The Bucket List • June 2017 • L.A. Edition
It is the time of the year in Los Angeles when there are plenty of outdoor events to celebrate the summer season. Music in the month of June is buzzing with Roger Waters, Queen, and the BET Experience and all touching down in the City of Angels. If great food is what you desire you can find it at the Calabasas Malibu Food and Wine Festival or the Los Angeles Taste of the Nation. Both the Hollywood Fringe Festival and “Book of Mormon” promise theater enthusiasts unique experiences. Whatever you’re looking for, The Bucket List has you covered.
“The Book Of Mormon” at Hollywood Pantages | May 30 – July 9
The hilarious musical from the creators of the Comedy Central hit, “South Park” begins its summer stay at the Hollywood Pantages. The Tony Award-winning musical follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of door-to-door missionaries. Get ready to laugh.
Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Lot 613 | June 2 + June 3
Syrup and art – what more could you need? This unique show offers a look at local artists, craftsmen, and photographers. Oh, and of course, a free pancake bar. The collaborative art show also features a lineup of bands and live DJ’s.
Sanctuary at Little Tokyo Arts Complex | June 2 – June 11
Come for an immersive art experience that fuses art with live performance. The audience is welcomed to explore the installations at will, while a performance moves continuously throughout the space. Artists include Monica Canilao, Double Diamond Sun Body, Lindsey Garrett, and more.
17th Annual Los Angeles River Ride | June 4
Join over 2,000 fellow riders, and enjoy a great day of bicycling fun, exploration, a raffle, live music, and more. All proceeds will go to benefit the work of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition – an organization working to make all communities in L.A. County bike safe.
Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space at Hammer Museum | June 4 – Aug. 20
Explore the work of an understudied artist, Marisa Merz at the UCLA exhibition. Her work spans over five decades and she received a Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
“Changing the World, One Wall at a Time” Screening at Raleigh Studios | June 5
Featuring Mark Ruffalo, this documentary looks at the interesting stories behind street art in the fight for Iranian education. The screening concludes with a panel including filmmaker Maziar Bahari and guests.
L.A. Pride Festival in West Hollywood | June 5 – June 11
June is the officially LGBT month and the Pride Festival includes a wide variety of events, parties, parades, and concerts. Universal Studios Hollywood and Dodgers Stadium are joining in on the celebration to include exclusive events. Headliners include Brandy, Chromeo, Kat Dahlia, and Aaron Carter.
Hollywood Fringe Festival at Various Locations | June 8 – June 25
The annual festival offers dozens of unique theatrical stage performances, including one-man shows and ensemble musicals. Notable titles include, “Grimm Tales,” “6 Figures,” “Breather,” and “Slasher.” They take place at various venues across Hollywood. Many of the shows are selling out fast, so be sure to grab your tickets soon.
MADE LA at L.A. Live’s Event Deck | June 9 + June 10
This two-day fashion show includes over 30 pop-up shops, DJ sets, performances, food, drinks, and more. Billed as a one-of-a-kind event, the lineup kicks off with an opening ceremony featuring RZA of Wu Tang Clan.
Calabasas Malibu Food & Wine Festival at The Commons at Calabasas | June 9 + June 10
Come experience the most delectable tastings the valley has to offer at the 11th annual event. Enjoy a wide variety of food, wine, beers and spirits, all to benefit Parents & Teachers Together (PATT). Dozens of local Los Angeles brands will be represented.
Cabernet College at Eat.Drink.Americano | June 10
Taste over $4000 worth of top quality cabernet – including a petite cheese plate. At this educational event, you will blind test dozens of wines – ranging from grocery store cost to elite blends – and must put your taste buds to the test to see if you can spot the difference. Are you up for the challenge?
L.A. Food Fest at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | June 10
The festival’s tagline “stretchy pants required” pretty much sums up the theme of this event. The 8th annual event features world class, award winning top chefs and restaurants, out of town headliners, food trucks, street stands and carts all in one place for summer fun.
Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl | June 10 + June 11
This two-night event features music from some of the nations top jazz players. The lineup includes, Gregory Porter, Corinne Baily Rae, Kenny Garrett, Common, and more. Comedian, George Lopez serves as the master of ceremonies.
Los Angeles Taste of the Nation at Media Park | June 11
Ensure that no child goes hungry, whether in Los Angeles or across the nation by joining top chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists to end childhood hunger in America. This one-of-a-kind local event features dishes from over 40 restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
L.A. Film Festival | June 14 – June 22
Enjoy the latest in independent film at the ArcLight Cinemas in Culver City, Hollywood, and Santa Monica. The festival will serve as the world premiere for “20 Weeks,” “And Then I Go,” “Beauty Mark,” “Mankiller” and others in the competition lineup. Individual tickets or multi-screen passes can be purchased.
Good Food Gala at Vibiana | June 15
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, the gala features creations from some of Southern California’s best local famers and finest chefs. The event works to celebrate sustainable food systems and efforts, along with exemplary Good Food Heroes. Cocktail attire is required.
MOCA Music at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA | June 15
June 15 kicks off this ongoing musical summer series will please your eardrums all season long. Located in Little Tokyo, MOCA will be collaborating with Spaceland to present a lineup that includes Teebs, Milo, Josef Leimberg, and DJ Nobody.
L.A. Wine Fest at The Row | June 17 + June 18
The festival brings wines and brews from around the world right to Los Angeles in a fun and relaxed environment – priding itself on the SoCal chill vibe. Take a break from tasting and hit up various boutiques, gourmet treats, food trucks, and artisan merchandise for sale.
L.A. Beer Week | June 17 – June 25
Enjoy a wide variety of events ranging from a Mexican craft beer celebration to a L.A. brewers tap takeover at various bars and pubs across the downtown Los Angeles scene. On Sunday June 18, the festival will transform into the perfect Father’s Day celebration. Check out the calendar for all the free events.
Roger Waters at Staples Center | June 20, June 21 + June 27
Returning to his North American leg of the “Us + Them” tour, the legendary singer/songwriter will be playing some of his new songs, solo work, and classics from Pink Floyd. Waters’ performances are renowned as immersive sensory experiences not to be missed.
BET Experience at Staples Center | June 22 – June 24
The three-night lineup features legends of hip hop – Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg, & Wiz Khalifa, Pusha T. Desligner, and Playboi Carti on June 22. Bryson Tiller, DJ Khaled and Friends, Jene Alko, Jidenna, Khalid, They, and H.E.R. on June 23. A$AP Rocky, Schoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd, Migos, Young Thug, and Lil Yachty on June 24.
Dwell on Design at Los Angeles Convention Center | June 23 – June 25
All design enthusiasts and architects welcome – the event features exhibits for modern interiors and exteriors, continuing education classes, and seminars for consumers. View over 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products at this ultimate home show.
Warhol Icon at The Broad | June 24
Enjoy late-night music, performance, and more inspired by Nico, the German singer-songwriter who served as a muse for Andy Warhol in the 1960s. Performers include Jenny Hval, Kembra Pfahler, Rose Mcdowall, Tiny Wipers, Geneva Jacuzzi, Vaginal Davis, and Nao Bustamante.
Arroyo Seco Weekend at The Rose Bowl | June 24 + June 25
Coachella might be over, but the summer festival season is still in full effect. Artists performing at the festival include Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Meters, Weezer, The Shins, Andrew Bird, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and dozens more. Check out the site for specific performance dates, and nights.
Independent Shakespeare Co. Presents Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival | June 24 – Sept. 3
Are you disappointed by the new Shakespearean ABC show “Still Star-Crossed”? Well this might be your fix. Enjoy authentic works of Shakespeare right in the park every Wednesday through Sunday this summer. Put on by Independent Shakespeare Co., the shows are free to the public and include “Measure for Measure” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
BET Awards at Microsoft Theater | June 25
Hosted by “Saturday Night Live” and “Ghostbusters” star, Leslie Jones, the annual ceremony, celebrating film and music, will feature performances by Bruno Mars, Trey Songz, and others. Nominees include “Get Out,” “Moonlight,” “Hidden Figures,” “The Birth of a Nation,” Adele, Beyonce, and Rihanna. The show airs live at 8/7 p.m. central time.
Seu Jorge “The Life Aquatic: A Tribute to David Bowie” w/ Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Hollywood Bowl | June 25
Brazilian troubadour Seu Jorge celebrates the life of one of music’s most iconic performers, David Bowie through the lens of his role in Wes Anderson’s classic film, “The Life Aquatic.” Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to grab them early for this one-of-a-kind event at the Hollywood Bowl.
Queen + Adam Lambert at Hollywood Bowl | June 26 + June 27
Old music meets new in this pairing between the iconic band, Queen, and American Idol contestant, Adam Lambert. The duo has been touring together for a few years now, as the pairing as proved quite successful. Lambert recently appeared in Fox’s “Rocky Horror Picture Show” last fall.