This weekend: a (free!) Best Coast show, Outfest 2011, and a CicLAvia community ride. Also: the Royals are in town and, even though they are kind enough to grace us and our freeways with their presence on a weekend unlike some people, you best watch out for all that traffic. Think of this as a practice run for Carmageddon.
- Saturdays Off the 405 is a great idea in theory, but getting off the Getty exit off the 405 at 6pm is harder than it sounds. Nonetheless, a free Best Coast show might be just enough to convince you to battle that road: the summer series at the Getty will feature Bethany Cosentino and her beachy, synth-y sounds of Best Coast, as well as “multi-instrumentalist” Bobb Bruno. Free. 6pm to 9pm at the Getty Center off the 405.
- TwentyWonder is, according to Ruth666, the “best party you may never have heard of.” The Derby Dolls will participate in a match, the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will perform, Ed Asner will be doing a Very Special Reading of a Dr. Suess book, and there will be assorted other amazing attractions to entertain you, all for charity. This is the best party you never heard of, until now. $40-$100. 6pm to midnight at the Doll Factory, 1711 W. Temple at Union.
- If Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans spoke to you in a way that didn’t really speak to me, head out to MOCA downtown outpost and see all 32 of his soup can paintings in person. The exhibit pays tribute to the 49th anniversary of the original show at Ferus Gallery – Warhol’s first solo exhibition. $5 (students)/$10 (general). 11am to 6pm at MOCA on Grand Avenue. The exhibit runs until September 7.
- Outfest kicks off its first full weekend, with films and panels celebrating gay culture. Because we’re here, we’re queer, and we’ve been in the movies since, well, forever. See website for tickets, screenings, and venues.
- Sad that the 2011 CicLAvia ride had to be postponed? Reinvent the wheel (ha ha) at a special CicLAvia Community Group Ride in Boyle Heights. The ride starts at Hollenbeck Park and will wind through Chinatown and South LA for about 10 miles. No, I don’t think the bikers will be able to clear enough traffic so that you can play hopscotch in the middle of Broadway and Alpine. Yet. $5 donation suggestion. Meet at 12:30; ride departs at 1pm at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights.
- Sure, the annual Lotus Festival has taken some big hits over the past few years: no lotuses in the past few years and, this year, no Dragon Boat Race – but come celebrate the spirit of the lotus anyway. The second day of the festival will highlight Thai culture, and will feature artisan crafters, food, and provide free holistic health information. Free. Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 8pm at Echo Park Lake in Echo Park.