Happy Memorial Day Weekend, LA!! Since we’re all adults, we assume you know how to find your way to the beach or your friend’s BBQ this weekend. For those still looking for fun stuff to do, we’ve got you covered! Check out your Weekend Hit List below!
Go Greek at the Valley Greek Festival in Northridge—the once-a-year all-weekend festival filled with the best Greek food, booze and pastries you can find in LA! Be prepared to eat your way across the fest. There’s Greek music and dancing too for those who like to hold hands with strangers while making a happy fool of yourself. HOT TIP: the sourdough Greek doughnuts made fresh in front of you, drizzled in honey and cinnamon, will have your soul moaning for more! May 28-30. $3.00 entrance fee. http://www.valleygreekfestival.com
Join the New Orleans revival at the Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley. Live Cajun, Zydeco, Creole and Blues musicians perform on multiple stages over two days. Shake your caboose and chow down on jambalaya and crawfish as you bring the Big Easy to life in LA. May 28-29. Single-day passes $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. 2-day passes online only for $35. http://www.simicajun.org/schedule/
If you wanna get in touch with your inner hippie, head up to Topanga Canyon for Topanga Days, a weekend festival country fair full of global music, food, clothing and crafts. Patchouli and Dancing Bear shirts optional. May 28-30. $25 tickets at the door. http://www.topangadays.com
SUMMER MOVIE SCREENINGS
Our fair city is starting this Summer Movie Season off right with a little something for every type of cinema palate!
Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater presents their joyously raucous The Five Minute Game on Memorial Day—based on their idea that “every movie is interesting for at least its first five minutes”. They’ll screen the first five minutes of fifteen obscure films and let the audience vote which one to watch in full. Decide your own B-movie fate, then BBQ, potluck and enjoy libations on the back patio. Mon May 30th. 5:00pm Five Minutes Game, 6:30pm BBQ, 7:30pm movie. Tickets $12.00. http://www.cinefamily.org/films/special-events-may-2016/
EAT | SEE | HEAR presents The Big Lebowski Sat May 28th. Hang in the Dude’s twisted daydream for the evening—bathrobes as jackets totally acceptable. The night includes a live band, food trucks and you can bring your (well-behaved) dog. At The Autry in Griffith Park. 5:30pm doors, 7pm live music, 8:30pm movie. Advance tickets are $15.76 online. Enter promo code “TRAVELZOO1” for $7.00 tickets at checkout: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-see-hear-outdoor-movie-the-big-lebowski-tickets-21452977433#tickets
Cinespia takes us back to the Golden Age of Cinema with Singin’ in the Rain Sat May 28th. Sing and dance the night away on your picnic blanket under the stars. Dress up and take pix at the photo booth—Hollywood contract not guaranteed, kiddos, but bring your best tap routine just in case. At the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. 6:45pm doors, 8:30pm movie. Advance tickets are $16.00 online. http://cinespia.org/event/singin-in-the-rain/
Street Food Cinema honors our dearly departed Prince with a screening of Purple Rain Sat May 28th. Come pay your respects to the god of sexy rock on the big screen, along with live music and food trucks. Bring your pup. At Exposition Park. 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm band, 8:30pm movie. Advance tickets are $13.00 online. http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/purple-rain/. You can also get discount Groupon tix HERE: https://www.groupon.com/deals/street-food-cinema-11-16.
Indy fans have a reason to celebrate this weekend! The Egyptian Theatre brings the original Indiana Jones trilogy back to roaring life with a triple feature on Sat May 28th. In Hollywood. 7:30pm. $11.00 advance tickets. http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/indiana-jones-triple-feature-0
Immerse yourself in the dark tales of the original gothic godfather, Alfred Hitchcock. The Aero Theatre will be screening a Rear Window and Psycho double feature on Sat May 28th. In Santa Monica. 7:30pm. $11.00 advance tickets. http://americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/rear-window-psycho
The Echo and The Echoplex in Echo Park are giving you plenty of reasons to shake your tush this weekend! http://www.theecho.com
Saturday May 28th ~ Get your soul groove on at Funky Sole at The Echo. 10pm doors, free before 10:30pm, $5 after. Dress up in your Prom night finest and bring a date to Bootie LA Prom at The Echoplex. 9pm doors, $5 before 10pm, $10 after.
Sunday May 29th ~ Bump & grind to 90’s R&B and hip hop at West vs. East at The Echo. 9pm doors, free before 10pm, $5 after with RSVP, $10 after w/o RSVP. Nurse your withdrawals from the recent The Cure concerts by immersing yourself in some Moz instead at the Smiths/Morrissey Nite at The Echoplex. 9pm doors, $7 early tickets, $10 after.
ART & LITERATURE
Get in on the forefront of the Chinatown resurgence with six art gallery openings along Chung King Road in the new Chung King Arts District. Receptions are Sat May 28th from 7pm-11pm. A.G.Geiger Fine Art Books & Press will be hosting LA icon Victoria Looseleaf for a live reading of her poetry at 8pm. Bonus: they are also offering a no-tax sale on all books throughout the day. https://www.facebook.com/ChungKingRoad/
Who better to bring us the true spirit of Memorial Day than Clifton’s Cafeteria? Sun May 29th, the Downtown institution will be hosting The Clifton’s Canteen—a 1940’s-style USO show complete with a big band and swing dancing. Food and drinks a-plenty. Come dressed “between the wars” or as dapper as you can muster and be prepared to boogie-woogie the night away with some dashing guys ‘n dolls. 7pm-10pm. $10 tickets, free for active military and veterans. http://www.cacstudios.com/uso/
HAVE FUN OUT THERE & BE SAFE!! ~love, Sirens & Scoundrels
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