As May comes to a close, and June starts, summer arrives with its share of fun things to do. Since many of you have kids home for the summer, I will try to list as many family things as I can find. For those of you without that concern, there are plenty of things to do, with the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the Dances with Films Festival, and tourist attractions everywhere. Here’s to the kick-off of summer.
AXS TV’s hit, The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands, is back this with the last two shows of Season 1. Filming of the live concert series takes place at the Roxy on Sunset, and this week will feature Hollywood U2, a tribute to the music of Bono and U2. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. FREE tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com.
For all you sports fans out there, the NBA and NHL are winding down their playoffs (Go Kings!), and baseball (Go Brewers!) is back in full swing. Both the hometown teams (Angels and Dodgers) have created special events to get you into their stadiums. Where do you like to catch the action? Don’t forget all the great sports bar in our area, including my favorite, Hooters in Burbank.
As usual, there are plenty of things to do here in LA, so here are a few suggestions of things to do this weekend and next week.
Reading is always a great escape, and our local bookstore, Skylight Books is one of the best around. Sunday at 5 p.m., David Iserson will read from Firecracker. Then on Monday at 7:30 p.m., Lisa Hanawalt will read and sign My Dirty Dumb Eyes. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., William Stout will present and sign Legends of the Blues. Finally on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., John Andrew Frederick will read from The King of Good Intentions. Take some time and enjoy this jewel of Los Feliz, where you can catch up on some great reads and do some shopping.
It’s never a bad time to catch a movie, and this weekend is no exception. This weekend, at the Vintage Cinemas Los Feliz 3 you can catch Now You See Me or The Hangover Part III, screening at 1:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9:45 p.m. or Star Trek: Into Darkness, screening at 2:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.. Over at the Vintage Cinemas Vista Theatre, it’s the return of the Smiths (Jaden and Will) in the sci-fi thriller After Earth, screening at 1:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. No midnight screening this week.
Plenty of plays out there for all you theater lovers. Check out www.plays411.com and www.Goldstar.com for discounts and listings. The Hollywood Fringe Festival is just around the corner, from June 6-28. Tickets are on sale now – check out www.hollywoodfringe.org.
There are also great venues in town to catch the latest indie music. Don’t miss these great shows this week:
For something different, check out the Tuesday LA Underground Superstars show at Simply Thai on Hillhurst – the food is divine and the show features four different acts each week – it’s a can’t miss combination.
Tomorrow night at The Greek Theatre catch The Tenors, starting at 8 p.m.
This week at the Hotel Cafe is going to be incredible. I recommend the following shows: Shane Alexander at 9 p.m., followed by the incredible actress/singer Minnie Driver at 10:30 7 p.m. on Saturday; KCRW Presents Dom La Nena at 9:30 p.m. on Monday; the return of Lenka, with special guests Holly Conlan on Monday and Satellite on Tuesday, both shows starting at 7 p.m. In addition, don’t miss Lelia Broussard at 9:30 p.m. on Monday and Lelia Broussard at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday. I also recommend Kari Kimmel at 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Caitlyn Crosby at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Over at WitZend in Venice, I recommend the following shows: Kate Isenberg at 8 p.m., followed by Jessica Fine at 9 p.m. on Tuesday; Calico, featuring Kirsten Proffit and Manda Mosher on Wednesday at 8 p.m. and American Idol‘s Brandon Rogers at 10 p.m. on Thursday.
If you enjoy the outdoors, don’t forget about the local farmers’ markets on Wednesdays from 12-6 p.m. at Barnsdall Park and on Sundays from 10-4 p.m. at the Post Office. There’s also a farmer’s market at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park on Saturdays from 10-5 p.m.
Don’t forget iTunes, ReverbNation and YouTube – be adventurous and be the first to discover new talent – then share it with us all.
For more great options, check out this week’s LA Weekly and click on the Music tab.
Have a great week, enjoy Los Feliz and Griffith Park, and we’ll catch you soon with an update. Please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with any comments, suggestions or questions. Also drop me a line if you or your group or business has an event you’d like to promote. I’m happy to spread the word for you.
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