Every week in Los Angeles there are tons of great things to do (even before the weekend gets started) that we think you ought to have on your radar. With that in mind, we put together a list every Monday morning to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the city you love (or maybe just like).
This week, from Monday, June 6 to Friday, June 10, features giant bunny sculptures, free museum days, Election Fever, the DTLA Art Walk, a Great Horror Campout, Friday Night Wine Tastings, a Sanrio Takeover, and LOTS more.
Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!
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Monday June 6th,2016
1. Giant Bunny Sculptures in DTLA
Intrude is an acclaimed public installation created by Australian artist Amanda Parer featuring “monumental sculptural rabbits, each sewn in white nylon, inflated and internally lit.” The installations will be coming to Los Angeles June 5-11 as part of a four-city U.S. tour that kicked off in New York this April.
2. Magic Monday at the Santa Monica Playhouse
Kick off your week with one of the best weekly magic shows in Los Angeles, now playing at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Be sure to grab discount tickets for show via our friends at Goldstar.
3. LA Film Festival
The LA Film Festival lineup includes over 50 features and shorts from nearly 30 different countries from June 1-9 all screened at ArcLight Cinemas.
4. Dinosaurs: Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo
The L.A. Zoo will play host to some prehistoric residents. Come get up close and personal with 17 life-size animatronic dinosaurs some reaching almost 22 feet high and weighing close to 7,000 pounds. Additions to the new exhibit are a Fossil Dig, controllable Stegosaurus, climbable Pachyrhinosaurus, and a free 3-D augmented reality app. Tickets cost $5 the exhibit will run till October 31st.
Tuesday June 7th, 2016
5. The Alchemist’s Lab: A Victorian Escape Room
Imagine this… you are part of the Scotland Yard task force assigned to investigate an alchemist’s lab where you’ll have to uncover his secret plans and unlock his treasure chest. Sounds like your kind of event? Visit Oddville Art Space and bring your A game this escape room won the Best Interactive Award at the 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia. Get more information and discount tickets all week via Goldstar.
6. Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass 3D, Plus Pre-Show at El Capitan Theatre
Join Alice, the Mad Hatter and the rest of the colorful characters in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass. The film will be shown in 3D, come early for a pre-screening light show and to view the costumes and props from the movie. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
7. Food Truck Night at The California Heritage Museum
Food truck night at the museum host a big selection of gourmet food trucks every Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the California Heritage Museum on Main Street.
8. Prince’s Birthday Bash at The Crest
Prince’s birthday is this Tuesday and The Crest Theatre in Westwood is throwing a party with live music, food trucks, a bar and a screening of Purple Rain!
9. Almost Famous at Mr. C’s Poolside Cinema
Spend an evening beneath Mr.C’s poolside tent enjoying dinner, cocktails, popcorn and of course a classic film. Poolside Cinema will feature Almost Famous.
10. 42nd Street at The Pantages Theatre
42nd Street tells a story of an inexperienced chorus girl who finds herself stepping into huge success. The Tony award winning musical comedy from the 80’s is set during the Great Depression, with memorable numbers, such as “We’re in the Money,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” Get more information and discount tickets for this weeks show via Goldstar.
11. Uncalled Four
Denver Post pot critic Jake Browne plays host for Uncalled Four a live action comedy game show where the audience gets to play along and win prizes. Taking place at the Nerdmelt the panel will include Will Weldon, Ian Karmel, Megan Koester, and Paul Brittain.
12. CHROMA at the Altadena Library
On Tuesday the Altadena Library District will present a FREE performance from award winning children’s theatre group, CHROMA in the Community Room of the Main library.
13. World Rhythms at Descanso Gardens
The music series feature world music and dance performances celebrating the human connection to nature and gardens. Bring a picnic or purchase from Patina, this is a great family-friendly event in a gorgeous setting. World Rhythms will run every Tuesday from June 7 to July 26 from 6-7 p.m.
14. LACMA Tuesday Matinee Film Series Screens Sylvia Scarlett
Every week LACMA screens a classic film, the ongoing Tuesday Matinee film series cost $2 for members and $4 for non members.
15. Free Museum Days Tuesday
- Kidspace Children’s Museum (from 4:00pm to 8:00pm)
- Natural History Museum
- Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits
Wednesday June 8th, 2016
16. Last Remaining Seats
The Los Angeles Conservancy’s classic film screening series Last Remaining Seats returns to DTLA this week with a month-long set of events showcasing our most historic movie venues in town. This week To Kill a Mockingbird will be screened at the Million Dollar Theatre.
17. Radio Picture Show
The wildly entertaining Radio Picture Show is back at The Virgil. RPS invites talented writers, actors and comedians to share true stories inspired by a song or picture of their choosing. Often this media is used in unexpected and hilarious ways.
18. Lunchtime Yoga Retreat
Get your sun salutations on in the middle of Downtown in Grand Park! The free yoga class starts at 12:15 p.m. and runs to 1 p.m.
Thursday June 9th, 2016
19. Election Fever Screening of Bulworth at the Hammer Museum
The UCLA Hammer Museum is holding a variety of free politically themed screenings and talks. This week they will screen Bulworth at 7:30 p.m.
20. Street Style Cinema
The Grove together with Who What Wear are putting on a free movie screening under the stars every Thursday during the summer. Screening this week is Pretty Women! Enjoy DJs, themed cocktails and a photo booth. Snag free valet parking by donating a book to Baby2Baby.
21. The Downtown Art Walk
The Downtown Art Walk has been an L.A. cultural phenomenon bringing in art enthusiasts and locals together every second Thursday of each month. Art galleries, shops, bars and more open up for one big party celebrating art and DTLA for one fine night. This month the second annual Art Walk Short Film Festival will return for a night of thought provoking films from several of LA’s most talented artists and filmmakers.
22. ‘After 5’ Music Series at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
Arts District gallery Hauser Wirth & Schimmel will be offering a brand new ‘After 5’ weekly music series all summer long. Guests will be able to enjoy a mix of live bands and DJ sets, craft cocktails from The Spare Room, plus Russian hand-pies from the Airstream kitchen of Pirozhki LA. Guest will also be given access to the ARTBOOK bookstore and all current exhibitions.
23. The Unauthorized Musical Parody of The Big Lebowski
Watch the Coen Brothers’ classic comedy The Big Lebowski in musical form now through July 22 at The Rockwell Table & Stage. Get more information and discount tickets for Thursday and Friday via Goldstar.
24. Hollywood Fringe Festival
The Hollywood Fringe Festival (June 9-26) offers over 1,500 performances in various spaces across the city. Come for comedy, drama, cabaret, dance and more.
25. Second Annual Surfs Up San Gabriel
Food trucks, live music, kids’ games and family fun will fill the historic Mission District this Thursday for the Surf’s Up San Gabriel summer kickoff street party. The free community event will include live music from Beach Boys cover band Woodie and the Longboards, a beer and wine garden, kids’ games and activities and a hula performance. Grab dinner at several food trucks, including Kogi BBQ, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Poke 2 Go, Slammin’ Sliders, The Greasy Wiener, Paradise Cookies and Ice Cream, Get Shaved, Scoops on Tap and more.
26. Free Museums This Thursday
- The Japanese American National Museum offers free admission from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. every Thursday.
- Every Thursday evening from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. admission is free to both the MOCA on Grand and The Geffen Contemporary.
- The Skirball Cultural Center is free to all every Thursday.
Friday June 10th, 2016
27. Sanrio Take Over at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
Starting this Friday, Plan Check Kitchen + Bar will be teaming up with Sanrio to celebrate two very cute characters Pompompurin and Chococat in an exclusive multi-course menu that’s set to run through Sunday, July 10. If you can get over the cuteness you can nosh on a Pompompurin grilled sandwich and a Chococat Cookie as part of the menu!
28. Barnsdall Park’s Friday Night Wine Tasting
All summer long Barnsdall Art Park has a weekly wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation programs and projects. Perched on a hill with a gorgeous panoramic view of Hollywood, guests will enjoy fine wine and art in the gardens of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural gem, Hollyhock House. Silver Lake Wine will curate fine selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines for park-goers as well as local gourmet cheese shop, Say Cheese.
29. Free Grand Performances in DTLA
This Friday Grand Performances will screen Prejudice and Pride, episode 5 of the PBS series, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History with a discussion to follow.
30. 42 screens at Skirball
Skirball Cultural Center’s monthly outdoor screening series Take Me Out to the Movies continues this June with a special screening of 42 complete with DJ’d music, ballpark themed snacks like cracker jacks and hot dogs, plus full access to the Skirball galleries. Discount tickets can be found on Goldstar.
31. The Great Horror Campout
The Great Horror Campout is a 12 hour immersive horror camping experience at Elysian Park. We spotted discount tickets via Goldstar saving up to $50 off, while supplies last.
32. LA PRIDE Music Festival and Parade
The 46th annual LA PRIDE Music Festival & Parade returns to West Hollywood June 10-12 for a three-day weekend featuring the largest largest LGBTQ ticketed event in the United States and of course Sunday’s public morning parade.
33. Free Shark Lagoon Nights At The Aquarium of the Pacific
Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights.
34. La Bohème
Puccini’s La Bohème comes to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a limited engagement. Get more information and discount tickets via Goldstar.
35. Friday Flights at The Getty
This FREE summer series kicks off this week! Expect music, special projects, dance, film and more. On the program, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Michael Parker & Wesley Hicks, wild Up’s Chris Kallmyer and Kianí del Valle.
36. Da FUNction!
Healthy food movement activist Ron Finley is headed to Vermont Square Library June 10-11 for his annual free community event called Da FUNction! featuring local artisans, performing artists, yoga, a hammock forrest, gangsta gardening, food trucks, a movie screening and much more.
37. 2016 Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival
Get a taste of luxury during the Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival from June 9-12. Sample from 64 of the best chefs and restaurants including MR. CHOW, Mastros, Bottega Louie and much more.
38. Friday Night Jazz at LACMA
LACMA’s award winning Department of Music Program provides hundreds of free concerts and musical events every year for Angelenos to enjoy. This Friday their jazz series continues at the BP Grand Entrance.
39. Free Museums This Friday
- The Long Beach Museum of Art is free every Friday.
- The Norton Simon Museum is free from 5 p.m. – 8p.m. this Friday.
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