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Check out Last Remaining Seats at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel this month. Photo by Douglas Hill.

From outdoor music and world class theater, to film fests, opening night at the Hollywood Bowl and more; find the best Los Angeles things to do in our June 2015 events roundup.

Edited by Christina Xenos

Farmers Market Music Nights
May 29-Aug. 28. Celebrate summer at The Original Farmers Market with free music performances Friday nights from late May until the end of August. Kick off your weekend with some of L.A.’s finest musicians as they perform an array of rock, ethnic and pop tunes on the West Patio. Free. 7-9 p.m. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

Matilda the Musical
May 29-June 12. Based on Roald Dahl’s popular children’s novel, Matilda the Musical arrives in L.A. with big theater buzz. Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards, and billed as Time magazine’s “#1 show of the year,” the Tim Minchin musical weaves an empowering tale of an ordinary girl who takes an extraordinary stand for her destiny. The show earned raves from Broadway to the West End, and the critically acclaimed touring cast, which includes Gabby Gutierrez, Mia Sinclair Jenness and Mabel Tyler, looks set to continue the magic. Bring the kids and, pre- or post-show, stop by Kendall’s Brasserie, just south of the Ahmanson, for a Matilda-centric kids menu: Two courses are offered for $17 for children 10 and under, including choice of entrée and a special dessert. Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772. centertheatregroup.org

Jazz at LACMA
Fridays. If you were looking for one of the best things to do in Los Angeles for free, head over to LACMA on Friday nights for Jazz at LACMA. The 24th season continues in June with the The Phil Norman Tentet (June 5), Clayton Cameron Sextet (June 12), Otmaro Ruiz Quartet (June 19 and Paulette McWilliams (June 26). Take your jazz night experience to the next level by pre-ordering a picnic from Patina Group. Opting for “The Louie” ($100) gets you a prime reserved picnic spot and set up with real china, fold out picnic table, blanket and cloth napkins; food includes whole roasted or fried Jidori chicken, cheese and charcuterie board, choice of two sides, signature dessert and bottle of Patina Label Vega Sindoa Chardonnay or Merlot. Going for “The Duke” ($40) gets you whole roasted or fried Jidori chicken and choice of two sides. The program continues every Friday night throughout the fall starting at 6 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. lacma.org

LA Greek Film Festival
June 3-7. The Los Angeles Greek Film Festival showcases new films from Greek filmmakers worldwide. Find premieres, features and short films that have received recognition in global film circles such as the Cannes, Venice and Sundance film festivals. Opening night feature is Pantelis Voulgaris’ drama Little England, a turbulent tale of a secret love shared between two sisters and one man, set in the seafaring community of Andros, Greece, during the 1930s; while Panos H. Koutras’ poignant drama Xenia caps the Closing Night Gala on June 7. Xenia tells the story of two brothers after the death of their mother and follows their odyssey from Athens to Thessaloniki in search of the father they never met. For tickets and screening times, visit lagff.org

Southern Belle to Mrs. Cartel
June 4, 12, 19, 25. Former Discovery Networks and Technicolor Executive, Donna Thomas, takes the stage at the Hollywood Fringe Festival in a 30-minute one-woman show that shares her true-life journey from an innocent college student and waitress in Atlanta, Georgia to being married to a prominent member of a Columbian Drug Cartel.  Except, she had no idea. IO West Main Stage, 6366 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. hollywoodfringe.org

Emerging
June 6-Sept. 20. Few visual media are as constantly evolving as photography. June 6, an exhibition dedicated to the next generation of talent in the field, Emerging, opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography, featuring images by more than 90 up-and-coming photographers at the forefront of photographic enterprise and innovation. Co-curated by the award-winning publication Photo District News, Emerging includes nearly 100 prints, multimedia and video pieces, zines and self-published books. This diverse array showcases the many ways in which these photographers from around the world examine a variety of topics both personal and global and simultaneously pioneer platforms for the reception of their intrepid work. Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, L.A., 213.403.3000. annenbergspaceforphotography.org

Gilmore Heritage Auto Show
June 6. The casual classic and vintage American car show celebrates its 21st year with a celebration of the Ford Thunderbird’s 60th anniversary. At the Gilmore Heritage Auto Show, view more than 100 breathtaking American classic cars—everything from customs, to hot rods and trucks. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211. farmersmarketla.com

Make Music Pasadena
June 6. Free, all ages, all-day music festival features more than 150 concerts across downtown Pasadena by seasoned performers and emerging local talent. How to Dress Well, Hundred Waters and Nick Waterhouse lead this year’s lineup. Check website for stage information. 11 am-11 pm. Free. Colorado Boulevard and side streets, Old Pasadena. makemusicpasadena.org

Cinespia
June 6, 13, 20, 27. Cinespia cemetery screenings at Hollywood Forever Cemetery find crowds jostling for spots to watch cult flicks projected on a mausoleum wall. Also on hand are pre-movie DJs and themed photo booths. Highlights this month include Harold and Maude and The Wizard of Oz. Gates 6:45 pm; movie 8:30 pm. $14. Parking $10-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 877.435.9849. cinespia.org

Taste of the Nation
June 7. Renowned charity event for foodies features offerings from fine restaurants and beverage purveyors including Broken Spanish, the Church Key, the District by Hannah An and Terrine, whose famous chefs dole out their signature dishes. Proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry. 1-4 pm (VIP admission at 12:30 pm). $110-$160, kids 6-12 $25, under 6 free. Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 800.969.4767. ce.strength.org/losangeles

Los Angeles Film Festival
June 10-18. Film Independent’s primary showcase features a lineup of American and international indie films, performances and panels. See both hotly anticipated summer movies and world premieres. The “L.A. Muse” section shows new films that capture the spirit of Los Angeles. The fest’s hub is at L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown). Check website for film schedule. Individual tickets $11-$25. Film passes $350. 866.345.6337. lafilmfest.com

Last Remaining Seats
June 10, 13, 20, 24, 27. Popular summer film series shows classic movies—complemented by live music, special guests, prop displays and more—in historic theaters downtown. Highlights this year include Psycho and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Showtimes, locations vary by screening; check website for details. $20. 213.623.2489. laconservancy.org

Terranea Resort’s Chef’s Table Dinner Series
June 11. The Terranea Resort’s a bi-monthly series of Chef’s Table dinners continues with the theme Peninsula Harvest and wine partner Villa Oneiro (Rolling Hills). Your luxurious coastal evening begins with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at one of Terranea’s restaurants followed by an intimate three-course dinner in a private villa. Each dinner features an selection of wines personally selected by the event’s presenting vintner. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner benefits a non-profit partner organization, and you will receive a special gift to remember the evening. Upcoming dinners include: Aug. 3: Honey Bees with Summerland Winery (Summerland), Oct. 29: Wine Harvest with Catalina View (Santa Rita Hills) and Dec. 3 Winter Harvest Traditions with Margerum Wines (Santa Barbara). $295 advance purchase required, (a package of four dinners is available for advance purchase at a special rate of $995), and if you book two tickets receive a complimentary ocean view room for the night of the event. 21+. 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310.265.2800. terranea.com

Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival
June 12-14. Everyone’s favorite friend (just don’t call her a cat!) brings her supercute dance moves, merchandise and more to the Forum. Hello Kitty and her supercute friends My Melody®, Badtz-Maru®, Keroppi®, Chococat®, Dear Daniel®, and PurinTM will appear in this unique celebration of fun, friendship and Sanrio surprises. The event will feature Hello Kitty and her friends in multi-stage live performances and DJ-driven dance sequences as well as interactive exhibits, animation, art, fashion, photo opportunities, event-exclusive collectibles and much more, all in an immersive festival environment. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., L.A. sanrio.com/HKFestival

L.A. Pride
June 12-14. West Hollywood’s popular annual TLGB event turns 45 this year. On the schedule: “Lavender Menace,” a celebration of women (June 12); L.A. Pride Music & Arts Festival (June 13-14) with concerts by headliners Kesha and Fifth Harmony, arts and culture exhibits and community events; and the pride parade, which brings hundreds of thousands to WeHo’s streets (June 14). VIP perks include access to Thunder Ground, an outdoor roller skating rink. See website for complete event schedule plus VIP ticket prices and information. Festival single-day passes $20, weekend passes $40, under 13 free; other events are free. Festival: West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.969.8302. lapride.org

Playboy Jazz Festival
June 13-14. Pack your Hollywood Bowl picnic basket and get ready to boogie at the 37th annual Playboy Jazz Festival, MC-d by George Lopez, at the Hollywood Bowl. The star-studded two-day lineup features emerging artists as well as jazz legends, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Ensemble, Aloe Blacc, Tower of Power, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

L.A. Chamber Orchestra @ The Movies
June 13. Enjoy an evening of musical world premieres and eye-popping animation spanning more than 80 years with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by six-time Emmy Award®-winning composer Mark Watters at the Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown. The event includes re-premieres of newly restored versions of two long lost 1920’s-era “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” shorts, Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), shown for first time in more than 50 years. Other highlights include the 2014 Academy Award®-nominated Get A Horse! (2013), a contemporary homage to early Mickey Mouse cartoons, shown with live music for the first time ever; the 80th anniversary of the “Silly Symphony” short Music Land (1935) and more. $35+ Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 South Broadway St., downtown. laco.org

Hollywood Bowl Opening Night
June 20. “Don’t Stop Believin’”-machine Journey launches the Hollywood Bowl’s season with a full-length set with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, followed by a fireworks display. Also new for the 2015 summer season are revamped box seats, improved walkways and delicious new food offerings. 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A., 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth
June 20-Sept. 27. The Hammer Museum’s new exhibit of L.A. artist Mark Bradford’s work is one of a slew of notable summer openings. Comprising approximately 12 new paintings—including a major wall painting in the lobby gallery—and a multimedia installation, this new body of work by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford refers to formative moments in his life and focus on the body in crisis. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000. hammer.ucla.edu

50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary
April 26-Sept. 13. Most of LACMA’s 120,000 works of art are on display because they have been donated to the museum. In LACMA’s newest exhibition, 50 for 50: Gifts on the Occasion of LACMA’s Anniversary, the museum showcases 50 paintings, sculptures, silkscreens, light works and more that are promised gifts made by a variety of benefactors. See world-class works by Monet, Warhol, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Hockney and many others. The exhibition also displays a collection nearly 50 works from the 19th and 20th centuries on display for the first time from the historic bequest of A. Jerrold Perenchio. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000. lacma.org

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