Summer isn't official until the Solstice in the third week of June. But this is LA and we're way ahead of the curve. The summer festivities start right as June begins with a host of concerts, festivals, exhibitions and other events going on city-wide throughout Los Angeles.
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When: June 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge
What: Culinary chef and horticulturist Craig Ruggless will guide guests on a journey of discovery related to seeds, zucchini, and growing great food in your garden. He'll also teach you how to prepare for winter gardening. The event is free with Descanso Gardens admission.
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When: June 5-6
Where: Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
What: Partake of wine, beer and spirits from 14 countries around the world at this two-day festival. Enjoy related events like a wine and cheese pairing by the Cheese Impresario ($30 per person), and wine seminars ($30) and whiskey tastings ($50) and sake tastings ($30).
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When: June 8, 7 p.m.
Where: Book Soup, W. Hollywood
What: Sharon Oreck, who was a major music video producer in the heyday of the medium has written a book about her exploits with the famous and infamous. The sub-title of the tome says it all: 'How I Shoved Madonna Off an Olympic High Dive, Got Prince Into a Pair of Tiny Purple Woolen Underpants, Ran Away From Michael Jackson's Dad, and Got a Waterfall to Flow Backwards So I Could Bring Rock Videos to the Masses.' The author will present the book and sign copies.Continue to 5 of 20 below.
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When: June 11-September 25
Where: Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood
What: To celebrate Mexico's Bicentennial, the Ford is hosting special related events through September. June's event (June 11 and 12) is 'Frida, A New Look,' a high-tech theatrical piece about the Mexican female painter by the former director of the Museum of Latin American Art and cultural attache of the Mexican Consulate in LA.
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When: June 11-13
Where: West Hollywood (parade on Santa Monica Blvd.)
What: Get ready to wave your baton and don your wildest wig. The celebration to end all celebrations for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and their friends will get you moving. Gay Pride (or 'Pride' as it's affectionately known) includes a parade, and other related events in the W. Hollywood area.
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When: June 12, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Hollywood Bowl
What: For the 32nd year, the monolithic entertainment enterprise that is Playboy brings you an amazing festival of jazz music for in-the-know aficionados and new fans of the genre alike. Performers include the Chick Corea Freedom Band with Roy Haynes, Christian McBride, Kenny Garrett Sax for Stax featuring Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber, Kirk Whalum, and more.
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When: June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Greek Theatre, Los Feliz
What: This amazing 70s musical showcase will have you shaking your groove thing and doing 'the Hustle' with groups like The Stylistics, Chi-Lites, Ray Goodman & Brown, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, New Birth, Friends of Distinction, and The Persuaders.Continue to 9 of 20 below.
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When: Through June 27
Where: The Miles Memorial Playhouse, Santa Monica
What: This summer theater festival from the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company showcases gender-bending versions of classic plays (including male actors). Expect to see off-beat renditions of pieces like Macbeth 3, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Lovers and Madmen.
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When: Sundays June-September
Where: Hollywood Bowl
What: In its 12th year, this collaborative event between KCRW and the Hollywood Bowl will showcase amazing artists from all over the world on six Sundays through September. On June 20th, DJ Garth Trinidad hosts Baaba Maal with special guests Playing for Change. On the 27th, DJ Tom Schnabel hosts Goldfrapp and others.Continue to 13 of 20 below.
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When: June 4-27
Where: Various venues including REDCAT at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown
What: This annual film festival features cinematic work about dance. It is hosted by the non-profit dance media arts organization Dance Camera West. Beyond screenings, there will also be related panel discussions with dancers and choreographers, as well as media and choreography installations and dance performances.
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When: June 26, 8:15 p.m.
Where: Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City
When: If you like your pop boy band music with a little doo wop, and you're feeling nostalgic for the '90s, head over the the Gibson Amphitheatre for a performance by the Backstreet Boys. Nick Carter and the gang will seduce you with their signature sounds.
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When: June 25-27
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown
What: Come down to the Convention Center for the W. Coast's largest design event. Exhibitors will display building materials as well as finished products. Off-site home tours related to the event will also take place during that time. Tickets run from $30 to $395 (three-day VIP pass).
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When: June 25-26
Where: Exposition Park & Memorial Coliseum, Downtown
What: This two-day music festival also features carnival attractions like aerial performers, fire twirlers, stilt walkers and tribal drum circles. On the music bill: Deadmau5, Armand Van Buuren, Will.i.am, Moby, Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Sasha, Armand Van Helden, Christopher Lawrence and more, in a mega-venue.Continue to 17 of 20 below.
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