This week, we’re enjoying pop-up performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, honoring Charles Lummis, seeing classic movies in beautiful movie palaces, checking out free dance performances in Santa Monica and Chinatown and admiring classic autos at the Original Farmers Market.

Noon to Midnight

My pick of the week is the LA Phil’s annual pop-up music experience “Noon to Midnight” at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave. on June 1.

Now in its third year, “Noon to Midnight” is an affordable ($10) way to explore the great Walt Disney Concert Hall and hear top-notch classical music talent. Throughout the day, and in and around the hall, there will be pop-up performances of new music, some commissioned by the LA Phil and some making their world premiere.

There will be food trucks and a beer garden, which will feature an IPA made especially for the LA Phil’s 100th anniversary.

See for details and tickets.

Lummis Days

The annual celebration of Charles Lummis, journalist, city librarian, Southwest Museum founder and shameless self-promoter will be held May 31 through June 2 at multiple locations in northeast LA.

The festival begins at 7 p.m., May 31 with a free screening of the documentary “Con Safos: Reflections of Life in the Barrio” directed by Jimmy Velarde at Occidental College, Thorne Hall, 1600 Campus Road.

On June 1-2, activities will mainly be focused around the Southwest Museum, 234 Museum Dr., and the nearby Lummis House, 200 E. Ave. 43. There will be art exhibitions, live music, poetry readings and arts and crafts.

Lummis was a remarkable man and his house, a rustic American Craftmans stone house, is a marvel.

For a complete schedule, visit

Last Remaining Seats

The LA Conservancy’s annual “Last Remaining Seats” film series begins at 8 p.m., June 1 with a screening of “It Happened One Night” at the Los Angeles Theatre. There will be a Q&A session and an after-party following the screening.

“Last Remaining Seats” is a great opportunity to see classic films in some of LA’s historic movie palaces. The Los Angeles Theatre, built in 1931, is probably the most ornate of the Broadway movie palaces.

“Its majestic lobby features mirrors, fluted columns, sparkling chandeliers, finely detailed plaster ornament, and a sunburst motif alluding to France’s ‘Sun King,’ Louis XIV. A grand central staircase leads to a crystal fountain,” says.

Tickets are $22 and available through

Highlights of the series include “The Maltese Falcon” at 8 p.m., June 8 at the Million Dollar Theatre; “Spartacus” at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel on June 16; a Laurel and Hardy double feature, “The Battle of the Century” and “Sons of the Desert,” on June 22 at the Orpheum Theatre; and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” at The Wiltern on June 29.

See for a complete list of films and tickets.

Transit Dances

From noon to 2:30 p.m., June 1, Donna Sternberg & Dancers will present Transit Dances, free performances at three stops of the Metro Expo rail line: 26th Street/Bergamot station,  17th Street station and the 4th Street station.  

At each stop, tour guides will take audience members to a site where a dance will be performed by a diverse group of Southern California companies, then audiences will hop back on the Metro to the next stop for the next performance. Performances will include Nga Anahera Maori (New Zealand); Blue 13 (Bollywood); B. Dunn Movement and Donna Sternberg & Dancers (contemporary American).

A map of the performance sites can be found is at

The idea is to encourage people to use public transit and for audiences to experience dances from diverse communities of LA.

Ebb and Flow: Chinatown

Also offering free dance performance is “Ebb and Flow: Chinatown” being held from 1 to 8:30 p.m., June 1 at Los Angeles State Historic Park.

The event is described as site-specific community festival that integrates dance, visual arts, music and technology to explore climate change, its impact on the environment and our health.

In addition to the free performances, the event will also include dance workshops for all ages and abilities, booths from area artists and environmental and wellness activities from community organizations.

This event is curated by Heidi Duckler Dance, a dance company noted for their site-specific performances.

Auto show

The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., will host the 25th Annual Gilmore Heritage Auto Show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 1.

Nearly 100 American classic autos will be on display throughout the market. This year’s event will feature a tribute to muscle cars, but will feature a wide range of vehicles.

With the Petersen Automotive Museum just a short drive or walk away, you can easily make this part of an auto-themed day trip.

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