This last week has been nothing short of miserable when it comes to California weather. Low 90’s after 10pm is downright a heatwave, right? According to the folks that watch the clouds, things are supposed to take dip and get back to normal though, which means getting out and about is doable again. While most of these places have air conditioning anyway, the extra motivation to battle the heat comes in the form of prime Southern California culture and people watching. If you are getting out of the house this weekend, get to these places quick.
La Lucha De Las Mascaras
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
Director of the infamous “A Day Without A Mexican, Sergio Arau”, is going all out to unveil his lucha libre inspired collection of artwork at the Museum of Latin American Art. Hosting a tournament of live lucha libre, a bevy of masked men will battle outside, while Arau’s collection, La Vida Es Un Ring, will be showcased inside. Of course, what’s an art exhibit without something to sip on? Tequila tasting and appetizers will be available, not to mention the regular collection always on display at MOLAA will be accessible.
Long Beach Comic-Con
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
For the comic book, graphic novel, pop culture, cosplay enthusiast that doesn’t want the insanity associated with the Convention down in San Diego, Mad Event Management has been cultivating an alternative for the last few years. With shows in both New Jersey and Long Beach, the conventioneer looking for a much more grassroots experience can cruise the aisles, stock up on collectibles, and meet-and-greet with the animators and contributors behind their favorite artistic medium. Illustrators, directors, writers, stars, this is accessible version of Comic Con for the fan that isn’t particularly worried about landing a cool Instagram photo.
Visit The Depeche Mode ConventionJam
1735 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Facts are facts, Depeche Mode fans are especially devout. Every year the faithful convene on the Avalon in Hollywood to celebrate the music and artistry of the new wave pioneers. Complete with a roster of DJs that delve into the band’s deepest cuts, a tribute band for the live performance element, a vendor village complete with hard-to-find DM wears, and radio legend Richard Blade presiding as the Master of Ceremonies, every base for the Depeche purist is covered. A diverse congregation of L.A.’s fashionable, the convention’s reach pulls an international draw as well, with fans flying in from all over the world to soak in the experience. There is no better party on a Sunday.