By LUCY GUANUNA
It’s officially summer, so make the best of the warm weather with an outdoor movie on the lawn of the Autry Museum or an outdoor celebration of all things concha at Concha-con in Lincoln Heights.
Read on for our top 10 events and things-to-do this weekend.
FRIDAY, June 22
Dance – ZZK Records, one of the labels responsible for reviving cumbia with artists that have digitized and fused the genre with electronica and hip hop, will be bringing Argentinian artists King Coya, Queen Cholas and Dat Garcia to the Echoplex in Echo Park for the ZZK Records Showcase.
Comedy – Former U.S. figure skater turned comedian Roman Fraden takes you Back in the Closet, where his experiences in motel rooms with Tonya Harding, Grindr hookups and a diss from Sting take center stage at the Lyric Hyperion in Silver Lake.
Comedy – Who would a comedian poke fun at if they weren’t able to see their audience? Find out at DARK: Stand Up Comedy in Pitch Black hosted by comedian Marlena Rodriguez at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Silver Lake. Neither the audience members or comics will be able to see each other, making for an interesting night of experimental comedy.
SATURDAY, June 23
Film – Take your movie night outdoors and watch the ‘90s cult classic Clerks on the lawn of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park. Bring your own snacks to munch on or sample dishes from food trucks, Canvas and Okamoto Kitchen. Local indie rock band Jacob the Horse will be bringing the vibes before the movie starts.
Concha-con – Conchas, the Mexican sweet bread, have won over many bellies and hearts. That’s why an arts and culture festival was created to celebrate the sweet treats. The 2nd annual Concha-con at Plaza de la Raza in Lincoln Heights will have fun interactive installations, a live food demonstration and more than 60 vendors selling concha-inspired art and goods.
Comedy – Ride your bike or take a stroll along the L.A. River to get to The Frogtown Show, a monthly stand-up comedy showcase at the Spoke Bicycle Cafe. This month’s lineup will feature comedians Aparna Nancherla, a writer for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Byron Bowers, writer for Adam Devine’s House Party and The Chi. The cafe will be serving up food and drinks throughout the night.
Art – Spruce up your collection with fine art prints from Self Help Graphics & Art’s Annual Print Fair and Exhibition. Serigraphs, monoprints, relief and intaglio print editions created by artists that participated in SHG’s printmaking program, including Margaret Alarcon and River Garza, will be available for purchase.
SUNDAY, June 24
Shop – This Saturday and Sunday, the Union Swapmeet in East Hollywood will partner with L.A. Sewcial to bring crafters and makers to the space for Makers Market Weekend Pop-Up and Creative Workshops. Shop for locally handcrafted gifts, clothing, art and home decor.
Do – Dust off your grandma’s old sewing machine and bring it to L.A. Sewcial’s Sewing Machine Basics Workshop at the Union Swapmeet in East Hollywood. During the 2-hour workshop, you will learn how to wind your bobbin, use the machine attachments and how to cut, pin and sew. You will leave the workshop with a new set of skills and your own unique completed project.
Reading Hour – Amongst Los Angeles’ diverse inhabitants lives a small population of indigenous Guatemalan-Maya. You and the little ones can learn more during Libros Schmibros next children’s storytelling hour in Boyle Heights featuring readings and activities from the book Colores de Guatemala. Free books for children and adults will also be available at the event.
That’s It For This Weekend!
As always, it’s a good idea to check with event organizers about any changes.
Thanks for reading. Until next Thursday, stay on top of the rest of the week’s goings-on by visiting the Eastside Events Calendar.
— Lucy Guanuna