9 Ways to Spend Your Memorial Day Weekend in L.A.: Wine Tastings, Urban Hikes, and More

You’ve got an extra day. Here are a few suggestions to help you make the most of it

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You’ve got an extra day. Here are a few suggestions to help you make the most of it.

SEE: The Five Minutes Game: Memorial Day ’14 Edition
Experience democracy in action. Cinefamily will screen the first five minutes of more than a dozen different movies (perfect for an era when even an 8-minute music video seems epic). The audience votes on its favorite and after everyone adjourns to eat some grilled meat, the winning flick is screened in its entirety. More information (May 26; Cinefamily) 

HEAR: Suzanne Vega
When British producers revamped this singer-songwriter’s a cappella song “Tom’s Diner” into a dance tune, it made everyone realize that her voice could transcend genres. On her first new album in six years, Vega has mixed her traditional acoustic vibe with synthesized beats. More information (May 24; El Rey Theatre)

SIP: Friday Night Wine Tastings
Peer over the city at sunset while sipping vino, listening to beats by KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox, and snacking on food from trucks parked in the shadow of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House. More information (May 23; Barnsdall Art Park)

SEE: Gruesome Playground Injuries
Charting the intersections of two lives over the course of 30 years, and the cumulative damage of the wounds inflicted, childhood friends compare scars and the calamities that keep drawing them together. More information (May 24 – July 14; Rogue Machine Theater)

HEAR: Simi Valley Cajun Blues Festival
From noon till dusk on Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, check out L.A.’s largest Cajun and blues music fest. It will have two stages, booths for food and crafts, and lots for the kids to do. The lineup this year includes Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Los Angeles-based Southern soul and blues legend Swamp Dogg, British blues patriarch John Mayall, C.J. Cheneir and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Zydeco accordionist Nathan Williams Sr., and Dwayne Dopsie. There’s also a Mardi Gras parade each day at 4 p.m. More information (May 24-25; Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, Simi Valley)

WALK: Urban Hikes: Boyle Heights
The summer hiking series continues with an outdoor exploration and walking tour of another slice of “forgotten L.A.” This 60-90 minute walking tour will examine the cultural and architectural history of the Boyle Heights. More information (May 25; location TBD)

SEE: Myth Masque
High fashion meets fantasy for a night of extreme costuming and music. Dubbed a “Faerie Tale Ball,” the night boasts multiple performance pieces. There may even be an appearance by unicorns. More information (May 24; Los Angeles Theatre)

GROOVE: Dadaismus
The bimonthly event, billed as an “auditory odyssey,” features a multi-disciplinary collection of fascinating performers: experimental musicians, dancers, poets, and other weirdos. The lineup includes the Centimeters, L.A. Drones, John Tottenham, Anna Homler, and visual projections by The Mystery Machine. More information (May 24; HM 157)

LAUGH: Neil Hamburger
Are you laughing with or at Neil Hamburger? It’s hard to know. The comedian who’s so bad he’s still bad—but deliberately so—is known for his ill-fitting suits, greasy combover, and awkward onstage persona. Imagine your earnest but creepy uncle after taking an improve class led by Michael Scott. More information (May 25; The Satellite)

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