Monday, July 28, 2014

This Weekend

Shake off June gloom with true LA funkiness, from WeHo couples on parade to kinky couples on YouTube.

Rock Block: Grand Performances
Hear the sounds of LA's Ozomatli and Dengue Fever echo off skyscrapers as they bring mashed-up, multi-ethnic rock to downtown’s California Plaza.
Standing room only: Unlike past shows, this season opener takes place on Grand Avenue itself so there’s no seating. Luckily, the view from the beer garden is just fine.
Sun 3p. 300-350 S. Grand Ave. (213-687-2159). Free. Nearby: Sai Sai; Golden Gopher; Seven Grand

Street Fun: LA Pride Parade
Whichever flag you fly, LA’s annual gay pride parade delivers the most outrageous sights you’ll see in public all year. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
There’s music, too? 80s revival with Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Terri Nunn of Berlin, and reformed mall rat Tiffany. For best parade viewing, snag a bleacher seat at Palm Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd.
Festival: Sat-Sun. Parade: Sun 11a-3p. Santa Monica Blvd. from Crescent Heights to Roberston Blvd. (323-969-8302 x18). $15 advance, $20 gate. Nearby: Ketchup; East/West Lounge; Here

Alt Scene: Pixelodeon 2007
The AFI pioneers a festival devoted entirely to web videos—more than 300 of ‘em shown on the big screen.
Hottie host: Former Rocketboom anchor Amanda Congdon, famous for her tight t-shirts, spotlights couples who post videos, naughty and otherwise.
Sat 11:30a-6p, Sun 12-6p. American Film Institute, 2021 N. Western Ave. (323-856-7600). $60 for both days. Nearby: Palms Thai; Safari Sam’s; Jumbo’s Clown Room

Sports Night: Lucha Libre Mexicana
If only the WWE could be as cool as its south-of-the-border cousins.
Watch for: Mascara vs. Cabellera (Mask vs. Hair), where the stakes are high. If the former loses, he reveals his identity. When the latter loses, it’s time for a shave.
Sat 7p. Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3939 S. Figueroa St. (213-747-7111). $15-35. ticketmaster.com Nearby: Pacific Dining Car; Bar 107; La Cita

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