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An 85-Foot-Tall Rubber Ducky, A Bicycle Arts Tour, George Takei, the FYF Fest and More!
13 ways to spend the weekend in Los Angeles
Because you need something to do until Miley Cyrus starts waggling various body parts at Sunday’s VMAs.
HEAR: FYF Fest
Embrace your inner indie with the coolest lineup west of Indio, featuring the Strokes, Phoenix, Haim, and Interpol. More information (August 23-24; L.A. Sports Arena and Exposition Park)
CELEBRATE: Tall Ships Festival L.A.
When an 85-foot-tall rubber ducky sailed into a Taiwanese harbor last year, its tail feathers exploded. We hope there won’t be any such quack-tastrophes when the yellow guy joins San Pedro’s procession of big boats. More information (August 20-24; Port of Los Angeles)
RIDE: Tour da Arts, Vol. 6
Join a pack of cyclists for the sixth edition of this ride across Santa Monica. Along the way bikers can brake for dance performances and art installations. More information (August 24; Santa Monica Museum of Art)
EAT: Los Angeles Food & Wine Fest
The mammoth three-day food festival is back with a lineup of celebrity chef-studded lunches, dinners, demos, and grand tastings spread across the city. Among the highlights are Friday’s Asian Night Market with chef Morimoto, Saturday’s Lexus Live on Grand tasting with a finale concert by Common, and Sunday’s Cocktail Revolution, featuring libations by L.A.’s own Julian Cox and complementary bites by French Laundry alum Timothy Hollingsworth. More information (August 21-24; various locations)
WATCH: To Be Takei
Once he was Sulu on Star Trek. Today Takei is known for his LGBTQ advocacy and stellar social media presence. This documentary follows his life from growing up in Japanese internment camps to steering the Enterprise through the galaxy. More information (August 22-28; Cinefamily)
HEAR: Lila Downs
For years the Grammy award-winning songstress has reinvented traditional Mexican tunes with international sounds. Now she debuts Raíz, her musical collaboration with Spanish flamenco singer Niña Pastori and Argentinian folk icon Soledad. Special guest Kinky opens the show. More information (August 22; Greek Theatre)
LAUGH: Doug Stanhope
Not afraid to rile up his audience, Doug Stanhope has proved to be a comic with few boundaries. His vocal vulgarity and fierce intellect should be on full display. More information (August 21 – 22; The Comedy Store)
DANCE: 6th Annual J.U.i.C.E. Hip Hop Dance Festival
The festival showcases a range of hip-hop dance styles, spoken word, graffiti art, live DJs, and multimedia and film presentations. Watch for top local hip-hop groups, such as Versa-Style Next Generation, as well as dancers Harry Weston, Emiko Sugiyama, and Boogie Frantick. More information (August 22; Ford Amphitheatre)
HEAR: The Beatles’ 50th at the Bowl
Fifty years after the Beatles’ iconic performance at the Hollywood Bowl, the venue has invited Dave Stewart of Eurythmics to re-create the classics that made history. Expect some pretty special guests. More information (August 22-24; Hollywood Bowl)
HEAR: Built To Spill
Pop artist Takashi Murakami’s first live-action feature tells the story of a boy who After opening sets by the Warm Hair and Slam Dunk, ’90s indie rockers Built to Spill brings their guitar hooks to the Roxy. More information (August 22; The Roxy)
TALK: Glenn Kaino and Corey Lynn Calter with Stella and Sadie
Part of the Family Dynamic Workshop series, LACMA invites celebrated conceptual artist Glenn Kaino and designer Corey Lynn Calter along with their two daughters, Sadie and Stella, to discuss how creativity fuels their world. More information (August 23; LACMA)
EAT: PopUp Dinner LA
This nighttime pop-up picnic draws in thousands of people wearing white and bringing their own cuisine and beverages to a location that’s revealed to revelers only two hours before the actual event. More information (August 23; Coagula Curatorial)
SEE: Charles Phoenix: “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown Los Angeles
Discover the charm of Old Chinatown, Olvera Street, Broadway Arcade, and many other sites with the city’s premier retronaut, Charles Phoenix. More information (August 24; Union Station)