A Night Out

Keep It Local Over the Long Weekend With These 11 Ideas

How to make the most of the long weekend, from pool parties and film festivals to extended house music sets and a wine-and-bowling mashup.

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Friday, May 24

Ambient Church
A roving music series held in architecturally significant places of worship, in which live, ecstatic music is performed while highly psychedelic light designs are thoughtfully projected onto mapped-out portions of the interior. Tonight’s offering features producer and composer Craig Leon, known in earlier years for his production on the Ramones’s and Suicide’s debut albums, who has since developed an anthropological and extraterrestrial examination of electronic music. He is set to perform the entirety of his latest record, Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 2: The Canon. Opening is local performer Ana Roxanne, who combines her studies of vocal jazz, Hindustani singing, a near-death experience, and her personal dedication to intersex awareness to explore a unique realm of vocal performance using the body as an instrument. First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 498 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena; 8 p.m.

William Tyler & Friends
It’s a testament to the songwriting skills of Tyler that his almost exclusively wordless compositions are still able to clearly evoke a specific atmosphere—one of the great, wide-open West, brought to life by his melodic, textural Americana tunes. Zebulon, 2478 North Fletcher Drive; 8–11 p.m.

Saturday, May 25

Godzilla-thon
A monster of a movie marathon to commemorate cinema’s most enduring monster! These six selections all come from Godzilla’s first few decades, starting with the original Gojira; moving through some sequels from the original’s director, Ishirô Honda; and ending with the 1970s debuts of classic Godzilla foes Mechagodzilla and Megalon. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard; 1 p.m.

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Wine Bowl
If you love excellent burgers, fantastic wines, day drinking, bowling, and actor-comedian-writer Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric, Master of None), then hightail it to Highland Park Bowl for this afternoon of sips and strikes, pins and Pinot. Tickets ($85) include food from Oakland’s KronnerBurger, wines from top producers, music, and more. Highland Park Bowl, 5621 North Figueroa Street; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

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Legally Blonde
Believe it or not, it’s been almost 20 years since Legally Blonde came out. You’ll now have a chance to step back into a (slightly) more innocent time with this special screening of the film and take part in the time-honored Angeleno tradition of watching it beneath the stars at the renowned Hollywood Forever Cemetery, as part of the Cinespia series. Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard; 8:30 p.m.

Hernán Cattáneo
Argentina’s maestro of progressive house, Cattáneo continues to impress decades into his career with deep, slow-building dance tracks. Luxuriate in them for four straight hours at this extended set. Avalon Hollywood, 1735 Vine Street; 10 p.m.

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Wicked Paradise featuring Miami Horror
Sure, it’s always sunny here, but L.A. still loves to celebrate the arrival of summer—especially if it means a reason to go to a rooftop. Wicked Paradise’s 2019 season of boisterous pool parties at Skybar kicks off in style with a DJ set from summery synth-pop outfit Miami Horror. Skybar, 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood; 1–7 p.m.

Sunday, May 26

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Cocktails and Canapés at 71 Above
Plan a very relaxed Sunday enjoying the views at 71 Above. They’re some of the best in town, stretching from the mountains to the ocean, and a seat at the cocktail bar means you’re not limited to a full tasting menu in the dining room. Tonight new chef Javier Lopez is offering a mini tasting with three canapés and one cocktail ($32) for bar patrons, 6–8 p.m., the perfect time for watching the sun go down. 71 Above Restaurant and Sky Lounge, 633 West 5th Street, 71st Floor; 6–8 p.m.

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The 2nd Annual Corgi Nationals
OK, you caught us: We did mention this in our weekly roundup, but it’s so good we have to mention it again. If you’re cuckoo for corgis, you absolutely do not want to miss this event. Watch these indisputably cute pups zip around the Santa Anita racetrack and compete in finals for prizes. Plus: carnival rides, bites, and corgi-themed vendors throughout. Santa Anita Park, 285 West Huntington Drive, Arcadia; 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Monday, May 27

One Day & Night in Bangkok by Way of L.A.
Home of the never-ending party in the Arts District, Everson Royce Bar welcomes chef Gagan Anand from Bangkok for a giant backyard blowout featuring curry, fried chicken, and lots of natural wine and tropical drinks. The sun will (probably) be shining, the DJs spinning, and there’s always a rousing bout of bocce. Entry is free; food and drinks are not. Everson Royce Bar, 1936 East 7th Street; 2–8 p.m.

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Wicked Paradise featuring Classixx
Ring in the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day with a boozy, splashy party at one of the city’s premier rooftop pool decks, Skybar. You’ll be grooving along to the smooth nu-disco stylings of electronic duo Classixx, who will spin a DJ set of their and other artists’ songs. Skybar, 8440 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood; 1–7 p.m.