Welcome to the Unofficial Start of Summer!
Fingers crossed this was a four-day work week for you because the weekend is nonstop fun.
So fun, you’ll be inspired even after a five-day work week.
PARALLEL WORLDS: A NEW ROCK OPERA — On Friday night, sit back and relax with a drink (on the house!) while a world premiere production multitasks for your enjoyment. The rock band/stage play/big screen romance mash-up, in which the squabbling musicians discover they’re contributing more to the film than a soundtrack, was created by Brandon Beckner, who also composed the songs with Steve Sobel and Paola Jimenez; Matthew McCray of provocative theatre powerhouse Son of Semele, contributes stage direction. Why: Maximum bang-for-your-buck entertainment …with a cocktail.
LUMMIS DAY FESTIVAL — The FREE 11th Annual Festival of Northeast Los Angeles (NELA) literally has something for everyone. The fest, which takes its name from Southwest Museum founder and first Los Angeles Times City Editor Charles Fletcher Lummis, takes place in four venues over three days with shuttle service between all. On Friday evening, check out three films (two shorts, one feature-length) about the area former 1st District Councilmember Ed Reyes dubbed L.A.’s “first suburbs”. Highlights of the musical offerings on Saturday and Sunday include the Tall Men Group and Jessica Fichot (Saturday) as well as The Andersons (Sunday). Sunday morning, Lummis’s granddaughter, poet Suzanne Lummis, hosts a reading that includes poets Henry Morro, Laurel Ann Bogen, Antonietta Villamil and Wendy Ortiz. An art exhibit features rare work by members of Highland Park’s Centro de Arte Publico 1977 including Frank Romero, Leo Limon, and Barbara Carrasco. There’s plenty of kid-friendly performances and activities including puppets, a parade and the L.A. River Rover. Why: Being reminded that the Arroyo Seco-adjacent area was once L.A.’s premier arts community.
REVOLUTIONARY VISION — Sometimes a revolution starts with curiosity and experimentation instead of anger and unrest. Such is the case with the gorgeous new photo show at the Autry. Group f/64 & Richard Misrach: Photographs from the Bank of America Collection compares key moments in 20th century photography with a focus on California’s diverse landscapes. Group f/64 included the Golden State’s premier post-modernists like Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston. In the 1970’s, Richard Misrach was one of the pioneers of the renaissance of color and large-scale presentation. The comparison between the bodies of work is a powerful as well as beautiful commentary on the environment. Why: A picture is worth a thousand words…especially these pictures.
ANGEL CITY CHORALE’S “RHYTHM PLANET” — Angel City Chorale (ACC), a multicultural ensemble of 160 men and women now in its 23rd year of building community through song and performance, presents a concert of world beats with two performances this Saturday and Sunday. Led by Artistic Director Sue Fink, Rhythm Planet will feature the music of two-time Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin who will also conduct a portion of the concert. Highlights will include ACC’s version of Toto’s “Africa,” which has gone viral with almost 3 million YouTube views, as well as a “field of sonic stars”, courtesy of percussion from crystal glasses, which will surround the audience. The concert will also include pieces by Aaron Copland, Moses Hogan, and Eriks Esenvalds. A dessert reception follows each of the two family friendly concerts. Why: Best event ever to share with out-of-town family and friends.
Ready? U Know U Want 2 Go Go….