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Tiki, Motorcycles, Street Food, Steve McQueen and More: 13 Great Things to Do this Weekend

It's your last weekend in June. Here's how to make it awesome

It's your last weekend in June. Here's how to make it a good one.

MOVIES: Plastic Paradise: A Swingin' Trip Through America's Polynesian Obsession
As part of its 10th annual Tiki Night, the historic Hollywood theater will screen this documentary chronicling the rise, fall, and resurgence of tiki culture. What exactly is tiki culture? Fix yourself a Mai Tai and kick back as you find out. More information (June 28; Egyptian Theatre)

ART: Steve McQueen: Drumroll
12 Years a Slave’s Steve McQueen is a man of many talents. Long before he directed that Oscar-winning drama, he was expressing his creativity through photography and experimental videos. More information (June 28-September 21; MOCA Pacific Design Center)

MUSIC: Sharon Van Etten with Jana Hunter
Smoky-voiced singer Sharon Van Etten visits to play tunes from her newest album Are We ThereMore information (June 28, El Rey Theatre)

FOOD: L.A. Street Food Fest
Food trucks descend on the Pasadena stadium for the ever-expanding annual gathering. Bands and a beer garden round out more than 100 vendors peddling nearly every kind of culinary fusion. More information (June 28; Rose Bowl)

PERFORMANCE: Twentywonder, A Carnival of the Mind
There’ll be science, art, music, and Roller Derby babes under one roof. From Dr. Seuss readings to Ph.D. displays, this fifth annual confab brings together the best of intellect and fun. More information (June 28; The Doll Factory)

EXPERIENCE: Friday Flights
Local musicians and artists invade the Getty Center for free nights of music, art, discussion, and dance. Complete with food, drinks, and entertainment, the events will feature performers like Ooga Booga (June 27), No Age (July 18), and Mikael Jorgensen (August 8), creating evenings inspired by one of the exhibitions on view. More information (June 27; the Getty)

ART + DRINK: Art Beyond the Glass III
To raise funds for the Mural Conservancy, a nonprofit arts program that preserves and restores murals in Los Angeles, this event features dozens of L.A. bartenders mixing libations while patrons take in art, music, and photography. More information (June 29; Sadie Kitchen and Lounge)

PERFORMANCE: Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
New York City dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass join This American Life host Ira Glass in the tricky task of translating the artistry of live radio to the stage. More information (June 28; Royce Hall, UCLA)

MUSIC: BET Experience
Hip-hop and R&B superstars converge for a series headlined by ’90s crooner Maxwell, rappers A$AP Rocky and Rick Ross, and songstresses Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson. More information (June 27; Staples Center)

ART: Vroom: The Art of the Motorcycle
Iron horse. Chopper. Crotch rocket. Motorcycles aren’t just a means of locomotion; they’re cultural symbols. You don’t have to be an easy rider to appreciate these vintage bikes and motorcycle-themed works. More information (June 27-January 5, 2015; Forest Lawn Museum)

FOOD: Tacolandia
Featuring tacos from more than 40 taco vendors—some from Los Angeles, some from Mexico—this event will feature food, drinks, entertainment, tequila, and plenty of masaMore information (June 28; El Pueblo de Los Angeles)

BOOKS: Artists' Books and Cookies
Scores of exhibitors tapped by the shelter magazine Dwell display everything from high-end trailers and prefab homes to snazzy sculptures and space-age kitchen utensils. A speaker series offers insider info from artists, architects, and other design pros. More information (June 28-29; Ooga Twooga/356 Mission Rd.)

CELEBRATE: Community BBQ
Center Theatre Group is opening the doors of its costume and prop shop for a free community barbecue. There will be art-making activities, live music, warehouse tours and more. More information (June 28; Center Theatre Group’s Prop and Costume Shop)

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