Los Angeles

Weekend roundup

June 24-27


Backlot Summer Nights

June 25. Join the fun with Big Sunday at its first-ever Backlot Summer Nights, a series of three outdoor music and art shows at Big Sunday’s headquarters on Melrose. This event will feature talented up-and-coming local artists, music ensembles and—in honor of Pride month—drag performers (pictured is Elektra LaKill). This is a donation-based event with all donations going to youth facing housing insecurities and families that have been severely affected by the pandemic. Items needed include non-perishable food items, new socks and underwear, new footwear, and hygiene products. Ages 21+. 6111 Melrose Ave., L.A. bigsunday.org

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood

Reopens June 26. Mark your calendar for the return of Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood! Look forward to the new Welcome Center as well as new experiences such as the “Storytelling Showcase” and a new interactive grand finale “Action and Magic Made Here.” The expansive new Studio Store provides fans access to exclusive merchandise from their favorite film and TV titles. WBSTH will be open on weekends from June 26 through July 11, and then operate five days a week. Tours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advanced reservations required. See website for ticket prices. 3400 Warner Blvd., Burbank, 818.977.8687. wbstudiotour.com 

Poolside Cinema Series

Every Saturday. Sit back and relax poolside at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows with the return of the hotel’s Poolside Cinema Series. Hosted every Saturday through August, this series showcases all of the classics and cult-favorites from Indiana Jones to Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Tickets are selling quickly, so make sure to grab them now! Movies begin at sunset (around 7 or 8 p.m.) with dinner provided by the ultra-seasonal farm-to-table Fig Restaurant (there’s also complimentary popcorn). $25. 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.576.7777. Tickets

Food + Drink

National Food Truck Day 

June 25. Calling all foodies! Join Roaming Hunger in celebrating National Food Truck Day across the country all week (specifically this Friday) by grabbing some grub from your favorite food truck in L.A. Some of the participating food trucks will also be offering exclusive deals and promotions; see website for more info. For those who unable to visit a truck on Friday, the celebration continues through Sunday! foodtruckday.org

Amex Gold Card Picnic in the Park

June 26-27. Rally up your friends to enjoy a chef-curated picnic bundle outdoors from American Express Gold Card and Resy. This brand-new culinary experience features specialty picnic-inspired fare from women-led Kismet and the highly anticipated taquería concept Ditroit. Each picnic bundle is priced at $45; for those who Gold Card members, your basket will also include extra picnic accessories such as a custom blanket, full-size Supergoop! sunscreen and more. Pick-up location: La Cienega Park, 8400 Gregory Way, Beverly Hills. blog.resy.com

La La Land Kind Cafe

Opens June 26. Say hello to Santa Monica’s newest all-organic cafe with a mission to normalize kindness! This cafe concept hails from Dallas with a unique focus on employing and mentoring foster youth who are aging out of the system, and giving them the resources needed to sustain normal lives. On the menu, you’ll find items like The Butterfly Latte, Purple Rain Matcha Latte, truffle burrata avocado toast and chai overnight oats—plus vegan options. There’s also unique merchandise in-store (hats, sweatsuits, t-shirts and more) sporting “kind-inspired” messages and the “Don’t Be a Dick” slogan. Open daily 6:30 a.m.-7 pm. 1426 Montana Ave., #1, Santa Monica, 310.393.2656. lalalandkindcafe.com

Campari Bar Pop-Up

Through June 27. Say “ciao” to Eataly’s newest pop-up Campari Bar at La Pizza & La Pasta! Guests can sip on classic cocktails (think: Aperol Spritz and Negroni) and nosh of Neapolitan pizzette for a true Italian aperitivo experience right here in Los Angeles. M-F noon-9 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A., 213.310.8000. eataly.com

Ardor at The West Hollywood EDITION

Reopened. Elevate your evenings with dinner at Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur John Fraser’s Ardor at The West Hollywood EDITION. Divided into five sections (crudo, appetizers, entrees, charcoal grill and vegetables), Ardor’s menu sees the following cult favorites return: milk bread with beefsteak tomatoes, raw caulifower cacio e pepe and sweet potato curry. W-Sa 6-10:30 p.m. (last seating at 10 p.m.). $15 valet parking. 9040 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.953.9899. ardorweho.com

Pride Cocktail at The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore

Through June 30. Celebrate Pride all month long at The Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore with a special themed cocktail, the Ru-Pineapple (pictured)—an enticing elixir of vodka, caramelized pineapple, lemon, basil and agave. In addition to its specialty cocktail, The Bungalow Kitchen will donate $1 from every cocktail and wine by the glass to The Center Long Beach. On Friday and Saturday, look forward to local DJs spinning tunes from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. 2ND & PCH, 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 200, Long Beach, 562.719.9400. bungalowkitchen.com

Arts + Culture

The Other Art Fair Los Angeles

June 24-27. Discover emerging artists at The Other Art Fair’s first U.S. in-person fair of the year at ROW DTLA. The fair will host 75 independent and emerging artists, each handpicked by a committee of art world experts. Visitors can connect with artists in-person and explore thousands of original artworks across various media—including painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media and more—in a range of prices from $100 to $10,000. F noon-8 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. See website for tickets. 777 S. Alameda St., L.A. theotherartfair.com

The B**** Is Back: An All-Too Intimate Evening

Through June 30. Relive the hilarity in prize-winning author and NPR commentator Sandra Tsing Loh’s The B**** Is Back: An All-Too Intimate Evening, a 70-minute comic romp on the topic of menopause. This special on-demand video captures her 2015 solo comedy masterpiece, performed in The Edye and infused with Loh’s trademark honesty, candid voice and laugh-out-loud humor. 8 p.m. Starting $10 pay-what-you-wish. thebroadstage.org

Love Note

Through June 30. Rogue Artists Ensemble presents an interactive, in-real-life audio experience that guides audiences through a twisted collection of love stories, meditative romance and lost connections in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. Using only your cell phone and headphones, you’ll discover and listen to stories The Collector has compiled about romance, compassion and connection—leading to a secret phone line where your own love story will become part of The Collector’s archive. Contains mature content. Free. 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood. rogueartists.org

Photo credits: Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood courtesy MikeWorldWide. Poolside Cinema Series courtesy Modern Currency PR. National Food Truck Day courtesy Roaming Hunger LA. Amex Gold Card Picnic in the Park by Meredith Jenks. Ardor by Nikolas Koenig. Bungalow Kitchen Belmont Shore courtesy Outshine PR. Sandra Tsing Loh by Madeline Peng Miller. All other images are courtesy of the businesses and venues.

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