The 8 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend

A.Ham heads to the OC, David Sedaris heads to Northridge, and Kendrick Lamar heads to Inglewood

Artcubed Presents ARTXFOOD
May 11- June 3

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There’s a new event production company in town called ArtCubed, and they’re out to unite contemporary art with a handful of other creative subcultures (food, music, film, and nightlife) through bespoke events. For their first pop-up, ARTXFOOD, local artist Greg Ito designed a completely immersive dining environment where everything from the table you’re sitting at to the plates you’re eating off of to the neon swan sculpture and the enormous chandelier are for sale. Maybe you’ll decide to buy a fork or two once you’ve finished the four-course meal thrown together by Top Chef’s Richard Blais, who’s also kindly supplied wine pairings. It all goes down at Hollywood’s Goya Studios.

Pop-Up Magazine
May 12


Unlike the Moth or Mortified, this roving show is upgraded with animated video, prerecorded audio, food (occasionally), and live music (always). Journalists, comedians, memoirists, and other writerly humans read their works in front of a packed crowd (this weekend’s stellar lineup includes sometimes-LA mag contributor Davy Rothbart, exceptional essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan, photographer Lauren Greenfield, and so many more). None of the narratives is recorded for posterity, though, so catch this event at the Theatre at Ace Hotel or don’t catch it at all.

Beyond the Streets
Through July 6

Graffiti historian Roger Gastman—who helped orchestrate MOCA’s record-setting Art in the Streets show in 2011—takes over a 40,000-square-foot warehouse on the edge of Chinatown for a totally bonkers street art experience. See works from more than 100 artists, including marquee names like Jean-Michel Basquiat and Jenny Holzer, plus live performances and lectures.

May 8-27

Got lost on the way to Applebee’s

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Maybe you skipped Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical hip-hop smash at the Pantages last year. Or maybe you saw it three times. Either way, don’t throw away your shot (yup) to catch it again at Costa Mesa’s Segerstrom Center for the Arts—because you can never be in the room where it happens (not sorry) too many times.

RuPaul’s DragCon
May 11-13


Put the phrase “Yas, kween!” to good use at the L.A. Convention Center, where you can kiki with your favorite Drag Race contestants, master the art of the wig, and watch Look Queens battle Dance Queens on the runway. Between events, peruse everything from wholesale rhinestones to art dolls from more than 300 exhibitors.

An Evening with David Sedaris
May 12

If you think tearing up at home—from laughter or otherwise—while reading David Sedaris is embarrassing, try doing it in the middle of a packed auditorium. The renowned essayist returns to the Soraya in Northridge to read wildly varied anecdotes from his memoirs and diaries.

Tiny Porch Concerts
May 13

Expand your outdoor concert horizons with wine in hand at Malibu’s Peter Strauss Ranch amphitheater, which hosted Johnny Cash way back when. Bring a picnic and your (low back) lawn chairs to its summer concert series, beginning with a performance from the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers.

Top Dawg Entertainment Championship Tour featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Schoolboy Q, and more

May 11


L.A.’s home-grown entertainment group Top Dawg Entertainment stages a two-night stand at the Forum featuring a collection of the label’s top acts. Kendrick Lamar and SZA alone would be an incredible show (as you know if you caught the Black Panther soundtrack artists’ live duet at Coachella last month) but they’re joined by Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, and Lance Skiiwalker, for an incredible night of hip hop.

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