Celebrating the 4th of July is all about The 4 F’s: food, friends, family & fireworks! Lucky for us, LA has plenty to offer for some good old-fashioned 4th of July fun! Here’s our run-down on the best ways to celebrate ‘Merica in LA this weekend…
Thursday, June 30th~
For all our indie music heads out there, resident scoundrel & filmmaker James R. Petix will be screening his documentary on the Detroit music scene, It Came From Detroit, at Outer Space in Downtown LA. Outer Space: 605 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, California 90013. 8pm doors, 9pm film.
It Came From Detroit is the ultimate inside look at the Motor City’s internationally renowned “garage rock” scene. Nearly a decade in the making, this feature documentary chronicles the action both before and after the White Stripes rose to fame and brought an international spotlight on the scene. Beginning with the hugely influential 1980s trio The Gories (and stretching back to a legacy that includes The Stooges and The MC5), the bands of the Detroit garage rock music scene are known for two things: having an impeccable knowledge of the history of rock ‘n’ roll and putting on a raucous live show. It Came From Detroit documents the evolution of the Detroit scene from underground obscurity to international phenomenon. We watch how, as bands such as the White Stripes, the Von Bondies and the Electric Six started to develop a following overseas, journalists and fans around the world started hyping Detroit as “The Next Seattle” — before the whole thing nearly imploded on itself.
For more from James, read about his recent Tokyo Denim Tour: HERE.
For our foodies, head on down to Great Performances’ Thursday night offering, “Making Escabeche with Ernie Miller”. That’s right, just bring a 16 oz. water bottle and walk away with your very own hand-pickled veggie delight under the guidance of Los Angeles’ “master food preserver” Ernie Miller. 7pm at California Plaza Downtown. Event is free with advance RSVP. www.grandperformances.org/making-escabeche
Friday, July 1st~
Kick off the weekend with one of our favorite leisure activities—Barnsdall Wine Tasting up on the green at Barnsdall Art Park! Mingle with the cool kids while indulging in delectable treats from Silverlake Wines and The Cheese Store of Silverlake. BYO picnic or nosh from the local food trucks. KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox brings the jams to dance along to as you admire Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House in all it’s sunset glory. The $30 ticket goes towards supporting the park’s programs and exhibitions. 5:30pm-8:30pm. http://barnsdall.org/events/wine-tastings/
Saturday, July 2nd~
LA’s outdoor movie screenings are serving up their equivalent of American Apple Pie this weekend with patriotic classics a-plenty!
If you’re in the mood for laughs, head out to EAT SEE HEAR’s screening of Coming to America at The Autry in Griffith Park. Your $15.76 ticket gets you the film, live music and free entry into the Autry Museum. Right now, they have a fascinating photo exhibit on the origins of Group f/64, a minimalist photography collective which included Ansel Adams. 5:30pm doors, 7pm band, 8:30pm movie. BONUS: you can bring your pooch! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eat-see-hear-outdoor-movie-coming-to-america-tickets-22128209069
If you feel the NEED…the need for SPEED…then fly by Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades for Streetfood Cinema’s screening of Top Gun. Cheer on Mav flying the American skies after some good food truck grub and a live band to get the party started. Shirtless volleyball in 80’s jeans completely optional. $15.18 admission. 6pm doors, 6:30pm band, 8:30pm movie. Your well-behaved dogs are welcome. http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/top-gun-2/
Looking for some pure American underdog glory to inspire your inner Eye of the Tiger? Streetfood Cinema is screening Rocky at Glendale Central Park after live music and food truck fixins. Your dog can cheer along too as your favorite 80’s hero fights for the American Dream in the ring. $15.18 admission. 5:30pm doors, 6:30pm band, 8:30pm movie. http://www.streetfoodcinema.com/rocky/
SUN July 3rd~
For our eagle-eyes out there, if you feel like going on the hunt this weekend, we highly recommend trying to get a ticket off Craigslist for Cinespia’s screening of GREASE at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Advance tickets are sold out, but if you can manage to swing some tickets, it promises to be an exuberant event including post-film fireworks. Bring a picnic and a date and they’ll be singing “You’re the one that I want…!” in no time. 7:15pm doors, 9pm film. http://cinespia.org/event/grease/
Why not take some time to move your body and get out into nature in between all the weekend’s feasting and lazing around with friends? Malibu offers a bunch of gorgeous hikes with water views to keep you motivated. BIG BONUS: you can take a dip in the ocean afterwards for your cool-down. Try the Solstice Canyon hike for an unusual trail that leads you past old homesteading ruins before opening up to sweeping ocean views. https://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/solsticecanyon.htm
Or pack up your pals, some tents and a picnic for a local beach camp-out at County Line. Each camp comes with a fire pit, providing the perfect cook-out spot to enjoy some 4th of July Weekend BBQ and watch the sunset over the Pacific. Then fall asleep right on the beach with the ocean waves to lull you off to Dreamland. If you stay an extra night, you can catch the 4th of July fireworks displays down the entire coast once the sun goes down on Monday. Point Mugu State Park: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=630.
Monday, July 4th~
LA’s 4th of July King is the Hollywood Bowl. Known for their annual epic July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, this year promises to deliver some deep-80’s classic good-lovin’ along with all the fire in the sky. Chicago (the band, not the musical) will be live in concert all weekend long, bringing you all the sweet slow jams your heart can handle. Bring your darlin’, a picnic and your willingness to belt out “You’re the meaning in my life, you’re the inspiration…” unabashedly in public. http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/tickets/july-4th-fireworks-spectacular-chicago/2016-07-02
HAVE FUN OUT THERE & BE SAFE!!! ~ love, Sirens & Scoundrels
Take our simple & delicious PICNIC & BBQ SIDE-DISH RECIPES with for your gatherings this weekend!
Prep your CHEESE PAIRINGS like an expert:
Dive into our delicious DIPS & BITE-SIZED shares:
SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP~
CHEESY ZUCCHINI PINWHEELS~
Bring a healthy, delectable room-temp salad that packs a substantial punch for your BIG BITES ENTREE:
LENTIL & SWEET POTATO SALAD~
ROASTED POTATO SALAD~
GLUTEN FREE PASTA SALAD~
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these healthy, super yummy, incredibly easy PORTABLE DESSERTS:
GLUTEN~FREE APPLE OAT COOKIES~
CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY ICE CREAM PIE~
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