8 Can’t-Miss L.A. Events This Spring and Summer
We’ve planned your calendar. You’re welcome.
The secret to filling your calendar with the best things to do--and avoiding #FOMO--is all about having the right intel. Don’t worry. We’ve done the due diligence for you and cherry-picked the places and events you need to hit up now.
Here’s your personal, well-rounded, spring and summer 2016 calendar:
February: Museum of Neon Art
This brand-new museum is bright, shiny and filled with both retro commercial neon and rotating exhibits of artistic works. Makes for some very Instagrammable moments.
216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale; 213-489-9918 or new-neonmona.org
March: Robert Mapplethorpe
Art geeks, rejoice! LACMA and The Getty Center are both presenting separate exhibits of the ’80s-era photographer known for erotic nudes and exotic flowers. LACMA premieres Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium on March 20; The Getty launches on March 15.
April: Elvis Costello
Treat yourself to a Sunday night of the veteran songsmith’s greatest hits at the Ace Hotel’s movie palace. Great music. Great venue. Great night.
Theatre at the Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway; 213-623-3233 or theacehotel.com
If you haven’t already heard, the Queen is going on tour. Her only (don’t even get us started) SoCal date is Saturday, May 14, at the Rose Bowl. So get your mouse finger ready because certain tickets are already on sale, and you wouldn’t want to miss any special guest appearances.
Rose Bowl, Pasadena; ticketmaster.com
June: Beautiful: the Carole King Musical
It’s not “Too Late, Baby” (sorry not sorry) to snag tickets to the Broadway hit about the ‘70s songwriting legend. You already know the music is amazing, so make sure you get to see the musical during its month-long run beginning June 22.
Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-468-1770 or ticketmaster.com
June: Made in L.A. at Hammer Museum
Wondering what’s going on in the LA art scene? This exhibition of notable West Coast painters, sculptors, dancers--even a fashion designer--will open your eyes to some of the coolest artists working in and around Los Angeles.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-443-7000 or hammer.ucla.edu
First, the good news: Adele is coming to the Staples Center for six nights beginning August 5. Now, the bad news: All the shows are already sold out. Don’t cry while blasting “Hello” just yet. If you buy tickets from a reseller now, you may just lock down an affordable splurge. Adele would approve.
Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa; 213-742-7100 or staplescenter.com
August: Heart with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Cheap Trick
If you haven’t experienced a night of ‘80s arena rock, now’s your chance. On August 23, not one, not two but three huge acts will come together to revive an era. You’ll want to be there.
The Forum, 3900 Manchester Blvd.; ticketmaster.com