Shopping, cycling, theater, design and an under-the-radar performance from hip-hop’s reigning soul child. It’s just another (amazing) weekend in Los Angeles. Get out, go, dance, enjoy it.
What: Los Angelesland
Why: Admittedly, a slide presentation doesn’t sound like the most exhilarating way to kickstart the weekend, but bear with author and humorist Charles Phoenix as he transports his audience to a (mostly) alternate world of sun, surf and smog via his side-splitting slide show Los Angelesland. Phoenix’s take on LA twists the city into a pseudo amusement park, complete with magical “lands” like Boyle Heights and downtown. No word yet on whether there will be stuffed character versions of Kobe Bryant and Mayor V.
When: 8:30pm, free
Where: California Plaza, 350 South Grand Avenue, at West 4th Street, (grandperformances.org)
What: Erykah Badu
Why: The high priestess of mystical hip-hop will hit The Roxy as her alter ego DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown as part of the Black Girls Rock & Soul Tour. Badu’s spin session will be bookended by performances from all girl go-go house band Be’la Donna, DJ Beverly Bond and soul trio KING, who was recently bestowed with the royal rock honor of opening for Prince.
When: 7:30pm, $30, ($40 at the door)
Where: The Roxy, 9009 West Sunset Boulevard, at Hammond Street, (310-276-2222 or theroxyonsunset.com)
What: Dwell on Design
Why: This three-day convention, curated by the editorial team at the house-envy inducing Dwell Magazine, will focus on modern conceptual and international design and include presentations from a fleet of assorted authors, designers, environmentalists, architects and other innovators. More than 300 exhibitors will showcase the latest in home design trends, and the show includes art fresh from the Venice Biennale.
When: June 24 - June 26, $30 - $45
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street, at West Pico Boulevard, (213-741-1151 or dod.dwell.com)
What: NativeLA Flea Market
Why: Vintage connoisseur online clothing outlet Native LA is hosting a flea market featuring the works of local artists, designers, and retail stores. Get your hands on a glut of unique pieces and exclusive finds, which NativeLA will be selling at mercifully affordable prices. Support an emerging generation of creative talent while sipping on free (FREE!) adult beverages and snacking on assorted food truck goodies.
When: Noon – 6pm
Where: 511 Molino Street, at East 4th Street, (shopnativela.com)
What: Big In Japan
Why: This first event in KCRW’s World Festival series features a roundup of Japanese music royalty, including Buffalo Daughter, the recently reunited Cibo Mato, electro-pop pioneers Yellow Magic Orchestra, (who haven’t performed in Los Angeles since 1979), and recent lineup addition, the ever-formidable Yoko Ono. Get to the Bowl early for sake tasting and Taiko drumming.
When: 7pm, $17.50 - $144.00
Where: The Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, (323-850-2000 or thehollywoodbowl.com)
What: Chevron Manhattan Beach Grand Prix
Why: Watch more than 1,000 cyclists compete for cash during this massive, multi-level bike race series, which winds through the streets of Manhattan Beach on Sunday. Those not into cycling can enjoy the event as a spectator with the Grand Prix’s antique bike exhibit, assorted food vendors and other two wheel-centric displays. Just stay out of the road.
When: June 26, starting at 7am, free
Where: Downtown Manhattan Beach (mbgp.com)
What: The Third Annual Pretty, Witty and Gay Show
Why: Get your sillies out and wrap up gay pride month with gusto by joining comedian Wendy Hammers as she presents an evening of “hilarious and horrifying” stories from an assortment of LGBT performers and artists.
When: 7:30pm, $20-25
Where: Celebration Theatre, 7051 Santa Monica Boulevard, at North Sycamore Avenue, (323-957-1884 or wendyhammers.com/tasty)