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10 Ways to Spend the Weekend: Drink Beer, Watch Opera, & Dance Your Booty Off
Drain the last dregs of summer with a dance-a-thon, a cultural festival, and maybe a little beer to boot.
Drain the last dregs of summer from your cup by pedaling around the L.A. River or listening to futuristic dance pop or watching an opera about about a Gypsy who sashays into Seville.
DANCE: Dublab 14th Anniversary Celebration
When was the last time you had the chance to check out an experimental DJ set, design your own t-shirt, and buy customized scents reflecting sonic worlds–all on the same day? Probably never. This weekend, L.A.’s own non-profit web radio collective, Dublab, turns 14. Expect a night filled with sets by DJ Lengua, Cat 500, Carlos Niño, Salvia Plath, Sodapop, and others. More information (September 21; Maker City LA)
SIP: Los Angeles Beer Week
Put on your drinking pants, folks: L.A. Beer Week is back. The 11-day citywide suds fest will feature a blowout tasting bash at Union Station, specialty samplings, lectures, a musical beer crawl through Echo Park, and even “Brewers Karaoke,” which is exactly what it sounds like. More information (Through September 29; various locations)
The opera about a Gypsy who sashays into Seville has been pleasing crowds since its Paris debut in 1875. The tunes are infectious; you’ll be belting out “Toreador Song” while navigating rush hour traffic. More information (September 21-October 6; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion)
The French rock outfit’s synthy soundscapes aren’t just tunes; they’re adventures. With the Bowl orchestra as backup, the gifts of front man Anthony Gonzalez become interstellar cinema for the ears. More information (September 22; Hollywood Bowl)
PEDAL: Made in L.A. Ride III: L.A. River Edition
Visit Grain Surfboards, the Kruegermann Pickle Factory and bicycling apparel design company Swrve on a bike ride along the L.A. River. The trip in and around Cypress Park will highlight places that manufacture goods in L.A. More information (September 21; Cypress Park)
HEAR: Diana Krall
The Grammy-winning crooner’s sultry voice usually sounds as if it’s coming from a speakeasy jazz club. Here it soars skyward with the help of a stripped-down band. Hubby Elvis Costello lent a hand on her latest album,Glad Rag Doll; maybe he’ll drop by for a song. More information (September 21; Greek Theatre)
SEE: Petting Zoo with Micol Hebron
Cuteness is king on the Web, but here’s an interactive performance that brings memes to life. Hebron will unleash a flurry of fuzzy animals for audiences to cuddle as he lectures on the allure of everything adorable. More information (September 22; Armory Center for the Arts)
LISTEN: The Beach Ball: Reggae Fest
Aloe Blacc, Michael Rose of Black Uhuru, Maceo Parker, and the Skatalites headline a two-day fest of music, good vibes, and good rhythyms. More information (September 21-22; Santa Monica Pier)
CELEBRATE: The 75th Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
There will be plenty of moon cakes filled with sweet lotus paste at this annual fall celebration of the harvest. There will also be bands (curated by Kevin Bronson of Buzzbands.la), art gallery openings, craft workshops, and cooking demos. More information (September 21; Chinatown)
SEE: Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa, Art, and Film
This multimedia exhibition explores the 50-year career of influential Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa through photographs, film clips, paintings, and more. More information (Opens September 22; LACMA)