Here are our suggestions of things to do in Los Angeles this weekend…
The indie-rock stalwarts of Modest Mouse hadn’t released a full-length album in eight years (the last was 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank), but in March the band released their newest LP, Stranger to Ourselves, to scores of hungry, loyal fans. For a group that started out playing tiny clubs, bingo halls and dive bars, Modest Mouse fills larger spaces remarkably well (including this outdoor show at Hollywood Forever), offering up a slightly frenetic live show anchored by Isaac Brock’s distinctive singing, full of yelps and shouts. This mega show sold out within minutes, but hunt around the Internet and you might find a spare ticket or two.Friday, August 14th – Sunday, August 16th
Friday, August 21st 2015
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
$47.50 for General Admission
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Please see Hollywood Forever to buy tickets and for more details.
Roaring Nights at the LA Zoo
The last night of the L.A. Zoo’s summer music series gets totally tubular with a trip back to the wild era of rat tails, leopard print, Crocodile Dundee and Centipede. The fun includes hits of the ’80s performed live, rad DJ sets, “Then & Now” zoo keeper talks and retro video games, such as Ms. Pac Man and Donkey Kong Jr., plus giant Rubik’s Cubes at the Game Zone. In addition to exploring the Zoo after hours, guests can express their inner Jean-Michel Basquiat or Keith Haring at the Animal Artistry Paint Party—using neon paint colors. Paint your favorite animal on a small canvas to take home as a souvenir. “Ghostbusters” will also be on hand to “scan” guests and pose for photo ops, throughout the evening. Guests can amp up their look with the help of the hair and makeup experts from Fetiche Beauty Lounge at the free Tease, Curl & Crimp station.
Friday, August 21st 2015
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
$20 per person
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, 90027
Please see Roaring Nights to buy tickets and for more details.
FYF is back for its 11th year, boasting headliners Frank Ocean, Morrissey, Bloc Party, the Jesus and Mary Chain and more. Each summer music-loving Angelenos from all over the city make a pilgrimage to these two days of musical bliss in the California sun. Emerging artists and caustic stand-ups take the stage along with heavy hitters; past headliners include The Strokes and TV on the Radio. While the festival formerly known as “Fuck Yeah Fest” may have shed a bit of its rowdy, anti-establishment ethos from its early days at the Echo, it’s still the perfect summertime playground for indier-than-thou, amp-busting fringe culture.
Saturday, August 22nd 2015 – Sunday, August 23rd 2015
Gates open 2:00 PM
$175 for General Admission
Los Angeles Sports Arena
3939 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, 90037
Please see FYF Fest to buy tickets and for more details.
Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship
Major League Eating is proud to announce the return of The Day-Lee Foods World Gyoza Eating Championship. This event has grown annually to become one of the signature events on MLE’s annual circuit of contests, drawing the world’s greatest eaters to Little Tokyo in the heart of Los Angeles. Major League Eaters who wish to test themselves—truly test themselves—should sign up at the first opportunity.
One Day-Lee Foods Gyoza is a delicious treat. A dozen, even more so. Another dozen, sure. But 384? That’s a gyoza total that makes the mind melt. And that’s exactly what Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, the #1-ranked eater in the world, ate at last year’s contest. Chestnut delivered a trademark showcase of pure power eating, downing his nemesis Matthew Stonie, who ate 377 on the day, in the process. Others ate less, but with no less sense of purpose or dedication.
Saturday, August 22nd 2015
Free for General Admission!
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
244 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, 90012
Please see MLE for more details.
Modern Times + The Circus Double Feature
New Beverly Cinema can’t get enough of Charlie Chaplin—and neither can we. Cap off your weekend with a double feature of the 1936 film Modern Times, followed by the 1928 comedy The Circus; each directed, written by, and starring Mr. Chaplin himself. If you can’t make the Sunday night showing, don’t fret. Give yourself something to look forward to on a Monday with a late night showing on August 24.
Sunday, August 23rd – Monday, August 24th
Modern Times: 7:30 PM
The Circus: 5:45 PM & 9:20 PM
$8 for General Admission
New Beverly Cinema
7165 W Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, 90036
Please see The New Beverly for more details.