Queen Nation packed the park for the last concert, and we can’t wait to go back and see the Woodstock Tribute Band on Sunday, August 11—especially since it’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock! Did you know that more than 400,000 people came to that iconic music festival in August of 1969 in New York?
There will be slightly less of a crowd at this show, even at max capacity. But be sure to come early for the best view of the stage or place on the lawn. The show begins at 5pm, and you never know who they’ll pay tribute to. Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, The Grateful Dead—they’re just a few of the artists who played Woodstock and whose doppelgangers (and sound-alikes) may make an appearance here at Playa Vista.
Jumanji: The Next Level is being released in December, so it’s time to revisit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle! See why this remake starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart was such a hit, earning more than $962 at the worldwide box office.
Seen it already? It’s even better the second time around, and Playa Vista’s Concert Park is a great place to gather with friends or family and enjoy a flick. On Friday, August 2, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and something yummy to eat. You can also purchase from the food trucks. The film starts at 8pm.
It’s time for a little culture—made all the better because you get to enjoy it without the stuffy clothes!
Don’t miss The Bard’s “Pericles” during Shakespeare in the Park (and on the Bluff) on the Westside this summer, with shows split between Playa Vista and Loyola Marymount.
You have three chances to see these FREE performances of “Pericles,” which the New Yorker called, “perhaps the strangest play in Shakespeare’s canon. In some ways, it’s a dream play, a bridge between the tragedies—‘Othello,’ ‘Macbeth,’ and ‘King Lear’—and the late romances—‘The Winter’s Tale,’ ‘Cymbeline,’ and ‘The Tempest.’”
The play will be presented on:
Friday, July 26, 8pm, at Loyola Marymount’s Lawton Plaza
Saturday, July 27, 8pm, at Loyola Marymount’s Lawton Plaza
Sunday, July 28, 7pm, at Playa Vista Central Park Bandshell
It’s time for a Bohemian Rhapsody! Head to Playa Vista’s Central Park Bandshell on Sunday, July 21, from 5–6:30pm for Queen Nation, as part of their CONCERT IN THE PARK series. This popular tribute band lets you relive the magic of Queen. https://playavistadirect.com/show-must-go/
Just take a look at their song list, which packs in all the hits!
Another One Bites The Dust
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions
You’re My Best Friend
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Fat Bottomed Girls
Love of My Life
Now I’m Here
Play The Game
Tie Your Mother Down
Stone Cold Crazy
Keep Yourself Alive
We Will Rock You (fast version)
Don’t Stop Me Now
Somebody To Love
I’m In Love With My Car
I Want To Break Free
Death On Two Legs
Spread Your Wings
Get Down Make Love
Show Must Go On
Let Me Entertain You
Hammer To Fall
DineLA (July 12 through July 26) is a great opportunity to explore a wide variety of restaurants all over Los Angeles. Wait until you see how well the Westside dining scene is represented, with tasty options throughout cities like West Los Angeles, Culver City, Venice, and Santa Monica. We’ve listed a sampling you might want to sample from below.
Free summer concerts are in abundance all over the Westside this summer, but one of our faves kicks off on Thursday, July 11. The Marina del Rey Free Summer Concert Series is a unique experience, with several different types of music featured two nights per week: Symphonic Thursday and Pop Saturdays.
The concerts are held at Burton Chace Park, and each begins at 7pm. Here is the lineup:
July 11—Opera at the Shore. The Marina del Rey Symphony performs selections from La Bohème and The Phantom of the Opera.
July 25—Sights, Sounds & Dance in America. The Marina del Rey Symphony performs Gershwin and Juan Pablo Contreras.
August 8—Kronos Quartet
August 22 and 24 (encore)—Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate
July 20—Singer/songwriter Rickie Lee Jones
August 3—Jazz artist Jon Batiste
August 17—R&B singer Leela James
August 31—Latin fusion band Jenny & The Mexicats
Samplings of premium wines, beer, spirits, and gourmet bites, plus an interactive music virtual reality world, photo booth, DJ and Live Jazz Group, strolling magician, dancing, and a silent auction. Phew! That’s a mouthful—and that’s exactly what you’ll enjoy at The 4th Edition of the Annual LA Westside Food & Wine Festival benefiting The Westside Food Bank (http://wsfb.org).
This “celebration of Food, Wine, Beer, Spirits, Entertainment, Music, Activities and much more” takes place on July 21, from 4–7pm, at the Courtyard by Marriott LA Westside. Or, become a VIP to enjoy an extra hour before anyone else gets in (and get dibs on the best eats!). With an all-inclusive ticket, you can explore an entire festival’s worth of food and drink, from the ballroom to the patio, to the back parking lot.
Participating restaurants will include:
• STK Steakhouse
• The Tuck Room Tavern
• Panini Kabob Grill
• Le Pain Quotidien
• LaRocco’s Pizzeria
• New School of Cooking
• All American Gumbo
• Love Catering
• Farm Fresh to you
• chocoMe original Artisan Chocolate
• Hannah’s Chocolate Bananas
Burton Chace Park is the place for picnics, parties, and playtime. The largest park in Marina del Rey, it offers built-in barbecue grills, stunning views into the harbor’s main channel, and a big, lush lawn—the perfect place to settle in for Movie Night. Must-see classics will be playing all summer, so grab your picnic basket and a blanket and head over for this free event!
July 6, Aquaman
July 13, Forrest Gump
July 27, Crazy Rich Asians
August 10, Black Panther
September 7, Wizard Of Oz
September 14, Mean Girls
September 21, Star Wars: Solo
September 28, Beetlejuice
Films are set to start at 8pm, but come early for the best spot!
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Extend your Fourth of July week of fun with a July 6 outdoor showing of this classic film. Held at the Santa Monica High School Greek Amphitheater, this dog-friendly event also includes live music from The Shakes and tons of food trucks to choose from. Pro tip: There is a limited amount of grass in front of the screen, backed by concrete risers. Come early to grab your patch of green, or bring a pad to sit on! Doors open at 5:30, music starts at 7pm, and the movie commences at 8:30pm.
For your musical pleasure: The Shakes are a popular Long Beach-based anti-pop/Indie collective led by songwriter Sean Perry that have been called, “a brilliant glimpse into a world of clarity.” Expect to hear the melodic lead track — Underneath A Blood Orange Sky — of their new B-side playlist, From The Bedroom.
Yum factor: Food trucks for this event will include:
• Blast Ice Cream
• Deli Dr.
• India Jones
• Rice Balls of Fire
Looking for some family fun this summer? Head to theHeal the Bay Aquarium, on Ocean Front Walk under the Santa Monica Pier. Dedicated to protecting the animals in the Bay, the Aquarium is open daily, with more than 100 exhibits, hands-on activities, and programs including:
• Sea Star Feedings on Tuesdays from 2:30–3pm — Help feed these amazing creatures!
• Sand Crab Science on Wednesdays from 3–4pm — Count sand crabs and collect data using cool equipment.
• Story Time Saturdays from 2–2:30 — Listen to ocean-themed stories and enjoy a live animal presentation.
• Shark Sundays from 3:30–4pm — Watch the swell and horn sharks eat!
It’s almost Independence Day, and there are a number of ways and places to celebrate on the Westside. Because of the extensive construction going on at West L.A. College, the city of Culver City is not holding its annual Fourth of July fireworks show, but there are still plenty of great options near 11724:
A Full Day of Fun + Fireworks: Don’t miss this popular Westside event. People come from all over and spend the day enjoying the Marina, leading up to the fireworks display at 9 pm. Pro tip: Head to Burton Chace Park or Fisherman’s Village for synchronized music. You’ll also have a great view from Fisherman’s Village, Tony P’s Dockside Grill, High Rooftop Lounge, or from a Hornblower Cruise.
Independence Day Celebration at Santa Monica College (Tuesday, June 25, 5–10 pm): The city’s fireworks take place several days before July 4. This “star-spangled salute” includes entertainment and exhibits all day, capped by a spectacular fireworks display.
13th Annual Fourth of July Parade (July 4, 9:30 am–noon, Main Street): The 13th annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade brings out tons of families and revelers, plus musicians and civic groups. The route starts at Pico Boulevard on Main Street and ends on the sand.
It’s time for the 9th annual MarinaFest Boat Show! Marina del Rey puts on a show every summer at MarinaFest, with two days of fun and festivities, includes a slew of activities for the whole family. When: Saturday June 22, 10am–6pm; and Sunday, June 23, 11–5 Where: Burton Chace Park What: Activities include:
• Boat shows
• Free tall ship tours, harbor tours and kayaking lessons
• Live music and DJ
• Kids’ fun
• Food trucks
• Wine and beer garden https://dola.com/events/2019/6/23/marinafest-2
It’s always a great time to head to Santa Monica, but on Father’s Day— it’s all about dad! On June 16, take pops and enjoy a day of fun, food, and special festivities. Activities include:
The Gallery Food Hall
$1 beers with a purchase of $15 or more.
Viceroy Santa Monica
Build Your Own Burger with half-pound patties and a slew of customizable options including: mac ‘n cheese, grilled pineapple, Fritos, harissa hummus, burrata and fried egg.
The critically acclaimed magic show, Escape Reality, starts at 2 pm, with “sleight-of-hand, mind reading, disappearances, optical illusions, levitation and a nail-biting Houdini-inspired dangerous escape.”
Margo’s Cocktail Class
This adult event — called “Not Your Parent’s Cocktails” — is an interactive, hands-on class that will teach you and your dad to not only “shake, stir and make your own drinks, but also learn the best tricks of the trade. The evening will also include paired bites that’ll match these fun and fresh drinks.”
Check out a challenging and energetic class, FREE for all dads!
Bring your own kite or make one at the Otis Kite Festival on June 15, from 11am– 4pm. This one-of-a-kind event at the Santa Monica Pier includes renowned kite artists and designers flying their kites, large inflatable kites, and free DIY Kite Kits for all participants. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to make Sumi and Tetra kites, a variety of art workshops, and a live DJ! https://www.otis.edu/creative-action-integrated-learning/otis-8th-annual-kite-festival
Beach Eats turns Mother’s Beach into a food truck festival every Thursday through September 26, with tons of food to enjoy at the picnic tables or on the sand, plus great live music. Head on over from 5–9pm on Thursday, June 13 for:
COUSINS MAINE LOBSTER
Plus…BRASIL BRAZIL, delivering the fervor, enthusiasm and excitement of popular Brazilian music with a variety of styles and rhythms.
If you’ve never witnessed the sport of competitive canoeing, it’s time to get your feet wet! Or keep them dry on the sand—it’s your choice. Either way, the Kahanamoku Klassic Outrigger Canoe Race is the place to be on Saturday, June 1 at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey. Competitive paddling is a growing sport, and this event regularly draws thousands of onlookers. The full Open Race, for advanced canoers, is 11 miles long and starts at 8am. But don’t let the early start time scare you—there are several more races throughout the day, including courses for novices, women, and men, This event also includes food for purchase, vendors selling everything from paddling equipment to art, jewelry, and clothing, and a raffle and silent auction. It wraps up with a ceremony at 2:30 pm, where more than 650 awards for first, second, and third-place winners in all categories will be handed out. http://www.scora.org/race-schedule/
Eat|See|Hear brings a unique multi-sensory experience to venues all over L.A. this summer, and hits the Santa Monica High School Greek Amphitheater on Saturday, May 18. See the blockbuster movie, Get Out, enjoy live music from L.A.-based electronic artist, Disco Shrine, and choose from tons of favorite food trucks to satisfy any culinary craving. Did we also mention this is a dog-friendly event? https://www.eatseehear.com/event/eatseehear-outdoor-movie-get-out/
Mother’s Beach may be empty now, but just wait until May 18 and 19! “Sea” yourself enjoying the live music, dance, and DJ sessions, great eats from food trucks, a beer and wine garden, watersports rentals, a photo booth, and, of course, tons of art. This unique and exciting two-day event is definitely the place to be all weekend! Mother’s Beach is located at 4101 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. https://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/events/art-sea
Will it be Ms Chi Café in Culver City for their special Mother’s Day prix fixe brunch menu? Or maybe we should head to AKASHA & AR Cucina for their Mother’s Day Brunch and Dinner specials. Then there’s Whiskey Red’s in Marina del Rey, serving a special Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet.
There are so many reasons to love Veteran’s Memorial Park, just a few miles from the community—the barbecues, community garden, sport courts and fields, pool, and playgrounds, just to name a few. The best part for us: it’s just a few miles away, so there’s easy access to special events like the Culver City Car Show on Saturday, May 11. In addition to the 400 classic cars and hot rods, there will be a beer garden, gourmet food truck court, and live music. http://www.culvercitycarshow.com/
Come by Culver City’s Media Park on Saturday May 4, from 1–5pm for Los Angeles’ Taste of the Nation. Not only will you get to enjoy “unlimited bites and sips from LA’s best restaurants and drink purveyors,” but his event also supports No Kid Hungry’s work to end childhood hunger in America. This is the 30th anniversary of this event, which will also include a photo booth, kids activities and lawn games, and the Grand Taste Drawing for a chance to win a gift card from every participating restaurant. https://events.nokidhungry.org/events/los-angeles-taste-nation/ https://www.nokidhungry.org/
Photoville LA is a popular New York event making its debut in Los Angeles with a week of photo exhibitions, workshops, family-friendly activities, food vendors, and a community beer garden, April 26 to May 5. Head to Century Park, right next to the Annenberg Space for Photography, and see it transformed with shipping containers, photo cubes, and lightboxes. https://photoville.la/
Did you know that Culver City is one of the 10 best arts districts in the nation, according to USA Today? You can explore the contemporary galleries and exhibitions, as well as the eateries and shops, on Saturday, April 13 from 4–6pm, and every second Saturday. https://culvercityartsdistrict.com/events/
The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a can’t-miss event, April 13–14. This giant annual outdoor book fair is held on the USC campus with books for sale, live readings and music, and cultural entertainment. You never know who is going to show up—Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood, and the late Ray Bradbury are just a few of the famous names who have made an appearance. Hop on the Metro from the Westside for an easy ride to USC! https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
Meet like-minded neighbors, network, share stories and save (nine) lives this weekend at the Culver City Community Cat Workshop. Donation is $50, plus $25 for each of your friends. Graduates will receive certificates…and more! All day Saturday, March 30, starting at 9am. VETERANS MEMORIAL COMPLEX, 4117 Overland Avenue in the MULTIPURPOSE ROOM. Parking on the grounds is free. http://www.feralcatcaretakers.org
Culver City’s KUSTAA is a unique eatery and international specialty market, offering a wide selection of wine, olive oils, crackers, sweets and bakery delights. Start your morning with an espresso and a fresh croissant, enjoy a lunch of handcrafted sandwiches and salads on the spacious outdoor patio, or consult with their team to select the perfect cheeses, wines and spirits for a date night or gift basket. Weekly events include Wine & Cheese Tasting Fridays and Raclette Night on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 12954 W. Washington Blvd. http://kustaa.la
Sunday, March 31 is Family Day at the Wende Museum! Program materials and supplies are free for special kid-friendly activities from 11am to 4 pm, including a tour of the museum at 1 pm. 10808 Culver Boulevard, Culver City. http://www.wendemuseum.org/programs/family-day-wende-0
Are you in the mood for Shamrock Champagne and Green Sangria? Mystic Journey in Venice is hosting a pre-St. Paddy’s Day wine tasting event in their gallery this Saturday, presented by Cavaller Wine Exchange. Toast the Irish with a selection of organic and biodynamic wines, amidst a forest of crystals, geodes and fine artwork. 4 to 7 pm at 1704 Lincoln Blvd. https://www.mysticjourneyyoga.com
Kick off this holiday weekend on Friday evening, March 16, from 6pm – 10pm, at Runway Playa Vista’s “Pre-St. Paddy’s Night Market.” Shop an array of artisan vendors and sip a glass of wine or a craft beer while listening to the Irish sounds of Weekend Celebrity! https://playavista.com/march-happenings-2/
Now that the weather has improved, here’s a fun weekday activity. The two-hour Sony Pictures Studio guided tour takes you behind the scenes at one of the most historic and exciting entertainment lots in the world. Walk through the famed gates and step into a legendary time! Visit sound stages where iconic movies were filmed — like “Wizard of Oz,” “Men in Black” and “Spider-Man” — and stop by the hit game shows “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.” Tours run Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. http://www.sonypicturesstudiostours.com
There’s more rain predicted for Sunday, so why not listen to some Water Music? The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra will be channeling the restless moods of the world’s major rivers during a special afternoon concert at Veterans Memorial Auditorium.
March 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, 4117 Overland Avenue, Culver City. Admission is $20, but 18 years and under are free. Tickets available at the door, open seating, free parking, reception to follow. www.ladso.org
“Music at the Wende” is a new series of free concerts presented by esteemed Southern California musical organizations at the Wende Museum. This Friday’s presenters are the MCL Museum and Kamau Daáood — a performance poet, educator and community arts activist who is widely acknowledged as a major driving force behind Los Angeles’ black cultural renaissance.
The concert is made possible in part by the City of Culver City, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Performing Arts Grant Program, with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The Wende’s collection of Cold War art, artifacts, personal histories and archival documents, record life, expression and political developments in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union from 1945 to 1991. It comprises a variety of media including ceramics, paintings, sculptures, posters, furniture, textiles, clothing, photographs, films and books.
Helms Design Center and Cal Poly are hosting a free reception, lecture, and discussion tomorrow evening with architect John Enright. A highly respected teacher of design and technology, his firm’s award-winning work ranges from large-scale commercial and residential commissions to furniture design and gallery installations.
February 28, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm / Helms Design Center / 8745 Washington Boulevard, Culver City https://helmsbakerydistrict.com/event/john-enright/ http://www.griffinenrightarchitects.com/news/
If you work in The Campus at Playa Vista, don’t miss out on mixing and mingling with your coworkers from 9am to 10:30am, on Thursday, February 28, at the Central Park Bandshell. Take your employee ID badge and get there early to enjoy bagels, schmear, coffee and OJ while supplies last. https://playavista.com/february-happenings/
Learn to make easy, delicious, NO-knead sourdough tomorrow at Stoneview Nature Center. SNC is an “urban sanctuary that aims to inspire healthy connections with ourselves, our community and our environment.” They provide a variety of services and natural science programs in cooperation with the County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Dept.
Sunday, February 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am
$5 for members/$10 for nonmembers/All ages welcome
5950 Stoneview Drive, Culver City https://www.stoneviewnaturecenter.org/index.html