It’s the second week of June, so LA Pride and Design Week are calling the shots all weekend long. With legendary Drag Queen Bingo and the LA Pride #ResistMarch on the lineup, the LGBTQ community needs you to come out and show some love. In between the love, boost your creativity with one of the many workshops at LA Design Week. If you prefer to be a spectator, check out Atmosphere, a show dedicated to the air around you. If that's not enough to get your engines revving, Carl Hopgood is unveiling his newest art piece at a sex shop in Hollywood and LA is attempting to break the world record for longest pizza ever made. Whatever your flavor, it's all happening Los Angeles!
Pride Friday, June 9 - Saturday, June 11
Out There, an all media exhibition celebrating the LGBT experience, has been a key component of WeHo's Pride Weekend for a whole decade. The gallery opens at Gallery 825 this Friday and runs for a week until June, 16. The pieces involved were juried by William Escalera and Francisco George.
Friday, June 9; 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Gallery 825
; More info HERE
Drag Queen Bingo
No, you're not kicking it with your grandma and her home girls. You're slinging drinks with some of the finest drag queens in Los Angeles. Drag Queen Bingo is a legendary event and has been voted "Best Bingo" by both Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly. Additionally, there have been dozens of celebrity ball callers from the likes of Britney Spears and Neil Patrick Harris to Tippi Hedren and Florence Henderson. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation, it's an event that is bound to book up quick and you'll want to start Pride weekend off on the right foot.
Friday, June 9; 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Hamburger Mary's
WEHO; Free; More info HERE
L.A. Pride Week is tossing in a twist this year as the traditional parade of celebrities and floats will be replaced with #ResistMarch. The march begins at 8 a.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue and will end at West Hollywood Park, a 3.5 mile journey, so be sure to bring water and hydrate. The rally is all-inclusive and invites members of the LGBTQ community and their allies to protest the current administration.
Saturday, June 10; 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.; West Hollywood Park
; More info HERE
Bonkerz! Saturday Gay Pride with Dirty Sanchez and Candis Cayne!
The Precinct is throwing down this Saturday with Candis Cayne and Dirty Sanchez. Whitney Fierce is the music mama of the evening and will be spinning just the right beats for your death drops. Lockwood 51, L.A.G. Vintage, Horse and Horn and Nathan’s Rapport will be selling queer art, wearables, and much more so support the local LGBTQ arts and make sure your wallet is packing. For extra entertainment, master puppeteer Matt Scott has quite the show prepared for you. Doors open at 9 p.m., so pregame hard and get your ass over there for a night of shenanigans.
Saturday, June 10; 9 p.m. - 2 a.m.; The Precinct DTLA
; More info HERE
Thursday, June 8 - Sunday, June 11
LA Design Festival
Start LA Design Week off Friday, June 9 at 7 p.m. with a Creative Jam hosted by Adobe. The two-part design experience demonstrates and celebrates creativity with a three-hour design showdown tournament. Additionally, a series of events is going down at ROW DTLA and South City Market throughout the weekend, like the de LaB Making LA Together workshop, A+R Showroom Preview Party and Unique LA's Watercolor Workshop. Note, each event requires a RSVP as classes and workshops have limited seating.
Time, location and pricing varies based on event; More info HERE
Thursday, June 8
North Hollywood Food Truck Collective
The Food Truck Collective is finally offering a weekly event every Thursday to the folks of North Hollywood. While the list of food trucks varies weekly, the giant Jenga tournament and DJ are here to stay. Last week's events had scrumptious, mouthwatering food from gourmet BBQ on the rocks with Flaming Lava Grill and spicy salmon sushi balls from Rice Balls on Fire. Whatever you're craving, NoHo has got you covered.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.; 11455 W Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, Ca 91601; Free; More info HERE
Like what you see? Join Shaun Evaristo on a North Hollywood tour HERE ...
Sustainable Wine + Dinner V
The Los Angeles Zoo is throwing a Zoo-LAbration to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The first event is a Sustainable Wine and Dinner Series on June 8 to continue supporting their commitment to conservation. Throughout the evening you will enjoy a five-course farm-to-table dinner with wine pairings from J Lohr Vineyards and Wines. The meal is inspired by the season and is created by the zoo's executive chef, Brad Robertson. Note, the dinner is limited to 50 guests, 21 and older.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Los Angeles Zoo
; $130 Members; $150 Non-members; More info HERE
Friday, June 9
Pretty Hurts: An Art Installation by Carl Hopgood
Join Carl Hopgood, an acclaimed British artist, in the unveiling of the Three Way Word Play, a neon art installation this Friday at The Pleasure Chest. The installation will be displayed throughout August and celebrates the intersection of art and sexuality. Hell, when you're done admiring the art, shop around one of Hollywood's grooviest sex shops and spice up your sex life. Also, be sure to arrive early! The Pleasure Chest does not offer advanced registration of reserved seating.
7 p.m. - 10 p.m.; The Pleasure Chest,
Los Angeles; Free; More info HERE
Longest Pizza in the World
Let's be real, this event does not require additional information. If you're not hooked by the sheer fact that Los Angeles is trying to make the longest pizza in the world, you're a monster (or you're just a gluten-free lactard?). Yet if you need extra convincing, there will be live music, good grub and entertainment. Seriously, don't front. You want to be a part of pizza history because no one makes you happy like pizza does.
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Auto Club Speedway
; Free; More info HERE
Image courtesy of Pacific Press
The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo: Presented by Long Beach Opera
Long Beach Opera is stoked to finally have a screening of The Life and Times after their production of Frida. The film is narrated by actress Rita Moreno and tells Kahlo’s story as a woman, an artist and a symbol of Women’s Rights and Latin progress. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Art Theatre of Long Beach
; $8.50 Children/Seniors; $11.50 Adult; More info HERE
Street Food Cinema: Purple Rain
Join Streed Food Cinema in Poinsettia Rec Park for Purple Rain under the stars this weekend. Come hungry and with a blanket or lawn chair, but if you bring a lawn chair, don't be a dick and sit in the front. There's a conglomerate of food trucks available for your stomach's needs, as well as interactive games and live music from emerging artists. Seating is chosen by arrival time, so if you don't want to sit behind the kid with the big head, get there early.
5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Poinsettia Rec Center
; $13 GA; More info HERE
All Day I Dream of L.A. Rays
It's summertime in L.A. and June 11th is serving up its own magic as All Day I Dream returns to Los Angeles. Lee Burridge and Hoj are hosting a guided musical adventure from dusk until dawn, and it's that hippie holistic shit with some good tunes you all know and love. It's an event that consumes the air around you and forces you to get deep into your heart and soul. It's a day you kind of remember forever. So, do yourself a solid and purchase a ticket today.
2 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Gin Ling Way
, Chinatown; $45 GA; More info HERE
1950's Swing Dancing Night
Channel your inner Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers this Sunday at The Wiltern for their second ever Swing Night. While spectating is free, the evening is first come first served and not everyone is guaranteed access to the event. The evening has two dance classes available, Pre-Party Swing Dance Class, which is a one-hour dance lesson taught by a professional instructor for $20 and Pre-Party Couple's Special Dance class, which a duo one-hour dance lesson for $30. If you don't want to stress about parking, there are additional packages available online!
6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.; The Wiltern
; Free GA; More info HERE