Summertime usually calls for concerts and festivals, not to mention some serious couch potato time. This coming week you can splurge on a night out complete with cocktails and dinner, take a family day to a local festival, be a history buff, or just take it easy and pop in a new movie starring a Slumdog Millionaire actress.
One Night, One Stage, One World
When: Saturday, July 9, 8 pm
Where: Grand Performances at California Plaza, 350 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
How: It’s $200 per person, but hey, it’s for a good cause! Purchase tickets here.
After a night of cocktails and a catered dinner, enjoy a musical journey around the world tonight. Check out Kinnara Taiko’s choreography when you make a pitstop in Japan, then head over Africa with MC Rai‘s potent North African musical cocktail.
It’s also a celebration of Grand Performances’ 25 years of offering free access to the performing arts.
When: Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10, Noon
Where: Echo Park Lake, on Park Avenue between Glendale Avenue and Echo Park Boulevard
How: It’s free!
Celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders during the two-day Lotus Festival. There’s a lineup of performers, live music and dancing. In addition the entertainment, there’ll be a health fair where you can learn what all the craze is about with holistic fitness (you can get some free screenings too!). For the kids, and young at heart, you can take a stab at paper cutting or create some hand painted scrolls. And, of course, you’ll be able to feast on some exotic delicacies and wash it all down with some drinks from the International Food Booth.
Struggling Cities: From Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s
When: Monday, July 11, Noon
Where: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro Street , Los Angeles, 90012
How: This history lesson is free of charge.
This traveling exhibition is making a pitstop in L.A. tonight and it runs until July 31. It focuses on the social and physical structure of post-war and post-occupation cities, such as Japan. Ideal for those interested in architecture, urban planning and history buffs, you’ll be able to see how ambitious urban projects in Japan during the early 1960s were a telltale sign of the issues cities were facing due to rapid urbanization.
Miral DVD Release
When: Tuesday, July 12
How: Purchase it here for $19.99.
Be the first to scoop up the newly-released DVD, Miral. A young girl named Miral is sent to study at an orphanage following the death of her mother. Once Miral turns 17, who is played by Indian actress Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), she becomes a teacher at a refugee camp. Set in the time of the struggles between the Jews and Palestinians, Pinto’s character soon realizes that she must choose between being a political activist like the man who she falls in love with, or choose the more peaceful route taught to her when she was at the orphanage.