17 of Our Favorite Things to Do This Weekend

There’s rock ‘n roll spectacle, belly dancing, a summer market, country twang, and an L.A. pit-stop by Mr. and Mrs. Carter (you may know them as Jay-Z and Beyoncé)

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Comic-Con is over has passed and the big summer rock festivals (Echo Park Rising, FYF) are still to come. You could always cool down and take a dip at one of these pool parties or check out one of these events.

MUSIC: Arcade Fire
Anchored by the husband-and-wife team of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the Canadian rock troupe doles out spectacle along with rafter-shaking sounds. The band’s latest album, Reflektor, took a turn toward the dancey side with the help of James Murphy, front man for the defunct LCD Soundsystem. More information (August 1-2; The Forum)

THEATER: Hair
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll meet in the 1967 musical that became a counterculture classic. Experience psychedelic visions at a production directed and choreographed by Adam Shankman. More information (August 1-3; Hollywood Bowl)

MOVIES: The Triplets of Belleville
When a Tour de France champ is kidnapped by the Mafia, his grandmother hatches a rescue plan with the help of her overweight pup and a trio of ’30s-style singers. The screening of the Oscar-nominated animated film (2003) is accompanied by an orchestra led by Benoît Charest, who composed the score. More information (August 1; California Plaza)

DANCE: Alice in Wonderland
Go beyond the looking glass at a mash-up of belly dancing, tribal movements, and hip-hop grooves. Choreographer Jillina Carlano presents a mélange of dance pieces loosely based on Lewis Carroll’s trippy tale. More information (August 1-2; Ford Amphitheatre)

ART: Heads Will Roll
This group show curated by Kelly Thompson features the work of local punk luminary Alice Bag, visual artist Diane Gamboa, photographer Meg Madison, and painter and tattoo artist Shizu SaldamandoMore information (August 2; Coagula Curatorial)

EXPERIENCE: homeLA
Once home to Pabst Blue Ribbon, the Lincoln Heights complex now houses more than 300 artists. For the site-specific event, dancers perform in a private studio in the century-old buildings. More information (August 3-17; The Brewery)

MUSIC: People Get Ready: A Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement
Featuring Les Nubians, Dwight Trible, Dexter Story, and other guests, this all-star ensemble revisits and celebrates the uplifting songs that inspired a nation. More information (August 2; California Plaza)

COMEDY: Summahfest!
Comedian and rapper Howard Kremer, aka Dragon Boy Suede, hosts the venue’s 5th annual Summahfest, featuring water-gun fights, hula hoops, live music, food, and booze, followed by a comedy show. Did we mention it’s free? More information (August 2, Nerdmelt)

MOVIES: Casablanca
Humphrey Bogart’s cool demeanor belies a heart of gold when he encounters an old flame in the war-torn city of Casablanca. See one of the most celebrated movies of all time in an outdoor setting. More information (August 2; Hollywood Forever Cemetery)

EXPERIENCE: Muse ’til Midnight
Join art lovers at a late-night party with DJ sets by Tycho and Christopher Willits, as well as a performance by the Silver Lake Chorus. More information (August 2; LACMA)

COMPETE: KCRW’s 2nd Annual Radio Race
KCRW’s Independent Producer Project presents radio’s answer to Top Chef and Project Runway. In this quick competition, contestants will have 24 hours to write, record, and edit a non-fiction radio story based on a given theme. Prizes include a $1,000 contract for your piece to air on KCRW’s UnFictional podcast. Registration is $10 per team and closes on August 1. More information (August 2-3; online)

SHOP: L.A. Summer Market Place
In partnership with local artisans, the home and garden destination hosts an afternoon of music, shopping, and gourmet eats. Don’t forget your canvas tote bags; you’ll want to pick up some environmentally friendly home décor, jewelery, and fashions. More information (August 2; Rolling Greens)

MUSIC: Wynona Judd and Nikki Lane
Country music is getting some love this summer as KCRW continues its tribute to twang in conjunction with the Annenberg exhibition Country: Portraits of an American Sound. This free concert features an icon and a newcomer as Wynona Judd is paired with Nikki Lane. DJ Gary Calamar keeps things going between sets. More information (August 2; Annenberg Space for Photography)

MOVIE: Eat, See, Hear: Blazing Saddles
Mel Brooks’s 1974 comedy stars Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, and Madeline Kahn in a parody of classic westerns. It comes with live music by Kera & the Lesbians and snacks from some of L.A.’s favorite food trucks. More information (August 2; The Autry)

TOUR: Esotouric: South L.A. Road Trip
This eye-opening bus tour begins in downtown and continues through Vernon, Bell Gardens, Santa Fe Springs, and Downey to give you a unique look at L.A. landmarks and architecture. Experience Rancho San Antonio, one of the oldest adobe structures in L.A. County; the Clarke Estate, a concrete masterpiece built in 1920; and Harvey’s Broiler, a cultural hub in the ’50s and ’60s. More information (August 3; The Daily Dose)

MUSIC: Jay Z and Beyoncé
After wrapping up their solo world tours, the King and Queen of Pop Culture (sorry, Kimye) unite for a Super Bowl-size extravaganza. More information (August 2-3; Rose Bowl Stadium)

ART: Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War
To commemorate the start of World War I in 1914, the centennial exhibition illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers and politicians but by civilians on the home fronts of combatant nations. More information (August 2-November 3; The Huntington Library) 

 

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