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LA Tourism presents sneak peek of summer in the city fun and festivals

Mark your calendars for some pre-summer fun in LA
Mark your calendars for some pre-summer fun in LA
Richard Pietschmann

Los Angeles Tourism is making it easy for folks to enjoy everything the city has to offer this summer with a special sneak preview day on Saturday May, 24 that include festivals, music, movies and assorted cultural events.

Cheech & Chong do double duty with WAR at Greek Theatre May 24
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

So mark your calendars:

Music for your ears

  • WAR and Cheech & Chong at the Greek Theatre: L.A.’s own soul-funk giants WAR do double duty with iconic countercultural comedy duo Cheech & Chong at one of the country’s best outdoor amphitheaters. 411: Recreational use of marijuana isn't legal in California (yet), but that won't stop lots of concert goers from making sure plenty of cannabis smoke will be wafting through the air of the Griffith Park concert venue. Guide yourselves accordingly.
  • Moein at the Dolby Theatre: Iranian star Moein plays a show at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. 411: Hearing is believing, in this case, as the Dolby Theatre's state-of-the-art sound system will ensure that the music from this international superstar will be an optical feast.
  • Romeo Santos at STAPLES Center: Singer, songwriter and producer Romeo Santos will bring his specialty of bachata music (which originated in the Dominican Republic) to Downtown. 411: Santos also plays a STAPLES show on Thursday, May 22 for those who want to get a preview.
  • Suzanne Vega at the El Rey Theatre: Singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega brings a little bit of her native New York City to L.A. with songs from her new “Beauty & Crime” release on Blue Note Records. trivea: Like a New York subway, the El Rey is mostly a standing-only affair.

Poetry in motion

  • Frank T. Rios at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA): L.A.-based beat poet Frank T. Rios, a longtime fixture in the Venice literary scene, reads from his own work to mark the opening of LACMA’s exhibition “Edward Biberman, Abbot Kinney and the Story of Venice.” What you should know: Biberman’s mural about the creation of Venice was completed in 1941 for the Venice Post Office and has since been restored.

Movie magic

  • “The Big Lebowski” on the Autry Nation Center lawn: The Coen Brothers’ 1998 L.A.-centric cultural favorite will be shown on the West Coast’s largest outdoor movie screen. FYI: In true L.A. fashion, there will be food trucks. And dogs are allowed. Woof.
  • “Jaws” at Hollywood Forever Cemetery: Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, the original of all summer blockbusters, is part of the slate of Cinespia showings at the world-famous resting place.Creepy?: John Williams’ foreboding score echoing off of gravestones? It doesn’t get any creepier than that.
  • “Dazed and Confused” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In: Downtown L.A.’s historic core gets a little of Austin, Texas, circa 1976, with this Richard Linklater comedy. What you should know: The 1993 movie was a veritable launching pad for future stars such as Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and a scene-stealing Matthew McConaughey.


  • Festival Hermosa at the Hermosa Beach Pier: Southern California’s largest arts & crafts fair hits Hermosa Pier with more than 300 artists and artisans as well as a ton of live music and great food. Know this: this holiday weekend, it returns for Labor Day Weekend.
  • Valley Greek Festival at Northridge’s St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church: Homemade pastries and other Greek culinary delights combined with live Greek folk music provide a feast for eyes, ears and palettes. What you should know: This festival also goes through Monday, May 26. And wear comfortable shoes. There will be dancing. Lots of dancing.
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