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Free weekend? The Best of Craigslist, epic artifacts and 100 hidden stairways

A tour group walks some of LA's secret staircases.
A tour group walks some of LA's secret staircases.
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Two May days left to enjoy. We're sailing into June with free outdoor music, good food and epic art. Oh, and we're walking off those Memorial Day treats with 100 public staircases. 

Here's everything you need to know: 


Watch 100 artists in action at the Armory's live drawing and fundraising event Sunday. Twenty-five pros will draw simultaneously in four one-hour shifts. Here's the artwork from last year's event, which looks pretty cool. You can purchase a drawing this year for $75 each. Proceeds benefit Outpost @ Armory. 

When: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Armory Center of the Arts | MAP

Price: $10 admission 


(Photo: Courtesy of the Soprintendenza Speciale per I Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompeii)

As the floors shake and the walls rumble, relive the tragic eruption of Mount Vesuvius through an immersive experience at the California Science Center this weekend. Pompeii: The Exhibition features over 150 artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. It includes wall-sized frescoes, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, ancient Roman coins and full body casts of the volcano’s victims. 

The museum will also be showing this National Geographic film as a part of the exhibit:

Forces of Nature

When: Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; must reserve time for show

Where: California Science Center | MAP

Price: $12.75 to $26 | Purchase tix here


(Photo: Kristen Lepore/KPCC)

Enjoy a Sunday of picnicking and dancing with friends while listening to electronic music at Grand Park's Sunday Sessions. Expect tracks from Venezuelan producer Eduardo Castillo and Argentinian DJ Patricio. And don't forget to bring your bathing suit to frolic in the nearby fountain. 

Music from DJ Patricio

When: 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Where: Grand Park | MAP

Price: Free 


Watch "A League of Their Own" trailer

Make your way to Dodger Stadium for the Pirates vs. Dodgers game Saturday, followed by a screening of "A League of Their Own." Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell make for an unforgettable cast in this flick. 

When: Game starts at 4:15 p.m. Saturday

Where: Dodger Stadium | MAP

Price: Tickets range from $18 to $800 | Purchase here 



As if you haven't seen Napoleon Dynamite enough, head out to Brentwood Saturday for Eat| See | Hear's showing of the offbeat cult classic. This weekend's screening will take place on Paul Revere Middle School's large, grassy lawn. Bring blankets and pillows, but hold the snacks — there will be live music and several food trucks. Dogs are welcome.

When: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; music at 7 p.m.;  movie at 8:30 p.m. 

Where: Paul Revere Middle School in Brentwood. Enter on Allenford | MAP

Price: Tickets range from $8 to $20 | $5 parking | Purchase tix here

Also Saturday: Catch "Goodfellas" at Exposition Park with Street Food Cinema. 


(Photo: Aaron Proctor)

Big Parade: A two-day walking event covering 35 miles and 100 public stairways in Los Angeles. Day one starts in downtown L.A., loops through Echo Park and to the L.A. River with talks about architecture and preservation along the way. Day two is a bit shorter, ending with a stroll through Griffith Park and a party in Silver Lake. Here's how to join. Get real time updates on Twitter at @bigparadeLA.

When: Departs 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the north end of Grand Park (Grand Ave./1st Street); Departs 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the bottom of the Music Box Stairs, Vendome at Del Monte, in Silver Lake. But you can join at any time. More info

Where: Saturday's MAP | Sunday's MAP | Printable guide | Real time updates on Twitter

Price: Free 


Need a job?

People post some pretty outrageous stuff online. That's why the Best of Craigslist is so genius. What started in 2012 as a comedic web series on Funny or Die is now a live show. Catch one of two performances this weekend — each one will feature musical guest Dustbowl Revival.

When: 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday

Where: Hudson Backstage | MAP

Price: $15 | Purchase tix here


(Photo: Parker Knight/Flickr)

Taste of the Eastside is an annual outdoor food and drink festival hosted at the historic Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. Get excited for delicious tastings and demos from some of our favorite spots, including Lemon Poppy Kitchen, Pazzo Gelato and L & E Oyster. All proceeds from the event go to benefit L.A.'s first cooperative nursery school, Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School, in addition to other local non-profit organizations. Full restaurant lineup here.

When: 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday 

Where: Los Angeles River Center and Gardens | MAP

Price: $40 to $70 ($5 for kids) | Purchase tix here 

What'd we miss? Let us know in comments.

A previous version of this article inaccurately stated ticket prices for the Pompeii: The Exhibition.