12 Things You Need to Do This Weekend, 6/23

From the largest design expo in the country to Harry Potter improv, we’ve got you covered

ART: Los Angeles Design Festival
The annual fête offers pop-up gallery openings, cocktail parties, and visits to architecture studios across town. This time around the focus is on DTLA, Silver Lake, Culver City, and La Brea Avenue. More information (June 9-26, 836 Traction Ave)

THEATER: The Madwoman in the Volvo
Midlife crises and menopause become fodder for writer and radio personality Sandra Tsing Loh’s autobiographical show, which is based on her memoir of love, motherhood, and Burning Man. More information (June 2 – 26, Pasadena Playhouse)

BOOKS & FILM: Harry Potter Night
Muggles, witches, and wizards are all welcome at The Last Bookstore’s Harry Potter Night, where event goers are invited to immerse themselves in a night dedicated to magic. Festivities include a Potter-themed costume contest and performances from the improv group The Show That Shall Not Be Named. More information (June 25, The Last Bookstore)

bubble-head-harryDESIGN: Dwell on Design
The massive gathering (the largest in the country, in fact) of all things architecture, interior design, and home gadget descends on the LA Convention Center for three days. Saturday and Sunday are open to the public, while Friday is open to those in the design trade. More information (June 24-26, LA Convention Center)

FILM: Last Remaining Seats
The well-received series that screens films in historic downtown locales marks its 30th anniversary this year. The series wraps up on June 25 with Safety Last! at the Orpheum Theater. More information (June 4 – 25, Orpheum Theater)

ART: Made in L.A.: a, the, though, only
The Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2016 biennial showcases 26 artists from Southern California. Festivities kick off on June 12 and run through August 28; be sure not to miss Arthur Jafa’s collaged “mood books,” performance artists Rafa Esparza and Todd Gray, and Maritne Syms, who curated the Black Radical imagination series. More information (June 12 – August 28, Hammer Museum)

Cat lovers will come together for the second year of CatCon. Featuring events for both humans and felines, check out celebrity Meet & Greets (stop and pose for a selfie with the original Catwoman!), purr meditation, and hear from humans behind Cats of Instagram. More information (June 25-26, The Reef)


Photograph by Christina Gandolfo

Indulge in the world of wine with two days of vino, artisan beer, and delicious bites. Peruse food trucks, boutiques, and music all while supporting The Sunshine Kids, an organization that provides free activities and emotional support for cancer patients. More information (June 25-26)

SPORTS & OUTDOORS: Lunchtime Yoga
Instead of eating at your desk, opt for a dose of outdoor yoga to de-stress from the work week. More information (June 24, Grand Park)

FILM: Rooftop Screens Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Witness the most recent Star Wars flick from the rooftop of a parking structure in Pasadena. Grab a snack from one of several food trucks or play friendly game of ping-pong, and don’t forget your light saber for the costume contest. More information (June 25, Pasadena Towers)

ART: Garden Party
Enjoy live music, sketch the outdoors, and admire the sunset all while drinking champagne at the Norton Simon Museum sculpture garden. More information (June 25, Norton Simon Museum)

COMEDY: Jay Leno
Observe the post-talk-show-host version of Leno as he shares stories from his life and years in the entertainment business. More information (June 25, Comedy and Magic Club)