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Weekend Planner: 21 Things To Do In Los Angeles

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a carefully curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 21 events. Don’t forget to check out our June Guide, too, for other suggestions including the Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival and Pride. We’ll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.


ART: Kate Micucci (of Garfunkel and Oates) went to college for fine arts and FLOOD Gallery shows her drawings, cartoons and paintings in a solo show Micucci Made This from Friday through June 17. There’s an opening night party tonight [Thursday] from 6-10 pm. RSVP needed.

COMEDY: Wheel Show—a showcase of sketches, games that are determined by the audience and the spin of a wheel—returns to Nerdmelt on Friday at 7 pm. Special guests are Laraine Newman and Kumail Nanjiani. Tickets: $8, $10 at the door.

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FOOD: Thrillist holds a Culinary Road Trip pop-up event this weekend, which brings together some of the best food from around the country to Siren Studios Orange in Hollywood. The menu features: New York City’s Black Seed Bagels, Chicago’s Gino’s East Deep Dish Pizza, New England’s Luke’s Lobster Rolls, Philly's Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks and Insomnia Cookies, Portland’s Lardo Sandwiches and Stumptown Coffee Cold Brew and DC’s Georgetown Cupcake and Sweetgreen Salad and more. There are three eating sessions to choose from per day from Friday to Sunday. Tickets: $33.

TV PARTY: Pivot TV’s variety show, Hitrecord on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, returns with a new season on Friday night at 10 pm featuring short films, music, animation, conversation and JGL and friends collaborations. To launch the second season, there’s a premiere party and Tweet along on Friday at the Fonda Theatre. Doors open at 6 pm and a new episode screens beginning promptly at 7 pm. People are encouraged to use the hashtag #HitRecordOnTV to join in the fun. Tickets start at $7.50.

DANCE PARTY: The Music Center hosts Friday night dance parties all summer long. The Bring Your Own Dance Moves series kicks off this week with LA DJs Peanut Butter Wolf, Egyptian Lover and Jimi Hey of Dublab spinning the tunes from 7-11 pm. A late night bar menu and $5 parking starts at 8 pm.

SUNSET SWIM: The Annenberg Beach House holds a Sunset Swimon Friday night from 6:30-9:30 pm. Bring your sarong or ukulele for a tropical, adult (18+) pool party. Tickets: $10 and includes a frozen fruit treat (1 per person, while they last).

ART: Los Angeles Art Association and the city of West Hollywood present the group art show, Out There, at Gallery 825 with an opening reception on Friday from 5-9 pm. The show celebrates the LGBT experience during WeHo’s Pride Month festivities. The show remains on view through June 19. Free.

MUSIC: The LA synth-pop duo Corsica Arts Club celebrates the release of its self-titled debut EP on Friday night at the Satellite. Also on the bill are Street Joy, StaG and the Fontaines. Doors 8:30 pm. Cover: $8. The show is 21+.


ART: On Saturday, Gallery1988 (West) presents the group show No Sad Stuff, dedicated to the film career of Tom Hanks, between the years 1984-94. The paintings, prints and sculptures reference Hanks’ films like The Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, The Burbs, Forrest Gump, Splash and Bachelor Party. The opening reception is from 7-10 pm on Saturday. The show remains on view through June 20.

FILM FEST: The LA Film Festival has several free screenings, including an outdoor screening of Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Love & Basketball on Saturday at 8 pm outdoors at FIGat7th. It’s the 15th anniversary screening of the ode to romance and basketball and the LAFF reunites Prince-Bythewood with her cast for the event, including Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Kyla Pratt, Glenndon Chatman, Gabrielle Union, Dennis Haysbert, Debbi Morgan and Alfre Woodard. Free.

SCRIPT READ: The next Black List Live! reading takes place on Saturday at 8 pm at the Montalban Theater. A great cast live reads the script The Shower, about meteorites crashing onto suburbia with the fumes from explosions turning the men into woman-eating alien monsters… The cast includes Chelsea Peretti, Gillian Jacobs, Kristen Schaal, Adam Pally, Ginger Gonzaga, Felicia Day and more. Tickets: $25.

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MUSIC: The Silver Lake Chorus plays a free show on Saturday night at Pilgrim Church in Silver Lake to celebrate the release of its self-titled debut album (out on Tuesday, June 16). The 25-person chorale group will sing rare and exclusive songs written for them by artists like Sia, Tegan & Sara, Aimee Mann, The Bird and The Bee and others. Doors at 7:30 pm, show at 8 pm. The all ages show is free, but donations gladly accepted.

FILM SHOWCASE: 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 Theater on Saturday. At 4 pm, Etheria presents the North American Premiere of the Australian feature-length horror film Inner Demon, directed by Ursula Dabrowsky. Following the feature, there’s a screening of six new short films and an awards ceremony that honors TV writer and producer Jane Espenson (Husbands, Once Upon a Time, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer). Separate tickets ( $11) needed for the feature and short film programs,

OUTDOOR FILM: There’s a free outdoor screening of The Princess Bride on Saturday at 8:15 pm in North Hollywood Park. It’s an easy walk from the NoHo Metro station. Pitfire Pizza is offering $5 off its picnic deal for the movie night.

COMEDY: There’s afuneral and memorial service of sorts on Saturday at NerdMelt for famed comedian Virgil Soapfloats (1885-2015) presented by fellow comedian Ian Abramson (creator of Seven Minutes in Purgatory). If you hadn’t guessed, Soapfloats isn’t a real person, but Abramson refuses to acknowledge this and instead commemorates the life of a non-existent comic. The first 50 to attend the funeral will receive a gift certificate to Virgil’s favorite restaurant Bob’s Big Boy (who’s also sponsoring the funeral). Tickets: $8, $10 at the door.

FILM: Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery screens Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing on Saturday night. Questlove’s on the turntables selecting a special set of tunes before and after the screening. Tickets start at $15. Gates at 7:15 pm and show at 9 pm. There’s a really cool silk screen print for the movie that’s being sold for $20 (only 100 available). MUSIC: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra celebrates the work of Walt Disney Animation Studios on Saturday at 7 pm at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA. The orchestra performs live to nine iconic Disney animated shorts. The program includes the world premieres of the scores for two fully restored 1920s-era Oswald the Lucky Rabbit shorts, “Poor Papa” (1927) and “Africa Before Dark” (1928). Tickets start at $35; tickets for the film and post-film cocktail party are $550.

PRIDE POOL PARTY: The Standard, Hollywood and Kim Anh present the 6th annual pool party for PRIDE weekend from 1-6 pm to celebrate life, love and diversity. The hotel’s flown in NYC’s Venus X for a two-hour DJ set poolside. Also spinning are Anh, Kittens and Newbody. Admission is free, but RSVP for guestlist.


FOOD TALK: As part of this weekend’s launch of the Los Angeles Library Foundation’s new project, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City, ALOUD presents a panel discussion on Sunday at 3 pm. Discussing L.A. food history and culture are chefs Joachim Splichal, Cynthia Hawkins and Ricardo Diaz in conversation with project curator Josh Kun. The event is currently standby only.

CHEESE: The artisan cheese shop, Cheesemongers of Sherman Oaks, hosts an open house on Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm (or while supplies last). The event will introduce customers to some great small-production cheeses and give attendees the opportunity to meet the makers of the cheese accompaniments and other products, sample products and learn about what they do.

RUNNING: The Color Run returns to Los Angeles on Saturday. The untimed race calls itself the “Happiest 5k on the Planet.” Bring your friends, wear white and get doused in colors along the run around Dodger Stadium. The 8 am race start has already sold out, but there’s another race that begins at 2 pm. Entry: 45-$49.50. Another cool running event on Saturday is the 2nd Annual Hollywood Sign Run. Do either a 5k trail run or an 8 mi to the sign. Entry: $45-$65 to benefit the Hollywood/Wilshire YMCA. The run begins at 9 am at the Old Griffith Park Zoo.

Related: LAist’s June Guide

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