The Madeleine Brand Show for June 1, 2012

Weekend Alibi: Diamond Jubilee celebration, Krautrock and Tijuana

London Prepares For The Diamond Jubilee

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Mugs celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on sale in Trafalgar Square on June 1, 2012 in London, England. With two days to go before the start of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II, final preparations are taking place in the capital. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

KPCC's Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best weekend entertainment around L.A.

First, you could celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne. And you don't even have to hop across the pond to join in the excitement. The prim and proper Rose Tree Cottage tea house in Pasadena will be hosting several high teas in honor of the event on Saturday. Tea house owner, British subject and all around queen enthusiast, Edmund Fry, encourages male guests to wear a ceremonial sword to the festivities. Women could wear a fascinator or a tiara. But please no crowns - that's only for the queen!

Or, you could enjoy tonight's tribute to the krautrock musical genre put on by the Goethe-Institut. This trippy, experimental style of German music from the '60s and '70s will be reimagined by Dublab Collective - a group of innovative L.A. DJ's. The event goes down at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood tonight.

Or, you could say hello to the new Tijuana. If you still think of this border city as a playground for drunken fratboys, you've got some catching up to do. From pull-outs in foodie magazines to a feature on celebrity chef Anthony's Bourdain's TV show this week, Tijuana is having a moment. So now's your chance to explore its gustatory delights with the alternative tour company Turista Libre. Company founder Derrick Chinn leads intrepid travelers on a series of off-the-beaten track day trips across the border. This Saturday is what he calls a "progressive meal" in Tijuana -- hitting all the best taco spots and torta stands the city has to offer, including a taste of the TJ specialty Tostilocos - a kind of nacho-lard-chile-salad.


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