11 Ways to Spend a Hot August Weekend in L.A.

Slurp ramen and listen to bands by day; watch movies in a graveyard by night

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Spend your days slurping ramen and listening to bands and your night watching movies in a cemetery.

MUSIC: Echo Park Rising
Hipsters and wanna-bes congregate at this free music, art, and food festival, featuring up-and-coming bands Allah-Las, Goldlink, De Lux, and more. More information (August 15-17; various venues)

MOVIES: Eat, See, Hear: Purple Rain
In his film debut Prince plays “The Kid”, the troubled front man for the Minneapolis band the Revolution. To escape his difficult home life, he spends his days and nights at the First Avenue Club, where he meets an aspiring singer, Apollonia, who changes his life forever. More information (August 16; The Autry)

EAT: Ramen Yokocho Fest
Slurp to your heart’s content. This soupy shindig lures noodle specialists from around L.A. as well as Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Diego, San Jose, and Japan. The cult phenomenon the Ramen Burger will also be part of the fun. Tsujita, Shoki, Iroha Toyama, and others will be awaiting your chopsticks. More information (August 16-17; Little Tokyo)

EXPERIENCE: Music + Dance: L.A. II
When Russian pianist and composer Nikolai Rubinstein died in 1881, his friend Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky dedicated Piano Trio in A Minor to him. American Contemporary Ballet presents the piece, followed by a reception to meet the dancers (read more here). More information (August 15-17; ACB Dance Space)

ART: Meatball Head: An Art Gallery Celebrating Over 20 Years of Sailor Moon
Curated by Nico Colaleo, the exhibition pays tribute to two decades of the beloved Japanese cartoon Sailor Moon. Created by more than 85 talented artists, these pieces represent love and justice—just like Sailor Moon herself would want. More information (August 16-24, Nerdmelt)

MOVIES: Movies from Dusk Till Dawn IV: Fantasy
If you can look past the eeriness of staying overnight in a cemetery, head to Hollywood Forever’s fourth annual all-night celebration. Pack your blankets and pillows for a fantasy film marathon, beginning with The Neverending StoryMore information (August 16; Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

MUSIC: Miner/Eagle Rock Gospel Singers 
The free Grand Performances concerts downtown continue to turn listeners on to local gems. Tonight it’s Miner, an acoustic act formed in Silver Lake by husband and wife Justin and Kate Miner. The band, which includes a cousin, a brother, and some friends, is joined by the six-member Eagle Rock Gospel Singers. More information (August 16; California Plaza)

RIDE: Hot August Bikes 
Pedal over to the Hollywood music megastore for a parking lot party with DJs, free ice cream, bicycle-related workshops, and a raffle. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) will be on-hand to provide bike valet service. More information (August 17; Amoeba Records)

DRINK:  Los Angeles International Tea Festival
From an English cuppa to Indian chai, tea is the drink that connects the world. At this homage you can sip elixirs from around the globe and learn about cultural ceremonies associated with the leafy stuff. More information (August 16-17; JANM)

MUSIC: Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
The Bowl tradition includes a fireworks show timed to the marching band and orchestra’s rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 OvertureMore information (August 15-16; Hollywood Bowl)

KIDS: Mud Mania: A Celebration of Adobe
A little dirt don’t hurt. Youngsters get down and gritty as they construct adobe bricks, sculpt clay, and learn a bit about archaeology. More information (August 17; Rancho Los Cerritos)

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