Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Weekly What To Do: Memorial Day Weekend Y'all

Don't forget, you might have Monday off.

May 22-27 

LA Fleet Week® is an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services held on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the extended Memorial Day Weekend. Events include:
       - Active duty ship tours
      -  Military displays and equipment demonstrations
       - Live entertainment
       - Downtown San Pedro and Wilmington Welcome Parties
       - Aircraft flyovers
        -Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and Army teams
        -Competitions including Dodgeball and Military Has Talent
        -Military band performances across L.A

Spring 2024 LACMA Party
Wed, May 22, 2024
6 pm - 8 pm PT
Smidt Welcome Plaza  |  LACMA
All ages
Free, RSVP required

Celebrate LACMA's current exhibitions and discover the museum after hours while enjoying sunset drinks and beats by DJ Rashida! Light bites and soft drinks will be available at LACMA Café and LACMA Marketplace while supplies last alongside cash bars.
"David Zwirner: 30 Years inaugurates the gallery’s new flagship building at 606 N Western Avenue in Melrose Hill, designed by Selldorf Architects, and spans the adjacent David Zwirner spaces at 612 and 616 N Western Avenue, which opened to the public in May 2023. The newly constructed three-story gallery has over 15,000 square feet of exhibition space, an outdoor terrace with views of the Hollywood Sign to the north, and a concrete staircase linking the first and second floors reminiscent of the stairs at David Zwirner’s 20th Street gallery in New York. The three adjacent gallery spaces on Western Avenue are all unified with white facades, and the parking area and roofs are designed to give the outdoor spaces an abundant amount of greenery."
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 24, 25 & 26 For Shows After 5pm!
Landmark Theatres Sunset
Free Premium Experience Engage and be photographed with Wasteland Warriors (both biker hordes and war boys will be on hand).Enjoy complimentary tray passed bites, while supplies last! Themed cocktails or mocktails will also be available for purchase. First Come, First Served For Photos and Food. Please arrive an hour before to join the experience.

Friday May 24, 2024 7:30pm PT
Academy Museum

"Perennial midnight fare at repertory theaters around the country to this day, Ōbayashi Nobuhiko’s indescribable psychedelic horror flick was first brought to the attention of the Criterion Collection, who, through their theatrical arm, Janus Films, brought it to the IFC Center in New York, where it had a sustained midnight engagement beginning in 2010 that continues to this day. House’s breakneck pacing, whiplash tone, and unpredictable plot about seven Japanese schoolgirls who visit an aunt in the countryside only to find her home infested with a supernatural presence is, as anyone who has seen it will insist, a singular cinematic experience."

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
12:00 - 6:00 pm PT
The Magic Box (Downtown Los Angeles)
1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007 
Free, Must Register
Dang, we were still holding out for the giant Pac-Man maze built for a 2015 Super Bowl ad . This is still cool and free!

From press release:
"PAC-MAN Shine On is a retro-futuristic reimagining of the legendary video game character, where nostalgic arcade aesthetics mix with a modern neon twist. The L.A. pop-up event will feature a life-size maze, classic PAC-MAN arcade cabinets, amusement games, aura reading photo booth, live screen printing and playable stations of the just-released furiously fast 64-multiplayer game PAC-MAN™ MEGA TUNNEL BATTLE™: CHOMP CHAMPS. The event is designed for all ages with photo ops with PAC-MAN himself, free games to play, giveaways, music including a virtual set by DJ PAC-MAN, food trucks and MORE."

Art Konbini - Giant Robot X JANM
Saturday, May 25, 2024
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Entry included in JANM Admission ($16 adults, $9 seniors/students/youth, Free for JANM Members)

Live Project with Felicia Chiao and Eric Nakamura at 2pm

Join the artists of Giant Robot and JANM for an art market at @jamuseum! Playing on the idea of the konbini, or Japanese convenience store, which stocks everything from snacks to household supplies, this Art Konbini will feature art prints, zines, pins, and more!

Improv Series X Presents: Fallout Improv
May 25 @ 10:30 pm - 11:45 pm
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre: 5919 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

This month’s show features improv comedy set in the world of the Fallout game series. Whether you’re regular Nuka-Cola drinker or you’ve never stepped foot in the wasteland, you’ll have a good time.

Saturday, May 25th from 6:45pm to 10:30pm (gates open at 6:45pm and the screening begins at 8:30pm)Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever
Tickets are $22 
"As the credits roll, the excitement continues with a breathtaking drone show, where the night will come alive with lights and colors inspired by the movie’s unforgettable moments."
May 26, 2024–Jan 20, 2025
Resnick Pavilion
$ Admission

Simone Leigh, a traveling exhibition organized by the ICA Boston and co-presented in Los Angeles by LACMA and the California African American Museum, is the first comprehensive survey of the richly layered work of this celebrated artist. LACMA’s presentation features approximately 20 years of Leigh’s production in ceramic, bronze, video, and installation, as well as works from her 2022 Venice Biennale presentation. 

Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre: 5919 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
 A gritty crime story between the Glendale Americana and Glendale Galleria – and the man who tries to climb to the top of the Evil Mall Empire.


May 3-27
Fairplex 1101 W McKinley Ave
Pomona, CA 91768 
The 16-day event opens May 3. Don’t miss new attractions, the thrills of the carnival, musical entertainment in every corner of the fairgrounds and, of course, lots and lots of food.
UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.

American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán.

 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
Brain Dead Studios-manages to fill its schedule almost every night
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Vidiots -A one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and everyone curious about cinema. A small theater is more than made-up for with the constant content and special screenings.
4884 Eagle Rock Blvd
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
05.02.2024 (Thu.) – 11.03.2024 (Sun.)
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
 “Yes, KAWAII is Art -EXPRESS YOURSELF-” is the first exhibition in which Masuda, known as the “King of Kawaii,” brings together multiple artworks unravelling the concepts within the phenomena while introducing his personal story of sharing kawaii with the world. Through his collection of artifacts from the origins of the culture and dazzling immersive art installations, visitors are invited to explore the cultural context and significance of the kawaii movement and step into the colorful world to feel the aesthetic for themselves, emphasizing its role in fostering a sense of joy, innocence, and community as a tool for self-expression and representation of a worldwide tribe to which we can all belong.
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators, chara