L.A. Weekend Events Roundup June 28-July 1

Bring the family for an outdoor screening of “The Muppets Movie” at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Muppets, music, movies, movement and more: Check out the top L.A. weekend events for June 28-July 1.

Edited by William Yelles.

EVENTS

Summer Nights in the Garden
June 29. In Exposition Park, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County presents Summer Nights in the Garden, complete with botanical tours, garden-experts meetings, performances and live music. Pack your picnic essentials or grab bites from the on-site food trucks in the North Plaza. 5-9 p.m. NHMLA, 900 W. Exposition Blvd., L.A. nhm.org

 

 

 

“The Muppets Movie”
June 29. Calling all lovers and dreamers. The Skirball Cultural Center presents an outdoor screening of kid classic The Muppets Movie as a tie-in with the museum’s current Jim Henson exhibition. At 7:45 p.m., before the movie, join in a ukelele sing-along to The Rainbow Connection. $12 GA, $9 seniors and students, $7 kids 2-12. Doors: 6:30 p.m. Movie: 8:30 p.m. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500. skirball.org

 

 

 

Street Food Cinema
June 30. Feed your need for speed (and yummy eats) as Street Food Cinema makes its way to Culver City’s Veterans Memorial Park. Top Gun takes flight on the outdoor big screen preceded by 1980s band Past Action Heroes. Food trucks include Astro Donuts and Fried Chicken and Baby’s Badass Burgers, Mapuche and more. Bring a beach chair or blanket or something comfy to sit on. Advance tickets: $19 reserved, $14 general. At the door: $22 reserved, $17 general. 5:30 p.m. doors; movie: 8:30 p.m. 4117 Overland Ave., Culver City. streetfoodcinema.com

 

 

Eat|See|Hear: “Lady Bird”
June 30. Not to be outdone in the burgeoning summer outdoor movie screening scene, Eat|See|Hear presents the award-winning dark comedy Lady Bird along with a concert by singer/songwriter Isla June and delicious eats available from several food trucks (Farmers Belly, Green Truck, Made in Brooklyn Pizza and more). Unlike other series, Eat|See|Hear offerings are dog-friendly so your furry friend can join the fun too. $8-$21. 5:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. music, 8:30 p.m. movie. Santa Monica High School Amphitheatre, 601 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica eatseehear.com

 

 

Storytelling for Families
July 1. In conjunction with Grand Performances’ First Peoples, New Voices series, MC RedCloud, Jessa Calderon and Tokala Black Elk will draw upon Indigenous wisdom and traditions to share rhymes, animal tales and origin stories. Two performances: 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Family activities begin 30 minutes before each performance. Free. California Plaza, 300 & 350 S. Grand Ave., L.A. grandperformances.org

 

 

 

Last Call: Candytopia
Through July 4. It’s almost a wrap for Candytopia. The pop-up interactive exhibition of all things sweet from TLC’s “Candy Queen” Jackie Sorkin ends its L.A. run at the Santa Monica Place mall soon. Wander through more than a dozen rooms filled with confectionary wonder. Bonus: You can taste the art too. Your sweet tooth will thank you. Advance tickets required. $30. Kids (4-12): $23. Free for ages 3 and under. Santa Monica Place Mall, 395 Broadway, Santa Monica. Tickets

 

 

FOOD + DRINK

Friday Night Wine Tastings
June 29. Attracting crowds for years now, Barnsdall Art Park’s annual Friday Night Wine Tastings series is back for its 10th year. Friday nights through August 31, spend the evening touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House (for an additional charge) while enjoying boutique wines curated by Silverlake Wine, food truck fare and music by KCRW DJs. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $35. West Lawn, Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. barnsdall.org

 

 

 

Avocado Month Celebration
Through June 30. Grand Central Market and the California Avocado Commission (you bet it exists!) celebrates all-month long with vendors creating unique, inventive dishes—all inspired by the fruit. Find avocado smoothies, the classic avocado toast with a seafood twist, avocado yogurt soup and more; participating vendors include Belcampo Meat Co., Golden Road Brewing, La Tostaderia, Prawn and more. Open daily 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Grand Central Market, 317 S. Broadway St., downtown. grandcentralmarket.com

 

 

STYLE + BEAUTY

Alexis Bittar Pop-Up
Through July 1. Shop luxury pieces at fashionable jeweler Alexis Bittar’s pop-up (aka a gold-dipped 1968 VW) currently “parked” at the Westfield Century City mall. Th-F 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898. westfield.com

 

 

 

ARTS + CULTURE

Jazz at LACMA
June 29. LACMA hosts some of L.A.’s finest jazz musicians during its Jazz at LACMA series on Friday evenings during the summer—vocalist Melissa Morgan performs tonight. Free. 6 p.m. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. lacma.org

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare by the Sea
June 29. Down in San Pedro, don’t miss Shakespeare by the Sea’s free performance of “The Winter’s Tale” tonight, or “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” on Saturday, June 30. 8 p.m. Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro. shakespearebythesea.org

 

 

 

 

Grand Performances
June 30. Get ready to sing your heart out and fall in love all over again with this love song sing-along with the 17-piece Love Unlimited Orchestra, performing favorites from the ’60s and ’70s. Lyrics provided. Free. California Plaza, 300 & 350 S. Grand Ave., downtown. grandperformances.org

 

 

 

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Hollywood Bowl photo courtesy of L.A. Phil“Grease” Is The Word
June 30. The much-loved movie musical is projected on the Hollywood Bowl’s giant HD screen in honor of the film’s 40th anniversary. Doo-wop rockers Sha Na Na take the stage for a pre-show performance. Hosted by Didi Conn (Frenchy). 7:30 p.m. $12+. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com

 

 

 

Urban Dance
June 30. Top urban dance groups take the stage at the ARENA competition, hosted by urban dance sensations Kinjaz. $30-$50. 6 p.m. The Theater at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.235.9614. arenadancecomp.com

 

 

 

“The Muppets Movie” photo ©Muppets/Disney. Summer Nights photo: @nhmla/Instagram. The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited photo by Jim Bennett; Kermit the Frog ©Muppets/Disney; Jim Henson ©The Jim Henson Company. Top Gun photo ©Paramount Pictures. Barnsdall Art Park photo by Christina Wiese. Grand Central Market photo: @grandcentralmarket/Instagram. LACMA photo by Christina Wiese. Shakespeare by the Sea photo: @shakespearebythesea/Instagram. Hollywood Bowl photo courtesy L.A. Phil.

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