A political festival is taking over Los Angeles this week, as is street artist Moncho1929, whose ongoing exhibit opens at Lab Art Gallery. Comedians take the stage to share hilarious tales of being cat owners, and Umami Burger’s new locale is finally open for business.
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June 23 | Art
Organically Known opening party
Local street artist Moncho1929 brightens up the city with his imagination and quirkiness. His dynamic color palette explores themes of movement, and the walls he draws on seem to jump out at passersby. It’s easy to see why cities like West Hollywood and Glendale have commissioned him for legal graffiti. Now, Moncho1929 brings his newest exhibition, Organically Known, to Lab Art Gallery. The kick-off party will include complimentary cocktails courtesy of event sponsor New Amsterdam, L.A.-inspired appetizers, the opportunity to meet the artist, and free limited-edition signed artworks.
7–10 p.m. | Lab Art, 217 La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles | Free | website
June 24 | Comedy
This cat-themed comedy show by feline-loving hosts Mike Polk, Zachariah Durr, and Jim Tews will make you purr with laughter, whether you have a cat at home or not. These guys and their featured comedians, Jake Weisman and Caitlin Gill, will illuminate just how hilarious being a cat owner can be. The show is for all ages, but anyone under 21 will need a parent or guardian to get in.
7–8:30 p.m. | NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles | From $8 | website
June 25–26 | Convention
Whatever your party affiliation, we can all agree this presidential campaign has been filled with more drama than usual. Meanwhile, Politicon—an unusual convention that pairs politicians, comedians, and other famous faces for panels, debates, screenings, and Q&As—is thriving. Guest speakers at this year’s iteration will include Barbara Boxer, Sarah Palin, Bill Nye, and Clay Aiken. Topics discussed range from “Is Trump a Psychopath?” to “Wendy Davis’ Reinvention.”
11 a.m.–6:30 p.m. | Pasadena Convention Center, 300 East Green St., Pasadena | From $15 | website
June 25–26 | Escape the cityPhoto courtesy of Umami Burger
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park is a three-and-a-half-hour drive from L.A.—a fitting distance for a weekend getaway. There, you can wander the giant sequoia–filled forests for hours, in awe of Mother Nature all the while. Take your time visiting General Sherman, the world’s largest living tree. Bring a picnic (or a to-go lunch from the Peaks at Wuksachi Lodge, the national park’s on-site accommodations) and leave your phone in your room. With over 800 miles of hiking trails to conquer, we promise you won’t get bored.
Wuksachi Lodge, 64740 Wuksachi Way, Sequoia National Park | website
Now open | Restaurant
When Umami Burger moved locations in Santa Monica, it revamped more than just the physical space. The new spot includes a menu richer in that umami flavor we know and love, plus more veggie-friendly options. So, if a beef burger isn’t your thing, consider a falafel. Either way, accompany your meal with a craft beer. The original burgers are still available, but if you decide to switch up your regular order, we recommend the Gochujang short-rib sliders or the Tebaski, Japanese-style wings.
500 Broadway, Santa Monica | website
Eva Glettner is a writer and a native Angeleno. She loves art, travel, coffee, and skateboarding.
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