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22 awesome things to do Memorial Day weekend in L.A.

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Fans of "The Big Lebowski" dress up and reenact a scene from the movie on Saturday, September 24, 2013.
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Walter Sobchak may not roll on shabbos but LAist will. From beer, vegan food and a celebration of the "Big Lebowski" to a long overdue retrospective of L.A. photographer George Rodriguez's work, the weekend has plenty to offer. It's also a somber weekend as we remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.


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LEBOWSKI FEST

Jeff Dowd (right),
Jeff Dowd (right), "The Original Dude," whom the movie "The Big Lebowski" was based on, chats to a crowd of dudes at Lebowski Fest at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif. on Saturday, Mar. 14, 2015.
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WHEN: Friday, May 25 — Saturday May 26
WHERE: The Wiltern in Hollywood; Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley
COST: $20-$30, movie party; $25-$30, bowling night; MORE INFO

"The Big Lebowski" turns 20 and fans (aka Achievers) of the Coen brothers are ready to pour White Russians. The fest kicks off at 8 p.m. at The Wiltern on Friday night with a live performance by Kyle Gass Band (Tenacious D), special appearances by several of the film’s actors and a screening. On Saturday, the fun moves to Fountain Bowl for costumes, trivia contests, unlimited bowling and more guest appearances.


DRINKY PICK

FRIDAY NIGHT WINE TASTINGS

The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation's Breaking Convention Summer Soiree on July 15, 2015.
The Barnsdall Art Park Foundation's Breaking Convention Summer Soiree on July 15, 2015.
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WHEN: Friday, May 25; 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Barnsdall Art Park — East Hollywood
COST: $45, Food Bowl event; $60, tasting and house tour; 21+; MORE INFO

The 10th season of the popular summer series debuts with a special event in conjunction with the LA Times Food Bowl. Silverlake Wine selects the vino while Jonathan Gold sits down for a Q&A with James Beard-winning chef Daniel Humm of NoMad Los Angeles. Architecture buffs can walk through Frank Lloyd Wright’s UNESCO-nominated Hollyhock House.


COMEDY PICK

THE NOPE SHOW WITH ALICIA LUTES

Actress Jenny Jaffe answers audience questions at the
Actress Jenny Jaffe answers audience questions at the "Punk's Dead: SLC Punk 2" premiere event at Megaplex Theaters on February 11, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Cinedigm Entert

WHEN: Friday, May 25; 9 p.m.
WHERE: The Ruby  — Hollywood
COST: $5; MORE INFO

Former Nerdist managing editor Alicia Lutes hosts an evening of horrifying, funny, insane, crazy stories about the perils of dating in Hollywood. The lineup includes comedians Dani Fernandez, Jenny Jaffe and Anam Syed. The venue is also worth mentioning. The Ruby used to be the Nerdist School before it recently relaunched as an inclusive, female-centric performance space.


TRIPPY PICK

LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE

Participants practice yoga during a reggae restival in Benicassim, Spain on August 12, 2017.
Participants practice yoga during a reggae restival in Benicassim, Spain on August 12, 2017.
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WHEN: Thursday, May 24 - Sunday, May 27
WHERE: Lake San Antonio — Bradley, Monterey County
COST: $332, four-day festival passes include walk-in camping access; MORE INFO

Road trip time! This trippy festival of art, music, performance and sustainability takes you to California's central coast. Camp out, listen to music, do yoga, dance, meditate, attend workshops and check out the installations. You’ll need a vehicle pass to bring a car or RV into the campgrounds.


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THE RAREST EXPERIENCE

People attend the Rarest Experience beer fest.
People attend the Rarest Experience beer fest.
Courtesy of Stout Burgers & Beer

WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 1 - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Stout Burgers & Beers — Hollywood
COST: $40, general admission; $60 VIP; MORE INFO

Touted as a "beer fest for beer geeks," the outdoor gathering offers unlimited draft pours of more than 30 rare libations including brews from Clown Shoes, Hangar 24 and Joseph James.


FOODIE PICK

EAT DRINK VEGAN

A vegan burger is served at the vegan diner L'herbivore in Berlin, Germany on January 25, 2018 . L'herbivore produces vegan specialties such as fried strips, burger patties, cold cuts, sausages, medallions and mincemeat.
A vegan burger is served at the vegan diner L'herbivore in Berlin, Germany on January 25, 2018 . L'herbivore produces vegan specialties such as fried strips, burger patties, cold cuts, sausages, medallions and mincemeat.
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WHEN: Saturday, May 26; noon - 8 p.m.
WHERE: Rose Bowl & Brookside Golf Course — Pasadena
COST: $50, general admission; $120 VIP; MORE INFO

Formerly the Vegan Beer & Food Festival, this plant-based shindig features unlimited pours of more than 250 beverages (both alcoholic and nonalcoholic) as well as tons of marketplace vendors and restaurants — although food is sold separately.


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#METOO FROM THE SILENT SCREEN

Actors and spouses Norma Talmadge and George Jessel attend a costume party on November 15, 1933.
Actors and spouses Norma Talmadge and George Jessel attend a costume party on November 15, 1933.
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WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Egyptian, Spielberg Theatre — Hollywood
COST: $12; MORE INFO

Harassment in Hollywood is hardly new. The 1916 silent film "The Social Secretary" stars Norma Talmadge as a woman who makes herself as physically unattractive as possible so she can work without being sexually harassed. Presented by the American Cinematheque and the George Lucas Family Foundation, the screening includes a program of silent shorts and live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

SECRET PSYCHIC FRIEND SPOTLIGHT

Art by Theo Ellsworth.
Art by Theo Ellsworth.
Courtesy of Giant Robot

WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 6:30 - 10 p.m.
WHERE: GR 2 Gallery — West L.A.
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Giant Robot opens its latest solo art show, featuring more than 80 wood cutout drawings by Theo Ellsworth, who traffics in "medicine monsters, multi-dimensional welcome wagons, haunted architectural spirits and mutant children who have vowed to use their powers for good." The exhibition remains on view through June 13.


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

DOUBLE VISION

Boyle Heights, 1968.
Boyle Heights, 1968. "Some kid got hit on the head by the cops during the Walkouts. I called these images 'a field day for the heat.' They were just kids."
George Rodriguez

WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 1 - 9 p.m.
WHERE: The Lodge — Koreatown
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Born and raised in South L.A., photographer George Rodriguez has documented more than four decades of the city’s history, from the East L.A. student walkouts in 1968 to the United Farm Workers movement. He has also shot a raft of celebs including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson and Jim Morrison. He's getting his due with a retrospective and a book, "Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez," edited by MacArthur "genius grant" winner Josh Kun. The exhibition runs through July 14.


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THE THIRD MAN

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WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 11:59 p.m.
WHERE: Vista Theatre — Los Feliz
COST: $11; MORE INFO

The Secret Movie club screens the 1949 film, "The Third Man," a beautifully shot thriller set amid the ruins of post-WWII Europe. Joseph Cotten stars as the hapless American expat and and Orson Welles plays his shadowy former friend. Credit goes to Graham Greene for brilliant dialogue like, "In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love. They had 500 years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."


FUNKY PICK

BOOGALOO ASSASSINS

A jazz concert at LACMA on June 29, 2014.
A jazz concert at LACMA on June 29, 2014.
Michael Oh/Flickr Creative Commons

WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 5 p.m.
WHERE: LACMA — Miracle Mile
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

The 12-piece Latin band mixes soul, salsa and funk as they reinterpret classic tunes. They'll be kicking off LACMA’s 13th annual Latin Sounds Concert Series.


FESTIVAL PICK

SIMI VALLEY CAJUN & BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL

Wayne Toups backstage during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Music Festival on April 26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Wayne Toups backstage during the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Music Festival on April 26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Rick Diamond/Getty Images

WHEN: Saturday, May 26 - Sunday, May 27; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Rancho Santa Susana Community Park — Simi Valley
COST: $30 - $45; FREE for kids 12 and younger; MORE INFO

Cajun, zydeco, blues and roots music performers Dave Mason, Eddie Money, the Devon Allman Project with Duane Betts and Lost Bayou Ramblers take over two stages. There are also crafts, food booths and a Mardi Gras parade each day. Who cares that Mardi Gras was months ago?


UNPLUGGED PICK

HENRY ROLLINS

Henry Rollins performs at Festival Supreme 2015 at the Shrine Auditorium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Henry Rollins performs at Festival Supreme 2015 at the Shrine Auditorium on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Jason Kempin/Getty Images

WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 8 and 10 p.m.
WHERE: McCabe's Guitar Shop — Santa Monica
COST: $60; MORE INFO

The former Black Flag frontman and current KCRW DJ plays two shows in honor of the 60th anniversary  of Santa Monica's most famous guitar store. Tickets are scarce. Proceeds benefit McCabe’s and the cMr. Holland's Opus Foundation.


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EAT|SEE|HEAR: EASY RIDER

easy rider trailer

WHEN: Saturday, May 26; 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Autry — Griffith Park
COST: $14 - $21, adults; $8, kids 12 and younger; MORE INFO

Never seen Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda blaze across the U.S. on motorcycles? This is your chance to watch the 1969 road trip classic — and to watch it under the stars. Arrive early to walk through the Autry (Eat|See|Hear ticket holders get in free) and hear music by L.A. band Pom Poms, at 7 p.m. "Easy Rider" screens at 8:30 p.m.


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MAINOPOLY: TASTE OF MAIN STREET

A pizza, circa 2014, at Stella Barra, which has locations in Santa Monica and Hollywood, California.
A pizza, circa 2014, at Stella Barra, which has locations in Santa Monica and Hollywood, California.
Sam Howzit/Flickr Creative Commons

WHEN: Sunday, May 27; 1 - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Main Street — Santa Monica
COST: $25-50; MORE INFO

This live, interactive version of the board game takes participants on a culinary walking tour. Attendees exchange "Mainopoly" bucks for tastings at restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops, working their way around the board to win prizes. Stops include a beer garden, M Street Kitchen, Sweet Rose Creamery, Stella Barra, Manchego, The Victorian and Bulletproof Coffee, among others. The event benefits Heal the Bay and Summer SOULstice.


COMEDY PICK

BOAST RATTLE

Comedian Kira Soltanovich performs at The Laugh Factory on December 3, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
Comedian Kira Soltanovich performs at The Laugh Factory on December 3, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Crayon Collecti

WHEN: Sunday, May 27; 8 p.m.
WHERE: Dynasty Typewriter at the Hayworth Theatre — Westlake
COST: $10-15; MORE INFO

If you felt sorry for Ann Coulter at Comedy Central's Rob Lowe roast, this might be your ticket. Instead of hurling insults, two comics compete to see who can dish out the best compliments. Hosted by Kyle Ayers, the lineup includes Kurt Braunohler, Jackie Kashian, Ahamed Weinberg and Kira Soltanovich.


LITERARY PICK

LA ZINE FEST

Some zines can be checked out at the Long Beach Public Library.
Some zines can be checked out at the Long Beach Public Library.
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WHEN: Sunday, May 27; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Pasadena Convention Center — Pasadena
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

More than 200 zine creators and vendors sell their literary wares. You can also play arcade games, peruse art displays and attend readings, talks and workshops.


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NEIL HAMBURGER

Comedian Neil Hamburger performs onstage following the
Comedian Neil Hamburger performs onstage following the "Entertainment" premiere during the Sundance NEXT FEST at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on August 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sundance

WHEN: Sunday, May 27; 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Satellite — Silver Lake
COST: $8; 21+; MORE INFO

The deliberately sad sack comedian Neil Hamburger returns to host an evening starring funny folks Whitney Cummings, DJ Douggpound, Ian Abramson and Minori Hinds.


CULTURE VULTURE PICK

FIBONACCI TUNNEL

An Aloe Polyphylla Schönland ex Pillans plant displays a fibonacci sequence.
An Aloe Polyphylla Schönland ex Pillans plant displays a fibonacci sequence.
brewbooks/Flickr Creative Commons

WHEN: Sunday, May 27; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WHERE: Craft and Folk Art Museum  — Miracle Mile
COST: FREE on Sundays; $7, other days; MORE INFO

Japanese artist Akio Hizume’s large-scale bamboo installation opens in conjunction with the exhibition "Bamboo." Hizume, an architect and mathematician, uses the Fibonacci sequence and Golden Ratio to create his intricate, minimalist sculptures.


STORYTELLING PICK

BUSTED! LOS ANGELES

People ride a Metro train on March 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
People ride a Metro train on March 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

WHEN: Sunday, May 27; 5 p.m.
WHERE: Stories Books and Cafe — Echo Park
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Listen to true stories of trying to get around L.A. as told by people who don't drive. Featured storytellers include Brandon Burkhart, Robert Calix (who works for L.A. Metro), Sam Cutter, Katya Duft, Christopher Korbel, Alex Pages and See Susanita Sì.


FESTIVAL PICK

JAZZREGGAE FESTIVAL

Rastafarian reggae fans gather at the Bob Marley Earthday Festival and Rasta Fair in Durban, South Africa on February 3, 2018.
Rastafarian reggae fans gather at the Bob Marley Earthday Festival and Rasta Fair in Durban, South Africa on February 3, 2018.
RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images

WHEN: Monday, May 28; 11 a.m.
WHERE: UCLA, Sunset Recreation Center — Westwood
COST: $25; MORE INFO

Bring your blankets and picnic supplies to the annual festival headlined by Konshens. Also on the bill: Jamila Woods, Charlotte Day Wilson, Half Pint, Global Soul Collective and Sahara Grim.


PATRIOTIC PICK

WESTMINSTER MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

Sgt. Iwona Kosmaczewska (left) and Pvt. 2 Wesley Defee (right), members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, place flags at the headstones of U.S. military personnel buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day May 25, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.
Sgt. Iwona Kosmaczewska (left) and Pvt. 2 Wesley Defee (right), members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, place flags at the headstones of U.S. military personnel buried at Arlington National Cemetery, in preparation for Memorial Day May 25, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.
Win McNamee/Getty Images

WHEN: Monday, May 28; 11 a.m.
WHERE: Westminster Memorial Park — Westminster
COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Memorial Day marks the start of summer but it's also a day to honor those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Many cities and neighborhoods — InglewoodGlendale, Burbank, Sylmar, Canoga Park, Brea,  Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Irvine, Fullerton, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Seal  Beach and Yorba Linda, to name a few — will hold ceremonies. Forest Lawn will also host observances.

In Westminster, the high school marching band, HOPE Music Program and vocalists Debi Wheeler-Ure and Gregory Pierce will play patriotic music. The American Legion will dedicate memorial wreaths and hold a white dove release. After the formal program, stick around for hot dogs and refreshments.


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