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THURSDAY, MAY 30
Stones Fest @ The Fonda (Hollywood)
All of tonight's proceeds benefit Sweet Relief and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, with performances and appearances by Phosphorescent, Butch Walker, Michelle Branch, Jason Sudeikis, Juliette Lewis, Matt Sorum & Ace Harper, Greg Dulli, the Cabin Down Below Band and surprise guests.
Negroni Week @ Various Locations (Citywide)
Seems like there's a week for every food and drink item, but the Italian cocktail composed of gin, vermouth and Campari definitely deserves one. Celebrate my favorite apéritif through June 3 at participating restaurants and bars like Son of a Fun, the Spare Room and Hemingway's, which offer up the classic as well as inventive spins. Plus, a portion of the money made is going to several charities.
FRIDAY, MAY 31
In Theaters This Week
After Earth is M. Night Shyamalan's first feature since directing the horribly disappointing adaptation of my favorite cartoon, "Avatar: The Last Airbender," and is based on a sci-fi/action story penned by one of the film's stars, Will Smith. Also with Jaden Smith, Sophie Okonedo and Zoe Kravitz; Writer/actress Brit Marling reteams with director Zal Batmanglij for The East, a spy adventure that also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page and Patricia Clarkson; Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine; Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson in the thought-provoking thriller Shadow Dancer. Also in theaters: American Mary; Caroline and Jackie; FIRST: The Story of London 2012 Olympic Games; I Do; The Kings of Summer
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Big Gay Ice Cream Truck @ Heath Ceramics and Lindy & Grundy (Mid-City West)
So excited that the New York City ice cream purveyors return to Los Angeles with their unique flavors, such as Bea Arthur (vanilla with dulce de leche and crushed 'nilla wafers) and Cococone (vanilla with toasted curried coconut), just in time for pre-summer heat. The truck also rolls to Hollywood (Susan Feniger's STREET) and East Hollywood (Faultline Bar) on Sunday, Universal City and Orange County (Myung In Dumplings) on Monday and West Hollywood (Duff's Cakemix) on Tuesday.
Make Music Pasadena @ Various Locations (Pasadena)
From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., the city hosts an all-out celebration of music at over 40 stages and venues. See local acts like Youngblood Hawke, Hunter Hunted and the Dustbowl Revival, or experience some out of towers such as Yacht, We Are Scientists or Tanlines. There's no better way to spend an entire day in the sun.
MONDAY, JUNE 3
Phil Jackson @ Barnes & Noble (The Grove)
Last week, the Zen Master released his latest book, Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success, which details his storied career as head coach of the Bulls and Lakers, guided the careers of two of the best in all of the game's history (Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant) and inspired countless other basketball players, coaches and fans. Bask in his greatness when you get a copy of Eleven Rings signed tonight.
Burger Week @ The Oinkster (Eagle Rock)
From today through June 9, Andre Guerrero's fast-casual restaurant hosts its third annual celebration of all things burger, with each day featuring a brand new creation/tribute. Today's is a spin on Wendy's Baconator, the Oink-O-Nator, with two square patties, american cheese, kaiser bun, six strips of bacon, ketchup and mayo. Others not to miss: June 5's Burgerlord of the Rings, June 7's Thrilla from Manila and June 9's McRibster.
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Joss Whedon @ The Aero (Santa Monica)
Whedon's adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy hits theaters June 7 and brings American Cinematheque's Much Ado About Shakespeare: The Bard on the Big Screen series, which also includes Henry V and Richard III on May 31 and Romeo + Juliet and Hamlet June 1, to a head with a screening and discussion with the director. Shot in black and white, Whedon's contemporary spin on the story of Beatrice (Amy Acker) and Benedick (Alexis Denisof) was shot in just 12 days.
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
"Yes, Prime Minister" @ Geffen Playhouse (Westwood)
The U.S. premiere of the West End smash, written and directed by Antony Jay and director Jonathan Lynn, stars Stephen Caffrey, Michael McKean, Brian George and Tara Summers. The hilarious satire depicts the Prime Minister and his advisors spinning from crisis to crisis during one disastrous weekend. Through July 14
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
Björk @ Palladium (Hollywood)
The Icelandic singer-songwriter really needs no introduction. If you haven't experienced the ethereal artist in person before, there is no excuse to wait any longer since she has three area shows. Tonight, again at the Palladium June 8 and June 11 at the Hollywood Bowl.
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