This week, we shake things up at the Natural History Museum, sip wine at Barnsdall Park, munch donuts at Union Station, do an artsy day trip to Pasadena and rock out with a new music series at FIGat7th.
California’s history with earthquakes will be the focus of a program at 5 p.m., June 7 at the Natural History Museum, 900 W. Exposition Blvd.
The museum’s First Fridays program will take on the state’s seismology in a night featuring live music, DJs, discussions and food trucks.
Among the evening’s highlights will be a conversation between Patt Morrison and Dr. Lucy Jones, a scientist who has been the media’s go-to person on Earthquakes. Formerly a research scientist for Cal Tech’s seismological laboratory, Jones founded and serves as chief scientist for the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society. The organization aims to foster the understanding and application of scientific information to create more resilient communities.
Admission is $25 and can be purchased through nhm.org
Barnsdall Art Park, 4800 Hollywood Blvd. kicks off its Friday Night Wine Party series at 5:30 p.m., June 7.
With stunning views overlooking the city, Barnsdall Art Park invites the 21-and-older crowd to picnic and sip wine. For $35, you can enjoy a fine selection of boutique artisanal wines, provided by Silver Lake Wine and accompanied by rotating food trucks every week. Each of the wine party nights will also feature DJs.
You are encouraged to bring a picnic, but do not bring outside alcoholic beverages.
For an extra $15, you can tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece.
For more information and tickets, visit https://barnsdall.org/wine-tastings.
The DTLA Donut Festival returns to Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 8.
The festival features the “Hole Donut Marketplace,” with 12 different donut vendors on hand. Participating donut vendors include Voodoo Doughnut, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, California Donuts, Primo’s Donuts, Donatsu, Dot & Dough, Dazzling Donuts, DK’s Donuts & Bakery, Glazed Donut Bar, Fat Uncle Farms, RING Baked Tofu Donuts and Dream Donut Truck.
Tickets are $5 online at https://www.unionstationla.com/happenings/dtla-donut-festival or $7 at the door.
There are two free events going on June 8, that should make for a great day trip.
The first, running from noon to 10 p.m., is the Playhouse Block Party at El Molino Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.
The event will feature more than 20 performances on two different stages, family-friendly interactive activities, food and guided tours. The activities are all curated by the city’s art community and partners, including the Pasadena Chalk Festival, USC Pacific Asia Museum, The Huntington, Aquarium of the Pacific and more.
Headlining the main stage will be the Boogaloo Assassins, a Los Angeles-based 12-piece Latin band that mixes Latin Soul, Salsa and Funk.
The second event is BoldPas 2019, running from noon to 8 p.m. at various locations throughout Old Pasadena.
This year, there will be 17 site-specific art installations, including a 60-foot canvas suspended high above one alley, a giant sea of balloons and a serpentine tube made of beach balls. The installations are bold in color, scale and in the use of materials. All invite direct interaction with event-goers.
The entire district embraces the BoldPas spirit on event day. The Armory Center for the Arts welcomes visitors all day with ¡Descubra! and hands-on STEAM-H activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and History). At sp[a]ce gallery at Ayzenberg, visitors get free entry to the eclectic exhibition, “Robot Remix.”
A free shuttle on Pasadena Transit’s Route 10 between Lake Avenue and Raymond Avenue will connect the Block Party and BoldPas. Buses will run every six to eight minutes from noon to 10:30 p.m.
Learn more about site locations, info booths, event maps and parking at www.oldpasadena.org/boldpas
FigFest with Cherry Glazerr
Cherry Glazerr, LA’s much buzzed about “savage rocker,” will kick off FigFest, a new music series that opens from 6-11 p.m., June 7.
Presented by Arts Brookfield, FIGFest runs four consecutive Friday nights at Downtown LA’s FIGat7th shopping center (corner of Figueroa and 7th Street). The event will also feature San Fernando Valley band Liily. A DJ will spin tunes between acts.
For more information about the series, visit www.artsbrookfield.com/los-angeles/