Arts & Entertainment

Free weekend? Pool parties, dineLA and a champagne social

You can eat this Southern shrimp sandwich at downtown L.A.'s Barrel Down, a new restaurant/bar with 40 beers on tap and a menu from Alma vet Chef Derrick de Jesus.
You can eat this Southern shrimp sandwich at downtown L.A.'s Barrel Down, a new restaurant/bar with 40 beers on tap and a menu from Alma vet Chef Derrick de Jesus.

'Tis the season to crash every pool party you can find. And we'll do just that before those unusual thunderstorms hit SoCal beaches Saturday. (Stay safe out there, people!)  Here's everything you need to know.


1. "Current": A dance party at the Ace

(Photo:Daniel Pouliot/Flickr/Creative Commons)

Summer nights are for rooftop lounging. And if you haven't been to the Ace's trendy bar, you can check out its high-rise views at Flood Magazine's dance party Friday. In the second installment of "Current," pick up a copy of FLOOD 1 while you listen to a DJ set by L.A.’s own Chain Gang of 1974. 

When: 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Friday

Where: Upstairs at the Ace Hotel DTLA | MAP 

Price: Free | RSVP here 


2. Live music at MOLAA

It's happening

Another weekend, another garden party. Saturday marks the start of the Museum Of Latin American Art's summer concert series featuring a line-up of afro-cuban music. First up, "Remembering the Palladium Days, Chapter 3: Mambo is Back and It is Here to Stay!" with Grammy-winning percussionist Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez, Freddie Crespo and Mambo Review. All concerts will be held in MOLAA’s Sculpture Garden. Standing room tickets are $30, and this includes complimentary tequila tasting provided by Tequila Don Nacho.

When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday 

Where: MOLAA's Sculpture Garden | MAP

Price: Standing room only: $30 | Seated: $40 | VIP preferred seating: $50 | Purchase tix here


3. A play about Corita Kent

(Photo: for eleanor, 1964Serigraph on Pellon30 x 36 inchesCollection of Juliette Bellocq. Photograph by Arthur Evans, courtesy of the Tang Museum at Skidmore College)

As a part of its latest exhibit, "Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent," the Pasadena Museum of California Art is hosting a new play about her life. "Little Heart" explores Kent's battle with arch-conservative Cardinal McIntyre, as well as her private struggles with fellow sisters, students and her own spiritual doubt. The event takes place at All Saints Church, but PMCA will be open late (until 6 p.m.) in light of the event. 

When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Where: All Saints Church | MAP | Parking available at the PMCA and All Saints.

Price: Free


4. Long Beach Love Festival 

Party on the beach

Aquarium of the Pacific. Mother's Beach. Robert Earl’s BBQ. Whatever it is you love about Long Beach, come out and celebrate at this narcissist festival. Long Beach Love Festival will span two days at Granada Beach with a farmers market, art walks, food vendors, music, beach football, cornhole, yoga and so much more — all to remind you why the LBC is so awesome. As if you needed that reminder. 

When: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Alfredo's Beach Club at Granada Beach | MAP

Price: Free


5. dineLA's Summer Restaurant Week

This is your chance to live like a foodie without the associated costs! DineLA is back, and this time it lasts through July 26. Here's how it works: Search DineLA's database of restaurants, find a spot you've always wanted to try and then book your reservation for a prix-fixe lunch or dinner. Here are a couple suggestions: 

When: Through July 26

Where: Restaurants around L.A. | Search the database here

Price: Prix-fixe menu prices vary


6. Poolside screening and party 

Watch the trailer

Head over to the Hollywood Roosevelt to hang out with the cool kids Friday night. The hotel's poolside party begins with a screening of "The Endless Summer," a flick that follows two surfers on a surfing trip around the world (watch the trailer above). Afterwards, hang out for a dance party with summer sounds from local DJs like Adam Auburn.

When: Poolside screening: 8 to 9:30 p.m. | Poolside party: 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday

Where: Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel | MAP

Price: Free | RSVP here


7. Summer soda tasting 

(Photo: Cassidy Kean/KPCC)

It wouldn't be summer without a soda tasting! L.A.’s famed soda store, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, is hosting its annual tasting: “Around the World in 80 Sips." With more than 500 flavors in stock, this year's theme is international sodas, so get ready to try bubbly drinks from Italy, France and England. All proceeds will go to the the Southwest Museum Coalition. Pro tip: Be sure to try these five obscure flavors while you're there! 

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Galco's | MAP 

Price: $5 for children; $12 for adults | Purchase tix here


8. Free improv festival

Fun and free!

The L.A. Indie Improv Festival is a celebration of comedic minds: Thirteen hours, five stages, more than 175 improv teams and free admission. What should you see? Definitely "Real Housewives of Pasadena" on the party bus. "Reddit WTF" sounds hilarious. These people have a kid on their "Mr Grandpa" team. You'll see some of the writers and actors of the "Powerpuff Girls" in "Regular Puff." And our Twitter friend, @ThatsWright, suggests improv4humans. Stick around for an afterparty from 1 to 3 a.m. Saturday at the Clubhouse. 

When: Improv starts at 11 a.m. Saturday | Schedule here

Where: Various theaters around L.A.

Price: Free


9. Champagne social 

Check out this art

We can't say no to free champagne. Join Santa Monica's 18th Street Arts Center for guided studio tours, plus complimentary champagne from Whole Foods. You'll see the work of local and international resident artists, including an opening reception for Candice Lin's show "Sycorax’s Garden." 

When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday

Where: 18th Street Arts Center | MAP

Price: Free | RSVP here


10. Free workout with Mr. Universe

Forget the gym. Instead, hit the beach to burn fat with former Mr. Universe Lou Ferrigno. #HeyThereMuscles is a four-session fitness series at Santa Monica Pier where you'll build lean muscle and learn the importance of fiber. Ferrigno doesn't just hold the 1973 Mr. Universe title; he also co-stars in the classic muscle-building doc "Pumping Iron" and owns Ferrigno FIT. The best part? This summer workout series is free. 

When: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday

Where: Santa Monica Pier | MAP

Price: Free


What'd we miss? Let me know on Twitter @kristenlepore.