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Things to do this week: June 17-23

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Whether you’re looking to celebrate Juneteenth, Pride, or you just want to get out of the house, read on to see what’s happening in LA County this week.

Juneteenth Celebration & Resource Fair

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park | 12645 Wadsworth Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90059 | June 17 | mitchell.lacounty.gov

Supervisor Holly Mitchell’s office is hosting this second annual celebration for Juneteenth featuring music, food trucks, live performances, activities and free resources for record expungement, housing protection, immigrant rights, and access to healthcare.

Bloom Bloom Room Drag Show & Karaoke

The Boulevard | 3199 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 | June 17, 24, July 1 | instagram.com/p/CePmrjipZ4h/ 

Hit the bar, enjoy a drag show, sing some karaoke, and bond with the local queer community. 

Odd Nights At The Autry

Autry Museum | Griffith Park, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | June 17 July 15 Aug. 19 Sept. 16 | theoddmarket.com

After a two-year hiatus, Odd Nights returns with 18 food trucks, two emerging bands, inflatables, a full bar, 80 crafters and exclusive access to the museum gallery. Odd Nights at The Autry runs every third Friday from 6-10 p.m. from April through September. 

Trans Pride L.A.

1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038 | June 17-18 | transpride.lalgbtcenter.org

Hosted by the Trans* Lounge program, Trans Pride returns virtually and in-person with events over three days including a job fair, dance party, gallery opening, free food trucks, happy hour, varieTy show, and panel discussions and conversations on topics like intersex experiences.

KTown Night Market

701 S. Catalina St., Los Angeles, CA 90005 | June 17-18 | ktownnightmarket.com

Combining a traditional Asian night market with a street party, KTown night market features live musical performances from artists like MINZY and Ted Park, and over 100 vendors selling food and goods.

Juneteenth Fest LA

Wisdome LA | 1147 Palmetto St., Los Angeles, CA 90013 | June 18 | eventbrite.com

Melanin Drip Productions and Husslenomics LLC are hosting this Juneteenth concert featuring a fashion show from up-and-coming Black designers and brands, DJs and food vendors.

Pasadena Chalk Festival

The Paseo | 280 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 | June 18-19 | pasadenachalkfestival.org

Pasadena Chalk Festival 2018 Best in Festival first place winner by Arlou Somo. | Photo courtesy of Pasadena Chalk Festival

Back for the 29th year after a hiatus due to COVID, the Pasadena Chalk Festival will feature over 500 chalk artists from around the world, 200 murals, a silent auction, an art area for children, live music, and a “Chalk of Fame.” 

Now We’re Here

The Broad | 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | June 18 | thebroad.org

This is the first event in a summer of happenings at The Broad. Featuring rapper Niña Dioz, singer Rubby, artist and filmmaker Xandra Ibarra, poet and healer féi hernandez, the world’s first LGBTQ+ mariachi Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, and all-vinyl sets from DJ Cocteautwinks, Now We’re Here will explore immigration, gender, sexuality, colonialism, pop culture and meanings of the U.S. flag to different groups, like in the exhibition “This is not America’s Flag.”

Juneteenth Concert in the Park

Earvin Magic Johnson Park | 905 E. El Segundo Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90059 | June 18 | instagram.com/p/CeZULrnPNga/ 

LA County Parks are celebrating Juneteenth with free music, art, activities, and entertainment for the family.


The Farm at Fairplex | 2118 N. White Ave., Pomona, CA 91768 | June 18 | fairplex.com/cheers

Find your new favorite drink from award-winning wine, spirits, and even extra virgin olive oils, from the Los Angeles International Competitions. There will also be dancing, food bites, and a silent auction. 

Mariachi USA

Hollywood Bowl | 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068 | June 18 | mariachiusa.com 

The premier festival celebrating mariachi music features some of the best groups keeping this Mexican tradition alive. 

Aug. 22, 2021, Mariachi USA, the premier mariachi music festival in the world and only annual Latino-themed event at the Hollywood Bowl with the top Mariachi bands from the USA and Mexico, traditional folkloric dance and the legendary fireworks finale display that have made the event a cultural icon in the USA. | Photo courtesy of Mariachi USA

Go Fact Yourself Live

Crawford Family Forum at KPCC | 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105 | June 18 | laist.com

KPCC hosts J. Keith van Straaten and Helen Hong will be joined by Larry Wilmore, Denise Crosby, and other special guests to discuss their passions and anything else.

One Colorado Summer Concerts: Robert DeLong

One Colorado | 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103 | June 18 | oldpasadena.org

Most well known for the smash hit “Long Way Down,” Robert DeLong’s 2018 collab with K.Flay “Favorite Color is Blue” hit the top 12 on alternative radio and has raked millions of streams worldwide. DeLong has toured with Twenty One Pilots and AIR, and has been on stage at Coachella, Lollapalooza and other music festivals. 

Revive: A Soaring ‘20s Circus-Infused Dinner Experience

Vibiana | 214 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | June 18-July 24 | feverup.com

This isn’t your typical dinner and show. Enjoy a four-course dinner with hors d’oeuvres and get immersed in the spectacle as circus and musical artists perform above, behind and in front of you. 

“The Central Park Five”

Jordan Auditorium | 6500 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805 | June 18-19 | longbeachopera.org

“The Central Park Five” by Anthony Davis and Richard Wesley will be conducted by Anthony Parnther. The performances star many from the original 2019 Long Beach Opera cast including Bernard Holcomb, Cedric Berry, Orson Van Gay, Ashley Faatoalia, Joelle Lamarre and Lindsay Patterson. The harrowing account of five teenagers wrongfully convicted, incarcerated and eventually exonerated remains a devastatingly relevant indictment on racial injustices in America.

100 Great British Drawings

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens | 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 | June 18-Sept. 5 | huntington.org

“100 Great British Drawings” will trace the practice of drawing in Britain from the 17th through the mid-20th century. The exhibition will feature rarely seen treasures, including works by William Blake, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and J. M. W. Turner, as well as examples by artists associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and early 20th-century modernism.

Samuel Palmer (1805–1881), Lonely Tower, ca. 1881. Opaque watercolor over traces of graphite on board, 7 x 9 5/8 in. | Image courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Sunday Afternoon Concerts in the Dome

Mount Wilson Observatory | June 19 | mtwilson.edu

Listen to variations on the Ravel String Quartet, performed by the Salastina Music Society, under the vaulted dome housing the 100-inch telescope used by Edwin Hubble. 

Juneteenth: A Global Celebration of Freedom

Hollywood Bowl | 2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068 | June 19 | hollywoodbowl.com

Celebrate Juneteenth with an all-star lineup featuring performances by Khalid, Earth, Wind & Fire, The Roots, Lucky Daye, Jhené Aiko, Robert Glasper, Killer Mike, Billy Porter, Mary Mary, Anthony Hamilton, Michelle Williams, Mickey Guyton, the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, and others. The Re-Collective Orchestra will also make history as the first all-Black symphony orchestra to play at the Hollywood Bowl.

Juneteenth Festival

Comfort LA (parking lot next door) | 1110 E. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90001 | June 19 | eventbrite.com

This free celebration “dedicated to uplifting the entire community” will have live music, food, games, entrepreneurship workshops, local vendors, barbershop and more. 

Brazilian Country Festival

Rancho Cordillera Del Norte | 9015 Wilbur Ave., Northridge, CA 91324 | June 19 | braziliannites.com

Experience Brazil’s country festivals right here in LA. Headlined by Monobloco, a Brazilian street band known for their raucous performances during Carnaval, the festival will have quadrilha dancing, traditional food, casamento, barraquinhas and DJs. 

“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song”

The Grammy Museum | 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 | June 20 | universe.com

This special screening of “Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song” will be followed by a discussion with directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine. The documentary, exploring the song’s journey from first being written to becoming a hit, uses never-before-seen footage and archival material from the Cohen trust. 

Party in Duarte: Summer Kick-Off

Civic Center | 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010 | June 21 | accessduarte.com

The city of Duarte is kicking off summer with live music from Smoking Cobras, a dive-in movie featuring Disneys’s “Encanto,” vendors, food and more. Cost for the movie is $5 and pre-registration is required. 

| Photo courtesy City of Duarte

Middle Eastern Comedy Night

Eden Garden Bar & Grill | 175 E. Holly St., Pasadena, CA 91101 | June 21 | eventbrite.com

Born in Iran and raised in Southern California, SAG award-winner Amir K has been making audiences laugh for 10 years with stories shaped by his multicultural upbringing. Amir will be joined by Sammy Obein (featured on “Conan” and “Last Comic Standing”), Tehran, and Jack.

Music in the Gardens

Descanso Gardens | 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 | June 22-24 | descansogardens.org

Included in the price of admission, visitors can enjoy live music from Le Ballet Dembaya, a West African drum and dance ensemble, on June 22; Tres Souls, a trio interpreting boleros and songs from the 1940s to 1960s stylized during Mexican cinema’s golden ear, on June 23; and  Quarteto Nuevo, an ensemble merging classical, eastern European folk, Latin and jazz, on June 24.    

Candlelight K-Pop: A Tribute To BTS

Ovation Square Long Beach | 350 Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802 | June 22 | feverup.com

Enjoy your favorite BTS hits like “Butter” and “Dynamite” played by a string quartet shrouded in candlelight.

Candlelight concert. | Photo courtesy of Fever

Lola Boutée Presents TRiPTease Burlesque

TRIP Santa Monica | 2101 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405 l June 22 l eventbrite.com

Lower your inhibitions and see what’s hot at LA’s longest running weekly burlesque and variety show. Every Wednesday features a fresh new lineup of talent hosted by the original dame herself, Lola Boutée.

Lola Bouteés’ TRIPtease dancer. | Photo by Jason Miller / Hey SoCal

Concerts & Movies in the Park: “Encanto”

Arcadia City Hall lawn | 240 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007 | June 23 | arcadiaca.gov

Gather family and friends to enjoy Disney’s “Encanto” in the park. Arrive before the movie and enjoy a free concert from Cold Duck playing ‘70s and top 40 hits. There will also be an environmental fair to kick off the Concerts and Movies in the Park series. 

Uforia Concierto de Campeones

The Forum | 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA 90305 | June 23 | inglewoodarena.com

Bringing together soccer and music, this year’s concert will be headlined by Maluma and feature Guaynaa, CNCO and Los Ángeles Azules.

Pasadena International Film Festival

Laemmle Playhouse 7 | 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101 | June 23-30 | pasadenafilmfestival.org

More than 100 entrants from over 15 countries will screen their features, shorts, documentaries, music videos, animations and web series followed by a moderator-hosted Q&A. The festival will also include a panel on creating impactful characters, and a closing gala and award ceremony.

California State Parks Week

California State Parks | Through June 18 | visitcalifornia.com

Enjoy the great outdoors during this five-day celebration featuring more than 100 activities at California’s 279 state parks. Each day’s activities will follow a theme. California residents with a library card can participate for free by checking out a California State Library Parks Pass from their local library. 

SaMo Pride

Santa Monica | Through June 30 | smpride.com

Throughout the month of June, the City of Santa Monica is hosting various family-friendly events and displays including “Miles of Pride,” a light installation spanning the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place; Made with Pride Marketplace, a pop-up showcasing LGBTQIA+ business owners every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June; Drag Queen Story Hour; and many other events you’ll want to check out.

Street Art Live

Magic Box LA | 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 | Through July 3 | thelume.com

Embark on a multi-sensory trip through the world of street. With 360-degree moving visuals and a curated musical score, you will be immersed in the era and location in which the piece was created like New York, London, São Paulo, Melbourne and Berlin. 

“King James”

Mark Taper Forum | 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through July 3 | centertheatregroup.org

Written by Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”) and directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (“A Raisin in the Sun”), “King James” chronicles the story of two LeBron James fans from Cleveland build a bond over 12 years.

Parks After Dark

LA County Parks | Through Aug. 6 | parks.lacounty.gov

Parks After Dark has returned for the summer with free activities like concerts and movie nights at 34 LA County parks.

Y Para Siempre…Marco Antonio Solís

Grammy Museum | Through Aug. 14 | grammymuseum.org

The Grammy Museum is honoring the multi-Latin Grammy-winning Mexican singer Marco Antonio Solís, who is currently touring with Los Bukis, with an exhibit exploring five major chapters of the artist’s career and life, including his childhood in Michoacán, the evolution of Los Bukis and his solo career.

This Is Not America’s Flag

The Broad | 221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Through Sept. 25 | thebroad.org

Over 20 artists explore the complex, and often contradictory, meanings engendered by the flag of the United States of America. Conceptualized in 2020 during Black Lives Matter protests nationwide, the exhibit conceptualizes both the nation’s ideals and shortcomings.

Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Through Oct. 9 | lacma.org

Highlighting fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen’s tailoring and dressmaking skills, the exhibition examines the different disciplines, imagination, innovation and artistic process that defined McQueen’s career. The exhibition will display McQueen garments from the Collection of Regina J. Drucker alongside artworks from LACMA’s permanent collection.

New Babies Exhibit Opening

Aquarium of the Pacific | 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 | Through April 2023 | aquariumofpacific.org

Who doesn’t like baby animals? Meet baby sea otter pups, miniature sea jellies, baby cuttlefish and more baby animals to make you awww. You’ll also learn how they are cared for and about their ocean habitats. 

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