Father's Day weekend in Los Angeles offers up indie art exhibits, the beauty of bug sounds - really - and live music galore.
What: Matt & Kim
Why: Kick your weekend off by kicking your heels up with this Brooklyn-based duo’s summery, dance-happy feel good punk/pop. The group’s infectious single “Cameras” is only the tip of their musical iceberg.
When: 8pm, Tickets $20
Where: The Music Box, 6126 Hollywood Boulevard, at North Gower Avenue, (323-464-0808 or musicboxtheatre.com)
What: Insect Ensemble
Why: This evening event on the terrace of the Hammer Museum will feature sound curator Jessica Catron and a crew of other musicians creating music that imitates the ambient sound of bugs. We’re hoping they go heavy on the grasshopper.
When: 6pm, Tickets $10
Where: Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, at Westwood Boulevard, (310-443-7000 or hammer.ucla.edu)
What:50% Off Thai Food!
Why: Soi 56, a Hollywood Thai favorite, is shuttering its doors June 19 with hopes to relocate to Thai Town later this year. To say "thanks" to locals who have supported the business, owner Katy Noochlaor is offering every guest 50% off their entire bill - so dig in!
When: Friday and Saturday, 5pm - 11pm
Where: Soi 56, 1556 North Cahuenga Blvd. (323-962-5656 or www.soi56.com)
What: Make Music Pasadena
Why: Spread throughout nearly a dozen ad-hoc venues throughout downtown Pasadena, this free, day-long music festival features music you’d generally be willing to pay for, including sets from Best Coast, Ra Ra Riot, The Morning Benders, Hello Seahorse! and a DJ set from Morning Becomes Eclectic’s Jason Bentley.
When: 11am, Free
Where: Downtown Pasadena, for more information visit makemusicpasadena.org
What: Silent Disco with DJ Motion Potion
Why: If you’ve never experienced the joy that is a silent disco, get yourself to Santa Monica on Saturday night, when DJ Motion Potion will pump his ecstatic mashups into 400 headphones. If you’ve got one on, you’ll be dancing, if you don’t, you’ll be enviously watching the crowd get down, in silence.
When: Doors 8pm, Tickets $10
Where: Central S.A.P.C., 1348 14th Street, at Santa Monica Boulevard, (310-451-5040 or centralsapc.com)
What: The Shpongletron Experience
Why: The Shpongletron Experience is a tripped out audio/visual art and music extravaganza featuring music from electro favorites EOTA and Random Rab and visuals by Zebbler. Organizers advise to “expect sights and sounds to become one as we dance away into the cosmos,” which, really, is all that needs to be said.
When: 8pm, Tickets $25-$35, all ages
Where: The Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Boulevard, at South Western Avenue (213-380-5005 or livenation.com)
What: Highland Springs Lavender Festival
Why: Get all old timey on Father’s Day at this charming festival, which will feature horse drawn carriage rides, music from the Celtic Springs Band, lavender inspired eats (including lavender honey ice cream and lavender marinated beef brisket), an organic marketplace and a petting zoo.
When: 10am - 6pm, $5 adults, $3 children
Where: Highland Springs Resort, 10600 Highland Springs Avenue, Cherry Valley, (951-769-3204 or hsresort.com)
What: Father’s Day at The Autry
Why: Help dad fulfill his Wild West fantasies at this family friendly event at Griffith Park’s The Autry museum. The lineup includes music from the Western Music Association, docent-led tours, gold panning and story telling.
When: 11am - 5pm, Admission $10 for adults, $4 for children under 12
Where: The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way, in Griffith Park, (323-667-2000 or theautry.org)
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