So it’s been a little warm this week. Whether you plan on hiding from the heat this weekend or getting outdoors and showing the weather who’s boss, here are some suggestions we hope you’ll enjoy.
Shake off the stress of the week at Dance Downtown at the Music Center. From 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy beginner dance lessons and live deejays and bands under the stars for free, no reservations required. This Friday’s “60s Night” kicks off the summer series of dance that will continue every second and fourth Friday, now through September 19. (Metro Red/Purple Line to Civic Center/Grand Park Station or various Metro Rapid and local buses serving Grand Avenue or Hill Street.)
Don’t stop believing! That’s right: Journey, The Steve Miller Band, and Tower of Power play at the Hollywood Bowl this Friday at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. (Metro Bus 156/656 to Highland/Milner or Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Highland Station, transfer to Hollywood Bowl Shuttle–free if you show your valid TAP card.)
Rhythm Child performs family-friendly reggae this Saturday at 10 a.m. as part of the Santa Monica Pier’s free Wake Up With the Waves morning concert series for kids. Enjoy the show and then spend the day at the Pier or the beach. (Metro Rapid 733 or Bus 33, 534, or 20 to Ocean/Colorado, then walk four minutes southwest to the Santa Monica Pier).
Check out the AMGEN Tour of California as the cyclists make their way through Pasadena this Saturday afternoon on the second-to-last leg of the 650-mile race. And if you’re heading to Old Pasadena, Lake Avenue or Fair Oaks Avenue for other reasons, it’s still a good idea to take the Gold Line (or bike) as the race will close roads, detour buses and likely cause traffic. For information on specific Metro buses detoured by the event, click here. (Metro Gold Line to Memorial Park Station or Lake Station.)
It’s International Museum Night at LACMA this Saturday evening! Explore select galleries, join short tours by LACMA educators, and share stories with Radio Picture Show from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. A dance party curated by KCRW will follow. The $30 entrance fee gets you two drink tickets and food will be available for purchase. (Metro Rapid 720 to Wilshire/Fairfax or Bus 20 or DASH Fairfax to Wilshire/Ogden.)
If you watched Her and loved the subway to the sea, you won’t want to miss KCRW’s Reinventing the Wheel panel discussion on the future of transportation in L.A. The event will be held at Helms Bakery. After the panel, check out an exhibit of Linus city bikes, Toyota concept cars and futuristic pitches from Art Center students. Free beverages will be provided by Father’s Office. The event starts at 12 p.m.; tickets are $15. (Metro Expo Line to Culver City Station, then walk six minutes northeast on Venice or take Metro Rapid 733 or Bus 33 or 534 to Venice/Culver City Station.)
Check out No Further West: The Story of Los Angeles Union Station in the Getty Gallery of the Central Public Library, now through August 10. Starting this Saturday, model train clubs from across Southern California will be showcasing a different model train display each weekend. The Central Library opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 1 p.m on Sunday. The exhibit is free and open to all ages. (Metro Expo/Blue Line to 7th Street/Metro Center Station, then walk 3 blocks north on Hope Street or Metro Red/Purple Line to Pershing Square Station and walk west on 5th Street.)
The last days of Hola Mexico Film, Food, and Music Festival are this weekend. The festival centers around two theaters: Regal Cinemas at L.A Live and at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes right next to Olvera Street. Save $1 on film tickets with valid TAP card. (For Regal Cinemas: Metro Blue Line to Pico Station. For La Plaza de Cultura y Artes: Metro Red/Purple or Gold Line to Union Station, then walk across Alameda Street to El Pueblo Historical Monument.)