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Hello there and welcome to the first weekend of summer,
Watch dance pros jump, jive, and swing — then join in a post-show dance session. Celebrate beach life and ocean sports. Catch Natasha Lyonne at a Pride screening under the stars, playing a cheerleader sent to a gay conversion camp.
Our outdoor pick heads to the South Bay for a Pride paddle.
Dining and drinking items of note: Go Little Tokyo’s food tours and events, Art Beyond the Glass’s bartender showcase, and Alma at the Grove’s elevated Mexican fare.
Visit LAist for more happenings, including Boleros De Noche: Tribute to Agustín Lara, an epic battle of dance party crews, and after-hours at the Santa Ana Zoo.
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The Joyce Theater’s SW!NG OUT
Friday, June 24 - Sunday, June 26
The Ahmanson / Jerry Moss Plaza
135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.
Tap phenom Caleb Teicher directs the West Coast premiere of Sw!ng Out with new choreography and compositions by Teicher and collaborators Evita Arce, LaTasha Barnes, Nathan Bugh, Macy Sullivan and Eyal Vilner. The swing dancing begins on the stage of the Ahmanson Theatre and then follows with a public performance and dance party on the Jerry Moss Plaza.
COST: Tickets start at $34; MORE INFO
|Chris Hunkeler, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.|
Pier 360 Ocean Sports Beach Festival
Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, June 26
Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica
Celebrate beach life and culture with a day of sports, activities and brand activations by the Pacific. Participate or watch competitions including ocean swims, lifeguard competitions, amateur SUP Sprints, a TANDM Surf Bodyboarding Contest and a 10-mile, Malibu to SM Pier race.
COST: Registration is FREE, but activity prices vary; MORE INFO
But I’m a Cheerleader
Saturday, June 25; 9 p.m.
Cinespia at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood
To celebrate Pride Month, Cinespia screens Jamie Babbit’s 1999 feature that follows peppy teenager (Natasha Lyonne) at a scared straight conversion therapy camp where she meets out and proud Graham (Clea DuVall). Get there early and bring a picnic or listen and dance to the DJ sets. Doors at 7:30 p.m.
COST: Tickets start at $22; MORE INFO
|Courtesy of Hairi, licensed under CC BY 2.0.|
South Bay Pride Paddle
On Sunday, June 26, the Southbay LGBTQ Center holds its second annual Pride Paddle in King Harbor Marina in Redondo Beach from 10 a.m. to noon. Partnering with The Portofino Hotel & Marina, the stand up paddle boarding (SUP) event begins at the public hand launch behind Seaside Lagoon and traverses through the harbor to the King Harbor Yacht Club and back. For anyone who is new to paddle boarding, support and instruction will be available during the event. If you need to rent an SUP, please text "Pride Paddle" to (424) 407-0777. Free registration.
Courtesy of Alma at the Grove
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Alma at The Grove has recently opened its fine dining concept (pictured, above) on the restaurant’s second level. The main floor’s La Taqueria and cocktail bar serves quick bites, but the second floor’s exclusive menu offers dishes inspired by traditional Mexican cuisine — including escamoles, grilled pulpo, barbacoa lamb, and pollo con mole poblano.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26, Go Little Tokyo presents a series of immersive taste experiences and workshops during the 7th annual Delicious Little Tokyo. Take part in food history tours — self-guided tours including J-Town Treats & Eats, Matcha Mania, and Little Tipsy Tokyo. Snack your way through the neighborhood while discovering Little Tokyo’s eateries and other businesses. Prices vary.
The celebration of L.A.’s top bartenders Art Beyond the Glass (ABTG) returns for its 10th event on Sunday, June 26 (3-7 p.m.) after a two-year hiatus. Taking place at the legendary Catch One nightclub for the first time, more than 100 bartenders will make cocktails and showcase their other talents, including art and music. Proceeds from the day will be donated to the nonprofit Street Symphony.
Hotel June in Westchester celebrates its second anniversary on Saturday, June 25 with a pool party from 4-9 p.m. Festivities include Casa del Sol cocktails and Baja-inspired bites from Caravan Swim Club for purchase, plus music by DJ William Reed. Free admission with RSVP.
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