 8 pm. The ride leaves at 9 pm. Free.

L.A. PRIDE (Festival)
LA Pride Festival & Parade weekend takes place from June 10-12 where thousands and thousands of revelers—gay, bi, trans, questioning and straight alike—take to the the streets of WeHo for one of the largest celebrations of the LGBTQ communities and their allies. The weekend will feature performances by Carly Rae Jepsen, Krewella, Charli XCX, Big Freedia and more. General admission single-day/weekend passes: $25-$45. Weekend VIP is $125. (Friday night is free).

The Friday Flights summer series returns to the Getty beginning this Friday from 6-9 pm, tapping L.A. artists in various media 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. Performers on Friday’s program are Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Michael Parker & Wesley Hicks, wild Up’s Chris Kallmyer and Kianí del Valle. Friday Flights are free.

Fleetmac Wood is a party/dance/night dedicated to Fleetwood Mac that features edits, remixes and original Fleetwood Mac tracks (no covers) set to visuals. The Crystal Visions party takes place at The Regent on Friday night with DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing at the helm. A few rules of the house: (1) If you’re not that into Fleetwood Mac, then don’t come; (2) Don’t drag a friend along who doesn’t like the Mac either. 10:30 pm. Tickets: $15-$20.

Re Creo Supper Club, a private dining event hosted by Chef Jean Valcarcel (Mo-Chica), presents the Mexihco pop up on Friday and Saturday night at 8 pm in the Arts District. Seats at the dinner are available to the public for a suggested donation of $100. Dishes include: Pomegranate-glazed Pork Belly Taco; and Huitlacoche "Risotto" with Tomato Water Poached Prawns. The price includes a welcome cocktail. Guests are welcome to BYOB.

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ANDY DICK (Comedy)
Andy Dick headlines Flappers Comedy Club and Restaurant Friday for two shows at 8 pm and 10 pm. Dick’s You Never Know is a show that’s part-storytelling, part improv and part miscellany. The Friday shows serve as a prelude to his weekly residency beginning July 3 at 9 pm. Tickets: $20.


Make Music Pasadena is the largest free, all-ages music festival on the west coast. Held on June 11 from 11 am to 11 pm, the festival brings together people for great music—150 acts performing on six main stages and 30 supporting venues. The lineup features performances by Atlas Genius, Phantoms, The Mowgli’s, Small Black, Nahko and Medicine for the People, PAPA, James Supercave, Pr0files, GROVES, Evol Walks, Annuals, Dutch Party, The Fontaines, Jose Galvez, Kid Cadaver, Valley Queen, Tall Tales & the Silver Lining, Givers & Takers, Laura Jean Anderson, The Americans and Little Brazil. Vendor booths, food trucks will be available and there are special activities throughout the day.

EPIC CARNIVAL (Art + Music + Food)
Daniel Rolnik Gallery is holding an Epic Carnival on Saturday from noon to 11 pm in celebration of a new art exhibition by Keith Dugas (Krossd). There will also be more than 30 local artists as vendors outside in the courtyard; and 10 bands and 10 comedians performing outside from 12:30-9:30 pm (inspired by Dugas' collection of classic comedy by Lenny Bruce and records by The Germs).

Now in its third year, Mixed Remixed is a free film, book and media festival that celebrates and raises awareness of the mixed-race and multiracial experience of both families and individuals. The festival takes over the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo on Friday and Saturday beginning 10 am. There’s spoken word and live music as well as workshops and film screenings throughout the music.

Roberts & Tilton presents an exhibition of new works by David Huffman this weekend. (Image: Courtesy of Huffman and the gallery)
Roberts & Tilton in Culver City presents, Worlds in Collision, an exhibition of new works by David Huffman. From the gallery: “Combining modern African Diaspora, the aesthetics of science fiction, urban vernacular, and the idioms of abstraction, David Huffman's paintings interrogate the politics of race through the increasingly subtle yet potent iconography of the basketball. Huffman uses the basketball, a readymade ingrained with its own vocabulary, as both an abstraction and spectrum to gauge the mutability of the present against the volatile presence of history.” The opening reception is on Saturday from 6-8 pm with Huffman’s works on view through July 9.

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 Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on Saturday. At 4 pm, Etheria presents the feature film,The Love Witch, followed by a Q&A with director Anna Biller and film journalist Alyse Wax. After the feature, six new short films and an awards ceremony that honors Jackie Kong (Blood Diner) to receive 2016 Inspiration Award. Separate tickets ( $11) needed for the feature and short film programs. The after party begins around 10:30 pm at Sonny McLean’s.

The Broad’s first special exhibition, Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life, opens on Saturday, featuring more than 120 works Sherman, including large, site-specific wall murals and other pieces that have been seen in Los Angeles. The Broad’s show is the first museum exhibition of the artist’s work in nearly 20 years. The exhibition is mostly drawn from The Broad’s collection; the museum has the world’s largest holdings of the Sherman’s work. From The Broad: “Organized by guest curator Philipp Kaiser and presented in the home city of the filmmaking industry, the exhibition showcases Sherman’s engagement with 20th century popular film and celebrity, drawing on cinema’s role in the shaping of identity and stereotypes.” Imitation of Life will be on view through Oct. 2.

letlive. (Art + Music)
The L.A. punk band letlive. has an art show and record release party at Lethal Amounts in DTLA on Friday night at 8 pm. There's a silent auction of works commissioned by the band that are based on songs from their new album If I'm the Devil.... The proceeds from the sales of the art pieces will go to charity (A Better LA and Inner City Arts). Bites will be served courtesy of Donut Friend and Pizzanista.


The Made in L.A. bienniale opens this weekend at the Hammer Museum. (Image: Mark Verabioff)
MADE IN L.A. (Art)
MADE IN L.A.: a, the, through, only: The Hammer Museum opens the third installment of its biennial Made in L.A. exhibition on June 12. A, the, through, only highlights the works of 26 emerging and under-recognized artists working in Southern California in diverse disciplines, including Martine Syms, Wadada Leo Smith, Kenneth Tam, Gala Porras-Kim, Margaret Honda, Rafa Esparza and others.

LOS ANGELES RIVER RIDE (Bike Ride + Fundraiser)
The 16th Annual Los Angeles River Ride benefitting the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)—a nonprofit working to make all communities in L.A. County into healthy, safe, and fun places to ride a bike—takes place on Sunday. Beginning at 7 am with staggered start times, participants can choose from seven different bicycle routes for all ages and abilities, including a kids' bike rodeo and a 100-mile century ride. Participants can enjoy pit stops, entertainment and a goodie bag, a t-shirt, a medal, a beer garden with one complimentary drink (for those 21 and older), and a commemorative photo. Online registration is now closed, but you can still sign up on the day of the ride beginning at 6 a.m. at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Kids 12 and under ride for free, and other rides are $50-$80. All ride registrations include a 1-year membership to LACBC.

VIVA SGV! (Open Streets Event)
On Sunday, the cities of El Monte and South El Monte hold their first-ever Viva SGV! a 7.2 mile, open streets event that runs from 10 am to 3 pm. The car-free event takes over several city streets and the Rio Hondo Bike Path. As with many open streets events, plan to stop, shop and have fun between riding, walking, skating or jogging along the route because there are entertainment stages, food, vendors and games as well as local businesses to explore without the barrier of the car. El Monte streets of Valley Mall and Tyler Avenue, and South El Monte Streets including a small section of Santa Anita Avenue, Central Avenue and Rush Street, will be completely closed to vehicular traffic (with the exception of monitored car crossing points). The day kicks off with opening remarks at 9:30 am at the Metro Bike Hub (3501 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte). Metro has opened up to 2,000 parking spaces at the Metro station for participants to park at for free, in addition to running its normal Silver Line bus service to the hub.

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