10 Things To Do This June
June 4: Skateboard Movie Night: The famous Kibitz Room at Canter’s Deli, the cocktail lounge and performance space that has hosted nearly all of Los Angeles Rock’s great names, puts the amps away for a night to screen some radical skate films. Expect plenty of Fairfax’s best streetwear on full display.
June 7: Fantasia + Fantasia 2000 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: If you’ve never been to one of Cinespia’s monthly movie screenings at the famed Hollywood Forever Cemetery, you’re missing out. Enjoy wine and a picnic (BYO, though) on the cemetery’s large lawn – no, nobody sits on a grave – and take in a classic film (or two). June 7th’s offering is a twofer, with both of Disney’s gorgeous odes to the glory of music scheduled to delight.
June 12-14: LA Pride: The yearly celebration of LGBT pride toasts to 45 years in Los Angeles with a jam-packed, three-day party. The official event held at West Hollywood Park includes performances by Kesha, Fifth Harmony and Tamar Braxton, plus panels, vendors, and loads of fun, while the culminating parade on Sunday brings the party out to the streets.
June 13-20: No Sad Stuff at Gallery 1988: Gallery 1988 has made its name with its irreverent, witty takes on pop culture, with shows devoted to such geek favorites as The Big Lebowski and ’60s Hanna-Barbera. Their latest offering is “No Sad Stuff”, a group show of artworks inspired by the pre-2000s “golden age” of Tom Hanks films. Here’s hoping The ‘Burbs gets a shout out.
June 16: Historical Roast: Walt Disney: Nerdmelt, the intimate comedy venue located behind Sunset Blvd’s Meltdown Comics shop, has quickly become a playground for LA’s best comedians. Among their stellar lineup of stand-up and improv is Historical Roast, where great figures of the past are given the Friar’s Club treatment. This time around, they’re setting their sights on the grandaddy of kids’ movies, Walt Disney.
June 20: Yarn Bombing LA Knit Collective Meetup at CAFAM: Interested in some yarn bombing? They’ll show you how. The Craft and Folk Art Museum’s monthly craft meetup puts focus on the guerrilla act of knitting colorful patterns onto lampposts, handrails, and other innocuous public items in the name of whimsy and wonder. All skill levels encouraged.
June 21: Father’s Day Brunch: You love your father 365 days a year, of course, but you still need to spend one letting him know just how much. Dad will love TART’s homestyle brunch (like our Chicken & Waffles or Skirt Steak n’ Eggs), and you can spend your afternoon afterwards exploring the Fairfax’s many family-ready offerings.
June 23-24: Improvised Shakespeare at The Largo: One of Chicago’s most acclaimed improv groups brings their unique comic talent to Largo at The Coronet for two nights of Elizabethan laughs. Improvised Shakespeare is exactly what the name implies: after a title is suggested from the audience, the group’s members (including Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch) improvise an entire play in the style, themes, and most impressively, language of the Bard. It’s as intelligent as it is funny.
Russia-by-way-of-LA band The Red Elvises have been going strong for 20 years now and show no signs of stopping. The usual green of Molly Malone’s will turn Soviet red for a night, as they bring amped-up Russian folk and American surf rock to the Irish pub.
June 27: DJ Quik at House of Blues Hollywood: Two icons of LA music in one night. DJ Quik, one of the biggest and best names in West-Coast Hip Hop, brings his fast turntablism and smooth flow to the legendary House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.