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Los Angeles Weekend Events Roundup August 23-26

Venice Beach Music Fest 13 features art, music, dance, food and more.

From late-night museum happenings to Sunday morning burlesque brunch, here are your Los Angeles weekend event picks for August 23-26.

Edited by William Yelles.


Strut Your Mutt
Aug. 24. Celebrate with your furry friends in style as Madame Tussauds’ “woof-top” is transformed into a puppy paradise for the evening. The museum is teaming up with celebrity dog groomer Jess Rona and spcaLA for Strut Your Mutt, a special event featuring Three Dog Bakery treats, pampering from Rona herself, a “pup-up” portrait studio, shopping and goodies from local pet boutiques and more. Attendees can enter a red carpet runway show to determine Hollywood’s best-looking pooch. 5-8 p.m. $15-$30.95. Admission includes entry for one human and one doggie. Madame Tussauds Hollywood, 6933 Hollywood Blvd., L.A. Tickets


DTLA Proud Festival
Aug. 24-26. DTLA Proud Festival returns to Pershing Square to celebrate the culture, history and diversity of downtown L.A.’s vibrant LGBT community with a lineup of local stage talent, community booths, art installations, retail vendors, interactive exhibits, food trucks, bars and a pop-up water park. Festival proceeds will help build the DTLA Proud Community Center. See website for a schedule of performances and activities. F 4-10 p.m. (free, all ages, alcohol-free); Sa-Su noon-10 p.m. (21+, $10). Pershing Square Park, 532 S. Olive St., L.A. dtlaproud.org


LACMA Muse ‘til Midnight
Aug. 25. This year’s Muse ’til Midnight event—an immersive late-night museum experience—draws inspiration from current exhibition 3D: Double Vision. The evening includes a musical lineup curated by DUBLAB, featuring performances by acclaimed artists Visible Cloaks, Jacques Greene, Asmara (Nguzunguzu) and many more. Additionally, special site-specific sound and visual installations will be on view. Performances are to take place at various locations throughout the museum. See website for complete lineup. 8 p.m.-midnight. $20 members; $30 GA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6010. lacma.org


Summer Happenings: The Greater Body (Shi-Dati)
Aug. 25. The Broad’s late-night summer series continues this Saturday. Chinese punk, post-punk, ritual performance, film, psychedelia and more come together for a night unlike any other at The Broad. Just added: L.A. locals Xiu Xiu will perform with post-punk band Re-TROS. MIIIA will pump out rave-inspired beats while the museum’s Oculus Hall transforms into an underground Beijing punk club. 21+. 8 p.m. $30. The Broad, 221 S. Grand Ave., L.A. thebroad.org



Venice Beach Music Fest 13
Aug. 25. As if the usual weekend characters at the Venice Beach boardwalk aren’t enough of a draw, come check out this all-day outdoor festival featuring art, music, dance, food and more. Performances by Venice locals run all day with Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin’s original band from her Haight-Ashbury days) closing out the show. Bring canned goods donations to support the Westside Food Bank. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Free. Windward Plaza Park, 1 Windward Ave., Venice. venicefestivals.com



Brick Fest Live LEGO® Fan Experience
Aug. 25-26. LEGO® lovers can enjoy hands-on attractions and activities including building and racing derby cars, contributing their talents to a world-record-sized mosaic and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $19-$39.50. Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E. Green St., Pasadena. Tickets




Aug. 25-26. Horror fans of all ages can get a jump-start on Halloween at the annual ScareLA convention. Meet and mingle with thousands of fright aficionados, haunt entertainment professionals, top scare event designers, makers, artists and filmmakers during a weekend filled with Halloween season teasers, attraction unveils, classes, industry panels, haunt tours, screenings, cosplay and games. See website for complete lineup. Sa 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Su 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $35-$50. Los Angeles Convention Center South Hall K, 1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A. scarela.com


Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam 18 Pop-Up
Aug. 26. Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam 18 is back at San Bernardino’s Glen Helen Pavilion this October and to celebrate the all-day rock fest, the band hosts a special all-ages pop-up at the Hollywood Palladium featuring photo ops, food, drinks and deals for merch and festival tickets. 3-7 p.m. Free. Hollywood Palladium, 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A. Festival Info





Marugame Udon
Opens Aug. 23. Marugame Udon—the world’s largest Japanese noodle restaurant brand with 1,000+ plus locations—adds a third U.S. branch with its debut at L.A.’s Beverly Center. The upscale cafeteria-style eatery lets diners custom-craft salads and bowls with tempura-fried veggies and proteins with everything cooked in open view, made-to-order. M-Sa 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite 105 (street level; entrance on W. Third St.), L.A. marugameudon.com



Barks & Brews
Aug. 26. Citadel Outlets is inviting all puppy parents and beer aficionados to the annual Barks & Brews event filled with craft beer tasting, food truck bites and live entertainment. While owners sip on cold brews from Lagunitas Brewing Co., Angel City Brewery and others, pups can enjoy a costume contest, “meet and greet” with Instagram-famous dogs, photo booth, pet caricature portraits, games and music. On-site adoptions will also be available. 4-7 p.m. Free. $5 drink ticket proceeds benefit Best Friends’ NKLA initiative dedicated to making Los Angeles a “no-kill” city for shelter pets. 100 Citadel Dr., L.A., 323.888.1724. citadeloutlets.com


Deviled Eggs Burlesque Brunch
Aug. 26. Brack Shop Tavern will celebrate the one-year anniversary of its monthly event series. This month’s theme will be a throwback to its first show—a 1920s Prohibition-themed experience—and guests are encouraged to dress in costume. Brunch buffet highlights include deviled eggs with caviar, herb-rubbed pork roast and gold-dusted chocolate truffles. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $50. 525 W. Seventh St., L.A., 213.232.8657. Tickets



Lucques’ Rib Fest
Aug. 26. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne present their 18th annual barbecue event featuring a feast of slow-cooked ribs, hot wings, and sides. A week of preparation goes into the smoking of St. Louis-style pork ribs, braised beef back ribs, spiced lamb spare ribs and too-hot-to-handle chicken wings, all served family-style. Sides include cole slaw, baked beans, collard greens and corn on the cob. If you’re not already stuffed, grab a slice of peach cobbler (served with ice cream) for dessert. Reservations are required. 3-9 p.m. $65. Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277. lucques.com




Tchaikovsky Spectacular
Aug. 24-25. Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky concert featuring actors Asia Kate Dillon, Ioan Gruffudd and Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose. The program features fantasy overtures inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet and the evening is topped off with the “1812 Overture” and fireworks. 8 p.m. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 323.850.2000. hollywoodbowl.com



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Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters Celebrity Benefit
Aug 25. The Pageant of the Masters—Laguna Beach’s beloved living picture production—celebrates its 85th anniversary season with a glamorous bash. Patrons will enjoy a private viewing of the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show and a concert with Grammy-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell. Actress Sarah Drew will draw the winning ticket for the summer-long raffle for a 2019 Acura RDX and introduce the 2018 Pageant of the Masters “Under the Sun.” Red carpet 5 p.m.; concert 6:30 p.m.; pageant 8:30 p.m. $50-$240. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 800.487.3378. pageanttickets.com


Aug. 25. Rodriguez—the anti-apartheid folk singer who shot to fame thanks to the Academy Award-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man—brings his unique musical talents to the Luckman Fine Arts Complex stage at Cal State LA. 8 p.m. $60-$80. 5151 State University Dr., L.A., 323.343.6600. luckmanarts.org




“Moon&” by szalt (dance co)
Aug. 26. Ford Theatres presents the world premiere of moon& by szalt (dance co). Mirrored by the eight phases of the moon, moon& is an evening-length work by szalt (dance co.)’s founding artistic director Stephanie Zaletel. The piece will premiere under the light of the full moon and will feature an all-female company of six world-class dancers paired with electro-acoustic composers Louis Lopez and Jonathan Snipes performing live. 8:30 p.m. $25-$45. Ford Theatres, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E., Hollywood, 323.461.3673. fordtheatres.org




Jaclyn Jones USA Pop-Up
Through Aug. 25. Women’s luxury footwear brand Jaclyn Jones USA has teamed up with Platt Jewelry Boutique and The Kit Vintage to showcase fashionable pre-fall styles. Exclusive pricing and gifts with purchases are promised. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 7427 Beverly Blvd., L.A. jaclynjonesusa.com




Venice Beach Music Fest 13 photo courtesy Venice Beach Music Fest/Facebook. Strut Your Mutt photo courtesy threedogbakeryhq/Instagram. Scare LA photo courtesy @scarelosangeles/Instagram. Foo Fighters’ Cal Jam 18 photo courtesy @caljamfest/Instagram. Marugame Udon photo courtesy @marugame_udon/Instagram. Barks & Brews photo courtesy Citadel Outlets. Deviled Eggs Burlesque Brunch photo courtesy Brack Shop Tavern. Lucques photo by Kristen Honey Photography. Tchaikovsky Spectacular photo courtesy Los Angeles Philharmonic. szalt (dance co) photo by Gema Galiana. Jaclyn Jones USA photo courtesy @jaclynjonesusa/Instagram.

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