It's an arty weekend in the big city, with new sculptures at MOCA, old film at LACMA, local creations in the streets of downtown and Los Feliz and classic soul (in the key of Wonder) at the Bowl. Enjoy, LA.
What: "In a Lonely Place" + "The Long Goodbye" at LACMA
Why: LACMA presents an LA-centric double feature of Humphrey Bogart murder-thriller "In a Lonely Place" and Robert Altman, uh, murder-thriller "The Long Goodbye." Before the show, grab a Murdered By Death, (mixed with gin, maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon juice and grape tomato), at the museum's recently opened Stark Bar and prepare yourself for a evening of cinematic suspense in the city of angels.
When: 7:30pm, $10
Where: LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, at South Spaulding Avenue, (323-857-6010 or lacma.org)
Why: Fight for your right to sing, (however poorly), with BeastiOke -- that's Beastie Boys karaoke -- at El Cid. Proceeds from the event go to children's cancer research organization Milarepa. Whether you sabotage your cool by singing or pass the mic to someone with skills, it's all fun for a good cause.
When:9:30pm, $10 admission, $30 to sing
Where: El Cid, 4212 West Sunset Boulevard, at (323-668-0318 or elcidla.com)
Why: Inspired by the work of artists like Yoko Ono and Terry Riley, this all night ambient sound experience will feature three stages of DJs and live musicians creating experimental sonic tones and sub-frequencies set to visual projections. Complimentary tea will be served all evening, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows and other chill out-inducing inducing sleepover supplies.
When: 6pm-6am, free
Where: Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, 2225 Colorado Boulevard, at Rockland Avenue, (323-226-1617 or centerartseaglerock.org)
What: Miranda July: Eleven Heavy Things
Why: MOCA presents a collection by much-lauded artist, director and author Miranda July, who has created a series of interactive sculptures that invite spectators to become part of the art. The opening day of this three-month exhibition coincides with the release of July's latest film "The Future."
When: July 23 - October 23, 11am-5pm Tuesday-Friday, 11am-6pm Saturday and Sunday, free
Where: MOCA Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, at North San Vicente Boulevard, (moca.org)
Why: Get to downtown's art district for a day of food, beer, art and indie music from group's including Voxhaul Broadcast and Grouplove. Your dog is welcome too.
When: July 23, 2pm-10pm, free
Where: Downtown Arts District, 3rd Street and Traction Avenue, bloomfestla.com
What: Los Feliz Village Street Fair
Why: This all day celebration of cozy Eastside enclave Los Feliz will feature live music, food vendors, beer and wine gardens, arts and crafts, shopping and carnival rides "for the kids." We'll see you in the inflatable jumping room.
Where: Hollywood Boulevard between Vermont Avenue and Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz, (losfelizstreetfair.com)
What: Summer Soda Tasting at Galco's Soda Shop
Why: Relive your classic childhood summer memories with this tasting of sodas new and classic at LA pop shop Galco's.
When: 5pm-8pm, $12 (advance purchase) $15 (day of)
Where: 5702 York Boulevard, at North Avenue 57, (323-255-7115 or sodapopstop.com)
What: Global Soul
Why: The chance to see Stevie Wonder play with an eclectic crew of new-generation soulsters at summer's best venue comes around about as often as the 40th anniversary of "What's Goin' On." That is to say, it happens once. The stars align on Sunday when a lineup including Wonder, Sharon Jones, Janelle Monae and local psych-folk favorite Mia Doi Todd pay tribute Marvin Gaye and worldwide soul at the Bowl.
When: July 24, 7pm, $27.25 - $144.00
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, (323-850-2000 or hollywoodbowl.com)
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