Music And The Arts in Southern California – CaliforniaGermans Weekend Suggestions

Have already plans for the weekend? If still undecided or in need of some more ideas, look over our CaliforniaGermans‘ eclectic suggestions:

According to the weather forecast this weekend has some colder summer temperatures in stock for us. Perfect weather for checking out some of Southern California’s cool museums. So after a quick and windy visit at the US Open for surfing in Huntington Beach, you might want to drive down south along PCH and pay a visit to the Laguna Art Museum and its exhibit  Art Shack that OC Weekly calls  a “cooler-than-cool” exhibition. Open until Oct 3rd one can explore “…surf shacks, tattoo huts, retro shanties and more… Art Shack is presented by Hurley.”

Keep going south and stop by the San Juan Capistrano library later on for their Music At The Library Event on Saturday evening, featuring Steve Riley and the three-time Grammy-nominated Mamou Playboys. There will be two shows with the first one starting at 6:30pm and the second at 8:30pm. Location: San Juan Capistrano Regional Library, 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA  92675

On Sunday, don’t miss OCMA’s (Orange County Museum of Art) Target free second Sunday Family event. Not only is admission free on the second Sunday of every month but a whole program of activities is offered throughout the day, form hands-on projects to film shorts for kids screenings, and more. The program is from 11 am to 4 pm.  

Going north along the coast brings us not only to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, which is always a lot of fun, but Long Beach is also home to a great museum , that my family always enjoys:  MOLAA. The Museum of Latin American Art which is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American Art.  MOLAA is now offering free admission on Sundays. Apart from great contemporary art exhibits and a noteworthy 15,000 sq. ft. sculpture garden, this Sunday, August 8th, will also kick off the Colombian Cinema Showcase which will present screenings of the best in contemporary Colombian film. These screenings will include a variety of features, documentaries, and short films. The opening reception is free and open to the public, will include tours of the galleries, live music and a free screening. Call for details – 562-437-1689

More Latin Sounds are offered at LACMA in Los Angeles which is presenting Adonis Puentes this Saturday, August 7,  at 5:00 pm. The concert will be at Hancock Park and entrance is free.  On Sunday LACMA will have its free Andell Family Sundays from 12:30–3:30 pm with bilingual gallery tours and programs designed especially for families. Special Tip: Richard Wagner fans might want to visit the exhibit Myths, Legends, and Cultural Renewal: Wagner’s Sources at that time as well since it will be closing on August 16, 2010.

More music but this time especially for kids can be found at the Getty Center. This free concert series in the Central Garden is for kids and their families and features some of the best children’s musicians from across the nation:  August 7 and 8- Dance with Milkshake, a band sure to have you and your kids on your feet with their rock ‘n’ roll tunes. From 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. there is also free family fun with tours especially designed for children, art workshops, hands on projects and much more.

Despite the predicted cooler summer nights this weekend, I have to mention the Flights & Sounds Summer Festival at the Orange County Great Park. With free dance lessons at 7:30pm and concerts starting at 8pm the Orange County Great Park Corporation presents in partnership with the Irvine Barclay Theatre free Saturday night concerts and Friday Night Dance Parties.

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles presents Skirball’s free Sunset Concerts, celebrating musical traditions from around the globe, every Thursday evenings, July 22–August 26. All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Free admission; no reservations.

Last, should you care for some German theatre, right from Berlin. Franz Kafka’s: A Report To an Academy is playing in German with English subtitles at The Ivy Substation (The ACTORS GANG) in Culver City, 9070 Venice Blvd. Tickets are $20/$15 and can be ordered by calling 323-464-3375 or per email

Enjoy the weekend!



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